Ray Krone – Exonerated Off Death Row and Cannabis Legalization Election Run Down

Ray Krone – DNA Exonerated him off Death Row

Another exonerated citizen helps build the case against the Death Penalty. Ray Krone grew up in a small town, played little league baseball, sang in the church choir, spent 6 years in the Air Force, was a postal carrier and was targeted by a prosecutor and police department that desperately wanted to make him a killer. Ray’s case had prosecutorial misconduct, hiding evidence, shopping for experts that would give the expected testimony and eventually had his conviction overturned when advances in DNA testing proved someone else had committed the crime. The legislature of Arizona apologized to Ray but the prosecutor offered a reprieve from death row to the man who did commit the murder if he would implicate Ray.

Host Craig Lubow talks with Ray Krone about his journey to death row and back home. His parents and the community he grew up in stood behind him and funded his defense while he was in prison in another state.

Cannabis On The Ballot, But Not in MO

Host Jessica Thomas bring Epany Thampy of American’s For Forfeiture Reform in to tell us about the Cannabis Ballot measures across the country and where the effort in Missouri is.

The Human Experiment

Craig Lubow explores environmental toxins in the home and their health impact. His guests will be Dana Nachman and Jennifer Canvasser. Dana was one of the directors of “The Human Experiment”, which featured actor Sean Penn as the narrator. Jennifer was one of the mother’s that lost a child to kidney failure, as a result of exposure to toxins during pregnancy.   Jennifer is also a community organizer with the Ecology Center in Michigan.


Born and raised in New York, writer/director Dana Nachman’s films, WITCH HUNT (2008) and LOVE HATE LOVE (2011) have premiered and screened at the Toronto, Tribeca, IDFA, AFI and Cinequest Film Festivals.

She has won numerous prizes including 3 Emmy Awards, The Edward R Murrow Award, The Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival.  She has received more than a dozen grants for her work including grants from the Tribeca Institute, Fledgling Fund and the Pacific Pioneer Fund.

Nachman’s films have been seen by millions of people on various networks including MSNBC and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Nachman is a guest journalism lecturer at Stanford University.  She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children.



Modern Traditions: Ben Harper and Carl LeBlanc, 11/5/2014

The singer-songwriter Ben Harper has been on the scene since the early ’90s, but now he’s digging deeper into the blues with the legendary harpman Charlie Musselwhite. We’ll talk with Ben about the musical journey from his family’s music store to his recent recording that he calls his “graduation” album. Then an in-studio conversation with a guitarist who has played with Sun Ra and banjo with Preservation Hall, New Orleans’ own Carl LeBlanc.


Timing and Cues
American Routes Program #14-45 (repeat of13-46)

00:00 Open Hour 1
segment A: INCUE: “(music) I’m NS this is AR where we…”
“Mean Ol Lonesome Train” Lightnin’ Slim
“I’m a Fool for a Lonesome Train”
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
“Sitting on Top of the World” Mississippi Shieks
“Sitting on Top of the World” The Grateful Dead
“Looking the World Over” Whispering Smith
“Blueberry Hill” Fats Domino
OUTCUE: “…in reggae style when AR returns.”
cutaway 1: “We Can’t End This Way” Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
segment B: INCUE: “I’m NS there’re a lot of Fats Domino songs…”
“Be My Guest” Ben Harper and Skatellies
“Happy Together” Dr. Michael White
“The Blues is All Wrong” Chuck Leavell featuring Candi Staton
“I Ain’t Superstitious” Howlin’ Wolf
“Superstition” Stevie Wonder
OUTCUE: “…who worked with both when AR returns.”
cutaway 2: “39th and Indiana” Charlie Musselwhite
segment C: INCUE: “I’m NS this is AR our conversation with…”
“Fishing Blues” Taj Mahal
“Strange Land” Charlie Musselwhite
Ben Harper interview
OUTCUE: “…this is AR from PRX.”
cutaway 3: “Faded” Ben Harper
1:00:00 “Faded” end
00:00 Open Hour 2
segment D: INCUE: “(music) I’m NS this is AR from New Orleans…”
“On the Sunny Side of the Street” James Booker
“Mess Around” Dr. John
“Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” Lee Dorsey
“Mississippi Mud” Shemekia Copeland with J.J. Gray
“Gonna Stick to You Baby” Lonesome Sundown
OUTCUE: “…be a rolling stone in a minute on AR.”
cutaway 4: “Under My Thumb” Pickin’ On the Rolling Stones
segment E: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS coming up the tale of…”
“Rolling Stone” Robert Pete Williams
“Prodigal Son” Rolling Stones
“12 Gates to City” Marie Knight
“Night Train to Memphis” Jerry Lee Lewis
“Shake It” J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices
“Shake Your Hips” Slim Harpo
“Down Yonder We Go Ballin’” Smiley Lewis
OUTCUE: “…when AR returns to your audio device.”
cutaway 5: “Plarine Days” Carl LeBlanc
segment F: INCUE: “I’m NS this is AR hearing the tradition…”
Carl LeBlanc interview
“Didn’t He Ramble” Kermit Ruffins
OUTCUE: “…for AR from PRX (music fade out)”
59:00 end

Noam Chomsky – ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, aka Islamic State, is now the latest threat to our security. Or so our leaders tell us and the media repeat. It has seized territory in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. has been meddling in the Middle East non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Wars, militias, sectarianism and strife. And lots of oil and weapons sales. U.S. policy in the region is shrouded in propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal regimes like Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Kurds in both countries are fighting ISIS. Turkey, which has its own major issues with its large Kurdish minority and had allowed jihadis to enter Syria through its borders, is now permitting Iraqi Kurdish fighters to go into Syria to fight ISIS. The endless war on terror has taken new twists and turns.

