These days, everybody wants a piece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Last year, Glen Beck invoked King's legacy to promote his own rally, claiming the tea party was fighting the same fight as King. And last week, the general counsel of the Department of Defense (as it's euphemistically called), claimed that despite King's opposition to the war in Vietnam, he would support America's military actions today. As the editors at Common Dreams point out, this suggests the DoD is operating in some alternate reality.
2011, a year in review..... Ani and Lyn review the last seven days. We think it's been a weird, and busy, first week of the year. What's taken your attention this week? Our discussion of topics included, but was not limited to:
Dave DeAngelis interviews biologist Christopher Wills about his new book “The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the World Through Evolutionary Eyes.” Wills discusses some of his adventures as a globe-trotting scientist, and describes how our understanding of the living world can be deepened by a Darwinian perspective. Rabia Yeaman talks with Robert Meeropol, son of Ethel and Julias Rosenberg about the constitutionality of dissent, The The US Espionage Act of 1917, and WikiLeaks.
Guantanamo; Year end Wrap-up: Interview with Andy Worthington
2010 is coming to an end and the prisoners at the illegal prison in Guantanamo Bay have less reason to expect release than at any time since coming into the hands of the U.S. Military. Join host Linda Olson-Osterlund and her guest, Andy Worthington, author of The Gunatanamo Files, and co-direcrtor of the documentary Outside the Law; Stories from Guantanamo. Who is still there? Who has been released?
It's lawmakers and lawmen! First, Dave & Jo Anne talked with State Senator Jackie Dingfelder about the challenges facing the legislature and governor. Then they took a look at Police Chief Mike Reese's comments on the rash of recent officer-involved shoots. As always, listeners called in and shared their views.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews David Swanson about his new book War Is A Lie, in which he exposes the reality of why the U.S. is constantly at war. He addresses the web of lies, the taboo subjects, the false claims, and the mythic messages and lays waste to them. Your phone calls are welcome.