The Growing Left, Australia's Refugees, Florida Death Row
February 2, 2017•52 min
Coming up on today's show: At a critical moment for Democrats, what can they learn from the coordination and success the Tea Party movement had in obstructing the early part of Obama's presidency? The Takeaway speaks with Matt Kibbe, a Tea Party organizer, about how the Democrats can learn from how the Republican Party handled his movement. There are groups on the Left that might one day rival the Tea Party's energy, like the the Democratic Socialists of America, or the DSA, the members of which have tripled in about six months. Takeaway producer Oliver Lazarus attends a DSA meeting in Brooklyn. Florida has executed 91 people since capital punishment was reintroduced in the United States 40 years ago, but executions were halted by the Supreme Court last January. WLRN reporter Wilson Sayre in Miami has made an audio documentary about where that has left prisoners sentenced to die by the state. We look past President Trump's anger at having to abide by a deal to accept 1,250 refugees being held by Australia to examine the conditions in which humans are being held. Kate Schuetze of Amnesty International joins us to discuss Australia's offshore detention centers in the island nation of Nauru, which human rights officials have called "cruel, inhuman and degrading." Rafer Guzman joins us to talk about the weekend's movie releases, including "The Comedian," "The Space Between Us" and "The Salesman." The last film is directed by Asghar Farhadi, who is up for an Academy Award but unable to travel to the U.S. due to President Trump's immigration order banning nationals of seven countries, including Farhadi's Iran. Behind the characters and unforgettable, fluorescent, candy-colored '90s look of "Saved By The Bell" was executive producer Peter Engel. The producer of other Saturday morning teen shows, as well as "Last Comic Standing" joins us to discuss his memoir about a life in television.