FEBRUARY 12, 2015
WHAT WILL A NEW “COLD WAR” MEAN FOR THAWING US-CUBA RELATIONS? A NEW EXHIBIT TAKES A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THOUGH THE DIASPORA AND A NEW OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE,”TIMBUKTU” FOCUSES ON AFRICA. Headlines on DC celebration for release of the Cuban 5 and more. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Allen Uzikee Nelson, Januwa Moja, Joseph Torres and Alicia Jrapko.
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
THE PLANNED TAKEOVER OF DC’s ELECTRIC UTILITY BY A NUCLEAR GIANT
On this first day for us of the Winter Fund Drive, we’re talking about a FAR LARGER MONTHLY bill—our electric bill. You may not know about it but there is a planned multi-billion dollar takeover of PEPCO—Washington, DC’s electric power utility—by Exelon, a Chicago-based nuclear energy giant. And you also might not know that the conventional wisdom in conventional political circles is that this planned merger is ALL BUT A DONE DEAL. But a diverse coalition of citizen groups, environmentalists and other social justice organizations are saying NOT SO FAST. This coalition, called Power DC, is urging DC residents and other concerned citizens of the DMV to write the DC Public Service Commission by March 26th. If this merger goes through, activists say DC’s electric bills will be higher and service will be even less reliable than under PEPCO.
JANUARY 29, 2015
EXPLORING DYSTOPIA AS OUR REALITY
When it comes to state violence, surveillance and repression, is our reality stranger than fiction? Today we’re introducing our new Arts and politics segment for each fourth Thursday of the month. Today, we’ll consider literature and movies that depict a dystopia—defined as a society characterized by human misery and oppression. We’ll talk to a teacher whose students are exploring how WE are living in a dystopia. GUESTS AND VOICES: Sheryl Byfield, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and Medea Benjamin. Headlines on TPP protests and more. (This is a truncated recording of the show. The final 24 minutes is missing from the WPFW station archive. If the rest of the show is located, we will add it here.)
JANUARY 22, 2015
FROM SELMA TO FERGUSON TO GAZA TO HERE
On #RECLAIM MLK WEEKEND, thousands of people, from Oakland to LA to Miami to Maine, to New York City and of course to DC were out in the streets, continuing to draw the links between denied human rights and state violence here in the US and abroad in places like Gaza. We hear from hip-hop artist and community activist Jasiri X who spoke on the program “From Selma to Ferguson to Gaza to Here” held in DC at Plymouth Congregational Church. In the second half of the show, we launch a new feature called “The F Word,” which will explore on the third Thursday of each month the ways that the United States is-–and is not-—a fascist country. Fascism as described by Black revolutionary and assassinated political prisoner George Jackson, is the complete control of the state by monopoly capital. Our first guest for The F Word is author and activist Gerald Horne. GUESTS AND VOICES: Jasiri X, Gerald Horne, Rep. Keith Ellison. Headlines on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and more.
JANUARY 15, 2015
FROM ‘I AM A MAN’ TO ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’
When the Rev. Martin Luther King was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis—where he had gone to support striking sanitation workers—the workers in the city marched with those iconic signs that read “I Am A Man.” Today—on the day that King would have been 86 years old—the signs carried by protesters of police killings and violence convey the same but broader affirmation—that “Black Lives Matter.” We talk to Liana Asim, who administers the popular Facebook page “2014 Michael Brown death and aftermath in Ferguson Missouri” about the killing of Michael Brown and police killings and brutality. We also talk to Ebony Washington, organizer of a protest that will be held outside the White House on the MLK holiday and also Salim Adofo, of the National Black United Front, which is holding teach-ins this weekend. Headlines on Republican White supremacists and more.
JANUARY 8, 2015
THE BLACK FREEDOM MOVEMENT
As we enter the new year, one fight for the social justice community is the fight for voice, for the TRUTH—in Ferguson, Missouri, on Staten Island, New YorK and right in Washington, DC where ties have been revealed between high-ranking Republicans and ULTRA RIGHT-WING White Supremacists. And of course there is that nonstop machine of lies and myth known as FOX NEWS. TODAY, WE HEAR VOICES that aren’t often heard, of activists on the ground, on various frontlines. GUESTS AND VOICES: Charlene Carruthers and ROSE AFRIYIE OF BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100, author and activist Bill Fletcher host of “Arise” on WPFW will also join us. Headlines and more.
