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Family, it has been a week or so since we have been on the air.  Unfortunately, the news cycle didn’t stand still so we are back bringing real talk about the issues affecting real people.  Tune in tonight as we talk about…
1.  Another Florida teenager shot
This past Friday, 17 year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed by a 45-year old at a gas station, apparently during an argument over “loud music.”  Another tragic case of a dead youth is already drawing parallels in the press with the murder of Trayvon Martin.  Tune in tonight as we check in on this tragic case of a murdered young boy.
2.  Is the fiscal cliff real?
If you are paying attention to the news, the new battle in Washington is supposedly over a fiscal cliff, an economic catastrophe that is allegedly set to take place on January 1st, if politicians don’t…well who know what the hell they are suppose to do.  Tune in tonight as we check in with Nicole Woo from the Center for Economic and Policy Research who will tell us what the fiscal cliff is really about.

3.  Is there a way forward in Israel/Palestine?

Our show was on break during the height of the conflict last week in Gaza/Israel that left 167 Palestinians from Gaza and 5 Israelis dead with thousands more wounded.  Now there is a ceasefire, but for how long?  Tonight on our show, we want to ask the harder, yet more useful question:  Is there a way forward in Israel/Palestine?  What role can Americans play in paving a way forward?  Tune in as we hear from former President of the American Jewish Congress and Miami Jewish activist Jack Lieberman, FIU Students for Justice in Palestine member Mnar Muhareb, Rabbis for Human Rights founder Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Adam Schwartzbaum (Miami attorney who sits on the board of several Jewish organizations), UC Irvine Professor and author Mark Levine and Gaza-based documentary filmmaker Harry Fear.

BONUS CLIP 1: Mark Levine on what Americans should do to help find a solution in Israel/Palestine

BONUS CLIP 2: Rabbi Arik Ascherman on what Americans should do. “Friends don’t let other friends drive drunk.”

BONUS CLIP 3:Mark Levine’s lack of hope in the present with some eye toward the future.

TONIGHT! Wed. August 17 @ 7pm EST
or tune in to 880 am (S. Florida)
The Federal government has two initiatives, one that supposedly eliminates debt, the other supposedly deports “serious, dangerous, criminal aliens.”  The only problem is, critics insist one program screws graduate students with student loans and the other tears apart immigrant communities and makes communities less safe.  On tonight’s show, we will talk about both.
As part of the compromise on the debt ceiling, the government virtually eliminated the subsidies on Stafford Loans for graduate students.  That means that for current students, interest will accrue while they are studying and they may have to pay back thousands of dollars more.  Was this really a way to cut our national debt or is this the beginning of the end of the student loan program?  What effect will this have on people currently getting grad degrees?  Is putting students in more debt really the best way to cut our national debt?  Tune in as we talk about it…
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) thought that Secure Communities was an easy sell.  The program was supposed to be a fingerprinting and database system that identifies serious and dangerous criminal aliens in our jails for deportation.  Critics, including many in the immigrant rights community contend that the program flags immigrants for deportation before and even if they have been found to do anything wrong.  They say that the program impacts victims of crime and is destroying the relationship between law enforcement and immigrant communities.  Some states have even asked, with little success, to opt out of the program.  Does this program really make any communities secure?  Or does it destroy communities and their safety? Well…
Tune In!  Call In! and Let’s Talk About It!
TONIGHT! Wed. August 17 @ 7pm EST
or tune in to 880 am (S. Florida)

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.


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.