My Guest this week:
“Over the past decade of journalism Manny Jalonschi has explored everything from the death of local business to gun culture in northern Lebanon. In that time, Manny has written hundreds of articles and columns about New York City, the prison system, the media, the death of working class culture and the self-destructive nature of American politics. When the New York Daily News featured Manny’s work in 2008, writer Laura Silver noted “the Romanian-born, Ridgewood-raised writer has a global consciousness that surpasses most of his peers.” In 2010, he authored the self-published, community-funded punk history book, Hustlers and the Idiot Swarm. This conversational history book illustrates the connections between billionaire-sponsored propaganda and the political views held by American right wingers—even at their own demise. ProHipHop.com called it “an important book for difficult times” and Jack Wade of the Working Family Radio Network called it a “must read.” Currently, he is the Online News Editor for The Indypendent and a regular columnist at PoliticusUSA.”
Special Commentary – Sequestering
In his most powerful investigation to date, award-winning journalist Walter M. Brasch digs into the natural gas industry and extracts the truth about fracking. Horizontal fracturing, better known as fracking, is the process of injection as much as seven million gallons of water, propants (like silica sand), and toxins into the earth to fracture the shale and extract methane. Dr. Brasch readily acknowledges that the engineering to create fracking may be one of the most significant works of science of the latter twentieth century. Politicians want natural gas companies to come into their states, because of the numbers of well-paying jobs the industry create, and the lower costs of natural gas to the consumer. Dr. Brasch investigates those claims, as well as an extensive look at the money trail between the industry and the politicians’ campaign receipts. Combining both scientific evidence and extensive interviews with those affected by fracking throughout the country, he concludes that errors made by the natural gas industry as well as the process itself have caused significant public health and the environmental problems that also affect agriculture, wildlife, and livestock.
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