NEW – DAVID KIRP, Does the US love its children?

Written on February 8th, 2019
How are we doing by our kids? School and college budgets shrink. Teacher strikes are on the rise. College debt is crippling. Children are separated from their parents. I check in with DAVID KIRP, Professor at UC Berkeley. His books include THE SANDBOX INVESTMENT and KIDS FIRST. We talk about innovative programs that work and could make a big difference. If only we cared.

NEW – CORY DOCTOROW – Copyright, Freedom, Empathy, and Walkaways

Written on January 25th, 2019

CORY DOCTOROW, has a lot to say about human nature, society, and technology. He writes speculative fiction – YA best-seller LITTLE BROTHER, and most recently the novel, WALKAWAY and graphic novel IN REAL LIFE. As a technology expert and activist, he’s co-editor of Boing, a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. Learn more at I suspect we’ll just scratch the surface.

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NEW – ERWIN CHEMERINSKY offers a progressive vision of the Supreme Court

Written on December 18th, 2018

In his newest book, We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the 21st Century, ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Dean of Berkeley Law, makes the case that the right has since the 1970s developed and enacted a clear vision of constitutional interpretation. He calls on progressives to fight back with an alternative vision based on fulfilling the Constitution’s promise of liberty and justice for all.

NEW – GREG PALAST on dirty tricks and voter suppression in the midterms

Written on December 18th, 2018

Investigative reporter GREG PALAST (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) has been exposing GOP dirty tricks and voter suppression since 2000. Listen for the latest in the mid-terms in Georgia, Florida, and elsewhere – and how to fight back.

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.