The Camp Fire was California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, nearly wiping the town of Paradise off the map and killing 85 people last year. The private energy corporation PG&E, or Pacific Gas & Electric, recently admitted its equipment was likely the cause. But it’s not the first time the billion-dollar utility has sparked fires in the state. Now, the company is filing for bankruptcy protection, which may leave the victims of the Camp Fire with nothing. In this episode of Direct From, Dena Takruri asks why the private company, which provides a public service, is not being held accountable for the hundreds of lives ruined and the thousands of acres scorched. #CampFire#CaliforniaWildfire
Dena Takruri gets rare access inside Monsanto’s Puerto Rico operation, where they get huge tax breaks to test and grow GMO seeds. Meanwhile, thousands of plaintiffs across the U.S. are suing the corporation, claiming that its weedkiller Roundup has caused cancer. In Puerto Rico, locals are blaming Monsanto for getting them sick.
Dena Takruri interviewed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez one day after she won the NY primary. The 28-year-old Latina from the Bronx ran on a platform of free college tuition and abolishing ICE – without any corporate money. She talked ICE, Israel/Palestine, and Medicare for all among other things.
Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, bottles Michigan’s water for next to nothing and sells it at great profit. And the state has just approved its request to pump even more, despite the failed promise of jobs and 80,000 public comments against Nestle. Meanwhile, just two hours away, Flint still doesn’t have clean water. AJ+’s Dena Takruri meets those who have a stake in this fight, including local environmentalists, a tribal citizen, ordinary residents and a Nestle spokeswoman.
AJ+’s Dena Takruri returns to Flint for the 4-year anniversary of the water crisis. Officials here say the water is safe, but residents still don’t trust them. And since the state of Michigan stopped providing free bottled water, people here are forced to pay some of the highest bills in the country for water they don’t even use. When will this crisis be over?
President Trump has appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. The former head of Breitbart, Bannon has been a controversial pick and has been called a white supremacist. But what will he actually be doing as chief strategist?
Ahmad is 18 and lives in the Balata refugee camp, the biggest in the occupied West Bank. His grandparents were forcibly removed from Jaffa during the creation of Israel. There’s only 32 miles between Balata and Jaffa, but Ahmad can only dream of seeing his homeland. He’s not allowed into Israel.
Bowe Bergdahl is the focus of season 2 of the Serial podcast. Bergdahl is a U.S. soldier who was captured by the Taliban. Here’s what you need to know about Bergdahl’s case before diving into the podcast.