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Laura Secor - Iran: History & Politics
20 Mar, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Iran, a country of 80 million people, strategically straddles West and South Asia. Once in Washington’s hip pocket, Iran dramatically left the U.S. orbit in 1979 when the Shah was overthrown and the Islamic Republic was established. The “loss” of Iran was a major blow to Washington’s policy of dominating the Middle East and controlling its oil. Pretty much, ever...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - An Indigenous Economic Model
13 Mar, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The existing economic system in most countries is a kind of state capitalism. It produces enormous inequalities. Its extraction practices are environmentally destructive. Perhaps indigenous models provide a viable alternative. Chief Seattle was a Susquamish chief in what is now Washington State. He reportedly made these observations in an 1854 letter to U.S. President Pierce: “How can you buy or...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Gender Equality
06 Mar, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Currently the Supreme Court hangs in the balance with a 4-4 liberal conservative split. The former tends to view the Constitution as a living document, while the latter sees it as something static and fixed document. Court decisions have huge impacts on society. One contentious issue is gender equality. Simply put it is the belief that everyone should receive equal...
Gary Taubes - Sugar: How Sweet It Isn’t
27 Feb, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making some people very sick. There is growing evidence that sugar triggers chronic diseases such as diabetes that are likely to kill us, or at least hasten our deaths. In the U.S. and Canada about 30 % of the population has diabetes; obesity...
Michael Eric Dyson - White Privilege
20 Feb, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

White privilege. What’s that? Some people have choices and advantages simply because of the color of their skin. Many whites are unaware of it or if they are are quick to say, Hey, I’m cool and beyond that. Yeah, right. Peggy McIntosh, a noted women’s studies scholar in her classic essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” wrote: “I was...
Angela Davis - Beginnings: Movements of Possibility
13 Feb, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In times of crisis one can simultaneously see danger and opportunity. Today there is nostalgia for an imagined past and a desire to recreate it. It’s a seductive tale. Things were better then. The country was unchallenged in the world. Jobs were plentiful. Minorities, women, gays, immigrants knew their place. There was order in the land. But over many decades,...
Arun Gupta - Changing the System
06 Feb, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

With Donald Trump in the White House we may have entered a post-truth era. As Orwell wrote in his great essay “Looking Back on the Spanish War:” “If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened’—well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five—well, two and two are five. Orwell added, “This...
Martin Luther King, Jr – Beyond Vietnam
30 Jan, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is aired repeatedly and the charismatic orator seems forever frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on that August day. No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another address no less significant to...
Gary Younge – Gunned Down: Kids Getting Killed
23 Jan, 2017 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012, impending firearm control legislation led to panic buying of guns throughout the country. In 2016, the prospect of Hillary as president led to another rush to buy. Smith and Wesson stock prices soared. Remington Arms Company boosted production. Walmart gun sales went up. Incidents of gun violence only seem to...
Stephen Cohen - Reheating the Cold War
16 Jan, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Winston Churchill once observed, the further back you go, the farther forward you can see. We know little of Russia and its history beyond bears, Siberian winters, the Kremlin and Doctor Zhivago. The United States emerged victorious at end of the Cold War. An era of cooperation was to be ushered in. What should have been an opportunity to create...
Richard Wolff - Trumponomics
09 Jan, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Trumponomics. Wall Street likes what it sees in the 45th president. The stock market is way up. The reality TV star heads up one of the most pro-corporate administrations in U.S. history. After railing against elites Trump’s cabinet is loaded with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan honchos. Millionaires and billionaires are staffing key positions. It’s the wealthiest cabinet in history. Deregulation...
Medea Benjamin - The Saudi-U.S. Sinister Alliance
02 Jan, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Saudi-U.S. relationship takes crucial shape in 1945 when FDR meets with Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia, on a U.S. destroyer in the Suez Canal. The essence of the get together was to insure Saudi’s vast oil reserves would be the special preserve of U.S. oil companies. In return Washington would guarantee the security of the...
Noam Chomsky - Utopia
26 Dec, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In the darkest of times we have to imagine that a world of equality and environmental and social justice is possible. Are we dreamers? Not practical? Out of touch with reality? Perhaps. But throughout history it has been small groups of visionary activists who ignite the flame and light up the darkness and show us the way forward. Progressive change...
Simone Campbell – From a Nun on the Bus
19 Dec, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

B.B. King sings, “Nobody likes you but your mama and she may be jiving you too.” A lot of poor people may feel that way. They are stigmatized and demonized. If they’d only go away. What’s wrong with them? Can’t they find a job or a place to live? The persistence of poverty in the U.S., perhaps the richest country...
Wenonah Hauter - Smoke, Fumes & Big Oil
12 Dec, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

How grim is the news? 2016 will be the hottest year on Earth since data keeping began 136 years ago. Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. He says he will gut the Environmental Protection Agency and pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement. We can get out of this death spiral....
Mike Marqusee on Bob Dylan
05 Dec, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Bob Dylan is indisputably one of the major musicians of our time. He is a complicated and paradoxical figure that defies categorization. Although his work has undergone some ironic transmutations over the years, his musical development has often been a response to his rebellious and restless nature and refusal to be typecast. Like Picasso and other great cultural figures he...
Vijay Prashad - Responsibility to Protect
28 Nov, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Following the mass killings in Rwanda and the international communities’ failure to act, the UN formulated a new doctrine called Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Its key provision is “Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects states from foreign interference.” Libya is a perfect example of R2P gone haywire. There were hyperbolic reports of atrocities, bloodbaths and massacres. The U.S. invoked R2P. A...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – The Other Side of Thanksgiving
21 Nov, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The historical lens through which national holidays are viewed is often blurred and distorted. Thanksgiving is a case in point. The much-revered Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower sat down and shared native foods with the friendly Wampanoags. A heart-warming story. But this idea of the gift-giving Indian, helping to establish and enrich what would become the United States, is a...
Gideon Levy - The Never Ending Occupation: Palestine
14 Nov, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Israeli general and later prime minister Ariel Sharon said of the Palestinians: “We’ll make a pastrami sandwich out of them. We’ll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians and then another strip of Jewish settlements, right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years’ time neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be...
Alfred McCoy - The Decline of U.S. Global Power
07 Nov, 2016 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What’s the shelf life of empires? Decades, maybe centuries. All things come to an end. Recall Shelley’s great poem Ozymandias about the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses the Great and his seemingly invincible kingdom. Ozymandias was Greek for Ramses. I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. And on the...
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