Folks the show last night’s show did what we are supposed to do, talk about the issues that affect the real lives of real people. For the first segment, we had economist Marshall Auerback (see one of his articles here) give us a little “debt ceiling for dummies” talk. He basically broke down how both Republicans and Democrats are playing politics with our ability to pay salaries, social security checks, medicare reimbursements, and other stuff the government has already promised to pay for. This was some real talk on the economy from a real live economist. To get more info on the debt ceiling check out a couple other articles here, here, here, and here.

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In a segment that was on an equally serious note, folks from California including Dolores Canales and Manuel La Fontaine from the groups All of Us or None (probably the best name for any organization…ever) talked about what is probably the LARGEST HUNGER STRIKE IN US HISTORY taking place inside the California prison system. There are anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 prisoners on hunger strike in support of a strike that emerged out of Pelican Bay’s Special Housing Unit (a type of long-term solitary confinement). While the California Department of Corrections insist that the conditions of Special Housing Units are to protect society, and prisoners themselves, from the “worst of the worst,” they refused to come on the air and tell us why thousands of people would starve themselves to death for three weeks, just to make a point. Some conversations popped off both on and off the air that are compelling me to possibly write a larger blog post in a bit. In the meantime, if you missed the show listen. If you want to find out how to get involved with the groups in California supporting the hunger strikers CHECK THIS SITE OUT HERE. To learn more about the hunger strike you can read articles here, here, and here.

Hopefully we will get a blog post up in a few. In the mean time, thanks for checking out the show.