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In the course of reporting, the EPA gave me a statistic that it came up with in its recent review - something like one third of its current Superfund sites are within a mile of public housing complexes. And that didn't happen by accident. There have been all sorts of decisions like those in East Chicago that resulted in low income housing, primarily for Black and Brown folks, being in the most dangerous areas, where people are at the most risk of contamination.

Investigative reporter Rebecca Burns surveys the toxic legacy environmental racism and housing discrimination in East Chicago, Indiana - as a public housing complex built over the site of a former lead smelter poisoned generations of people, far beyond the concern of developers and politicians responsible for the site's location.

Rebecca wrote the article On Poisoned Ground: East Chicago’s legacy of lead pollution for The Baffler.

 


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9:10 - Writer Janet Biehl reports back from an attempt to speak with imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

Janet was part of a delegation to Turkey attempting to speak with Öcalan. She also spoke with ROAR Magazine for the piece Thoughts on Rojava: an interview with Janet Biehl.

 

10:05 - Municipal finance analyst Saqib Bhatti explores the origins of Illinois's toxic debt crisis.

Saqib studied the state's interest rate swap disaster in the ReFund America report Turned Around.

 

10:35 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley cross-examines Scalia's suddenly glowing posthumous reputation.

Thankfully This is Hell! correspondents are immune for whatever causes establishment media types to forgive evil once a person has died.

 

11:05 - Veteran Joseph Hickman investigates the poisoning of soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Joseph is author of the new book The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers from Skyhorse Publishing.

 

12:00 - Investigative journalist Chuck Lewis explains how our next president has already been bought and sold.

Chuck wrote the Cairo Review of Global Affairs commentary The Buying of the President.

 

12:30 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen ponders the faith of a dead Supreme Court justice.

Jeff tried to act like this isn't going to be about Scalia, like he has material about Wiley Blount Rutledge just ready to go.

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Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

Thoughts on Rojava: an interview with Janet Biehl - Zanyar Omrani [ROAR Magazine]

Turned Around: How the Swaps that Were Supposed to Save Illinois Millions Became Toxic - Saqib Bhatti + Carrie Sloan [ReFund America]

The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers - Joseph Hickman [Skyhorse Publishing]

Commentary: What it takes to buy the president - Chuck Lewis [Center for Pubic Integrity]

 

Episode 887

Zeit Heist

Feb 13 2016
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9:10 - Pension expert Nancy Altman explains why the problem with Social Security isn't Social Security.

Nancy is author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All from the New Press.

 

10:05 - Our Man in London, David Skalinder views the alien US election from his spot on Mars.

David counts the focus on inequality as a victory for the left "though it remains to be seen how far that victory will take us..."

 

10:35 - Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the sudden intersection of abortion rights and the Zika virus.

Brian just returned from Recife where he covered the story with a major European TV network we can't name yet. NDA!

 

11:05 - Writer Tom Slee explores the harsh new frontiers on the edges of the sharing economy.

Tom wrote the book What's Mine is Yours: Against the Sharing Economy from OR Books.

 

12:05 - Historian Lily Geismer explains how the upper-middle class seized control of the Democratic Party.

Lily is author of the article Atari Democrats in the newest Jacobin.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen's head can't figure out why we need figureheads.

One week after sort of endorsing Bernie Sanders too!

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Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All - Nancy Altman [New Press]

What's Mine is Yours: Against the Sharing Economy - Tom Slee [OR Books]

Atari Democrats - Lily Geismer [Jacobin]

Episode 886

Accelerationalism

Feb 6 2016
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On this day in 1934 – (82 years ago) – several French right-wing anti-parliamentary political groups staged demonstrations in Paris to demand the resignation of France’s left-leaning coalition government. When the groups converged on the Place de la Concorde, the assembly turned violent, quickly escalating from rock-throwing to bullets as rioters and police exchanged fire. In the end, sixteen people were killed, some two thousand were injured, and the French government resigned — soon to be replaced by a so-called national union government composed mainly of conservatives, including Marshal Phillipe Pétain, a French World War I hero who would later become leader of France’s Vichy regime, which collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.

On this day in 1951 – (65 years ago) – during a rainstorm near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, an overcrowded nine-car train carrying more than a thousand evening commuters derailed as it crossed a temporary wooden trestle in a construction area without heeding warnings to slow down from fifty miles an hour to twenty-five. The train’s weight and speed caused several cars to jump the track, tumble down an embankment, and crash onto the street twenty feet below. Other cars were left hanging off the tracks, partly suspended in the air — and many of those passengers jumped to their deaths, wrongly assuming that the shiny, rain-washed pavement below them was a river. Eighty-five people died and five hundred were injured in what was the third most deadly train wreck in American history.


On this day in 1971 – (45 years ago) – during his live-televised walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 14, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard got out a six-iron club and two golf balls he had smuggled aboard the spacecraft, and used them to take sand trap shots on the lunar surface — thus providing the world with an unforgettable illustration of white American privilege, and a memorable emblem of fun and frivolity to go with the Apollo program’s price tag, which in 1973 was reckoned as some twenty-five billion dollars, or well over one hundred billion in today’s money.


On this day in 1998 – (18 years ago) – President Bill Clinton signed legislation renaming Washington National Airport after former president Ronald Reagan. The bill had been hurriedly passed by the Republican-controlled Congress to... read more

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9:10 - Historian Premilla Nadasen reviews Bill Clinton's racialized attack on welfare.

Premilla wrote the new Jacobin article How a Democrat Killed Welfare.

 

10:05 - John K. Wilson examines the identity politics behind the Democratic primaries.

John was recently referenced in Clarence Page's column What this politically (in)correct campaign tells us.

 

10:35 - Anthropologist Andrea Muehlebach finds water and democracy at odds in Italy.

Andrea wrote the ROAR Mag article How to kill the demos: the water struggle in Italy.

 

11:05 - Political theorist Nick Srnicek makes the case for a world without work.

Nick is co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work from Verso Books.

 

12:05 - Attorney Nicole Phillips reports on Haiti's election that never happened.

Nicole just returned from Haiti, where an election was cancelled two days before voting.

 

12:45 - Old Socialist Jeff Dorchen tells Hillary's whippersnappers to get off his lawn

Don't know how socialist it is to for Jeff to claim it's "his lawn" but I guess it's his segment.

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Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

How a Democrat Killed Welfare - Premilla Nadasen [Jacobin - login required]

How to kill the demos: the water struggle in Italy - Andrea Muehlebach [ROAR Magazine]

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work - Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams [Verso Books]

Nicole Phillips Breaks Down Haiti Electoral Crisis [audio interview] - Africa Now

 

Episode 885

Bases Covered

Jan 30 2016