Shows: July 17, 2017

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SCOTUS Puts a New Slant on APIA Rock

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In June the Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling on the right to free expression that also became a bandís license to rock. And it wasnít just any band. The Slants, an all-Asian-American indy pop band with a political edge, got to sharpen its radical street cred over the past several years with a massive legal battle with the Patent Trademark Office. They rejected their trademark registration application on the basis that the name, The Slants, was racist. Against Asians. Who the band is. Yes, it only gets more absurd from there. After much convoluted wrangling over the wording of the law, the High Court finally validated the Slants by deciding the law undermined their right to reappropriate the ethnic slur for their band name.

Slants frontman Simon Tam discusses the legal fight, the bandís music, and why their victory is bittersweet.

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Trump's Muslim Ban Deepens Refugee Crisis

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Not even President Trump seems to know whatís going on at the border these days as he tries to ram through his executive order banning travelers and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries. Archi Pyati of the humanitarian group Tahirih, which focuses on gender-based violence and refugees, discusses the consequences for families and communities.

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Investigating Abuse at Ivanka's Chinese Factories

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It's a well known fact that the West sources its clothes from factories in the global south with extremely poor human rights records. But what weíre only now discovering is the role of Ivanka Trump. A shoe manufacturer contracted by her upscale fashion band has come under fire for dirty and cheap working conditions. The investigators were mysteriously detained, and now China Labor Watch is asking questions...

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War on Terror Poetry

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Poet Solmaz Sharif, reading from her debut poetry collection Look, at the Asian American Writers Workshop as part of their poetry event, "Words on Terror."

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