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David Korten - Beyond Money
16 Sep, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Money, you know, is the root of all evil. The pursuit of it no matter the consequences has led to us, as the New York Times describes it, “speeding toward environmental catastrophe.” Unregulated predatory capitalism and its obsession with generating profits no matter the cost to Nature is endangering civilization as we know it. Globally people, young people in particular,...
Caroline Frederickson – Fixing Democracy
09 Sep, 2019 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Around the world democracy is in trouble. Autocrats have come to power. In the U.S. democracy is compromised by a political system awash in money, gerrymandering, voter suppression and that absurd relic, the electoral college. One of the principal designers of the U.S. system of governance was James Madison. He said the main task of government is “to protect the...
Joe Allen - Pushing Back at Amazon
02 Sep, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Amazon, the retail behemoth, is named after the giant river in South America. The company began in the Seattle area in 1994. Since then it has not just grown and expanded but has transformed marketing. Consumers are attracted to lower prices, but overwhelmingly it’s the sheer convenience of online shopping and home delivery. But all is not rosy for Amazon’s...
Michael Yates - The Working Class
26 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Warren Buffett, the much-admired genius investor and one of the world’s richest men said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” And who are the losers? The working class, people who work for an hourly wage or are salaried. The ruling class has driven down wages and benefits, smashed...
Howard Zinn - Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
19 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

“Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” There it is. Plain and simple. The First Amendment to the Constitution. But since 9/11 that amendment has been under sustained attack. Whistleblowers John Kiriakou, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and others are hounded, threatened and imprisoned by the U.S. government. A fascinating and compelling account of past and present efforts...
Nancy MacLean - Origins of Radical Right-Wing Power
12 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The history of the anti-government and anti-democratic politics that have transformed the U.S. in recent years is largely obscured from view. The radical right’s agenda includes: suppression of voting rights, privatization of everything from schools to Medicare to Social Security to public lands, elimination of unions and limiting majority rule. Core beliefs also include: there is no problem tax cuts...
Dahr Jamail – Climate Disruption
05 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Ralph Nader points out the term climate change is a vast understatement and does not convey the gravity of what we are facing. He says, climate disruption is more accurate. Study after study, report after report make it clear that human activity is transforming our planet. With heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, melting ice sheets and rising sea levels, millions...
Benjamin Hett - How Hitler Happened
29 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The post-WW1 Weimar Republic in Germany was the height of European civilization. Its scientists and scholars led the world. Its Bauhaus architecture was the rage. Its arts featured such luminaries as Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Thomas Mann. Yet, out of this modern democracy sprang Nazism, German fascism, and one of the most barbaric regimes ever. How did...
Shoshana Zuboff – Surveillance Capitalism
22 Jul, 2019 | 0:56:48 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Surveillance Capitalism is a global architecture of behavior modification which poses profound threats to society. It was invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, and has moved almost seamlessly into virtually every economic sector. Vast wealth is accumulated in an ominous new economic order where predictions of our behavior are bought and sold. Surveillance Capitalism has ominous consequences for democracy and...
Stephen Bezruchka – Economic Inequality Kills
15 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Given that people in the U.S. spend more money on health care than the rest of the world combined, then logic would dictate that we have the best health outcomes. Well, we don’t. Why? Increasing evidence from epidemiologists— the scientists who study the health of populations — indicates that everything from life expectancy to infant mortality to obesity, can be...
Lawrence Wilkerson – U.S. Empire & Latin America
08 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The list of U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and sanctions in Latin America is a mile long. It is after all, “our little region over here,” and our “backyard” according to policymakers in Washington. Starting with the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 the continent and its people have been a laboratory for U.S. intervention, a kind of piñata, a punching bag. As...
Nader Hashemi - The Slide to War with Iran
01 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. and Iran are on a collision course. The name-calling and saber rattling are ominous. The New York Times headline reads: “Iran Calls U.S. ‘Desperate and Confused.’ Trump vows ‘Obliteration.’” Is Iran going to commit suicide by attacking the world’s most lethal military? Washington is exerting what it calls “maximum pressure” on Iran and on anyone who wants to...
Ruth Wilson Gilmore – Toward the Abolition of Incarceration
24 Jun, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. is Number One. America is first in the world in having 2.3 million people behind bars. They are held in state prisons, federal prisons, county jails, juvenile correctional facilities and other lockups. The prison industrial complex costs state and federal governments billions of dollars annually. Every year, over 600,000 people go to prison. Yet mass incarceration has not...
Paul Street - The Anti-Democratic U.S. Constitution
17 Jun, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The title of this program may come as a surprise to some. The Constitution is considered by many in the United States as a sacred document. Its framers are venerated as demi-gods. The Founders, white men, slave owners and holding property shaped a document that would codify and entrench their class power and privilege. It was crafted to benefit the...
Noam Chomsky - The Decision That Has To Be Made
10 Jun, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Noam Chomsky warns, “There has to be some kind of Green New Deal if we’re going to survive. The human species is facing questions which have never arisen before. Is organized human life going to survive in any recognizable form? We’re approaching the level of global warming of roughly 125,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 25 feet higher...
Chuck Collins - Inequality: The New Gilded Age
03 Jun, 2019 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

A conversation between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald reportedly went like this: Fitzgerald says, “The rich are different from you and me.” To which Hemingway responded, “Yes, they have more money.” You bet they do. And now more than ever. The old Gilded Age pales in comparison to the current one. The wealthy of the late 19th century: Rockefeller,...
Winona LaDuke – Native American Eco-Justice
27 May, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Eduardo Galeano in his masterwork, The Open Veins of Latin America wrote that 500 years ago European settler colonialists came to this hemisphere and "sank their teeth" into the throats of Indian civilizations. You know the story. Genocide. Land was stolen. Broken promises and broken treaties. Survivors exiled to inhospitable reservations. In recent years indigenous people are organizing and asserting...
Ervand Abrahamian - The U.S. & Iran: Four Decades of Hostility
20 May, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The danger of war between the U.S. and Iran is increasing. U.S. forces virtually surround Iran. And they are being ramped up. In classic gunboat diplomacy a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group is positioned off the coast of Iran. Imagine if Iran had a naval armada off of New York or had troops in Canada. Why would Iran risk an...
Bill McKibben - Planet in Peril
13 May, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We’ve all seen the images of huge icebergs breaking off the Antarctic ice sheets into the ocean. It’s not just polar bears and penguins who are in danger of losing their habitat. Our “pale blue dot” in the universe as Carl Sagan described Earth, is in peril. The top scientists of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say we...
Lawrence Wilkerson – U.S. Empire & Latin America
06 May, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The list of U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and sanctions in Latin America is a mile long. It is after all, “our little region over here,” and our “backyard” according to policymakers in Washington. Starting with the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 the continent and its people have been a laboratory for U.S. intervention, a kind of piñata, a punching bag. As...
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