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The 411 Last Updated: Aug 22nd, 2014 - 09:15:32

The 411
From Gaza to Missouri
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND"--AUGUST 14, 2014. FROM GAZA TO MISSOURI: A look back at how the horrors of Gaza came to be. Also, living in a world of increased U.S. militarism and militarized police. Guests and voices: Zein El-Amine and Yousef Munayyer.

Aug 18, 2014, 23:36

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No War Crimes In Our Name
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND"--AUGUST 7, 2014. THOUSANDS GATHER outside the White House in what is called the largest rally ever in the U.S. for Palestinian rights. Also,the Africa Summit winds up in the nation’s capital. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Cornel West, John Dugard.

Aug 18, 2014, 23:26

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Justice For Central Park 5
This Daily News headline was typical of the racist coverage and police handling of the Central Park jogger case.
And More 411: New York City Finalizes Central Park 5 Settlement..U.N. Experts: Detroit’s Mass Water Shut-Off Violates Human Rights...Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Won’t Appeal Court Ruling..State Dept. Dropped Blackwater Probe After Manager Threatened to Kill Investigators..Civil Rights Activists Join Nissan Worker Protest During "Freedom Summer" Commemoration..Report Calls for a New Freedom Summer To Empower Disenfranchised Blacks in the South..Report: U.S. Deported Over 72,000 Parents of U.S.-Born Children in 2013..And MUCH more! Check the news!

Jul 5, 2014, 15:11

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$ for Bombs, Not Healthcare
The Rev. William Barber of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina stood with Mayor Adam O'Neal in his 272-mile walk to DC for health care for all.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND"-- JULY 31, 2014. U.S. TAX DOLLARS FOR THE ATTACK ON GAZA BUT NOT FOR U.S. HEALTH CARE:With more than 1200 Palestinians dead, activists against Israel’s attack on Gaza escalate their protests to civil disobedience and arrests. Also, Mayor Adam O'Neale walks 272 miles from Belhaven, North Carolina to DC to save health care at a rural community hospital and to advocate for millions of working poor Americans who are being denied expanded Medicaid due to them under the Affordable Care Act. Guests and Voices: Mayor Adam O'Neale, Ben Norton, All McCracken, Nii Akuetteh and Ilan Pappe.

Aug 18, 2014, 23:17

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To Serve and Protect?
Pearlie Golden and her killer.
And More 411: Rights and Race:Residents Protest Police Killing of 93-Year-Old Black Woman in Texas..California: Police Officers Acquitted in Beating Death of Homeless Man..Black Teen Charged After Suffering Genital Injury in Search by Philadelphia Police..Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics..Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO..Remains of 55 bodies found near former Florida reform school..Family Seeks New Trial for Black Teen Executed in 1944..Senate Intel Committee Votes to Release Parts of Torture Report..Vet Nearly Killed by Police Beanbag at Occupy Oakland, Settles Lawsuit with City. And MUCH more! Check the real news.

May 14, 2014, 01:12

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Would Jesus Kill Children?

Aug 18, 2014, 23:06

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Racist Roots of the Crisis
And More 411: Politics and Economy:Wall Street firms quietly grab huge swaths of the rental housing market...As Red States Like Florida Continue to Deny Medicaid Expansion to the Working Poor, The Results Are Deadly For Thousands...Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South...Supreme Court Undermines Democracy by Allowing Billionaires to "Buy Elections" And MUCH more. Check the REAL news!

Apr 26, 2014, 21:34

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In D.C. to Save The Planet
The Rev. Lennox Yearwood speaks out against fracking.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND"-- JULY 17, 2014. FROM THE RALLY ON THE NATIONAL MALL TO STOP FRACKING AND FRACKED GAS EXPORTS. And we speak to a member of Jewish Voice for Peace about Israel’s latest attack on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Guests and Voices: Cherri Foytlin, Winona Hauter, Tim DeChristopher, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. and Seth Morrison.
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Aug 18, 2014, 22:58

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Warrior for the People
Fred Ho, who spoke truth to power through his music, books and activism, joined the ancestors on April 12. He was 56 years old. Inspired by the Black Arts Movement, Ho formed many bands, including the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. He also authored compositions dedicated to the Black Panthers and Muhammad Ali.

