Torraine Walker gets Amped Up with Ryan Knight
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Ryan Knight chats with Torraine Walker about how Joe Biden’s corporatist cabinet appointments signal a return to “business as usual” during a moment that demands fundamental change. --- Support this podcast:
The Katie Halper Show
The Katie Halper Show
Katie Halper
Is Trumpism Fascism? Debate w/ Jason Stanley, Jodi Dean, Sam Moyn, Daniel Bessner, Eugene Puryear
Is Trump a fascist? Has he unleashed fascism? Was July 6 a coup? A failed coup? Never going to be a coup? Do these labels matter? To answer that question, Katie will chat with an amazing round table consisting of: philosopher Jason Stanley; historian and law professor Samuel Moyn; political scientist Jodi Dean; historian Daniel Bessner; and journalist Eugene Puryear. Jason Stanley ( is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University whose latest book is "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them." He's a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Review, The Guardian, Project Syndicate and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Jodi Dean ( is a political theorist who teaches political, feminist, and media theory in Geneva, New York. She has written or edited thirteen books, including The Communist Horizon, Crowds and Party, Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging. Samuel Moyn (, is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at and Professor of History at Yale University. His latest books are "Christian Human Rights" and "Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World." Daniel Bessner is a historian, non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a Contributing Editor at Jacobin, and the author of "Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual" and is co-editor of "The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science, and Democracy in the 20th century" Eugene Puryear ( is the host for Break Through News ( and The Punchout podcast; a member of the PSL Party For Socialism and Liberation ( and the author of "Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America."
1 hr 45 min
By Any Means Necessary
By Any Means Necessary
Radio Sputnik
A Week Before Inauguration, Biden Already Managing Expectations
In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ann Marie Kernen, Program Coordinator at the Center for Protest Law and & Litigation, a project of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, to discuss their massive, independent investigation into the would-be insurrection at the Capitol building, and why they think the shocking levels of collusion among state security forces exposed thus far show the investigation needs to be handled by groups unaligned with the US government. In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by political analyst Mitchell Plitnick to discuss the new book he co-authored with Marc Lamont HIll, "Except For Palestine," why Palestinian solidarity has historically been 'off-limits' for so many liberals and self-described progressives, and why the dynamic is beginning to change. In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, co-host of Red Spin Sports podcast, for another edition of the new weekly segment “The Red Spin Report.” They discuss why so many NCAA athletes and coaches think college sports should be put on hold until the pandemic abates, the strange saga of speed skater-turned-Capitol rioter John Sullivan, and why right-wing media has become so fixated on him. Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Maurice Cook, founder of Serve Your City, to discuss the road closures imposed throughout Washington DC by the National Guard ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, the insistence by the lawyer for the 'QAnon Shaman' that Trump was responsible for the actions of his client, and why so many are skeptical of Joe Biden's attempt to pass off $1,400 payments as $2,000 stimulus checks.
