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  • Wilminton_ten-2
    Civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis joins us at President Obama’s inauguration just weeks after winning a pardon of innocence by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, along with the other members of the Wilmington Ten. The group of mostly African-American activists were falsely convicted and imprisoned for the firebombing of a white-owned North Carolina store in the 1970s. Their pardons followed a campaign to vindicate unequivocally the...
    Jan 21, 2013 | Story
  • Sara_sanchez_poet
    The poet and activist Sonia Sanchez reads from her poem, "Morning Song and Evening Walk for Martin Luther King." Sanchez, a leading figure in the Black Arts movement, performed at the Peace Ball in Washington, D.C., honoring voices of hope and resistance. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 21, 2013 | Story
  • Medea_benjamin
    Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of the activist group CODEPINK, recently returned from Pakistan, where she traveled with families of the victims of U.S. drone strikes. Speaking at Sunday night’s Peace Ball in Washington, D.C., Benjamin urged progressives to remember the plight of U.S. victims abroad. "Let’s make sure that we force our congress and our president to represent the policies of kindness and compassion that we, as...
    Jan 21, 2013 | Story
  • Liz_bartolomeo
    At his inauguration four years ago, President Obama refused to accept corporate donations, but this year ExxonMobil, AT&T and Microsoft are among the biggest backers of the festivities. With Obama now accepting unlimited corporate funding, donors have been offered a number of sponsorship options, including the top tier of $1 million for institutions and $250,000 for individuals. In contrast, corporate, lobbyist and political action...
    Jan 21, 2013 | Story
  • Julian_bond
    Julian Bond, the leading civil rights activist and former chair of the board of the NAACP, speaks to the Peace Ball about how changing demographics in the United States helped propel President Obama to re-election. Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. "The depth of Republican dependence on white voters explains a lot about recent election —...
    Jan 21, 2013 | Story
  • President_obama_inauguration
    In an inaugural address many saw as a blueprint for a more progressive second-term domestic agenda than his first, President Obama vowed a continued fight for equality of women and for the rights of gays and lesbians, to push for immigration reform and gun control, to address income inequality, and to tackle the warming of the planet. Also speaking on the National Mall were Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar...
    Jan 22, 2013 | Story
  • Dirty_wars_-3
    Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield" follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. We’re joined by Scahill and the film’s director, Rick Rowley, an independent journalist with Big Noise Films. "We’re looking right...
    Jan 22, 2013 | Story
  • Immigration_reform
    President Obama has kicked off his second term with a major push for comprehensive immigration reform, backing a bipartisan Senate plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. But Obama’s call for tougher border enforcement and a system for tracking those who overstay visas has sparked concerns he will continue with a pro-criminalization and militarization...
    Jan 31, 2013 | Story
  • Michelle_bigger
    We spend the hour looking at President Obama’s State of the Union address, beginning with his call for new gun control. Obama asked Congress to vote on new gun reform measures, including background checks and a ban on assault weapons. But with the gun lobby-beholden Congress unlikely to approve Obama’s agenda, we’re joined by two guests who call for a broader approach that includes tackling the root causes of violence....
    Feb 13, 2013 | Story
  • Obama
    President Obama opened his State of the Union with a call to revive the middle class and with a challenge to a divided Congress to back his economic proposals to create jobs. We get reaction from Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow with Demos, and Cathy Cohen, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and founder of the Black Youth Project. "Median income in the United States has gone down since the recession...
    Feb 13, 2013 | Story