NO SHOW, DECEMBER 25, 2014 CHRISTMAS DAY OR JANUARY 1, 2015 NEW YEAR’S DAY
DECEMBER 18, 2014
FROM DC TO OAKLAND AND BEYOND, THE NATION HAS BEEN SHAKEN TO ITS CORE by protests over police terror against African Americans, the broken criminal justice system and, increasingly, against the economic apparatus underpinning the injustice. These were hot topics for the thousands of activists and protests who descended on the nation’s capital this weekend. And, for this final on the ground show for 2014, they are hot topics as we look back at this year and forward to 2105 with author and activist Gerald Horne. Headlines and more.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
AS DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE AROUND THE COUNTRY—after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the death of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York—mothers of slain Black men and boys took the capitol by storm this week, the same week that details of CIA torture were made public in a long-awaited report. For activists on the ground, the convergence of these two issues point directly to the impunity of police and the military-industrial complex from the consequences of brutality and killing. This Saturday, December 13, a coalition of organizations and thousands of others are planning to gather here in DC for the National March Against Police Violence. Guests and Voices: Salim Adofo, Jeralyn Blueford, mother of Alan Blueford; Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant and Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell and Godwin Uyi Ojo. Headlines and more.
DECEMBER 4, 2014
FROM FERGUSON TO NEW YORK CITY: NATIONWIDE, PROTESTERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO SAY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER
Protesters remain on the streets of New York City, in Washington, DC, around the country and world because a second grand jury has failed to indict a White police officer for killing an unarmed Black man. This time, a grand jury on Staten Island, New York has failed to indict Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner in July. We hear voices from the DMV that are part of an international wave of protest that began after the decision of a grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And we hear what a former poet laureate of the United States has to say. Guests and voices: Rita Dove, speaking at the Furious Flower Poetry Festival; Kristina Jacobs, NBUF DC chapter secretary and November 25 protesters in Washington, DC. Headlines on Black Friday protests, memorial services for Marion Barry, environmental news and more.
NO SHOW ON THANKSGIVING, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
THE WAIT CONTINUES FOR A GRAND JURY DECISION IN THE KILLING of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. We hear voices from Ferguson and find out the plans by DC activists for action after the grand jury announcement. And shifting gears in our final show before Thanksgiving, activists here in DC want MACMILLAN PARK IN NORTHWEST DC to remain a public park and resource, rather than a giveaway to a big developer. Guests and voices: Christina Jimenez, Eugene Puryear, Salim Adofo, “Ferguson Speaks, a video released by HandUpUnited.org. Also,Hugh Youngblood, Kirby Vining and Linda Yahr of Friends of MacMillan Park. Headlines and more.
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
ON THIS WEEK OF VETERAN’S DAY, WHAT DO MIKE BROWN, THE MURDERED STUDENTS IN MEXICO AND THOSE DETAINED IN IMMIGRANT PRISONS ALL HAVE IN COMMON? The activists at SOA Watch say that it’s a militarized, violent police that are out of control abroad and now at home. SOA Watch prepares for its 25th annual vigil at the School of The Americas–also known as the “school of the assassins” at Fort Benning, Ga. Also, a more than decade-long anti-war vigil in Baltimore. Guests and Voices: Arturo J. Viscarra, Max Obuszewski, Cindy Farquar and Sharon Jones. Also, Daryl Parks, attorney for the parents of Mike Brown, speaking from the U.N. in Geneva. Headlines and more.
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
WHAT DO THE MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS MEAN for electing progressive candidates in the DMV, and particularly in DC? Guests and Voices: political strategist Alicia Briancon; attorney Jane Zara; professor, author and activist Lester Spence; Omali Yeshitela of the Black is Back Coalition and protesters at the Million Mask March in DC. Headlines and more.
OCT. 30, 2014
THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA have a complex, centuries-long relationship involving slaves, Jim Crow and revolution. An interview with Gerald Horne about his book, Race to Revolution:The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow. Headlines and more. Final week of the fall fund drive.
OCT. 23, 2014
WITH NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, THE MOVEMENT TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS AND A TALK WITH TIA LESSIN, AWARD-WNNING DIRECTOR OF ‘CITIZEN KOCH’. Other Guests and Voices: Kaitlin Sopochi-Belknap, national director of the Move To Amend Coalition, Walmart workers blocking the streets of downtown Washington, DC to protest poor pay and work conditions. Headlines and more. Week three of the fall fund drive.
OCT. 16, 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH GERALD HORNE, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. Other Guests and Voices: From Ferguson October and the Rev. Graylan Hagler. Week two of the fall fund drive.
OCT. 9, 2014
OCTOBER 9 MARKS TWO MONTHS SINCE THE KILLING OF MICHAEL BROWN and there have been NO arrests. A national mobilization prepares to converge in Ferguson. Guests and voices: Matt Nelson, Color of Change; Richard Prince, Eugene Puryear, Katea Stitt and excerpts from the movie “Disruption.” Week One of Fall Fundraiser.
