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"I believe we can do better and I want to find out how."
Free Forum: MICHAEL LEWIS MONEYBALL; THE BLIND SIDE; THE BIG SHORT Defines financial terms that led to the Crash
December 19, 2014 05:08 PM PST
Originally aired 4-4-2010
Lewis was a trader at Salomon Brothers before he wrote his first best-seller, LIAR'S POKER about the excesses of Wall Street during the 1980s. He continues to write about that world with his last two books, a column for Bloomberg, and articles in Vanity Fair.
Free Forum: ETHAN NADELMANN founder and executive director, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE Leader of the war on the war on drugs.
December 19, 2014 05:06 PM PST
originally aired 8-15-2010
Prohibition has failed -- again. Today, there are more drugs on our streets at cheaper prices than ever before. There are more than 1.2 million people behind bars in the U.S., a large percentage of them for nonviolent drug usage. Under our failed drug policy, it is easier for young people to obtain illegal drugs than a six-pack of beer. Why? Because the sellers of illegal drugs don't ask kids for IDs. As soon as we outlaw a substance, we abandon our ability to regulate and control the marketing of that substance.
DPA and its lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action, played an instrumental role in securing monumental drug policy reform victories in the recent midterm elections, including marijuana legalization in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., marijuana decriminalization in New Mexico, medical marijuana in Guam, and groundbreaking criminal justice and sentencing reforms in New Jersey and California.
In this interview recorded four years ago, NADELMANN made a clear and compelling case for the progress we are seeing today.Free Forum Q&A- NAOMI WOLF VAGINA: A New Biography
December 04, 2014 05:53 PM PST
Originally aired 9-30-2012
When NAOMI WOLF's The Beauty Myth was published in 1991, Gloria Steinem hailed it as "a smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom," recommendingm "Every woman should read it." The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century. Over the intervening two decades, Wolf continued to write about the role of women in our culture, but she also took on broader political issues in books such as The End of America and Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries.
Free Forum Q&A- RAJ PATEL author or THE VALUE of NOTHING: Why Everything Costs More Than We Think
November 28, 2014 02:37 PM PST
Originally Aired: 08/01/10
November 28, 2014 02:31 PM PST
Originally Aired: 11-14-2010
In February, 1968, the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It may have been the most momentous spiritual retreat since Jesus spent those forty days in the wilderness.
Recent bestselling books from a spate of New Atheists including Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris have made cogent arguments, but stress the irrationality of belief and what's wrong with religion while offering few positive alternatives. In GOOD WITHOUT GOD, GREG EPSTEIN delivers a response to these manifestos, explaining how Humanists strive to live well, build community, uphold ethical values, and lift the human spirit...all without a god.
"A Humanistic approach to life can provide nonreligious people with a profound and sustained sense that, though there is no single overarching purpose given to us from on high, we can and must live for a purpose well beyond ourselves," Epstein writes. "But it's not enough to just 'discover' the meaning of life. Humanism is concerned with one of the most important ethical questions-what we do once we've found purpose in life."Free Forum Q&A- Q&A: GREGORY BOYLE – Priest / Homeboy Industries / Author – TATTOOS ON THE HEART
November 14, 2014 06:24 PM PST
Originally Aired 04/11/10
Free Forum Q&A- GIL FRIEND Chief Sustainability Officer, Palo Alto CA THE TRUTH ABOUT GREEN BUSINESS
November 05, 2014 09:39 PM PST
Originally Aired: 9/1/2009
"You don't have to choose between making money and making sense... Green business practices are good for business and for the world. They can increase profits, lower costs, and attract customers."
Gil is experienced, wise, passionate, and useful. We'll talk about The Truth About Green Business and the three key - but usually unspoken - barriers to building a sustainable economy.
"For the last few years I've been imagining what the essential one-volume green business handbook would look like. Now I don't need to imagine it, because Gil Friend has written it. The Truth About Green Business is, simply, the best green business book on the market."
November 05, 2014 09:37 PM PST
Originally aired 2-3-2013
"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. One hundred thousand deaths: more than 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."
