- Apr 19, 202100:00:0001:14:29
Closing Arguments are going on today in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the cop who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for over 9 minutes last year. Since the trial began on March 29, at least 64 people have died at the hands of law enforcement nationwide. And since we were shocked back into reality on March 16, when eight people were killed at three Atlanta-area spas, the US has had at least 50 mass shootings. Perhaps by showtime, Chauvin's defense attorney will have wrapped up his closing arguments, which the judge just interrupted for lunch! Minneapolis-based defense attorney Jack Rice returns for some final analysis as the case goes to the jury.
- Apr 16, 202100:00:0001:10:16
I'm glad this week is over. I can't even recite the mass shootings and cops who killed Black men (or boys) in the past week, because this shit has reached pandemic proportions. Or, more accurately, epidemic, as it's only here in the US.
I did check in with The Intercept's Ryan Grim who broke the story this week about Democrats introducing legislation to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court. He'll give us the story on that, plus weigh in on the PRO Act and DC Statehood.
Then we'll segue into the weekend, as I'm joined by Greg Mitchell. The former writer for The Nation and second in command at Crawdaddy has roots in both the news/politics and music worlds. His newish newsletter, "Between Rock and a Hard Place" embraces both beautifully. Subscribe (for free) at gregmitchell.substack.com.
- Apr 15, 202100:00:0001:06:27
Let's start with the shooting. The boy, Adam Toledo, was 13 years old. A Chicago cop saw him in an alley in the middle of the night and began chasing him. He told him to show his hands. He appears to have dropped something behind the fence which has been reported to be a gun. BUT, the video and stills taken from the video clearly show Adam Toledo's hands in the air right before the cop shot and killed him. He was 13. We are a broken country.
My guest today was Dave Jamieson, labor reporter for Huff Post, who wrote "How Amazon Crushed The Union Effort In Alabama"
- Apr 14, 202100:00:0001:16:59
Digby is my guest today. She wrote a great post (up at both digbysblog.net and Salon.com) about Joe Biden announcing we'll have our troops out of Afghanistan by 9/11, the 20th anniversary of that attack. I began the show talking about a few recent incidents of blatant racism, one of them featured a drill sergeant from Fort Jackson in South Carolina, attacking a young black man for simply walking down the sidewalk.
- Apr 13, 202100:00:0001:07:17
The past month has been devastating when it comes to guns in America. I mistakenly thought that we had gotten a bit of a reprieve during the pandemic. Well, maybe there was break in school shootings-- because the kids were out of school! As the nation returns to "normal," it appears so too are the numbers of shootings returning to pre-COVID levels. I had already invited Igor Volsky, founder & director of Guns Down America (gunsdownamerica.org), on the show for today, when the news broke yesterday about yet another school shooting, this one in Knoxville, TN. Enough already!