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Cratedigging is the art of finding the obscure, forgotten or lost audio recordings that experienced low-volume production (or no-volume production, just being made by hand).

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In the style of a Old Testament Prophet, Chris Hedges decries the coming capitalistic totalitarianism and urge activists to promote democratic socialism. Journalist Chris Hedges discusses the dramatic rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy, and illusion as illustrated by the life of pop star Michael Jackson. Chris Hedges, author of "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion, capitalistic totalitarianism,...
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Great Speeches and Interviews is committed to showing the dark side of civilization. In pursue of that goal we present the radio play of George Orwell's "1984" from the NBC University Theater starring David Niven. He cautions that any government can become totalitarian. "The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power....The...
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Made in 1939, this American drama film starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart about one man's effect on American politics. If you haven't seen this movie lately, I would recommend watching online. The film opens as a succession of reporters shouting into telephones announcing the death of Senator Samuel Foley. Senator Joseph Paine, the state's senior senator, puts in a call to Governor Hubert "Happy" Hopper reporting the news. Hopper then calls powerful media magnate Jim Taylor, who...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, American...
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First Broadcast 73 year ago on October 30, 1938 by The Mercury Theatre on the Air When first broadcast, some listeners heard only a portion of the broadcast, and took it to be an actual news reports. Newspapers reported that panic ensued, people fleeing the area, others thinking they could smell poisonous gas or could see flashes of lightning in the distance. Source: The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938) Music includes Don't You Ever Let Nobody Drag Yo's Spirit Down - Linda Tillery & the...
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Ray McGovern and Prof. Jonathan Stevenson talk to Peter B. Collins. They talk about Afghanistan and Gen. David Petraeus. McGovern served 27 years in Army intelligence and at the CIA. Professor Stevenson teaches strategic studies at the Naval War College, and has a background as a journalist. He notes that the generals are becoming bolder in overstepping their roles, and that presidents are becoming more passive to this kind of behavior. They talk about Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, Ray McGovern, Jonathan Stevenson, Peter B. Collins, Afghanistan,...
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The soundtrack of the movie "The Fog of War" features the life of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. He served under President Kennedy and Johnson. He reflects on his part in the bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. This film could have been titled "The Evil That Men Do". McNamara talks about war crimes he and others have committed. He observes the failures of government officials at the highest level to understand the basis of the wars...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, The Fog of War, Robert McNamara, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War,...
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Agricultural plants are frequently cited as examples of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yields, reduced costs for food or drug production, reduced need for pesticides, enhanced nutrient composition and food quality, resistance to pests and disease, greater food security, and medical benefits to the world's growing population. Advances have also been made in developing crops that mature faster and tolerate aluminum,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, genetically modified organisms, GMO, genetic engineering,...
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Since American Sniper is about a real person in a recent war, I find it to be an interesting commentary on Americans. For me, American Sniper shows how an American can seamlessly morph from a cowboy to a government trained mass murderer. Mass murder occurs on the average every two weeks in the U.S. according to the FBI statistics, which makes it rather ordinary despite being a heinous crime. Mass murder as defined by the FBI is single incident where four or more people are killed. When ordinary...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, American Sniper, Adam Kokesh, Gary Franchi, Chris Kyle, Abby Martin,...
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Joseph Stiglitz, author of "The Price of Inequality," and Paul Krugman, author of "End This Depression Now!," talk about the problems facing the U.S. economy. They explain that reducing the U.S. Government deficits slows the economy. Also why unfunded wars and cutting taxes for the rich have not produced prosperity. Joseph Stiglitz is University Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University and a former chief economist at the World Bank. He was awarded the Nobel...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Economics, U.S. economy, Joseph...
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Andrew Bacevich discusses the diminishing returns of America's long-held foreign policy of expansionism, the dangers of rampant consumerism at home and a imperial executive president. "As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extent into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, American exceptionalism, Andrew Bacevich, Matt Richmond, Steve...
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In 1982, the Guatemalan military massacred the villagers of Dos Erres, killing more than 200 people. This is the true story of Oscar Alfredo Ramírez Castañeda and genocide in Guatemala. Guatemala is a mainly mountainous country in Central America. Civil war existed in Guatemala since the early 1960s due in part to inequalities existing in the economic and political life. In the 1970s, the Mayans began participating in protests against the repressive government, demanding greater equality and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, genocide, Guatemala, Dos Erres, Oscar Castañeda, Steve Inskeep,...
