Archive 13: 2020

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Sanctions Kill, TRT 1:56  recorded 5/9/20
Sanctions Kill, Monday 5/18/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The US has imposed economic sanctions against 39 countries.  In many cases, this denies them access to medicine and medical equipment as well as access to world markets for food and other necessities.  During the coronavirus crisis the US, with the highest death count in the world, has upped the sanctions against countries like Iran and Venezuela, and has tried to weaponize COVID-19 to bring down governments that will not follow the dictates of Washington and Wall Street.  The UN has asked that sanctions be loosened during this crisis but the US has done the opposite.  Many US allies have broken with them and sent medical aid to some of these countries.  Now is an important time for the people in the US to come out strongly against these sanctions, which are simply war by other means. US Sanctions during COVID-19 Pandemic are a global threat.

This video of a webinar that occurred May 9th 2020 features government representatives of several countries under harsh US imposed sanctions.  The speakers include:

Cuba — Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, Charge des Affaires of the Cuban Mission to the UN

Zimbabwe — Omowale Clay, December 12th Movement, long time black liberation activist, targeted by FBI in 1984 political show trial known as NY 8

Nicaragua — Francisco O Campbell, Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S.

Syria — Dr. Bashar Ja’afari, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations

Venezuela — Carlos J. Ron Martinez, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

Iran -  Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Ambassador to the United Nations

Thanks to The United National Antiwar Coalition and other members of the  Sanctions Kill Coalition including:
Vererans for Peace
US Peace Council
December 12th Movement
Alliance for Global Justice
Intereligious Foundation for Community Organization / Pastors for Peace
Popular Risistance
International Action Center
Black Alliance for Peace

For more information on the Sanctions Kill Coalition: https://sanctionskill.org

Cornell West: What It Means to Be Human, TRT :58  recorded 4/26/20
Cornel West: What It Means to Be Human, Monday 5/11/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

This talk is an edited for Free Speech TV version of the Collins Distinguished Speakers' Lecture given April 26, 2019 at the University of Oregon titled "Race Matters...A Timely Discussion on the Fabric of America.

"The increase of racist incidents in Baltimore, Ferguson, Charlottesville and nationwide, alongside movements such as Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock, has made the need for conversations on race in the United States today one of continued urgency.

Dr. Cornel West published the book ‘Race Matters’ in 1993 following the Los Angeles riots, which examined the crisis of black leadership in the United States. “We need to take a critical look at ‘We the People’ through the lens of these complicated issues and make connections about the deep questions of quality of life in this country,” he said.

Cornel West is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Harvard Divinity School and the Department of African and African American Studies. He is an ardent political activist, a keen social critic, and a prolific writer. Author of 20 books, his publications include Race Matters (1993); The Future of the Race (1996), written with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto (2014), written with Tavis Smiley.

Thanks to the Collins Fund
Camera by Pirate TV contributor, Todd Boyle

Art Wolfe and Dr. Samuel Wasser: Saving the Wild Elephants, TRT 1:09  recorded 1/29/20
Art Wolfe and Dr. Samuel Wasser: Saving the Wild Elephants , Monday 5/4/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Legendary for their size and intelligence, elephants are one of the most charismatic of megafauna. That they are under siege from poachers is no secret, and the rapidity of their declining numbers is horrifying. However, amidst the steady stream of bad news, photographer Art Wolfe and author Dr. Samuel Wasser offer hope that all is not lost.

Wolfe and Wasser make their way to Town Hall with inspiring accounts from their book Wild Elephants: Conservation in the Age of Extinction. Through stunning visuals and groundbreaking research, Wolfe and Wasser show how global education about these gentle giants seems to be succeeding, and recent government crackdowns are lowering the price of ivory and discouraging poachers. Join Wolfe and Wasser to celebrate local and government initiatives that are rising to preserve the natural heritage of elephant population, and learn what we can do to safeguard the survival of this magnificent species.

Art Wolfe is an award-winning photographer who has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations over his forty-year career. His stunning images interpret and record the world’s fast-disappearing natural treasures.

