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Ida B. Wells and Lessons to Learn from South Carolina
Dr. Paula Giddings discusses the South Carolina massacre, church burnings, Ferguson and more in the context of her work on the life and politics of Ida B. Wells.

  July 1, 2015

SCOTUS Case Could Bring "Right to Work" to All 50 States
Labor Notes' Samantha Winslow explains how the Supreme Court could weaken public sector worker unions

  July 1, 2015

No Labor Protections in Obama's Overtime Plan
Activist and author Eugene Puryear challenges the Fair Labor Standards Act and the president's claims that this will indeed be a benefit to working people.

  July 1, 2015

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer and Paul Jay discuss the successes and failures of the "American Experiment"

  June 30, 2015

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson: The Life and Death of Malcolm Latif Shabazz
Artist, activist and educator Ras Ceylon discusses the recent sentencing of Malcolm Shabazz's killers and the many misconceptions about the life and work of Malcolm X's grandson.

  June 29, 2015

Gay Marriage Victory Is Not About Equality
Queer activist Yasmin Nair says that the fight for gay marriage was driven by an elitist, conservative movement

  June 26, 2015

Can the United Nations Stop War?
Has the UN failed to deliver on its founding mission? Follow the discussion with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy.

  June 28, 2015

Why Is the Health Care Industry Celebrating Obamacare's Supreme Court Victory?
Six million people remain insured, but as many as 58 percent of federal exchanges provide one or two healthcare plans, meaning the profit-driven healthcare industry limits coverage, says Dr. Margaret Flowers

  June 25, 2015

Did Anti-Fast Track Senators Miss an Opportunity to Slow Down TPP?
Senate passes fast track, but why didn't any Senators use a talking filibuster to change the fate of the TPP?

  June 25, 2015

Survivor of Israeli Attack on USS Liberty: It Could Not Have Been a Mistake
To mark the 48th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, TRNN speaks to survivor Sgt. Bryce Lockwood and former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

  July 1, 2015

Fast Track Vote Not the End Game
Kevin Zeese says senate passing fast track legislation is the beginning of another round in the struggle over TPP trade bill

  June 24, 2015

Roof, Dolezal and the Violence of White Appropriation
Dr. Baruti Kopano continues his discussion with us of Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture

  June 24, 2015

What is the REAL Symbol of White Supremacy? (2/2)
Eddie Conway and Dr. Gerald Horne discuss media coverage of the Charleston massacre and whether the particular focus on the Confederate flag misses the mark when looking to unpack racist symbolism and its impact on society

  June 24, 2015

Race and the Theft of Soul
Dr. Baruti Kopano of Morgan State University discusses his new co-edited anthology Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture

  June 24, 2015

Why Chicago Won't Go Bankrupt - And Detroit Didn't Have To
Saqib Bhatti argues cities can avoid financial crises through progressive taxation and forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share

  June 29, 2015

Dean Spade: Pinkwashing | #GRITtv
This week on the Laura Flanders Show, author and law professor Dean Spade on poverty, prisons, and the new transgender civil rights movement and a preview of Spade's new film about pinkwashing

  June 23, 2015

The Most Racist Flag
With new announcements about flag removals and anti-Confederacy political posturing we continue our critical coverage of the subject with attorney, activist and author Mr. Kamau Franklin

  June 24, 2015

Senator Cardin in the Hot Seat on Fast Track
Protestors target Maryland's Senator Ben Cardin for being one of 14 Democrats who supports fast track, calling his ties to the pharmaceutical industry a motivation for his decision

  June 23, 2015

US Police Killings Violate International Law
Glen Ford: Amnesty International finds all 50 states and Washington, DC, fail to comply with international law and standards on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers

  June 23, 2015

You Sure You Want to Be Black?
Economics and Race Consultant Algernon Austin discusses his latest op-ed, "Yes You Can Be Black. And It Won't Cost You Much at All."

