After a mass shooting claimed ten lives this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, President Obama adressed the nation with visible frustration, saying, "[Thoughts and prayers do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America next week or a couple months from now."
His remarks touch on the now-routine nature of such killings, and the widespread frustration with the inevitable political stalemate over the issue of gun control that follows them.
KBOO's news director Jenka Soderberg spoke with Professor Eric Mankowski of Portland State University about the impact of these mass murders on our collective psyche.
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In Marx’s analysis, widespread inequality and economic instability (and to a lesser degree environmental degradation) are inherent in the capitalist system, and they will eventually result in its collapse.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris discuss the new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. The film opens in Portland next week at the Hollywood theatre with a benefit event for the NAACP. Noting the impossibility of fully addressing all the many issues in the history of the Panthers--their relations to other social movements in the US and around the globe; their commitment to armed self-defense; their contributions as community service organization; their seductive style and media savvy; their complex politics of vanguardism and grassroots activism; their erosion and destruction by government infiltration and murde 14:08 minutes (6.47 MB)
This week we talk with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, and Jason Ziedenberg, director of research and policy for the Justice Policy Institute, about mass incarceration and a new report on prisons in the US. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
This week we hear from John Walsh of the Washington Office on Latin America and Professor Mark Kleiman from UCLA as they address a meeting of the UN University on preparations for the 2016 UNGASS. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)