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Wednesday, January 27, 1999

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  • Studs Terkel on Impeachment

    Today, the Senate will vote on whether to call the three witnesses from a scaled-back list presented by House managers: Monica Lewinsky, presidential friend Vernon Jordan and presidential aide Sidney Blumenthal. They will also vote on a motion to dismiss the impeachment trial, although it is not expected to pass. The managers asked senators to invite President Clinton to testify, a suggestion that the White House quickly turned down. We talk about impeachment and the significance of perjury with renowned author and radio host Studs Terkel, joining us from Chicago. [includes rush transcript]

  • Multinational Monitor’s 10 Worst Corporations of 1998

    1998 saw the stock market rise to record levels. But according to Multinational Monitor magazine, 1998 was also a record year for corporate crime and abuse. According to corporate watchdogs, record corporate mergers and the continued consolidation of corporate power have led to an ongoing corporate crime spree, pollution, illness and an unrelenting attack on democracy. This, the groups say, is the price we pay for living in a corporate America. For the 10th consecutive year, Multinational Monitor has published its list of the ten worst corporations. [includes rush transcript]

  • Chevron and Nigeria

    Throughout the year, the Niger Delta has been the scene of conflict between local people and the oil multinationals. Big oil companies are responsible for widespread environmental destruction in the Delta region. Residents in the Delta who have been outspoken against the oil companies have been the victims of extreme repression at the hands of the Nigerian government. Project Underground is organizing demonstrations this week outside of Chevron’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco. On Monday, high school students demonstrated; tomorrow, a broad coalition will hold a demonstration in protest of Chevron’s activities in the Niger Delta. [includes rush transcript]