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Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere. James Risen reveals the shocking corruption, waste and abuse of our metastasizing Homeland Security Industrial complex.  From the bankrupting of the American taxpayer to the moral bankruptcy of the state, James details the price Americans are paying for the war on terror. He is interviewed by Francesca Rheannon. Power corrupts, but it is endless wars that corrupt absolutely.  James Risen has worked for...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, 9/11, James Risen, Francesca Rheannon, George Marshall, Dan...
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With potentially staggering costs involved, are efforts to make major reductions in carbon emissions even worth it? Would the money be better spent elsewhere? Or, does the amount of money involved become less important when considering the possible consequences of climate change? One of the most concerning aspects of climate change is the potential for catastrophic damages. Catastrophic damages are characterized as low probability-high damage events. For the motion, Major Reductions in Carbon...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Elie Wiesel, Marlon Bishop, German Andino, L. Hunter Lovins, Oliver...
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The European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification based on government-defined standards to market food as organic within their borders. Although sales of organic food increased greatly over the last decade, organics are still a tiny fraction of the food Americans eat.  Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, organic food, artificial food additives, pesticides, fertilizers,...
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Sociologist Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America’s angry white men including white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students.  Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privileges, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement".   Many...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Michael Kimmel, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Steve Curwood, Hanna Rosin,...
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Unraveling Privilege, Power and Difference with Allan Johnson Does hidden white privilege exist? Allan Johnson provides an alternative way of thinking about issues of privilege by examining what keeps us from seeing our own privilege and how that privilege harms others. After 30 years of college teaching, Allan G. Johnson now devotes himself entirely to writing and public speaking. He has worked with more than 200 schools and organizations in 36 states. Source: Leading From Where You Are:...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, white privilege, Allan Johnson, Power, Difference, UCTV
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Facts are essential in a democracy.  A government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” demands an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction has always been a formidable challenge, often with life-and-death consequences. Those in power habitually seek to control the flow of information, corrupting its content and using lies, distortions, or simple suppression to cover their crimes....
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Charles Lewis, David Swanson, Arun Gandhi, David Letterman, Tim...
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Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight, until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn’t commit. Paul talked about how ordinary citizens interact with the justice system, and examined the system’s overall strengths and weaknesses. Paul's analysis is grounded in the radical notion that the government should respect people's right to be secure in their persons and property,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Nigeria, Paul Butler, Peter Slen, Julia Simon, Robert Smith, justice...
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Anat Admati argues that we can have a safer and healthier banking system without sacrificing any of its benefits, and at essentially no cost to society. Anat seeks to engage the broader public in the debate by cutting through the jargon of banking, clearing the fog of confusion, and presenting the issues in simple and accessible terms. Anat Admati is a professor of finance and economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.  Anat serves on the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, banking, Keystone XL pipeline, climate change, fossil fuels, Anat...
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How Big Companies Use Plain English To Rob You Blind with David Cay Johnston .  “No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge cus­tomers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason is that so little of the news . . . addresses the private, government-approved mechanisms by which price gouging is employed to redistribute income upward.” Source: The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English To Rob You Blind"...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, David Cay Johnston, The Fine Print, Climate Projections, Steve...
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Police officer Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded his supervisors telling officers to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests from 2008 to 2009. The Village Voice series that broke Schoolcraft's story was written by Graham Rayman .  Ira Glass narrates the story. "Police Officer Schoolcraft, who worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, was not a happy camper. Some might call him a malcontent. In 2009, he began to secretly tape-record precinct roll calls...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, police state, NSA, national security, internet, crime statistics,...
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Opponents of the two-party system argue that Americans are locked into evaluating every issue through a prism of left and right. They say the country needs to break out of a system that has led to stagnation and a difficulty in finding common ground. Others counter that, while the two-party system has its faults, it arose organically and has a long history of getting things done in the United States. Supporters say that the system is broad-based and does allow room for independents and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, two-party system, U.S., Dread Pirate Roberts, libertarian...
