Shows: April 8, 2013

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Deportation and Immigration Reform

As Congress returns to session this week, a broad coalition of immigration and labor groups will be descending on the Capitol to rally for comprehensive immigration reform. With a bill expected to drop as early as the next few days, the demonstration on April 10 aims to pressure Congress to include a path to legalization for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. We speak with Cecillia Wang of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project about what this would look like, as well as what would be needed to truly reform our immigration system. We'll also hear stirring testimony from Jose Antonio Vargas at a recent congressional hearing.

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Cambodian Workers Battle Wal-Mart and H&M Supplier

We’re used to hearing about factory closures in the US and all the jobs being shipped overseas to countries in Asia where workers can be paid far less and labor under far worse conditions. This is the basic labor structure that produces so-called “fast fashion”--the cheap, brand-name clothing American consumers relish. Now the volatility of the global economy has even put the low-wage workers in Asia in jeopardy. Last winter a group of garment workers at the Kingsland factory in Cambodia staged a protest after the factory shut down. They demanded fair compensation from the companies affiliated with the factory, which supplied clothing to US retail giants Wal-Mart and H&M. And after a long legal process, they just won a major payout.

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South Asian Jazz Musician Rudresh Mahanthappa

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa combines influences in Western jazz and South Asian classical music to create a unique, captivating sound he describes as an expression of Indian American identity. His collaborations with musicians including Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, and Kadri Gopalnath have drawn critical praise from NPR, the Village Voice, the New Yorker, and Downbeat magazine. We speak with him about why he chose the saxophone, whether he's ever had an office job, and what his parents really think about what he does. He will be appearing this Thursday, April 11 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

Rudresh Mahanthappa's new CD, Gamak, is now available from ACT Music & Vision.

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