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You can also find a more extended account of that trip to Viet Nam online in the May 8-10 issue of Counterpunch.
On the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2015:
For their Left and the Law segment, Jan and Mike talk about the use of video cameras in policing, the impact of citizen video recording of police actions, and new policies requiring officers to wear bodycams. They take up the question of what the camera is able to capture and whether it makes a difference who is holding the camera.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan focus their "Psychology and Politics" segment on the complex cognitive and emotional responses that arise as people come to terms with climate change and think about what to do about it individually and collectively. They discuss campus campaigns for divestment from fossil fuels as an example to explore motivational and ideological obstacles.
Denise Morris hosts this episode, with segments on electoral politics vs political movements, videocameras and policing, warrior capitalism, and the psychology of responding to climate change.
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Bill Resnick with Brian Tokar on Bernie Sanders
Left & Law: Jan & Mike discuss video cameras and policing
Tom Becker reads: on the term "middle-class" disappearing
Psychoanalysis & Politics: Jan & Tod on responding to climate change
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- Length: 54:30 minutes (24.95 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resnick interviews Brian Tokar on the promise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Brain and Bernie built their political careers in the same town--Burlington, Vermont--starting in the late 1970s: Brian as a Green, Bernie as a Scandinavian-style socialist. Brian evaluates Bernie's politics, starting as a developer's friend and evolving into a defender of the environment as a Congressman and Senator. But Bernie has never attempted to build political movements nor identify with Vermont's progressive political parties.
Tom Becker shares Jack Smith's article from Counterpunch. It's about the disappearance of class terms, i.e., ruling class, upper class, working class, in political discussion by both politicians and journalists and the political consequences of that. Now the author contends the lone remaining class term--the middle class--is also on its way out.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 6:17 minutes (5.75 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Bill Resnick hosts this membership-drive special (and hence the shorter length of the show) and we hear:
- Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah about the Black Lives Matter movement
- Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss Everyday Rebellion, a cross-media documentary of revolutionary ideas
- Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton about the progress of the $15 Now movement and what's next.