Interviews

Bernie Sanders Hosts Dena Takruri On A Roundtable Discussion

Dena Takruri joined US Senator Bernie Sanders on a roundtable discussion along with with journalists from the leading social media news outlets, Ana Kasparian (co-host of The Young Turks), Versha Sharma (Senior Correspondent at NowThis), and Mike Vainisi (Head of Editorial at ATTN:) They discussed how social media has changed the way we get our news, how we can best utilize these changes to engage the American people in grassroots movements and the impact of net neutrality and media consolidation on the changing landscape.

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Barca vs. Real Madrid: How Soccer Is Politics In Spain

In Spain, particularly in the contested Catalonia region, soccer is political. The country is home to the two top teams in the world, Football Club Barcelona, or “Barça,” and Real Madrid. Barça is a premier symbol of Catalan identity and pride, while Real Madrid is seen to represent the Spanish crown and Madrid’s rule over Catalonia. As the battle over Catalan independence hits crisis levels, AJ+’s Dena Takruri hangs out with Catalan soccer fans, for whom stadiums are a symbolic battleground over the future of this region.

Meet The DC Falafel Shop Helping Refugees

Just two miles from where the Trump administration is drafting anti-refugee policies, a little Washington, DC, falafel shop is trying to do the opposite. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Falafel Inc., which donates a portion of its profits to feed refugees through the World Food Programme, and also hires and trains refugees to eventually open their own franchises.

Meet North Korea’s Former Propaganda Artist

Sun Mu once made propaganda art for the North Korean government. Now a defector, he creates art freely in South Korea. But his exhibit was banned in China, and he has to keep his identity concealed to protect the family he left behind. AJ+’s Dena Takruri sat down with him just as tensions between North Korea and the U.S. were heating up.

Should Convicted Murderers Get A Second Chance?

Shaka Senghor was convicted of second-degree murder and served 19 years in prison. He sat down with AJ+’s Dena Takruri to talk about why our criminal justice system needs to be less about punishment and more about rehabilitation. You can check out Shaka Senghor’s new book, “Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison,” here: http://www.beyondprisons.org/