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Free Forum - JARED DIAMOND, COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
February 09, 2017 08:03 PM PST
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Originally aired April 2005

Environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of these societies, but other societies found solutions and persisted. The subtitle claims "societies choose to fail or succeed."

Free Forum - Trump Takes Office, Millions Hit Streets with Drew Dellinger, Richard Eskow & Mark Hertsgaard
January 24, 2017 09:24 PM PST
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I recently broke my two-year hiatus with a show of reflections on the election and the path forward. I couldn’t resist again this week, following the inauguration of Donald Trump and the millions around the US and the globe who marched yesterday. in protest. I discuss recent events and the meaning of the marches with: • Richard (RJ) Eskow (www.patreon.com/thezerohour), host of the syndicated radio show The Zero Hour, was a writer for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. • Drew Dellinger, Ph.D. (drewdellinger.org), founder of Planetize the Movement, is the author of the award-winning poetry collection, Love Letter to the Milky Way, and the upcoming book, Martin Luther King—Ecological Thinker: Toward a Cosmology of Connection. • Mark Hertsgaard (markhertsgaard.com), Veteran journalist, Investigative Editor of The Nation, and the author of seven books including HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth and On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.

Free Forum - FIRST NEW SHOW SINCE 2014 RESPONDING TO TRUMP I open with a 10 minute commentary EDDIE KURTZ, Courage Campaign COLBY DEVITT, Divest from Standing Rock Pipeline
January 13, 2017 08:13 PM PST
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After hosting and producing this show for 17 years, I stepped away from recording new live interviews nearly two years ago, but I couldn't resist commenting about Trump's election and our path forward confronting his administration. The Courage Campaign is spearheading resistance in California with a mix of online and ground organizing and action. Colby Devitt shares her experience at Standing Rock and her work in the campaign to divest from banks funding the pipeline.

Free Forum - CHARLES DUHIGG THE POWER OF HABIT: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Businesss also his NYT Reporting on Apple's Labor Practices
January 13, 2017 06:55 PM PST
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Originally Aired: August 2012

Brain science has learned a lot about habits. That gives corporations new power
with which to manipulate us, but it also gives us greater power over our own behavior. In THE POWER OF HABIT, award-winning New York Times reporter CHARLES DUHIGG, tells us what a habit is, how they are formed, how they can be broken, and how we can put what we've learned about habits into practice.

January 05, 2017 09:05 PM PST
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originally aired July 2013

After a life-changing battle with concussion syndrome, TOM SHADYAC walked away from a career directing blockbuster comedies. In the documentary, I AM, he asks a variety of thinkers and doers including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Desmond Tutu, "What's wrong with society and what can we do make things better?" In LIFE'S OPERATING MANUAL, he asks if life comes with a set of guidelines. If so, what are they? Finally, do we have the courage to pay attention and to change?

January 05, 2017 09:01 PM PST
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originally aired September 2010

As we celebrate holidays with family, loved ones, and friends, may we reconnect with the deepest, truest parts of ourselves and the human experience. May we reaffirm the simple value of seeing, hearing, respecting, accepting and loving one another. May we call forth and share the best of who we are. Science and sages both say the practice of mindfulness can help us to do these things on a regular basis. Please accept my offering of this conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Trudy Goodman.

December 19, 2016 11:21 AM PST
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(originally aired December 2012)

The late evolutionary biologist Steven Jay Gould called humans "the primate who tells stories..." And it's not just Gould. Anthropologists have found societies that have existed for millennia without the wheel, but they've never found one that doesn't tell stories. In fewer than 300 pages of THE STORYTELLING ANIMAL, JONATHAN GOTTSCHALL traces the cultural and scientific connections between story and the human brain, touching on nearly every facet of society long the way.
For humans, story is like gravity-it's this powerful and all-encompassing force that we hardly even notice because we are so used to it. But gravity is influencing us all the time, and story is too. Most of us think that our time in the provinces of storyland doesn't shape or change us. But research shows that story shapes humanity at the historical, cultural, and personal levels. Story isn't a frill in human life-something we do just for kicks. Story is a vastly powerful tool. By educating ourselves about story, we can use to learn that power in our own lives. -- Jonathan Gottschall

December 09, 2016 04:51 PM PST
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(originally aired April 2010)
In need of some good news, meet Father Gregory Boyle.
In 1998, Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the United States. Serving 12,000 clients a year, 8,000 gang members from 700 different gangs, it offers wrap-around, comprehensive services to those for whom hope is rare. As of 2010, Boyle had buried 168 of his homies. He fills his first book TATTOOS ON THE HEART with their stories. I read it cover to cover on a plane flight and cried at least a dozen times. Father Boyle's compassion is boundless.

Free Forum - 1) DREW WESTEN, THE POLITICAL BRAIN The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Nation's Fate (originally aired August 2007) 2) SUSAN JACOBY THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON (originally aired July 2008)
December 09, 2016 03:21 PM PST
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This week two interviews recorded before Obama
was elected in 2008 that help explain what just happened.
Trump is just the latest. Though it's a successful political and electoral strategy, the Right's stand against intelligence leaves the US unable to deal successfully with the complex and dynamic circumstances we face as a nation and a society. Back in 2007, DREW WESTEN made clear that Democrats almost always present the best arguments - but lose elections to Republicans who have mastered the art of emotion and story-telling. In 2008, SUSAN JACOBY traced the historical roots of Americans' proud know-nothingism in The Age of American Unreason.

Free Forum - ROBERT WRIGHT, The Evolution of God
December 01, 2016 10:44 PM PST
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Originally aired August 2009

81% of White Evangelical voters chose Trump. If that implies that God's message changes with political winds, don't be surprised. In The Evolution of God, ROBERT WRIGHT makes the case that this has always been the case.

The book follows the changing moods of God as reflected in ancient Scripture, and according to WRIGHT, "The moral of the story is simple: When people see their interests threatened by another group, this perception brings out the most belligerent parts of their religion. Such circumstances are good news for violent extremists and bad news for moderates." A print version of this interview was 3rd most discussed article of the week at AlterNet.org the weekend in July 2009.

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