2013 Program Archive

November 12 - An Update From The Philippines and Climate Change with Global Justice; Gun Toting "Open Carry Texans" Intimidate Mothers; Fallout From "On The Beach" To Fallout From Fukushima

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We  begin with the growing humanitarian disasters following the super-storm that tore through the Philippines displacing more than 600,000 people. Joining us from the Philippines to discuss the difficulties of getting relief to those in need is Rosario Guzman, a research associate with the Ibon Foundation which works for climate justice and on environmental, agricultural and economic issues in the Philippines. We will also speak with Ann Peterman, the Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project who is concerned about the vulnerability of countries in the Global South that are suffering from the consequences of global warming caused by the Global North.

 

 

 

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Then we look into the faceoff at a restaurant outside of Dallas where a group of women and children had gathered for the first meeting of a local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America that was interrupted by a posse of men and women armed with assault rifles who belong to an organization called Open Carry Texas. A member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America who is afraid to give out her name joins us to discuss her group modeled on Mothers Against Drunk Driving that was formed after the Sandy Hook massacre, and how she was intimidated by the display of force from heavily armed gun right activists.

 
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Then finally we speak with Katherine Kramer, the daughter of Stanley Kramer, the legendary producer/director of the Cold War classic “On the Beach”. She and actress/comedian Lily Tomlin are hosting the North American premiere of a new film “Fallout” that explores the mythology and reality of Neville Shute’s “On the Beach” and its relevance today to the continuing fallout from the meltdowns at Fukushima.

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November 11 - "The Pity of War" - A Veterans Day Special Program of Poetry From WWI and WWII

 

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Today on Veterans Day we present a special broadcast to commemorate the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten whose great work the Latin Mass for the dead “War Requiem” was commissioned to consecrate the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral that was destroyed by German bombers in World War II. As result of the destruction and the death of close friends in the war, Britten became a pacifist and his “War Requiem” was inspired by the poems of Wilfred Owen who was killed in World War I, one week before the armistice that ended The Great War, “the war to end wars”, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a day which was originally called Armistice Day, which today we honor as Veterans Day.

 

Today’s program is called “The Pity of War” and it was performed last night at the UCLA/Hammer museum in Los Angeles by British stage and screen actress Rosalind Ayers and her husband actor and director Martin Jarvis. They read a selection of poems from World War I and World War II that depict the horror and futility of war, not the jingoistic patriotic verse that accompanied these massive tragedies, the first of which ended in an Armistice ninety five years ago today, an armistice in which historians have observed the seeds of World War II were sown out of the punitive reparations imposed on Germany by the victorious allies, since at the very same spot the armistice was signed, 22 years later, Adolph Hitler staged the signing of France’s surrender to Germany in World War II.

 

 

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November 10 - Israel's Anger at Talks with Iran; Why The P5+1 Talks With Iran Failed; An Update From The UN Climate Talks in Poland

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We begin and go to Israel where Wendy Sherman, the chief U.S. negotiator in the P5+1 talks with Iran that just ended without an agreement, is briefing Israel’s National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen. The former spokesman for Shimon Peres, Gideon Levy, a columnist and member of the editorial board of Ha’aretz, joins us to discuss Prime Minister Netanyahu’s anger at the talks, Secretary of State Kerry’s frustration with Israeli/Palestinian negotiations and the chance of unilateral military action against Iran from Israel.

 

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Then we discuss the possible reasons why Iran backed away from a deal with the P5+1 that appeared to be close. Vali Nasr, the dean of the John’s Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies joins us to discuss France’s role in demanding more transparency from Iran and whether in ten days time, when talks resume there will a resolution to Iran’s nuclear enrichment ambitions that will satisfy the international community enough to lift sanctions that have severely impacted Iran’s economy.

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Then finally we discuss the tragic timing of the super-storm that hit the Philippines killing over 10,000 people as the United Nations Climate Talks COP 19 begin on PolandJamie Henn, the co-founder with Bill McKibben of 350.org, and Hoda Baraka, the Global Communications Manager for 350.org, join us from Warsaw to discuss whether the devastation from one of the strongest storms every recorded will spur the climate talks to go beyond rhetoric to action.

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November 7 - The Impact of News of Arafat's Poisoning on Peace Talks; Cutting the Wrong Deficit; Cutting Food Stamps While Subsidizing Billionaires

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We begin with confirmation from Swiss scientists that PLO leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned by radioactive Polonium and assess what impact this will have on the already shaky peace talks underway between the Israelis and Palestinians. Khaled Elgindy, a Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution who was an advisor to the Palestinian leadership from 2004 to 2009, joins us to discuss remarks by Secretary of State Kerry on Israeli TV where he warned of a bleak period ahead if peace is not achieved stating “I mean does Israel want a third Indifada?”

 

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Then we speak with Jared Bernstein the former Chief Economic Advisor to Vice President Biden and a member of President Obama’s economic team. He has an article in Thursday’s New York Times with Dean Baker “Taking Aim at the Wrong Deficit” and we discuss how the exaggerated fears that the sky is falling due to budget deficits, which are in fact going down, are distracting American from a real problem with the trade deficit, which if fixed, would help reduce the budget deficit.

 
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Then finally we look into a flagrant and callous hypocrisy and national disgrace as the House debates cutting $40 billion more from the food stamp program that was just cut, while they plan to increase subsidies for billionaire owners of farms and agri-business. We speak with Craig Cox, the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Environmental Working Group, who have just released a study revealing how billionaires with a collective wealth of $316 billion are receiving millions in tax-payer farm subsidies while poor families with children are having their already inadequate allotment of food stamps cut.

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November 6 - A New Report on the Alarming Rise of Global Warming; After Food Stamp Cuts, Now the Unemployed Get Hit; The Supreme Court Avoids the Easy Prayer Decision

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We begin with a just-released report from the World Meteorological Organization that finds the global warming gas CO2 grew more rapidly last year than its average rise over the past decades. Meteorologist Michael Mann, the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University and author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars” joins us to discuss the report and his own wars with the just defeated candidate for governor Virginia’s Attorney General Cuccinelli who began a witch hunt against Michael Mann, accusing the climate scientist of fraud.

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Then with the poor being punished by cuts in food stamps, we look into how the unemployed are about to be punished with one point three million Americans losing unemployment insurance at the end of the year according to a new report from The National Employment Law Project. The author of that report, Rebecca Dixon joins us to discuss the chronic Federal underfunding of state’s unemployment programs burdened by extensive backlogs and outdated and unreliable systems which in California alone have delayed payments on 300,000 claims.

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Then finally we discuss oral argument in the Supreme Court on an important church versus state case with Eric Segall, a Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law who has an article at The Daily Beast “Supreme Court Prayer Decision in Greece v Galloway Should Be Easy”.

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