Terrence McNally podcast
"I believe we can do better and I want to find out how."
Free Forum - 1) PIERCE HOWARD OWNER'S MANUAL FOR THE BRAIN (originally aired August 2006) 2) RAFE ESQUITH THE HOBART SHAKESPEARIANS (originally aired September 2006)
August 27, 2016 12:18 PM PDT
School seems to start earlier every year, so it feels like a good time for these two interviews. First, PIERCE HOWARD on his book, OWNER'S MANUAL FOR THE BRAIN: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Mental Performance At All Ages. You will definitely learn some useful facts and hacks. Second, RAFE ESQUITH, who taught fifth grade in LA for 30 years, winning just about every honor a grade-school teacher can. I'll talk with Rafe and director MEL STUART about the documentary HOBART SHAKESPEARIANS, which follows inner-city kids - mostly from families where English is not the first language - as they learn to perform a full-text Hamlet by the end of their school year.Free Forum - PAUL RUSESABAGINA Real-life manager of Hotel Rwanda who risked his life to save nearly 1300 others (originally aired March 2007)
August 11, 2016 11:25 PM PDT
"In April 1994, when a wave of mass murder broke out in my country, I was able to hide 1,268 people inside the hotel where I worked. When the militia and the army came with orders to kill my guests, I took them into my office, treated them like friends, offered them beer and cognac, and then persuaded them to neglect their task that day. And when they came back. I poured more drinks and kept telling them they should leave in peace once again. It went on like this for 76 days."Free Forum - 1) NEAL BARNARD MD Reversing Diabetes with a Vegetarian Diet (originally aired January 2007) 2) THOMAS HOMER DIXON THE UPSIDE OF DOWN: Catastrophe, Civilization, and Renewal (originally aired March 2009)
August 11, 2016 11:23 PM PDT
This week two interviews about the possibility of turning things around. First, diabetes and obesity are pretty clearly diseases of lifestyle - and that's good news. NEAL BARNARD MD claims a change in diet can not only prevent the onset of diabetes, but can reverse the disease. In the second half, THOMAS HOMER DIXON compares our current global situation to driving too fast along a country road in a dense fog. He asks, whether a deadly crash is inevitable? Is that what it will take for us to change what we're doing - or can we find a positive path through the rough road ahead?
Free Forum - 1) DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, THE GREAT DELUGE Katrina, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (originally aired July 2006) 2) LINDA GREENHOUSE, Longtime NYTimes Supreme Court Correspondent BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN (originally aired May 2005)
July 29, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
Following the GOP nomination of Donald Trump, you'll hear two conversations that might remind you why voting matters. First, my July 2006 interview with New Orleans native DOUGLAS BRINKLEY about catastrophic negligence on the part of the oil industry, Hurricane Katrina, and his book, THE GREAT DELUGE: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In the second half, my May 2005 chat with LINDA GREENHOUSE, longtime Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times on the Court and her book, BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN.Free Forum - 1) DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, THE GREAT DELUGE Katrina, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (originally aired July 2006) 2) LINDA GREENHOUSE, Longtime NYTimes Supreme Court Correspondent BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN (originally aired May 2005)
July 29, 2016 06:00 PM PDT
Following the GOP nomination of Donald Trump, you'll hear two conversations that might remind you why voting matters. First, my July 2006 interview with New Orleans native DOUGLAS BRINKLEY about catastrophic negligence on the part of the oil industry, Hurricane Katrina, and his book, THE GREAT DELUGE: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In the second half, my May 2005 chat with LINDA GREENHOUSE, longtime Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times on the Court and her book, BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN.Free Forum - AFTER INNOCENCE Stories of wrongly convicted prisoners exonerated and freed by DNA evidence Producer-Director, JESSICA SANDERS HERMAN ATKINS, freed after 13 years in prison
July 26, 2016 11:02 PM PDT
Originally Aired January 2006
The human toll of wrongful imprisonment can last far longer than the sentences served. The documentary AFTER INNOCENCE tells the stories of men released from wrongful imprisonment when DNA evidence proves their innocence. The film focuses on the stories of seven men thrust back into society with little or no support.Free Forum - 1) HOWARD ZINN, A leader of anti-Vietnam War movement A People's History of the United States (originally aired October 2005) 2) LAURA POITRAS, Producer-Director, The Oath; Citizen 4 re Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country (originally aire
July 26, 2016 10:59 PM PDT
Howard Zinn is a hero of mine - and of millions. A bombadier in WWII who attended college on the GI Bill - just like my dad, he was one of the leaders of the anti-Vietnam War movement and the author of the perennial best-seller, A People's History of the United States. Laura Poitras is also a hero. Director-producer of the trilogy, My Country, My Country; The Oath; and Citizen 4, she was one of the journalists, along with Glenn Greenwald, who Edward Snowden trusted to to expose his secrets.
