Ramarley Graham’s family files law suit against the NYPD, Michelle Alexander’s op-ed on why cops get away with perjury, and Trayvon Martin would’ve just turned 18. Also, the DOJ white paper on assassinating US citizens, and listener mail from the undocumented crypt.
Maysoon Zayid on ableism, the marginalization of disabled people from pop culture, and the problematic ways we talk about Arabs, Muslims, and Palestine. Plus, John’s latest dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, and more listener mail to keep Molly company.
Matt Stoller joins us to discuss Aaron Swartz’s political goals beyond the open information movement, as well as broader over-prosecution in less high profile cases. Also, Molly’s back from vacation, it’s MLK day, and Obama get inaugurated for a second time.
Micah Uetricht joins us to discuss the Chicago Teachers Union – what they won in their strike, how they’re influencing teachers unions throughout the country, and could redefine the relationship between Democrats and Labor. Also, extended listener mail, recorded before Molly left, so you can all hear her voice again.
We spend the hour on recent transphobic comments and columns by two prominent UK writers, and we’re joined by James Hetterley and Laurie Penny to respond to those awful comments and discuss the importance of recognizing intersectionality when discussing feminism and oppression.
2012 was the year with the second most state level abortion restrictions, several new instances of extreme state secrecy including targeted killing and Gitmo materials, and listener mail about profiling a female high school horror fiction writer and how to be a better ally.
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