Apr 14, 2014, 08:35

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What the Frack?
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND"-- JULY 10, 2014. The DMV is the nation’s capital region—but will it become the capital for fracking? Activists, including Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox join us to say “No.” And will the corporate media ever portray Israel as the aggressor against Palestinians? Headlines and more! Guests and Voices: Josh Fox, Ted Glick, Mike Tidwell and Zein El-Amine.

Aug 18, 2014, 22:19

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Justice for LaVena Johnson
And More 411: The Military-Spy-Prison-Complex:Father of Black Teen Killed in Iraq Continues Quest for Justice in What He Believes was Her Violent Rape, Torture and Murder on a U.S. Army Base..Accused U.S. Servicemembers in Japan Evading Punishment for Sex Crimes...U.S. Vets Shunned by Army Racism Awarded Medal of Honor..NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela..U.N. Urges Probe of Drone Strikes..U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights...Snowden: NSA "Setting Fire to Future of Internet"...Study: U.S. Drones Killed Up to 4 Civilians in Pakistan, 29 in Yemen During 2013...And MUCH more. Check THE REAL NEWS!

Mar 28, 2014, 17:10

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The Supreme Court Gang
'ON THE GROUND' RADIO SHOW: With two rulings that strike a blow at the rights of women and labor, many are asking, what can we do about the right-wing gang on the Supreme Court? On Esther Iverem's NEW RADIO SHOW, ON THE GROUND. LISTEN HERE

Jul 6, 2014, 16:34

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The Sixth Extinction...
New Report: When Tyrone Hayes discovered the the pesticide atrazine was dangerous to humans and the planet, the company Sygenta started a smear campaign against him. 411: The Planet: The Sixth Extinction: How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age...Ailing U.S. Sailors Sue After Exposure to High Radiation Levels During Fukushima Mission... Black Scientist Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta..Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers..AP: States Confirm Oil, Gas Drilling Contaminates Well Water. And MUCH more...Check out all the real news.

Mar 23, 2014, 23:05

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NYC Stop-and-Frisk Ruling
And More Seeing 411: New York City Moves to Appeal "Stop-and-Frisk" Ruling...North Carolina Governor Signs Sweeping Curbs on Voting Rights...Family of Henrietta Lacks Reaches Deal on Use of Her Genome...IRS Agents Instructed To Cover Up DEA Tips Based on Secret Wiretaps...New Book Reveals Racist Roots of Housing Crisis. And MUCH More...Check the REAL news!

Aug 23, 2013, 14:35

The 411
“On the Ground” hosted by Esther Iverem, covers social justice activism, with a special emphasis on sustainable living, the environment, economics, labor and the left edge of culture and media. every Thursday, 11 AM ET on WPFW FM, 89.3 in Washington, DC and streamed live and archived on and archived permanently on the show's website,

Jul 6, 2014, 17:17

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2013 Among Warmest Recorded
The Red Hook section of Brooklyn flooded during Hurricane Sandy.
And More 411--The Planet: Study: U.S. Underestimating Methane...Iceberg the Size of Singapore Heads to Sea in Latest Sign of Warming..Train Carrying 2.7 Million Gallons of Oil Derails in Alabama..East Coast Marks First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.."March Against Monsanto" Held in Dozens of Countries. And More...

