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Free Forum Q&A- SHERRY TURKLE director, MIT Initiative on Technology & the Self author, ALONE TOGETHER: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
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August 11, 2014 11:09 PM PDT
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originally aired 02-13-2011

How much technology do you use? Email, texting, facebook, twitter, second life, etc. Has it freed you up, given you more time, or has it added new demands to your life that actually make you feel you have less time? If you're using social media regularly, do you feel more connected with your friends and family or less?
Clinical psychologist SHERRY TURKLE has been studying our relationship with technology for most of her career, and has written several books about what she's experienced and learned. Of her newest, ALONE TOGETHER, she has said, "This is a book of repentance. I have been studying computers and people for thirty years. I didn't see several important things. I got some important things wrong." I was already interested in talking to her, but that really grabbed my attention. I'm interested in people, maybe especially experts, who are willing to change their minds.

Turkle writes: "Technology promises to let us do anything from anywhere with anyone. But it drains us as we try to do everything everywhere. We begin to feel overwhelmed and depleted by the lives technology makes possible. We may be free to work from anywhere, but we are also prone to being lonely everywhere. In a surprising twist, relentless connection leads to a new solitude. We turn to technology to fill the void, but as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down."

Free Forum Q&A- DAN PALLOTTA CHARITY CASE: How the Non-Profit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World
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August 11, 2014 11:04 PM PDT
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originally aired 04-14-2013

When someone approaches you to donate to a non-profit, how many of you want to know how much of of its money goes to salaries and fund-raising and how much goes to actual program services? If you're like most people, that question probably figures into your decision.

I have factored that question of how much is spent on overhead into my charitable giving. But is it a valid or wise way to make such decisions? While it may be helpful, according to DAN PALLOTTA, much more important is how well they serve their mission and how good a job they're doing solving the problems you care about.
In his earlier book, UNCHARITABLE, Pallotta, who has a record of helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for causes, made the case that the way we think about non-profits and the rules we set for them, makes it harder for them to succeed on a truly significant scale. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). Where other folks suggest ways to optimize performance inside the existing paradigm, UNCHARITABLE suggests that the paradigm itself is the problem and calls into question our fundamental beliefs about charity.

With a new book, CHARITY CASE: How the Non-Profit community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World and in a recent TED talk, he says "My goal ... is to fundamentally transform the way the public thinks about charity within 10 years."

Free Forum Q&A: JEREMY SCAHILL DIRTY WARS The World is a Battlefield Best-selling book, Oscar-nominated film Founding Editor, THE INTERCEPT with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras
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August 11, 2014 10:51 PM PDT
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originally aired 05-05-2013

You're busy trying to make ends meet. The news is filled with celebrity gossip, natural and corporate disasters, the latest mass homicides, and dysfunctional politics. How much do you know about the covert wars the US is involved in around the globe?
JEREMY SCAHILL'S best-selling book and Oscar-nominated documentary, DIRTY WARS, begins as an investigation into a US night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan, and quickly transforms into a high-stakes global investigation into the rise of JSOC, Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret and elite fighting force in U.S. history. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the "kill list," including U.S. citizens.

DIRTY WARS reveals covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress, raising questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice, morality and politics. No matter how little you know, these actions are being done in your name.

Free Forum Q&A: MARSHALL GANZ Organized with United Farmworkers for 16 years Led Obama grassroots in 2008 campaign, Teaches Public Narrative at Harvard on the Unique Power of Story and Narrative
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July 23, 2014 09:27 AM PDT
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originally aired 03-03-2012

In the early 1960s, MARSHALL GANZ dropped out of Harvard to join the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. He then spent 16 years working with César Chávez and the United Farm Workers. He returned to Harvard in the 1990's, graduated, earned his Ph.D., and now teaches the power of public narrative at the Kennedy School.
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During Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, he was lead organizer of the grassroots for the former community organizer. GANZ offers a valuable perspective on the Occupy/99% movement.

Free Forum Q&A: SARA DAVIDSON, author of THE DECEMBER PROJECT: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Take Aim at Our Greatest Mystery
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July 18, 2014 04:53 PM PDT
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Originally Aired: 03/16/14

We all deal day to day with a lot of questions and a lot of fears – around work, money, health, politcs, relationships. And at some point, we will all deal with the final fears and the final questions – fear of death and questions about what it means and what if anything comes after.

