TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
What happens when the New York Police Department is given free rein to stop and frisk suspects based on their own hunches? According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, it creates an environment in which African-American and Latino New Yorkers are stopped at disproportionate rates, with predictable results for suspect’s lives and on community trust.
Check out this brand new music video—featuring Yasiin Bey (a k a Mos Def), produced by CCR and featuring footage from The Nation’s exclusive report, “Stopped and Frisked: ‘For Being a F***king Mutt’”—to learn more.
What’s it going to take to break down journalism’s class- and race-based barriers of entry? MSNBC’s All In blog digs into Farai Chideya’s piece in last week’s issue of The Nation on how the field needs to change to be more just—and do good for itself in the process.
Why did Al Jazeera kill an article critical of Zionism? Read Greg Mitchell’s analysis.
Can workers from traditionally non-union positions like the fast-food industry be the future of the labor movement? The alt-labor movement, as described by The Nation’s Josh Eidelson, consists of workers who have never collectively tried to negotiate for better wages. Eidelson speaks with NPR’s Jennifer Ludden on Talk of the Nation about where the labor movement goes from here.
— Max Rivlin-Nadler
Read more about the future of labor organizing in the service industry.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the leak that prompted the Justice Department’s seizure of the phone records of almost 100 reporters and editors at the Associated Press needs to be investigated because it “put the American people at risk.”
Appearing on Democracy Now!, Nation Institute fellow Chris Hedges said that Holder presented no evidence of the leak, which is believed to be related to a terrorist plot foiled by the CIA, was dangerous. Moreover, even if the seizure doesn’t frighten journalists, it will have a chilling effect on their sources, he said.
“It is one more assault in a long series of assaults against freedom of information and freedom of the press,” Hedges said.
Read more about whistleblower Bradley Manning and how his persecution has also touched the LGBTQ community.
Adolf Hitler once commissioned a book of cartoons responding to British cartoonist, and serial ridiculer, David Low. “What they don’t want to be thought as is an ass, who is a joke,” says Nation publisher emeritus Victor Navasky, about people in power. “These cartoons give rise to jokes, but they’re very serious.” Navasky joins The Cycle to discuss Hitler, Obama, Kissinger and his new book, The Art of Controversy.
Is your world flat? Tom Tomorrow advises: Call detective Tom Friedman!
Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff once concluded that economies stall when debt reaches 90 percent of GDP. A recent paper from Amherst College points out important holes in the Harvard paper's conclusions—and, in turn, the austerity playbook. "This study, on which so much of the austerity agenda, so much of our actual politics...so much of what they've based their argument on," Nation writer John Nichols says, "as the Harvard economists acknowledge, contains significant mistakes." Nichols joins KPFA radio (about 7 minutes into the show) to discuss the nuts, bolts and implications of the new findings.
What does American trade policy have to do with the ongoing Bangladeshi factory fires? Read William Greider's analysis.
On June 3, 2011, when two undercover cops performed a stop-and-frisk in Harlem on a teenager named Alvin, the 16-year-old recorded the audio of the entire encounter. On the recording, the police berate Alvin with racially charged language and threaten to arrest him “for being a f**king mutt.”
Appearing on ABC Nightline, filmmakers Erin Schneider and Ross Tuttle talk about hearing the audio and helping Alvin eventually go public with it in a short documentary they produced for TheNation.com.
Watch “The Hunted and the Hated” and hear the full audio recording of Alvin’s stop-and-frisk here.
In recent years, straight athletes have been more outspoken in their support of LGBT equality. But never, until NBA center Jason Collins's announcement this week, has a current player come out as gay. "Homophobia has been a part of organized men's sports as long as there has been organized men's sports," says Dave Zirin, Nation sports editor and author, most recently, of Game Over. "There are no words for how historic this is." Appearing on CNN, Zirin puts the moment in context.
Where does LGBT equality fit into immigration reform? Read more at StudentNation.
Despite sexism in the ranks of the Steubenville, Ohio, football team—and the rape committed by two of its players—the school signed Coach Reno Saccoccia to a new two-year contract. “What we know in terms of what players said about, oh, Coach Sac thinks it’s a big joke…. the fact that he was caught on camera threatening a female reporter,” Nation sports editor Dave Zirin says, “Things like that make you think, this is the person who’s going to mold the minds of young children?” Zirin joins a panel on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss the aftermath of Steubenville and the crisis young women face in schools across the country.
Read more about how you can support the national “Know Your IX” campaign at StudentNation.
Far from ending Bush-era policies of extraordinary rendition and torture that outraged liberals, Democratic President Obama has developed them further, Nation correspondent Jeremy Scahill said during the second part of a Democracy Now! interview about his new book, Dirty Wars.
"There are ways in which Obama pushed the Cheney agenda far beyond what a President McCain or a President Romney would have been able to do, because he had his base of supporters," Scahill said.
Read an excerpt from Scahill’s new book at TheNation.com.