  June 23, 2015

Scientific Precision: Hip-Hop in Tubman City with Precise Science
Emcee and activist Ruffmic of Precise Science talks about liberation hip-hop

  June 22, 2015

Steelworkers Slighted as Corporate Money Fuels Democrats' Pro Fast Track Vote
Despite promises, "pro-labor" Democrats vote yes on TPP

  June 21, 2015

The Global African: The NFL and Tech in Africa
TeleSUR's The Global African looks at the NFL and digital technology in Africa

  June 20, 2015

What Father's Day Means to Black America
In this special Father's Day edition of iMWiL! we spoke with Black fathers; historians, artists and activists along with Ayanna and Dick Gregory about what it means to be a Black father in the United States

  June 20, 2015

The Myths and Realities About Juneteenth
Preeminent historians Mr. Hari Jones and Dr. Gerald Horne discuss the many misunderstandings related to myths of Black freedom and notions of progress associated with Juneteenth celebrations.

  June 19, 2015

Court Reinstates Case Against Former Attorney General, FBI Director and INS Commissioner
Calling it a "big victory", Michael Ratner says that after 13 years, the Center for Constitutional Rights will be able to proceed with its case against top Bush administration officials for post-9/11 abuse of immigrant detainees

  June 21, 2015

South Carolina Church Massacre in "Ideological Home" of White Supremacy
As confessed shooter in church massacre Dylann Roof is arrested, South Carolina activist Kevin Alexander Gray traces the history of white supremacy and the struggle for black liberation as the context for the killing of nine worshippers

  June 20, 2015

Vigil for Charleston Church Shooting Victims Dispersed by Bomb Threats
South Carolina has a long history of hate crimes against African Americans, says Efia Nwangaza of the Malcom X Grassroots Movement

  June 19, 2015

Pope Francis Goes Green, Balancing Science and Religion 1/2
With the Pope issuing an encyclical to address the climate change crisis, Janet Redman and Blase Bonpane weigh in on this defining moment for the Catholic Church

  June 19, 2015

The Hidden History of the Hip-Hop Mixtape
Sommer Regan McCoy of the Mixtape Museum discusses the hidden political and cultural history of mixtapes

  June 18, 2015

An American Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates (2/2)
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway discusses reparations and the Black Lives Matter movement with Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates.

  June 16, 2015

The Dolezal Controversy
In the wake of Rachel Dolezal's NAACP resignation, members of the TRNN team discuss why the case has become such a national debate

  June 15, 2015

TRNN Interviews MOVE Bombing Survivor Ramona Africa
From the MOVE bombing to Freddie Gray, Africa discusses the continuity of state violence and the resistance of the oppressed.

  June 15, 2015

Why the Black Caucus Could Be Game Changers After House Slows Down Fast Track Bill
After the Trade Promotion Authority passes the House by two votes, TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux speaks with Baltimore's Congressman Cummings and looks at the three Congressional Black Caucus members who voted for the bill despite past trade agreements' negative impact on minority communities

  June 13, 2015

TPP: Victory Today, But More Work Ahead
Protestors celebrated Friday as the House voted against a companion bill to the President's Trade Promotion Authority, a huge setback for pro-TPP advocates.

  June 12, 2015

House Democrats Defeat TPP For Now
CEPR's Stephan Lefebvre explains why House Democrats voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance and what to expect before the revote Tuesday

  June 12, 2015

Judge Says Probable Cause for Charging Officers Who Killed 12-Year Old Tamir Rice
Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford says the officers who killed Tamir Rice must be charged for his death or new political leadership is needed in Cleveland if #BlackLivesMatter

  June 16, 2015

"Insanity": Critics React to the Troop Increase in Iraq
The Real News spoke to former Army Lt. Col. and Iraq vet Daniel Davis, journalist Dahr Jamail and policy expert Stephen Miles about the recent decision to build a new military base and send some 500 'advisors' to the Anbar province.

  June 12, 2015

An American Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates about his childhood and dedication to journalism.

  June 11, 2015

Magna Carta at 800: A Promise Unfulfilled
As the world marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Michael Ratner says the promised guarantees of liberty are unfulfilled as our elected leaders continue to flout the law through indefinite detentions in Guantanamo, illegal wars and imprisonment of millions.

