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Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is releasing thousands of tons of radioactive water straight into the Pacific Ocean, as the nuclear crisis continues with no end in sight. TEPCO claims tritium is harmless, but a leading environmental toxicologist tells Truthout that tritium can cause "tumors, cancer, genetic defects, developmental abnormalities and adverse reproductive effects."
Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: Thanks to a long history of organizing and collaboration in North Carolina, activists were able to quickly mobilize legal aid for the freedom fighters who took down the statue in Durham, says activist Angaza Laughinghouse, who helped organize the protests there and in Raleigh. As a labor union leader, Laughinghouse organizes workers to fight white supremacist anti-union efforts in the state.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon: Trump pulled off his electoral victory for a lot of reasons. But the data is clear: He couldn't have done it without Steve Bannon and Breitbart. Now, as Breitbart continues to reign in right-wing media, Bannon is attempting to exacerbate what he sees as "divides" on the left, by cozying up to left-leaning economic populists, as witnessed by his recent surprise outreach to The American Prospect. So far, his attempts aren't working.
Emma Kromm, Facing South: The killing of a woman and injuring of 19 others in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a Nazi sympathizer who slammed his car into a group of anti-racist protesters has brought national attention to a North Carolina bill that would grant civil immunity to drivers who hit protesters in roadways under certain circumstances.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: The Justice Department is demanding that web-hosting provider DreamHost turn over 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited the website DisruptJ20.org, which was used to organize protests against President Trump's inauguration. The Justice Department is also seeking names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and other information about the site's owners and subscribers.
Katherine Cross, The Establishment: Every person who's ever misused arguments for free speech to defend Nazis or white supremacists -- just so they could puff out their chests and apocryphally quote Voltaire with smug certitude -- has some measure of Heather Heyer's blood on their hands.
Emeline Posner, Rural America In These Times: Two initiatives, the farm-to-school movement and the nonprofit Good Food Purchasing Policy, are challenging current lunchroom realities. They're working across the Midwest and South to transform the food chain status quo.
Staff, Angola 3 News: Angela A. Allen-Bell, a law professor at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, discusses her recent article on Louisiana's criminal jury system, which in some instances allows non-unanimous verdicts that bring sentences of hard labor, and how that relates to institutionalized white supremacy.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This week's episode discusses how millennials have fallen behind their parents in wealth; poor US medical outcomes; deepening German car scandals and the economic lessons revealed by a Chinese T-shirt maker's investment in Arkansas. The episode also includes an interview with Professor Michael Hudson on "junk economics."