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"What public television is supposed to be..." The Coffee House is a monthly, hour-long, cable TV program of public affairs and the arts. It is taped at Montgomery Community Television in Rockville, MD, and airs regularly on eleven cable channels in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Overall, it reaches over five million people. Now in its tenth season, The Coffee House has won numerous awards. The producer of The Coffee House is Mark Cohen.



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A documentary look at the insurgent primary campaign of activist and Constitutional law professor Jamie Raskin to capture the Maryland State Senate seat held for 19 years by organization candidate Ida Ruben.
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Risa Shaw, editor and Publisher of "Not Child's Play", discusses this anthology of true stories, poetry, art and fiction about sibling incest. This interview originally aired in 2001 but is being reprised as the issue of rape and incest are front and center again thanks to the extreme anti-abortion views of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Topics: incest, rape
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Opening billboard for The Coffee House #136, featuring Devon Chaffee of Human Rights First about the "Torture Report"; 9/11 Commission and former associate attorney general Dan Marcus on needed changes at the US Justice Department; Steelworkers union's Roxanne Brown on the upcoming "Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference" in Washington, DC; poet Greta Ehrig; a book review by Reuben Jackson; and music by Curtis Blues, the one-man blues band.
Topics: torture, justice, Bush, Obama, stimulus, poetry, music
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Opening tease of January show that includes: Vincent Demarco of Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition discusses his group;s support for state legislation doubling the tax on a pack of cigarettes to $2; Montgomery County (MD) Councilman George Leventhal discusses his county's leading efforts to move to renewable energy sources; Jim Grossfeld of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health discusses the role of county government in ensuring worker safety and health; Reuben Jackson reviews...
Topics: public affairs, arts, music, literature, poetry
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"Death Row" is a poem by Grant McLeman set to the photos of Lloyd Grane.
Topics: poetry, capital punishment, death penalty
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Ballot initiatives are increasingly being promoted by political parties to spur turnout among their supporters and split the opposition says Kristina Wilfore, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.
Topics: ballot, initiative, election
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Billboard for September 2008 edition: WEâRE ONE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AWAY FROM TOSSING OUT ABORTION RIGHTS, EVEN FOR RAPE AND INCEST VICTIMS, IF SARAH PALIN HAS HER WAY⦠WE CHAT WITH RISA SHAW ABOUT HER BOOK ON SIBLING INCEST⦠PEAK OIL IS HERE⦠AND WEâRE NOT READY, SAYS AUTHOR EDWIN BLACK⦠BUT HEâS GOT THE PLAN TO GET US TO A POST-FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY⦠OFF-SHORE DRILLS⦠OR OFF-SHORE MILLS? WILL IT BE OIL OR WIND? JIM LANARDâS COMPANY IS SET TO DEVELOP AN OFF-SHORE WIND...
Topics: Rape' incest, abortion, energy, oil, wind, offshore, poetry, liberalism, conservatism, music
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Poet Sami Miranda's "Victoria, Texas"
Topic: poetry
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Taryn Simon's traveling photography and video exhibition about inmates exonerated with DNA evidence comes to Provisions Library in Washington, DC.
Topics: Innocents, DNA
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The Washington, DC region features an unusually diverse performing dance community, one being served by a new organization, Dance/MetroDC, and its director, Johanna Seltzer.
Topics: dance, DC, service
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GRAMMY/WAMMIE winner Jon Carroll and son Ben perform two original tunes.
Topic: music
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The job of prosecutors is to do justice but, argues Angela Jordan Davis, their power to charge citizens with crimes is largely unchecked and their process for making charging decisions largely hidden from the public. Now a law professor at American University’s law school, Davis previously served as the director of the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia. She finds that prosecutors’ subconscious racial and class bias, and occasional abusive conduct, like failing to disclose...
Topics: prosecutor, justice
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Poetry by Derrick Weston Brown ("Missed Train") and Grace Cavalieri ("Temperance").
Topic: poetry
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A new report by former US Attorney and Maryland Attorney General Steve Sachs, , commissioned by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, documents that between March 2005 and May 2006 the Maryland State Police spied on peace and anti-death penalty activists, even knowing that none of the targets advocated violence. The State Police under the administration of Governor Bob Erlich went so far as to label certain pacifists as âterroristsâ. The State Police acknowledges that 53 citizens were the...
