Voices from the Edge on 05/03/12
Blowing the lid off BP and other corporate criminals with Greg Palast
Last month, award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast uncovered new evidence of a corporate-government cover-up in the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout that destroyed lives and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico. In an investigation that includes travel to - and deportation from - the Islamic republic of Azerbaijan, Palast and his team uncovered evidence of a 2008 blowout of a BP Caspian Sea rig from the use of the same faulty cement cap that led to the Gulf disaster. Even more disturbing is Palast's discovery of evidence implicating BP, Chevron, Exxon and the Bush State Department in a cover-up of the Caspian Sea disaster. Waterkeeper Alliance attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called the concealment "criminal," noting "we have laws that make it illegal to hide this."
This week, Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Greg Palast in a conversation about the cover-up and the incestuous relationship between corporate lobbyists and government which made covering up this criminal behavior possible. Greg will also talk about what changes are or aren't happening in the political landscape as the 2012 presidential race shapes up. Join us in this special conversation with Greg Palast as we kick off KBOO's spring membership drive.
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.
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Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson