Chris Hedges speaks at Occupy DC. (Justin Norman/Shrieking Tree/Creative Commons)
Part Two of The Current
We started this segment with a clip from the classic CBS news documentary Harvest of Shame, an investigation into the desperate lives of migrant agricultural workers in the United States. Fifty-two years later, journalist and author Chris Hedges tells us the harvest is as shameful as ever.
He's written a book investigating what he calls America's sacrifice zones, including farms, mines and Native reservations. It concludes with a plea for change, much more radical than the change President Barack Obama used to campaign on.
The book is called Days of Destruction/Days of Revolt. It's illustrated, strikingly illustrated, by Joe Sacco. And Chris Hedges was in Toronto.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
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