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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.

Free Forum - TOM HAYDEN Our last interview, four years ago this week, We talk electoral politics and Tom strongly endorses Barack Obama.
October 29, 2016 12:24 PM PDT
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Tom Hayden (12/11/1939-10/23/2016)

Tom Hayden wrote the Port Huron Statement in 1962 and for the next 54 years worked passionately, smartly, and effectively for the ideals it espoused. Wise beyond his years at 23, he retained the passion and yearning of youth until his passing this week at 76. Radical, pragmatist, public servant, legislator, author, teacher, mentor, organizer, and baseball player. I stopped doing new interviews in 2014 and this is our last conversation. Recorded on the eve of the 2012 election, we talk electoral politics and he offers a ringing and detailed endorsement of Barack Obama.

Free Forum - DAVID KIRP, KIDS FIRST Five Big Ideas to Transform Children's LIves and America's Future
October 13, 2016 07:29 PM PDT
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Originally Aired July 2011

DAVID KIRP envisions an effort to support and develop children based on a simple "Golden Rule:" Every child deserves what's good enough for a child you love. In KIDS FIRST, he offers on-the-ground accounts of initiatives that work - and that could affordably be implemented everywhere - to achieve five key priorities:
1) strong support for new parents,
2) high-quality early education,
3) linking schools and communities to improve what both offer children,
4) giving all kids access to a caring and stable adult mentor,
5) providing kids a nest egg to help pay for college or kick-start a career.

Free Forum - WILLIAM McDONOUGH CRADLE to CRADLE: Remaking the Way We Make Things
October 13, 2016 07:27 PM PDT
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Originally Aired February 2002
Architect, designer, thought leader, and author, WILLIAM McDONOUGH'S vision for a future of abundance is helping companies and communities think differently. In Cradle to Cradle, he and chemist Michael Braungart present an integration of design and science that provides enduring benefits for society from circular economies of safe materials, water, and energy - while eliminating the concept of waste.

Free Forum - BILL McKIBBEN climate activist, founder 350.org author, The End of Nature; Deep Economy
September 24, 2016 09:17 PM PDT
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Originally Aired August 2002
BILL McKIBBEN is a great writer - hundreds of New Yorker articles (1982-87), The End of Nature (1989), The Age of Missing Information (1992), Deep Economy,(2007) and Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist (2013). He is an impactful if reluctant activist, founder of perhaps our most effective climate change organization, 350.org. In this 2002 interview, meet him 6 years before the founding of 350.org.

September 22, 2016 11:13 PM PDT
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Originally aired July 2002
Faith is a word loaded with promise and controversy. Facing a frightening political season, terrorist threats, corporate corruption, and constant change, where do we place our faith? Or is faith today naïve or worse, a form of denial? Join me for this July 2002 interview with SHARON SALZBERG, author of FAITH: TRUSTING YOUR OWN DEEPEST EXPERIENCE, and ask yourself what faith means to you and what role it plays in your life? SALZBERG has been a student of meditation since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. A co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Sharon is also the author of Loving Kindness; A Heart as Wide as the World; and and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation.

Free Forum - WADE DAVIS Light at the Edge of the World Human Cultures In Danger of Extinction
September 10, 2016 03:01 PM PDT
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Originally Aired March 2002

In this remarkable conversation, WADE DAVIS speaks eloquently about a number of fascinating topics - his wild path to the corners of the earth from the Amazon to the Arctic, his experiences with psychotropic plants, the pluses and minuses of Western progress, and the threats to indigenous peoples as told in his book The Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures.

Free Forum - PAULA CAPLAN When Johnny & Jane Come Marching Home
September 03, 2016 09:19 AM PDT
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(originally aired July 2011)
Traumatized veterans are often diagnosed as suffering from a psychological disorder and prescribed psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs. But psychologist PAULA CAPLAN in her book, WHEN JOHNNY AND JANE COME MARCHING HOME, asks why is it a mental illness to be devastated by war? Caplan argues that the standard treatment of therapy and drugs can often be harmful., and she proposes an alternative: that we welcome veterans back into our communities and listen to their stories, one-on-one.
PAULA CAPLAN, a clinical and research psychologist, has been a Lecturer at Harvard and a Professor of Applied Psychology and Head of the Centre for Women's Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is the author of 11 books, including Don't Blame Mother: Mending the Mother-Daughter Relationship; You're Smarter Than They Make You Feel; They Say You're Crazy; and When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans.

Free Forum -1) DEBORAH TANNEN YOU'RE WEARING THAT? Mothers and Daughters in Conversation (originally aired December 2006) 2) SARA DAVIDSON, LEAP: What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives? (originally aired March 2007)
August 27, 2016 12:23 PM PDT
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In You're Wearing That?, bestselling author DEBORAH TANNEN (You Just Don't Understand) untangles the knots daughters and mothers tend to get tied up in. We'll also talk with her about The Argument Culture which explores why America seems to make everything a battle. SARA DAVIDSON started writing LEAP! when her life fell apart. After 25 years of writing for TV, she could no longer find work, her partner of 7 years left, and her kids left for college. She discovered she was not alone - and interviewed 150 people grappling with the question, "Why are we still here?"

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