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Political Misfits brings you news, politics and culture ‒ without the red and blue treatment. We aim to facilitate constructive conversations that take new looks at the stories and topics that mean a lot to us, including corporate misconduct, anti-war efforts, climate change, political hypocrisy, poverty, pop culture, electoral politics and much, much more. Political Misfits airs live daily Monday through Friday from 12-2 p.m. EST and is broadcast on 105.5 FM in Washington, DC, 102.9 FM in K ...
 
This podcast series is associated with George Mason University Cultural Studies' Colloquium Series. This year's series is called "Climate and Capitalism." The industrial revolution liberated human beings from the cycles of nature — or so it once seemed. It turns out that greenhouse gases, a natural byproduct of coal- and petroleum-burning industries, lead to global warming, and that we are now locked into a long warming trend: a trend that will raise sea levels, enhance the occurrence of ext ...
 
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Maha Hussaini, a freelance journalist and contributor to Middle East Eye, talks to us from Gaza about the Israeli bombardment over the past several days and the collective trauma endured by Palestinians from the violent assaults. Lara Abu Ghannam, attorney, civil and human rights activist, and central Florida Regional coordinator of CAIR-FL continu…
 
Kevin Gosztola, journalist, documentary filmmaker, writer for Shadowproof.com and co-host of the podcast Unauthorized Disclosure, talks to us about the case of Reality Winner, who was convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking documents related to Russiagate and how she is portrayed as the “good” whistleblower in the mainstream media as opposed …
 
Marvin Weinbaum, Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute, talks to us about the renewed wave of violence in Afghanistan after the U.S. set a September 2021 withdrawal date, with multiple bombings in recent weeks that have left dozens killed and hundreds injured, whether it was a wise decision to postpone the withdr…
 
Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor of public health at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, talks to us about updates in vaccination efforts and in the fight against COVID-19, how inequities remain in vaccination rates between communities, regions, and nations, how the mutations undergone by the virus may render current vaccines not as effec…
 
Wyatt Reed, producer and correspondent at Radio Sputnik, talks to us about the ongoing protests in Colombia, where more than two dozen people have been killed and 800 injured, according to government figures, and the U.S. has yet to issue any kind of statement, how the situation is looking on the ground, how the protests are evolving, and whether t…
 
Donna Davis, political consultant, political organizer and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Tampa, joins us to talk about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signing new legislation restricting voting in the state by adds hurdles to voting by mail, restricting the use of drop boxes and prohibiting any actions that could influence those standing in line t…
 
Chris Garaffa, web developer, technologist, security and privacy consultant, talks to us about reports that Facebook and Instagram are threatening to charge Apple users for their services if they don’t let the companies track their movements through apps and what these privacy changes mean for users. We also talk about Signal purchasing ads on Face…
 
Carl Zha, host of the Silk and Steel podcast focusing on China and surrounding regions, joins us to talk about the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and China regarding an investment deal that has run into obstacles in the ratification of the agreement, what role are sanctions and counter-sanctions playing in this, Secretary Blinken’s…
 
James Jordan, National Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice, talks to us about the ongoing protests in Colombia over a proposed tax hike which has resulted in at least 19 deaths, what were the details in this proposal that ignited such a strong response, and why the response by the police has been so violent. We also talk about how the C…
 
Mark Sleboda, international affairs and security analyst, joins us to talk about big retractions over the weekend from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC regarding allegations that authorities had warned Giuliani about a Russian disinformation campaign that turned out to come from anonymous sources and of dubious veracity, the possibl…
 
Juan José Gutiérrez, immigration lawyer, executive director of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, talks to us about how the Biden administration is punting on immigration reform, how it did not feature prominently during his speech, whether it is still a priority for this administration, and whether the initial positive steps taken will surv…
 
Dan Kovalik, human rights & labor lawyer and author of “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin,” among others, talks to us about federal agents searching the Manhattan apartment and office of Rudy Giuliani, whether the allegations of lobbying Ukrainian officials tell the whole story behind this, …
 
Darren Thompsom, reporter for Native News Online and Unicorn Riot, talks to us about the worst pipeline spill in 20 years in North Carolina, where the Colonial pipeline has leaked 1.2 million gallons of gasoline into the surrounding areas, the impact it has had across many states in the country, how the company repeatedly neglected safety measures …
 
Ahsan Butt, associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and Dr. Sahil Singh, co-director at Vmedica Clinics and Diagnostics, talk to us about the COVID crisis in India, the situation on the ground, what the country needs the most at this moment, and how the health system has been pushed to the brink …
 
Jacqueline and Abdus Luqman, hosts of Luqman Nation, talk to us about rallies held at least across the East Coast this weekend in support of long time American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who turned 67 this week, the importance of his story in exposing the brutality of the American system, and the impact his reporting has had in the movemen…
 
Miko Peled, human rights activist and author of the books "The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" and "Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five," talks to us about how more than 100 Palestinians were injured after hundreds of far right Jewish activists tore through the Jerusalem in recent days, how the government an…
 
Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste watchdog at Beyond Nuclear, and Tina Landis, environmental and social activist and the author of the book “Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism,” join us in a conversation about the the threat of water shortages and droughts facing the western United States, what kind of impact could these have, and how big agribusines…
 
Dave Ragland, senior Bayard Rustin Fellow at the Fellowship of Reconciliation and co-founder of the Truth Telling Project, and Donna Davis, political consultant, political organizer and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Tampa, join us in a conversation about the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on all three counts. We disc…
 
Sean Michael Love, founder and editor-in-chief of Black House News, and Dr. Sharon Anderson, attorney and business consultant, former law school professor and lecturer at Howard Law, and the CEO and Founder of KCG Consulting Services join us to talk about the Derek Chauvin trial, the ongoing jury deliberations, how they could decide which if any of…
 
Kristine Hendrix, President of the University City School Board, Junior Bayard Rustin Fellow with the Fellowship for Reconciliation and contributor to the Truth-Telling Project and "We Stay Woke" podcast, and Kevin Cramer, co-founder of the Palm Collective, director of community engagement and lead organizer, and “Why IG Live” series host, talk to …
 
Gregg Mosson, state and federal court litigator in private practice in Maryland, at Mosson Law, LLC, and author of the forthcoming “Employee Rights in Maryland: A Concise Guide to Knowing and Protecting Your Rights,” talks to us about Democrats in the House introducing a bill that would expand the Supreme Court by four seats, what else this commiss…
 
Juan José Gutiérrez, an immigration attorney and executive director of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, and Maru Mora Villalpando, community organizer, immigrant activist, and founder of La Resistencia, joins us to talk about how President Biden is flip-flopping on his campaign promises to enact a more humane immigration policy, how there …
 
In this segment Bob Schlehuber and Michelle Witte are joined by Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law and a Professor of Public Policy at Cornell University in New York and the Senior Counsel at Westwood Capital and a Fellow of The Century Foundation. The group talks about the IMF and World Bank Spring meetings and what Joe Biden needs to…
 
Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor of public health at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, talks to us about vaccine passports, the Biden administration’s hesitation for issuing them at the federal level and allowing some states to use them, and what potential problems could arise with these passports. We also talk about the new B.117 str…
 
Mohammad Marandi, professor of English literature and Orientalism at the University of Tehran, talks to us about the case of Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, who recently gave an interview with PBS and how leaders of terrorist groups are recruited and then rehabilitated by the U.S. foreign policy and defense interests to …
 
Ron Hampton, DC Representative for Blacks in Law Enforcement of America and former Executive Director of the National Black Police Association, and Dr. Sharon Anderson, attorney, business consultant, and former law school professor and lecturer at Howard Law, join us to talk about the testimony of the Minneapolis Police Chief in the Derek Chauvin t…
 
Jules Gill-Peterson, Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and author of the book ““Histories of the Transgender Child,” joins us in a conversation about latest battles to protect trans youth and trans rights that have come under assault in the states of Arkansas and South Dakota,…
 
Steven Donziger, lawyer, writer, former journalist and environmental advocate, tells us about a case involving environmental devastation in the Amazon where plaintiffs won a huge case against oil giant Chevron, how it then engaged in a legal vendetta against the activists and lawyers representing Ecuadorian communities, and how judges in the U.S. c…
 
John Kiriakou, former CIA analyst and co-host of the Backstory here on Radio Sputnik daily from 4-6 pm EST, joins us to talk about the case of Daniel Hale, the former intelligence analyst who pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act and who now faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking information about the U.S. drone program. We discuss the bac…
 
Rania Khalek, producer and host for Breakthrough News, and contributor to Truthout, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Salon, and others, joins us to talk about Anthony Blinken’s statements at the UN Security Council regarding human rights, with a particular emphasis on the situation in Syria, how this alleged conce…
 
Scott Thompson, labor market research economist and rural sociologist in Des Moines, Iowa, joins us to talk about the new “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill proposed by the Biden administration totalling between 3 to 4 trillion dollars, what infrastructure spending means to local communities, and how vital it is. We also talk about how this bi…
 
New voter suppression laws are passed in Georgia and the Derek Chauvin trial gets underway. How can we organize to put an end to white supremacy? Mitchell Plitnick, political analyst, writer, president of ReThinking Foreign Policy and co-author the new book “Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics,” tells us about about the various…
 
Darren Thompson, reporter for Native News Online and Unicorn Riot and a contributor to the Associated Press, talks to us about the Biden administration efforts to connect with native communities around the country, including Congresswoman Deb Haaland becoming Secretary of the Interior and funding through the American Rescue Plan, and how these sign…
 
Nick Davies, independent journalist and a researcher with Code Pink, and the author of “Blood On Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction,” joins us to talk about Samantha Power’s exchanges and statements in her confirmation hearings for her nomination to head USAID, her legacy of intervention, particularly in Libya, where the “Responsibili…
 
Miko Peled, human rights activist and author of the books "The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" and "Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five", joins us to talk about the election results in Israel, Netanyahu using a two-pronged strategy to gain Arab support and divide the popular Joint List, and his influence on …
 
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