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    • "Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film

      The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitan areas including Miami, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. The so-called forever chemicals are linked to cancer, high cholesterol and decreased fertility, and they do not break down in the environment. We speak with attorney Robert Bilott, who has just published a new book titled "Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont." He is portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in the Hollywood film "Dark Waters." We're also joined by Tim Robbins, Academy Award-winning actor and director, who plays Bilott's boss at his law firm in "Dark Waters."

    • Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump

      We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

    • "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia

      President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United States. He has starred in many movies, including "The Shawshank Redemption," "Mystic River" and "Dark Waters." He also wrote and directed the highly acclaimed film "Dead Man Walking." He is the director of a new play about immigration called "The New Colossus," with the play's title borrowed from the 1883 Emma Lazarus sonnet that is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.

    • Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate

      During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, President Trump was across the Atlantic at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he tweeted more than 140 times and dismissed the impeachment trial as a hoax. Trump also appeared to boast about having withheld evidence from the impeachment process, saying, "We have all the material; they don't have the material." For more on the historic impeachment trial, we speak with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and Supreme Court reporter at Slate.com.

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    • RUWS Tops The Nation’s ‘2019 Honor Roll’ – Multimedia News

      Read more about The Nation’s ‘2019 Honor Roll,’ HERE.

    • What’s Happening Inside Mississippi Prisons?

      FEATURING RUKIA LUMUMBA – Inmates at the State Penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi have been turning up dead. State authorities announced that two prisoners were beaten to death this week just days after 5 inmates were killed in facilities across the state in a burst of violence.  Governor Tate Reeves says his government is taking action...

    • Republicans Win Impeachment Rules To Benefit Trump

      FEATURING ALAN HIRSCH – After a grueling 12 hours of debate over rules between House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday, going into the early hours of Wednesday morning, Republicans by and large won.  Exercising his tight grip on power, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the most modest of concessions...

    • Headlines: January 22, 2020

      The Senate debate over the rules of the impeachment trial went late into the night on Tuesday with 12 grueling hours of acrimonious testimony by House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s legal team. Senators sat silently and watched the debate over their proposed rules unfold as required, while Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts...

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    • 'Green News Report' - January 23, 2020

      IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The oil industry is rebranding itself as a leader in climate action (Seriously.); Trump DOJ working with Big Oil to quash climate liability lawsuits; U.S. drinking water more widely contaminated than previously known; PLUS: A dose of climate reality from Greta Thunberg for the elites at the World Economic Forum in [...]

    • Trump Impeachment Trial a 'Moment of Reckoning' for Nation, Republican Party: 'BradCast' 1/22/2020

      Our special coverage of the ongoing U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald John Trump continues on today's BradCast following Tuesday's marathon session that ended at nearly 2am in the nation's capital, before beginning again with opening arguments on Wednesday. [Audio link to full show is posted below.] On Tuesday, Republicans voted repeatedly along party lines [...]

    • Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With a Trial About Holding a Trial: 'BradCast' 1/21/2020

      "Can I get a witness?" That appears to be the big question, at the moment, for Democrats in the historic U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of President Donald John Trump. On today's BradCast, we offer special coverage of the beginning of the trial, which, at least for today, is turning out to be a trial [...]

    • 'Green News Report' - January 21, 2020

      IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: World's oceans hottest ever recorded in 2019; Climate change a growing concern for Wall Street and banks; PLUS: Federal appeals court dismisses climate kids' lawsuit... All that and more in today's Green News Report! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO HELP US WITH A (MUCH-NEEDED) DONATION to celebrate 1000+ episodes of independent, listener-supported climate, [...]

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