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The Electoral College’s Dirty History Encore
Nov16

The Electoral College’s Dirty History Encore

  Given the Trump Election and the difference between popular votes and Electoral votes, we explore the Electoral College. Who are the electors, anyway? And will the United States ever join the rest of the world, and adopt a popular vote for president? Yale University Law & Political Science Professor Akhil Reed Amar says the Electoral College discourages voting, lessens the power of the states, and could work to the disadvantage of either major political party. On this edition of Making Contact, Akhil Reed Amar speaks with Angela McKenzie of Initiative Radio about how the US constitution can be changed to create a more fair and just society.  ** SEE BONUS ARTICLE BELOW Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Akhil Reed Amar, Yale University Sterling Law and Political Science Professor Angela McKenzie, Initiative Radio Host Credits: Guest Producer:  Angela McKenzie, Initiative Radio MC Producer: Andrew Stelzer Remixers: Nicolo Scolieri and Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth, Sabine Blaizin The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists  by Akhil Reed Amar @Time.com The Founding Fathers had something particular in mind when they set up the U.S. presidential election system: slavery As Americans await the quadrennial running of the presidential obstacle course now known as the Electoral College, it’s worth remembering why we have this odd political contraption in the first place. After all, state governors in all 50 states are elected by popular vote; why not do the same for the governor of all states, a.k.a. the president? The quirks of the Electoral College system were exposed this week when Donald Trump secured the presidency with an Electoral College majority, even as Hillary Clinton took a narrow lead in the popular vote. Some claim that the founding fathers chose the Electoral College over direct election in order to balance the interests of high-population and low-population states. But the deepest political divisions in America have always run not between big and small states, but between the north and the south, and between the coasts and the interior. One Founding-era argument for the Electoral College stemmed from the fact that ordinary Americans across a vast continent would lack sufficient information to choose directly and intelligently among leading presidential candidates. This objection rang true in the 1780s, when life was far more local. But the early emergence of national presidential parties rendered the objection obsolete by linking presidential candidates to slates of local candidates and national platforms, which explained to voters who stood for what. Although the Philadelphia framers did not anticipate the rise of...

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Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy
Nov02

Greg Palast on Voter Suppression, and Buying Democracy

  Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Greg Palast, is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,” unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts by America’s “Billionaire Bandits” to prevent minority communities from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Featuring: Greg Palast, Investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker Host: Anita Johnson Music: Quiet Orchestra, “My Friends” For More Information:...

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Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists
Oct12

Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.” Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the front lines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate. Featuring:  Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate NuclearWeapons. Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK. Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant. Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement. Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.  Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo Credits: “8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs,” photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence rcnv.org via Twitter @RNCV1  More information Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes,” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story.  http://www.womenrisingradio.com/explore/featured-essay/ Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, http://thenewpress.com/books/nuclear-power-not-answer Samira Goetschel  City 40, http://www.city40film.com/ Western States Legal Foundation, http://www.wslfweb.org/ “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifSiUvzh9A Israeli Disarmament Movement, http://disarmament.org.il/english/ Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Britain, http://www.cnduk.org/ Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, http://lcnp.org/ Marshall Islands Lawsuit ICJ, http://lcnp.org/RMI/ Nuclear Zero — and Petition for the Marshall Islands  http://nuclearzero.org/ New York Times  Marshall Islands at UN Court http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/world/asia/marshall-islands-un-court-nuclear-disarmament.html?_r=1 Nuclear Free Future, http://www.nuclear-free-future.com/ Women in Europe for a Common Future, http://www.wecf.eu/ No Nukes Action Committee, https://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/ Fairewinds Energy Education, http://www.fairewinds.org/ Solartopia, http://solartopia.org/ Nuclear Age Peace Foundation https://www.wagingpeace.org/ #HumanizeNotModernize...

