Recent blog posts
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.10.16 with Christian Guevara, Lerone, Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Knon 89 3, Lambda Weekly 2016.10.09 with Rev Eric Folkerth, Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Knon 89 3, Lambda Weekly 2016.10.02 with Erin Moore, Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Texas Blues Radio Living Blues radio poll 10/1/16
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.09.25 Rebecca Covell with Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly, 2016.09.18 with Stephen Soden & Logen Cure , Lerone and David Taffet
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.09.11 with Rabbi Steve Fisch , Lerone and David Taffet
- Texas Blues Radio Living Blues radio poll report, September 1, 2016
- Don O.'s annual Freddie King tribute THIS Friday September 2nd, 6 pm
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.08.28 with Steve Sprinkle , Lerone and David Taffet
As Senator Bernie Sanders prepares to address the Democratic National Convention tonight we end today’s show with the voices of some of the hundreds of Sanders supporters who rallied at City Hall Plaza on Sunday. Despite a blistering heat wave, they gathered for hours to denounce the Democratic National Committee bias against Sanders, which was revealed by WikiLeaks on Friday, and to demand the party adopt a more progressive agenda.
Some 150 Puerto Rican elected officials, community leaders and activists from across the United States gathered Sunday near Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention to found the National Puerto Rican Agenda to organize support for Puerto Rico during the island’s unprecedented financial and economic crisis. This comes a month after Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the controversial PROMESA law, which provides a way for Puerto Rico to restructure its $70 billion debt but also creates a new financial control board to oversee the island’s financial affairs. Today, on the 118th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War, and on the 64th anniversary of the creation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the new group plans to press its concerns to Democratic Party delegates with a rally near Philadelphia’s City Hall. We speak with two of its newly elected leaders, Roseni Plaza and Natascha Otero-Santiago.
Democracy Now! hit the streets Sunday to speak to some of the thousands of protesters who marched through the streets of Philadelphia to demand a ban on fracking and a transition to clean energy. Despite a scorching heat wave, up to 10,000 people took to the streets for hours. This comes as climate change-fueled extreme weather continues across the world. In California, a wildfire north of Los Angeles doubled in size Sunday, just one day after a burned body was discovered outside a home in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles.
As the the Democratic National Convention gets underway today in Philadelphia, residents and elected officials hope to bring attention to the city’s Chinatown, one of the last low-income communities of color in the Center City corridor. Over the last few decades, the area has lost a third of its housing and half of its land to development projects, "urban renewal" and gentrification, which threatens to displace residents. But for the past 15 years, Chinatown’s residents have organized and fought back. They’ve successfully fended off a plan to build a $600 million baseball stadium, and pushed back on a proposal to put a casino in the heart of Chinatown. We speak with longtime community activist Helen Gym, who was recently elected to the Philadelphia City Council, the first Asian-American woman ever to serve on the council.
As the Democratic National Convention begins in Philadelphia, tension is rising between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The Democratic National Committee chair, Florida Congressmember Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned Sunday following WikiLeaks’ release of nearly 20,000 emails revealing how the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton and worked behind the scenes to discredit and her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders. When Sanders speaks tonight at the Democratic convention, he is expected to praise the Democrats for agreeing to what he describes as the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history. But he lost a major battle with the platform when the Democratic National Committee defeated an amendment brought by his delegates to abolish superdelegates. We speak with Zaid Jilani of The Intercept, who reported on how the "DNC Votes to Keep Superdelegates, But Sets Some Conditions."
With the Democratic National Convention about to begin in Philadelphia, we look at the state of the Democratic Party. Many party leaders were hoping to use the convention to display party unity after the long primary fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But on Friday, Hillary Clinton named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate, angering many Bernie Sanders supporters who had hoped she would have picked a more progressive vice president. On that same day, WikiLeaks released 20,000 internal Democratic National Committee emails showing that some party operatives worked behind the scenes to discredit and defeat Bernie Sanders, and by Sunday Florida Congressmember Debbie Wasserman Schultz had resigned her post as DNC chair just hours before the convention. We are joined by Jess McIntosh, director of communications outreach for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and Norman Solomon, coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network and a delegate from California.
