Free Forum with Terrence McNally
"I believe we can do better and I want to find out how."
MICHAEL LEWIS - 2010 Q&A re THE BIG SHORT - !0 years after the crash
September 20, 2018 11:10 PM PDT
It’s 10 years since the financial crash, and books, articles and commentators are looking back. So let’s listen to my 2010 conversation with Michael Lewis, We talk about his #1 best-seller THE BIG SHORT, but more than that, I ask him to define terms - like securitization, derivatives, credit default swaps. It's one of my all time favorite interviews.NEW - MILTON BENNETT - The Cult of Trump?
September 13, 2018 11:55 PM PDT
I read an interview by Dahr Jamail with today’s guest, cultural communication expert Milton Bennett, at Truthout.org. Titled Is There a Cult of Trump? It spells out the methods utilized – consciously or unconsciously - by Trump to turn his followers into a cult – impervious to outside or contrary influence and united in defense of their aims and their leader. It’s a story of tactics and behavior that transform the Trump phenomenon into something more dangerous than a simple political divide.PAUL HAWKEN, DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming Rise for Climate Global Day of Action Sat Sept 8
September 07, 2018 07:56 PM PDT
This weekend when folks in communities around the world take part in a Global Day of Climate Action, you'll hear my October 2017 conversation with PAUL HAWKEN (The Ecology of Commerce; Natural Capitalism; Blessed Unrest) about his research project and best-selling book: DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which ranks the 80 most impactful solutions - plus 20 others for which there isn't enough data yet to rank them.NEW-MICHAEL BRUNE-Sierra Club ED, Good news, Bad news, Get Involved
August 30, 2018 01:22 PM PDT
California Natural Resources Agency predicts severe heat waves, wildfires, ocean rise will cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Trump administration decimates Obama emissions rules for cars and power plants. Rise Up for Climate global day of action Sat 9/8. MICHAEL BRUNE, Executive Director of Sierra Club, shares good news, bad news, and ways to get involved.JARED DIAMOND 2005 Interview COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR SUCCEED
August 25, 2018 09:54 AM PDT
In light of the Cohen and Manafort verdicts and the overturning of Obama Clean Air policy of regulating power plant emissions, let’s listen to my 2005 conversation with JARED DIAMOND regarding his book COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR SUCCEED. In his earlier Pulitzer-prize winning bestseller GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL, Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. In COLLAPSE, he asks: What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?JONATHAN SMUCKER-Grassroots activism in the Trump era (recorded March 2017)
August 24, 2018 09:44 AM PDT
This week we replay an interview recorded March 25 2017 in the early days of Trump with JONATHAN SMUCKER. Currently a grassroots organizer in his hometown of Lancaster PA, Jonathan was involved with Occupy Wall Street and has a lot to say about what worked and what we can learn from what didn't. I turn to him now because the grassroots will go a long way to determining turnout in November, and turnout will decide the mid-term election.NEW: MDMA/Ecstasy Therapy for PTSD Cole Marta MD, LA's FDA-sanctioned clinical trials Seven McDonald, journalist
August 10, 2018 11:27 PM PDT
Michael Pollan's How To Change Your Mind, once as high as #4 on the NYTimes best-seller list, currently #4 in LA, tells the story of the scientific research as well as his personal experience of guided sessions with psychedelics. Award-winning LA Weekly columnist, Seven McDonald, does the same in an article for Playboy on the therapeutic use of MDMA (ecstasy) to treat PTSD. I'm joined by McDonald and Cole Marta MD, the principal investigator at the Los Angeles site of FDA-sanctioned phase II and III trials with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.(1) THOMAS FRANK What's the Matter with Kansas? (2) GEORGE LAKOFF Don't Think of an Elephant - both recorded in 2004
August 07, 2018 05:56 PM PDT
Late summer 2004, I recorded conversations with Thomas Frank on What's the Matter With Kansas? and with George Lakoff on Don't Think of an Elephant. We were deep in two wars and three months from the Bush-Kerry election. Both Frank and Lakoff point to blind spots about the way we see the world, how we frame what we experience, and how powerful both can be. What do they have to tell us today three months from the 2018 midterms?CHARLES DUHIGG-How do you make - or break - a habit?
July 20, 2018 05:00 PM PDT
Want to spend less time online and more time in the real world? Brain science has learned a lot about habits. That has given corporations new power with which to manipulate us, but it also gives us greater power over our own behavior. Listen to my 2012 conversation with CHARLES DUHIGG about his book THE POWER OF HABIT, in which he tells us what a habit is, how they form, how they can be broken, and how we can put what science has learned about habits into practice.NEW-ADAM WINKLER-Supreme Court-Why do corporations have civil rights?
July 19, 2018 11:10 PM PDT
Under John Roberts, Supreme Court decisions are consistently pro-business, recently based on corporate rights of free speech and freedom of religion. How did we get here? Will it only get worse with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh? Listen to my conversation with ADAM WINKLER, constitutional law professor at UCLA and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America and his latest, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.
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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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