837: Free Radicals Shows


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Dilar Dirik: “There is a new kind of open society being created, but that’s something people don’t want to see, even leftists – people who should be in solidarity with what is happening in Rojava – criticize it for not being Marxist enough, anarchist enough, feminist enough – the truth is these people are creating a new life there. They are establishing a revolution there. It should be everyone’s task to support this.”

Activist Dilar Dirik profiles the Kurdish struggle for self rule – against ISIS, European political cynicism, and the Western left’s expectations.

Dilar traveled to Rojava with an international academic delegation, and she has written about the politics of Kurdistan in The ‘other’ Kurds fighting the Islamic State for Al-Jazeera and Be on the right side of history – with the brave people of Kobanê for the Kurdistan Tribune.

Dilar Dirik is Kurdish activist and refugee, and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She blogs at Jin, jiyan, azadî.



Dean Baker: “Right now most of the debt is owed to official creditors – meaning governmental agencies like the European Central Bank, the EU and the IMF. They bailed out the lenders. So somehow we’re seeing it as appropriate that the borrowers have to pay a big price, but the lenders are let off the hook.”

Economist Dean Baker challenges the selective morality of Eurozone economics, then digs into TPP drug price politics and the financial expert bubble.

Dean has been writing about debt, austerity and the future of the Eurozone in the articles Greece Does Battle With Creationist Economics: Can Germany Be Brought Into the 21st Century? and Will the United States End Up Like Greece? The Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Truthout.

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.



Mick Dumke: “The message is constantly sent from City Hall – that the city will fall and crumble into the lake if there is not a benign dictator occupying the fifth floor. And I think that voters essentially end up accepting that argument.”

Journalist Mick Dumke watches the money flowing in/out of Chicago during the mayoral election, explains why angry voters can’t get in the way of Rahm Emanuel’s re-election, and talks about why the city won’t talk about its biggest problem – persistent racial segregation.

Mick has been doing the best coverage of the worst of Chicago for years over at the Chicago Reader, including the pieces Rahm’s reelection campaign is largely funded by people outside Chicago and Mayor Emanuel says he ‘reformed’ the parking meter deal, but he actually sold off more of the city streets.

Mick Dumke is a journalist covering Chicago politics for the Chicago Reader.



Norman Finkelstein: “This time around, Israel is much more cautious and less brazen in its public acknowledgement of its lunatic policies.”

Middle East scholar Norman Finkelstein explores the mechanisms of Israeli occupation, and the internal politics that sustain the country’s periodic massacres in Palestine.

Norman is author of the new book Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

Norman Finkelstein is an author and Middle East scholar. He currently teaches at Sakarya University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.



Jeff Dorchen: “Imagine pulling off someone’s mask and seeing nothing underneath. That’s what happened with me and God a while ago.”

Jeff Dorchen sits at his writing desk, reaches up and pulls the mask off the face of God.

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.