Following the end of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump has received a surge in his popularity. He’s now leading Hillary Clinton 44 to 39 percent in a four-way match-up, according to the most recent CNN poll. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received 9 percent, and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein received 3 percent. But for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the threat of a Donald Trump presidency doesn’t inspire him to back Hillary Clinton. When asked, Assange said: "You’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea?”
Assange: Why I Created WikiLeaks' Searchable Database of 30,000 Emails from Clinton's Private Server
In March, WikiLeaks launched a searchable archive for over 30,000 emails & email attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state. The 50,000 pages of documents span from June 2010 to August 2014; 7,500 of the documents were sent by Hillary Clinton. The State Department released the emails as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request.
WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange joins us from London about their release of nearly 20,000 emails revealing how the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton and worked behind the scenes to discredit and defeat Bernie Sanders. This comes as the Democratic National Convention is opening today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, amid massive party turmoil. The DNC chair, Florida Congressmember Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has resigned following the leak. The emails also reveal a close relationship between mainstream media outlets and the DNC.
- DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns After Emails Leak
- Hillary Clinton Names Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as Running Mate
- Poll Shows Trump Leading Clinton 44-39 in General Election
- DNC: Sanders Supporters Demonstrate in Philadelphia
- Trump Defends Roger Ailes, Ousted by Sexual Harassment Claims
- Donald Trump Compares Immigration to "Suicide"
- Former KKK Leader David Duke Launches U.S. Senate Bid
- Lt. Gen. Flynn Retweets Anti-Semitic Message
- VA Gov. to Individually Pardon Ex-Felons to Restore Voting Rights
- Florida: 2 Killed, At Least 16 Wounded in Nightclub Shooting
- Afghanistan: ISIS Bombing Kills More Than 80 Protesters in Kabul
- Germany: Man Kills 9 in Mass Shooting Near Shopping Center
- Syria: Assad Government Kill 5 in Strikes on Medical Facilities
- N. Miami: Autistic Man's Family Says He's Traumatized After Police Shot His Therapist
- #BlackLivesMatter Protests Held Across U.S., 7 Arrested in Asheville, NC
- WNBA Reverses Fine for Players Wearing T-Shirts for Victims of Police
- Ohio Judge Jails Lawyer for Refusing to Remove BLM Button
- Father of Missing Mexican Student Asks for Meeting with Obama
- Today Would Have Been Emmett Till's 75th Birthday
On Thursday night, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made history by becoming the first speaker at a Republican National Convention to declare that he was "proud to be gay." Thiel made headlines earlier this year when he confirmed to The New York Times that he personally spent $10 million to secretly fund a controversial lawsuit by wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. Hogan sued the company for invasion of privacy after Gawker posted a sex tape, and in May a jury awarded the wrestler $140 million, forcing Gawker to declare bankruptcy. Thiel set his eyes on Gawker after the site published a 2007 article headlined "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people." We are joined by Sam Biddle, technology reporter at The Intercept, formerly at Gawker, who has followed Thiel closely.
As delegates and media workers filed into the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump’s big night, a group of young Cleveland activists gathered near the gates of the RNC to protest Republican Party priorities they say have decimated their city—economic policies that left thousands unemployed and blighted neighborhoods, racial discrimination that’s made Cleveland one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., and a police force that infamously shot dead African American Tamir Rice within two seconds of pulling up next to the boy as he held an airsoft BB gun. We spoke with protesters as they held aloft posters that featured tweets decrying these policies.
