Looming over today's mass incarceration boom are the shadows of slavery and of the brutal and profitable convict lease system that arose after slavery's end. Image: The dramatic national rise in jail and prison inmates over the last three decades was largely driven by Southern states, where incarceration has a unique racial, social and economic hi […]
This week marked the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act, and a "People's Grand Jury" in North Carolina handed down a symbolic indictment of the state's Republican leaders for refusing to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured low-income people as the law allows. Image: […]
Riffing on key ideas from her last two books, the Canadian author argues it's a perfect time to employ the "shock doctrine" for good by using climate change as opportunity to "change everything" about our economy and energy systems. Image: Facing South Appreciate this post? Please donate & share below. Donate » Tweet » Share » E […]
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. The first installment focuses on elders of the movement who continue to work for the cause today. Image: Hollis Watkins, a SNCC organizer and co-founder of Southern Echo, a g […]
The fast-food chain has refused to join the Fair Food Program, which promotes more humane labor standards for Florida's tomato pickers. Image: Students have announced a nationwide boycott of Wendy's until the fast-food chain agrees to join a program designed to protect the human rights of Florida's tomato pickers. (Photo by Coalition of Immok […]
During a conference Tuesday at Hofstra University that assessed the George W. Bush presidency, Amy Goodman asked panelists if senior administration officials should be tried for war crimes. Her question to former national intelligence director and U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, drew this response: Amy Goodman: "Do you think that, Mr. Negropon […]
Watch Amy Goodman call for accountability at a recent discussion on The Bush Doctrine and Combating Terrorism . "If we really care about national security and being a model for the world of justice," Goodman says of the George W. Bush administration's actions after 9/11, we have "to move from assessment to an accounting and to accountabil […]
Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and “misbehavior before an enemy?” Bowe Bergdahl was a private when he left his post in Afghanistan, under circumstances that are still unkn […]
Watch our extended interview about detained migrant women seeking asylum in court via video stream, as they face harsh conditions in a private prison setting along with children as young as a few months old. We speak with Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz about what she observed in the courtrooms in San Antonio, and with Barbara Hines, former director of t […]
Known for his work chronicling the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa since the 1960s, Danny Schechter has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Schechter got his start as "The News Dissector" in 1970 at WBCN -FM in Boston. He went on to become a prolific television producer who won two Emmys. He was executive editor of […]
Episode 252: BOOM! Dave, Mark and Coach dissect why Mark is still a fan of the NFL, but no longer his beloved Chicago Bears with the signing of Ray McDonald. Author, lawyer and basketball commentator Richard Kent previews the Sweet 16 and tells you which remaining teams could take down Kentucky in the men’s bracket or UConn in the women’s tournament. Andy Sc […]
Episode 251: BOOM! We have a great show for you this week. Ahead of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, get the Final Four picks from Dave, Coach, Mark, and D.C. Dan. In the wake of Chris Borland’s shocking retirement, Dave Meggyesy, former NFL player and author of Out of Their League, discusses the advice he offered to Borland and the potential impact tha […]
Episode 250: BOOM! Dave’s on the road but the show must go on so Daniel “DC Dan” Baker and “Mean” Mark Barry take the reigns. Dave checks in to discuss the recent incident at the University of Oklahoma and the response by their football team. And fresh off the craziest start to NFL free agency, Nick Kostos, Bleacher Report’s Featured NFL Columnist & Sche […]
Episode 249: BOOM! We have a wonderful edition of Edge of Sports for you this week. Royce White, mental health advocate and former NCAA star basketball player, stops by the studio and gives his take on the Larry Sanders incident. He explains what the NBA could and should be doing better with regards to the mental health of its players.
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.