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There's a new religion out there. Up on a pedestal are the new information monopolies, which many believe in as infallible, purely scientific mechanisms that fix humanity's problems better than mere humans. Google and Comcast are the new all-powerful institutions which merely organize the world's information and are the sources of knowledge. Not unlike the Catholic Church of medieval times. In the concluding in a series on the power of the internet, guest on this show is media studies professor Kevin Healey. We ask the question who serves who: the internet or humanity?

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In the 1930s, 2800 American men and women, black and white fought fascism in the prelude to the second world war. The battle was in Spain. They were the legendary brave heroes of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Now none of them are still alive but the spirit and the struggle for human rights lives on. The recipient of the 2014 human rights award goes to Bryan Stephenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Currently there is unimaginable injustice when it comes to carrying out alleged justice; sentencing discrepancies are appalling and very little attention is being paid to the adverse effects the broken system is having on hundreds of thousands of American families. As it was for the Lincoln Brigade, it's an uphill struggle for justice and human rights. But the work is being done. And you can help.

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Public education reform was kicked off in 1983 under Ronald Reagan. Not only has it not helped, according to our guest, the drive to put public education in the hands of for-profit interests has greatly weakened education and done real harm to thousands of kids, and weakened our real national security. John Kuhn has been called "America's superintendent." His new book is called Fear and Learning in America: Bad data, Good teachers, and the Attack on Public Education. He discusses the many ways in which our schools are undercutting good teachers with tests run by for-profit institutions. Our republic requires and educated citizenry. But we are slowly, steadily fighting back and making gains. You can help!

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Will be discussing the education system in America.

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 Will discuss Brenda's new book "Ecstatic Nation."

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