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James Loewen - History Textbooks: Facts or Fiction?
18 Oct, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

There’s a famous quote in George Orwell’s 1984: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” Orwell understood how important knowledge of history is and how it can be manipulated by the powerful to serve their interests. If the past disappears down the memory hole society is at risk. History is not some neutral...
Noam Chomsky – Tipping Points: Environmental & Political
11 Oct, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Tipping points are in the air. And with good reason. A planetary emergency looms in the not too distant future. This isn’t alarmist talk but the best judgment of our leading scientists. The prestigious International Union for Conservation of Nature has just issued its starkest warning to date: “Humanity has reached a tipping point. Our window of opportunity to respond...
Chalmers Johnson - Blowback: Impacts of the New Militarism
04 Oct, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The CIA coined the term “blowback” to describe the unintended results of U.S. covert operations abroad. It was first used in connection with Operation Ajax, the Agency’s 1953 coup in Iran overthrowing the democratic government of Mohammad Mossadegh. The United States today has hundreds of military bases around the world. It’s a form of domination that greatly expanded under the...
Tariq Ali - Afghanistan, China & the Decline of U.S. Power (Part Two)
27 Sep, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The ignominious debacle in Afghanistan was predictable and predicted. Afghans, like most people, don't appreciate foreign invaders occupying their country. Just ask the British and the Russians. But the U.S., in its imperial hubris thought it was different. It would nation build in Afghanistan and bring democracy to that land. Meanwhile, China is watching the U.S. squander its wealth on...
Tariq Ali - Afghanistan, China & the Decline of U.S. Power (Part One)
20 Sep, 2021 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The ignominious debacle in Afghanistan was predictable and predicted. Afghans, like most people, don't appreciate foreign invaders occupying their country. Just ask the British and the Russians. But the U.S., in its imperial hubris thought it was different. It would nation build in Afghanistan and bring democracy to that land. Meanwhile, China is watching the U.S. squander its wealth on...
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor – Black Liberation
13 Sep, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The widespread protests in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor marked a new chapter in the struggle for Black liberation. What would constitute Black liberation? Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor says it’s about self-determination. “Can we make decisions free of economic coercion? Can we make decisions that are truly free? That to me is what liberation would be....
Eqbal Ahmad - Terrorism: Theirs & Ours
06 Sep, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Terrorism is the scourge of the era. It is a fearsome symbol conjuring up images of ferocious-looking, bearded men brandishing AK-47s. The media focus on the terrorism of official enemies like Saddam Hussein, bin Laden, and Zarqawi. After they were done away with, new demons appear to justify war and bloat the Pentagon budget. Be afraid of ISIS and Al...
Maureen Webb – Hackers & Democracy
30 Aug, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The digital age has given birth to hackers who carry out cyberattacks on our personal data, our pipelines, energy grids and meat processing plants. And there are also white hat hackers who promote democracy by sharing software, open sourcing and the secure free flow of information. Maureen Webb, who has studied and written about these democracy hackers says they “are...
Chris Hedges – Q&A on American Sadism
23 Aug, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The great 20th century Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote, "We had fed the heart on fantasies, The heart’s grown brutal from the fare." The United States has long fed its heart with fairy tales about itself. Hardly a day goes by without some new story being spun about our noble intentions, benevolence and devotion to international law. Sadism is...
Howard Zinn - American Exceptionalism
16 Aug, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

A fundamental tenet of American exceptionalism is the U.S. exempts itself from the standards that it applies to others. International law? Only for designated enemies, not for Washington and its vassals. Obey the master or face the consequences. Assassinations, sanctions, bombings, invasions and occupations are all tools of the empire to enforce its diktats. As George H. W. Bush once...
Leilani Farha – The Financialization of Housing
09 Aug, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

From Seattle to Toronto, the cost of owning a home is soaring. Rents are no better. Accelerated by neoliberal economic doctrine a paradigm shift in housing has occurred in recent years. There is a growing disconnect between housing as a human right and housing as a financial vehicle for investment. We’ve come a long way from FDR’s remarkable 1944 State...
Chris Hedges - American Sadism
02 Aug, 2021 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The great 20th century Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote, "We had fed the heart on fantasies, The heart’s grown brutal from the fare." The United States has long fed its heart with fairy tales about itself. Hardly a day goes by without some new story being spun about our noble intentions, benevolence and devotion to international law. Sadism is...
Daniel Ellsberg - The Origins of the Vietnam War
26 Jul, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers has brought attention once more to Daniel Ellsberg. His action in 1971 in releasing the Pentagon Papers blew the lid off of Washington’s mountain of lies and deceptions about Vietnam and ultimately led to Watergate and Nixon’s resignation. In this never before broadcast program, we go back into history as Ellsberg describes the...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - An Indigenous Peoples’ History
19 Jul, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The history of the U.S. is one of settler colonialism. The state was established on the basis of white male supremacy, slavery, land theft and genocide. “From sea to shining sea” the Native nations were decimated and dispossessed. The survivors herded into concentration camps. It was God’s will. The genocidal policy reached its peak under President Andrew Jackson. Its ruthlessness...
Michael Eric Dyson - Chaos or Community?
12 Jul, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In his 1967 book Where Do We Go From Here? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr wrote these prophetic words: “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today....
Jeffery Robinson - The South, Slavery & the Lost Cause
05 Jul, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Lost Cause is rooted in the South’s search for justification and the need to find a substitute for victory in the Civil War. In attempting to deal with defeat, the South created an image of the war as a noble epic fought by brave men. The war, the mythology goes, wasn’t about preserving slavery it was about Southern values....
Noam Chomsky - The U.S. Rules the World
28 Jun, 2021 | 0:57:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Many years ago, I heard a Noam Chomsky lecture in which he compared U.S. foreign policy to the way the mafia operates. That caught the audience’s attention. Everyone had seen The Godfather movie. Chomsky went on to explain that obedience to the Godfather was non-negotiable. Do what you’re told, and you’ll not only be protected but richly rewarded. And if...
Maureen Webb – Hackers & Democracy
21 Jun, 2021 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The digital age has given birth to hackers who carry out cyberattacks on our personal data, our pipelines, energy grids and meat processing plants. And there are also white hat hackers who promote democracy by sharing software, open sourcing and the secure free flow of information. Maureen Webb, who has studied and written about these democracy hackers says they “are...
Stephen Bezruchka: Covid-19 Lessons for the Future
14 Jun, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

If you weren’t aware of it before, the pandemic demonstrates the fact that the virus recognizes no boundaries or borders. There is no safe place. Our collective fragility has been made all too evident. What will we take away from the Covid-19 plague? We go back to business as usual only at our peril as other pandemics are sure to...
Richard Wolff - Transitioning to Democratic Enterprises
07 Jun, 2021 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Capitalism is exhibiting a hardening of its economic arteries. The pandemic has exposed profound structural problems. The crisis demands a serious examination of not only its root causes but for viable solutions. Once we are passed the pandemic do we go back to the status quo ante of massive eco-devastation and inequalities in income and wealth or do we create...
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