Ireland's New Rising: From 1916 to 2016

 

One century after the Easter Rising of 1916, Ireland is marking a defining moment in ​its history: an armed rebellion against imperial rule, and a week in which a few thousand visionaries took over Central Dublin and declared an independent Republic​ of equals. Three decades after first reporting from Belfast during the ​so-called ​"Troubles", a thirty-year conflict over the constitutional status of Northern Ireland, Laura Flanders return​ed ​to Ireland ​this April, ​to take a fresh look at Irish nationalism through the stories of people who've lived through the last half century.

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Rising Up Against Empire: Jeremy Scahill and the Easter Rising

 

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about the secrets he’s learned about our government’s assassination programs, and how our military policies are leading to more oppression at home as well.

Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist and a founding editor of The Intercept. He is the author Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, and a producer of the film Dirty Wars, which was nominated for an academy award for best documentary. His newest book, co-written with the staff of The Intercept, is The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program.

Then, Laura visits Ireland for the anniversary of a one hundred year old rising against empire, and her commentary looks at the undeserved power of hedge fund managers.

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Feeling the Bern Since '81: Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield

 

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield turned a gas station ice cream parlor into a global phenomenon in Bernie Sanders’ town of Burlington. Since then they have modeled what a progressive, and massively successful, business can look like. They have also been outspoken and active on a number of issues and it's no surprise they’re going all out in favor of Bernie Sanders for president. They’ve even made a Bernie ice cream.

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Keith Mestrich: A Big Bank With a Social Justice Mission

 

In this interview, Laura talks to former union organizer and current CEO of Amalgamated Bank Keith Mestrich about the bank's union history, its progressive principles, and reforming the financial industry from the inside.

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Union Banking and Progressive Ice Cream: Keith Mestrich and Ben & Jerry

 

A bank founded by a garment workers union, and a global ice cream company founded by a couple of hippies from Brooklyn. Keith Mestrich, President & CEO of Amalgamated Bank, talks about running a big bank with a social justice mission. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream talk about Bernie Sanders and progressive business principles - do they exist? Later in the show, Laura comments on the rise of automation - is it the end of human connection?

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Meet the "activist hedge fund" that's hacking Wall Street

 

Another Way to Occupy Wall Street? In this exclusive interview, former Goldman Sachs Vice President Raphaelle Chappe introduces us to Robin Hood 2.0, an "activist hedge fund" that's trying to de-privatize finance and build an alternative economy. Could finance capital really be used to redistribute power and resources and not just to amass private wealth?

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Nick Hanauer: Can the wealthy save the rest of us from themselves?

 

In this exclusive interview, venture capitalist and author Nick Hanauer talks to Laura about the cost of inequality to our pocket books, the need for "disruptive" civic innovation, and the perils of the "trickle-down" myth. 

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Who needs Panama, When You Have the Home State of Joe Biden?

Remember the Panama papers? That staggering dump of 11.5 million documents leaked on fourteen thousand clients of the law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama. Mossack Fonseca offered legal assistance to people and businesses seeking to set up shop in tax havens around the world.

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Eat the Rich? Raphaële Chappe & Nick Hanauer

 

Can the wealthy save the rest of us from themselves? Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer tells us what’s wrong with rich people, and former Goldman Sachs Vice President Raphaële Chappe tells us about her work to even the playing field between the 1% and the 99% with the Robin Hood Hedge Fund.

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Revolutionary Mothering

 

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, self-described Queer Black troublemaker and Black feminist love evangelist, is the author of Spill: Fugitive Scenes, coming later this year from Duke University press.

China Martens is the author of The Future Generation: The Zine-book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others, and co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.

Mai’a Williams is a former journalist for teleSUR English and author of two books of poetry: No God but Ghosts Monsters and Other Silent Creatures.

Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor and the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.

Cynthia Dewi Oka works at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and her book of poems, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, was a 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee.

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