Topics: spying, surveillance, voter protection, McCain, Keating 5, poetry, music
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This month in THE COFFEE HOUSE: BP GLOBAL MOVES A US SOLAR PANEL PLANT TO ASIA: ARE WE READY TO COMPETE IN THE EMERGING GREEN ECONOMY? Even as the Obama administration has launched a substantial green energy program as part of the stimulus plan, BP Global recently announced plans to shut down its solar panel manufacturing facility near Frederick, Maryland and move the operation to China and India. Which raises the question, is the US ready to compete for a significant share of the growing...
Topics: Arts, human rights, footbal, Steelers: Pittsbrgh: Rooney, solar, China, green jobs, poetry,...
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Reuben Jackson reviews the biography of the great soul vocalist Sam Cooke, "Dream Boogie", by Peter Guralnick.
Topics: biography, Cooke, vocalist
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Singer-songwriter Steve Key plays, "33, 45, 78," the winning tune at the Kerrville Festtival.
Topics: singer, songwriter, Kerrville
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Poet Tiffani Frost praises the "coolest of the cool," "the matriarch of selfless giving."
Topics: cool, sweetness, matriarch
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Potomac Riverkeeper director Ed Merrifield discusses the spread of male bass in the Potomac River who are bearing eggs, like females, caused by chemical pollutants known as endocrine disrupters. (Host: Mike Tidwell)
Topics: endocrine disrupter, fish, Potomac, pollution
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Susan Coll describes the epiphany that led her to write her second satiric novel, "Rockville Pike".
Topics: Rockville, Pike, humor
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Former congressman and NAACP president and CEO Kweisi Mfume discusses what issues are most important to him in his race for US Senate from Maryland.
Topics: living wage, HIV, global warming
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Rundown of show segments, including debate between two Democratic candidates for Maryland attorney general; a feature on an insurgent state Senate challenge of Jamie Raskin to the longstanding incumbent, Ida Ruben; music by Kiva; and poetry by Chungmi Kim.
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With hotly contested races for governor, US Senate and other offices this year in Maryland, we check in with the prior governor, Parris Glendening, for an extended discussion about who the strongest candidates are and who would make the best office holders. Glendening sizes up Doug Duncan, Martin OMalley, Ben Cardin, Kweisi Mfume, Michael Steele and others. Since leaving office, Glendening has been serving as president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. So we talk about sprawl and the...
Topics: Maryland, politics, environment, gay marriage, immigration, mmusic, poetry, film, documentary
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"Joe the Plumber" represented blue-collar America in John McCain's and the media's depiction of the 2008 electorate. But Mike Podhorzer, deputy political director of the AFL-CIO has crunched the numbers and, it seems, the unionized working class voted overwhelmingly for Obama-Biden. We'll hear organized labor's made the case for the Democratic ticket. (Host: Fred Feinstein)
Topics: labor, politics, 2008 elections, Obama
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Consitutional law professor Jamin Raskin compares the records of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the man nominated to replace her, Judge Samuel Alito.
Topics: Supreme Court, O'Connor, Alito
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Reuben Jackson reviews a collection of poems by Islamic detainees at Guantanamo.
Topics: poetry, Islam, Guantanamo
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Bulgarian-born poet Lyubomir Nikolov's "The Snake"
Topics: poetry, snake, Bulgarian
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WAMMIE winning blues woman Melanie Mason performs "Sliding Delta"
Topic: blues
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The job of prosecutors is to do justice but, argues Angela Jordan Davis, their power to charge citizens with crimes is largely unchecked and their process for making charging decisions largely hidden from the public. Now a law professor at American University’s law school, Davis previously served as the director of the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia. She finds that prosecutors’ subconscious racial and class bias, and occasional abusive conduct, like failing to disclose...
Topics: prosecutor, justice
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Songwriter Nick Annis sings "Background Scenery"
Topics: folk, songwriter
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A conversation with Nancy Polikoff, author of "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage".
Topics: marriage, preference, law
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Pastor Michael Pauls tells how he was called to build an inter-racial church from the ground up.
Topics: church, inter-racial
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Author Dr. Matthew Sleethe, an evangelical Christian, explains why he believes it is his religious duty to combat climate change.
