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Robin Kelley - The Dream of Revolution
14 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In some ways Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered twice. First by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis and then by killing his revolutionary message. Today, King is largely remembered with special holiday sales. His vision of radical revolution muted. He posed a special threat to the power structure. It was one thing to demand desegregation of lunch counters and...
Lilly Adams & Bruce Amundson - Preventing Nuclear Apocalypse
07 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

You may know Apocalypse as a Marvel Comics supervillain. It is a word of Greek origin, meaning the catastrophic final destruction of the world. The use of nuclear weapons would be apocalyptic. It is difficult to imagine extinction. Understandably, most people would rather not think about it. The term nuclear war is misleading and false. It suggests that one side...
Jason Stanley – How Fascism Works
31 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What is fascism? Michael Parenti, author and historian says, “Fascism historically has been used to secure the interests of large capitalist interests against the demands of popular democracy. Then and now, fascism has made irrational mass appeals in order to secure the rational ends of class domination.” Fascism flourishes in times of economic insecurity and cultural backlash. Opportunistic politicians offer...
Chris Hedges - Root Causes of a Failed System
24 Dec, 2018 | 0:59:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in an era of where the 1% is raking it in. We have dog whistle politics, bullying and disdain for science and facts. Some coming. For example, Neil Postman is his classic work Amusing Ourselves to Death nailed it when he wrote, “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round...
Michael Pollan – Notes from the Psychedelic Underground
17 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The legalization of marijuana across the U.S. and Canada is making headline news. The study of the medical uses of psilocybin (and other psychedelics) does not. Academic study of psilocybin found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, lysergic acid, and ecstasy is ongoing at major universities around the world. There are peer-reviewed articles on the uses of LSD for alcoholism, micro-dosing of LSD...
Arjun Singh Sethi – The Politics of Hate
10 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

There is a stench in the air. Hate is out in the open. The number of hate crimes has dramatically escalated in the last couple of years. Recall Dylann Roof who killed nine in an African-American church in South Carolina or Gregory Bush who murdered two black shoppers in a grocery store in Kentucky. The vitriol is spreading. The Anti-Defamation...
Arturo Vargas -Why the 2020 Census Matters
03 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

How important is the 2020 census? Very. Its repercussions are profound. It’s about power and money. In theory the census should be neutral, an objective collection of data. But like almost everything else these days it is politically charged. The numbers determine representation in Congress and allocation of federal funds. The Census Bureau is part of the Department of Commerce....
Stephen Bezruchka – Economic Inequality Kills
26 Nov, 2018 | 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...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortíz – Guns & the White Republic
19 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The founding of the United States was based on the ideology of white supremacy, the practice of slavery, land theft and genocide. The mass murder of indigenous people by Euro-colonizers was fueled by white nationalism. From the settler colonialists down to the present, the U.S. has had a long love affair with guns. Violence is driven by racism, patriarchy, misogyny...
Benjamin Hett - How Hitler Happened
12 Nov, 2018 | 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...
Edward Said - U.S. Interventions in the Middle East
05 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The current occupant of the White House has said, “The Middle East is a troubled place. There are a lot of bad things happening in that part of the world.” Indeed. But why is it troubled place and why are bad things happening there? There is no mention of Washington’s role. Actions have consequences. U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and economic...
Haley Pessin - The Radical Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
29 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Fannie Lou Hamer was a fighter for equality and justice who said, “If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom.” Going against entrenched racism she was able to accomplish much in gaining voting rights for African Americans. She died in 1977 at the age of 59. Voting rights remain under attack. In the...
Chris Hedges - Root Causes of a Failed System
22 Oct, 2018 | 0:59:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in an era of where the 1% is raking it in. We have dog whistle politics, bullying and disdain for science and facts. Some coming. For example, Neil Postman is his classic work Amusing Ourselves to Death nailed it when he wrote, “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round...
Eric Holt-Giménez - Pushing Back the Corporate Food Regime
15 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Food is the basis of life. We need it to live. It is as simple as that. The UN declares, “the right to adequate food is a long-standing international human right.” But the aim of 21st century capitalism is not primarily to promote our well-being and health, it is to control markets and maximize profits. The production of food is...
Chris Hedges – Rise Up & Resist
08 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

When is enough enough? In the face of evil what does it take for people to move from passivity to active resistance? Throughout history there have been instances of people defying tyranny. Fighting back no matter what the odds. An example comes from Nazi Germany, often considered the benchmark of evil. Opposition to the regime was highly dangerous. Seventy-five years...
David Stannard - Native American Holocaust
01 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The barbarity of the onslaught on indigenous people by Euro-Americans settlers can scarcely be believed. Historian David Stannard states the indigenous peoples of North and South America had undergone the "worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for four centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people." The Native American...
Yanis Varoufakis – How Capitalism Works
24 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The latest phase of Capitalism, neoliberalism, has left a train wreck in its wake. It’s produced a new Gilded Age. The gap between theoretical Capitalism and its actual workings is jaw dropping. The chasm is a far cry from the courses in economics taught in colleges and universities. We are told the system relies on the market. In fact, it...
Frances Fox Piven - What Movements Do
17 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The ruling class is organized and well-funded. What can be done to confront and defeat concentrations of power? As a veteran activist once said, “Organized people can beat organized money.” There is a rich history of ordinary people getting together and doing extraordinary things. Take the disability rights movement. Who gave that a chance? Oh, we can’t build ramps and...
Ralph Nader - Citizen Action: It’s Easier than We Think, Part One
10 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Overcoming adversity alone is a tough road to hoe but when you act with others it’s not as difficult. There is nothing like solidarity. There’s unity and strength in numbers. Most movements have very modest beginnings. Take women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a handful of other women met in Seneca Falls in Upstate New York in 1848 to launch...
Ralph Nader - Citizen Action: It’s Easier than We Think, Part Two
10 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Overcoming adversity alone is a tough road to hoe but when you act with others it’s not as difficult. There is nothing like solidarity. There’s unity and strength in numbers. Most movements have very modest beginnings. Take women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a handful of other women met in Seneca Falls in Upstate New York in 1848 to launch...
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