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Scott Atran is an anthropologist and a leading expert on terrorism and violence.  He is interviewed by Chris Mooney .  Scott Atran has worked with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, as well as political leaders.  He is author of the book "Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (un)Making of Terrorists".  See the book review by Al Mckay who is an Associate Editor of e-International Relations. The word "terrorism" is politically and emotionally charged, and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Scott Atran, Chris Mooney, Islamic fundamentalists, terrorists, Al...
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Alan Weisman talks with Francesca Rheannon about the population crisis and how we can solve it. The Earth’s population is expected to be somewhere around 11 billion people by the end of this century. Alan says overpopulation already underlies much of the conflict we see in the world today, including Israel/Palestine and Pakistan. Also the population crisis means we’re going to have to produce more food in the next 50 years than has been consumed in all of human history. "He makes a...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Alan Weisman, Francesca Rheannon, Abby Frazier, Steve Curwood,...
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Elizabeth Kolbert explains how humanity is driving a great wave of extinctions around the planet. She talks with Tom Ashbrook. Elizabeth Kolbert , staff writer for the New Yorker. Author of “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” Also author of “Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.” (@ElizKolbert) Source: On Point: The Next Great Extinction: It’s Now What is Progress? Author Ronald Wright says understanding humanity's patterns of progress and disaster...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Elizabeth Kolbert, Great Extinction, Tom Ashbrook, Ronald Wright,...
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Sarah Jones performances include many characters. Here are some of those characters. Bella is a African-American feminist.  Habiba Rahal is a Muslim professor of comparative literature. Lorraine Levine is an older woman.  Ms. Lady is poor, homeless and disabled. Joseph Mancuso is Italian-American police officer.  Praveen Mandvi is Indian-American human rights worker.  Rashid is a hiphop artist.   "I hope what I do is portray people as honestly as I can. I try not to strip away what's...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, stereotypes, murder, nonviolence, Sarah Jones, James Bevel, Shaka...
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Almost all Americans fall victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda, that accompanies political panics. Mark Stein examines American political panics over witches, Indians, Masons, Chinese, Socialists, Latinos, Muslims, gay marriage and more.  Mark closely examines just what it is that causes us as a country to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound changes. Mark also wrote the screenplay for the film, Housesitter, starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, political panics, witches, Indians, Masons, Chinese, Socialists,...
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President Jimmy Carter gave the closing address on the first day of a three-day Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act . Source: C-Span: Jimmy Carter at Civil Rights Summit James Loney On Captivity In Iraq James Loney is the Canadian peace activist who was held hostage for 118 days in Iraq.  Before that James worked for several years for the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jimmy Carter, James Loney, Civil Rights Act, Iraq, Canadian peace...
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Lawrence Wright reports on the Church of Scientology.  He interviewed over two hundred former and current Scientologists. He also examined the inner workings of the Church.  He also profiles its founder, the late science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard.    Lawrence Wright is the author of many books, including "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  He is a staff writer for The New Yorker.  For more information, visit...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Lawrence Wright, Dianetics, auditing,...
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The U.S. prides itself on the ideal of equality. However, the educational, health care, and legal systems, are plagued by institutional biases against racial minorities. A closer look reveals that these disparities are likely not due to hateful intent, but caused by a combination of factors that include implicit bias , racial anxiety , and stereotype threat . Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Rachel Godsil , research director of the Perception Institute, who explains how the unconscious...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, racial anxiety, implicit bias, stereotype threat, equality,...
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They're arresting the Occupy Movements for trampling grass in public squares. But the finance industry who trampled the U.S. economy in the collapse of Wall Street have yet to be punished says William Black. Source: Prosecuting Financial Titans Bill Black Talks about the Banksters with Peter B. Collins Prof. Bill Black, former Savings & Loan regulator talks about failure to prosecute fraudsters. Black is currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, William Black, Bill Black, Peter B. Collins, Tom Ashbrook,...
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For your entertainment and enlightenment, six people debate the motion "It's Wrong To Pay For Sex." For the motion:  Melissa Farley is a clinical and research psychologist for Prostitution Research & Education.  She has published 22 peer-reviewed articles on prostitution and trafficking. An abolitionist, Farley advocates for alternatives to the institution of prostitution. She manages the Prostitution Research & Education website (prostitutionresearch.com) and cofounded the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Elizabeth Warren, Melissa Farley, prostitution, Catharine MacKinnon,...
