New-LESLIE CRUTCHFIELD-How Change Happens: Why Social Movements Succeed

Written on November 30th, 2018

While elections matter, a vital society demands much more. In How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t, LESLIE CRUTCHFIELD examines some movements that have succeeded — from tobacco control and gun rights expansion, to marriage equality and acid rain reduction — as well as recent campaigns that haven’t – like Occupy Wall Street, controlling C02 emissions, and gun violence prevention. Her research identifies six practices linked to success. We’ll explore them so you can put them to work.

NEW – MILTON BENNETT – The Cult of Trump?

Written on September 14th, 2018

I read an interview by Dahr Jamail with today’s guest, cultural communication expert Milton Bennett, at Titled Is There a Cult of Trump? It spells out the methods utilized – consciously or unconsciously – by Trump to turn his followers into a cult – impervious to outside or contrary influence and united in defense of their aims and their leader. It’s a story of tactics and behavior that transform the Trump phenomenon into something more dangerous than a simple political divide.

NEW – MDMA/Ecstasy Therapy for PTSD Cole Marta MD, LA’s FDA-sanctioned clinical trials Seven McDonald, journalist

Written on August 11th, 2018

Michael Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind, once as high as #4 on the NYTimes best-seller list, currently #4 in LA, tells the story of the scientific research as well as his personal experience of guided sessions with psychedelics. Award-winning LA Weekly columnist, Seven McDonald, does the same in an article for Playboy on the therapeutic use of MDMA (ecstasy) to treat PTSD. I’m joined by McDonald and Cole Marta MD, the principal investigator at the Los Angeles site of FDA-sanctioned phase II and III trials with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

NEW – Gar Alperovitz – What will replace corporate capitalism in the US?

Written on July 6th, 2018

As alarming as the news may be, we must not only oppose and alter the bad news, but we must also envision a possible future for the US that people deserve – as well as a path to get there. That is the mission of historian, political economist, activist, and writer, GAR ALPEROVITZ, co-chair of the Next System Project at the Democracy Collaborative, and someone who’s thinking seriously about what replaces corporate capitalism. You can learn more at

NEW – Brad Friedman – How secure are our votes in November’s midterm elections?

Written on June 29th, 2018

Midterm elections take place November 7th – less than 20 weeks from the day we record this interview. Our democracy is under threat and the validity, accuracy, and reliability of our voting and vote-counting is as well. I talk about those threats and what we can do about them with BRAD FRIEDMAN, an independent investigative blogger, journalist, and muckraker who’s broken numerous stories over the past 15 years. You can learn more at