Dr. Samuel Wasser has participated in conservation programs around the world and is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of noninvasive wildlife monitoring methods. He is the director of the Center for Conservation Biology and holds the endowed chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Washington .

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 1/29/20

Fadhel Kaboub: Modern Monetary Theory and the Progressive Agenda, TRT :58  recorded 2/13/20
Fadhel Kaboub: Modern Monetary Theory and the Progressive Agenda , Monday 4/27/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

A preeminent scholar on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), economics professor Fadhel Kaboub explains how a country like the United States can implement a Green New Deal program without causing inflation or bankrupting the country.  It illustrates that we can create millions of good paying jobs to build resilience to climate change, address inequality, and strengthen the democratic process.  Although, MMT is called a ‘theory’, it is actually a framework for understanding how governments like the United States that control their own currencies spend money into existence.

As Professor Kaboub explains, this was the case even before the US went off the gold standard.  It is how we funded WWII and the New Deal, NASA's Apollo program, the trillions spent since the 2008 crash propping up the banking system in so called “quantitative easing”, and the money the Federal Government is dishing out at this very moment to keep the economy from crashing with the COVID-19 stimulus package and CARES Act.  Nobody seems to be asking, “Where’s all this money coming from?”  Yet as soon as you start talking about policies like Medicare for All, Free Education, or a Green New Deal, that’s the first thing that always come up.  You’ve been chumped!

Fadhel Kaboub, is Associate Professor of Economics at Denison University, and President of Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity.  He gave this talk at the annual conference of the Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (OAFCS) in Columbus, Ohio (February 13, 2020).

NIck Buccola: The Great Debate- Baldwin, Buckley, and Race in America, TRT 1:23  recorded 2/20/20
NIck Buccola: The Great Debate- Baldwin, Buckley, and Race in America, Monday 4/20/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd in Cambridge, England gathered to witness a televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. The topic was “the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro.” Drawing from his book The Fire Is Upon Us, political scientist Nicholas Buccola brings us the full story of this historic debate, outlining the radically different paths of Baldwin and Buckley, the controversies that followed, and how the debate and the decades-long clash between the men continues to illuminate America’s racial divide today. Buccola delves into the conversation between these two men as a remarkable story of race and the American dream—an unforgettable confrontation that pitted Baldwin’s call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley’s unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy. Sit in for an exploration of this pivotal debate, and follow the deep roots and lasting legacy of a conflict that continues to haunt our politics.

Nicholas Buccola is the author of The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass and the editor of The Essential Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and many other publications. He is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Third Place Books
Recorded 2/20/20
Watch entire debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeoS41xe7w

Peggy Orenstein: Boys and Sex, TRT 1:01  recorded 1/20/20
Peggy Orenstein: Boys and Sex, Monday 4/6/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

I first became aware of Peggy Orenstein in 2012 when I taped her talk about her book "Cinderella Ate My Daughter".  This was a big hit on Free Speech TV.  They played it repeatedly.  It also hit the spot with me as I was raising a young daughter at the time.  As anyone who has raised daughters can’t help but know, Cinderella is going to eat your daughter and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Your little “princess” is going to get that Barbie house and all the furnishings or suffer social ostracism.  Who would allow that?

See: Peggy Orenstein: A New Generation of Girlie-Girls:

Continuing on in her investigation of the role of the ubiquitous marketing machine in shaping our daughters’ identities and futures, her next best-seller, Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and launched conversations about young women’s right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters.  As she explains, this prompted calls from her audience- “What about the boys?”

