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BP 5 years later.  We hear a censored story Harrison did with gulf Fishermen at the time, followed by a 7 min interview with one of the BP eye-witnessing fishermen in Mississippi.  


  •       April 20th marked the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, when a deep-water oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and unleashing an 87-day undersea geyser of oil that spewed at least 518 million liters into the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists and BP have each recently filed reports on the current status of the Gulf ecosystem.  each entity clearlyhas used the findings to underscore their point of view. Some examples, BP says the massive cleanup efforts have been "highly effective" and have prevented a lot of oil from reaching the shorelines. The National Wildlife Federation says BP is still cleaning up its mess 5 years later. A 28,000 tarmat was discovered just a few weeks ago. BP says oiled beaches and marsh areas have "largely recovered,” while the National Wildlife Federation says the coastal wetlands continue to show signs of visible oil years later.  

The worst environmental disaster in U.S. history took place five years ago when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were killed and for 87 straight days, oil and methane gas spewed into the water. Parent company BP, which paid $14 billion in claims and other payments, has come under fire for not doing enough in the years that have followed.  there’s an upcoming civil case ruling that could results in a $13 billion fine. BP says it cannot afford to pay more than $2.3 billon.  

Guest 2: Walter & Emily Procek.   

Premiere of TV’s “Celebrated” on the Reelz Channel.   Positive storytelling in a cynical Hollywood world.

Guest 3: Al Jazeera America’s Jamie McIntyre  - Russia's Arms Sale to Iran.     


  • Some experts are concerned that Russia's planned sale of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran could give Tehran an effective "bulletproof shield" that would largely neutralize any future attempt by the U.S. or Israel to bomb suspected nuclear sites that violate the nuclear agreement.  Al Jazeera America takes a deep dive into the deal, to separate the hype from the real concerns about how the advanced mobile air defenses could complicate any future military option. We also examine  the S-300 missile's capabilities, and explain how the U.S. might use its stealth and other technical superiority to try to counter the systems.Al Jazeera America’s Jamie McIntyre in Washington has more.

Jamie McIntyre covers national security affairs for Al Jazeera America, the U.S. cable news channel that covers both domestic and international news. Jamie came to Al Jazeera America from NPR, and was CNN’s Senior Pentagon correspondent for 16 years.  He was in the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks.  You can find Al Jazeera America in southern California on Time Warner Channel 445, AT&T U-Verse 1219, DirecTV 347 and Dish Channel 216.

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With guest BRUCE KAUFFMANN - Thomas Jeffersons Birthday

How did Jefferson get chosen to draft the Declaration? What were congress’s priorities when it reviewed jefferson draft? Did Jefferson father children with his slave mistress Sallie Hemings? Was Thomas Jefferson an anomaly? Jefferson’s views on religion? Was he the greatest writer ever to serve as president?

Henry Vinson on Confessions of a D.C. Madam - relates the author’s time running the largest gay escort service in Washington, DC in the late 1980s, and his interactions with VIPs from government, business, and the media who solicited the escorts he employed. Confessions of a D.C. Madam intricately details how an upstanding funeral home director became the whipping boy for politicians in the 1980s.

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Al Jazeera America’s Naureen Khan to discuss her story on Indiana’s new religious freedom law, here: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/31/indiana-law-latest-terrain-of-culture-wars.html

Naureen Khan is a D.C. digital journalist covering politics and policy for Al Jazeera America.  Throughout her journalism career, Naureen has reported for The National Journal in Washington, The Raleigh News & Observer and the Austin American-Statesman.  Al Jazeera America can be seen in southern California on Time Warner Channel 445, AT&T U-Verse 1219, DirecTV 347 and Dish Channel 215.

Andy Sacher, Exec. Dir. The Lavender Effect (LA Studio)

THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit "Advancing the Future of LGBTQ Heritage and Culture!" Our video testimonies, educational workshops and exhibits teach the contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied pioneers and celebrate our diverse culture. We believe this will help demystify our existence, combat global homophobia, discourage adolescent suicides, and empower future generations.
Also, Fitness moment with Jason Crow
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4-time gold Medal Olympic diver, Greg Louganis, talks about his life and legacy, living with AIDS.  Greg is being honored at a big AIDS-services fundraiser in Beverly Hills.   http://www.alliancehh.org/
The Fire Turtles - Second city rock band plays banned rock songs from the 1950s.  Fireturtles.com
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Al Jazeera looks at the heightened concerns about large-scale or so-called factory farms in Iowa – the effects of air pollution and compromised waterways on communities.  Iowa is the number one hog-producing state in the county, with some 21 million hogs.  Family farming in general is a thing of the past.  There were some 30,000 family hog farmers in the late 70’s and now there are 8,500 in the state – many of those now large-scale containment facilities. What does this mean?  A huge increase in the concentration of pigs – and all the waste that goes with it, compromising air and water quality not only nearby communities, but into the Raccoon & Des Moines Rivers, which provide drinking water to 500,000 people in Iowa.  There have been spikes in the level of nitrates (caused by intensive corn/soybean runoff) - exceeding EPA-allowed levels - so much so that the Des Moines Water Works, a public utility, is actually suing three counties upstream - not the farms - the counties.  With a no proposals and a mainly pro-agri-business state legislature and governor, and lack of trust in the state DNR and EPA, many people/organizations say the only answer is litigation. 
Robert Ray is a correspondent for Al Jazeera America. An experienced and award-winning journalist, Ray has reported around the world and has been on the front lines of many important international and domestic stories including three U.S. Presidential campaigns. Al Jazeera America can be seen in southern California on Time Warner Channel 445, AT&T U-Verse 1219, DirecTV 347 and Dish Channel 215.
Then,  BRUCE KAUFFMANN on James Madison and the Madison Miracle - the person, the founding father and his genius.
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Paul Goodman | Legal Counsel for the Greenlining Institute …..FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed net neutrality protections, particularly the proposal to treat broadband as a telecommunications service, something Greenlining has long argued is essential to protecting low-income consumers and communities of color from a “new redlining” by providers.

“This is great news for all consumers, particularly for communities of color and low-income Americans, who would have the most to lose without strong action to prevent digital redlining,” said Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen.

“The battle isn’t over,” added Paul Goodman, Greenlining’s telecommunications legal counsel. “We can expect fierce pushback from the industry, and all of us need to let Congress and the FCC know that Chairman Wheeler is on the right track. Consumer groups will also need to keep a close eye on the implementation of new rules. If we get this right, it will protect access to education, employment and health care for all, even those who have traditionally been left behind.”

The Greenlining Institute first outlined the importance of net neutrality for communities of color in its 2012 report, “Saving the Open Internet.”

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Al Jazeera America’s Robert Ray
Robert Ray is a correspondent for Al Jazeera America. An experienced and award-winning journalist, Ray has reported around the world and has been on the front lines of many important international and domestic stories including three U.S. Presidential campaigns. Al Jazeera America can be seen in Los Angeles on Time Warner Channel 445, AT&T Channel 1219, DirecTV 347, Dish Channel 215 and Verizon FiOS Channel 614.
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David Sperber, communications director, The Lavender Effect  
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    Doug Gurian-Sherman is director of sustainable agriculture and senior scientist at the Center for Food Safety. He brought to light the relevant government documents.  "New Genetically Engineered Tree To Avoid Federal Oversight Completely," which notes: "A genetically engineered (GE) tree may already be planted in field tests, and eventually be commercialized, in the U.S. without having gone through any regulatory oversight or environmental risk assessment. On January 13th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quietly posted its August reply to a letter from ArborGen, a biotechnology company that is developing GE forest trees for plantations, confirming that USDA will require no regulation of ArborGen’s GE loblolly pine.

    "This failure to regulate a GE tree is unprecedented. Other known GE forest trees in the U.S. are being grown in USDA-regulated field trials, and none has been approved for commercial planting. USDA regulation is important because it ensures that risk assessments are carried out to determine whether or not the GE tree will harm the environment before a decision on its commercialization. ...

Jennifer London
Al Jazeera America’s Jennifer London is covering anti-sex trafficking initiatives in Arizona. 
·        Al Jazeera America looks at the Super Bowl, the NFL's turbulent year and the dark side the event has created over the past 49 years---sex trafficking. Al Jazeera America’s Morgan Radford speaks with an NYU sports professor and a PR crisis manager about a season of record performances marred by a domestic violence scandal, an admission the game was responsible for concussion damage to former players and a question about the integrity of the game since deflategate. And we look to the future and ask, "If parents pull their kids out of the sport, can it survive in its current form?"
·        Phoenix is engaged in an aggressive anti-sex trafficking campaign after toughening penalties last year for pimps and johns. Al Jazeera America interviewed a woman, trafficked at the age of 3, who now works to help victims get out. The channel also visited a safehouse for victims of this modern-day sex trade and spoke with the state's new Attorney General who just three weeks into the job is promising he'll make cracking down a top law enforcement priority beyond Sunday's game. The city has 52 billboards with emergency numbers for victims to call.  Al Jazeera America’s Jennifer London has more on anti-sex trafficking efforts in Arizona.

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France, free speech and presidential politics 2016 - with very special guests Dr. Helen Caldicott and Deepak Chopra. 
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Guest 1:  Joey Pantoliano (matrix, Sopranos, etc.)
Guest 2:  Ethan Hawke - predestination movie
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Guest 1:  Jeff Smead, Island House
Guest 2:  Earnest Hemingway House
Guest 3:  Eco-Tour with Nomad SUP
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