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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.

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.”

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