Topics: evangelical, Christian, climate change
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Poet Kyle Dargan presents "Autumal Divination."
Topic: poetry
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Jim Grossfeld of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health discusses the Commission's proposal to deputize county inspectors and private citizens to report possible violations of federal and state and worker health and safety laws.
Topics: health, safety, worker, county
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Thomas Sayers Ellis's "Ways To Be Black in a Poem"
Topic: poetry
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Poet Chungmi Kim offers "The Color of My Dress"
Topics: poetry, Korean, dress
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Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families discusses the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Topics: women, equality, pay equity
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Stewart Schwartz of the Coalition for Smarter Growth on a transportation infrastructure stimulus package for the Obama Administration.
Topics: stimulus, transportation, highways, ICC
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Although its efforts fell short of electing John Kerry, organized labor succeeded in mobilizing its members to vote in numbers disproportionate to non-union voters, according to David Boundy, AFL-CIO Deputy Political Director.
Topics: labor, elections, politics
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Dancer/choreographer Christopher Morgan discusses his creations.
Topics: dance, choreography
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RELUCTANTLY, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION JOINS THE GLOBAL CONSENSUS ON CLIMATE SCIENCE Having shuffled from promising to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, to denying that human activity was causing global warming, to asserting that the science on climate change was uncertain, President Bush appears bent on completing two terms in office without taking significant action to address climate change. Whether due to the White Houseâs free market faith or its kinship with the oil industry, until a...
Topics: climate, Bush, assessments, McClellan, censorship
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Opening billboard for #129, THE COFFEE HOUSE (May 2008)
Topics: Maryland, politics, death penalty, poetry, music
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An audio documentary from 1979 that first aired on WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about advocacy efforts in Ohio and elsewhere in the rust belt to gain passage of state laws to cushion the impacts on workers, their families and communities caused when major employers move their operations south or abroad in search of cheaper production costs.
Topics: plant closing, Governor Rhodes, Ohio Public Interest Campaign
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Swedish bluesman Robert Lighthouse teams up with Dieselbilly Bill Kirchen in a unique set.
Topics: blues, dieselbilly
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Billboard for the April 2008 edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: While public attention is focused on the presidential race, the political parties and independent advocacy groups â 527s â are gearing up for a battle over control of Congress. The Democrats reclaimed control of both chambers in 2006 and hope to build on their margin in 2008. We chat with the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD 8th Dist.), about his partyâs prospects in November. The...
Topics: politics, elections, greenwashing, Nationals Park, poetry, music, photography
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Constitutional law expert and advocate Alan Morrison discusses the Supreme Court's decision striking down the District of Columbia's strict handgun control law.
Topics: Constitution, Second Amendment, DC gun law
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Karen Nussbaum describes how "Working America," a community organization launched by the AFL-CIO for non-union members which she directs, grew by leaps and bounds in its first year.
Topics: labor, community, non-union
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Pulitzer nominee Edwin Black discusses his expose on the history of the gas-powered automobile, INTERNAL COMBUSTION.
Topics: car, electric, gas, hydrogen
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Poet Angie Chuang is "Talking About Death" in Kabul.
Topic: poetry
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Artist Linda Hesh prroposes putting photo ads in the Washington Post that challenge prejudice.
Topics: prejudice, art, photographs
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Former EPA enforcement chief Eric Schaeffer talks about the shutdown of Mirant Corporation's Alexandria, VA power plant and why the company needs to conduct major cleanups at its three Maryland power plants as well.
Topics: EPA, Mirant, pollution
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A billboard for episode 137: The global recession and how to respond with Dr. Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute: The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act impact with Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families; can coal be made to burn cleanly with Kare Rooth of Greenpeace USA; a Sam Kittner photo essay on the inauguration of President Barack Obama; poetry by Kwame Alexaner and music by ilyAIMY.
Topics: recession, economy, equal pay, discrimination, coal, climate, inauguration, poetry, music
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Common Cause president and CEO Chellie Pingree discusses the excessive role of money and private fundraising in American politics and her organization's efforts to clean this up.
Topics: politics, money, elections
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"The Great American JobsScam" author Greg Leroy on how businesses extort subsidies from local communities by threatening to take jobs elsewhere. But the businesses locational decisions aren't based on these these subsidies.
