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853: Pillzone Shows
- Policy expert Yash Tandon explains how free trade is a weapon aimed at the Global South.
- Journalist Sam Quinones profiles the pills and people fueling America’s opiate boom.
- Policy analyst Karen Dolan surveys the effects of America’s war on its poorest citizens.
- Activist Christos Giovanopoulos reports from the rising solidarity movement powering Greek politics.
- Lawyer Peter Micek delivers an outsider’s view from inside the United Nations NGO Committee.
- Jeff Dorchen pauses to examine the nature of tourism in his own reflection.
Yash Tandon: “Look at my own country, Uganda. We have been politically independent since 1962. Minerals, forests, fish, flowers, banks, insurance companies – nothing is owned by us. Nothing. Empire exists, even now, in Uganda.”
Author and policy maker Yash Tandon challenges the West’s ideas of both free and fair trade, and explains how colonialism’s newest form is a consolidated, intergovernmental apparatus with the same goals as ever – resource extraction and labor exploitation.
Yash’s latest book is Trade Is War: The West’s War Against the World from OR Books.
Yash Tandon is an author and an Honorary Professor at Warwick and London Middlesex Universities in the UK.
Sam Quinones: “It’s a remarkable system in which heroin is dealt like pizza. And it’s dealt on the basis of branding, of convenience, of customer service – and not at the barrel of a gun.”
Journalist Sam Quinones explores the factors behind America’s opiate boom, from the sudden rise in prescription painkillers to the sophisticated cartel distribution network taking advantage of a newly hooked nation.
Sam is author of the new book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.
Sam Quinones is a journalist and author.
Karen Dolan: “These fines and fees have increased in dollar amount, you have more aggressive policing in poor neighborhoods, and the people that you’re targeting have less ability to pay. And then it spirals into something almost insurmountable in some cases, and dangerously violent in other cases.”
Policy analyst Karen Dolan explains how racism and austerity politics have turned the criminal justice system against poor Americans, brutalizing and imprisoning the powerless just to make up budget shortfalls.
Karen authored the report The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty for the Institute for Policy Studies.
Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Peter Micek: “A South American country with a dictatorial flair scoured our website and said ‘I see you mentioned us in not such a great light – where do you get this information? Who are you working with? Who are your partners?’ They don’t want to say ‘What work do you do in my country?’ but that’s what they’re getting at.”
Former TiH! producer Pete Micek returns to the radio to explain the process of United Nations accreditation for NGOs, from the struggle to gain access to governments, to dealing with procedural infighting and suspicion about human rights groups.
Peter Micek is Senior Policy Counsel for the nonprofit group Access.
Christos Giovanopoulos: “We don’t want to be the alternative in a generalized system of inequality and injustice. We want to be the mainstream. This is the aim you have to have if you want to change the society.”
Activist Christos Giovanopoulos outlines Europe’s path from neoliberal crisis to organized resistance, and explains how the Greek solidarity movement is creating new, self-organized spaces where democracy is reclaimed, and practiced in everyday life.
Christos worked on the paper Solidarity for All: Building Hope Against Fear and Devastation.
Christos Giovanopoulos is an activist, a member of Greece’s Syriza Party, and works with the collective Solidarity 4 All.
Jeff Dorchen: Not every culture has a jungle zip line, not every culture has elephant riding, not every culture has a day when they let herd animals stampede through town, not every culture has a museum, not every culture has a temple, not every culture has mountains to climb or reefs to dive but every culture has a place to relax.
Jeff Dorchen returns from his trip to India with baggage. And a comprehensive definition of tourism, and fermented mare’s milk, and an appreciation of cafe culture, and travel-sized Zen, and the limits of travel.
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.