One of the changes you’ll be seeing at TheNation.com over the weeks to come is more video and multimedia. We’ve been producing different kinds of videos for several years now, posting them on our VideoNation page and here at TheNation.com. We’ve also been posting segments from GRIT TV with Laura Flanders, a daily news program that frequently features The Nation.
This week there are three great offerings you should take time to watch. The first is actually from three years ago: Former Nation interns Sam Graham-Felsen and Ali Sethi and videographer James Jacoby traveled to Pakistan, where they reported on tensions between islamic extremists and more liberal college students at the National College of Arts and University of Punjab. The situation was so tense that we had to pull the piece for a time because students featured in the video were threatened. This week the New York Times picked up the story, with a front page article by Sabrina Tavernise about a harsh beating at University of Punjab. We’ve reposted our video, "Pakistan: The Intersection" which gives critical perspective on how young people in Pakistan view the nation’s future. Watch the full video here.
Closer to home, our Greg Kaufmann decided that he should see for himself what the Tea Party activists really want. He went to the National Mall for the tea party tax day protests; here is his video report:
And from GRIT TV, Nation contributing writer and environmental correspondent Mark Hertsgaard joined Laura Flanders for an Earth Day conversation about cap & trade. He assesses the prospects for climate change legislation this year and weighs in on the debate about the EPA’s regulation of carbon. It’s a great primer to the big environmental issues on the table right now. Watch the video here. Also this week:
Goldman, Sacked … With charges filed against Goldman Sachs and Barack Obama delivering a major address on financial reform, The Nation offered some depth on the issue. In my Washington Post column this week I took on the fraudulent case against reform being made by Senator Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership. You can read the whole column here. Our DC Editor Chris Hayes was Wednesday’s guest on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where he tried to explain the Republican’s sudden transformation from the party of no to the party of maybe on financial reform. You can watch that segment here.