AMERICAN WAR ON THE POOR: “‘Cowboy Attitude’ Afflicts Police in Urban Areas” / RT America / Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston” ☮

Chicago is known internationally for its crime rate, despite its gun laws being among the strictest in the nation. How do city officials reduce crime and resolve the adversarial relationship between the police and the people of Chicago? Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, president of Coalition for a New Chicago, joins RT America’s Natasha Sweatte to discuss police reform and economic justice in the Windy City.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “James Cromwell: Capitalism is a Cancer” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮

Watch our extended interview with Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell before he reports to jail at 4 p.m. Friday in upstate New York for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he’ll also launch a hunger strike. He was one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, in December of 2015. The activists say the plant would promote natural gas fracking in neighboring states and contribute to climate change.

NEROSCIENCE – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “The Biology of Our Best and Worst Selves” / TED Talk / Robert Sapolsky ☮

How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.