Ferguson – Eyewitness Accounts and Ron Hampton Of The Black Police Association On The Police Response

Eyewitness Accounts Of The Aftermath of the Michael Brown Shooting

The killing of an unarmed black teeager by a white officer in Ferguson has sparked almost two weeks of protest and daily clashes between the police and the protestors. This incident and the violence it has caused has drawn the attention of the world press and comparisons with clashes in other parts of the world.

Today hosts Keith Brown El and Allie Catherine Bush will talk with State Representative Brandon Ellington and local Attorney Winifred Varner-Jamieson about what they saw when they went to Ferguson. We will also have Ron Hampton, Executive Director of the National Black Police Association on to talk about what he has seen and his assessment of the police response to the protests.

Ron Hampton, Executive Director Nation Black Police Association
Phone – 202-986-2070 email – nbpanatofc@att.net website – www.blackpolice.org

The National Black Police Association (NBPA) is a national organization comprised of sub-regional African American Police Associations whom are dedicated to promoting justice, fairness, and effectiveness in law enforcement.

David Cay Johnston – The Societal Impact of Inequality

The U.S. has the dubious distinction of being the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since the Gilded Age over a century ago. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, “An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid.” Inequality is corroding democracy. While the upper crust has been lining their pockets the working class, if they even have a job, has been pauperized. Food and rent take up much of their paltry take home pay. Tens of millions are dependent on food stamps. The homeless population continues to grow. How long can this continue?

David Cay Johnston, a former reporter for The New York Times won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of tax policy. He is the author of many books including Perfectly Legal, The Fine Print, Free Lunch and Divided: The Perils of our Growing Inequality.

Exploring Nature’s Wildness In The City with Lyanda Lynn Haupt

There are times when our guarded separateness from the nonhuman world breaks down, and it’s a moment of grace.” It is through such grace-filled moments, that we rediscover our intimate connection with the natural world, whether we’re walking a remote forest path or watching the crows dance outside the kitchen window. Lyanda Lynn Haupt invites us to revisit that connection every day—through a simple awareness of the living world around us, and of the impact our households and our urban lives have on the nonhuman community in which we live. She explains that true ecology means not only appreciating and caring for the wild lands, but also cultivating a more conscious way of living wherever we find ourselves. She says, “When we think of nature as the pristine place we go to and then return from, the implication is that what we do when we get home doesn’t matter because we’re not in nature anymore. But we’re intimately involved in the more-than-human world at every moment. That can be enlivening and enchanting.” (hosted by Michael Toms)


Lyanda Lynn Haupt has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and as a seabird researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. She is the author of numerous articles and three books.

Her books include:

To learn more about the work of Lyanda Lynn Haupt go to www.lyandalynnhaupt.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • The difference between wildlife and wild life
  • How you can renew your connection to the natural world, no matter where you live
  • Why crows are associated with death
  • How crows hold funerals for other crows
  • How you can let to of guilt and become a joyful ecologist

Host: Michael Toms                  Interview Date: 10/6/2009                  Program Number: 3322

Nazi Scientists

Can scientists be “good Germans” who simply carry out evil orders?
We profile the lives of Werner Von Braun and Heinz Haber, who worked with the Nazis.

Beeching Lively + “The Dog” + global LGBT news(#1377

“The Dog” gets his day in a new documentary; Christian singer Beeching rocks the Bible in a Lively debate; dozens are busted in Lebanon’s anti-gay crackdown, complex Ugandan politics slow the race to renew the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Law, Kenyan lawmakers decide against death by stoning for LGBT people, the U.S. marriage equality clock gets turned back in Tennessee, a great-great granny sets a world record at the Gay Games, and more global LGBT news.