Topics: jobs, welfare, subsidies
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Taryn Simon's traveling multi-media exhibit focuses on inmates who were exonerated by DNA evidence. Narration is by Sita Reddy of Provisions Library. (Producer: Mark Cohen)
Topics: death penalty, DNA, innocence, photography, multimedia
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Dancers Nina Watt and Keith Thompson discuss their works.
Topics: dance, choreography
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National Labor Relations Board member Wilma Liebman, who was originally appointed by President Clinton, discusses the Bush Board's consistent whittling away at the rights of employees to collectively bargain.
Topics: labor, NLRB
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Kevin Merida discusses "Supreme Discomfort", a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas he co-authored. (Host: Jamie Raskin)
Topics: justice, conservative, Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas
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Video tease for the February 2008 TV magazine, THE COFFEE HOUSE.
Topics: arts, public affairs, poetry, politics, entertainment, labor
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Singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford's "Ain't Nobody Knocking at Your Door".
Topics: singer, songwriter
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This month on The Coffee House: A POWERFUL NEW FORCE FOR CHANGE IN CONGRESS Elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) has quickly emerged as a national voice for progressive health care reform and for a closer look at our goals and exit strategy in Afghanistan. A member of the Science and Technology Committee, Rep. Edwards discusses the efficacy of carbon sequestration as a solution for climate change. The conversation touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compensation for...
Topics: legislation, health care, Afghanistan, gardening, nuclear power, climate change, poetr, music
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Cincinnati-based Joe Jencks makes his music and his living on the road, where the singer-songwriter has built a following among folkies and labor activists. He stops by THE COFFEE HOUSE to share two songs, about the life of a migrant laborer and being true to one’s calling.
Topics: singer-songwriter, folk, music
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Poet JaHipster offers a "True Story" about blackness.
Topics: poetry, blackness
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Brit Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam, once recorded a tune, "Miles From Nowhere," that eerily captures the former pop singer's deportation from the US as a potential terrorist. Here's a clip from The Coffee House in October 2004.
Topics: singer, deportation, Islam
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Singer-songwriter Joe Jencks performs two songs.
Topics: folk, singer-songwriter
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Edwin Black, author of the Pulitzer-nominated, BANKING ON BAGHDAD, asserts that the West has had only two interests in Iraq -- as a stepping stone and as a source of oil.
Topics: Iraq, oil, Islam
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A bluesy original about contemporary life, "Runaround", by BluesWorks.
Topics: Blues, music
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression Era Bonus March by WWI vets seeking a promised war service bonus. "March of the Bonus Army" filmmaker Glennn Marcus and historian Lucy Barber are guests. (Host: Fred Feinstein)
Topics: Bonus March, protest, veterans
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Dancing at the historic Glen Echo Park and ballroom in Glen Echo, Maryland.
Topics: dance, ballroom
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Former US Attorney General Benjamin Civilietti, chair of Maryland Commission studying capital punishment in the state, describes the findings of his Commission that there are substantial racial and geographic disparities in the application of the death penalty,and that it is a costly and ineffective deterrent to homicide.
Topics: death penalty, capital punishment, Maryland
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The poem "Bark" by Kim Roberts
Topics: poem, Bark
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Bea Edwards and Dylan Blaylock of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower support group, describe how they assisted a whistleblower and the staff association at the World Bank in bringing to light the Paul Wolfowitz scandal. (Host: Mark Cohen) Kevin Merida discusses "Supreme Discomfort", a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas he co-authored. (Host: Jamie Raskin) This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression Era Bonus March by WWI vets seeking a...
Topics: scandal' Paul Wolfowitz, World Bank, Clarence Thomas, justice, race, Bonus March, Bonuus Army,...
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Poem "Beth Susan"
Topic: poetry
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21st Century Life: The Washington Nationals Park is being toted as a model of green building design. But for all of its environmentally-friendly features, Shawnee Hoover, legislative director for Friends of the Earth, wonders why the Nationals stadium allows ExxonMobil to burnish its poor green record with ubiquitous, high-tech ads, even granting the energy giant naming rights to the 7th inning stretch! (Host: Mike Tidwell)
Topics: National Park, ExxonMobil, greenwashing