Category Archives: PND Podcast & Video

How the court system is used to chill activist speech

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maass

“One of the most pernicious forms of censorship in modern America is the abuse of the court system by corporations and wealthy individuals to harass, intimidate, and silence their critics. We use the term ‘Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,’ more commonly known as a ‘SLAPP,’ to describe this phenomenon. With a SLAPP, a malicious party will file a lawsuit against a person whose speech is clearly protected by the First Amendment. The strategy isn’t to win on the legal merits, but to censor their victims through burdensome, distracting, and costly litigation.” [text and Flash video] (12/11/17)

The Power of Fear

Source: The Nation / Brave New Films

“The United States is the wealthiest country in the world, but it also jails more people than any other nation, including China and Russia. Over 2.3 million adults are currently in American prisons and jails. On a per capita basis, the U.S. still stands far above all other nations in locking people behind bars. The incarceration rate has shot up 500% over the past four decades. But why? We’re spending billions of dollars on incarceration, why aren’t we safer? We explore the scope and source of mass incarceration in our new short film, Sentencing Reform: Part I — The Power of Fear. It’s the first in a forthcoming series that will highlight the symptoms and ultimate solutions to the ongoing mass incarceration epidemic.” [Flash video] (12/11/17)

Intercepted Podcast, 12/06/17

Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Matthew Cole joins Jeremy for a discussion about their explosive report in The Intercept that Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a former CIA officer and Oliver North of Iran-Contra fame have been pitching a private spy operation to the White House and CIA to counter the ‘deep state’ attempting to undermine Trump’s presidency. Radio show host, activist, and comedian Randy Credico has been hit with a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee investigating Trump and Russia. Roger Stone claims Credico was his secret liaison with WikiLeaks during the election. We ask Randy what this is all about and if he plans to appear before Congress in a week. Journalist Barrett Brown spent four years in prison stemming from his involvement with Anonymous, LulzSec and other hacker collectives who went after powerful private security companies. Barrett talks about the FBI’s campaign against him and offers a critique of WikiLeaks, Trump, and the state of the media in the U.S.” [various formats] (12/06/17)

Celebrate Repeal Day with an old fashioned Old Fashioned

Source: Reason

Reason features editor Peter Suderman celebrates Repeal Day with his recipe for an Old Fashioned, and explains how government almost killed the cocktail.” [Flash video] (12/05/17)

Fresh Air, 12/04/17

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Daniel Ellsberg became one of the best-known opponents of the Vietnam War in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department study of the war, to the ‘New York Times.’ He has a new memoir The Doomsday Machine, about his years as a young national security analyst looking at top secret plans for nuclear war.” [Flash audio] (12/04/17)

Intercepted Podcast, 11/29/17

Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Sen. Chris Murphy blasts the U.S. government for its support of Saudi Arabia and lays out his fight to end the carnage in Yemen. Jeremy tears apart Thomas Friedman’s gross love letter to the Saudi crown prince and talks about the bi-partisan war against journalism from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump. As more women come forward to name their sexual assaulters and harassers, Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed and BuzzFeed’s Katie Baker analyze this unprecedented moment. … We get analysis from Harare, Zimbabwe, about why the U.S. and Britain supported Mugabe’s repressive regime, who is in control now, and what the future holds in this mineral rich country. Comedian Joe Pera performs a dramatic re-enactment of a secret Snowden document about a summer intern at the National Security Agency who experiences culture shock. And Donald Trump stars in the exciting finale of ‘Merican Beauty.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

The Scott Horton Show, 11/27/17

Source: Libertarian Institute

“Aniqa Raihan joins Scott to discuss her article for Foreign Policy in Focus, ‘A Beginner’s Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel.’ Raihan explains how the bedouins of Israel — who are citizens — have been continually deprived of their homes, land, and other vital resources. The Bedouin people are regularly forced from their homes and villages, many of which are unrecognized by the state of Israel and reappropriated for other purposes. Scott then asks about the BDS movement; Raihan explains the goals and origins of the movement and how it’s scaring the Israeli establishment.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

Fresh Air, 11/20/17

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is Secrecy World.” [Flash audio] (11/20/17)

Intercepted, 11/15/17

Source: The Intercept

“Rami Khouri breaks down Saudi Arabia’s agenda in the Middle East, its destruction of Yemen, and the bizarre case of the exiled Lebanese prime minister. … Aram Roston of Buzzfeed, Spencer Ackerman of the Daily Beast, and The Intercept’s Matthew Cole join Jeremy for a discussion on Trump’s new covert action czar on the National Security Council and his past work for Blackwater’s Erik Prince on the CIA assassination program. They also discuss Ackerman’s report that the mysterious death of a Green Beret in Mali came after the soldier allegedly discovered Navy SEALs were stealing money. WikiLeaks slid into Donald Trump Jr.’s DMs. The media went crazy. Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy analyze what the messages actually say and how they have been portrayed in the media. Glenn also blasts the Justice Department’s order that the Russian-funded news organization, RT, registers as a foreign agent. And we talk to two newly elected Democrats who stunningly upset red seats in Virginia’s elections.” [various formats] (11/15/17)

The Anarchist Experience, episode 138

Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Rich running the solo show this week. Talking about arguments Ancoms refuse to understand, trying to get more money for the holidays, and whether or not something besides Bitcoin is Bitcoin, and these Headlines …” [various formats] (11/13/17)