Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today on The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET -  On the morning of Jan. 29, construction workers were building a seawater pipe at Oliktok Point, part of a sprawling network of oil fields owned by ConocoPhillips on Alaska’s arctic North Slope, when they received an ominous notice. Workers at the icy camp would be required to attend a “safety stand-down” meeting following an earlier accident, but once at the meeting they quickly learned that the safety was not the real agenda for the meeting.  An unfamiliar manager took to the stage and told them that there actually hadn't been an accident, and that instead, the company had gathered the group, mostly construction contractors, to tell them how they should vote in Alaska’s upcoming August primaries.  Joining us today to discuss the growing trend of corporations telling their employees how to vote is Spencer Woodman whose recent article on the subject titled Office Politics: Inside the PAC teaching corporate America how to make its employees vote for the right candidates and causes appears in Slate.  You can also follow Spencer on twitter.

4:35pm ET - When Hannah Samarripa got sick in 2007, her mother had no idea that, just a few blocks away in the Acreage—their lush South Florida community—other children had also suffered through the same awful symptoms as a result of radioactive waste from a major defense contractors facility which has seeped into swampland, canals, and even drinking water.  Joining us today to discuss her article The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame? which is the cover story of the November 3rd issue of The Nation Magazine is Sharon Lerner, who details how a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.  You can also follow Sharon on twitter.

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