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Friday, April 13, 2007

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  • PBS Criticized for Excluding Latino, Native Voices from WWII Documentary


    A coalition of Latino organizations have been criticizing PBS over a forthcoming documentary by Ken Burns on World War II because it ignores the role played by Latino soldiers in the war. The 14-hour film, "The War," includes no interviews with any Latino veterans even though over 500,000 Latinos served in the war. The documentary also includes no interviews with any Native American veterans. We speak with Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a University of Texas professor who has led the protests against PBS. [includes rush transcript]

  • Step It Up: Thousands Gather This Weekend for Largest-Ever Rally Against Global Warming


    The group Step It Up is spearheading the National Day of Climate Action on Saturday. Tens of thousands of Americans are gathering across the country in the largest-ever demonstration against global warming. Over 1,300 rallies, demonstrations and actions are being held in all 50 states to call on Congress to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. We speak with Step It Up organizer Bill McKibben. [includes rush transcript]

  • Who Killed the Electric Car? New Documentary Looks at the Mysterious Disappearance of the EV-1


    General Motors has been at the center of one of the nation’s largest controversies over clean-emissions cars. In 1996 the company introduced the EV-1 electric car in California and Arizona. Hundreds of the electric cars were soon on the road. Then they all disappeared. The mystery behind their disappearance is the subject of the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" We’re joined by the film’s director, Chris Paine, and Chelsea Sexton, a former GM employee who worked on the EV-1 electric car. [includes rush transcript]