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Episode 898

Mob Connections

Apr 30 2016

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Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh investigates the known unknowns of Obama's war on terror.

In a wide-ranging discussion, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh explores six years of Obama's military and foreign policy in the Middle East - from the real story behind Osama bin Laden's killing, to the anti-Russia dimension of US actions in Syria - and explains why ignorance and internal politics guide America from catastrophe to catastrophe around the globe.

Seymour is author of the new book The Killing of Osama Bin Laden from Verso.



Simone Weichselbaum

Why Chicago's police reform model couldn't survive Chicago.

Writer Simone Weichselbaum explains how a promising academic-driven model of police reform, emphasizing community outreach and home visits to at-risk community members, failed to work in the city that bears its name, defeated by institutional inertia and deeply entrenched mistrust between citizens, police and politicians.

Simone wrote the Marshall Project feature The ‘Chicago Model’ of Policing Hasn’t Saved Chicago.



Laura Carlsen

Politicians won't end the disastrous drug war, it's up to the people.

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen recounts her experience traveling with a group of Latin American activists to demand the UN end the global war on drugs, and explains both why the US government allows business interests and imperial ambitions to fuel an unpopular, unsuccessful and deadly set of military incursions abroad, and how an end to the drug war starts with citizens changing policy from the bottom up.

Laura covered the demonstration in her piece The Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Demands End to Drug War in New York City.



Micah White

Revolution is always illegal: Reclaiming the radical power of protest.

Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White explains how Occupy's failure exposed the flaws of modern activism - from an activist industry promoting and profiting from ineffective actions, to governments that allow and encourage everything except threats to themselves - and why social movements of the future (and present) must realize that the only true measure of success is the capture of political power.

Micah is author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Marina Sitrin

Way more than protest: Understanding the DIY democracy of Nuit Debout.

Writer Marina Sitrin profiles Nuit Debout, a French social movement that began as a reaction to police violence and the rollback of labor protections, but has blossomed outward, to a series of expansive, nightly workshops in face-to-face democracy, and places the movement in the larger context of political demonstrations this century, from 15-M to Occupy Wall Street.

Marina wrote the ROAR Magazine essay ‘Soon we will be millions’: from Paris with love and lessons.



Jeff Dorchen

A slob's guide to understanding the vibrations of a nondualistic universe.

In a vibe-heavy Moment of Truth, the particular arrangement of atoms we call Jeff Dorchen proposes a model of the universe involving prisms, couches, bowls of rice, economic toxicity, industrialized agriculture, messy rooms, the longness of time, ignorance, incoherence and the nondualistic smell of a rose.