OCT. 2, 2014
BALTIMOREANS WIN BRUTALITY CASES AGAINST THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT,…The Ferguson moment continues to build into a movement and the latest in corporate media race bias. Voices: Mark Puente, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., Gwen Carr, Richard Prince and members of the Ohio Students Association.
SEPT. 25, 2014
VOICES FROM THE HISTORIC PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN NEW YORK CITYUp to 400,000 people marched through the streets of midtown Manhattan in the largest mobilization ever of people demanding immediate action on climate change. We hear voices of people from the DMV who traveled to New York for the march. We’ll hear from students, workers, people concerned about hunger and how we get our food, people concerned about environmental justice and the links between that and economic justice, how humans are impacting wildlife and our very survival.
SEPT. 18, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, PART 2 It’s three days before the massive People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. Voices, including Van Jones, Bill McKibben and Naomie Oreskes, from the movie “Disruption” by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, produced as a run-up to the march. Reporting from Runaway Bay, Jamaica with some news about climate impacts on island nations. As always, headlines and more!
SEPT. 11, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, PART 1 Yes, it’s 9/11 but it’s also ten days before the massive People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. Voices, including Van Jones, Bill McKibben and Naomie Oreskes, from the movie “Disruption” by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, produced as a run-up to the march. Also, Richard Prince of “Journal-Isms.” As always, headlines and more!
SEPT. 4, 2014
THREE DAYS AFTER LABOR DAY, fast food workers are on a national strike. And we continue with part two our discussion about the links between the struggles of low-wage workers and the emerging fight for public resources being used for human needs, not police militarization and wars. Guests and Voices: Author and activist Gerald Horne, Richard Prince, St. Louis fast food worker Ebony Wlliams, DC-area healthcare workers Michael Thompson and Lionel Chapman.
AUGUST 28, 2014
CAN THE FERGUSON MOMENT LEAD TO ECONOMIC JUSTICE? As we approach Labor Day, can the groundswell of activism that has emerged around Ferguson be directed toward Justice AND jobs? Part one of a discussion. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Salim Adofo, Amani Al-Khatahbeh and Richard Prince.
AUGUST 21, 2014
FROM GAZA TO MISSOURI CONTINUED: We explore more about the links between Gaza and Missouri with Margaret Huang of Amnesty International and new members of the “On The Ground” team, Palestinian-American activist Amani Al-Khatahbeh and columnist Richard Prince of Journal-isms.
AUGUST 14, 2014
FROM GAZA TO MISSOURI: A look back at how the horrors of Gaza came to be. Also, living in a world of increased U.S. militarism and militarized police. Guests and voices: Zein El-Amine and Yousef Munayyer.
AUGUST 7, 2014
THOUSANDS GATHER outside the White House in what is called the largest rally ever in the U.S. for Palestinian rights. Also,the Africa Summit winds up in the nation’s capital. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Cornel West, John Dugard.
JULY 31, 2014
U.S. TAX DOLLARS FOR ISRAEL BUT NOT FOR U.S. HEALTH CARE/strong> : With more than 1200 Palestinians dead, activists against Israel’s attack on Gaza escalate their protests to civil disobedience and arrests. Also, Mayor Adam O’Neale walks 272 miles from Belhaven, North Carolina to DC to save health care at a rural community hospital and to advocate for millions of working poor Americans who are being denied expanded Medicaid due to them under the Affordable Care Act. Guests and Voices: Mayor Adam O’Neale, Ben Norton, All McCracken, Nii Akuetteh and Ilan Pappe.
JULY 24, 2014
THE REV. GRAYLAN HAGLER IS AMONG THE SPEAKERS PROTESTING AT THE SITE OF A CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL EVENT AT THE DC CONVENTION CENTER. ALSO, PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN EDITOR AND ACTIVIST AMANI AL-KHATAHBEH.
JULY 17, 2014
VOICES FROM THE RALLY ON THE NATIONAL MALL TO STOP FRACKING AND FRACKED GAS EXPORTS and we speak to a member of Jewish Voice for Peace about Israel’s latest attack on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Guests and Voices: Cherri Foytlin, Winona Hauter, Tim DeChristopher, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. and Seth Morrison.
JULY 10, 2014
The DMV is the nation’s capital region—but will it become the capital for fracking? Activists, including Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox join us to say “No.” And will the corporate media ever portray Israel as the aggressor against Palestinians? Headlines and more! Guests and Voices: Josh Fox, Ted Glick, Mike Tidwell and Zein El-Amine.
