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audio wtul news talks with Steve Merlan of Books2 Prisoners (audio/mpeg 8.2MB) by wtul news
We caught steve merlan on the street to talk to him about books2 prisoners new orleans, b2pnola.org, about their service work. On the table are how book requests work, and the challenges of reading while inside the prison system. Volunteer nights are weekly, sundays at 2527 George Nick Connor drive 4pm.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:31AM
audio Sacred Psychology & Plant Medicine: Dr. Kat Coder (audio/mpeg 52.6MB) by WTUL News and Views
Kezia Vida speaks with Dr. Kat Coder about sacred psychology, empowering others to heal themselves, and the proliferation of plant medicine in today's society.
Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 12:27PM
audio Vote Your Hopes, Not Your Fears: Building the Green Party (audio/mpeg 3.4MB) by Ann Garrison
Socialist Alternative, led by Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant, and others have called for Bernie Sanders to found an independent left party for the 99 percent and run as an independent, or to appeal to Jill Stein and the Green Party to join their ticket, despite Sanders's oft repeated promise to endorse the Democrats’ nominee. With little time left to get a new party on the ballot in most states, I looked into Green Party ballot access in the 50 states and spoke to Bruce Dixon, Georgia...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 12:57PM
audio Interview with Westley Bayas III running as Delegate for Bernie Sanders (audio/mpeg 16.4MB) by wtul news
Janet Hays interviews New Orleans resident Westley Bayas III on what it means to be running as a delegate to represent Bernie Sanders at the 2016 July Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to ensure that issues such as a nationwide $15/hour minimum wage, systemic criminal justice reform, and making public colleges & universities tuition free are In the Democratic platform for the 2016 election.
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:45AM
audio Scar Story: Documentary of Paulette Leaphart's 1,000 Mile Walk to DC (audio/mpeg 33.5MB) by WTUL News and Views
Kezia speaks to Paulette Mackenzie Leaphart about her 1,000 mile topless walk from Biloxi to DC as a breast cancer warrior and individual who under went a double mastectomy without reconstructive surgery. Filmmakers Emily Mackenzie and Sasha Solodukhina also join.
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:34AM
audio Education Opportunities for Incarcerated Persons - Bridging the Gap (audio/mpeg 20.0MB) by WTUL News and Views
Bruce Reilly joined Janet Hays on WTUL News and Views in studio to discuss the documentary First Degree - an intimate portrait of three Sing Sing inmates who discover the transformative power of higher education. Their stories are emblematic of larger challenges regarding the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. Bruce is well qualified to speak on the subject. Formerly incarcerated himself, he is now Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA, a gradua...
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:38PM
audio A law offers relief to families struggling to care for serious mentally ill loved ones. (audio/mpeg 40.9MB) by WTUL News and Views
Janet Hays interviews Judge Calvin Johnson about the Assisted Outpatient Treatment law and two parents in the New Orleans region who share their stories about similar struggles to get care for their seriously mentally ill children that resulted in very different outcomes. Discussed is a little known law that has been implemented in almost every State in the Union known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment. In Louisiana the law is known as Nicola's law. It has been proven successful in providing ...
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:09AM
audio Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs" (audio/mpeg 10.8MB) by WTUL News & Views
Gone viral: an excerpt of Dan Baum's piece, "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs," recently published in the April 2016 issue of Harper's magazine, has been shared across social media, resulting in videos, quotes, tweets, and more. Here's the full piece, it's a long one, with policy recommendations, data, and more.
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
audio Let’s start with a question... (Attachment On: Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs") (audio/mpeg 8.1MB) by WTUL News & Views
In Part 2 the author defines our drug problem. It isn't simple drug use, as debilitating drug addiction is relatively small. Rather, Baum introduces policies in Portugal and around the world that have decriminalized drug use to treat it as a public health problem.
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
audio So why doesn’t the United States decriminalize? (Attachment On: Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs") (audio/mpeg 11.5MB) by WTUL News & Views
In Part 2 the author defines our drug problem. It isn't simple drug use, as debilitating drug addiction is relatively small. Rather, Baum introduces policies in Portugal and around the world that have decriminalized drug use to treat it as a public health problem.
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
audio Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2000 (Attachment On: Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs") (audio/mpeg 11.4MB) by WTUL News & Views
In Part 4, the author explores his home state and the state furthest along this path, Colorado. "In 2009, Britain’s Transform Drug Policy Foundation put out a 232-page report called “After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation.” The authors suggested issuing licenses for buying and using drugs, with sanctions for those who screw up — much like gun licenses in some U.S. states, or driver’s licenses. Users would have their purchases tracked by computer, so rising use would, in theory, be noticed, making intervention possible. Legal vendors would bear partial responsibility for “socially destructive incidents” — the way bartenders can be held responsible for serving an obvious drunk who later has an accident behind the wheel. For pricing, the report suggests prices high enough to “discourage misuse, and sufficiently low to ensure that under-cutting . . . is not profitable for illicit drug suppliers.” And although the British group argued for a generally more laissez-faire market than European and Canadian government-run heroin-distribution systems, it embraced a complete ban on any kind of advertising and marketing, and argued instead for plain, pharmaceutical style packaging."
