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Imperialism and political prisoners (E284)

Pulitzer prize winner Chris Hedges has been many things: front line reporter for the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and others in wars throughout the world, speechwriter for independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, a student of Professor Noam Chomsky and author of some of the finest books on the planet. On top of all that he’s a visiting professor at Princeton, is married to an award-winning actor, is a father of four and, on Sundays, he is an ordained Presbyterian minister. But he found time to come into the Sputnik studio to talk about swamp creatures, imperialism, and more.

If republicanism had royal figures, our next guest would be among them. Both of his grandfathers fought in the Irish war of independence. Three of his brothers were killed in the Troubles, his sister was described by Scotland Yard as possibly the most dangerous woman terrorist in Britain. And he was just hours from death as an IRA hunger striker when the leadership called off the strike. Nowadays, Tommy McKearney is a journalist and trade union organizer. This week he’s in London, so we invited him into the Sputnik studio to tell us how he is putting his experience as a political prisoner at the service of the campaign to free Julian Assange.

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