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RadioWHO Ep. 8: Danny Schechter the News Dissector R.I.P.

Some people are just ahead of their time.  Sometimes they are in science, or academia, or economics…but sometimes they’re in the media and they see what we all will see, long before it happens.

Surveillance and Oppression We Can Believe In

Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words. With the news that the Obama Administration is this picture should make it even more clear what the administration&;s definition of hope is:

OPINION: The Glaring Absence of Cameras in the Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is in its eighth day of testimony. It’s one of the most significant cases Boston and the nation have seen in years. Except we haven’t seen it.

MEDIA FAIL: Abject Ignorance About Tsarnaev’s Black Muslim Flag

In a show of abject ignorance,  many reporters covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial described a simple Muslim flag as a “Jihadi flag,” a statement that shows few reporters covering this case know much about Islam or care to inform their readers.

RadioWHO Ep. 6: From Russia With Death

The role of Vladimir Putin on the world’s stage, from Syria to Ukraine, is a complicated one, and some see him as an important moderating influence on the now virtually unchallenged Western imperial apparatus. But one thing is increasingly clear: his role within his country is a deeply troubling one. And the public is terrified. Why? Consider these names: Sergei Magnitsky, Alexander Litvinenko, Anna Politkovskaya and now Boris Nemtsov. All opponents of Putin, all now dead.  Murdered, in brutal and very public ways.

RadioWHO Ep. 5: Every Prisoner Says They’re Innocent. Some Truly Are

Every prisoner says they are innocent, but some really are.  Every year hundreds of men and women are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. Our system is riddled with cases of perjury, mistaken identity, official misconduct and incompetents that have put innocents behind bars. The criminal justice system and the state has been ambivalent, at best, to do the right thing for those that have been exonerated.

WhoWhatWhy Live: Boston Bombing Victims, the FBI Video and Black Backpacks

The prosecution trots out marathon bombing victims, FBI testimony about a still-unseen "smoking gun" video, and the case of the black backpacks arises again. WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker reports live from the federal courthouse in Boston.

WhoWhatWhy Live from the Opening of the Boston Bombing Trial

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter Andy Thibault are tweeting live from the opening of the trial of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in for real-time updates and analysis from inside the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

Boston Bombing: Rare Opportunity to Hear the Tsarnaev Case in Action

Since U.S. District Judge George A. O&;Toole Jr. has prohibited the media from filming or taping the proceedings in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev&;s trial, the oral arguments made on Feb. 19 in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals offer a unique opportunity to hear the court case in action.

Explosive Saudi 9/11 Evidence Still Ignored By Media

On Monday, attorneys representing victims of the 9/11 attacks filed papers alleging substantial Saudi financial support for Al Qaeda and terrorism, including a plan to shoot down Air Force One. This Saudi support supposedly continued up to shortly before 9/11.

Tsarnaev Defense’s Sisyphean Task: Moving the Marathon Bombing Trial

Citing deep, lingering emotions, close associations with victims or investigators and extensive bias exhibited on juror questionnaires, attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev have once again asked an appellate court to grant

A Landslide for Guilty at the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial?

Tsarnaev is transferred to court. Courtesy WHDH  TV.Tsarnaev is transferred to court. Courtesy WHDH TV.
If prospective jurors in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial were deciding a presidential election, it’d be a landslide—for a guilty verdict.

Barrett Brown’s Day of Reckoning

Barrett Brown. Barrett Brown.
A feisty, confrontational journalist who exposed explosive details about the machinations of the national security apparatus and faced more than a century in prison has been sentenced to five years and three months.

RadioWHO Episode 3: CIA Crack Kingpin Ricky Ross

RickyRossTennisBefore &;Freeway&; Ricky Ross gained infamy as a $3 million-a-day Los Angeles crack dealer with hidden CIA support, he was headed to college on a tennis scholarship.