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 1. Young Turks Rising: What you need to know

Since last Friday, Turkey has been hit by demonstrations that are some of its biggest in years.  Many say it is the result of popular anger over everything from excessive police force to an increasingly authoritarian government to the takeover of public space by private forces.  Tonight we are going talk about all of that plus the lessons American should and shouldn’t be learning from all of this.  Guests include doctor and community activist Ozlem Koksal & musician and activist on location from Turkey Ozhan Onder (Bandista).

but first…

2.  The Bradley Manning trial

Bradley Edward Manning  is a United States Army soldier arrested in 2010 in Iraq after allegedly passing classified material to the website WikiLeaks.
He if currently facing a military trial for 22 charges amounting to treason(including communicating
national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the
enemy).  Tune in as we talk about the man the military trial of a man that millions view as a hero more than a traitor.  Guests include Michael Ray (National Lawyers Guild), Jeff Patterson (Bradley Manning Support Network), James Branum (Oklahoma Center for Conscience)

3.  Jackson, Mississippi’s new mayor, Chokwe Lumumba.

Yesterday, Chokwe Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi by a massive margin.  Find out why Civil Rights leader’s win in Jackson is so significant and a huge upset to entrenched interests in the region. Guests include friend of the show, writer Tom Head & attorney/activist Kamau Franklin.

Also, find out why Florida leads most of the country in Marijuana arrests.

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1.  Digesting the DNC:

Last week we covered the RNC, this week the DNC (Democratic National Convention).  On this show we talk about whether the crowning theme of this week will be the “audacity of hoping we will hope again” or “give him one more chance” or…well something else.  Guests will include Marlon Hill, Roberto Lovato and Dante Strobino from Occupy Wall St. South.
2.  Our show on drugs part I:
This week, Miami’s former “Queen of Cocaine” and Matriarch of Miami’s “Cocaine Cowboys,” Griselda Blanco, was gunned down in Colombia.  At the same time of Blanco’s murder, a Caravan for Peace is touring the US pushing for the and end to the War on Drugs.  The Caravan of Peace with Justice and Dignity was originally comprised of Mexican family members who lost loved ones to the
violence of the drug war.  We figured it would be a good time to talk about the War on Drugs and why we are losing even as the original “Cocaine Cowboys” are slowing becoming a memory on Miami’s landscape.  Guests included Miami New Times writer, Francisco Alvarado, Robert Lovato and Sean Dunagan of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (and a former DEA Intelligence Analyst). 
3.  More about Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital:

Last week, we scratched the surface of why Bain Capital is considered so bad for America.  This week, Josh Kosman (author, The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Is Destroying Jobs and Killing the American Economy) and Cindy Hewitt, a former employee of the Bain Capital-owned now defunct Dade Behring plant in Miami gives us more reasons to believe that Bain Capital is bad and that its specific type of bad was broken in by Mitt Romney himself.  You do not want to miss this segment.  Tonight (Wendesday) at 9pm, tune in to the DNC, where Hewitt will be speaking.
Plus, check out our bonus clips of what Josh Kosman wishes he would hear at the DNC and why this is all bigger than Bain or Mitt Romney.

1.  What the Dems should be discussing at the DNC

2.  Why this is all bigger than Bain or Mitt Romney

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1.  Why do artists do drugs?
You don’t hear real talk like this.  Dr. Elaine Aron breaks down the emotional ups and downs of art and the creative process and discusses the possibility that both drug users and great artists come from the same psychologically defined grouping of “highly sensitive” people. Friend of the show La Guardia gives his take on it all, talks about his anti-drug community work and denies his latent addiction to Lucky Charms.  Download here or press play below.

2.  Whitney and the War on Drugs.
How does Whitney’s legacy affect how we think about the War on Drugs?  Listen to Jim Hall (Center for Study and Prevention of Substance Abuse, Nova Southeastern University) discuss Miami’s, the supposed cocaine capital of the country, prescription drug abuse is giving the white horse a run for its money and its death toll. Hall also boldly declares the war on drugs over and stresses the importance of medicalizing the country’s drug problem.  You can also hear Kassandra Frederique (Drug Policy Alliance) kinda disagree with him but agree that the war on drugs has been a complete failure.  Download the segment here or press play below…

3. Remembering Malcolm.  Finally we remember El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known  as Malcom X. On the 47th Anniversary of his death we speak with Zaheer Ali who goes beyond pigeonholes and caricatures to try and understand Malcolm’s legacy in its entirety.  Download the segment here or press play below. 

