Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Apr 24th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm
On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest talks to Labor economist Sylvia Allegretto about the state of the economy ... why the "working poor" shouldn't be poor and SHOULD be earning a living wage. They also discuss the (oxy)moronic concept of a "jobless recovery" and why only Wall Street -- not YOUR street or MY street -- are "recovering" right now.

At the bottom of the hour, the magnificent Dr. Margaret Flowers, who has advocated passionately for a single-payer system of healthcare in the US, talks to SLV about the desperate need for healthcare equity in the US, and why she is personally arso committed to a universal (single-payer) healthcare system. Dr. Flowers recently joined the Occupy movement, which she views as an important vehicle for spreading the word -- and mobilizing activists -- around universal care as a human right.

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Apr 10th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Political Analysis: April 10, 2012
Guest: Retired Army Captain and Iraq war veteran Paul Chappell

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest talks to US army veteran-turned-peace activist Paul Chappell, whose personal narrative about his decision to "wage peace" and change the (mythological) narrative about war is as compelling as it is passionate.

Paul Chappell talks about how his own agonizing experience in Iraq -- compounded by a personal history of racism and violence -- caused him to undergo a "moral epiphany" that transformed him from a "soldier of war" to a "disciple of peace"  -- but only after scathing self-examination and internal reflection on the absurdity, inequities and futility of war.
Paul Chappell served in the military for seven years, before retiring as an army captain. Today he serves as the peace leadership director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, speaking all over the US about nonviolent resistance and "waging peace." Paul Chappell is the author of "Will War Ever End?," "The End of War" and "Peaceful Revolution." He is currently working on his fourth book, "The Art of Waging Peace."
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Apr 3rd, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

First half hour:

BREAKING NEWS: Tonight, in real time, we hear the heartbreaking story of how a group of working class families, residents of a mobile home park in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania are being evicted from their homes to make way for for a proposed water withdrawal facility in Piatt Township. The facility would pump millions of gallons of water daily from the Susquehanna River to a gas drilling (aka Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking) facility just north of Jersey Shore. Sandy LeonVest talks to Kevin June, a resident and manager of the mobile home park and hydrofracking activist and community organizer Alex Lotorto, both of whom offer insight into the very personal and poignant stories of the park's residents, where the fallout from Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom is being felt by an entire community.

Second half hour:

Roots Action Executive Director Aimee Allison updates listeners on the west coast occupy movement, as well as current efforts to tax super-PACs, push Congress to allow states to create a single-payer health care system and a bill currently in the House of Representatives that would speed up the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Aimee and SLV also discuss yesterday's (April 2nd) Supreme Court ruling allowing law enforcement authorities – at all levels, federal, state, and local – to legally force anyone they arrest to submit to a strip-search -- whether or not there is probable cause for such an egregious violation of personal privacy rights.

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