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
audio I voted for marijuana legalization even though I hadn’t smoked pot in years... (Attachment On: Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs") (audio/mpeg 44.9MB) by WTUL News & Views
In Part 5, the author concludes, "Legalizing, and then regulating, drug markets will likely be messy, at least in the short term. Still, in a technocratic, capitalist, and fundamentally free society like the United States, education, counseling, treatment, distribution, regulation, pricing, and taxation all seem to better fit our national skill set than the suppression of immense black markets and the violence and corruption that come with it."
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
audio WTUL News reports from the New Lease on Life 23rd March at the Louisiana Superdome (audio/mpeg 19.8MB) by wtulnews
We interviewed Cherri Foytlin of Idle No More Gulf Coast at the New Lease on Life rally and demonstration. Foytlin and 300 allies disrupted the announcements of lease sales in the Offshore Gulf of Mexico. Bids for leasing these public lands for drilling are at their lowest levels in decades, and the industry is drilling in deeper and deeper water without any new regulations from the BSEE. Cherri spoke to us of her vision for just transition and her concerns of lacking a future for her c...
Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:45AM
audio Wtul News and Views interviews Cherri Foytlin on the New Lease on Life (Attachment On: WTUL News reports from the New Lease on Life 23rd March at the Louisiana Superdome) (audio/mpeg 19.8MB) by wtulnews
We interviewed Cherri Foytlin of Idle No More Gulf Coast at the New Lease on Life rally and demonstration. Foytlin and 300 allies disrupted the announcements of lease sales in the Offshore Gulf of Mexico. Bids for leasing these public lands for drilling are at their lowest levels in decades, and the industry is drilling in deeper and deeper water without any new regulations from the BSEE. Cherri spoke to us of her vision for just transition and her concerns of lacking a future for her children.
Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:45AM
audio Hillary Clinton and Justin Trudeau united behind Israel, against BDS (audio/mpeg 1.8MB) by KPFA Weekend News, Ann Garrison
There is now a full-fledged national movement to counter the BDS movement, with AIPAC-supported bills moving forward not only in Congress but also in two dozen state legislatures. These bills mimic legislation passed by the Israeli Knesset in 2014 and a resolution passed by Canada’s House of Commons, by a vote of 229 to 51, on Feb. 22 this year.
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:01PM
audio Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, Religious Leaders Demand Sheriff's Resignation (audio/mpeg 43.5MB) by WTUL News & Views
Interview with Orleans Parish Reform Coalition member, Janet Hays, in advance of press conference in New Orleans. OPPRC and Religious Leaders demand Sheriff Marlin Gusman resign from office immediately, citing the pervasive culture of violence and neglect in the new jail.
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:40AM
audio WTUL News interviews Jonathan Henderson Vanishing Earth on #NoNewLeases (audio/mpeg 41.9MB) by WTUL News & Views
we talked to jonathan henderson of vanishing earth and scott eustis of gulf restoration network about the #nonewleases call for a parade to keep all parades on 23rd march 7am, from duncan park at City Hall to the Superdome at 8am. People and organizations from around the Gulf and across the nation to discuss issues on the Gulf Coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, and how hte Gulf can survive in the face of climate change. Leading up to the event on 7am Wed March 23rd, are a series of talks all weeke...
Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:28AM
audio WTUL News & Views Interviews Tom Zolot of The Center for Restorative Approaches (audio/mpeg 32.1MB) by WTUL News and Views
Tom Zolot, program coordinator for the Center for Restorative Approaches, discusses restorative justice and its place in New Orleans, what alternative discipline policies in schools can look like, and how humans can build, strengthen, and restore communities and relationships.
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:35AM
audio Proposed city ordinance would reform marijuana prohibition in New Orleans (audio/mpeg 23.4MB) by WTUL News and Views
Interview with Kevin Caldwell - Executive Director of CommonsenseNOLA - a marijuana reform advocacy organization. Listeners learn about why a proposed city ordinance that would reform marijuana prohibition in New Orleans is needed. Discussed are issues of racial equity, summonses, citations and the negative economic and humanitarian impacts of high bonds amounts on poor people who have committed low level non-violent offenses.
Posted: Fri Mar 4, 2016 7:02PM
audio John Barry talks to Vanishing Earth's Jonathan Henderson on the opening of Bonnet Carre (Attachment On: Heather Judkins of USF on Deepwater Squid in the Gulf of Mexico) (audio/mpeg 25.9MB) by wtul news
Earlier this year, thanks to Southwings.org and pilot Ken Knevel, Vanishing Earth had the privilege to take a flight over the Mississippi River flood Earlier this year, thanks to Southwings.org and pilot Ken Knevel, Vanishing Earth had the privilege to take a flight over the Mississippi River flood with N.Y. Times Best Selling Author, John Barry. Mr. Barry is the author of “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 And How It Changed America” and a former member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Included below are several short aerial video clips from our flight. After the flight, we sat down with Mr. Barry for an interview:
Posted: Thu Mar 3, 2016 10:24AM