Fearless, Adversarial Journalism – Spoken Edition
By The Intercept
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||CleanPoliticized by Trump, Teachers Threaten to Shake Up Red-State Politics||The teachers strikes that have roiled red states across the country burst onto the national scene seemingly out of nowhere. But a closer look at the peoplewho make up this movement reveals the distinct Trump-era natureof the uprising. In the four states where teachers movements have erupted over the past few months — Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma — educators and community members are encountering broadly similar circumstances.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmazon Gets Huge Subsidies to Provide Good Jobs — but It’s a Top Employer of SNAP Recipients in at Least Five States||Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to profit more than any other retailer when the $70 billion program goes online after an initial eight-state pilot.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn 30 Years, Only 17 Women Won Sexual Harassment Claims Before Wall Street’s Oversight Body||For victims of sexual harassment on Wall Street, the case of Kathleen Mary O’Brien was a bad omen. In 1988, O’Brien, then a stockbroker at Dean Witter Reynolds, filed the earliest sexual harassment case we could find in a public database maintained by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street’s self-governing organization, which is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBernie Sanders’s Latest Criticism of Israel Signals an Actual Debate Coming in 2020||Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has been increasingly vocal on the need to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people, laid out a vision for United States policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Monday that isfar more sympathetic to the rights of Palestinians than the pro-Israel orthodoxy that dominates both major parties. Sanders, speaking at the national conference of the Middle East advocacy group J Street in Washington, D.C., called on the U.S.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s Time to Admit That Half Measures Can’t Stop Climate Change||It can feel good to make fun of climate deniers. So let’s take a little romp with one: Wolfgang Müller. Here he is in a Dusseldorf hotel conference room,100 people gathered to take a group photo before him. He’s distributing stemware and pouring champagne, at the 11th annual International Conference on Climate and Energy, a convening this past November of some of Europe’s pre-eminent denialist minds. Given that this is Europe, it’s not a huge crowd.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Conyers Resigned From Congress Over Sexual Harassment. His Son and Grandnephew Might Lose the Race to Replace Him.||Much of Washington assumes John Conyers IIIwill almost certainly replace his father, John Conyers Jr., who resigned late last year. John Conyers III apparently thinks so, too. “I recognize my name is John Conyers III, so I didn’t fundraise at all in the first quarter,” he told The Intercept. John Conyers Jr. first won the Detroit-area seat in Congress in 1964, serving a legendary stretch until he was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHis Father Was Killed Because He Helped American Troops in Iraq. After 8 Years, He Hasn’t Received a U.S. Visa.||Ali was 13the first time he saw American soldiers. In 2003, as U.S. and British troops rolled into his hometown of Basra, Iraq,he joined his family and neighbors on the street to gape at the procession of Humvees and hulking tanks. As a young boy, he had only the vaguest notions of the geopolitics involved – but he sensed an atmosphere thick with tenuous excitement.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFacebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Your Future Actions for Advertisers, Says Confidential Document||Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted in March, Facebook has been attempting to make a moral stand for your privacy, distancing itself from the unscrupulous practices of the U.K. political consultancy.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Andrew Cuomo Failed Student Borrowers||This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo brokered a deal between warring factions of his own party. The Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of eight senatorsthat had been caucusing with Republicans in Albany, agreed to come back to the Democratic fold. Political watchers in New York labeled it a cynical and self-serving move. It also came too late to assist student-loan activists in a signature battle that fell just short for the second straight year.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Key Trump-Russia Intermediary Has Been Missing for Months, as the Case for Collusion Grows Stronger||They met in Moscow. Joseph Mifsud saw her for the first time at the Bolshoi Theater. He struck up a conversation, offered to take her picture, and asked her out to dinner. Mifsud, an obscure, middle-aged academic originally from Malta, soon began dating the young Ukrainian woman. He liked to impress her by talking about his ties to important Russian officials. He told her he was friends with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister. Soon he was traveling to Ukraine to visit her.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStriking Teachers in Coal and Gas Country Are Forcing States to Rethink Energy Company Giveaways||Like most billionaires, Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm is not accustomed to doing things for himself. For that, there are people: people to drill wells, people to clean up after him, people to drive him from here to there, and — almost certainly — people to write laws. For years, those laws did well by him.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Bernie-Branded Millionaire Is Leading the Democratic Race for Governor. He Almost Ran as a Republican, Consultants Say.||A Michigan gubernatorial candidate who has branded himself as the Bernie Sanders of the 2018 raceprivately mused about running as an independent or Republican just weeks before launching his campaign,according to four political consultants and one small business association representative he met with. Shri Thanedar, a millionaire who has poured millions of dollars of his own money into the race, ultimately decided to run as a progressive Democrat.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Day After Trump’s ICE Raid in a Small Tennessee Town, 550 Kids Stayed Home From School||The rural community of Morristown, Tennessee, is reeling following the largest raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a businessin a decade. On Thursday, agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations wing, also known as HSI, stormed the Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant and detained scores of people.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfter Three Decades on Death Row, William Montgomery Was Granted a Reprieve. Yet His Dubious Conviction Still Stands.||Two weeks before he was scheduled to die for a crime he swore he did not commit, 52-year-old William T. Montgomery was granted a reprieve by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “Too much doubt” was the rallying cry by Ohioans to Stop Executions as they flooded the governor’s office with petitions. The Ohio Parole Board agreed, recommending clemency by a vote of six to four.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Assad Regime Tracked and Killed Marie Colvin for Reporting on War Crimes in Syria||It is a horrifying artifact of our digital era: a jumpy 18-minute-and-49-second cellphone video of a Skype call. Glimpses of an Arabic-language keyboard and laptop screen can be seen as the audio plays through tinny speakers. We hear panicked shouts in Arabic, the crack of explosions finding their way closer, a woman’s voice shouting. A man yells in English: “I’m hit! I need a tourniquet on my leg. I can’t move.