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The Unheard Story of Hurricane Katrina: Blackwater, White Militias & Community Empowerment

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on the Ninth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin features special coverage dedicated to the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, discussing the military response to the humanitarian disaster and why Blackwater mercenary forces were sent in to New Orleans as first responders. Abby then speaks with Ward “Mack” McClendon, founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Village, a community center that served as one of the only sanctuaries for adults and children of the Lower Ninth Ward, the area hardest hit by Katrina about his experience with the storm and how he is revitalizing his community. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with two co-founders of Common Ground Collective, Malik Rahim and Scott Crow, about the white militias that patrolled the Algiers Point neighborhood and killed as many as 11 black people in the aftermath of the storm.… Read the rest

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BP’s Oil Spill: Criminal Negligence, Thousands Sick & A Gulf Graveyard Left Behind

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on BP’s Destruction of the Gulf Over Four Years Later.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin features a special episode dedicated to the continuing impacts of the 2010 BP oil spill, starting with the news that the oil company was found grossly negligent this week and may have to pay quadruple the amount of money in penalties to the government. BTS producer, Cody Snell, then goes down to the Gulf to investigate the case of Jorey Danos, a BP oil spill cleanup worker who has been sick for the last five years due to his exposure to a toxic chemical oil dispersant known as Corexit. Abby then speaks with Wilma Subra, an award winning toxicologist, about the science behind the dispersant and why the EPA approved spraying nearly 2 million gallons of the substance on the water.… Read the rest

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Abby Martin’s Exclusive Gitmo Coverage: Untold History of Occupation, Torture, and Resistance

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on the History of Gitmo, Methods of Torture, the Remaining Detainees and the Ongoing Hunger Strikes by Prisoners.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin features Part I of her exclusive coverage from Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba, outlining the history of the notorious base and prison from 1898 to today. Abby then goes over some of the most egregious examples of torture committed against detainees, highlighting everything from sensory manipulation to physical beatings and sexual abuse. Abby then goes over the detainees still at Gitmo and why over 70 prisoners who have been cleared for release remain rotting away indefinitely. BTS wraps up the show with interviews with Navy Captain and Joint Task Force spokesperson, Tom Gresback and Lisa Hajjar, a sociology professor at UCSB, about why the military is no longer releasing information concerning hunger striking prisoners and the ethics of force feeding ‘non-compliant’ detainees.… Read the rest

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Ferguson: Era of the Ninja Cop | Interview with Mike Papantonio


Abby Martin speaks with Mike Papantonio, attorney and host of the Ring of Fire radio show, discussing the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, MO, including the militarization of police and the case against Darren Wilson the police officer who shot unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown, which sparked the protests.

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Big Pharma Wants You High on Pills Not Weed | Interview with Sam Sacks

Abby Martin speaks with RT political commentator, Sam Sacks, discussing the shift in state policy on marijuana use, citing a report by journalist Lee Fang that outlines why marijuana is such a threat to the bottom line of American pharmaceutical companies.

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Doctor in Gaza Describes Hell on Earth Under Siege & Bombing | Interview with Dr. Belal Dabour

Abby Martin speaks with Dr. Belal Dabour, a physician at Gaza City’s al-shifa hospital, about the health crisis in Gaza and the tremendous damage done to the area’s infrastructure by Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

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Holding Israel Accountable From Bottom Up: What You Can Do | Interview with Rania Khalek

Abby Martin speaks with journalist, Rania Khalek, about the latest ceasefire announced between Israel and Gaza highlighting the disproportionality of the conflict and the collective punishment falling on Palestinian civilians, as well as going over the ways people to help residents of Gaza.

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