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  • How did the 60s lead to both 1973 and 2022? KEVIN BOYLE, THE SHATTERING: AMERICA IN THE 1960S
    1973 looms large as we live out the 50th anniversary of the Watergate Hearings and Roe v Wade. Let’s look at the fears and forces in response to ‘60s changes that fueled the long Christo-Authoritarian march to a Supreme Court forcing minority rule on America. In my recent conversation with KEVIN BOYLE about his book THE SHATTERING: America in the ‘60s, he reminds us how generations who’d lived through the Depression and WW II, facing an enemy with nuclear weapons, would cling to a newly found and highly valued sense of security – and how the the challenges and changes of the 60s threatened that security. 
     

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  • FOR SAMA (2019) Oscar-nominated doc – civilians under Russian fire in the siege of Aleppo, Syria
    As we witness Russia’s targeting of civilians in Ukraine, here’s my 2019 conversation with directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts of the Oscar-nominated documentary, For Sama, and with Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, who ran the last hospital in East Aleppo. The film takes us inside the long siege by al Assad and the Russians. In the course of the film, Waad al-Kateab falls in love, marries, and has a baby – all as bombs fall around them. You can learn more and watch this remarkable film at forsamafilm.com  

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  • What if a stroke strikes you or a loved one? JILL BOLTE TAYLOR, MY STROKE OF INSIGHT

    Five weeks ago my wife suffered a stroke. She’s fine physically, but has language challenges and some processing issues. She improves every day and our connection is stronger than ever. Daily life is punctuated by moments of joy and others of crushing frustration. I share with you my recent conversation with JILL BOLTE TAYLOR, a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, who in 1996 at the age of 37, experienced a stroke that left her unable to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took Taylor 8 years to recover all physical, emotional, and thinking abilities. She’s author of the bestselling MY STROKE OF INSIGHT: A BRAIN SCIENTIST’S PERSONAL JOURNEY and her TED talk of the same name has been viewed 27 million times. 

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  • Ahead of her time-HAZEL HENDERSON (2013) activist, green economist, global citizen, dies at 89

    Here’s part 2 my 2013 conversation with HAZEL HENDERSON – who as a mom in the 70’s who’d never been to college got upset about pollution threatening her young child, became a local NYC activist, and developed into a global expert on economics and sustainability. She’s creator of the television show and website Ethical Markets, and author of 10 books, including Beyond Globalization and Building a Win-Win World. Hazel passed away May 22 at the age of 89.

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  • Ahead of her time-HAZEL HENDERSON (2013) activist, green economist, global citizen, dies at 89

    Here’s part 1 my 2013 conversation with HAZEL HENDERSON – who as a mom in the 70’s who’d never been to college got upset about pollution threatening her young child, became a local activist, and developed into a global expert on economics and sustainability. She’s creator of the television show and website Ethical Markets, and author of 10 books, including Beyond Globalization and Building a Win-Win World. Hazel passed away May 22 at the age of 89.

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  • Why are we addicted to more? LEIDY KLOTZ, SUBTRACT: The Untapped Science of Less

    Our homes are full of stuff. Our minds are full of information. Our economies are built on never-ending growth while our planet chokes on pollution. In his book, SUBTRACT: The Untapped Science of Less, LEIDY KLOTZ reminds us that across challenges big and small, we neglect a basic way to make things better: we don’t subtract. What is it in our biology, our psychology, or our culture that leads us to often ignore even the possibility? Could the cultivation of subtraction reveal the path to both a better quality of life and an effective response to the climate crisis? You can learn more at leidyklotz.com 

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  • After Buffalo-CHIP BERLET (2017), investigator of hate groups, author, Right Wing Populism in America
    After the latest one-two gut punch of Buffalo NY and Laguna Woods CA, we’ll replay my 2017 conversation with the author of Right Wing Populism in America, CHIP BERLET, who’s been on the domestic hate beat for decades. Congressman Ted Lieu: “Of course we need common sense gun safety measures enacted but we also need to address the misinformation and stoking of grievances that is pushing people to take these heinous actions.” 

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  • Are Antibiotics Doomed? DAVID HYUN & ERIN DUFFY on the Crisis No One Talks About
    In 2019, about 1.27M people died directly due to antimicrobial resistance – significantly more than from Covid in two years. When we lose antibiotics, we will be in a different world. Joint and organ replacement and many other surgeries will be a thing of the past. I talk about the growing dangers of antibiotic resistance and the lack of new drugs with DAVID HYUN, MD, who directs the Antibiotic Resistance Project at the Pew Charitable Trust, and ERIN DUFFY, Chief of R&D at CARB-X, the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator. You can learn more at saveantibiotics.org and carb-x.org

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  • LINDA GREENHOUSE (2021) – JUSTICE ON THE BRINK – 12 Months that Transformed the Supreme Court
    I realize this conversation with LINDA GREENHOUSE first posted only 6 months ago, but there’s no bigger domestic story right now than the rightwing Supreme Court majority’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and do away with a woman’s right to an abortion. GREENHOUSE begins her book, JUSTICE ON THE BRINK, shortly before Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, covers McConnell’s cynical and unethical rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett, and then reports on the Court through the end of its term in June 2021 – providing history and context, gathered in her 30 years covering the Court for the New York Times

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  • BILL McKIBBEN-THIRD ACT-New Movement to Mobilize Boomers vs Climate Change

    I’m excited to replay for you my late 2021 conversation with BILL McKIBBEN, author, and co-founder of the global climate campaign 350.org. In it which he  introduces Third Act, the new activist organization he’s founded. While millions of young people are effectively engaging to confront climate change, those over 60 are not yet delivering what the crisis demands, and Third Act is dedicated to changing that.

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