News and Public Affairs 12-21-2020

News and Public Affairs 12-21-2020

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Counterpoint with Scott Harris

This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris:

Zachary Roth, a fellow and former editorial director of the Brennan Center for Justice at Columbia University, and author of “The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy.” He’ll discuss the important issues raised in his recent article, “The Five Biggest Threats Our Democracy Faces,” where the conversation will include Trump and the Republican Party’s ongoing attempts at overturning the outcome of the nation’s 2020 presidential election.


Jeff Cohen, founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and co-founder of the online activism group, RootsAction.org. Jeff will talk about RootsAction’s new “No Honeymoon” campaign that will mobilize grassroots pressure on Joe Biden from across the country demanding his incoming administration take legislative action on a $15 federal minimum wage, cancelation of student debt, a major rollback of mass incarceration, the Green New Deal and ending U.S. military intervention.


William Rivers Pitt, senior editor and lead columnist with Truthout.org, discusses his recent article, “Did Trump Deliberately Pursue Genocide via His ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy?” re: recent news reports which found through internal emails that top Trump appointee Paul Alexander, repeatedly urged top health officials to adopt a “herd immunity” approach to Covid-19 and allow millions of Americans to be infected by the virus.


Jason Ruiz an organizer with Bridgeport Mutual Aid, discusses the work he and other local residents are doing to provide assistance to the community in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e., providing needed food and other basic items — and taking action to combat police violence and advocating for progressive policies on many other social justice issues.

Monday, December 21 at 8:00 PM and in the WPKN archive.

First Voices Radio with Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Leya Hale is from the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Dine Nations. Leya works as a producer for Twin Cities PBS. She is best known for her first feature documentary, “The People’s Protectors,” winner of the 2019 Upper Midwest Emmy Award for Best Cultural Documentary. Leya is currently producing her second feature-length documentary about missing and murdered Indigenous women, titled “Bring Her Home.”

Karyn Pugliese is an assistant professor of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Karyn may be best known for her work as a Parliament Hill reporter and as the executive director of news and current affairs at APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), where she ran the news department for seven years.

Tuesday, December 22 at 12:00 noon.