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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

  • The Story of Mitchell Jessen & Associates: How a Psychologists Helped Develop CIA Torture Techniques

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    We broadcast from Spokane, Washington, less than three miles from the headquarters of a secretive CIA contractor that played a key role in developing the George W. Bush administration’s interrogation methods. The firm, Mitchell Jessen & Associates, is named after the two military psychologists who founded the company, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. Beginning in 2002, the CIA hired the psychologists to train interrogators in brutal techniques, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and pain. We speak with three journalists who have closely followed the story. [includes rush transcript]

  • Hanford Nuclear Reservation: A Look at the Nation’s Most Polluted Nuclear Weapons Production Site

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    We speak with investigative report Karen Dorn Steele about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site. Steele won a 1994 George Polk Award for a newspaper series on squandered money in the $50 billion Hanford nuclear cleanup. [includes rush transcript]

  • Radiation Exposure from 50 Years of Uranium Mining Continues to Affect Spokane Indian Reservation

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    We speak with Twa-le Abrahamson of the Spokane Indian Reservation, where the only uranium mining in Washington State took place. She helped found the SHAWL (Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water, and Land) Society, which addresses the impact of radiation exposure caused by over fifty years of uranium mining in the area. [includes rush transcript]

  • Envision Spokane: Coalition Works to Get "Community Bill of Rights" into City Charter

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    A coalition of community activists, union members and environmental groups have begun gathering signatures to get a number of wide-ranging changes to the Spokane City Charter onto the November 2009 general election ballot. The changes are part of a proposed "Community Bill of Rights" drafted in a series of workshops and town hall meetings over the last year by a group called Envision Spokane. [includes rush transcript]