  June 15, 2015

Teaching About Political Prisoners Will Get You Fired!
Marylin Zuniga gives this exclusive interview after being fired for teaching about political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal during Black History Month

  June 10, 2015

Meet John Malone: The Billionaire to Benefit from Charter-TimeWarner Merger
Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains the growing power of monopolies and how a for-profit model Internet does a disservice to consumers

  June 15, 2015

America's Nuclear Waste: A Forgotten Ticking Timebomb
Journalist Paul DeRienzo discusses his investigation into widespread nuclear disposal sites leaking radiation into the environment

  June 15, 2015

In These Times: Who Do You Protect, Who Do You Surveil?
Joel Handley says the Chicago Police Department has been using "stingray" spying equipment to track activists and their movements in Chicago, but the trend is spreading.

  June 10, 2015

GlobalGrind.com's Political Director, Michael Skolnik talks candidly about white privilege
Global Grind political director, Michael Skolnik chats with Angel Elliott about examining his white privilege and why connecting popular culture to politics is important. Produced by Charneice Fox Richardson and Stephen Thornton Taylor.

  June 8, 2015

More Lessons and History from the 30th Anniversary of the Bombing of MOVE
The iMiXWHATiLiKE crew Jared Ball and Bashi Rose with Esi Ramu and Todd Steven Burroughs conclude their coverage of the MOVE 30th Anniversary

  June 8, 2015

Red Cross Raises Half a Billion for Haiti, Builds Only Six Permanent Homes
CUNY Assoc. Prof. Francois Pierre-Louis and CEPR researcher Jake Johnston discuss why non-profits like the Red Cross should not be involved in development when foreigners dominate leadership and bypass the communities which they claim to serve

  June 7, 2015

Why is the TPP Deal Such a Big Secret?
With the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership hidden from the public, TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux speaks to those who have read the document and who say this level of secrecy is unprecedented

  June 7, 2015

The Global African: Las Castas/The Trans-Pacific Partnership
TeleSUR's The Global African looks at the complexity of race in Latin America & who the Trans-Pacific Partnership actually serves.

  June 6, 2015

ISDS: The New Supreme Court
Trade deals like the TPP, T-TIP, and TISA are solidifying a new legal structure called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which allows multinational corporations to nullify national laws and overrule their supreme courts, including ours here in the United States

  June 5, 2015

What the TiSA Leaked Documents Reveal About Negotiations
PopularResistance.org co-director Kevin Zeese explains the most egregious portions of the secretly negotiated agreement and how the fast track battle on Capitol Hill could decide its fate

  June 7, 2015

GAO Report Finds USAID's Haiti Projects "Unsustainable"
CUNY Assoc. Prof. Francois Pierre-Louis and CEPR researcher Jake Johnston explain key findings in a report and the American development agency's creation of a shadow government in Haiti

  June 8, 2015

Police Killing Unarmed Black People at Alarming Rate
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement's Kali Akuno discusses recent mainstream press coverage of police violence in the U.S.

  June 4, 2015

NSA Bulk Data Collection Curtailed by Senate
David Greene, senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation, says we should celebrate the fact that this is only the second time in thirty years that congress has curtailed authority granted to the intelligence community

  June 2, 2015

3 Ways USA Freedom Act Fails to Stop FBI Spying on Americans
As the Senate looks to pass a bipartisan "reformed" Patriot Act, TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux examines how this bill will continue FBI's mass collection of private information of Americans who are under no suspicion of crime

  June 2, 2015

Vast Majority of Spying Will Continue Despite Expiration of Patriot Act Provisions
Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler examines the impact of the expired Patriot Act provisions and whether the USA Freedom Act will curb the behemoth of American mass surveillance

  June 1, 2015

From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond - The Left Forum
TRNN's Paul Jay moderates a panel in New York on critical issues facing the movement reignited by resistance against police violence. With Alicia Garza, Glen Ford, Kshama Sawant, Makayla Gilliam-Price, and Thenjiwe McHarris.

