Homeboy Industries

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For almost as far back as our history goes, there has been a presence of gangs. Today, gangs are most often violent organizations that engage is various criminal activities.  Gang members are vilified by the media, glorified in popular culture, and feared by the general public.
But is this a fair assessment of gang members? Should a person be valued and weighed solely on their past actions or deeds?
There are close to 33 million violent gangs in the United States with upwards of 1.3 million members.  This is the story of how one man saw the true character of gang members in Los Angeles, California, and made it his life goal to set them free.
My guest is Father Greg Boyle, the Executive Director of the nation’s largest gang intervention center, Homeboy Industries.


A True View of New Orleans

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New Orleans is a city filled with culture, and history, and infamy. For many people, New Orleans represents the mystique of voodoo, or the debauchery of Mardi Gras, or the disaster following Hurricane Katrina. But is this all that defines the entire city? What does New Orleans hold that so many tourists, let alone the general public so often miss or oversee completely?

My guest today is Jordan Flaherty the author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six.

The S Word: Socialism

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What is Socialism? There are so many people that claim to be socialist, or claim to know what socialism is and how it works.  What how much of what they know is based in truth, as opposed to fear or propaganda? How many people, for better or for worse, have ever spoken to a Socialist, or better yet have ever even heard a Socialist speak?

In the United States, Socialism is seen by many as a evil.  It represents oppression and lack of freedom. But to others, it represents the epitome of equality and justice for all.

So who is right? Should Socialism be feared? Is there good in Red-baiting and pursuing Socialism as evil?

My guest this week is Maria Svart, the National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America.

150 Years After: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

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On January 1 1863, during the heart of battle in the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln announced what would become one of the cornerstones to American Freedom: the Emancipation Proclamation. Through the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln is said to have freed almost 3 fourths of the slaves in the United States.  
But like any Presidential Act, there were vocal opposition.  Some stated that the act did not go far enough because it did not free all of the slaves.  Others see the Emancipation Proclamation as lofty, because of the legal tone it takes.  TO this day, individuals from all walks of life and political ideology find fault with Lincoln and find fault in the Emancipation Proclamation. 

But the question remains, are they right? Did this historic document not do anything at all? And should President Lincoln live up to the legend that he has become?
My guest this week is Professor Allen Guelzo.  Professor is a noted Lincoln historian, the Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, and the author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America.

Until next time radio-land,