And so be it.  Orenstein gave this talk at Town Hall Seattle with insight from her latest book, Boys & Sex to examine how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.  She outlines how boys are subject to the same cultural forces as girls—steeped in the same distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity—which equally affect how they navigate sexual and emotional relationships.  Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, she dissects so-called locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By surfacing young men’s experience in all its complexity, Orenstein unravels the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliot Bay Books
Recorded 1/20/20

Karen Sherman: After the Genocide, TRT 1:04  recorded 2/20/20
Karen Sherman: After the Genocide, Monday 3/30/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

After a twenty-five-year career spent fighting for women’s rights around the globe, author Karen Sherman moved to Rwanda with her three sons to oversee the construction of a first-of-its-kind women’s opportunity center. Sherman makes her way to Town Hall to tell the story of valiant women who survived the Rwandan genocide with insight from her book Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere. In conversation with physician and volunteer Dr. Rosita Van Coevorden, Sherman recounts her year-long journey to better the lives of women survivors, highlighting the grit and determination they poured into building lives and raising families despite the brutal challenges of war, genocide, and inequality. Sherman shares how the strength of these women helped her confront corrupt officials, navigate conflict zones, face trauma in her own past, and renew her commitment to her family. Listen in as Sherman and Van Coevorden delve into the struggles of women everywhere—striving to balance work and family, fighting for real options and choices, trying to make their voices heard.

Karen Sherman has spent her life advocating for women in war-torn and transitional countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Kosovo, and the former Soviet Union. Sherman serves as President of the Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only women’s college, and was a senior executive at Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.

Dr. Rosita van Coevorden is a retired physician, entrepreneur, and active community volunteer in women’s and children’s causes. She is the Founder and Co-Chair of Vital Voices Northwest Council and serves as a director of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Art of Hope, and Kindering Center. She currently serves as the ED of DSC of Puget Sound, a non-profit providing programs and services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle And Third Place Books
Recorded 2/20/20

Rob Larson: Bit Tyrants, TRT 1:03  recorded 3/9/20
Rob Larson: Bit Tyrants, Monday 3/23/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

If the stories they tell about themselves are to be believed, all of the tech giants—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon—were built from the ground up through hard work, a few good ideas, and the entrepreneurial daring to seize opportunity. But economist and author Rob Larson aims to set the record straight. With searing wit from his new book Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley, Larson provides an urgent corrective to this narrative of Silicon Valley corporate benevolence. Larson skewers the official histories that celebrate the innovative genius of Steve Jobs, liberal commentators who fall over themselves to laud Bill Gates’ selfless philanthropy, and politicians who will tell us to listen to Mark Zuckerberg for advice on how to protect our democracy from foreign influence. Larson provides us with maps to all the shallow graves, skeleton-filled closets, and invective laced emails Big Tech left behind on its ascent to power. He offers us the tools to crack the code of the economic dynamics that allowed these companies to become near-monopolies. Join Larson for a blistering commentary on Big Tech and a call for digital socialism that urges us towards a viral movement for online revolution.

Rob Larson teaches Economics at Tacoma Community College in Washington. He is active with Occupy Tacoma and Jobs with Justice, and writes regularly for Dollars and Sense and Z Magazine. He is the author of Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction, and Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Elliott Bay Bookstore, recorded 3/9/20

Robert Trebor: The Haircut Who Would Be King, TRT :58  recorded 2/29/20
Robert Trebor: The Haircut Who Would Be King, Monday 3/16/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

A movie and TV star, Robert Trebor reads from his book THE HAIRCUT WHO WOULD BE KING, a satire about the Donald J. Trump presidency.  The discussion of what compelled him leads into revelations of the actual history and personality of the Donald, and Trevor's conclusion that laughter and ridicule may be good medicine in the face of the current absurdity.

Robert Trebor, is an accomplished character actor widely recognized for playing a fictional salesman, Salmoneus, in the cult hit series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", "Xena: Warrior Princess", and a real-life serial killer, David Berkowitz, a/k/a the Son of Sam, in the movie "Out of Darkness" opposite Martin Sheen.

Thanks to Barnes & Noble, Northgate
Recorded 2/29/20

Free Speech TV Schedule:
Two shows alternate throughout the week:

3/9/20 E.J. Dionne: Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?
Dennis Kucinich and Joe Dobner: The Fight For Public Power

3/16/20 Robert Trebor: The Haircut Who Would Be King
E.J. Dionne: Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?

Check the FStv website for show times.