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Meat? Missouri Is Working to Legislate Against Lab-Grown Alternatives||As more and more Americans are substituting meat in their diets with plant-based alternatives, Missouri lawmakershave introduced a meat industry-friendly law that wouldimpose stringent labeling requirements for lab-grown meats. HB 2607, authored by Missouri Reps. Jeff Knight and Warren Love, would outlaw anyone from selling lab-grown meats or meat substitutes labeled as meat.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Soldiers Patrol the Border, Civilians Get Killed||The timeline of events was perfectly Trumpian. Last weekend, Easter weekend, the president of the United States was at his resort in Mar-a-Lago, hanging out with his right-wing friends, watching cable news and getting mad about immigrants. Multiple Fox News hosts and Stephen Miller, the White House adviser behind many of the administration’s aggressive efforts to deplete the nation’s immigrant population, were in attendance.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump’s Attacks on Migrant Caravan Underscore How the U.S. Outsources Immigration Enforcement to Mexico||The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards Mexico City after temporarily stopping in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they regrouped amid a flood of attention lavished on their journey. Organized by a migrant activist collective called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people are participating in the caravan. National media outlets from the U.S. embedded on the trip.||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow John Bolton Wants to Destroy the Constitution to Attack North Korea||Several weeks before President Donald Trump announced that John Bolton would soon become his new national security adviser, Bolton wrote a peculiar op-ed for The Wall Street Journal titled “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First.” What made Bolton’s column odd was not his belligerence — he’s always been the embodiment of America’s violent id in human/mustache form — but rather his invocation of “international law.||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe $500,000 GoFundMe Charity Campaign for Wealthy Ex-FBI Official Andrew McCabe is Obscene||In 2017, more than a half-million human beings –553,742of them to be exact – were homeless in the U.S.for at least some time.Last year was the first since the 2008 financial crisis that America’s homeless population grew. The 2016 U.S. census found that 12.7% of Americans – which translates to just over 43 million human beings – live below the poverty line.Millions of American children livein hunger: according to a 2015 U.S.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonald Trump and the GOP Are Expanding a Controversial Program to Privatize Public Housing||The most recent spending bill passed by the Republican Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump includes amassive expansionof a controversial programcalled Rental Assistance Demonstration, orRAD,which privatizes public housing to preserve physical housing units.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonald Trump’s New Policies Could Make It Harder for Torture Survivors to Get Asylum||President Donald Trump’s Twitter rants this weekend about “dangerous caravans” of migrants approaching the United States were followed by anannouncementon Monday that the White House will push for legislation to make it harder to seek asylum in the United States. It’s the latest in a string of decisions from the administration that have rattled the hopes of persecuted peoplelooking for refuge in the country.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonald Trump’s Embrace of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is an Absurd Twist on a Failed Policy||Several years ago, David Wiley, a professor of health education at Texas State University, was discussing human papillomavirus in one of his classes. The virus, known as HPV, is the most common sexually-transmitted disease. Often it is harmless and infected individuals aren’t even aware they have it. But it can also cause cancer, including of the cervix.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Trump Administration Is Botching Its Only Trial Run for the 2020 Census||Central Falls, in Providence County, Rhode Island, is home to 19,000 people living shoulder to shoulder on 1.2 square miles of hard New England earth. The majority of its residents are Latino: 72 percent speak a language other than English — mostly Spanish, but also Portuguese and French Creole. More thana third are foreign born and slightly less than that live below the poverty line.||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSomali Refugee Turned Community Leader Describes Horrific Conditions in ICE Detention||When Guled Muhumed boarded his flight from San Antonio to El Paso, Texas, on Monday, he noticed something unusual. The 32-year-old Somali national and longtime U.S. resident was en route to his10th immigrant detention facility since Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested him on the streets of Rochester, Minnesota, on September 29, 2017, as he drove his 17-month-old daughter to day care.||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Guaranteed Jobs-for-All Program Is Gaining Traction Among 2020 Democratic Hopefuls||The conservative approach to social programs has evolved in sophistication over the decades. With frontal assaults on Social Security and Medicaid having been badly beaten back, the GOP has repackagedits attempt to roll back these programs by putting recipients to work. Work requirements were the cornerstone of the 1996 welfare reform, and each subsequent assault on public benefits has used them to kick in the door. Want food stamps? Work. Want Medicaid? Work. Want disability? Work.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichigan State University Sent Nine “Undercover” Cops to Richard Spencer Protest — but It Says That’s Not Surveillance||On March 5, as many as 500 antifascists converged on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing to protest a speech by white supremacist golden boy Richard Spencer. The protesters — including MSU students, campus workers, antifa organizers, and people from surrounding towns — outnumbered those who had come to hear Spencer speak by many orders of magnitude. White nationalists were also vastly outnumbered by cops.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Prosecution of Noor Salman, Pulse Shooter’s Widow, Highlights the Criminalization of Domestic Abuse Survivors||The first time Noor Salman told her aunt about the abuse she’d suffered at the hands of her husband was also the first time she found herself free of him. It was June 2016, just five days after her husband, Omar Mateen, had walked into Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened fire, killing 49 people and injuring manyothers before he died in a shootout with police. Salman and her aunt, Susan Adieh, had driven the 13 hours from Port St.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump’s Nominee to Oversee Superfund Program Spent Decades Fighting EPA Cleanups on Behalf of Polluters||Though he has openly disparaged much of his agency’s mission, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has remained steadfastly enthusiastic about Superfund, the federal program responsible for cleaning up some of the country’s most contaminated industrial sites.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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