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Back in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs."  With $2.5 trillion dollars spent, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago.  Thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail.  But 22 million Americans still use illegal drugs.  The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world much of it for drugs.  "The war on drugs has been a war on communities of color. The racial disparities are staggering: despite the fact that...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, legalization, incarceration, drug abuse, decriminalization, drug...
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“ Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.” — Bill Moyers Andrew examines of the triple crisis facing America.  An economy in disarray that can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad and a government transformed by an imperial presidency into a democracy in name only and an engagement in endless wars that has severely undermined the nation. Andrew recommends a respect for the limits of...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Exceptionalism, Andrew Bacevich, Bill Moyers, The End of American...
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Medea Benjamin , co-founder of CODEPINK, takes a critical look at the use of drones by the U.S. military and argues that targeted killings do not make us safer. Medea Benjamin co-founded CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, in November 2002. She is also the founding director of Global Exchange, an international human rights organization. For more, visit: codepinkalert.org. This broadcast excludes the question and answer part of this talk. To get the full...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Medea Benjamin, drones, U.S. military, CODEPINK, Global Exchange,...
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Species Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert explores with Steve Curwood the many ways humans are helping to cause the largest extinction event since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.  Source: living on earth: The Sixth Extinction Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion “When it comes to moral judgments," Jonathan Haidt says, "we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” Jonathan...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, George H.W. Bush, Elizabeth Kolbert, Steve Curwood, Jonathan Haidt,...
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Elie Wiesel at the age of 15 was deported by the Nazis, along with his family, from their home in Transylvania to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Elie lost both his parents and younger sister in the Holocaust.  Elie has made it his lifelong goal to teach the world about the Holocaust. The prize-winning author of more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction, has tried to capture in his writings the vibrant Jewish world that had existed before the war in addition to its destruction in the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Elie Wiesel, Dan McMillan, Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Auschwitz...
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I know a something about the works of Andrew Bacevich and Stephen Kinzer and hold them in highest regard.  Andrew Bacevich is author and professor at Boston University.  Stephen Kinzer is author of "The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and their Secret World War".   Evan Thomas is author and professor of Journalism at Princeton University.  They discusses American intelligence gathering and international surveillance policies over the last half century through the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Edward R. Murrow, Evan Thomas, Andrew Bacevich, Stephen Kinzer,...
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In 1967, King was an important opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967,  King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Source: Free Info Society: Martin Luther: A Time To Break Silence Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee talks to Tavis Smiley Leymah Gbowee talks about the challenges faced by women in politics....
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Martin Luther King, Vietnam War, United States, Leymah Gbowee, Tavis...
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Shadi Hamid and Simon Schama comment on what makes a revolution more likely to succeed - or fail. Source: The Elements Of A Successful Revolution Scott Horton Interviews Anand Gopal Independent journalist Anand Gopal discusses why counterinsurgency strategy works better in theory than in practice. He explains how the "denying al-Qaeda sanctuary" justification for U.S. military deployments ignores the real reasons the 9/11 attacks succeeded. Source: Scott Horton Interviews Anand Gopal...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, Shadi Hamid, Simon Schama, revolution, Scott Horton, Anand Gopal,...
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Scott Horton Interviews Jeremy Scahill Jeremy Scahill discusses Yemen, President Saleh, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Al Qaeda, Obama, Bush, Ed Schultz, Libya. Source: Scott Horton Interviews Jeremy Scahill Scott Horton Interviews Rep. Dennis Kucinich Rep. Dennis Kucinich discusses his attempt to provoke debate in Congress concerning the authority to declare war. He voted to defund the Libyan War. Source: Scott Horton Interviews Rep. Dennis Kucinich Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald Glenn Greenwald...
Topics: Great Speeches and Interviews, Joint Special Operations Command, Nick Turse, Libya, Glenn...