At his request, today’s guest, SARA DAVIDSON met every Friday for two years with 89-year-old RABBI ZALMAN SHACHTER-SHALOMI, the iconic founder of the Jewish Renewal movment, to discuss what he calls THE DECEMBER PROJECT. “When you can feel in your cells that you’re coming to the end of your tour of duty,” in tHe rabbi’s words, “what is the spiritual work of this time, how do we prepare for the mystery?”

Davidson, who describes herself as having a seeker’s heart and a skeptic’s mind, feared death would be a complete annihilation, while Reb Zalman felt certain that “something continues.” He didn’t want to convince her of anything, but to loosen her mind.” Through their talks, he wanted to help people “not freak out about dying,” and enable them to have a more heightened and grateful life.

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Free Forum Q&A with TOM SHADYAC Director of ACE VENTURA, NUTTY PROFESSOR Author of LIFE'S OPERATING MANUAL
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July 04, 2014 03:08 PM PDT
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Originally aired 07-28-2013

I say that in a past life I worked in the entertainment industry, comedy in particular. I co-wrote and co-produced novelty records THE HOMECOMING QUEEN'S GOT A GUN, I LIKE EM BIG AND STUPID and EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY all performed by Julie Brown. I directed comic music videos for some of these songs, and ended up co-writing and co-producing the film EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY. I've produced and hosted this show since 1996 and I consult and speak primarily to non-profits and foundations, working with them on communications, encouraging them to tell better stories.
My transition seems mild compared with that of this week's guest, TOM SHADYAC, whose phenomenally successful writing/directing/producing career included the hits
ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE, LIAR LIAR, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, and PATCH ADAMS . His films grossed nearly $2 billion and earned him four People's Choice awards and a ton of money.

His 2011 documentary, I AM recounts what happened after a cycling accident left him incapacitated for months. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. In the film, Shadyac meets with a variety of thinkers and doers including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu - asking what's wrong with society and what can we do make things better?

Tom wrote a book, LIFE'S OPERATING MANUAL, which asks whether life comes with a set of guidelines? If so, what are they? And finally, do we have the courage to pay attention and to change? Rather than spoil the plot by telling you his answers, join us for the conversation.

Free Forum Q&A: ELAINE PAGELS MacArthur and National Book Award winner REVELATIONS: Visions, Prophesy, and Politics in the Book of Revelations
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June 25, 2014 03:39 PM PDT
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Free Forum Q&A: Don Ingber - Innovation Inspired by Nature
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June 15, 2014 07:24 PM PDT
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Originally Aired 5/6/12

After 3.8 billion years of R&D on this planet, failures are fossils. What surrounds us in the natural world is what has succeeded. Nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth.
In January 2009, Harvard received the largest philanthropic gift in its history -- $125M -- to create the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and today's guest is its founding director, DON INGBER. Our bodies - and all living systems - accomplish tasks far more sophisticated and dynamic than any entity yet designed by humans. By emulating nature's principles for self-organizing and self-regulating, Wyss researchers develop innovative engineering solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing.

Free Forum Q&A: Terrence McNally and Free Forum listeners
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March 24, 2014 10:45 PM PDT
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Aired: 3/24/14

I'll share with you my views on a number of issues, large and small. I'll deal with a lot of the questions I ask others about on a regular basis. What are our biggest challenges? Are there some critical issues that don't get enough attention? Can I connect the dots among pieces of the puzzle of a world that just tight work? Can humanity turn things around? What gives me hope?

I hope you find this hour provocative, stimulating, informative, challenging, and lively.

Free Forum Q&A: SARA DAVIDSON, author of THE DECEMBER PROJECT: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Take Aim at Our Greatest Mystery
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March 17, 2014 11:04 PM PDT
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Aired: 03/16/14

We all deal day to day with a lot of questions and a lot of fears - around work, money, health, politcs, relationships. And at some point, we will all deal with the final fears and the final questions - fear of death and questions about what it means and what if anything comes after.

At his request, today's guest, SARA DAVIDSON met every Friday for two years with 89-year-old RABBI ZALMAN SHACHTER-SHALOMI, the iconic founder of the Jewish Renewal movment, to discuss what he calls THE DECEMBER PROJECT. "When you can feel in your cells that you're coming to the end of your tour of duty," in tHe rabbi's words, "what is the spiritual work of this time, how do we prepare for the mystery?"

Davidson, who describes herself as having a seeker's heart and a skeptic's mind, feared death would be a complete annihilation, while Reb Zalman felt certain that "something continues." He didn't want to convince her of anything, but to loosen her mind." Through their talks, he wanted to help people "not freak out about dying," and enable them to have a more heightened and grateful life.

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