AFD Radio Exclusive: Firsthand reports from Ferguson

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Eyewitness accounts from Ferguson MO by longtime area residents and from the National Moment of Silence 2014 rally in Chicago.

Ferguson/NMOS14 Discussion:
AFD 96 – Ferguson / NMOS14

Recorded late afternoon of Sunday August 17th, 2014

Segment 1 Panel:
- JP from St. Louis County: Lives near Ferguson, 10-year U.S. military veteran, 20 year county resident
- Ama from St. Louis County: Lives next to Ferguson, wife owns a business there, 12 year county resident, participant in Ferguson rallies
- Michael from South Carolina: Returning guest, host of “Pound4Pound Boxing Report” show

Segment 2 Guest:
- JP from Chicago: Co-host of the “Nerdgasm Noire” show, lifelong Chicago resident, participant in the NMOS14 rally in Chicago

What we talked about this hour:

- Longstanding tensions with police in Ferguson and the wider St. Louis County
- The geography of the Ferguson protests and manifestations of outrage
- Militarization of American police forces
- Respectability politics: Why dressing and speaking a certain way won’t save Black Americans
- National Moment of Silence events
- Personal stories of being harassed by police in the St. Louis area, including Ferguson
- Raising children under / growing up with an abusive police force
- Organizing for future change, from social media to events on the ground

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August 13, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 95

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Topics: Big Ideas in U.S. Reform – Guaranteed Incomes vs Job Creation; Higher Education Reform. Iraq analysis. People: Bill, Persephone, Nate. Produced: August 10, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Big Idea: Should government guarantee minimum incomes or guarantee jobs? What is the purpose of employment?
- Big Idea: What is the government’s proper role in reforming and regulating higher education?
- Iraq: How far should the current U.S. intervention go?

Part 1 – Income vs Jobs:
Part 1 – Guaranteed Incomes – AFD 95
Part 2 – Higher Ed Reform:
Part 2 – Higher Ed Reform – AFD 95
Part 3 – Iraq Intervention:
Part 3 – Iraq Intervention – AFD 95

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Segment 1

- Vox: A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn’t destroy the economy

Segment 2

- Slate: The Dangerous Conservative Idea for Making College Cheaper

Segment 3

- AFD: Questionable complaints from Baghdad
- AFD: Analysis of Mosul Dam, Mount Sinjar, U.S. Airstrikes
- AFD: Who are the Yazidis at Mount Sinjar right now?
- AFD: ISIS rolls back Kurdish forces in Iraq. What’s next?

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July 30, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 94

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Topics: Big Ideas in U.S. Reform – Measuring government performance; Arms control; Libya crisis. People: Bill and Persephone. Produced: July 27, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Big Idea: Can government programs’ performance be measured objectively — or is it inherently political?
- Should the U.S. and its NATO allies completely stop selling and giving weapons to other governments, especially repressive ones?
- Is a general from Virginia about to become the next dictator of Libya? Should the U.S. pick a side?

Part 1 – Measurement:
Part 1 – Measurement – AFD 94
Part 2 – Arms Sales:
Part 2 – Arms Sales – AFD 94
Part 3 – Libya Crisis:
Part 3 – Libya Crisis – AFD 94

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Segment 1

- AFD: Should government programs be funded Moneyball-style?
- NYT: The Quiet Movement to Make Government Fail Less Often
- AFD: In Mass., Goldman wants in on prison profit stream
- AFD: United State of Unemployment

Segment 2

- AFD: UK has a real arms sales problem on its hands
- Middle East Monitor: Kerry says US will deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt soon

Segment 3

- AFD: US embassy staff moved out of Libya
- AFD: Meanwhile in Libya
- Previously on the show: July 2013 debate on types of U.S. involvement in Syria

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July 23, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 93

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Topics: Big Ideas in U.S. Reform — Is health care a human right? Central American unaccompanied children. People: Bill, Nate, Greg. Produced: July 20, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Is health care a fundamental human right? Why or why not?
- What should be done about the wave of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States from Central America without permission?

Part 1 – Health care:
Part 1 – Health care – AFD 92
Part 2 – Unaccompanied children:
Part 2 – Unaccompanied children – AFD 93

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- AFD: Central American toddlers are existential threat to USA, say militias
- AFD: Unaccompanied minors forced to defend themselves in court

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July 16, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 92

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The Big Ideas for Reforming American Governance episode. Topics: gerrymandering, constitutional amendment conventions, interstate compacts. People: Bill, Nate, Persephone. Produced: July 13, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- How should Congressional districts be drawn?
- Should the states exercise their option to request a national convention to discuss constitutional amendments?
- Can some U.S. policy problems be solved through interstate compacts instead of state-only or Federal-only approaches?

We’re piloting a new concept on this week’s episode for future segments. All three segments this week are examples. Please email us or contact us on social media to let us know what you think.

Part 1 – Gerrymandering:
Part 1 – Gerrymandering – AFD 92
Part 2 – Amendment Convention:
Part 2 – Convention – AFD 92
Part 3 – Sectional Interstate Compacts:
Part 3 – Interstate Compacts – AFD 92

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Segment 1

- PBS Newshour: Judge rules Fla. Legislature broke laws on congressional district maps
- AFD: Democrats need to focus on state legislatures (or stay doomed)

Segment 2

- AFD: Amending The Constitution: The National Convention Option?
- The Atlantic: “A Real Step to Fix Democracy” by Lawrence Lessig

Segment 3

- Book: “American Nations” by Colin Woodard
- Wikipedia: Interstate compact
- Wikipedia: Compact Clause
- Wikipedia: Driver License Compact

Correction Note: In the third segment, Bill incorrectly listed the states in the Delaware River Basin compact. They are Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

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July 9, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 91

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Topics: NSA foreign political surveillance, students challenge voter IDs under 26th Amendment, Hobby Lobby ruling. People: Bill, Persephone, Sasha. Produced: July 6, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Is it wrong for the NSA to spy on non-allied governments and foreign politicians?
- Are state voter ID laws unconstitutional under the 26th Amendment (the right to vote at age 18)?
- What are the implications of the Hobby Lobby ruling?

Part 1 – NSA:
Part 1 – NSA – AFD 91
Part 2 – 26th Amendment:
Part 2 – 26th Amendment – AFD 91
Part 3 – Hobby Lobby:
Part 3 – Hobby Lobby – AFD 91

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Segment 1

- NDTV: US Hopes National Security Agency Surveillance on BJP Not to Impact Bilateral Ties
- AFD: Australia was spying on Indonesia

Segment 2

- NYT: College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age

Segment 3

- Politico: Supreme Court rulings 2014: SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control
- Mother Jones: Are You There God? It’s Me, Hobby Lobby
- FAIR: The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had
- NBC: Female justices issue searing dissent over new contraceptive case

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