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Why Do Americans Tolerate Torture Rebecca Gordon argues that torture has become increasingly acceptable in the years since Bush and Cheney left office.  David Swanson interviews Rebecca Gordon.  Rebecca teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco.  Rebecca is an editor of WarTimes/Tiempo de guerras, which seeks to bring a race, class, and gender perspective to issues of war and peace. Source: Talk Nation Radio: Rebecca Gordon on Mainstreaming Torture How To Make A...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Hedge Funds, Torture, Rebecca Gordon, David Swanson, Francesca...
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"Inside Job" director Charles Ferguson talks about Wall Street and the continuing crisis. He explains why American finance and politics is fundamentally corrupt and corrupting. Includes Ben Protess, a legal and regulatory correspondent for the New York Times. Source: Predator Nation with Tom Ashbrook Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong How history textbooks turns real people into cardboard heroes. Meet the real Helen Keller and the real Woodrow...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Tom Ashbrook, Charles Ferguson, Inside Job, American History...
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Howard Zinn was a radical American historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright.  Howard is best known as author of "A People’s History of the United States".  Howard was active in the movements for civil rights, civil liberties and the anti-war movements in the United States.  During World War II, Zinn was a bombardier in the 490th Bombardment Group.  Howard's targets included Berlin, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary as well as Royan , a seaside resort in...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Howard Zinn, Wars, World War II, Oscar Romero, Veerabhadran...
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Abrupt climate change is sudden climate change that is detectable over a human lifetime.   Naomi Klein explains that we can embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.   Naomi exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of many mainstream green initiatives. Also she shows why the market cannot fix the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, climate change, Greenpeace, economics, arctic oil drilling, direct...
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" After much occasion to consider the folly and mischiefs of a state of warfare, and the little or no advantage obtained even by those nations who have conducted it with the most success, I have been apt to think that there has never been, nor ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace. " – Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in H.W. Brands, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), p. 620 This debate focuses on the U.S. bombing campaign against...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle...
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The conflict between Israel and Palestine has a long history.  On November 29, 2012, the General Assembly adopted resolution 67/19 entitled “Status of Palestine in the United Nations” with 138 votes in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions. The resolution accorded to Palestine non-Member observer State status in the United Nations, marking the first time that the General Assembly considered Palestine to be a State. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can the international community...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, U.N., Israel, Palestine, two-state solution, Tar Sands Pipeline,...
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The underground economy is where drug wars and police lockdowns meet urban America.  America’s underground economy includes an estimated $2 trillion in off-the-books work and trade.  Much of it is in tough neighborhoods where the formal economy is very thin and the hand of the law is very heavy.   Alice Goffman finds an urban economy and culture so shadowed by police and incarceration that it lives “on the run.”   Alice Goffman spent six years living in Philadelphia, and her close...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alice Goffman, Tom Ashbrook, Elizabeth...
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The U.S. spends more on the military than the entire rest of the world combined and maintains 300,000 troops abroad in an “empire of bases.”   Andrew Bacevich says now is the time to examine the Washington consensus on national security. He argues that national priorities must shift from fixing Afghanistan to fixing Detroit.   With incisive analysis, Bacevich exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie this pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jesses Jackson, Andrew Bacevich, foreign policy, national security
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This is the best speech on war and peace that I've ever heard. It gets to the heart of the matter. Iraq War veteran Paul Chappell lays out a plan to create a more peaceful world. Paul is a graduate of West Point. He currently serves as Peace Leadership Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Mr. Chappell is the author of "Will War Ever End?" and "The End of War" and "Peace Revolution." For more information visit paulkchappell.com. Source: Peaceful Revolution:...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Paul Chappell, West Point, Iraq War, veteran, War, Nuclear Age Peace...
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Dylan Ratigan is host of "The Dylan Ratigan Show," on MSNBC and author of Greedy Bastard$!. Dylan Ratigan explains his hardball, gloves-off approach to American politics and big business. Ratigan discusses the repercussions and remedies to the problems America faces. Quentin Hardy is Deputy Technology Editor of The New York Times and moderator of this discussion. Source: Dylan Ratigan It Can't Happen Here Tom Engelhardt talks about reversals in foreign and military policy and American...
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In the words of seventeenth-century mathematician, philosopher, physicist and Catholic, Blaise Pascal,  “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior? For the motion: Matthew Chapman who is an author, filmmaker and...
