The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJul 1, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:40 Top Story
02:05 Lightning Dust Fire Me Up
06:23 World News
06:59 PROMO
08:31 Mavis Staples Sew Good Seeds
11:21 Finish

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The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

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TOP STORY

Today Think Progress published an article titled “Five Ways The Supreme Court Gave The Shaft To Workers.”

The article’s author Ian Millhiser writes:

Federal law provides very robust protection to workers who are sexually or racially harassed by a supervisor, but it is far more difficult to win a lawsuit if you have been harassed by a co-worker. This distinction exists because supervisors are capable of intimidating their victims into keeping silent, and so there needs to be additional protections for workers harassed by their bosses so that these workers feel safe complaining about their supervisor’s actions.

Yet, in Vance v. Ball State University, the five conservative justices virtually wrote these protections for victims of boss-on-employee harassment out of the law. Under Vance, your boss only counts as your “supervisor” if they have the power to make a “significant change in [your] employment status, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits.” Thus, in many modern offices where hiring and firing decisions are made by a distant human resources manager, few bosses will actually qualify as “supervisors.”

WORLD NEWS

Today BBC News published an article titled “Russia’s Putin tells Snowden to stop US secrets leak.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told fugitive former CIA-analyst Edward Snowden to stop leaking US secrets if he wants to remain in the country.

He said Moscow had never extradited anyone before and “has no intention to do so”, adding Mr Snowden was free to go if granted asylum elsewhere.

Edward Snowden, 30, is believed to be holed up in a Moscow airport hotel.

IN OTHER NEWS

Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Protesters rally in support of anti-bank activist.”

The article’s author Arturo Garcia writes:

Demonstrators gathered outside the Hall of Justice in San Diego, California on Sunday to chalk their support for a local man facing up to 13 years in jail for using washable chalk to voice his protests against Bank of America.

“All I am permitted to say is, I disagree,” the defendant, Jeff Olson, told KGTV-TV as he joined the rally on his behalf before slapping a piece of tape across his mouth with the words “Gag order” written on it to comply with Judge Howard Shore’s order for him not to comment on the case.

Olson attracted the attention of the office of City Attorney Jan Goldsmith at the behest of bank officials, who asked for him to be prosecuted after writing messages like “Shame on Bank of America” and “No thanks big banks” during a six-month period in 2012.

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