Making sense of the Occupy Philly/Wall Street movement

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(Lizz Fiedler / WHYY NewsWorks)

Hour 1

Who is Occupying a park near Wall Street and Philly’s Dilworth Plaza, and why? Protesters calling themselves “the 99 percent,” as opposed to the 1 percent they say have reaped the rewards of the recession, bailouts, capitalist greed and war, are rallying and camping out in cities around the country. The demonstrations have garnered a wide range of reactions in political circles, in the media, on social networks and in conversations around the country. Joining us from the Occupy Philly protests outside Philadelphia City Hall are SOPHIA HOFFER-PERKINS and JON LAING, two of the many people swept up in the burgeoning protest effort. Then, we’ll hear from social change movements historian TODD GITLIN, 1960s protest leader and professor at Columbia Journalism School, about the media coverage of this protest thus far.

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