Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer
Environmental reporter Dan Fagin joins us to discuss his book, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which has just won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Fagin tells the story of how a small New Jersey town fought back against industrial pollution and astronomical rates of childhood cancer, and ultimately won one of the largest legal settlements in U.S. history. "We don’t look for patterns, we don’t analyze those patterns. That is a terrible tragedy," Fagin says of the failure to examine environmental and industrial data gathered by local, state and federal agencies. "People are dying because we do not do effective public health surveillance in this country."
As the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a ban on affirmative action in Michigan and the country marks 60 years since the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education, we look at how segregation is still pervasive in U.S. public schools. An explosive new report in ProPublica finds school integration never fully occurred, and in recent decades may have even been reversed. Focusing on three generations of the same family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the story concludes: "While segregation as it is practiced today may be different than it was 60 years ago, it is no less pernicious: in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere, it involves the removal and isolation of poor black and Latino students, in particular, from everyone else. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened." We are joined by Nikole Hannah-Jones, whose article, "The Resegregation of America’s Schools," is the latest in the ProPublica series "Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide."
- Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan Schools
- Ukraine Ends Easter Truce; Biden Visits Kiev
- Separatists Kidnap Vice News Journalist in Ukraine
- U.S. Deploys Troops for Exercises in Poland, Baltic States
- Monitors: Removal of Syrian Chemical Stockpile Nearly 90% Complete
- Assad Regime Accused of Chlorine Bombardments on Rebel Areas
- Abbas Threatens Dissolution of Palestinian Authority If Talks Fail
- U.S. Resumes Military Aid to Egypt with Helicopter Shipment
- Egypt Trial of Al Jazeera Journalists Adjourned to May
- Muslim Plaintiffs Claim "No-Fly" List Retaliation for Refusing to Spy for FBI
- Judge Orders Disclosure of CIA Secret Prison Secrets
- Missouri Executes Prisoner After Drug Secrecy Challenge Fails; Oklahoma Gov. Overrides Court Stay
- Obama Tours Washington Landslide Area as Toll Hits 41
- Georgia Sued over Gay Marriage Ban
- Utah Mother Accused of Murdering 6 Babies
- Native Groups, Ranchers Launch D.C. Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline
In an Earth Day special, we look at the history of the global environmental movement as told in the sweeping new documentary, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet." We air extended highlights from the film — from New York housewives who take on a major chemical company that polluted their community of Love Canal to Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales, to the fight by Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubber tappers to save the Amazon rainforest. We also speak to the film’s Oscar-nominated director, Mark Kitchell. "We were really looking to tell stories of the movement. We thought it would be a more engaging and impassioned approach to what are very difficult subjects. Usually environmental films, no matter how good they are, are an eco-bummer," Kitchell says. "These people succeed against enormous odds. And that should give us some kind of hope." "A Fierce Green Fire" airs tonight on PBS American Masters.
- Obama Admin to Widen Clemency Eligibility for Drug Offenders
- Court Orders Release of Memo Justifying Targeted Killings
- Toll from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen Tops 55
- U.N.: Hundreds Killed in South Sudan Rebel Attack
- Ukraine Truce Falters as Armed Groups Remain
- U.N. Warns Assad Against New Elections
- Report: Admin Mulls Limiting Deportations for Immigrants Without Criminal Records
- Plaintiffs Challenge GM Bid to Evade Liability for Ignition Defect
- UAW Drops Challenge to Failed Unionization Vote
- Intel Director Issues Broad Ban on Media Contact
- Oklahoma Prisoners Win Stay of Execution over Drug Secrecy
- Prison Officials Fired After Kentucky Inmate Starves to Death
- Twin Memorials Held for Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico, Colombia
The celebrated boxer and prisoner-rights activist Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has died at the age of 76. Carter became an international symbol of racial injustice after his wrongful murder conviction forced him to spend 19 years in prison before he was exonerated. Since his release, Carter championed the cause of wrongfully convicted prisoners. His ordeal was publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song "Hurricane," several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, "The Hurricane." We are joined by two guests: John Artis, Carter’s co-defendant and close friend, who cared for him until his death, and Ken Klonsky, co-author of Carter’s autobiography, "Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom," and a director of media relations for Carter’s group, Innocence International. We also broadcast an excerpt from a 1994 speech by Carter about his life’s struggles and triumphs. Says Artis about his close friend: "He was a David against the justice system’s Goliath."