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President Jimmy Carter talks about abuses against girls and women around the world and discusses what can be done about the problem.  President Carter is interviewed by Sally Quinn and David Ignatius .     Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.  Jimmy  co-founded of The Carter Center with his wife Rosalynn Carter and is the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. His books include "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid" and "Our Endangered Values."...
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David Cay Johnston talks about his book "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind" with Jayne O'Donnell, USA Today Money Reporter. “No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge cus­tomers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason is that so little of the news . . . addresses the private, government-approved mechanisms by which price gouging is employed to redistribute income...
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The recent leaks about National Security Agency surveillance programs have renewed the debate over the balance between national security and civil liberties.  Four people debated the motion "Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe." For The Motion: Stewart Baker , Richard Falkenrath ,  Against The Motion: David Cole , Michael German Before the debate, the audience in Washington, D.C., voted 26 percent in favor of the motion and 41 percent against, with 33 percent undecided. After the debate,...
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NSA whistleblower Russ Tice reveals the names of officials involved in the NSA’s illegal practices.  Russ explains how the National Security Agency targets, stores and analyzes illegally obtained content from the people of the United States.   Russ contradicts officials and the mainstream media on the status of the NSA’s Utah facility, which is already operating and “On-Line.” Russ reveals that the NSA targets and wiretaps U.S. political candidates for its own purposes.  Russ...
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Is belief in God rational? Or has science shown the existence of God to be so unlikely as to make belief irrational? Two physicists, a skeptic and a scholar tried to answer those questions.  Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist and the director of the Origins Project and a professor of physics at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and editor of Skeptic.com and a monthly columnist for...
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The Aboriginal Nations Oppose Expansion of Canada’s Tar Sands Shell Canada is planning to expand its Jackpine tar sands mining operations , but several Aboriginal Nations who live there fiercely protest these plans. Steve Curwood hears why from Chelsea Flook , Executive Director of the Sierra Club Prairie Chapter. Source: First Nation Challenges Expansion of Canada’s Tar Sands Carbon Math  Activist Bill McKibben and former president of Shell Oil Company John Hofmeister discuss the current...
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Preschool For Every Child Meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paints and changing tables. Visit a decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. Listen to a Nobel prize-winning economist who says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment. Source: Episode 411: Why Preschool Can Save The World Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges On Change Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges met...
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After more than six decades of war, Andrew Bacevich evaluates the U.S.' military effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.  When and how will these wars end?  Andy takes us thru the various stages of these wars.   The bending of rules of war has become the current strategy.  Assassination and spying on Americans or others are part of this strategy.  Andy claims that the current war is mostly hidden from view.  Andy criticizes Washington for wasting resources on unnecessary...
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Journalist Chrystia Freeland reports on the people who've reached the pinnacle of the business world. Freeland says that surpassingly many of today's richest individuals actual do work. Source: A Startling Gap Between Us And The 'Plutocrats' Ralph Nader's Bold Ideas Ralph Nader explains his bold solutions to Terrence McNally . * Reforming the tax system * Making our communities more self-reliant * Reclaiming science and technology for the people * Getting corporations off welfare * Creating...
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Facing Reality John Gray reflects on what we know but prefer not to think about, whether it's the truth about the invasion of Iraq or the failures of the financial system that led to the banking crisis. "We humans are sturdy and resilient animals with enormous capacities of creativity and adaptability; but consistently realistic thinking seems to be beyond our powers."  Source: BBC: PoV: John Gray: Unknown Knowns: 10 Jan 14 Excessive Government Power Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel...
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I saw the movie 'Inside Job' and I highly recommend it. It was directed by Charles Ferguson. He also produced 'No End in Sight', a documentary of the Iraq war. He was interviewed by Adam Lashinsky who is Senior Editor at Large at Fortune magazine. They ask if the global economic meltdown of the last few years could have been prevented? His documentary, Inside Job, makes a powerful case that an out-of-control finance industry took advantage of a deregulated atmosphere and purposely sought to get...
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Heidi Boghosian talks about government surveillance, corporate power and public resistance with Robert Scheer .  Heidi Boghosian is Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild.  Robert Scheer is Editor-in-Chief of Truthdig. "Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy is the answer to the question, 'if you're not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone's watching you?'" ~ Michael German , Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU and former FBI agent Michael German says that...
