Shows: March 9, 2010

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Red Baraat

Obama Reauthorizes the Patriot Act

Despite his opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act as a Senate candidate in 2003, President Obama recently signed an extension of a number of its provisions. Among them are a reauthorization of court-approved roving wiretaps which permit surveillance on multiple phones, and court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations. Naureen Shah of the Human Rights Institute at the Columbia University School of Law breaks down for us what this will mean for Americans and immigrants in the US.

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Queer Immigrants Rights

With Congress rumored to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform this spring, LGBTQ groups are mobilizing to make sure the legislation addresses their concerns, including legalization, family reunification, and the recognition of same-sex bi-national couples.

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Red Baraat's New Album

Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat calls itself “the first and only dhol ‘n brass band of its kind” in the US. The group combines North Indian drums with percussion and horns to create a unique sound which has been featured at venues around the country. We’ll hear tracks from Red Baraat's new album, Chaal Baby, and speak with band members Sunny Jain and Sonny Singh.

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