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Free Forum REZA ASLAN - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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November 10, 2017 07:19 PM PST
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In the next few weeks I’m going to interview Reza Aslan on his new book, God: A Human History. So to get ready for that, here’s our February 2014 conversation on his previous #1 selling book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I was brought up Catholic. Jesus and his stories were a big part of my youth. This is one of my favorite interviews.

NEW Free Forum - Jodie Evans, co-founder Code Pink which is now turning 15
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November 03, 2017 03:58 PM PDT
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I’ve known JODIE EVANS for over 20 years. And throughout that time, she’s been a tireless activist, advocate, and communicator for peace, justice and the planet. When I noticed that Code Pink, which started as a vigil by a few women in front of Bush's White House, has just turned 15, I thought it was a good time to catch up with her. What have we learned since then about the US and activism?

NEW Free Forum - DANIEL GOLEMAN - What Science Says About Mindfulness & Meditation
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October 25, 2017 06:26 PM PDT
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Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. With the enormous growth in awareness and practice of mindfulness and meditation have come widespread claims of benefits. Best-selling author Daniel Goleman and neuroscientist Richard Davidson, both longtime meditators, examined the scientific research to find out what is true and what is not.

Free Forum NEW Paul Hawken - Drawdown: A Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming
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October 05, 2017 01:01 PM PDT
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PAUL HAWKEN (The Ecology of Commerce; Natural Capitalism; Blessed Unrest) has a new research project and a new best-selling book - DRAWDOWN. Based on rigorous scientific and economic analysis and review, it ranks the 80 most impactful solutions with which Hawken is confident we can reverse global warming. Plus it offers 20 additional very promising solutions for which there isn’t yet enough data to rank them. (drawdown.org, paulhawken.com)

Free Forum NEW - RANDY OLSON - Use Narrative to Connect & Move People - ExhibitA: Trump
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September 21, 2017 11:07 AM PDT
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RANDY OLSON, marine biologist turned filmmaker, author of DON’T BE SUCH A SCIENTIST and HOUSTON, WE HAVE A NARRATIVE says we’re all receiving a firehose of information and can no longer deal with all the separate bits, so we look for higher levels of organization. We look for narratives. Get on board if you want to impact society. PS His Narrative Index predicted Trump’s victory.

http://www.randyolsonproductions.com/

Free Forum - SHERRY TURKLE Director, MIT Initiative on Technology & the Self ALONE TOGETHER: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
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September 16, 2017 11:35 PM PDT
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Originally aired February 2011

This past week saw the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and the arrival of the newest model with a price tag of a thousand dollars. Facebook finally admitted that Russia used it to run ads and organize protests during the 2016 campaign. Sounds like a good time to listen to my February 2011 conversation with Sherry Turtle about her book ALONE TOGETHER Why We Expect More from Technology, and Less from Each Other. Sherry's been investigating the intersection of digital technology and human relationships for more than three decades.

Free Forum - NEW - John Nichols - How Do We Win Back the Rust Belt in 2018 & 2020?
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September 08, 2017 04:21 PM PDT
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JOHN NICHOLS, is National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation and Associate Editor of The Capital Times in Madison, so his beat includes the nation’s capital as well Wisconsin’s. His latest book, HORSEMEN OF THE TRUMPOCALYPSE: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America, reports on over 40 players on Team Trump. My biggest question for Nichols: What needs to happen so that Wisconsin and the rest of the Rust Belt dumps Trump in 2018 and 2020?

Free Forum - (1) NEW-ERWIN CHEMERINSKY Roberts-Gorsuch Supeme Court; Trump & the Law (2) MATTHEW HOH, former Marine captain who quit Foreign Service over unwinnable Afghan War (recorded November 2009)
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September 02, 2017 11:22 AM PDT
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(1) ERWIN CHEMERINSKY and I talk about legal issues raised by Trump administration. How far is this Supreme Court going to go in weakening separation between church and state? Is Trump violating the law by making money - including taxpayer's money - from his businesses? 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. (recorded July 26, 2017)

(2) In fall 2009, MATTHEW HOH, Marine Iraq war vet, resigned from the Foreign Service in Afghanistan because he couldn't participate in the occupation. American families, Hoh said in his letter of resignation, "must be reassured their dead have sacrificed for a purpose worthy of futures lost, love vanished, and promised dreams unkept. I have lost confidence such assurances can be made any more."

NEW Free Forum ROBERT WRIGHT - How can mindfulness help us deal with Trump’s tribal BS?
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August 22, 2017 01:57 AM PDT
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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.

Free Forum - After Charlottesville - March 2017 Q&A w CHIP BERLET, author, Right Wing Populism in America
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August 18, 2017 05:13 PM PDT
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After the one-two punch of Charlottesville and Trump’s failure to denounce Nazis, we’ll replay my recent conversation with the author of Right Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, CHIP BERLET, who’s been on the domestic hate beat for decades. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “The number of hate groups in the US rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump.” Hate incidents have spiked and 37% directly reference Trump or his words.

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