Thursday, April 10, 2014

Foreign Policy Begins At Home

Richard Haass
Richard Haass argues that for the U.S. to remain important in this century, it must reduce its foreign interventions (both military and humanitarian) and focus instead on restoring its own economic health. Richard is interviewed by E.J. Dionne a columnist for the Washington Post.

Richard says that U.S. national security depends on the United States addressing its burgeoning deficit and debt, crumbling infrastructure, second class schools, and outdated immigration system. Richard's primary focus is on domestic policy; the need to reverse the decline of U.S. competitiveness, stabilize the middle class, and strengthen the economy. Dr. Haass is the author or editor of eleven books on American foreign policy and one book on management.
Source: C-Span: Book Discussion on Foreign Policy Begins at Home

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Alternative Medicine Under The Microscope

Alan Weisman
Human Population Limits

Alan Weisman and Steve Curwood discuss the hot-button issue of reducing population. Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries, from India to Italy to Japan, to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?
Source: living on earth: Counting Down the Planet

Population Limits

Alternative Medicine Under The Microscope

Alternative medicine, from herbs to acupuncture to supplements, is big business in America.
Dr. Paul A. Offit
Dr. Paul A. Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Paul says alternative medicine has been way oversold. Paul and Terry Grossman talk with Tom Ashbrook.
Dr. Terry Grossman
Dr. Terry Grossman is founder and director of the Grossman Wellness Center and co-author (with Ray Kurzweil) of “Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever.”
Source: On Point with Tom Ashbrook: How Safe And Effective Is Alternative Medicine?

Lawrence Taylor
Climate Change And The Bottom Line

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires that publicly traded companies file annual reports that disclose potential risks to the company’s bottom line. That includes climate change yet more than 70% of businesses fail to mention the possible effects of climate change. Lawrence Taylor, a citizen researcher who compiled the data, lays out the details to Steve Curwood.
Source: living on earth: Climate and the Bottom Line

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Future Of United States?

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter urges us to confront the questions of, “Where is the United States going in the world? How can we get there? What are the guiding stars that will illuminate the path along the way?”

Mark Mykleby
Mark Mykleby writes that the complexity, competition, and interconnectedness of a new century require a fresh perspective on the U.S.' enduring goals of prosperity and security and that our current path is simply unsustainable. Over time, the best way to shape the force of the future is to invest in the science, technology, education, and training. Mark Mykleby is interviewed by Terrence McNally who is a radio host (KPFK 90.7fm in LA, WBAI 99.5fm in NY), featured journalist at
Source: Terrence McNally podcast: Free Forum Q&A: Mark Mykleby, Natl Security=Sustainability

Ronald Wright
What is America?

Allan Gregg interviews Ronald Wright who is a Canadian author of travel, history and fiction. America is the world's only superpower, but how did it get there? In a provocative new book, Ronald Wright contends that right from its start as a frontier society, America has used militarism and religious extremism to expand and prosper. Wright is the bestselling author of A Short History of Progress. His new book is What is America? A Short History of the New World Order.
Source: YouTube: Ronald Wright - What is America?

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Why Violence Has Declined

Neal Conan & Steven Pinker

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history.

Trends that have resulted in the decline of violence.
  1. Our evolution from hunter gatherers into settled civilizations.
  2. The consolidation of small kingdoms and duchies into large kingdoms with centralized authority and commerce.
  3. The emergence of Enlightenment philosophy, and it's respect for the individual.
  4. Since World War II, violence has been suppressed, first by the overwhelming force of the two parties in the Cold War, and more recently by the American hegemony.
  5. The general trend, even apart from the Cold War, of wars to be more infrequent, and less violent, however autocratic and anti-democratic the governments have become.
  6. Lastly, the growth of peace and domestic societies, and with it the diminishing level of violence through small things like schoolyard fights, bullying, and picking on gays and minorities.
Steven Pinker is interviewed by Neal Conan, who is host of "Talk of the Nation" on National Public Radio. Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind.
Source: Great Conversations: Steven Pinker and Neal Conan

Donald B. Louria

Donald B. Louria talks about the loss of faith in the future.

"I fear we are now in great danger of a large percentage of the public having their hopes for the future battered, being overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness in regard to our ability to cope with the major problems facing the society. If that occurs, there are substantial societal and individual consequences.
  • There will be a dramatic increase in the frequency and severity of anxiety and depression.
  • There will be a much greater focus on hedonism with increased risk taking and pleasure seeking, including the use of mind-altering drugs, both legal and illegal (alcohol included).
  • There will be little attention paid to preventing or mitigating future problems and threats; politicians, even more than now, will focus almost entirely on present issues, thereby making the future even more bleak.
  • The depression epidemic will have physical and other consequences with increased incidence of suicide and heart attacks, marital discord, inability to function effectively, and overeating (a well known response to depression) that will exacerbate our obesity and diabetes epidemics.
Make no mistake about it. Loss of faith in the future is very serious business – if widespread enough, it is society threatening." ~ Donald B. Louria

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Race Baiting and Eric Deggans

Eric Deggans is a TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times and argues that the media has fractured into ever-smaller divisions populated by pundits who play upon the fears and prejudices of their viewers to garner larger audiences. Mr. Deggans proposes that the pursuit of higher ratings and greater website page views erodes political dialogue. Mr. Deggans makes a smartly presented call for more civil discourse.
Source: BookTV: Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Pipeline to Hell

From left to right Greg Croft, Dan Miller, Cassie Doyel, Sam Avery
Greg Dalton moderates a discussion about the Canadian tar sands and Keystone XL pipeline. Canadian diplomat Cassie Doyel say it’s better for America to get its energy from Canada than unfriendly nations. Author Sam Avery warns that there’s enough carbon in the tar sands “to send Earth’s climate into an irreversible tailspin.” Dan Miller, Managing Director of the Roda Group, looks at the long term saying “as a price on carbon kicks in, and it starts to build over time, the tar sands will be the first things that will be knocked off the list.” Greg Croft, Lecturer at St. Mary’s College of California, points out that “the carbon problem is global and we haven't solved any problems on a global basis.”

Climate Protesters in front of the White House

To read the transcript go to climate one: Pipeline Paradigm.
Source: Tar Sands & Crude Oil - Pipelines & Paradigms (Full Program)

Tar Sands

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Creativity & Courage Of Nonviolence

Congressman John Lewis talks about the civil rights movement and the part he played in it. John also explains to Krista Tippett about how to apply nonviolence today.
Source: On Being with Krista Tippett: John Lewis — The Art & Discipline Of Nonviolence

Martin Luther King

Lloyd Sederer
Lloyd Sederer talks with Tavis Smiley about the mental health crisis in the U.S.

Dr. Lloyd Sederer is medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the largest state mental health system in the United States. Lloyd is also adjunct professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health and has served as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Sederer has published seven books and more than 350 professional articles and reports. His most recent text, The Family Guide to Mental Health Care, is a comprehensive print resource for the millions of people who have loved ones suffering from some kind of mental illness.
Source: Tavis Smiley: Mental health expert Dr. Lloyd Sederer

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