• Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, speaks on efforts to obtain disclosure of documents related to the National Security Agency monitoring of phone calls. Is what we now know about the NSA’s spying program only the tip of the iceberg?
  • Brian Becker of the ANSWER Coalition takes a deeper look at the civilian killings in Afghanistan. A UN report shows 3,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in the first five months of this year alone, one-fifth of them children. What is behind the growing violence?
  • PSL member Eugene Puryear remembers civil rights icon Medgar Evers on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination by a white supremacist in Mississippi. Evers organized NAACP chapters around the state and risked his life on a daily basis for Black self-determination. You can read Puryear’s article celebrating Evers on Liberation News.
  • Liberation Radio gets an eyewitness account from a Turkish activist of the demonstrations that began as a protest against private development of public space and has blossomed into a mass popular movement against the government led by the Justice and Development Party. Due to the government crackdown, our guest has asked to remain anonymous.
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, civil rights attorney and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, explains a new lawsuit seeking to expose government misconduct in the political trial and unjust conviction of the Cuban Five. The State Department has refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from Liberation Newspaper, the newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, demanding the disclosure of documents related to illegal payments to journalists who were covering the case of the Cuban Five — but the latest lawsuit seeks to bring out the truth.
  • PSL member and activist Sarah Carlson discusses hunger and food insecurity in the United States. The profit-driven harvesting of crops deprives millions of one of the most basic human needs: food. Why are people going hungry in the richest country in the world?
  • Law professor Zachary Wolfe discusses the pending Supreme Court rulings on two key marriage equality cases. What are the factors driving the Court’s coming decisions, and how will the struggle for LGBT equality be impacted?
  • Activist Gloria La Riva explores the destruction of the Earth’s oceans. How is capitalism devastating one of the world’s richest natural resources, and what can be done to reverse the damage?
  • Native American activist Bethany Woody talks about the struggle of the Navajo nation against powerful uranium mining interests, whose operations have resulted in extensive contamination of Native lands.
  • Gerry Condon of Veterans for Peace and the Bradley Manning Support Network discusses efforts by the government to shut out the public from the politically charged trial of whistleblower Bradley Manning, who faces a life sentence for heroically exposing U.S. war crimes. For more information on the Bradley Manning case, visit www.BradleyManning.org.
  • PSL member and queer and trans rights activist Jac Mautner discusses organizing efforts against anti-LGBT bigotry in the aftermath of the killing of Mark Carson. The murder of the 32-year-old gay man is the latest episode in a series of incidents of anti-LGBT harassment and violence in Manhattan.
  • Student debt expert and ANSWER Coalition organizer Radhika Miller discusses the dire crisis faced by U.S. students who collectively owe $1 trillion and could see their student load interest rates double this summer. Why does education come at such a high price in the richest country in the world?
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, civil rights attorney and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, discusses how counterterrorism units targeted Occupy Boston as plans for the Boston marathon bombing were under way. PCJF’s work has exposed the coordinated efforts between the Department of Homeland Security and local police forces aimed at disrupting Occupy.
  • Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, discusses the shifting balance of forces in the Syrian civil war and the faltering peace talks, and how these developments could impact the Obama administration’s orientation toward the conflict.
  • PSL member Michael Prysner discusses the limits of recycling in addressing environmental problems, and why the environmental crisis cannot be solved under a system where profit trumps all other considerations.
  • Richard Becker, Western Regional Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, looks at the predicament faced by the Obama administration as the civil war in Syria continues. Does the agreement to sponsor a Peace Conference signal the possibility of a negotiated settlement ending this terrible conflict? Does it reflect a change in U.S. policy?
  • Peta Lindsay, the 2012 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the FBI’s decision to make Assata Shakur the first woman to be added to its list of most wanted terrorists. What’s behind the agency’s move to target the revolutionary freedom fighter while allowing true terrorists to operate freely in Miami?
  • Eugene Puryear, a member of the editorial board of Liberation newspaper, looks at the heroic efforts of Guantanamo prisoners on a hunger strike against their indefinite detention, torture and other violations of basic human rights. As of May 8, an estimated that 100 of the 166 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility had joined the hunger strike, enduring brutal and painful force feedings in response to their act of resistance.
  • Speaking shortly before Israeli airstrikes on Syria and revelations by a UN commission that the Syrian opposition may have used sarin gas, Richard Becker of the ANSWER Coalition analyzes U.S. strategy in Syria and the political motives behind unsubstantiated allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict.
  • As the Obama administration maneuvers to restrict women’s access to emergency contraception, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund attorney Andrea Costello comments on recent legal developments and what’s at stake. The PCJF represents grassroots feminists activists with National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and 15-year-old Anaya Kelly in a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration and Health and Human Services to remove all restrictions on over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill.
  • Iranian activist Mazda Majidi looks at the history of imperialist intervention in Iran as that country fights for its sovereignty and the right to develop a nuclear energy program even as it faces crippling sanctions.
  • Civil rights attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, explores the Obama administration’s decision to not read Miranda rights to the Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for several days, and analyzes its significance in the context of the government’s efforts to eliminate or reduce basic constitutional protections and increase police powers.
  • As thousands prepare to rally across the country for immigrant rights, immigration and civil rights attorney Heather Benno discusses the proposed immigration reform bill. While providing some relief, the bill shows that U.S. corporate interests still trump fundamental rights for immigrants.
  • ANSWER Coalition organizer Douglas Kauffman talks about the fight for justice for Jose de la Trinidad, a 36-year-old Latino man executed in cold blood by Los Angeles police, and the larger struggle against systemic police brutality.
  • Heidi Boghosian, the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, joins Liberation Radio to discuss the fight for the release of radical attorney and political prisoner Lynne Stewart. Stewart has terminal cancer and the fight for her freedom has become a fight for her life.
  • Akbar Muhammad, the international representative of the Nation of Islam, analyses the consequences of  the imperialist-backed overthrow and murder of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi. Muhammad discusses the devastating impact of the U.S.-led intervention in Libya and the broader implications for the African continent.
  • Organizer Stewart Stout speaks on the targeting of LGBT youth by the New York City police department’s Stop and Frisk campaign. Stout recently wrote an article on the use of stop and frisk being used specifically against LGBT residents, which can be found on LiberationNews.org.
  • Eugene Puryear reports on the April 13 White House Rally and March to demand “U.S. drones out of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and everywhere.” Actions took place across the country in solidarity with the Washington, D.C., protest organized by the ANSWER Coalition to oppose drone technology that has already killed more than 5,000 people abroad and is now being used to conduct surveillance at home.
  • Latin America solidarity activist Gloria La Riva discusses CIA intervention in Venezuela and the agency’s possible involvement in operations targeting late President Hugo Chávez. The CIA recently responded to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund neither confirming nor denying knowledge or participation in a plot to poison or assassinate Chávez by any other means.
  • Iraq war veteran and March Forward! member Kevin Baker talks about an outreach campaign to bring a simple message to Fort Hood soldiers: “You don’t have to go to Afghanistan.” Led by a team of Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans, active-duty soldiers and military families, the campaign comes just ahead of a May deployment of troops from Fort Hood to Afghanistan.