E.J. Dionne: Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?, TRT :58  recorded 2/26/20
E.J. Dionne: Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?, Monday 3/9/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Broad and principled opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency has drawn millions of previously disengaged citizens to the public square and to the ballot boxes. Journalist E.J. Dionne steps up to Town Hall’s stage to comment on this inspired and growing activism for social and political change—an outpouring of engagement which hasn’t been seen since the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies and the Progressive and Civil Rights movements. He draws from his book Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country to call for a shared commitment to decency and a politics focused on freedom, fairness, and the future. 

In conversation with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, Dionne cautions that if progressives and moderates are unable or unwilling to overcome their differences, they could not only enable Trump to prevail again but also squander an occasion for launching a new era of reform. Offering a unifying model for furthering progress, Dionne encourages progressives and moderates to explore common ground and expand the unity that brought about Democrat victories in the 2018 elections. Breaking through the partisan noise and cutting against conventional wisdom to provide a realistic look at political possibilities, Dionne offers us a strategy for progressives and moderates to think more clearly and accept the responsibilities that history now imposes on them.

E.J. Dionne writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He is also a government professor at Georgetown University, a visiting professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a frequent commentator on politics for NPR and MSNBC.

Ross Reynolds is the Executive Producer of Community Engagement at KUOW. He creates community conversations such as the Ask A events, and occasionally produces arts and news features.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle Recorded 2/26/2020

Dennis Kucinich and Joe Dobner: The Fight For Public Power, TRT 1:27  recorded 2/5/20
Dennis Kucinich and Joe Dobner: The Fight For Public Power, Monday 3/2/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

De-privatizing Public Utilities 

Two counties in Washington State are engaged in a struggle to convert their private, for-profit energy utilities into public utilities that would provide cleaner energy, safer infrastructure and be accountable to the people. Residents in East King County are fed up with Puget Sound Energy, which provides the dirtiest energy in the state and is deeply invested in deadly fossil fuels. Native tribes and residents have united in a fight to stop the construction of PSE’s liquid natural gas plant in Tacoma and dangerous coal trains traveling from Montana coalfields. Many people in this area are doing their part by buying electric cars, but when 56% of their energy comes from coal, it defeats the purpose. Meanwhile, the publicly owned utilities in the state provide clean, renewable energy and better service. 

Dennis Kucinich, the former mayor, congressman and presidential candidate visited Washington to support and advise activists on how to establish their own Public Utility District. They are organizing an initiative campaign that will take investment firms that put profit over climate and the public interest out of the loop. Dennis Kucinich fought successfully to save Cleveland’s public municipal electrical utility when he was the young mayor in the late 70’s. He stood firm against the big banks, which threatened to cut off credit and bankrupt the city if he blocked the sale. The ratepayers responded by organizing an initiative campaign that stopped the privatization and the banks duly bankrupted Cleveland. A little known fact is that Kucinich survived two assassination attempts.

The fight to wrest back control of energy is not going to be easy. Kucinich noted that PSE reports making between 6.5 to 10 percent returns on their investments. “ Public utilities are cash cows. In this case, you’re the ones getting milked,” he quipped. Kucinich estimated that over the course of about 15 years, preserving Cleveland's public utility saved Cleveland hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Join us and learn how we can win.

Thanks to East King Co. Public Utility District campaign & Bibi Restaurant. Recorded 2/5/20

Host Linda Boyd Introduction - 0

Sara Papanikolaou --02:04
A founding member of 350 Eastside, identified Puget Sound Energy as a huge source of greenhouse gas in our own backyard. She said, “it is utterly unacceptable, in 2020, for our local utility to have 56 percent fossil fuel based power generation. It is unacceptable for our local utility to continue to build out fracked gas infrastructure that locks us into decades of emissions and the worst effects of global warming. PSE's recently built North Seattle Lateral Upgrade Fracked gas pipeline expansion in South Snohomish County is raising our statewide greenhouse gas emissions 5% annually.”