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Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the expansion of U.S. drone strikes. Initially the strikes were limited to Al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban but now they include groups allied with the Pakistani military. He states that U.S. economic conditions will force military budget cuts and curtail the empire of bases and he asks for a citizens' movement to end war and empire. Source: Scott Horton Interviews Gareth Porter Scott...
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Dr. Carl Hart says don’t blame drugs for society’s problems.  Dr. Carl Hart grew up in a tough neighborhood in Miami.  Carl tells Tom Ashbrook and us to end the war on drugs.  Carl says we’ve misrepresented the effects of the drugs.  He claims that we have confused effects of poverty and stifled ambition for drug effects.   Dr. Carl Hart, professor of Psychology at Columbia University, director of Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and...
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There was a time when Americans made dreams come true.  Such as flying to the moon and conquering polio.  Hear Tom Ashbrook search for the answers. Where are the dreams of the 21st century?  What can be done with energy, water, cancer and climate change? Jason Pontin is editor in chief of the MIT Technology Review. You can find their issue on big ideas here. Why We Can't Solve Big Problems David Keith is professor of applied physics at Harvard University School of Engineering and professor...
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Investigative journalist Greg Palast talks about how to steal an election in 9 easy steps. Based on the book which can be viewed at Billionaires & Ballot Bandits - Google Books . Source: TalkingStickTV - Greg Palast - Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Climate Change Is Simple  David Roberts of Grist was born and raised in the South. A revelatory summer working in Yellowstone National Park convinced him that it was not the world but just the part where he lived that sucked, so he moved out...
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Andrew Bacevich talks about the issues facing the United States armed forces and traces them back to the war in Vietnam.  Andrew sees a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Andrew warns of the prospect of endless war, waged by a “foreign legion” of professionals and contractor-mercenaries. Bacevich considers bankruptcy, moral as well as fiscal. Andrew is an author and retired Army officer. Source:...
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Two billionaires, Ted Turner and Peter Lewis talk with Ralph Nader. They discuss the activism, Iraq War, marijuana and hemp, nuclear power and health insurance and more. Ralph Nader is the founder of the consumers' rights movement. He played a key role in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Freedom of Information Act and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has harshly criticized the two major political parties for...
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The War Against The Bees On average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter.  Some beekeepers and environmentalists are calling for tighter restrictions on the use of a pesticide called neonicotinoids . Europe has ban some uses of these pesticides. But many U.S. farmers and pesticide companies are opposed to any such move here, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it's not yet convinced that this would help bees very much. Reported by Dan Charles....
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Bloomberg News financial journalist Bob Ivry talks with Francesca Rheannon about the sins of Wall Street. Bob Ivry explains the sins include “Size, secrecy, pride, greed, impunity, complexity, and immunity from adequate regulation”. Source: writer's voice with Francesca Rheannon: Bob Ivry, THE SEVEN SINS OF WALL STREET Climate Risk in South Florida Mayor and biologist Phil Stoddard comments on the risk to a South Florida suburb threatened by rising sea levels.  Phil tells Steve Curwood...
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Climate Change in New York City This report examines storm surges and other potential effects of climate change on New York City. Klaus Jacob , senior research scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory talks to Steve Curwood from his flooded home on the Hudson River. Source: Effects of Climate Change on New York City John Whitehead on Civil Liberties and Drones Constitutional attorney and author John Whitehead discusses the U.S. government’s authorization of drone...
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2012 was another year of incredible weather such as drought, wildfire, ice-melt, Hurricane Sandy, and 70-degree temps in Chicago in December.  Tom Ashbrook talks to Vicki Arroy and Anthony Leiserowitz about climate change Vicki Arroyo is executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center where she is also a Visiting Professor. Anthony Leiserowitz is a research scientist, lecturer, and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Source: NPR...
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Author and journalist Christopher Hedges speaks of the despair, destruction, love and truth that he found during his long career of covering wars and social justice throughout the world. Hedges is interviewed by Dean Nelson as part of the 17th annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Source: Point Loma Writers: A Conversation with Christopher Hedges A Candidate Created By Economists This fake presidential candidate is based on economics. He has a platform was...
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