October 24 -The Danger of Wasting Votes on Third Party Presidential Candidates; Why the Justice Department Should Block the AT&T-Time Warner Merger; Refugees Evicted From "The Jungle" in Calais

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Part 1

We begin with the role of third party presidential candidates in a race that pundits and polls are indicating Hillary Clinton has a widening lead over Donald Trump that could mean, since the strongest message Clinton has been running on is that Trump will be a disaster for the country and the world, that the urgency of voting for her will dissipate and unenthusiastic voters on the left might then turn to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Henry Weinstein, Co-director of the Center on Law, Equality and Race, with a joint appointment in Literary Journalism and Law at the University of California, Irvine, joins us to discuss his article at The Los Angeles Times “In the Nixon-Humphrey election, I refused to vote for ‘the lesser of two evils’. That was a mistake”, and explain why voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson is a luxury that American democracy cannot afford.


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Part 2

Then we look into the proposed AT&T/ Time Warner merger in an $85.4 billion deal that has AT&T buying Time Warner which appears to be good for the banks, corporations and executives involved in the deal but bad for the U.S. consumer. Victor Pickard, a Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform” joins us to discuss why consumers will end up paying more for this deal and getting less and why the Justice Department Anti-Trust Division should block it.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Justin Salhani, a writer and journalist based in Washington D.C. and Beirut who is a World Reporter for ThinkProgress focusing on human rights. He has an article at ThinkProgress, “Calais Refugee Camp to be Dismantled” and we discuss the eviction of over 7,000 mostly African and Asian migrants stuck in a makeshift camp called “the jungle” on the French coast at Calais who are blocked from entering the U.K. where some have relatives. With the French government moving the migrants to so-called “welcome centers”, we will examine their likely future and fate.

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