Joe Dabner Presentation 9:05
An organizer for EKC-PUD, described the transformation of Puget Sound Power and Light, which generated power using about 50-50 coal and hydro-power. After the purchase of the Washington Energy Company, Puget Sound Power changed its name to Puget Sound Energy, and became heavily invested in gas plants. Even after increasingly dire IPCC reports on Global Warming, PSE still intends to continue to burn coal as long as they can. 
Dobner said that since we can’t afford to wait until 2040 to curtail emissions from burning gas. Since PSE continues to invest in carbon-based energy, we need to get ourselves out of PSE by forming a public utility district. Dobner laid out the initiative process and organizational steps necessary to put the EKC-PUD on the 2020 ballot.

Cong. Dennis Kucinich -35:48
Former U.S. Representative from Ohio, 53rd mayor of Cleveland, candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004 and 2008

State Rep. Maralyn Chase -1:15:20
The former Washington State Senator talks about how she tried to stop foreign investors from acquiring PSE and why it is important to get good commissioners to run PUD’s. She elaborates on how even if you have a PUD, it can still become a captured agency. This happened in the case of SNOPUD- Snohomish County Public Utility District.

Thanks to the East King County Public Utilities District Campaign

Josephine Ensign: Catching Homelessness: Stories Matter, TRT 1:09  recorded 1/26/20
Josephine Ensign: Catching Homelessness: Stories Matter, Monday 2/24/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

At the beginning of the homelessness epidemic in the 1980s, Josephine Ensign was a young, white, Southern, Christian wife, mother, and nurse running a medical clinic for the homeless in the heart of the South. Through her work and intense relationships with patients and co-workers, her worldview was shattered after losing her job, family, and house—and she became homeless herself. Ensign joins us decades later to tell her story through her book Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net. With intense empathy and deep human perspective, she highlights the ways her experience of being homeless reconstituted her life with altered views on homelessness and on the healthcare system. Ensign provides a piercing firsthand look at the homelessness industry, nursing, and our country’s health care safety net. Join Ensign as she reflects on how her understanding of homelessness has changed her work, perspective, and life experiences—and changed her.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and the League of Women Voters, recorded 1/26/20

William Wheeler: El Salvador’s World of Violence, TRT 1:14  recorded 1/21/20
William Wheeler: El Salvador’s World of Violence, Monday 2/17/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

El Salvador is in the news again this week as armed police and troops stormed the parliament. This came less than a week after Human Rights Watch issued a scathing report that found that more than 200 refugees and asylum seekers the United States has sent back to El Salvador have been killed or seriously abused - including sexually assaulted and tortured.

To take a closer look at the horror show wrought by three decades of US foreign policy in Central America is award-winning journalist and producer William Wheeler, reading from his first book, "State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence". 

Thanks to Elliott Bay Bookstore, recorded 1/21/20

Diane Ravitch with Jesse Hagopian: The Fight to Save America’s Public Schools, TRT 1:13  recorded 2/4/20
Diane Ravitch with Jesse Hagopian: The Fight to Save America’s Public Schools, Monday 2/10/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

According to Diane Ravitch, citizens across America are successfully fighting to stop corporations from privatizing our nation’s public schools. Ravitch joins us with insight from her book Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance To Privatization And The Fight To Save America’s Public Schools. She highlights how parents, teachers, activists, bloggers, religious leaders, and others are stepping forward to fight against the disruption of one of America’s most fundamental public institutions. Ravitch identifies corporate interests, political voices, and economic disruptors who believe America’s schools should be run like businesses, modeling the structure of our schools on a gig economy in which students are treated like customers or products and teachers are incentivized with threats and bonuses. Join Ravitch to learn about the nationwide story of brave individuals who, spurred on by the power of ideas and passion, are fighting back to successfully keep their public schools alive.

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and the author of eleven books, including The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn and Reign of Error: The Hoax Of The Privatization Movement And The Danger To America’s Public Schools.

Jesse Hagopian teaches Ethnic Studies and is the co-adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School. He is an editor for the social justice periodical Rethinking Schools and is the co-editor of the book Teaching for Black Lives.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, recorded 2/4/20

Frank: Putting Peer Pressure to Work to Save the Planet, TRT 1:15  recorded 1/20/20
Robert Frank: Putting Peer Pressure to Work to Save the Planet, Monday 2/3/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Psychologists have long understood that social environments profoundly shape our behavior, sometimes for the better, often for the worse. But social influence is a two-way street—our environments are themselves products of our behavior. Author Robert Frank joins us with insight from his book Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work, identifying ways to unlock the latent power of social context—perhaps even on a level that could save the planet.

