Posted March 21, 2014
How The 1% Bought Our Democracy
Bill Moyers talks with investigative journalists Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the role of dark money in the upcoming midterm elections, and how the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision has opened the floodgates of corporate cash into our electoral system, with three times as much money having been raised for this year’s elections as four years ago.
Posted March 17, 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New “Cosmos” and Why Science Trumps Faith
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Bill Moyers to discuss the new show "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," an updated version of the hit PBS television series which made Carl Sagan a household name. They explore a variety of topics, including the nature of an expanding, accelerating universe (and how it might end), the difference between “dark energy” and “dark matter,” the concept of God in cosmology and why science matters. Part two and part three of the discussion can be viewed here and here.
Posted March 4, 2014
This Video Shows Why Teachers Are Losing Their Minds
This video showing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers at a professional development session gives a sense of the absurd measures teachers are being forced to endure in 2014. The presenter, one of several consultants brought in by CPS from California and the UK, makes the educators repeat her over and over, supposedly in preparation for upcoming standardized testing in Illinois. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called the video "sick." Read about CPS teachers' boycott of standardized testing here.
Posted February 26, 2014
Kentucky’s Very Own Keystone XL
In These Times staff writer Cole Stangler joins Thom Hartmann to discuss the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky. In addition to laying out the potential for ecological damage from the pipeline, Stangler rebuts claims made by proponents that it would be an engine for energy independence and job creation.
Posted February 18, 2014
Kentucky Nuns Sing Out to Stop a Pipeline
A group of nuns in Marion County, Kentucky are working to stop a proposed oil pipeline that would run through the state, and have become the face of a grassroots environmental campaign. Their protest tactic of choice? Singing. Read In These Times staff writer Cole Stangler's story on the resistance to the Bluegrass Pipeline here.
Posted February 5, 2014
Is Another Crossfire Possible?: An Animation
An animated accompaniment by Kelly Gallagher to Bhaskar Sunkara's article Is Another Crossfire Possible?.
Posted January 28, 2014
Remembering Pete Seeger, A Legendary Social Justice Activist
Democracy Now shares a special broadcast on the life and legacy of the legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94.
Posted January 22, 2014
FOX News Decides to Ask a Communist—The Results Are…Interesting
FOX News premieres a new segment titled 'Ask a Communist' with self-proclaimed communist and In These Times contributor Jesse Myerson. Topics range from a discussion of the slave trade to the definition of private property.
Posted January 16, 2014
Bruce Springsteen Lets Gov. Chris Christie Know How He Really Feels About “Bridgegate”
Bruce Springsteen joins Jimmy Fallon for a special tribute to the scandal in New Jersey: "Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, NJ Traffic Jam."
Posted January 14, 2014
The Regulation Failures Behind West Virginia’s Water Crisis
In These Times staff writer Mike Elk appears on Democracy Now to discuss the holes in state and federal regulation behind the chemical spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 residents without access to clean drinking water. He is joined by Erin Brockovich.