* As a nation, we now spend almost 18% of our GDP on health care. In 1966, Medicare and Medicaid made up 1% of total government spending; now that figure is 20%.
* The federal government spends
* For every two doctors in the U.S., there is now one health-insurance employee-more than 470,000 in total. In 2006, it cost almost $500 per person just to administer health insurance.
* Of the 52 industries represented on Fortune's 2007 list, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment ranked third and fourth, respectively, in terms of profits as a share of revenue. From 2000 to 2007, the annual profits of America's top 15 health-insurance companies increased from $3.5 to $15 billion.Free Forum Q&A - JANE McGONIGAL REALITY IS BROKEN How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
October 22, 2014 12:25 AM PDT
Originally aired: 01-22-12
According to game designer JANE McGONIGAL, this is because videogames are increasingly fulfilling genuine human needs. But she goes way beyond that, in her first book, REALITY IS BROKEN -- now out in paperback - she suggests we can use the lessons of game design to fix what is wrong with the real world.
I recommend Reality Is Broken to people who have no interest in games. Separate from what it says about the current reality and possible future of games, the book is an excellent primer on what we have learned - and most people don't know - about happiness, learning, productivity and growth.Free Forum Q&A - DAVID KIRP, author, KIDS FIRST: Five Big Ideas For Transforming Children's Lives And America's Future
October 08, 2014 10:39 PM PDT
originally aired 7-24-2011
What's good enough for a child you love? What's good enough parenting? Good enough early education? Good enough healthcare? Good enough schools?
DAVID KIRP, envisions a national effort to support and develop our children based on a simple "Golden Rule:" Every child deserves what's good enough for a child you love.
His latest book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, was named outstanding book of 2013 by the American Education Research Association. The book chronicles how an urban school district has brought poor Latino immigrant children, many of them undocumented, into the education mainstream.
Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Ken Burns, Deborah Tannen, Andrew Weil, Jeremy Rifkin, Arianna Huffington, Roger Ebert, Bill Joy, Alvin Toffler, Paul Krugman, Bill Maher, and Norman Lear.
TERRENCE McNALLY, journalist and radio host, is also a consultant, speaker, writer, and coach to public agencies, foundations, non-profits, and responsible corporations. Terrenceâ€™s radio show Free Forum (KPFK 90.7fm, Los Angeles, streaming and podcasting at kpfk.org, in print at AlterNet.org) features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of â€œa world that just might workâ€ -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Ken Burns, Deborah Tannen, Andrew Weil, Jeremy Rifkin, Arianna Huffington, Roger Ebert, Bill Joy, Alvin Toffler, Paul Krugman, Bill Maher, and Norman Lear. McNally speaks on strategic communications and the power of storytelling, as well as on issues of social responsibility and sustainable development. Speaking and training clients include American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, CERES, Friends Of The Earth, Glaxo Smith Kline (Patient Advocates), Greenpeace USA, Intel, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Herman Miller, NASA, NASD Investor Education Foundation, Nemours Foundation, US Climate Action Network, US Department of Agriculture, and Volunteers Of America. His organizational work encourages and focuses communication, creativity, and cooperation; resolves conflicts; clarifies and aligns vision, mission and objectives; and develops plans for effective action. Consulting clients include the Environmental Protection Agency, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, Redefining Progress, Business for Social Responsibility, Global Green USA, Rhino Records, and Interface Flooring. A graduate of Harvard, where he won its highest academic award, he has also worked as a writer, producer, and director of documentaries ("Buckminster Fuller - World Man, World Game", BBCâ€™s 1992 Earth Summit special "Greenbucksâ€.) He co-wrote and produced Julie Brown's "Goddess In Progress", voted #4 mini-album of 1985 in the Village Voice National Music Critics Poll. Having acted in over a hundred films and television shows, McNally co-wrote and co-produced the musical comedy feature "Earth Girls Are Easy". Called by Time Magazine "the freshest thing to come out of the space program since Tangâ€, it is now being developed as a Broadway musical. Co-author with Hyla Cass MD of Kava: Nature's Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia, Terrence is an annual participant at the Conference on World Affairs, a member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has served on the boards of Earth Communications Office, Show Coalition, and Education 1st.
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