Follow the money — that’s the best way to learn why politicians vote the way they do, according to Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC). Matt talks to Jan Miyasaki about his non-profit’s goal, and website, in trying to trace political donations in this ever-increasing climate of dark money contributions.
Jan Miyasaki talks with Jerome Dillard, state-wide organizer for EXPO — Ex-Prisoners Organizing — about issues surrounding parole revocation, including lack of due process, the effect on families and children, and the cost to taxpayers.
For the past 10 years, scientists have been studying the process of colony collapse disorder (CCD), where honey bee colonies suddenly die off. U.W. researcher Sainath Subyanarayanan has studied this phenomenon and co-authored a book, Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics, and Honeybee Health (Nature, Society, and Culture) which discusses the multifactorial process of CCD.
A “Petroleum Puppet” — that’s what Anthony Rogers-Wright, Policy and Organizing Director at Environmental Action, calls the Trump’s pick of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Pruitt, the current Attorney General of Oklahoma, is an avowed climate change denier, backer of fracking, and is currently involved in a lawsuit against Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”.
Jan Miyasaki talks with Tom Lewandowski, Executive Director of the Workers Project and author of “ In GOP Country, a Small Labor Organization Offers a Model for Fighting Trumpism” in the November 4th edition of The Nation, about labor organizing, minority-status organizing, and Donald Trump’s pick of Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary.
What can we expect from the General James Mattis as Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense? William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, talks about why he left the Obama administration and how his ideas may change the U.S. foreign policy and military presence in the world.