Raised in a working-class family in Brooklyn, HOWARD ZINN flew bombing missions for the United States in World War II, an experience he now points to in shaping his opposition to war. After the war, he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has taught at Spelman College and Boston University. An advisor to SNCC during the civil rights movement and a leading critic of the Vietnam War, he's author of many books. A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, has sold over a million copies.
After ten years as a chef in upscale restaurants, LAURA POITRAS made a radical change in life, to become a documentary filmmaker. Her 2003 film FLAG WARS. was nominated for an Emmy and an Independent Spirit Award and, and awarded a Peabody. Then, working alone in Iraq for over eight months, Poitras created an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. My Country, My Country was nominated for an Academy Award. The Oath for an Emmy, and Citizen4 won the Oscar.Free Forum - ALVIN TOFFLER Passed away last Monday at 87. FUTURE SHOCK; THE THIRD WAVE; POWERSHIFT our last conversation re REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH: How It Will Be Created & How It Will Change Our Lives
July 26, 2016 10:52 PM PDT
Originally Aired July 2006
Though I played this interview for the first time in 10 years only a month ago, I will play it again this week in honor of his passing. New York Times: "the celebrated author of Future Shock, the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions would contend with the immense strains and soaring opportunities of accelerating change." In this conversation, we focus on Revolutionary Wealth: How It Will Be Created and How It Will Change Our Lives.
After both working in manufacturing jobs and unions in their youth, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have gone on to write perhaps the most influential work on the future. Alvin Toffler has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, a faculty member at the New School for Social Research, a White House correspondent, an editor at Fortune magazine. Books include Future Shock; The Third Wave, and Powershift.Free Forum- JON KABAT ZINN COMING TO OUR SENSES: Healing Ourselves & the World w Mindfulness
July 26, 2016 07:06 PM PDT
Originally Aired March 2005
What gets lost in your daily shuffle? What toll is stress taking on your body? How can you lead a fuller, happier life? JON KABAT ZINN says the answer may be "Living life moment by moment as if it really mattered." By practicing mindfulness, he believes that we can literally and metaphorically come to our senses - not just as individuals but as a society.
JON KABAT ZINN, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic (in 1979), and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995). He's the author of several books, including Wherever You Go, There You Are; Full Catastrophe Living; and Coming to Our Senses.Free Forum Q&A - (1) CHRIS ANDERSON, THE LONG TAIL: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More (originally aired August 2006) (2) STEVEN LEVITT, FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (originally aired August 2005)
June 16, 2016 06:06 PM PDT
THE LONG TAIL by former editor of WIRED, CHRIS ANDERSON, makes a provocative argument: With no shelf space to pay for and, in the case of purely digital services like iTunes, no manufacturing costs and minimal distribution fees, a hit and a miss are on equal economic footing, both just entries in a database called up on demand. Suddenly, popularity no longer has a monopoly on profitability.
In FREAKONOMICS, STEVEN LEVITT and co-author STEPHEN DUBNER make that point that economics is, at root, the study of incentives - how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. They explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the myths of campaign finance., the telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan. You get the idea.
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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