2015 Program Archive

2015 Program Archive

November 26 - How Fundamentalists in Iowa are Distorting America's Political Discourse; An Analysis of the GOP Presidential Candidates' Foreign Policy

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We begin on this Thanksgiving with Adele Stan, a journalist based in Washington who specializes in covering the intersection of religion and politics and is currently a columnist for the American Prospect. We discuss how much the pandering by Republican presidential candidates to a few thousand Christian fundamentalists in Iowa is having a detrimental effect on the national discourse and harming America's image overseas. With rampant Latino-bashing, and now Muslim-bashing, along with ugly and inhumane references to "rabid dogs" and Nazi-like lists of people deemed different and less than human, we will look into what is happening to the heart and soul of America that appears to be being hardened with hate with a lust for war by those who profess to be followers of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

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Then we explore the foreign policy arena in terms of the proscriptions and pronouncements by the Republican candidates running for the presidency and speak with Jacob Heilbrunn, the Senior Editor of The National Interest and author of "They Knew They We Right: The Rise of the Neocons". We examine the amazing ignorance displayed by Dr. Ben Carson and the ludicrous amateurism of Donald Trumps simplistic solutions for global problems. And we also look ahead to the Republican convention which Trump is likely to dominate, to determine whether there is a pathway to the nomination for Ted Cruz, who is more intelligent but just as belligerent as the frontrunners, or Marco Rubio, who is a captive of the neocons and Adelson's millions, and is perhaps the most dangerous candidate when it comes to running foreign policy.   

 

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November 25 - The Latino Vote in 2016; How to Become a "Mahbster"

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We begin with the critical role of the Latino vote in the upcoming election and speak with Antonio Gonzales, President of the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the U.S., the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. We will discuss the latest Census Survey that finds Latino registration grew during 2010-2014 but the rate of U.S. Latino votes cast was its lowest ever while the national Latino vote was stagnant due to its collapse in California. And now the GOP presidential candidates are talking about closing doors and bashing Muslims who Ben Carson likened to "rabid dogs", instead of building walls against Latinos, we will look into how much the Latino vote in 2016 will be mobilized in response to the racist insults against Latinos from Donald Trump and others.

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Then we speak with the conservation biologist Paul Ehrlich about his new book "The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals" that features beautiful pictures of the endangered creatures that we celebrate as gifts of nature whose extinction mankind is causing. We will discuss role of human population growth in destroying biodiversity while human-caused climate change threatens food supplies for a global population that will double in a few decades. We also discuss how you can become a "mahbster" by joining M.A.H.B., the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere" which connects, activists, scientists, humanists and civil society to foster global change. 

 

 

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November 24 - Which Presidential Candidate Will Deal With Washington's Systemic Corruption?; The 8 Laws of Change

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We begin with an assessment of who will be left standing in the presidential primaries as Donald Trump continues to dominate the crowded Republican field in spite of alienating a number of constituencies including American Muslims who he suggested might have to be registered in a databaseDavid Halperina former senior policy advisor for Howard Dean's presidential campaign and White House speechwriter for President Clinton and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins us to discuss the comparatively boring race on the Democratic side and which candidate might best deal with the systemic corruption and theft of taxpayer money in Washington exemplified by the $40 billion a year for-profit college racket in which one company EDMC, owned by Goldman Sachs, swindled federal taxpayers out of $11 billion.   

 

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Then we speak with Stephan Schwartz the editor of the daily web publication, Schwartzreport.net, about his new book "The 8 Laws of Change: How to be an Agent of Personal and Social Transformation" which shows how Margaret Mead's notion "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has", can be put into action. We discuss how the ultimate challenge facing the planet, global warming, can be addressed following the examples of Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin and Mahatma Gandhi who changed history by implementing the strategies and tactics of the 8 laws of change.     

 

 

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November 23 - Diplomatic Moves to End the Syrian Agony; Russia's Changing Role in the Syrian Civil War

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We begin with the upcoming visit of France's President Hollande to the White House on Tuesday who then goes on to Moscow to meet with President Putin, and discuss the possibility of a diplomatic solution to end the agony in Syria. James Gelvin, a Professor of History at UCLA whose research focuses on Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, joins us to look into both the military escalation against daesh, the self-declared Islamic State, and changes in the diplomatic landscape following a unanimous vote at the U.N. Security Council on Syria that Russia did not veto which condemned the Islamic State and called for a concerted effort by all nations to destroy it.

 

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Then we look further into Russia's role in the Syrian civil war which has changed since the bombing of the Russian airliner from propping up the Assad regime to trying to forge an anti-IS coalition with France and others that may lead to a diplomatic solution assuming that daesh can be neutralized. Gordon Hahn, an Analyst and Advisory Board Member of Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation whose books include "Russia's Islamic Threat" and his latest "The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia's North Caucasus and Beyond", joins us to discuss Putin's vow to exterminate those who blew up the airliner over the Sinai. We also discuss what Gordon Hahn sees as a corruption of scholarship amongst U.S. analysts of Russia who equate Putin with Stalin and ignore evidence of U.S. meddling in Georgia and Ukraine that led to wars that are solely blamed on Putin.      

 

 

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November 22 - Republicans Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS; The Sanders Campaign as a Watershed for a New Progressive Politics; On the Campaign Trail with Bernie Sanders

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We begin with the disgraceful behavior of GOP governors, the Republican House of Representatives and most of the candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination, not to mentions a number of gutless Democrats in the House, all of whom are playing into the hands of daesh, the Islamic State by scapegoating and demonizing Muslims who are the victims of the terrorists responsible for the massacres in Paris. A former jihadi who renounced radical Islam and worked with Canadian Intelligence to break up al Qaeda terrorist plots, Mubin Shaikh, joins us to discuss the sick symbiosis between the Republican Right and the Islamic State terrorists who benefit immeasurably from Islamophobia in the West and the free publicity our media gives them.

 

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Then we speak with John Judis a senior writer at The National Journal where his latest article is "The Bern Supremacy: Does the future of the Democratic Party belong to Sanders?" We discuss the political phenomenon that Bernie Sanders represents calling for "revolution" while identifying himself a democratic socialist whose campaign may not win the presidency but will be a watershed in the development of a new progressive politics in America.

 

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Then finally we look into “the Bern”, the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, with the award-winning senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, Will Bunch, who has been on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders for the last several months writing a forthcoming E-book for Amazon “The Bern Identity”. We discuss Senator Sanders’ recent speech at Georgetown University on Democratic Socialism and his invocation of President Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights that FDR enunciated in his last State of the Union address in 1944.

 

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