  June 1, 2015

#BlackLivesMatters Protestors Oppose O'Malley's Presidential Bid
TRNN's Jaisal Noor covers former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's presidential announcement and talks to protestors about why they oppose his candidacy

  May 30, 2015

Is Sex Work Work?
TRNN explores the tension between the sex worker rights movement and labor movement

  May 29, 2015

Court Allows Germany's Key Role in Deadly US Drone Program to Continue
Michael Ratner says even though the case filed on behalf of families of victims of US drone strikes was dismissed, it raises important issues about the German role in the US drone program

  June 1, 2015

Neoliberal Policies and Foreign Intervention Fueling Violence in Yemen
Souciant.com's Bilal Ahmed discusses recent events in Yemen and how sectarianism is a result of, and not fueling the current conflict

  June 3, 2015

The Clinton Foundation Received Millions From State-Brokered Defense Contracts
Andrew Perez, International Business Times, says Clinton-led State Department authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in sales for defense contractors.

  May 28, 2015

Cleveland-DOJ Deal Won't Stop Brutality, Says Local Activist
Cleveland activist David Patterson says communities can't hold police accountable without a civilian review board

  May 27, 2015

30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 2
Jared Ball and Bashi Rose continue their coverage of the May 13th Commemoration of the 1985 Bombing of MOVE

  May 27, 2015

Interpreting the World at the 2015 Left Forum
Paul Jay talks to Seth Adler Panel about the upcoming Left Forum taking place in New York City

  May 28, 2015

Fast Track for Whom?
Michael Hudson says fast track legislation takes decision-making power out of the hands of the legislators and puts it in the hands of corporate lobbyists

  May 27, 2015

30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 1
Jared Ball and Bashi Rose report from Philadelphia during the May 13th Commemoration of the Bombing of MOVE in 1985

  May 25, 2015

Portland, Oregon Mayor Charlie Hales Does the Right Thing
Daphne Wysham discusses the importance of rejecting a $500 million facility to ship propane gas from Portland to markets in Asia

  May 24, 2015

NSA Whistleblower: No Real NSA Reforms Being Considered by Senate
Kirk Wiebe says the Senate is not challenging the authority that allows bulk collection of phone records

  May 21, 2015

TRNN DEBATE: Should Bernie Sanders Run as an Independent?
Researcher Ashley Smith and People's Action Campaign spokesman Jacob Swenson-Lengyel debate whether Senator Bernie Sanders' decision to run as a Democrat is the best way to advance a progressive platform.

  May 26, 2015

Warren Pushes Back Against TPP Fast Track
As Senate debates "fast track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Senator Elizabeth Warren says the trade deals have failed workers.

  May 20, 2015

NAACP Accuses Baltimore Police Union of Intimidation
A pointed letter to FOP president says the union's criticism is widening the racial divide.

  May 20, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (7/7)
Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer conclude their conversation about Scheer's latest book "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy".

  May 20, 2015

The Cost of War and Lost Job Opportunities
Heidi Garrett-Peltier, assistant research professor at PERI, explains how we can create jobs and get closer to the targets we need to hit in order to prevent catastrophic climate change

  May 26, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (6/7)
Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. culture.

  May 19, 2015

Obama Takes Small Step Towards Demilitarizing Police
Glen Ford of The Black Agenda Report says the reality of policing in the United States is inseparable from the maintenance of the mass black incarceration regime.

  May 19, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (5/7)
Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss the Founding Fathers, FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the persecution of Chelsea Manning in this sweeping conversation.

  May 18, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (4/7)
A debate emerges between Bob Scheer and Chris Hedges on whether the state can reform its own surveillance practices and whether it can be held accountable by appealing to constitutional principles.

  May 17, 2015

Amtrak Budget Cuts Amount to Derailed Priorities in Washington
Larry Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union, says there has been a military junta in the United States since September 11th of 2001, and our national priorities have shifted primarily out of fear.

