BRUCE DIXON, managing editor of The Black Agenda Report. PROFESSOR ROGER LANCASTER from Jacobin and George Mason University. HELAINE OLEN from The Washington Post. HOWIE KLEIN from Down With Tyranny. Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling from show business.

TIME CODE: Bruce Dixon: 2:19 Professor Roger Lancaster 35:34 Helaine Olen: 1:08:55 Howie Klein: 1:47:02 Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling: 2:12:57

It’s the new year, and the last day of Kwanzaa. We talk with Bruce A. Dixon, managing editor of The Black Agenda Report. Bruce refuses to celebrate Kwanzaa because, he says, Professor Maulana Karenga, the inventor of Kwanzaa is personally responsible for the deaths of at least four Black Panthers and sold out countless African American activists by collaborating with J. Edgar Hoover back when the FBI was waging its illegal war against civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King and Fred Hampton.

Then, we talk America’s prison system. While America makes up only five percent of the world’s population, we house twenty percent of the world’s prisoners. Fourteen million Americans are arrested each year, 2.1 million are in prison, and one third of all Americans have an arrest record. We discuss the new bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that Trump is about to sign with Professor Roger Lancaster who has written several pieces for Jacobin on America’s prisons. Professor Lancaster says despite this new legislation, American hyper-punishment is not slowing. It’s even accelerating.

Down with Tyranny’s Howie Klein tells us Elizabeth Warren can’t win. The Washington Post’s Helaine Olen tells us Elizabeth Warren can win. And Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling tells us Elizabeth Warren jokes.

Bruce Dixon

Co-founder, Black Agenda Report

In the 60s Bruce Dixon was a student activist and a rank and file member of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. In the 70s and 80s he was a community organizer in some of the poorest neighborhoods in urban America, working on issues of housing and publication. In 2002 he began writing for Black Commentator, and in 2006 co-founded Black Agenda Report with Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberley. Dixon is currently a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party.

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