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Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right
28 Episodes
Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, says the money she's paid to support Trump and other conservative causes doesn't influence her husband. But a quick glance at Clarence's' voting record says otherwise.
Censorship is on the rise in America, as more states ban books and pass laws restrictng what teachers can talk about from the country's troubled history. This mimics the dangerous approach by the Chinese government which blocks its citizens from accessing independent reports about current events or the country’s past. But artists like Badiucao are challenging the regime in ways that aren't easily erased.
Who gets to eat?

Who gets to eat?


We are all paying more for groceries these days. But what if the food you wanted wasn’t available at any price? As more people realize today’s food system is broken, native communities want to regain control of their own food supply.
We are so indoctrinated with the idea that policing and caging people stops crime that it's difficult to imagine anything other than the police state. But prison abolitionists like Mariame Kaba say there is a better way. And it starts with mutual aid. See: Abolition is essential (Part1)
Rather than throwing more money at corrupt police departments and overcrowded prisons, prison abolitionists like Mariame Kaba say its time to make them obsolete by redirecting the billions of dollars that now go to police and prisons toward things that reduce crime -and improve peoples' lives.See: We keep each other safe (Part 2)
Seeking to halt the fossil fuel emissions responsible for so much environmental damage, activists sprung into action across the country to protest against dangerous projects like the Dakota Access pipeline. So, why is the government now equating protest with terrorism?
The power of music

The power of music


From helping Bob Dylan change the course of music at Newport to his iconic portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Theodore Bikel's contributions to music and theatre are undeniable. But his willingness to see the humanity in other people was his real gift. Photo: Theodore Bikel, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan in Greenwood, Mississippi 1963.
The US government’s use of the 1917 Espionage Act to prosecute Julian Assange is meant to intimidate whistleblowers from leaking information the government wants to keep hidden and silence journalists from reporting the truth.
“Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are.”America spends over $700 billion every year on its military, and less than a tenth of that on education. William Barber II and the Poor People's Campaign challenges the national myths that keep millions of Americans of all backgrounds in poverty.
How did you respond to worst day of your life? A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing found a way to help herself and others live their lives again.
Naomi Klein wants to change how you think about the climate crisis. The journalist, activist and mother believes we can seize this moment to transform our failed economic systems and build something radically better.
It’s no secret our phones and apps keep tabs on where we go and what we do. How else would your phone’s GPS guide you to the doctor’s office or Fitbit count your steps? But the same tech that make our devices so convenient is also constantly tracking our movements and sharing that information with dozens of companies you've never heard of.
Full court press

Full court press


Through her efforts to prove one man’s innocence, WNBA's Maya Moore put a spotlight on the tremendous powers prosecutors use -and abuse- in our criminal justice system.
Inspired by the immenseness of the sky and sea, Zaria Forman conveys the beauty and fragility of our planet through her art and creativity.
When Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to victory in Myanmar's first openly contested election in 25 years, it was hailed as a victory for the people of Myanmar. But after failing to deliver economic improvements or rein in the country's powerful military, former supporters accuse Suu Kyi of betraying her ideals.
The late poet Maya Angelou, whose writings on identity and personal resilience continue to give us hope: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated."
As the world's attention was distracted by the dangerous last gasps at power by a failed U.S. president, a young woman in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 5 years in jail for driving a car.
Amazon, the largest online retailer, had record sales during the pandemic. But when over half of the company's warehouses reported outbreaks, Amazon spent millions on spy tech and glitzy ad campaigns to quiet complaints that it hasn’t done enough to keep employees safe. In this episode you will hear voices of current and former Amazon warehouse employees who say the company puts profit ahead of worker safety.
It’s been more than two decades since South Africa's apartheid ended but many racist policies and systems persist. Frustration has given rise to a new generation of activists like Zulaikha Patel, who led a movement at 13 to challenge her school’s discriminatory hair policy...and won.
No more deaths

No more deaths


Over the past decade, the remains of nearly 2,000 people have been found in the Arizona desert, one of the busiest crossing points along the border. But Scott Warren and other volunteers with No More Deaths who conduct the searches for missing people know the actual number is much higher, and that is why they leave water and food in the desert. So why is the government criminalizing this life-saving work ?