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TONIGHT! Feb. 22 @ 7pm est

Family! After a week off, we are back bringing you real radio that talks about real issues that affect the lives of real people.  This week…

1.  The War on Drugs and Whitney!

One of the greatest singers of all time was laid to rest this weekend.  As stupid as it is to speculate on Whitney Houston’s death before the autopsy results are released, everyone is doing it anyway.  But the question people keep forgetting to ask is whether or not her long documented struggle with substance abuse is yet another example of a failed War on Drugs.  The new allegations flying around about prescription drug abuse mirror a real life increase in prescription drug abuse in the community at large, even in cities like Miami, know as the city of the Cocaine Cowboys.  How does a War on Drugs look when the pushers don’t get their product from cartels but from prescriptions? We will talk about all of this with Kassandra Frederique from the Drug Policy Alliance and substance abuse expert Jim Hall (Center for Study and Prevention of Substance Abuse-Nova Southeastern University). 


2.  Why Do Artists do Drugs?

All the speculation about Whitney’s death has come with a lot of judgment about her history of abuse.  But beyond the judgment calls, we haven’t really had a real conversation about whether or not artists are more likely to use drugs, and if so why.  We will stop speculating and start talking with Psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron and non drug using artist and friend of the show, La Guardia. Hopefully we can get some real answers.

But first…

3.  Remembering Malcolm X

Yesterday marked the 47th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination.  Decades later, he probably remains one of the most controversial, misunderstood and significant leaders of what some would call the Civil Rights movement (a term he rejected). Join us as we talk with Zahar Ali about the legacy on an icon.

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by Subhash Kateel

After the amount of flak I caught from my last post on Ron Paul, I almost decided to never write about the guy again, lest I have to check under my car every morning.  I seem to have pissed a few people off, not because of what I wrote, but what I didn’t write. Apparently, defending the parts of Ron Paul that I don’t think are crazy isn’t enough.  I have to be willing to vote for the guy AND believe he has a real chance of becoming President. In the alternative, I have to pretend that he has never been right about anything and is only a dangerous racist demagogue.  Writing anything that says, “it’s complicated” is unacceptable to some people (thanks for reading anyway).
But after seeing him in action during the New Hampshire debates, I decided to go in one last time . In the process of defending himself from his own infamous 1990’s newsletters (if you missed the fun, you can get caught up here) he brought up stuff I wouldn’t expect to hear in a Republican debate. 

“I’m the only one up here and the only one in the Democratic Party that understands true racism in this country. It’s in the judicial system. And it has to do with enforcing the drug laws. The percentage of people who use drugs are about the same with blacks and whites, and yet the blacks are arrested way disproportionately. They’re prosecuted, imprisoned, way disproportionately. They get the death penalty way disproportionately.

How many times have you seen a white rich person get the electric chair or get execution? But poor minorities have an injustice. And they have an injustice in war as well.  Because minorities suffer more. Even with the draft, they suffered definitely more. Without a draft, they’re suffering disproportionately. If we truly want to be concerned about racism, you ought to look at a few of those issues and look at the drug laws which are being so unfairly enforced.”
If a politician ever needs to divert a discussion away from the dumb things in their past in a principled way, this is probably how they should do it.  To find an example of how not to respond to a racially charged situation, look no further than Florida Governor, and only politician less popular than ghosts, Rick Scott.  On a few occasions the unloved gov responded to criticism from some members of the African American community by insisting that he understands Black folks because he grew up in the projects.  In New Hampshire,  jackass-in-chief Newt Gingrich (who I not really defend here) was handling fallout from his statements linking the entire Black community to food stamp use by simply saying more jacked up stuff.  
In a climate where so many politicians do such a bad job of removing the feet they put in their mouths, it is pretty refreshing to see a politician do a foot-in-mouth extraction while simultaneously highlighting a real societal injustice that disproportionately affects working people of color .
How bad are the disparities in the criminal justice system that Ron Paul refers to?  So bad that many, including author Michelle Alexander, have called the criminal justice system the  “New Jim Crow.”   So  bad, that Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition estimates that a million Floridians are stripped of their right to vote because of it.  So bad that Gov. Rick Scott and his Attorney General Pam “I enforce the law unless it’s foreclosure fraud” Bondi seem to be using the disparities to prevent tens of thousands of people from voting, potentially setting the stage for a rigged 2012 election.  

For a Republican politician to essentially insert a discussion of the new Jim Crow into a election year debate is not lost on those that have fought for even a fraction of that attention during any Democratic debate.  Now Ron Paul isn’t right when he says that he is the “only” politician that understands the new Jim Crow. And before you start trying to book him for an MLK day speaking engagement, I should point out that, racist or not, his opposition to the Civil Rights Act is freaking bizarre.  But this whole racist newsletter fiasco brings up of a much bigger point -the difference between being personally racist and promoting policies with racist results.  You can have supposedly not-racist politicians like President Bill Clinton that enact policies via the War on Drugs and the death penalty that produce racist results.  You can also have really racist politicians, like President Harry Truman, who once said that one man is as good as another as long as he is not a “nigger or chinaman,” that  promote  anti-racist policies like de-segregating the military. As a whole,  the sooner we can have real conversations about the differences between the two,  the sooner we will be better at holding politicians accountable for the things they say and do.

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