Shows: January 12, 2010

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Protest at Queens Center Mall

Eight Years of Guantanamo

Monday, January 11 was the eighth anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and on January 22, it will be exactly one year since president Obama issued his executive order to close the prison within a year. We get an update on Gitmo, where some 200 men remain detained. Meanwhile, there are more than 600 detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, in a similar state of legal limbo. Last week, a federal appeals court heard arguments in the first U.S. court case brought by Bagram detainees. Ramzi Kassem, who argued that case on behalf of three Bagram prisoners, joins us.

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Poverty Wages at the Mall?

Elmhurst’s massive Queens Center Mall is one of the busiest and most profitable malls in the country, but most of the workers who staff its stores and restaurants earn no more than $7.25—the federal minimum wage. Now a new campaign is out to change that and bring living wages to the mall. With Jeff Eichler of the RWDSU—the retail workers union--and Seema Sabnani of Queens-based South Asian Youth Action.

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The Value of Nothing

How much does a Big Mac cost? How about $200? That’s the true cost of a burger, according to a new book about how our market-driven society sets prices that have nothing to with the real value of things. Tune in for a wide-ranging discussion of free market ideology, the crisis in our political system, and global workers’ movements. With Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, just out from Picador.

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