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Dr Stephen Bezruchka - COVID-19 & Capitalism
06 Apr, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic has cast in deadly high relief that the United States, the richest country on Earth has a dysfunctional health care system. One should not even call it a system. “It’s unimaginable,” a CNN anchor commented upon seeing footage of hospital tents in New York’s Central Park and a refrigerator truck loading up corpses in Brooklyn....
Joseph Stiglitz - A New Social Contract
30 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

After 40 years the economic doctrine of neoliberalism has reached a dead end. But not for everyone. The 500 richest people in the world, all of whom are billionaires, gained a combined $1.2 trillion in wealth in 2019. Advocates of neoliberalism preach a kind of economic fundamentalism, i.e., markets rule, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, privatization and austerity. As...
Stephen Bezruchka - The Coronavirus Pandemic
23 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The coronavirus pandemic has sent waves of fear across the globe. It is a dangerous moment. We are benumbed by the dizzying statistics of new cases and the number of deaths popping up all over the world. What is it? It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. It can infect both animals...
Eric Foner – The Legacy of Reconstruction
16 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Declaration of Independence declared equality as an American ideal, but it took a century to even partially realize that goal. One of the key periods of U.S. history is Reconstruction. They were the years following the Civil War. The era began with promises of egalitarianism. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution were revolutionary. They abolished slavery,...
Jenny Brown – Women: Labor Pains
09 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In 2018, the birth rate in the United States reached its lowest level in decades. This alarmed the patriarchal class who want to control women’s bodies. Reproductive rights and access to abortion are under sustained political attack. Roe v. Wade is under threat. What role does misogyny play in gender relations? Feminist activists assert that declining birth rates represent a...
Jim Hightower – It’s Up To You
02 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

From hanging chads in Florida, to purged voter rolls in Ohio to the Iowa caucus debacle, democracy is in trouble. The venerable system is in the ICU. There is still a pulse, but the long-term prognosis is not good. There are serious structural problems. Can anyone say electoral college or why elections are held on a workday? And then of...
Michael Lerner – Faith, Politics & the Left, part two
24 Feb, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

These are times of deceit, rage and fear. Well, you might say, it’s always been like that. But it seems the intensity of this moment is more acute. The coarseness of discourse is sharper. The rancor is deeper. Maybe the pervasiveness of social media accounts for some of it. How can we navigate the treacherous currents that are running through...
Michael Lerner – Faith, Politics & the Left, part one
17 Feb, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

These are times of deceit, rage and fear. Well, you might say, it’s always been like that. But it seems the intensity of this moment is more acute. The coarseness of discourse is sharper. The rancor is deeper. Maybe the pervasiveness of social media accounts for some of it. How can we navigate the treacherous currents that are running through...
Robert Fisk – Chaos in the Middle East
10 Feb, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 is one of the great crimes in modern history. No one has been held to account. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died, many more wounded and millions became refugees. Washington’s insane action unleashed a cascade of disasters across the Middle East from Syria to Libya and sparked the rise of jihadi groups....
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - The Power of Social Movements
03 Feb, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One of the techniques of ruling class control is to isolate people from one another. “Look out for yourself,” is the constant drumbeat. We are reduced to self-centered consumers not engaged citizens. Saul Alinsky suggests a different path. In his Rules for Radicals he said, “Change comes from power, and power comes from organization. In order to act, people must...
William Barber – Why Iowa Matters
27 Jan, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What’s the matter with Iowa is what’s the matter with large portions of the U.S. economy: extreme poverty in the presence of extreme wealth. In 1962, Michael Harrington wrote about it in his book The Other America. That America has not gone away. President Johnson’s war on poverty was not won. It was abandoned in the battlefields of Indochina. Today,...
Sohaila Abdulali - Taking About Rape
20 Jan, 2020 | 0:57:21 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Rape. From Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein to NFL star Antonio Brown, this ancient crime is in the news. The #MeToo movement has enabled many women to tell their stories for the first time. Who can forget Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony under oath at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings? Forever, women who have been raped have...
Matt Taibbi - Media: Monetizing Anger
13 Jan, 2020 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The current period could be dubbed The Age of Anger. To drive ratings up and along with them ad revenue there’s nothing like rage. People go to their favorite media outlet as if it were comfort food. Where their views are validated and reinforced. And their anger finds a home. Argu-tainment is the order of the day and boy does...
Robert Hackett - Canada: Pipelines, Politics & the Press
06 Jan, 2020 | 0:57:02 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a contradictory record when it comes to the climate crisis. On one hand he declared a “national climate emergency.” On the other hand he plucked down more than $4 billion in public money to buy TMX, the Trans Mountain pipeline which will carry dirty tar sands oil. James Hansen, the renowned U.S. scientist warns,...
Arundhati Roy – Modi’s India
30 Dec, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The India of its current prime minster Narender Modi is a far cry from the India of Gandhi and Nehru. Tolerance and secularism are being replaced by Hindutva, a Hindu nationalist ideology which seeks to establish Hindu dominance in a country where there are hundreds of millions of religious minorities. Modi is the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the...
Winona LaDuke – Native American Eco-Justice
23 Dec, 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...
Howard Zinn – Q&A in Albuquerque
16 Dec, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

This recording, recently discovered in the piles at AR, features the great radical historian talking with students at UNM. He is asked about getting past the culture of denial of the powerful. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history he says, “It always takes time and persistence. Every movement looks like it is hopeless in the beginning. It seems people...
Sanjay Kak - Kashmir in Crisis
09 Dec, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The stunningly beautiful land of Kashmir, nestled in the Himalayas, has seen much bloodshed and suffering. Over the decades the Indian state in attempts to stifle resistance to its rule in Kashmir has deployed hundreds of thousands of troops, imposed curfews, clampdowns and crackdowns. But nothing approaches the current situation. On August 5 the Hindu-nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra...
Nick Estes - Indigenous People’s Resistance
02 Dec, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The history of indigenous people is full of acts of resistance. One such dramatic action was the seizure of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay by activists from the American Indian Movement. November marks the 50th anniversary of that event. More recently the blockade at Standing Rock in North Dakota galvanized indigenous communities to defend their land, water and sacred...
Noam Chomsky - Threats to Peace & the Planet, Part Two
25 Nov, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Why are so many people all over the world out in the streets demanding change? What are the root causes of revolt? What about U.S. Syria policy and the betrayal of the Kurds? And BDS and Palestine? How do we overcome sectarian differences? Why are Americans so afraid? Eco-disaster and nuclear war threaten human existence. The former garners some attention...
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