By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Some of our America's huddled masses have been crammed like sardines into a detention center. The conditions have gotten so bad that both the left and the right have become united in a call to action... though possibly for different reasons. Now, President Obama is sending a "significant" number of judges down to Arizona to try to speed up the process and unravel the problem.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— Large corporations running factory farms have taken extraordinary steps to shield those operations from scrutiny in recent years, but one investigative journalist is preparing to deploy drones so as to help the public stay informed as to myriad abuses, ranging from inhumane treatment of animals to waterway contamination.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the G77—the forum for developing countries which serves as a counterweight to the G8 and the G20, and the group’s 2014 summit wrapped up in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in eastern Bolivia this weekend with some noteworthy statements, including a call to end poverty by 2030, and a demand by from Bolivia's President Evo Morales to eliminate the UN Security Council: "The UN Security Council should be eliminated because it has encouraged wars and invasions by imperial powers to appropriate natural resources of invaded countries."
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)—The success of corporations and the rich at avoiding and evading taxation over the last few decades goes far to explaining why America continues to lose ground regarding the condition and sophistication of its physical infrastructure. But the public sector’s reliance on the banking sector to finance infrastructure projects effectively doubles the cost of these projects.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – In the next few weeks, DC's metro buses will feature an ad with a black and white photo of Adolf Hitler speaking with Palestinian nationalist and Hitler supporter, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, the sponsor of the ad, says it's a direct "response to a vicious anti-Semitic ad ran by the American Muslims for Palestine.
By Andrew Hiller Washington (VR) – Addressing the graduating class at Baltimore's Morgan State University, US Attorney General Eric Holder told the members of the historically black school that they face a form of racism different than those of previous generations. He argued that the blunt form of bigotry was not the greatest danger to their opportunity and that "we ought not find contentment in the fact that these high-profile expressions of outright bigotry seem atypical and were met with such swift condemnation.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) – There is so much pornography available in various forms in the United States that analysts fear Americans will become desensitized to it, said Donny Pauling, anti-porn activist and former porn producer. Pornography is the most downloaded content on the Internet, and few are talking about how destructive and addictive smut can be for men, women and children.
By Andrew Hiller Washington (VR) – In a 2-1 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington it was decided that the US Justice Department is within its rights to withhold the names of people who they have tracked using their cell phones, even if the efforts leads to no charges or prosecution. The court defended its position saying, “The government, having brought the full force of its prosecutorial power to bear against individuals it ultimately failed to prove actually committed crimes, has a special responsibility -- a responsibility it is fulfilling here -- to protect such individuals from further public scrutiny.”
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – A nationwide strike of fast food workers is being planned for May 15th. The workers are trying to address the issue of a living wage and what they are calling wage theft, but wages aren't the pressures being exerted on workers. McDonalds is ordering 7,000 touch screen menus which may allow franchise owners to significantly reduce future staffing.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR) — Job offers never come easily to young adults entering the workforce, but a new study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) forecasts very slim pickings for the Class of 2014, with consequences likely to carry on for a full 10-15 years.
By Andrew Hiller Washington (VR) – Despite changing demographics, our nation’s teachers are overwhelmingly white. A new study published by the National Center for Educational Statistics says that about 82 percent of public elementary and secondary teachers are white, 8 percent are Hispanic, 7 percent are black and about 2 percent are Asian.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – After extensive protesting by the student body, Rutgers University conceded and dropped former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as the keynote speaker for its Commencement. The students went starch-free over concerns about the former Secretary's history and her actions as a part of the Bush Administration, especially when it came to the war in Iraq.
By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VR) – It looks like your normal run-of-the mill suburban doctor’s office replete with framed accolades of the doctor’s accomplishments and pictures of his children and their artwork. The difference is that this office houses the Center for Health and Human Rights, a free clinic based in the Washington DC suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, that provides medical assistance for free to poor people, mainly newly-arrived immigrants from Iran.
By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR) — On Tuesday May 1st, thousands of demonstrators marched from Capitol Hill to the White House to in solidarity with 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. with no clear future.
By Crystal Park MINIMUM WAGE HIKE RECEIVES DEATH BLOW In a blow to President's Obama's push for raising the federal minimum wage, Senate Republicans voted 54-42, killing the bill. Democrats needed at least 60 votes to allow the bill to advance to the next stages.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) found himself in the center of the story in a 6 minute FOX segment hosted by Megyn Kelly that examined the upcoming National Day of Prayer. The piece looked at the appropriateness of military presence at the event hosted by Dr. James Dobson and his wife (head of the not for profit group, Focus on the Family) and the protest lodged by the MRFF.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, has been permanently banned of the National Basketball Association (NBA) due to racist comments he allegedly made in a private conversation with his mistress.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— Perhaps the most symbolic and cathartic moment of the horrific epic that was the Second World War came on April 25, 1945, when Soviet and American forces linked up near the town of Torgau on the Elbe river in central Germany. The armies of the Western Allies and the Soviet Union physically joined hands in triumph, Nazi Germany lay prostrate beneath them, and the prospect of peace and brotherhood for the world came fully into sight.
By Andrew Hiller WASGHINGTON (VR) – It’s the clip that the Clippers owner probably wishes would get clipped. We're talking about, of course NBA Clipper's owner Donald Sterling, who allegedly said some pretty outrageous things that was caught on tape and ousted by TMZ. Let's have a listen...
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Every look through the Prism answers a new question. Welcome to the Prism on Radio VR I'm Andrew Hiller. Today, we look through the Prism at something Awesome. We'll learn what makes R2D2 tick, go behind the scenes and on the stage in the world of film, television, and comic books... and even take a trip back into history with a pioneer of early television.