2 years ago
825: Jail House Lock Shows
- Journalist Charles Sennott explains why ISIS is still fighting World War 1.
- Truthout’s Maya Schenwar finds a way to escape America’s prison industrial complex.
- Jim Naureckas has issues with the non-issues behind the 2014 midterm elections.
- Lawpagandist Brian Foley dumps an armload of files onto the envy docket.
- Jeff Dorchen can’t figure out how to blame non-voters for non-voting for Democrats.
Jim Naureckas: “Ebola is the ideal campaign issue for Republicans. It taps into every primal fear that conservative voters have – of Africans, of immigrants, of inspections, of bodily fluids.”
Can something that doesn’t exist and no one talks about be hidden issue? Because Jim Naureckas sees the economic non-recovery as the real, invisible issue of the 2014 midterm elections. Jim talks about the issues we talked about way too little, and way too much, in the run up to the elections. From a listless Democratic party with no vision of the future beyond a Hillary Clinton presidency, to the surprising ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dividing Congress, hear about the issues you’ll be hearing about, or not, for the next two years.
Charles Sennott: “They tried to put them all together in one package for colonial convenience of the British empire. They literally look a line and looped it around Mosul because they had just discovered the Northern oil fields. That’s the kind of arrogance that went into drawing the map of the world, and we wonder why it’s coming apart at the seams.”
The violence unleashed by ISIS has been one of the most visible stories of 2014, but the group’s main target is an invisible line, rooted in WW1-era colonialism. Journalist Charles Sennott has been tracing the effects of the first World War on modern politics in GlobalPost’s giant report The Eleventh Hour: Unlearned Lessons from World War I, and his reporting has taken him into the heart of the Middle East instability.
Charles calls in to discuss the conflict spreading across Iraq and Syria, from its roots in the Great Game between colonial powers, to its reach on Twitter and YouTube. He talks about the experience of losing a friend and colleague, James Foley, to the violence, and finds a purpose, in doing the hard work of boots-on-the-ground journalism.
Charles Sennott is a journalist and co-founder of GlobalPost.
Brian Foley: “The more time I spend on the internet, reading the news, looking at Facebook, I find my envy is just going up and up. Envy is in my computer somewhere.”
This is Hell! resident Lawpagandist Brian Foley has a lot to be jealous about – Chuck has basic cable, George Clooney is married, the Republican party is happy with the weakest mandate ever, and his friends are too busy enjoying life to like his Facebook comments. Maybe Facebook is the problem. Maybe, as Chuck suggests, existence itself is the problem. Is there a Facebook page for existence? Brian would probably just get jealous of how many likes it has.
Brian J. Foley is a lawyer, comedian and the author of A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan.
Maya Schenwar: “On a personal level, I couldn’t think outside of the box – of this idea that prison would keep my sister safe, because it would keep her away from drugs. Which is actually the logic of the drug war.”
America’s incarceration rate is slowly, finally, dropping – after decades of evidence that removing people from society doesn’t remove problems from society. Journalist Maya Schenwar explores mass incarceration’s toll on American society, and her own family, in the book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.
Maya joins Chuck in-studio to talk about how her personal and professional experiences with incarceration shaped her identity as a prison abolitionist, why America has spent so many years locking people out of opportunities to better their lives, and how reforming our justice system means rethinking our notions of fairness, stability and healing – a radical and freeing endeavor.
Maya Schenwar is a writer and Editor-in-Chief of Truthout.
Jeff Dorchen: “A party that blames no-show voters for losing an election is as embarrassing as a baseball team losing a game and blaming the ball for not doing what they wanted it to.”
Please send this to everyone who blamed non-voters for the Republicans winning big in last week’s midterm elections. Non-voters didn’t even vote, how could they be the problem? Jeff Dorchen thinks maybe if the Democrats want people to vote for them, they should… do something for them? It’s a radical notion, but one that might get our vote.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.