JULY 3, 2014
A ‘RIGHT-WING GANG’ ON THE SUPREME COURT With two rulings this week that strike a blow at the rights of women and labor, many are asking, what can we do about the right-wing gang on the Supreme Court that is giving corporations more and more power—and taking away rights of people–especially women. Plus, in this pre-July 4th edition, we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with remarks from Freedom Summer veteran Timothy Jenkins. Plus headlines. Guests and Voices: Gerald Horne, Bill Fletcher, Linda Prine, Timothy Jenkins.
JUNE 26, 2014
WHAT THE FREEDOM 50 MOVEMENT MEANS FOR TODAY’S YOUTH–AND COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY AGAINST FRACKING IN THE DMV. David Whetstone sits in for Esther Iverem and continues our Freedom 50 coverage with remarks from Dorie Ladner and a remembrance of the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner. We also interview Mike Tidwell about the July 13 march against fracked gas exports from Cove Point Maryland. Headlines and more!
JUNE 19, 2014
THE LEGACY OF THE FREEDOM SUMMER OF 1964 FOR TODAY’S YOUTH AND AN INTERVIEW WITH VOCALIST NAVASHA DAYA. High school students who participate in the McCombs Legacies project in McComb, Mississippi are in D.C.to contribute their work to the National History Day competition. And Navasha Daya talks about being an artist and activist. Also the “Freedom Summer” documentary by Stanley Nelson and the documentary “Citizen Koch.” Guests: Raykesha Carter, Vershunda Coleman, Courtney Coney, Navasha Daya and Damion Jordon. Headlines and more!
JUNE 12, 2014
VOICES OF THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED: HOUSE REPUBLICANS, LED BY JOHN BOEHNER AND ERIC CANTOR, CONTINUE TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED. We hear the stories of those who have been forgotten. And when it comes to illegal torture by the CIA, the only American jailed right now is the whistleblower who exposed the torture–a show of support for John Kiriakou. Guests and Voices: Medea Benjamin, Sister Marge Clark and Howie Levine. Headlines and more!
June 5, 2014
THE U.S. SENATE HOLDS A HEARING ON OVERTURNING CITIZEN’S UNITED, WHICH DECLARED THAT MONEY IS FREE SPEECH AND THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE. AND GOOD JOBS AND QUALITY HEALTHCARE ARE ON THE LINE IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY MARYLAND. Guests and Voices: Regina Barnes and David Cobb. Lots of headlines.
MAY 29, 2014
VIRGINIA RESIDENTS GIVE THEIR U.S. SENATOR A “D” FOR HIS VOTING RECORD ON GUN LAWS. ALSO, A MAN FROM GUATEMALA VISITS DC TO TELL ABOUT THE HORRIFIC IMPACT OF SILVER MINING IN HIS TOWN Guests and Voices: Oscar Morales, Kathryn Johnson, Mary Croft and Catherine Koebel Stromberg. Headlines too.
MAY 22, 2014
THE SCHOLAR AS ACTIVIST. WE SPEND THE HOUR WITH AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST GERALD HORNE WHO SAYS THAT “WRITING IS FIGHTING” Guest: Gerald Horne. Headlines too.
MAY 15, 2014
SAVE THE INTERNET! AND RALLYING AGAINST POVERTY PAY AT JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
More than 100 people rally outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to save the Internet, calling this the FREE SPEECH ISSUE OF OUR TIME. And voices from the Mothers’ March & Rally for Justice, to end poverty pay at Johns Hopkins hospital. Guests and Voices include: Danny Glover, Wendell Pierce, Joseph Torres and more.
MAY 8, 2014
#BRING BACK OUR GIRLS AND ENDING POVERTY PAY AT JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
As Mother’s Day approaches, workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore prepare to hold a Mothers’ March & Rally for Justice to end poverty pay at Maryland’s largest employer. And we speak to the local organizer for #Bring Back Our Girls, who oeganized hundreds to rally outside the Nigerian embassy to highlight the plight of nearly 300 kidnapped school girls in Nigeria. Guests and Voices: the Rev. Daniel Washington, Michelle Dugger-Elsey and Lola Adele-Oso. Headlines too.
MAY 1, 2014
DON’T FRACK WITH MY FARM–“ON THE GROUND PREMIERE, MAY DAY, MAY 1, 2014
On May Day, celebrated as International Workers Day or Labor Day around the world, activists are on the ground fighting for corporate accountability, jobs and the environment. In the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, a coalition of activists from the Sane Energy Project are supporting farmers including Asha Canalos, in Minisink, NY in a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to the Millennium Pipeline Co., which has a fracking operation in their town, We also hear from demonstrators in Charlotte, N.C., at the shareholders meeting for Duke Energy and at Bank of America. Plus headlines.
Guests and Voices: Asha Canalos, Kim Fraczek, Clare Donohue and Tony Ndege.