Fifty years ago, hundreds boarded buses in the South to challenge desegregation laws. They were met with violence and harassment. A group of forty students retraced the route of the historic freedom rides, and they end their journey today. Host Michel Martin discusses the trek with two of these students: Zilong Wang of Hampshire College and Lu-Anne Haukaas Lopez of the Uiversity of Alaska.
A court ruled Friday that the City of Chicago must hire 111 African American firefighters and pay damages to thousands who were denied jobs. The legal battle started after applicants took a 1995 employment exam to become firefighters. The plaintiffs claim the test did not measure the ability to be a firefighter and made it more likely that whites would be hired. Host Michel Martin discusses the case with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell.
The International Criminal Court's prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for crimes against humanity. And leaders from the Libyan opposition gathered in Washington to garner American support. Former Libyan Ambassador Ali Aujali hosted rebel leaders during their visit. He speaks with host Michel Martin about the rebels' expectations from the U.S., their plans to create a post-Gadhafi government, and the latest developments with the conflict in Libya.
Despite a drop in production and profits after the earthquake in Japan, Toyota Motor Company officials are optimistic about the automaker’s future. Toyota sales spokesperson Steve Curtis says the parts shortage that followed the earthquake has not been as long or severe as expected. Toyota profits dropped by 77 percent after the disaster, but Curtis says demand, at least in North America, remains high.
While media outlets are focused on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s latest gaffe, few noticed he was passed over for a coveted committee slot by fellow Kentucky Republican and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected a junior colleague instead.
A report in the Lexington Herald-Leader reveals Governor Steve Beshear used a state plane to take his family to the 2011 NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Houston. The Kentucky Democratic Party reimbursed the state $6,105 for the flight and has spent almost $85,000 to cover the cost of similar flights since the governor took office.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wants to change a family's life in Lexington. The ABC television show known for tearing down and completely rebuilding homes in a matter of days is seeking nominations in the central Kentucky area.
In this post I hope to put together three ideas, two I have posted about in the past: 1) Is Res Potentia, the realm of the "Possible", ontologically real? 2) Is "The Adjacent Possible" ontologically real? 3) Can we often not prestate the becoming of the biosphere, econosphere and culture into its Adjacent Possible?
I think the answer to all three above may be "Yes". If so, it may constitute part of a new world view.
If he were succeeding an administration of the opposing party he could, justifiably or not, blame his predecessor for all the problems he inherited. But Chicago is effectively a one-party town so that's out.