  May 17, 2015

The Beneficiaries of Republican Budget Bill: Arms Manufacturers
Defense analyst William Hartung says the biggest winner will be Lockheed Martin, the builder of the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon.

  May 19, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (3/7)
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer continue their discussion about surveillance, corporate power, and the national security state

  May 15, 2015

Gulf Monarchs Protest US Diplomacy with Iran
Jamal Abdi with the National Iranian American Council says the Camp David summit shows that the Saudis believe the United States is beholden to them.

  May 15, 2015

TRNN Talks to Sy Hersh
Seymour Hersh says by going public with a "fairytale" narrative of the murder of Bin Laden, President Obama broke an agreement with top Pakistani generals to hide the U.S. mission and Pakistani military complicity.

  May 14, 2015

Amtrak Budget Axed By 20% the Day After Crash
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine says in spite of all of its trouble, Amtrak has been extremely popular among the people on the East and West Coast of the US, but not among the Republican base.

  May 14, 2015

Kayaktivists Protest Shell's Arctic Rig in Seattle
Antonia Juhasz: The Obama administration has issued the most important licenses to Shell to operate in the sensitive Chukchi Sea in spite of its disastrous record

  May 24, 2015

Possible CIA Crime Revealed in Sterling Trial
David Swanson says CIA inadvertently revealed a dark side of its operations in Iran and Iraq in the Sterling trial.

  May 13, 2015

NSA Metadata Collection Reined in by the House
Former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst, J. Kirk Wiebe says the original USA Freedom Act after the Snowden disclosures was much better than what is being considered today.

  May 14, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (2/7)
Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discuss how data-collection began as a commercial enterprise that was eventually co-opted by the state.

  May 13, 2015

Verizon Buys AOL, Now Owns HuffPost
Free Press's Craig Aaron says narrow and short-term incentives created by Wall St. discourage corporations like Verizon from investing in internet infrastructure that would benefit the public.

  May 13, 2015

Scheer & Hedges: They Know Everything About You (1/7)
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviews Truthdig's editor in chief Robert Scheer about his latest book "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy".

  May 12, 2015

Senate Democrats Block Obama's Fast-track Authority for Trade Pacts
Longtime union activist Frank Hammer says the 52-45 vote may eliminate the secrecy behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential effects on workers.

  May 13, 2015

NY Gov. Cuomo Joins Calls to Retire Troubled Indian Point Nuclear Plant
Journalist Paul DeRienzo also discusses the history of New York's decades old Indian Point Nuclear Plant which experienced a fire and oil leak over the weekend

  May 12, 2015

Cornel West, Eddie Conway and Rev. Sekou on Building a Mass Movement
Three leaders of the struggle discuss the lessons of the 60's and what's needed today.

  May 18, 2015

How to Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (3/6)
Ha-Joon Chang: You cannot discuss economics without discussing politics; there are always ethical and political judgments you are making when you are doing this supposedly technical, scientific analysis.

  May 12, 2015

CIA Whistleblower Gets 42 Months In Prison For Talking to Press
Investigative reporter Marcy Wheeler says former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling's sentence highlights the double standard of punishment for whistleblowers and Obama insiders like former CIA Director David Petraeus.

  May 11, 2015

Jeb Bush's Entourage Filled with Neocons
Larry Wilkerson: Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush states he would have authorized the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, showing little regard for the fact that Neocon policy created more chaos in the region.

  May 12, 2015

Was the Baltimore Curfew Legal?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit, law professor Byron Warnken discuss and debate if the curfew and state of emergency that eliminated the right of free assembly after 10pm was justified

  May 7, 2015

Court Finds NSA Spying Illegal
Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler discusses a US court of appeals court ruling that paves the way for challenging bulk metadata collection

  May 7, 2015

Social Justice Art Looks at Mass Incarceration and Lynching, Past & Present
Deutsch Foundation Artist-in-Residence and Research Fellow Paul Rucker shares his work

  May 2, 2015

The Global African: Freddie Gray and The State of Black Politics
The Global African's Bill Fletcher takes a look at the Freddie Gray protests and the state of black politics

  May 1, 2015



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