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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.

NEW Free Forum ARI BERMAN - The Fraud of Voter Fraud and the Threat of Voter Suppression
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August 09, 2017 10:37 PM PDT
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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
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August 02, 2017 10:04 PM PDT
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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
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July 29, 2017 10:17 PM PDT
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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 - David Goldhill, How American Health Care Killed My Father
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July 29, 2017 09:42 PM PDT
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While the GOP debates a tax cut they claim is a healthcare bill, listen to my February 2013 interview with David Goldhill about what’s actually wrong with US healthcare - Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father—And How We Can Fix It. “My dad became a statistic—merely one of the roughly 100,000 Americans whose deaths are caused or influenced by infections picked up in hospitals. Double the number of people killed in car crashes, five times the number killed in homicides, 20 times the total number of our armed forces killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Free Forum - MARK DANNER, SPIRAL: Trapped in the Forever War
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July 21, 2017 09:32 PM PDT
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NEW-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?

http://www.markdanner.com

Free Forum - When Trump's FCC wants to end Net Neutrality, let's get a radically different point of view JARON LANIER WHO OWNS THE FUTURE?
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July 18, 2017 09:33 PM PDT
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When the Trump Appointee to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to end Net Neutrality, which could open the door to Internet Service Providers blocking sites and creating "fast" and "slow" lanes, you'll hear my September 2013 conversation with JARON LANIER, one of the elder statesman of high tech. Lanier advocates for a radical redistribution of tech income, where we get paid for everything we share with the industry giants who profit from our posts, photos, videos and tweets.

Free Forum - JAMIE BARTLETT, a Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in the UK RADICALS CHASING UTOPIA: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World
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June 30, 2017 06:31 PM PDT
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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
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June 22, 2017 05:10 PM PDT
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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."

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