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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May 22nd, 2015 by progressiveradionetwork at 11:03 am

The May 21, 2015 edition of "Political Analysis" featured two guests.

1.) Meg Healy was a researcher & reporter for the website RioOnWatch.org last year and will be returning to Rio in August as a housing policy reporter. She is a recent graduate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and authored her recently-submitted senior thesis titled, "Olympic Housing Games: Housing Policy and Socio-Spatial Displacement in Pre-Olympics Rio de Janiero." Healy discussed her research and writing on the forthcoming Olympic games with "Political Analysis."

2.) Alleen Brown is Associate Research Editor for The Intercept and author of two recent investigative articles on one of the lesser-known forces that propelled Obama Administration-backed Arctic drilling from dream to reality. That is, the National Petroleum Council, not to be confused with the American Petroleum Institute. Brown talked about these articles and previewed what she's working on in the coming days and weeks for The Intercept.

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The May 14 edition of "Political Analysis" on The Progressive Radio Network featured a debate between a proponent of U.S. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) run for president as part of the Democratic Party primary vs. Hillary Clinton (among others) and a critic of it. It also featured a critical look at the political-economy of freelancing.

On the first half of the show, Carl Gibson, author of an Al Jazeera America article in favor of a Sanders Democratic Party primary run went toe-to-toe with Ashley Smith, author of an article appearing online in Jacobin Magazine critical of such a run.

The second half of the show featured Sarah Grey, author of the recent piece published online by Jacobin titled, "Four Myths About the 'Freelancer Class.'”

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The May 7, 2015 edition of "Political Analysis" on The Progressive Radio Network featured the work and voices of two documentarians: Marcos Barbery and Neal Broffman. 
1.) Marcos Barbery, Director and Producer of the newly-released documentary film "By Blood," which is a contemporary and historical account of the African-American Freedmen of Cherokee descent, who were enslaved by the Cherokee Tribe and have still yet to achieve the rights and benefits they argue are owed to them by the Tribe. The movie raises fascinating questions about race, identity and history and is timely given what's going on as of late in Baltimore, Ferguson and other US cities.

Barbery is a filmmaker and journalist and founder of THREAD Productions.The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute has supported Barbery’s reporting. Barbery's writing has been featured by Long Reads, and appeared in Salon, The Huffington Post, and This Land Press. 

2.) Neal Broffman, Director and Producer of the new documentary film "Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi" about Sunil Tripathi, who was initially misidentified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during the initial manhunt for Dzhokhar and his now-dead brother Tamerlan (then known as "Suspect One" and "Suspect Two"). Sunil was eventually found dead (having committed suicide) in a river near Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, but not before the damage was done and his name forever tied to the April 2013 bombing. The movie's recent release coincides with the ongoing death penalty phase of USA v. Tsarnaev case occurring in a U.S. District Court in Boston.

Sunil's mom Judy and his brother Ravi also came on the show, joining Neal Broffman.

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi had its world premiere in March, 2015 at the Atlanta Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Feature Film. The international premiere was in April-May of 2015 at the renowned Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where it was also included in Docs For School.

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The April 30, 2015 edition of "Political Analysis" on The Progressive Radio Networked featured the work and voices of two energy and environmental historians: Christopher Jones and Bob Johnson. 

1.) Christopher Jones, history professor at Arizona State University, joined "Political Analysis" to discuss his book "Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America," recently nominated for the Turku Book Award.
2.) Bob Johnson, history professor at National University in La Jolla, California, joined the show to talk about his new book titled, "Carbon Nation: Fossil Fuels in the Making of American Culture."
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