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Central and South America in the twentiteth century were regions of US led military coups and repressive ologarchies. But today, in El Salvador for example, in their new democracy the leftist rebels Reagan tried to exterminate are now in power. Throughout much of the region, the left is coming together as citizens who have lived in poverty are slowly changing the direction, taking economic and political power away from the aristocrats. Today's exceptionally informative guest is journalist Carmelo Ruiz Morrero in Puerto Rico. It's a strong overview of an often overlooked but vital part of our world.

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Why is it that families need to be shielded from sexuality but the nation needs more and more guns? In the wake of the Aurora theatre massacre, the Republican Party/gun lobby still sees no need to have any discussion about the proliferation of assault weapons and the danger they pose to our families, but they still love to target sexuality? Toiday's guest Lara Riscol wrties about sexualty and the religious right for a variety of publications.

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Less Work, More Jobs, and a Stronger Economy

Ever since Henry Ford, the work pace has been speeding up. Fewer people are working a greater percentage of their lives, and there's more economic instability and less personal satisfaction. A hundred years ago, women strikers at the Lawrence Mills demanded bread, of course, and roses too. A century later, perhaps it's time for a shorter work week and earlier retirement Sarah Seltzer discusses how this may dramatcally improve the overall economy and American life, not just for the leisure class, but for all.

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It's policy-making by myth, so who needs reality? According to guest Scott Slesinger, legislative director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, congressional Republicans seriously intend to turn back government to before Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," when there were no rules or regulations whatsoever. And they have linked together seven bills to allow no regulations at all until there's less than 6% unemployment. Of course the result of these efforts will mean fewer jobs, as innovation for efficiency will no longer be needed. Again, myth trumps science and facts.

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