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1.  What youth think about more armed “good guys” in their schools.
Both Democratic politicians and NRA policy wonks have proposals to put armed “good guys” in school post-Newtown to stop school shootings.  But what do young people and the organization they work with think?  Did anyone bother to ask them?  Tune in tonight as we ask our friends from Power U in Miami.2.  A Private Prison company wanted to name a college stadium. Students said no.  Students won.

Several weeks ago, we covered the controversy in South Florida when Florida Atlantic University decided to take millions of dollars from Boca Raton-based GEO prison group, a notorious private prison company for naming rights to their sports stadium.  Just this week, we got word that GEO decided to back out of the deal after nationwide protests.  Hear from Arely Baugh (Stop Owlcatraz Coalition) about the students that stood up, said no and won.
3.  The Associated Press drops the I-word (illegal immigrant), people respond.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press (AP) announced that they will no longer recommend journalists use the word “illegal immigrant” in media publicatins.  The announcement was seen as a victory by many.  Tune in tonight as we hear from Rinku Sen (Colorlines Magazine, which launched The Drop the I-Word campaign),  Cris Lagunas (National Immigrant Youth Alliance), Dave Caukett (Floridians for Immigration Enforcement), Julio Calderon (Dream Defenders, Students Working For Equal Rights).  Julio will also tell us about the massive immigration march being held in Miami this weekend.

4.  Does immigration reform have a Gang (of 8) problem?

Just this week, the “Gang of 8” Senators charged with coming up with an immigration “compromise” said they were close to a deal.  One of them, Florida’s own Marco Rubio, disagreed.  The same week, Immigrant Rights activists held a protest in front of the New York offices of another “Gang” leader, New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  Is the fight for a new immigration system running into a “gang” problem?  We’ll find out as we talk to Newsweek/Daily Beast correspondent Michael Tomasky and Families For Freedom organizer Donald Anthonyson.

5.  A Cuban blogger/activist Yoani Sanchez comes to town, Cuban Americans react.

Just about the biggest news in Miami’s Cuban American community this week is that renowned Cuban blogger/activist Yoani Sanchez has come to town to talk freedom, expression and Cuba.  But the Cuban American community she is coming to is different from the Cuban American community of yesteryear.  Tune in as we talk to Cuban American independent researcher and curator, Elizabeth Ceredijo about Miami’s Cuban American reaction to the famed blogger.

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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.