America has more prisoners than any country in the world, more prisoners than at the height of the Soviet gulag system, more prisoners per capita than South Africa at the depths of Apartheid. More African Americans are behind bars right now than were held as slaves at any given time before the Civil War. Nearly two and a half million Americans are behind bars. One in three black men will spend time in prison during their lifetime. And yet not a single banker responsible for the Great Recession has been arrested. More and more American prisoners are being held in solitary confinement which Amnesty International calls torture.
Two years ago, in a landmark five to four decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prison over population here in California was so horrendous it violated our constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. One of the most conservative Supreme Courts in American history ordered California to reduce its number of prisoners by 30,000. California Governor Jerry Brown had exactly two years to comply with that order, and he is now asking for an extension.
On today’s program California inmates stage the largest prison protest in state history including a hunger strike. We talk with Los Angeles Times Reporter Paige St. John who has just returned from Pelican Bay Supermax prison in Northern California where the hunger strike is being spearheaded, and we learn why Pelican Bay was called one of the ten worst prisons in America by Mother Jones magazine.
We ask the important question: Is our prison system a crime? We’re building more prisons in America, those beds have to be filled, especially the ones in private prisons. The cops are coming for you. You or someone you know is going to do time. So it’s no longer a question of how we treat prisoners, it’s how we treat each other. America’s prison system is a disgrace, and there’s a very good chance you’re going to bear witness to just how disgraceful it is up close and personal. We’re no longer talking hypotheticals. On today’s program you learn what you or someone you know is in for with Los Angeles Times Correspondent Paige Saint John.
Also on the show, our film critic Michael Snyder stops by to discuss Woody Allen’s latest masterpiece. Please subsribe to this show for free on iTunes.
Dr. Paul Song and Dr. Nancy Niparko from Physicians for a National Health Program explain why America needs a single payer healthcare system right now. Everything you need to know about Obamacare and why Obamacare simply isn't enough to heal all Americans. Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. For more information please visit www.pnhp.org. Also Mark Thompson and new music from Will Ryan And The Cactus County Cowboys. Please subscribe to this show for free on iTunes.
On today’s show we salute Britain's royalty with Martin Short, Dana Gould, Cynthia Adler, Mark Thompson, Jane Edith Wilson, Troy Conrad, Stefane Zamorano, and Frank Conniff.Written by Cynthia Adler, Andy Caploe, Ben Zelevansky, Steve Rosenfield and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our show on iTunes for free.
New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak whose new e-book “To Have and Uphold: The Supreme Court And The Battle for Same-Sex Marriage” is available for download right now on iTunes and Amazon. “To Have And Uphold” is the definitive story of the struggle over same sex marriage in the Supreme Court. It’s a quick and easy read published by the New York Times and Byliner Original.
Also Film Critic Michael Snyder on what movies to catch this week. We talk about Fruitvale Station, which in light of the George Zimmerman verdict, couldn’t be any more relevant. Also on the show Two Time Tony Award Winner Andrea Martin, Eddie Pepitone and Mark Thompson. Portions of today’s program were written by Steve Rosenfield and David Feldman. The Cactus County Cowboys feature Will Ryan, John Presto Reynolds and Westy Westenhofer. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
From "The Late Show with David Letterman" Comedian Karen Rontowski discusses her paranormal investigations. Also Comedy Writer Jon Hotchkiss. Plus Will Ryan And The Cactus County Cowboys. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
On today’s show the role race plays in deciding which Americans get to live, and which Americans get to die. Is an African American’s body worth less than a white person’s? And why are Republicans trying to keep Native Americans from voting? All this and more with Aura Bogado who covers racial justice, native rights, and immigration for The Nation magazine. Have you subscribed yet to the Nation? You should. Race, George Zimmerman, and keeping Native Americans from voting with our special guest the Nation Magazine’s Aura Bogado. Plus Will Ryan and The Cactus County Cowboys.Today’s show features Paul Dooley, Jeremy S. Kramer, Hal Lublin, and Lauren Pritchard. Portions of today’s show were written by David Weiss and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our podcast for free on iTunes.
Is America slowly becoming a surveillance state, or is it already a surveillance state and we don’t know it? And if we don’t know it, then does it matter? For more on this and the latest Edward Snowden revelations we head to Washington DC, where Andrea Peterson joins us. Andrea covers technology issues for Think Progress.
Today you will learn what exactly the NSA is, what a FISA court is, and just how much privacy President Obama thinks we’re entitled to.
