Over 440,000 people will be detained by the U.S. government this year. Women, children, the elderly, asylum seekers, torture victims and even long-time permanent residents will be detained for months - in some cases years - awaiting a determination on their status. Many of these people will be detained without a judicial hearing or access to an attorney in a nation that prides itself on the rule of law and due process. Will the Obama adminstration create real immigration reform to ensure the people who come to our shores are treated fairly?
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews best-selling author Meg Wollitzer about her recent novel,The Ten Year Nap. It's about the lives of women who opt out of the professional world to have kids and never go back. Meg Wollitzer's novels include: Sleepwalking; This Is Your Life; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife. She lives in New York City.
Reese Erlich began his career in journalism in the 1960s as an investigative reporter for the magazine Ramparts. He works regularly as a radio and print journalist, and is also an author. His most recent book Dateline Havana: The Real Story of US Policy and the Future of Cuba, was published January, 2009. He also wrote The Iran Agenda: published in 2007, and, with Norman Solomon, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You published in 2003.
Tonight on Circle a Radio, we’ll be talking to reese Er lich about his new book, his personal history of international journalism, jazz, and more.
Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Ronault L.S. Catalani, author, poet immigrant rights attorney and the the City of Portland's Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Coordinator. In his evocative new book Catalani also known as "Polo" writes a series of essays from familiar cafes. Each one gives a new and startlingly intimate experience of one mans life as an immigrant. The interview springboards from the book to the political forces underpinning his experience of "ethnic Cleansing" to the effects of those forces in the life of refugees today. The wide ranging discussion touched on the value of war crimes tribunals to the camaraderie immigrants from different cultures find in each others company.
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chris Martenson, who offers a free crash course on "how we got into this economic crisis." Chris Martenson is an author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.
Defense secretary Robert Gates is calling for a rapid increase in spending on attack drone planes for use in Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Pakistan.
This plan has raised the ire of many in the peace community due to the drone’s inconsistent results and bad record of civilian casualties.
The Obama Department of Justice has put forth a claim of
“Sovereign Immunity” in a motion to dismiss in the domestic
spying case of Jewell v. NSA. The lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the National
Security Agency for spying on tens of thousands of citizens
without a warrant, during the Bush Administration. The
spying utilized the telecom company AT&T's fiber optic
network to access the communications of unsuspecting
Americans. The claim of Sovereign Immunity is unprecedented
This show focuses on the intersection of Jews, food and ethics. Host Liz Schwartz interviews Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a major proponent of the eco-kashrut movement. Eco-kashrut expands on traditional kosher dietary practices by incorporating the ethics of sustainable growing systems, humane animal production and fair treatment for farm workers and meat processors. Also featured is Rabbi Morris Allen, who founded the Hekhsher Tzedek, an ethical certification seal that will appear on kosher food products. Finally, Liz talks with two of Portland's Jewish organic farmers.