This week’s Republican National Convention has taken place in the Q, which is short for the Quicken Loans Arena. We take a look at billionaire owner of Quicken Loans, Dan Gilbert. Gilbert owns casinos, is facing a pending lawsuit and has a reputation for launching attacks on journalists. Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi explains that Quicken Loans, one of the country’s largest mortgage companies, was a "symbol" of the subprime mortgage crisis that decimated cities like Cleveland. We are joined by Peter Pattakos, Ohio attorney and publisher of the sports website Cleveland Frowns.
A Tectonic Shift in Conservative World: Trump Accepts Nomination as Roger Ailes Ousted from Fox News
When Fox News Chair Roger Ailes, amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment, resigned on the same day the Republican Party welcomed its new presidential candidate, we got reaction from several top TV news hosts who are in Cleveland covering the convention, including Jake Tapper of CNN, Shepard Smith of Fox News, Willie Geist of NBC, John Heilemann of Bloomberg and Chris Matthews of MSNBC.
In Donald Trump’s speech to accept the Republican presidential nomination, he continued to call for a ban on Muslim immigrants and spoke about how he would change U.S. policy in the Middle East. We get reaction from Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-born activist who works with the American Friends Service Committee.
For months Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Since he has risen to prominence, civil rights groups have cited increasing attacks and threats against Muslims in America, often against women wearing headscarves. Muslim groups are now campaigning to register a million new voters in a bid to keep Trump out of the White House. But some American Muslims will vote for Trump. According to a survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 11 percent of Muslims in the U.S. are Trump supporters. We’re joined now by two guests. Saba Ahmed is president of the Republican Muslim Coalition and a Donald Trump supporter. She recently met with Trump and his vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, here at the Republican National Convention. We also speak with Aisha Samad, who is CAIR-Cleveland’s board secretary and a longtime activist in the Muslim community in Cleveland.
CodePink’s Medea Benjamin disrupted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention by holding up a banner reading "Build bridges, not walls!" Her protest diverted cameras away from Trump’s speech. Benjamin was removed after the disruption and says she was later interviewed by the Secret Service. Democracy Now! spoke to her on the street afterwards.
Classic Authoritarianism: In a Speech Filled with Fear & Xenophobia, Donald Trump Accepts Nomination
In a scene few would have predicted 12 or even six months ago, real estate mogul Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination. In an hour-and-15-minute speech, Trump warned the nation was facing an imminent crisis at home and abroad, and that he alone was qualified to solve it. Trump’s speech included so many factual inaccuracies that The Washington Post called it "a compendium of doomsday stats that fall apart upon close scrutiny. Numbers are taken out of context, data is manipulated, and sometimes the facts are wrong." We speak with three guests: David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of the forthcoming book, "The Making of Donald Trump"; Jamil Smith, senior national correspondent at MTV News; and Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
- Donald Trump at RNC: I am the Solution to "Crisis for Our Nation"
- BLM Co-Founder on Trump: "This is Kind of Speech Hitler Would Make"
- Cruz on Trump: "I'm Not in Habit of Supporting People Who Attack My Wife"
- Kasich on Skipping RNC: "When You Stand on Principles, Sometimes You Stand Alone"
- VP Pick Mike Pence in 2004: "WMDs Have Been Found in Iraq"
- Roger Ailes Ousted from Fox News over Sexual Harassment Claims
- CodePink Disrupts Donald Trump Acceptance Speech
- RNC: Protesters Dispute Cops' Account of Flag Burning
- #BlackLivesMatter Protests Police Brutality in Multiple Cities
- Somerville Mayor Defies Police Union, Keeps #BLM Banner on City Hall
- France: Officials Demolish Parts of "Jungle" Camp in Calais
- Kuwaitis Give Deadline for Yemeni Factions to Reach Peace Accord
- NBA Moves All-Star Game from North Carolina over "Bathroom Bill"
- Edward Snowden Designs Phone to Protect Against Surveillance
- It May Take Years for Young Prisoners to Be Moved Out of Rikers Island
- Florida Officer Who Shot Unarmed Therapist Meant to Shoot Autistic Patient Instead