1) David Pepper, former chair of the Ohio Democratic Party and author of the new book, “Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual for Every American,” discusses Ohio Republican’s “Issue #1” referendum on August 8th, that if passed will increase the threshold needed to amend the Ohio Constitution from 50% +1 to 60%, that many believe is motivated by the GOP goal of defeating a November ballot measure on abortion access — as well as blocking future voter initiatives to increase the minimum wage and implement redistricting reform to prevent gerrymandering.
2) Alex Press, a staff writer with Jacobin magazine who covers labor organizing, talks about her recent article, “Teamsters Are Close to the Largest Strike in Decades,” and how the possible strike at UPS fits into what’s happening across the country inside the reinvigorated U.S. labor movement.
3) Darsen Hover, a freelance writer and graduate student in journalism and international affairs at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, discusses her recent article, “The War on Climate Activism Is Reaching Dangerous New Heights.”
4) Irving Zavaleta, National Programs Manager with Mi Familia Vota, discusses his group’s efforts to keep Donald Trump, and other Republican politicians who were involved in the January 6th Capitol insurrection, off of election ballots in key states.
Monday, July 17 PM and in the WPKN archive.
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In the first half-hour, host Tiokasin Ghosthorse welcomes Elizabeth Woody, executive director of The Museum at Warm Springs, whose mission is to preserve, advance and share the traditions, cultural and artistic heritage of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. In 2016, she became the first Native American to be named Oregon’s Poet Laureate.
In the second half-hour, a discussion with Charles Lyons, about his article for the environmental news site Mongabay titled “Six months on, the Yanomami crisis continues amid rising violence,” and Christian Poirier, a senior member of Amazon Watch and filmmaker (currently working on a documentary about former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.)
Tuesday, July 18 at 12:00 noon.
Host Francesca Rheannon talks with New York First Assembly District Representative Fred Thiele about the future of the Long Island Power Authority. LIPA now employs a private utility, Public Service Electric and Gas, to run the Long Island grid. A commission has been studying the idea of changing to a fully public utility.
Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 AM (repeated at 8:00 PM.)