1 hr 53 min
AM Quickie
AM Quickie
Jan 15, 2021: Biden Promises 'American Rescue'
Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by TODAY'S HEADLINES: Joe Biden to the rescue? The President-elect last night previewed his first major policy package, targeting the pandemic and the economic crisis that has come with it. Meanwhile, dozens of white supremacist on a federal terrorism watch list were present for the storming of the Capitol last week. Investigators are looking into possible foreign financing behind the insurrection. And lastly, Donald Trump is having a hard time finding lawyers to defend him in his second impeachment trial. I guess Rudy can fail, after all. THESE ARE THE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW: They’re calling it the American Rescue Plan. President-elect Joe Biden, who will take over the pandemic response in five days, gave a speech last night on his plans to combat the coronavirus and address its economic consequences, the Washington Post reports. His remarks came as more than four thousand Covid-19 deaths were reported in the United States for the second day in a row. The plan is divided into three major areas, according to the Post: $400 billion for provisions to fight the coronavirus, while reopening schools; more than $1 trillion in direct relief to families, including through stimulus payments and increased unemployment benefits; and $440 billion for aid to communities and businesses. The legislation includes a number of priorities sought by top congressional Democrats, from increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour to adding billions in funding for childcare. Biden said QUOTE We need more action, more bipartisanship, and we need to move fast ENDQUOTE. The measures are narrowly tailored in an effort to garner GOP support, Biden’s team told the Post. The overall price tag is below $2 trillion. It will be followed by a broader recovery plan with more expansive Democratic priorities. But after campaigning as a bipartisan dealmaker, Biden wants to give Republicans the opportunity to get behind his first legislative effort as president. You might say he’s offering them an off-ramp from the road to insurrection. That part sounds like a longshot, frankly, but this is Joe Biden we’re talking about. Foreign Insurrection Financing Investigated Don’t call them patriots. The Washington Post reports that dozens of people on a terrorist watch list were in Washington for pro-Trump events on January 6th, when a violent mob stormed the US Capitol. The majority of the watchlisted individuals in Washington that day are suspected white supremacists. Their past conduct so alarmed investigators that their names had been previously entered into the national Terrorist Screening Database, a massive set of names flagged as potential security risks, the Post’s sources said. The watch list is larger and separate from the no-fly list the government maintains, and those listed are not automatically barred from any public or commercial spaces. While the FBI is hunting hundreds of rioting suspects who have dispersed back to their hometowns, the Post reports, federal agents are increasingly focused on the Proud Boys. Privately, some federal law enforcement officials have described the group as roughly equivalent to a nascent street gang. But other officials have expressed concern that the group may be growing rapidly into something more dangerous and directed. Separately, Yahoo News reports that law enforcement is investigating whether a series of large Bitcoin donations were linked to the assault on the Capitol. On December 8th, someone made a simultaneous transfer of Bitcoins worth more than $500,000 to twenty-two different virtual wallets, most of them belonging to prominent right-wing organizations and personalities. Right-wing figures and websites, including VDARE, the Daily Stormer and Nick Fuentes, received generous donations from a bitcoin account linked to a French cryptocurrency exchange. The suspicious December transaction, along with other intelligence, has prompted law enforcement and intelligence agencies to investigate the sources of funding for individuals who participated in the Capitol insurrection. The government is hoping to prevent future attacks but also to uncover potential foreign involvement in or support of right-wing activities, Yahoo’s source said. The plot thickens! Trump Lacks Impeachment Defense Donald Trump, on the eve of facing a second impeachment trial, is having trouble finding a legal team to defend him, Bloomberg News reports. Allies of the outgoing president have been looking for representation but so far are coming up short. Lawyers who defended him in the previous impeachment trial, including Jay Sekulow, have said no this time. Other lawyers who have defended Trump, including Pam Bondi, aren’t interested. Some of the lawyers have privately said what Trump did was indefensible. Alan Dershowitz also defended Trump the first time around. He isn’t planning to represent the president now, Bloomberg reports. Rudy Giuliani is also unlikely to be on the president’s defense team, an administration official said. His conduct at the rally preceding the Capitol raid could be examined during an impeachment trial. Separately, ABC News reports that the Trump family is pulling up stakes. Donald and Melania Trump have made no secret of their impending move to Florida after January 20, but they won't be alone. The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Junior, and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle have been house-hunting in the Palm Beach area. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, also plan to relocate to the Sunshine State in the coming weeks, having recently purchased a plot of land in the Miami area. In related real estate news, the Washington Post reports that the Secret Service detail assigned to Jared and Ivanka spent months searching for a restroom to use on the job. After resorting to a porta-potty, the agents finally found a toilet to call their own. But it came at a cost to US taxpayers. Since September 2017, the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month – more than $100,000 to date – to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor of the Kushners. All this because agents were banned from using any the six point five bathrooms in Javanka’s mansion. Charming. AND NOW FOR SOME QUICKER QUICKIES: The New York State attorney general sued the New York City Police Department yesterday over widespread abuses in how officers handled Black Lives Matter protests last summer, the New York Times reports. The AG, Letitia James, wants a federal monitor to oversee the department’s policing tactics at future protests. She also wants a court to declare that the practices the department used during the protests were unlawful. Get ’em Letitia! Rick Snyder, the former governor of Michigan, was arraigned on misdemeanor charges yesterday in connection with his role in the Flint water crisis. The Times reports thatnhe was charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty. If he is convicted, he faces imprisonment of up to one year or a maximum fine of $1,000. It ain’t much but it’s something. Joe Biden plans to name Jaime Harrison as his pick to lead the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post reports. A former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Harrison last year raised $130 million in his losing race against Senator Lindsey Graham. Harrison is not expected to face a challenger, and his candidacy was promoted by Congressman James Clyburn, a close Biden ally. Puerto Rican police are investigating the death of a transgender man found with multiple gunshot wounds, NBC News reports. Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, shot January 9, is the seventh known transgender person to die by violence in Puerto Rico since last February. Advocates say the police aren’t doing enough. Hopefully more awareness on the case will cause them to pick up the pace. JAN 15, 2021 - AM QUICKIE HOSTS - Sam Seder & Lucie St…
8 min
Black Agenda Radio
Black Agenda Radio
Progressive Radio Network
Black Agenda Radio - 01.11.21
Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-host Glen Ford. Coming up: More and more, these days, we hear activists describe themselves as Black anarchists. But, what is Black anarchism. And, a Black author based in Europe says we all need to cultivate and make use of our “sensuous knowledge.” But first – the white supremacist assault on the U.S. Capitol was aided and abetted by police officers. So says Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-Founder of the Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice. The Partnership is demanding “a fully public investigation” into the way the cops responded to the massing of President Trump’s followers at the Capitol. African Americans are near universally agreed that, had Black people stormed the U.S. Congress in such a manner, police would have used deadly forced against them. "Ebony "Sima Lee" Outlaw is an Afro-Indigenous womanist, emcee, poet, teacher and photographer, currently living in Baltimore. She also calls herself a Black anarchist – a description that has been adopted by growing numbers of Black activists. We asked "Ebony ‘Sima Lee’ Outlaw how she became attracted to Black anarchism. A prominent Black writer and social critic, based in Europe, has produced a new book with a tantalizing title. Minna Salami is a public intellectual of Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish descent. Her latest work is titled, “Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone.” We reached Salami in the United Kingdom. Her book treats “sensuous knowledge” as a deeply political subject.
55 min
Working People
Working People
Working People
Mini-cast: #SafeReturnOrNoReturn (w/ Paula Ladin & Mariana Ruiz)
This week, the first wave of children, teachers, and clinicians in the Chicago Public Schools system were required to appear at their schools for the first time in nearly a year. While COVID-19 cases and deaths have only increased (and increased dramatically) across the country since last spring, CPS officials and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot insist on reopening schools. What's worse, teachers who fear for their safety and the safety of their students and coworkers are being locked out of their employee accounts and having their pay docked if they refuse to return from teaching remotely. In this urgent mini-cast, we talk to Paula Ladin and Mariana Ruiz, two CPS special-ed educators, about the city's dangerous, reckless, and unnecessary reopening plan and the impact it is already having on students, teachers, their families, and their communities. Additional links/info below... * Chicago Teachers Union website and Twitter page * Dawn Reiss, The Washington Post, "Chicago School System Locks Out Some Teachers, Withholds Pay for Not Returning to In-Person Instruction" * Jermaine Nolen & Nader Issa, Chicago Sun Times, "CPS Teacher Tests Positive for COVID-19, Forcing Principal into Quarantine During 1st Week Back" * Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, "As New COVID-19 Cases Emerge in Chicago Public Schools, Families Plea for Reinstatement of Locked-Out Teachers" Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: _freemusicarchive.org_) * Jules Taylor, "Working People theme song"
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