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Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel
Oct05

Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital. Featuring:   Drorit Hochner, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Scopus Hospital Rabbi Benny Lau Dikla Aharon, journalist Dori Adar, online developer Tami Doron, Avia, and “Rivka” nurse-midwives and Jewish and Arab mothers who gave birth or considered giving birth at Mt. Scopus Hospital. Credits:  Narrator and Story Producer: Shaina Shealy Host: Monica Lopez Illustrations: Shaina Shealy Music Credits: Beware of Safety, A New Dawn, Adriana Krikl, Cuddle Formation, Ergo Phizmiz, Monplaisir, Kirill Shirokov, Lee Rosevere, and Quiet Music for Tiny Robots. More information Hadassah,Mt. Scopus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology http://www.hadassah-med.com/giving-birth/give-birth-at-hadassah/mt-scopus.aspx International Confederation of Midwives http://www.internationalmidwives.org/who-we-are/policy-and-practice/icm-international-definition-of-the-midwife/ Dori Adar http://www.doriadar.com/about/ Rabbi Benny Lau https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binyamin_Lau Shaina Shealy http://journalism.berkeley.edu/students/shaina_shealy/ Israeli hospital heads to be summoned after report on segregation of Arabs in maternity wards:  http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israeli-hospital-heads-to-be-summoned-after-report-on-segregation-of-Arabs-in-maternity-wards-450579 Health Ministry issues statement stressing that it doesn’t accept practice of placing expectant Jewish and Arab moms in separate rooms: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.713343 ‘Another Terrorist is Born:’ The Longstanding Practice of Racism and Segregation in Israeli Maternity Wards: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.712936 The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive http://en.jfa.huji.ac.il...

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Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World
Sep28

Retaining Rondon: Creole Food in a Changing World

In a world that increasingly seems to strive for uniformity, afro-descendant Creole people on the eastern coast of Nicaragua seek to hold on to their unique culture through their food. Incoming palm plantations are fragmenting traditional Creole farmland and making it difficult for local coconut oil businesses. Overfishing and pesticides from the palm fields are reducing stocks of fish in the lagoons, making it more difficult to access traditional protein sources. In the towns and cities along the coast, an influx of foreign products is setting a new standard for how you should look, talk and eat. Rondon is one of the most celebrated traditional Creole dishes. Similar to a curry, it has a base of coconut milk in which you cook cassava, dasheen, breadfruit, baby corn and fried fish with fresh herbs and spices. It’s a dish with strong connections to Africa. For a people descended from freed blacks, escaped slaves and indigenous Americans, holding on to Rondon is holding on to heritage. Featuring:  Miss Connie Tinoko, Kenneth Fox, Edward Fox, John Watson, Miss Gay Sterling and her family Credits: Host: Marie Choi Contributing Producer: Maria Doerr Organizations and Support: Bluefields Sound System, Mikel Britton, Stanford Storytelling Project, Jake Warga, Claire Schoen, Bruce Braden Photo Credits: Maria Doerr Music Credit: Take Dis Five, Run-Down Orchestra Bluefield Sound System 2009, Zion-O, Run-Down Orchestra, Bluefield Sound System 2009, Reggae-instrumental 04, redmp3.cc (CC music), Reggae-instrumental 15, redmp3.cc (CC...

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Occupy, 5 years later
Sep21

Occupy, 5 years later

September marks the 5 year anniversary of Occupy. We go to Zuccotti Park, and Oakland to talk to individuals that were part of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland to gain insight and reflection on the movement that swept the nation. Featuring: Samara Ward, Occupy Oakland participant Joyous DeAsis, Young Oakland organizer, Occupy Oakland participant Marisa Holmes, Filmmaker, Occupy Wall Street facilitator Needa Bee, Occupy Oakland participant Krystof Lapour, Occupy Oakland participant Samsarah Morgan, doula and birth worker, Founder of Occupy Oakland Children’s Village and Parents and Allies Caucus of Occupy Oakland, Occupy Decolonize Birth Parenting and Pregnancy Caucus Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo, Organizer Idriss Stelley Foundation, Occupy Oakland participant Ashoka Finley, Black radical, Occupy the Farm participant Credits Host: R.J. Lozada Contributing Producer: Marie Choi Music: Alex Fitch, “Seeking Clarity” and “We Call This Home III”, Blue Dot Sessions, “Union Hall Melody” and “Insatiable Toad”, Cory Gray, “Build a View”,  The Losers, “Gotta Keep Moving” For More Information: Occupy Wall Street New York City General Assembly West Coast Port Shutdown Announcement VIDEO Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo, Open Letter to the Occupy Movement: The Decolonization Proposal VIDEO Occupy the Farm Film Naomi Wolf, “Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy”, The Guardian Apex Express, Occupy Retrospective Davey D, “General Strike #OccupyOakland”, OLM News “Arun Gupta and Marina Sitrin on Occupy’s Anniversary”, Moyers and Company Dario Azzellini and Marina Sitrin, They Can’t Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy Arun Gupta, “What Became of Occupy Wall Street?”,...

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