Also David weighs in some more on the George Zimmerman trial. The Cactus County Cowboys today feature Will Ryan, Westy Westenhofer and Diane Michelle. We are produced by Alicia Cordova and our executive producer is Troy Conrad. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Paul Dooley, Janie Haddad Tomkins, Jeremy S. Kramer, Mark Thompson, Hal Lublin, Mike McShane, Graham Elwood, and Will Ryan. The Cactus County Cowboys featured Will Ryan, Westy Westenhofer and Diane Michelle. Written by David Weiss, Hal Lublin, Will Dixon, Paul Dooley, Will Ryan Janie Haddad Tompkins, Guy Nicolucci, and David Feldman. We are produced by Alicia Cordova and our executive producer is Troy Conrad. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Hunger in America and the Farm Bill. Our guest is Greg Kaufmann who is the poverty correspondent for The Nation and a contributor to BillMoyers.com. He covers poverty in America primarily through his blog, This Week in Poverty. Through his writing he seeks to increase media coverage of poverty, share new research, elevate the voices of people living in poverty and offer readers opportunities to get involved with organizations working to eradicate poverty. Moyers & Company syndicates his blog and describes it as offering “must-read stories,” and Melissa Harris-Perry calls Greg “one of the most consistent voices on poverty in America.” Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and been a guest on Moyers & Company, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, NPR’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Here & Now, Your Call, The Thom Hartmann Program, Stand Up! with Pete Dominick and The Matthew Filipowicz Show, as well as various local radio programs. His work has also been featured on CBSNews.com, NPR.org, WashingtonPost.com, and BusinessInsider.com. He serves as an advisor for Barbara Ehrenreich’s Economic Hardship Reporting Project. He graduated from Dickinson College and studied creative writing at Miami University (Ohio). He lives in his hometown of Washington, DC, with his wife, son and two daughters.
Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was arrested last month and charged with the first-degree murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. He is being held inside Massachusetts’ Bristol County House of Correction without bail in a seven foot by ten foot cell, he’s six foot one, alone for twenty one hours a day with nobody to talk to, no television, no air conditioning, no coffee, no gym. Hernandez is permitted to walk thirty yards in his cellblock during the three hours each day he is taken out of solitary confinement. For three hours a day he is allowed to make collect calls, take a shower and stretch his legs. The only people he gets to talk to are on the phone when he makes his collect calls. He has zero interaction with any of the other prisoners. This is not solitary confinement, but it’s damn close. Our guest is Travis Waldron who covers sports for Think Progress. Travis raises the disturbing question If this is how America treats a celebrity like Aaron Hernandez, how do we treat the other Hernandezes behind bars who aren’t famous? Solitary confinement, it’s torture, and we discuss it with Sports Columnist Travis Waldron from Think Progress.
Today’s show features Paul Dooley, Janie Haddad Tomkins, Laura Kightlinger. Eddie Pepitone, Hal Lublin, and Frank Conniff. We are written by Dylan Brody, Hal Lublin, Will Dixon, and Steve Rosenfield and David Feldman.
Washington DC’s city council passes the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 forcing big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target, with annual sales exceeding one billion a year, to pay workers a livable wage. Wal-Mart lobbyists are now urging the mayor of Washington DC to veto the bill. What does that means for retail employees across the nation? Plus June’s Jobs numbers are up. The numbers are good, but the jobs aren’t. America’s working poor seems to be growing at the same rate as jobs are. We’ll look at these new job numbers, and Wal-Mart’s troubles in Washington DC with Aviva Shen who writes for Think Progress. Aviva’s writings have also appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine. In the 2008 Obama campaign she served as a social media consultant.
Also David weighs in on the George Zimmerman verdict.
And so do Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys.
Portions of today’s program feature Kevin Rooney, Mark Thompson, Chris Pina, Eddie Pepitone and Eddie Crasnick, and were written by Ben Zelevasnky, Karen Simmons, Eddie Crasnick, Eddie Pepitone and David Feldman.
A scathing look at the past week with Paul Dooley, Jeremy S. Kramer, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Hal Lublin, Laurie Kilmartin, Jacob Rubin, Will Scovill, and Will Ryan & The Cactus County Cowboys.
Today’s show is written by Laura House, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Will Dixon, Hal Lublin, David Weiss, Guy Nicolucci, Will Ryan, Jacob Rubin, Will Scovill and David Feldman.
The Cactus County Cowboys today featured Will Ryan, Westy Westenhofer and Diane Michelle.
We are produced by Alicia Cordova and our executive producer is Troy Conrad.
Last month our Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act as well as California’s Prop 8 was unconstitutional thereby paving the way for gay marriage. Problem solved, right? Wrong. Turns out Gay Marriage is a lot like abortion. The Supreme Court says it’s legal, but it’s up to the individual states to determine just how much gay sex and abortion you can have.We go to Washington DC to talk with Zack Ford who covers LGBT issues for Think Progress and also hosts a podcast on gay issues called “Queer And Queerer.” On today's show we learn about ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and why it must be passed now. Did you know in most states somebody can be fired just because he or she is gay? Hard to believe, but it's true. Which is why we need to pass ENDA right now. Zack fills us in on ENDA, Same Sex Marriage, and why right wing Christians are finally admitting homosexuality can't be cured. Plus Will Ryan and The Cactus County Cowboys. Hal Lublin, Paul Dooley, Rick Overton, Janie Haddad Tompkins and Mark Thompson. Portions of today's program are written by Hal Lublin, Will Dixon, Ben Zelevansky, Steve Rosenfield, and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. Republican Senator Rob Portman's phone number is 202-224-3353. Call him right now and tell him to support ENDA. That's what this number is for.
