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Angela Davis - Beginnings: Movements of Possibility
30 Jan, 2023 | 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, and immigrants knew their place. There was order in the land. But over many...
Liat Ben-Moshe - Deinstitutionalization
23 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

At eleven years old, Lois Curtis became an out-patient at Georgia Regional Hospital for her cognitive and developmental disabilities. She wound up being confined and sedated in mental institutions until she was 27 when Atlanta’s Legal Aid Society sued Georgia’s Human Services Commissioner George Olmstead. The case of Olmstead vs L.C. went all the way to the Supreme Court and...
Timothy Snyder - The Ukraine War & the Future of Democracy
16 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an unambiguous violation of the UN Charter and international law. NATO’s expansion eastward up to Russia’s borders was seen by Moscow as an existential threat thus prompting its attack. The war continues with no end in sight. The Ukrainian foreign minister says, "Every war ends in a diplomatic way. Every war ends at the...
Jules Boykoff - Martin Luther King, Jr & the FBI
09 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The FBI has a long history of persecuting people for having the wrong political ideas. J. Edgar Hoover was the Bureau’s first director and he served in that post for almost 50 years. He ran the FBI as an unchallenged lord of the manor and his agents were serfs to do his bidding. Hoover had a particular animosity for and...
John Mearsheimer – Great Power Politics in the 21st Century
02 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Empires rise and fall from Greek and Roman times down to the British and the French to the present-day U.S. Some lasted for centuries others mere decades. There are always new powers that want to rule the roost. Military power is closely linked to economic well-being. But once the cash register starts emptying overall decline is not far behind. It's...
Rami Khouri - Arab Autocracies & U.S. Policy
26 Dec, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Autocracy: concentrated power in the hands of a few. The U.S. is linked to a network of Arab autocracies led by sultans, emirs, and military dictators who are called “allies” and “partners.” Politics and economics make for strange bedfellows. Perhaps none is stranger than the one with the feudal regime of Saudi Arabia. The Washington/Riyadh axis goes back to 1945...
Sarah Leah Whitson – Human Rights & Democracy in the Middle East
19 Dec, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Middle East is in turmoil. The hope and promise of the Arab Spring are now a distant memory. The toppling of the decrepit Mubarak regime in Egypt was greeted by many Egyptians with joy. But that elation didn’t last long. Egypt is now run by General Sisi who has changed his uniform for an Armani suit. If you criticize...
Noam Chomsky – Racing to the Precipice
12 Dec, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The warnings about the climate emergency are coming in fast and furious yet public awareness and political action remain at a low level. The latest report is from the World Meteorological Organization, a UN agency. Its director said, “The impacts of climate change” are "often felt through water—more intense and frequent droughts, more extreme flooding, more erratic seasonal rainfall and...
Marie Ranjbar - Iran: Zan, Zendegi, Azadi / Woman, Life, Freedom
05 Dec, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Since mid-September, tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets across the country to protest the government's treatment of girls and women and in particular mandatory dress codes. These historic demonstrations center on women's socio-political rights and democratic governance in Iran. The government has brutally responded. Hundreds have been killed, including children. Many thousands have been arrested. Despite...
Vijay Prashad - History Lessons (Part two of a special two-part program)
28 Nov, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Is history just a bunch of innocuous cold facts and dates? Or is it something more? What can we learn from the past? History is not neutral. It’s an ideological battleground. Witness the vitriolic attacks by establishment figures on those who want a reckoning of the enslavement of African Americans. They want to obfuscate that sordid history. Or take the...
Vijay Prashad - History Lessons (Part one of a special two-part program)
21 Nov, 2022 | 0:57:02 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Is history just a bunch of innocuous cold facts and dates? Or is it something more? What can we learn from the past? History is not neutral. It’s an ideological battleground. Witness the vitriolic attacks by establishment figures on those who want a reckoning of the enslavement of African Americans. They want to obfuscate that sordid history. Or take the...
Chris Hedges – War: The Greatest Evil
14 Nov, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The rhetoric accompanying war is always saturated with noble sentiments and symbols. Flag, country, duty. We have enemies thus we need better weapons. The military-industrial complex grows and grows. The Pentagon has carte blanche. It asks for a new aircraft carrier, submarine or fighter jet. The answer from the White House and Congress is, “Sure. How many do you want?...
Juliet Schor – Gig Economics
07 Nov, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

At first blush, it seems like a dream job and a great way to make money. You always wanted to be your own boss. You’re free and independent. You work where and when you want. It could be a side job giving you that extra income you need. The gig economy has exploded in recent years. But it’s not all...
Sanjay Kak - Azadi! Freedom!
31 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

"Azadi!"—Urdu for "Freedom!"—is the slogan of the freedom struggle in Kashmir against Indian occupation. Abroad, New Delhi promotes itself as the world’s largest democracy. At home, the picture is quite different. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP, led by Narendra Modi espouses Hindutva, Hindu nationalism. It promotes Islamophobia and stifles dissent. What it wants from largely Muslim Kashmir is...
Dave Zirin - Sports & Resistance to Fascism
24 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Many believe that sports are apolitical and neutral. But it isn’t. Sports are intricately enmeshed within the larger societal context. Some athletes speak out. Muhammad Ali in 1967, with the United States at war in Vietnam, refused to be inducted into the military, saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” He was widely condemned. He lost, at the...
Rangina Hamidi - Afghanistan: Past & Present
17 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

It may surprise you, but more than two millennia ago, Afghanistan, land of the Afghans, was a major center of Buddhism. Situated on the fabled Silk Road, this mountainous landlocked country has an old and rich history and culture with great poets like Raabia Balkhi, Khushal Khattak, and most renowned of all, Rumi. Afghanistan has been called “the graveyard of...
Noam Chomsky – Notes on Resistance
10 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Resistance. How does one move from a position of dissent to resistance, direct action? As a political tactic resistance requires careful thought and must be freely undertaken. Practitioners include most famously Gandhi and Dr. King. It can come with a price. Both Gandhi and King were assassinated. Dolores Huerta, a major organizer and leader of farmworkers was arrested more than...
A Tribute to Barbara Ehrenreich
03 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Barbara Ehrenreich was a renowned social critic, journalist, feminist and author. She was born in Butte, Montana and studied chemistry at Reed College in Oregon and later received a Ph.D in cellular immunology at Rockefeller University in New York. But she left a possible career in science and teaching to become a seasoned muckraker in the tradition of Ida B....
Arundhati Roy - The RSS: Fascism in India
26 Sep, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The realities of India are in sharp contrast with the image it projects internationally. For example, you probably haven’t heard of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the RSS. It is an right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary organization. The RSS, with its millions of members, exerts enormous influence and power in India. Its political party is the BJP, the Bharatiya Janata Party led...
David Korten – Our Planetary Existential Crisis
19 Sep, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Our planet and humankind are in danger. The warnings coming from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could not be more unambiguous. He says we are heading “towards an unlivable world. We are on a fast track to climate disaster. Major cities under water. Unprecedented heatwaves. Terrifying storms. Widespread water shortages. The extinction of a million species of plants and animals. This...
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