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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.

 

You can browse podcasts below, search by name of guest in the Search window at the top of the site, or check the alphabetical list of guests here.

 

  • JOHN NICHOLS – Getting Impeachment Right & Winning the Rust Belt in 2020

    The impeachment hearings have started and we’re a year away from the 2020 election. Who better to talk to about how to get impeachment right and how to beat Trump in the Rust Belt states next year than JOHN NICHOLS. He’s National Affairs correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only that, he also wrote the book, THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism. Join us we talk about all this and more.

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  • 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. 

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  • FOR SAMA- Best doc at Cannes & SXSW – inside the siege of Aleppo, Syria

    The documentary FOR SAMA – airing on PBS Tuesday 11/19 – takes us inside Aleppo during the brutal siege by al Assad and the Russians. Waad al-Kateab began shooting graffiti on university walls and a revolution rose around her – followed by an overwhelming response. Best Doc, Cannes Film Festival, Doc Grand Jury Prize, SXSW. I talk with directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, and with Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, who ran the last hospital in East Aleppo. Listen. You’ll get a unique feel for life – and death – in Syria. Learn more at forsamafilm.com

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  • The Book Behind the Wealth Tax – EMMANUEL SAEZ, Triumph of Injustice

    I talk with EMMANUEL SAEZ, UC Berkeley economist, about his newest book, THE TRIUMPH OF INJUSTICE: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay – co-authored with Gabriel Zucman. The pair grabbed headlines when their book reported that in 2018, for the first time in history, America’s richest billionaires paid a lower effective tax rate than the working class. Their solutions include a wealth tax, and they’ve advised Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on their proposals. You can learn more at taxjusticenow.org

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  • NEW: JEREMY RIFKIN – The Green New Deal
    I talk with JEREMY RIFKIN, advisor to China and the European Union, and author of 20 books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, society, and the environment. In his newest book, THE GREEN NEW DEAL: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth, he draws on successful lessons from bold initiatives in Europe and China to flesh out what it will take to pull it off in the US.

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  • NEW: JONATHAN BLANK, Sex, Drugs & Bicycles – How does Holland do it?
    In his documentary SEX, DRUGS & BICYCLES, high-tech entrepreneur JONATHAN BLANK asks, “How scary is life in a social democracy?” Beyond windmills, cannabis “coffeeshops”, and the red light district, Holland has one of the best economies in the world, is top 5 in almost every quality of life index, #1 for work-life balance. Dutch kids are the happiest in the world, the healthcare system is #3, and the government runs a budget surplus. Boo!

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  • TIFFANY SHLAIN – 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

    In this episode, Terrence welcomes Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain to the podcast. Terrence and Tiffany discuss her career path, the societal impact of technology, and the inspiration for her book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week. They share their thoughts on how the digital age has impacted not just the way we live our lives, but how we think, feel and communicate with one another. Tiffany expounds on her family’s decade-long transformative practice of turning off screens one day each week for what she calls her Technology Shabbat. Finally, Terrence and Tiffany explore what the future could look like for our world if we act swiftly and resist the addiction that technology has inflicted on us as a people.

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  • NEW: ADAM HOCHSCHILD-Lessons from a Dark Time – for our own dark times
    As soon as I picked up and started reading LESSONS FROM A DARK TIME, I wanted to have this conversation with ADAM HOCHSCHILD. As a writer, he doesn’t waste your time. He brings an artist’s touch and a moralist’s conscience to the issues and events he grapples with. He’s one of the founders of Mother Jones Magazine, and threaded through his journalism and his books – King Leopold’s Ghost, Spain in Our Hearts among them – is his concern for social justice and the people who fight for it. How did we get thorough dark times in our past? How are we going to get through these?

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  • NEW: TERRENCE McNALLY – 60s2.0 (15 min) Generations w Shared Values vs Global Crises
    I offer a commentary on what I call 60s2.0 – generations with shared values coming together to create the sort of fundamental change we need in order to improve the daily lives of millions and to solve the enormous problems we’ve created for ourselves.

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  • NEW: CHIP CONLEY, WISDOM @ WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder
    Life expectancy has grown 30 years in the U.S. since 1900—from 47 to 77. Meanwhile the rapid pace of new technology is changing the nature of work, so that you may struggle to keep up. 40% now have a boss who is younger than they are. After 24 years as CEO, CHIP CONLEY sold Joie de Vivre, the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. Four years later, the young founders of Airbnb hired him as Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy. Reflecting on his four years in that role, Conley proposes a new stage of life – the “Modern Elder” – for people who possess both the wisdom of age and the curiosity of youth, and who are searching for meaning, not retirement. He’s the author of Peak; Emotional Equations; and Wisdom at Work. https://www.modernelderacademy.com/chip-conley

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