May 1 - Charges Against Classmates of the Boston Bomber; Obama's Nominee to Head up the FCC; The Corporatization and Commodification of Food

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We begin with the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Michael Rezendes who has been covering the Boston bombings from the beginning and the dynamics of the Tsarnaev family since. We look into the three college classmates of Dzhokar Tsarnaev who were charged today with hindering the investigation by destroying evidence and making false statements. michael rezendez

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Then we assess how much Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee to head up the FCC, will be a champion of the public interest or an advocate for corporate control which his professional background as a lobbyist for the telecommunication industry would suggest. Timothy Karr, the Senior Director of Strategy for Free Press joins us to discuss the critical issues before the new FCC chairman that will determine the future of the public’s free access to the Internet and whether the public interest will be asserted over increasingly dominant corporate influence.

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Then finally the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch Wenonah Hauter joins us for an update on the so-called Monsanto Protection Act that was inserted as a rider in the recently-passed continuing resolution to keep the government funded. We look into the extraordinary political clout of the food giants that Wenonah has written about in her new book “Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America”.

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