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A scenario ripped from our nation’s troubled racial past made new headlines this week: the slaying of a man allegedly for the simple reason that he was black But a little digging reveals that there’s more to this story than the label “hate crime” suggests.

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Earlier this week, Truthdig editors Robert and Peter Scheer stopped by the Michael Jackson radio show for a free-ranging discussion on politics, disaster in Burma and more.

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Speaking over the phone to Philadelphia's WHYY, Bill Clinton defended his controversial comments following the South Carolina primary, saying the Obama campaign had played the race card against him. After the interview, apparently neglecting to hang up, the former president could be heard using language not normally aired on public radio: "I don't think I should take any s--- from anybody on that, do you?" Update: Denial.

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The podcast is back after an extended holiday break. In this installment, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and Managing Editor Peter Scheer chat with Los Angeles radio institution Michael Jackson about Super Tuesday and what it all means for the race ahead. The Michael Jackson show can be heard in Los Angeles on AM 1260, in San Diego on AM 540 or online at 1260.am.

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A gunman went on a shooting rampage in a high school in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday. The gunman, who aimed shots at several people before killing himself, had apparently made threats at SuccessTech Academy last week. According to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, three teenagers and two adults were injured.

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