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    Latest NEW podcast JOE CIRINCIONE
    Ploughshares Fund; author, Bomb Scare
    We talk about nukes – Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Trump
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    If you’re working to build a healthier and more just society, and want your ideas and your good works to achieve greater impact, let me help you tap the unique power of narrative.

    pointing-reversed My path – teaching, acting,  screenwriting, music and film producing, facilitating, in-depth interviews – has led me full circle again to teaching, through speeches and workshops. After 15 years of radio interviews with visionary thinkers and doers – I now produce and host Disruptive, a podcast for Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
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    I draw on all those experiences to help you develop more engaging narratives and tell more compelling stories. Listen here
    Let’s connect to explore how we might work together to change the world.

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    MICHAEL LEWIS’s best-selling THE UNDOING PROJECT tells the story of the collaborative work of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman which revealed previously undiscovered ways our minds fool us.

    Link to LiveTalksLA video page
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    With 100 trillion cells in the human body, bacteria outnumber our own human cells 2 to 1, and bacteria in our gut affect all our key organ functions. What if we could tap the gut bacteria of elite athletes to produce customized probiotics that could give recipients access to some of the biological advantages that make those athletes elite? I explore this question with George Church and Jonathan Scheiman of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
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    FREE FORUM Progressive Voices Network on TuneIn
    Sat 5/20 7pmPT, Sun 5/21 10pmPT

     With Trump in the Middle East,
    we recall the Arab Spring

    2012 Q&A w WAEL GHONIM

    led social media for Tahrir Square demos
    (link to podcast)
     
    SAT 5/27
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    • Free Forum – JOE CIRINCIONE, President, Ploughshares Fund NUCLEAR NIGHTMARES: Securing the World Before It’s Too Late

      Nukes – How do we deal with North Korea, Iran, Russia, and Trump?
      Remember 2015 when the big nuclear weapons news was the deal negotiated by the Obama administration with Iran? Why is the UN now voicing fears of catastrophe? What role is the new Trump administration playing in the escalation of provocation? Are the UN’s fears real and if so, what can we do about it? JOE CIRINCIONE is President of the Ploughshares Fund which supports people and organizations working to reduce and eventually eliminate the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.

    • Free Forum – ROB JOHNSON, Director, INSTITUTE FOR NEW ECONOMIC THINKING

      NEW SHOW!
      Prior to the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Rob Johnson served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee and a DIrector at Soros Fund Management. He also worked in the music and film industries (Exec Producer, Oscar winning doc, Taxi to the Dark Side). “The concentration of wealth and power that created a twin crisis of representation – in politics and in expertise – set the stage for Donald Trump’s election victory, and has put America’s founding principles at risk.”

      https://www.ineteconomics.org/research/experts/rjohnson

    • Free Forum – CHIP BERLET, author, RIGHT-WING POPULISM IN AMERICA

      According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump.” Of a spike in reported incidents of “hate” violence, SPLC reports, “37% of them directly referenced either President Trump, his campaign slogans, or his infamous remarks about sexual assault.” CHIP BERLET has investigated hate groups, theocratic fundamentalism, civil liberties violations, police misconduct, surveillance abuse, other anti-democratic phenomena.

      http://www.chipberlet.net/

    • Tap the Unique Power of Story and Narrative


      In this podcast, I go solo. Rather than interviewing others, I share with you the best of the work I do to help organizations develop more engaging narratives and tell better stories. Learn why narrative is uniquely powerful as well as the recipe for a good story – whether in a Hollywood screenplay or a one-to-one conversation. 

    • Disruptive #10: Sports Genomics


      With 100 trillion cells in the human body, bacteria outnumber our own human cells 2 to 1. These bacteria make up one’s microbiome and play a role in our health, development and wellness, including endurance, recovery and mental aptitude.

      In this episode of Disruptive, Wyss Core Faculty member George Church and research fellow Jonathan Scheiman explore this provocative question: What if we could tap the gut bacteria of elite athletes to produce customized probiotics – and what if those probiotics could give recipients access to some of the biological advantages that make those athletes elite?

      http://harvard.wyss.edu

    • Free Forum – JONATHAN SMUCKER, Roadmap for Radicals including some hard won lessons of Occupy

      Currently organizing where he grew up in Lancaster PA (as a Menonite), he was involved with Occupy Wall Street and has a lot to say about what worked and what we can learn from what didn’t. Example: The rituals of assembly ended up standing in for strategy, becoming an end rather than a means. Smucker questions the left’s tendency to identify as “the righteous few”, where purity can become an obstacle to amassing enough power to win. He doesn’t use the term “activist” because he believes that (self-)identification separates fighting for peace and justice from the rest of life, and creates an us which can leave out others. Insightful stuff.

      https://jonathansmucker.org

    • Free Forum – CHRIS MOONEY, The Republican Brain The Science Behind Why They Deny Science

      Originally Aired April 2012
      CHRIS MOONEY wrote the best-selling THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE in 2005. This book asks a deeper question. Does science have anything to teach us about why? And it turns out science does. Political parties reflect psychological needs – GOP wedded to certainty, Dems to novelty – and there lies at least one root of our divide.

      http://chrismooneybooks.com

    • Free Forum – Two warnings from over a decade ago 1) ARUNDHATI ROY, author, essayist, activist. (September 2004) 2) DAVIDSON LOEHR, AMERICA, FASCISM, and GOD (December 2005)

      First, the incomparable ARUNDHATI ROY, award-winning novelist, activist and essayist who speaks truth to power. “It was wonderful that on February 15th [2003], in a spectacular display of public morality, 10 million people in five continents marched against the war on Iraq. It was wonderful, but it was not enough.”
      Then my interview with DAVIDSON LOEHR, minister, Texan, and author of AMERICA, FASCISM AND GOD. “When fascism comes to America, it will gain power by poisoning the channels of communication…and creating an Orwellian kind of 1984.”

    • Free Forum – Two classic political interviews from 2004 THOMAS FRANK, WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America GEORGE LAKOFF, DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

      Originally Aired in 2004 They noticed trends, asked questions, offered warnings and gave advice.
      “Why does the pro-life factory worker who listens to Rush Limbaugh repeatedly vote for the party that is less likely to protect his safety, less likely to protect his job, and less likely to benefit him economically?”
      – Thomas Frank
      “In politics framing is about making sure the debate takes place in language that fits your worldview. Framing trumps facts and self-interest.”
      – George Lakoff Twelve years later their worst fears came true.

      http://www.tcfrank.com

      https://georgelakoff.com

    • Free Forum – STEPHAN SCHWARTZ New book, 8 LAWS OF CHANGE

      Since 1991 STEPHAN SCHWARTZ has been following trends that are shaping the future, and has tracked the rise of fascist and identitarian politics, a Great Schism, and the Theocratic Right. His new book 8 LAWS OF CHANGE is based on years of research to show how nonviolent compassionate life-affirming change can be achieved. I’ve subscribed to his Schwartzreport for years – four articles each day with comments – well worth reading.

      http://www.schwartzreport.net

      http://www.stephanaschwartz.com