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” At 85, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Hopes & Prospects, Masters of Mankind, How the World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.

It’s Pat!(Robertson)+”Out in the Night”+global LGBT news(#1387)

Black New Jersey lesbians go to prison just for going “Out in the Night”; rightwing U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson issues a gay terrorism alert; Liberian churchmen blame gay people for Ebola, a Nigerian court nixes a hetero challenge to the country’s draconian anti-gay laws, hooded vandals invade a Macedonian LGBT celebration, a trans veteran proves U.S. Army discrimination, a lonely Puerto Rican judge upholds the U.S. territory s civil marriage ban, “Gandalf” fights school bullying, and more LGBT news from around the world.

River Cow Orchestra

Lady D welcomes River Cow Orchestra to play live in the studio with their unique brand of space-jazz.  They compose all their pieces in the moment, and therefore do not do anything more than once.

Maurice Copeland, Revisited

Tell Somebody checks in again with former Kansas City nuclear weapons parts plant worker and activist Maurice Copeland about his status as petitioner for Special Exposure Cohort status to the United States of America Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board .

Canadian Attacks, Obama Torture, & Ralph Nader

Recent Attacks Targeting Canadian Soldiers Offer Politicians Rationale to Boost Security Policies, Erode of Civil Liberties

MP3 Interview with Beau Grosscup, professor of Political Science at California State University, Chico, conducted by Scott Harris


Attacks on soldiers in Canada last week that resulted in two deaths, one in Ottawa and the other in a town in Quebec – were the focus of U.S. and world attention, and fears about a possible connection to the terrorist group ISIS on the offensive in both Iraq and Syria. The first attack occurred on Oct. 20, when a recent convert to Islam, Martin Couture Rouleau, who was on a government monitoring list and whose passport was seized, drove his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one before being shot to death by police. The second incident occurred two days later on Oct. 22, when a soldier guarding Canada’s war memorial was shot dead. The attacker, Michael Abdul Zehaf-Bibeau, another recent Muslim convert, then entered the Canadian Parliament building where he was killed by the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms. Zehaf-Bibeau left behind a videotape that authorities say is evidence that the shooting was driven by politics and ideological motives.

Both attacks occurred only days after the Canadian government had sent six jet fighters to assist the U.S. in its air campaign against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper responded to the attacks by introducing new anti-terrorism legislation, dubbed the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act, which gives the nation’s domestic spy agency explicit power to carry out its activities around the world, request revocation of citizenship and provide legal protection to individuals who provide evidence to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Harper said this measure and additional legislation to come would be expedited in view of the recent attacks.

Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Beau Grosscup, professor of political science at California State University, Chico and author of the book, “The Newest Explosions of Terrorism.” Here, he discusses the recent attacks in Canada and the concern that these terrorist incidents will be used as a justification to further militarize government security policies and erode civil liberties.

See more information on the book, “The Newest Explosions of Terrorism”.

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Obama White House Considers Adopting Bush Era Policy Allowing Torture Abroad-(Overseas)

MP3 Interview with Kathy Roberts, executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


When he was a candidate for the presidency, then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama campaigned on a platform of ending U.S. torture that had been endorsed and practiced by George W. Bush’s administration. After he was elected and took office Obama issued an executive order in 2009 that prohibited cruel interrogations anywhere – and made it harder for future presidents to return to torture. An Oct. 19 article in the New York Times, titled “Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture,” cited a current debate within the Obama administration over whether to adopt the Bush administration’s interpretation that the “The Convention Against Torture” – which the U.S. has ratified – only prohibits cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment within the territory of the United States. The White House debate comes as the Obama administration must clarify its position on the torture treaty in November, when a U.S. delegation will travel to Geneva to issue a report to the Committee Against Torture, a U.N. panel that monitors compliance with the treaty.

In a disturbing case of what some observers describe as “blowback,” a British hostage held by the ISIS terrorist group reported in a recently released video message that prisoners were waterboarded as punishment for their attempts to escape captivity. Other press reports maintain that ISIS prisoners have been subjected to various other forms of torture before their executions.

The Center for Justice and Accountability is a San Francisco-based human rights group dedicated to deterring torture and other human rights abuses around the world, while advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and accountability. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with the center’s executive director, Kathy Roberts, who discusses her concern about a current debate on torture within the Obama administration that could revive the Bush administration interpretation that the U.S. government had the option of engaging in cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners it holds abroad.