Four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and killed 11 workers, causing more than 200 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a ban that excluded BP from new federal contracts. In a broadcast exclusive, we speak with Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service in the Interior Department at the time of the Deepwater Horizon blowout. She was forced out soon after. In her first broadcast interview since her departure, Birnbaum warns the risk of another offshore oil drilling blowout is real. We are also joined by Jaclyn Lopez, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.
- Obama Admin Puts Off Decision on Keystone XL for 3rd Year
- U.S. Drone Strikes Kill Dozens in Yemen
- Deadly Shooting Follows Ukraine-Russia Truce
- 33 Killed in Iraq Violence
- Obama Admin: Healthcare Enrollment Tops 8 Million
- Maryland, Oregon Curb Immigration Holds for Federal Agents
- 9/11 Trials Could Face Lengthy Delay over FBI Infiltration
- Anti-LGBTQ South Carolina Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief
- Alabama Prisoners Stage Work Stoppage over Conditions, Free Labor
- Judge OKs Suit Against IBM, Ford for Backing Apartheid
- Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Wrongfully Jailed Boxer, Dead at 76
In an exclusive interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world. "He’s the master of masters," Allende says. "In a way, he conquered readers and conquered the world, and told the world about us, Latin Americans, and told us who we are. In his pages, we saw ourselves in a mirror." Allende describes the first time she read "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and how it impacted her. "It was as if someone was telling me my own story," she says. We also air video of García Márquez in his own words and hear Democracy Now! co-host Juan González read from "The General in His Labyrinth."
One of the greatest novelists and writers of the 20th century has died. Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday in Mexico at the age of 87. It has been reported that only the Bible has sold more copies in the Spanish language than the works of García Márquez, who was affectionately known at "Gabo" throughout Latin America. His book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is considered one of the masterful examples of the literary genre known as magic realism, and it won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The Swedish Academy described it as a book "in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts." We air clips of him speaking in his own words about writing his acclaimed book.
- Deal Reached on Ukraine Crisis; Pro-Russian Separatists Stay Put
- Anti-Semitic Flier in Eastern Ukraine Denounced as Provocation
- Novelist Gabriel García Márquez Dies, Author of "100 Years of Solitude"
- Iran Ahead of Schedule on Nuclear Deal; U.S. Releases Funds
- Gunmen Attack U.N. Base Sheltering Civilians in South Sudan
- Former Salvadoran General Faces Deportation from U.S. for Role in Killings
- 19 Arrested Protesting Deportations; Obama Blames GOP for Stalling Reform
- 9/11 Tribunal Adjourns amid Claims of FBI Spying on Defense Team
- Youngest Person to Be Prosecuted for Terrorism in U.S. Gets 5-Year Sentence
- Missouri Mayor: "I Kind of Agreed" with Frazier Glenn Miller
- Report Finds Major Flaws in Handling of FSU Rape Case
- WBAI Radio Journalist Robert Knight Dies
A new documentary film reveals how a regular U.S. Air Force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike program in Pakistan. "Drone" identifies the unit conducting CIA strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is located on the Creech Air Force Base, about 45 miles from Las Vegas. We are joined by the film’s director, Tonje Hessen Schei, and Chris Woods, an award-winning reporter who investigates drone warfare. Woods is featured in "Drone" and is working on a forthcoming book on U.S. drone warfare.
New York has become the latest state to join an agreement that would transform the U.S. presidential election. Under the compact for a National Popular Vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate with the most votes nationwide. This would prevent scenarios like what happened in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but still lost the election to George W. Bush. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. By adding its 29 electoral votes, New York joins those already pledged by nine other states and Washington, D.C. We are joined by New Yorker staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg, an advocate of the national popular vote and a board member of the electoral reform organization FairVote.
As negotiations over the crisis in Ukraine begin in Geneva, tension is rising in the Ukrainian east after security forces killed three pro-Russian protesters, wounded 13 and took 63 captive in the city of Mariupol. Ukrainian officials said the pro-Russian separatists had attempted to storm a military base. The killings came just after the unraveling of a Ukrainian operation to retake government buildings from pro-Russian separatists. Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss" and refused to rule out sending forces into Ukraine. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has announced a series of steps to reinforce its presence in eastern Europe. "We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land," Rasmussen said. We are joined by Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University. "We are not at the beginning of a new Cold War, we are well into it," Cohen says, "which alerts us to the fact 'hot war' is imaginable now. It’s unlikely, but it’s conceivable — and if it’s conceivable, something has to be done about it."