Dec 28, 2013, 01:32

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Cuts to Pensions, Jobless
And More 411--Economy and Politics: JPMorgan Chase to Pay $13 Billion in Record DOJ Settlement over Mortgages..Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle Fraud Charges..Bank of America Found Liable for Countrywide Fraud..U.S. Faces Opposition on Pro-Corporate Agenda in TPP Talks...Study: 7 in 10 College Students Graduating With Loan Debt...AND MUCH MORE...CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Dec 28, 2013, 01:11

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The Murdered and Missing
And More 411--Social Justice:U.S. Attorney to Probe Mysterious Death of Georgia Teen..Chicago Cop Faces No Charges for Shooting Unarmed Black Man 7 Times..Charges Filed Against Homeowner in Shooting of Renisha McBride..Family Says African American Slain by Georgia Police Was Unarmed..Marissa Alexander Freed on Bond Ahead of Trial..Wealthy Texas Teen Gets Probation for Fatal Crash After "Affluenza" Defense..Alabama Pardons Last 3 of "Scottsboro Boys" And MUCH more...Check the news!

Dec 28, 2013, 00:36

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Is Drone Use a War Crime?
Nabila Rehman, who saw her grandmother killed by a drone in Pakistan, testified before Congress.
And More 411--The Military-Industrial-Spying-Prison-Complex: Amnesty Report: U.S. Drone Killings in Pakistan May Amount to War Crimes... NSA Collecting Location Data on Cellphones Worldwide..Report: NSA Secretly Breaking Into Google, Yahoo Data Links..Reports of Military Sexual Assault Increase by 46%..Report: CIA Will Retain Control over Drone Strikes..Spooky Business: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups...And much more...

Dec 27, 2013, 23:28

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This is the "Final Act":
The lifeless body of Laura Nelson, 1911
Ending Violence Against Black Women (for Renisha McBride), by Brothers Writing to Live: " We begin this statement for justice in response to the murder of Renisha McBride by starting at "home." We are a collective of black men who write in community, who desire a future free of structural violence and physical violation—especially violence that overwhelmingly impact women and children..."

Dec 2, 2013, 22:50

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300 Migrants Feared Dead
Bodies of drowned Africans are lined up in Italy
And More 411--Diaspora and International: 300 African Migrants Feared Dead in Boat Tragedy...Jeremy Scahill: Al-Shabab’s Nairobi Mall Rampage Tied to "Disastrous" U.S. Meddling in Somalia...Court Upholds 50-Year Prison Term for Charles Taylor...South African Gold Miners Strike for Higher Wages...Inquiry: South African Police Lied About Last Year’s Killing of Striking Miners.

Oct 6, 2013, 19:33

The 411
Japan Scraps Fukushima
Sites of tar sands removal are devastated.
And More 411--The Planet: Japan Scraps All 6 Nuclear Reactors at Fukushima Plant to Focus on Containing Leak...Fukushima Radiation at Record High...Report: 50 Top Firms Produce 73 Percent of Emissions...Judge Halts Tar Sands "Megaloads" Through Nez Perce Land in Idaho...Fracking Wastewater Tied to Earthquakes in Ohio City. And MUCH MORE! Check the news!

Oct 6, 2013, 18:58

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$50 Billion For Spying
The 411: The Military-Industrial-Spying-Complex: U.S. Intelligence "Black Budget" Tops $50 Billion...Lawmakers Seek Answers on DEA Unit Linked to NSA...In Secret AT&T Deal, U.S. Drug Agents Given Access to 26 Years of Americans’ Phone Records...The NSA is Mapping Social Networking of Americans...

Oct 6, 2013, 18:37

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Lives in the Balance
On city is stepping in to save itself from banksters.
The 411: Economics and Politics: U.S. Government Shutdown Threatens Services for Low-Income Children, Seniors and Medical Patients...Five Years After the 2008 Crash, Wall Street Hedge Funds Loot Pension Funds of Public Workers...Merrill Lynch to Pay $160 Million in Largest Racial Discrimination Settlement Ever...Richmond, CA Approves Body to Oversee Purchases of Underwater Mortgages...U.S. Extends Wage, Overtime Protections to Home Care Workers...Koch-Linked "Freedom Partners" Spent $236 Million in 2012 Campaign...And MUCH More! Check the REAL News

Oct 6, 2013, 18:18

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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      --Robin D. G. Kelley

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