Comedian Robert Duchaine is a surly misanthrope. His sarcastic social commentary pokes fun at a myriad of topics including race, religion, and relationships. He’s been kicked out of every organization he was ever forced to join, from the Cub Scouts to the U.S. Army, and fired from every job he ever finagled. Robert finally found a refuge where he can make his own rules - the stand-up comedy stage. Now an established national touring headliner, Robert performs regularly in Las Vegas show rooms, colleges, comedy clubs and concert venues. Duchaine is also involved in avant-garde theater and independent film. Robert's unique perspective fuels an act that pushes the envelope. Duchaine is candid, entertaining, and always hilarious! Plus Will Ryan And The Cactus County Cowboys. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Mychal Denzel Smith is covering the George Zimmerman trial for The Nation magazine. We all know Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, now it's up to a jury of six women to determine whether or not he'll get off. Mychal Denzel Smith's work on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism and black male identity has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Ebony, theGrio, the Root, Huffington Post and GOOD. Today's show features Mike MacRae, Mark Thompson, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Jeremy S. Kramer and Chris Pina. Portions of our show were written by Mike MacRae, Dylan Brody and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
On today’s show we talk about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote, the guy everybody has to please with constitutional scholar and author Ian Millhiser. Plus Robin Williams, Martin Short And Will Ryan and The Cactus County Cowboys.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Justice Kennedy, remember back in October of 2012 when Romney and Obama were courting the undecideds? Remember how annoying the undecideds were? Everyone had already made up their minds months earlier, but roughly three percent of the country claimed they just didn’t know, when in fact they wanted the attention. Well, that’s who Justice Anthony Kennedy is. He just doesn’t know. We talk with Ian Milhiser who just wrote a great piece for Think Progress entitled “Ten Reasons No One Should Lionize Justice Kennedy.” Ian Millhiser is a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. And through the prism of Anthony Kennedy we’ll get to see how liberal, or just how conservative the John Roberts court is turning out to be.
Also on the show remember Rick Perry, the governor of Texas? Remember he ran for president last year and it turns out he was actually dumber than Michele Bachmann? Well, today, he’s going to announce whether or not he’s running for reelection as governor of Texas, and he also might announce whether or not he’s running for president again, even though his last campaign by all measures was a complete disaster. So, we’re running a sketch we did last year with Robin Williams playing Governor Perry, it still holds up.
And how about this? Marty Short and Will Ryan together on the same stage, how great is that?
Ray James, Will Ryan and David Feldman wrote portions of today’s show. Alicia Cordova produces us. Please subscribe to our program on iTunes.
America celebrates the Declaration Of Independence by sitting idly by as Egypt topples a popularly elected president. On today's show we remember all those other despots who were toppled this year with Robin Williams, Martin Short, Paul Dooley, Robert Smigel, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Mark Thompson, Laura House plus Will Ryan And The Cactus County Cowboys featuring Westy Westenhoven and John Presto Reynolds. Today's show is written by Guy Nicolucci and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our show on iTunes.
Despite being told to take the Fourth of July off, David, Mark Thompson and Will Ryan decided to do a show anyway. So in honor of The Fourth we give you 1/4th of a show. Actually it's pretty good. We're just being hard on ourselves. Plus it's really hot in Los Angeles, and we were dehydrated, tired and lonely. Seriously, 1/4th of this is really, really good. I promise. I just don't know which fourth. I think it's near the end. Or the middle. Look, if you're drunk, suffering from heat stroke or hallucinating from the spoiled mayo in Aunt Phart's macaroni salad you're going to love this. Please subscribe to our show on iTunes.
Marty Short does Jerry Lewis, and the situtation in Egypt with Laura House, The King Of TV, Janie Haddad Tompkins and Ron Babcock. New music from Will Ryan and The Cactus County Cowboys. Portions of today's program are written by Ben Zelevansky, Ron Babcock and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
The Senate passes landmark immigration reform and Esther Yu-Hsi Lee from Think Progress breaks it all down for us. Plus Film Critic Michael Snyder. New music from Will Ryan And The Cactus County Cowboys. Also Jeremy S. Kramer, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Hal Lublin, and Lauren Pritchard. Portions written by Ned Rice, David Weiss and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our show on iTunes.