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Free Forum explores the lives, work and ideas of individuals I suspect hold pieces of the puzzle of a world that just might work. We look at new, innovative and provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media, and culture – all based on the fact that I believe we can do better and I want to find out how. Guests include Michael Lewis, Atul Gawande, Temple Grandin, Nicholas Kristof, Cornel West, Arianna Huffington, Craig Venter, and Father Greg Boyle. Recorded from 1996-2014, Progressive Voices streams the most memorable interviews weekly. Podcast are, of course, available any time.
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- NEW Free Forum ROBERT WRIGHT – How can mindfulness help us deal with Trump’s tribal BS?
With his latest book, WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE (#4 NYT Best-seller), ROBERT WRIGHT, who’s been asking big questions for at least three decades, asks another: What can mindfulness offer people trying to make sense and justice of contemporary politics, culture, and economics? We talk evolutionary psychology, confronting cognitive delusions, tribalism, and Trump.
- 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.
- Free Forum – NEW – ARI BERMAN: The Fraud of Voter Fraud and the Threat of Voter Suppression
The Republican party’s beliefs and policies – while passionately hailed by millions – are no longer those of the majority of Americans, and so the only way they can dominate government as they do – White House, both houses of Congress, Supreme Court, and the vast majority of state legislatures and governorships – is by gerrymandering legislative districts and making it harder for millions to vote. Trump’s Election Integrity Commission aims to take it to the next level in 2018 and 2020. I talk about this with Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.
- Free Forum – NEW – Naomi Klein: No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Naomi Klein (No Logo; Shock Doctrine; This Changes Everything) makes it very clear that even successful resistance is not enough. We must seize this moment to pursue nothing less than the world we long for – successfully confronting climate change and inequality while rebuilding our sense of human community. In addition to No, we need to offer a compelling, inviting, and just Yes. She offers the example of The Leap Manifesto, that she helped hatch in Canada, which commits to building a society in which we care for the earth and each other.
- Free Forum NEW – ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Dean of Berkeley Law – the law and Donald Trump
I turn to constitutional scholar ERWIN CHEMERINSKY to talk about legal issues raised by the Trump administration. How far is this Supreme Court going to go in weakening the separation between church and state? Is Trump violating the law by making money – including taxpayer’s money – from his businesses and properties? Who’s going to enforce that law? How bad is it that he belittles and scapegoats the judiciary? Is it too early to think about impeachment? We’ve only got a half hour, but we cover a lot.
- Free Forum – MARK DANNER Author, SPIRAL: Trapped in the Forever War
What will Trump do if there’s a terror attack? MARK DANNER points out that it’s been 16 years since the attacks of 9/11, and thanks to Bush, Cheney, and Obama, “Donald Trump inherited a government on a permanent wartime footing, actively fighting in six countries, using means both public and secret – including drone strikes and attacks by covert special forces – and doing so with the benefit of never-ending war powers granted by Congress.” What could go wrong?
- Free Forum – JAMIE BARTLETT Author, RADICALS CHASING UTOPIA: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World
JAMIE BARTLETT, a Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in the UK, is the author with William Heinemann in 2014 of THE DARK NET about hidden internet subcultures. His newest book, just out, is RADICALS CHASING UTOPIA: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World. We’ll also talk a lot about a recent column he wrote in the Guardian, Forget far-right populism – crypto-anarchists are the new masters.
- Free Forum – DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: The Making of Donald Trump
Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and author David Cay Johnston has covered Donald Trump off and on for 27 years. In THE MAKING OF DONALD TRUMP, he profiles the many ways Trump has gotten wealthy by bilking others, colluding with criminals, evading prosecution, and romancing the press. Johnston is the founder/editor-in-chief of nonprofit news service DCReport.org, that reports “what the President and Congress do, not what they say.”
- Free Forum – DANNY GOLDBERG In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea
Ever since he dropped out of college to sample the Summer of Love, DANNY GOLDBERG has been an active participant in culture, counterculture, and politics. In addition to his career in the music business – manager of artists from Bonnie Raitt to Nirvana, chairman of Warner Brothers records – he was co-producer/director of the rock doc No Nukes and CEO of Air America. We talk about all of that as well as his latest book, In Search of the Lost Chord:1967 and the Hippie Idea.
- 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.