- Ukraine, Separatists Clash as Geneva Talks Begin
- Regime, Rebels Trade Blame for Chlorine Gas Attack in Northern Syria
- Al-Qaeda in Yemen Threatens to Attack United States
- Reps for Detroit Public Workers Accept Pension Cuts
- Report: Deportation Cases on Steady Decline Since 2009
- Philadelphia Bars Transfer of Undocumented Immigrants Without Federal Warrant
- Judge Overturns North Dakota Anti-Abortion Law
- GM Seeks Court Protection from Ignition Switch Claims
- Obama Unveils $600 Million Grant for Job Training, Placement
- Bloomberg Launches New Gun-Control Group with $50 Million Donation
- Senate Intel Committee Probes Torture Probe Leak to McClatchy
- Lavabit Loses Contempt of Court Appeal over User Info
- Snowden Questions Putin on Mass Surveillance
- Salsa, Bolero Singer Cheo Feliciano Dies in Puerto Rico Car Crash
A new reports finds the killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled over the past decade. The group Global Witness documented 147 activists who were killed in 2012, compared to 51 in 2002. The death rate is now an average of two per week. Almost none of the killers have faced charges. We air interviews with some of the late activists featured in the report, including José da Silva, a Brazilian conservationist and environmentalist who campaigned against logging and clearcutting of trees in the Amazon rainforest. In 2011, José and his wife, Maria, were murdered by masked gunmen. "This could be the tip of the iceberg in terms of the scale of the real problem," says Global Witness campaigner Oliver Courtney, who says details about the murders were nearly impossible to locate.
The New York City Police Department is disbanding a controversial spying unit that targeted Muslim communities. The so-called "Demographics Unit" secretly infiltrated Muslim student groups, sent informants into mosques, eavesdropped on conversations in restaurants, barber shops and gyms, and built a vast database of information. But after years of collecting information, it failed to yield a single terrorism investigation or even a single lead. We get reaction from Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York, who calls the unit’s closure a "welcome first step," but says it will "take years to undo the trauma that the American Muslim community has endured." We are also joined by Matt Apuzzo, who was part of the Associated Press team that first revealed the NYPD’s post-9/11 surveillance program. The AP’s series won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Apuzzo is co-author of "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America."
Was Kansas Shooting Avoidable? White Supremacist was Ex-Informant with Criminal Past & Hateful Views
Notorious white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller has been charged with killing three people at two Jewish community sites in Kansas. Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, has openly railed against Jews and African Americans for decades. He served three years in prison on weapons charges and an assassination plot, but avoided a longer sentence after testifying against other white supremacists. Miller claims to have been an FBI informant, and the federal government reportedly shielded him in the early 1990s as part of the witness protection program — the possible source of his multiple names. We are joined by two guests who have tracked Miller for years: Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, and broadcaster David Pakman, who interviewed Miller in 2010.
- Ukraine, Pro-Russian Separatists Clash on Eve of Talks
- 3 Afghan Civilians Reported Dead in U.S. Bombing
- Iraq Shutters Abu Ghraib Prison over Militant Threat
- U.N. Security Council Views Graphic Images from Syrian Defector
- Report: Syrian Rebels Obtain U.S.-Made Missiles
- Hundreds Missing in Sinking of Korean Ferry
- Owner of Collapsed Bangladeshi Garment Factory Faces Murder Charge
- NYPD Abandons Controversial Muslim Spying Unit
- Detroit Pensioners Reach 1st Post-Bankruptcy Deal
- Boston Marks 1st Anniversary of Marathon Bombing
- Oklahoma Bars Local Efforts to Raise Minimum Wage
- Arizona Enacts Law Authorizing Warrantless Inspection of Abortion Clinics
Millions of Americans are rushing to file their federal and state taxes today by the midnight deadline. But others are using the day to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. The War Resisters League estimates at least 45 percent of the 2015 federal budget would be used for current and past military expenses, as well as interest on the national debt, some 80 percent of which stems from military spending. To voice their opposition, some Americans are taking a stand by personally refusing to pay their federal taxes. Lida Shao, a pre-med student at Columbia University, has been a war tax resister for three years with support from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. Shao joins us to discuss why Tax Day for her is a day of resistance.