KATHY ROBERTS: President Obama has made clear that torture and cruel treatment are prohibited by executive order. What the Committee Against Torture has asked him to clarify is, what is the territorial reach of the Convention Against Torture? And, of course, any kind of traditional legal scholarship would say that the CAT prohibits torture everywhere; in fact, it just codifies an underlying international norm that pre-existed the treaty. It’s always been illegal – or almost always been illegal – to commit torture or cruel treatment anywhere. What’s concerning about this report that came out last week is that there are lawyers in the administration who are pushing for something more like the Bush-era legalistic, if we could call it, interpretation of the treaty, which is to try to find loopholes that are law-free zones within the whole network of treaties. It’s not legitimate, logically or morally, or according to principles of international law and interpretation, and it’s very dangerous.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Can you explain what the Committee Against Torture is?

KATHY ROBERTS: Under the Convention Against Torture, there’s a treaty monitoring body called the Committee Against Torture. Many of the human rights treaties – multilateral human rights treaties have a kind of committee that oversees the reports from states and can ask them questions and makes determinations on how to understand the treaty as time goes by. So the U.S. will be sending a delegation to report on the U.S. compliance with the Convention Against Torture next month. I’m not sure of the exact time but it should be between November 3rd and the end of November. So they have sent questions asking what the U.S. position is on a number of issues where it remains a bit unclear, so that’s their job, to try to determine if the U.S. is still in compliance – or in compliance – and to encourage the U.S. – or whichever country is before it – to comply with the treaty.

BETWEEN THE LINES: My understanding is that lawyers at the State Dept want torture to be illegal everywhere, but that within the Defense Department and the CIA, I think, they’re talking about moving back to the Bush-era definition. Can you speak to that, and I wonder how that would play out in the administration.

KATHY ROBERTS: That’s my understanding, too, and of course it’s always a little difficult to draw too many conclusions from a report of a report of lawyers in different agencies holding different positions, but it’s fairly clear that the State Department, the Office of Legal Adviser, issued exhaustive opinions on this point, that international law prohibits torture and the U.S. is committed to not torturing and not creating zones in which cruel treatment is allowed. The idea that you can send refugees who are likely to be tortured straight into countries where they’re likely to be tortured, it’s not okay just because they’re not in U.S. territory. Those sorts of things are fairly standard definitions under the treaty and obligations under the treaty. I think there are apparently lawyers in the military or in the intelligence services or perhaps both who maybe made made nervous about the idea that the U.S. has legal obligations outside of the U.S. on sort of policy commitments, that we’d like to reserve the ability to change our minds. I think this is obviously a bit misguided, since the U.S. doesn’t have the option to make torture legal somewhere, but it sends a message to other countries and armed groups and actors around the world that the U.S. might consider this prohibition optional, which I think is a lot more dangerous … I would assume there are people in the Dept of Defense and the CIA who are also concerned about the dangers raised by that.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Kathy Roberts, your organization, the Center for Justice and Accountability, sent a letter last week to Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and other officials about this issue. What was the focus of your letter?

KATHY ROBERTS: We sent the letter primarily to express our concern and to urge her and these other officials to maintain the only legally available position, which is that torture and cruel treatment are illegal everywhere.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Do you expect to get some kind of answer, or do you think you’ll just be ignored?

KATHY ROBERTS: I don’t expect to get an answer, but I also don’t expect to be ignored. We do have a democracy and our government should listen to its constituents, and I believe that the people receiving this letter will be aware — they’ll at least be put on notice that the public is concerned, that we’re concerned. I think we’re not the only ones engaging these government officials now. I’m sure they’re engaging each other quite vigorously.

CJA is an international hr org dedicated to deterring torture and other hr abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivals to seek truth, justice and redress, mainly through litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable and by developing hour law.

For more information on the Center for Justice and Accountability, visit cja.org.

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Ralph Nader: No Legal or Ethical Framework Regulates Earth-Shaking Technologies

MP3 Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist and former independent presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris


As the “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth” conference got underway on a sunny October morning in New York City, Tom Butler of the Foundation for Deep Ecology and president of the Northeast Wilderness Trust noted his skepticism on the unwieldy conference title and proposed a more compact alternative, “The FRED Talks,” an acronym he said stood for “Facing the Reality of Extinction and Doom.”

As it turned out, Butler wasn’t far off the mark. An impressive roster of more than 45 environmental researchers, philosophers, writers and activists gathered for the two-day “teach in” at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union in Greenwich Village, where a wide range of technology critiques were presented that undoubtedly left many in the audience with a sense of dread. Among those participating in the conference were Australian anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott, Randy Hayes, founder of the Rainforest Action Network, Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute, Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org; environmental activist Vandana Shiva and Ralph Nader, America’s pre-eminent citizen activist.

The conference focus, as described by its primary sponsor, the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization or IFG, was to “examine the profound impacts – environmental, economic and social – of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion, where the tendency is to see technology as the savior for all problems. The IFG concludes that a change of direction is required by returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision-making.” Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with four-time independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, a conference participant, who talks about the need to exert more democratic control over corporate technology and its uses.

Ralph Nader’s latest book is titled, “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” Find more information and hear recorded speeches and interviews from the Techno-Utopianism conference.

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