Frank draws our attention to the threat of a changing climate, asserting that robust measures to curb greenhouse gases could help us curtail droughts, flooding, wildfires, and famines. He draws our attention to new research that shows how the strongest predictor of our willingness to support climate-friendly policies, install solar panels, or buy an electric car is the number of people we know who have already done so. Frank explains how altering our social context could help us redirect trillions of dollars annually in support of carbon-free energy sources, all without requiring painful sacrifices from anyone. Join Frank to learn how fostering more supportive social environments could lead individuals everywhere to make choices that benefit everyone.

Robert H. Frank is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1972 and where he currently holds a joint appointment in the department of economics and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. He has published on a variety of subjects, including price and wage discrimination, public utility pricing, the measurement of unemployment spell lengths, and the distributional consequences of direct foreign investment.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books
Recorded 1/20/20

Samuel Woolley: The Reality Game, TRT 1:10  recorded 1/9/20
Samuel Woolley: The Reality Game, Monday 1/20/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Despite Samuel Woolley’s warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Woolley shares urgent perspectives from his book The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth. He cautions that technology may soon play an even deeper role in the rise of disinformation—with human-like automated voice systems, machine learning, “deepfake” AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, virtual reality, and more. Information literacy is an essential ingredient in a healthy democracy, and Woolley shows how the breakneck rate of technological change is making it nearly impossible. Woolley argues for a new culture of invention, one built around accountability and transparency. Sit in for a treatise on preventing technological manipulation in our future, and a call for us to use our new tools not to control people but to empower them.

Samuel Woolley is a writer and researcher with a focus on emerging media technologies, propaganda and politics. He is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas-Austin. Woolley’s work looks at how automation, algorithms and AI are leveraged for both democracy and control.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books. Recorded 1/9/20

Michael Lerner: A Political Manifesto to Heal the World, TRT 1:28  recorded 12/12/19
Michael Lerner: A Political Manifesto to Heal the World, Monday 1/13/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Many liberals and progressives yearn for coherent alternatives to capitalism, but previous visions of socialism do not necessarily account for anything beyond material benefits. Social theorist and psychotherapist Rabbi Michael Lerner talks about his strategy for a new socialism built on love, kindness, and compassion for one another. Drawing from his book “Revolutionary Love”, Lerner proposes a method to replace what he terms the “capitalist globalization of selfishness” with a globalization of generosity, prophetic empathy, and environmental sanity.

Lerner challenges liberal and progressive forces to move beyond politics and build a movement that can reverse the environmental destructiveness and social injustice caused by wanton pursuit of profit. Revisiting the hidden injuries of class, Lerner shows that much of the suffering in our society- including most of its addictions and the growing embrace of right-wing nationalism and reactionary versions of fundamentalism- is driven by frustrated needs for community, love, respect, and connection to a higher purpose in life. Yet these needs are too often missing from liberal discourse. Lerner contends that even if progressive programs are smartly constructed, they cannot be achieved unless they speak to the heart and address the pain so many people experience. Join Lerner to explore his idea of a “Caring Society” and develop the courage to stop listening to those who tell us that fundamental social transformation is unrealistic.

Rabbi Michael Lerner is the editor of Tikkun magazine. He is the author of eleven books, including two national bestsellers, “Jewish Renewal” and “The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right”. Lerner, who has PhDs in philosophy and social and clinical psychology, was chosen for the 2019 Humanitarian Award by the International Association of Sufism. He has also received Morehouse College’s King-Gandhi Award for his work for peace and nonviolence.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & University Book Store. Recorded 12/12/19

Joshua Douglas: How to Take Back Our Elections, TRT :58  recorded 7/2/19
Joshua Douglas: How to Take Back Our Elections
, Monday 1/6/20 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in this talk discussing his new book "Vote for Us: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting". We learn how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time.

Told through the narratives of those working on positive voting rights reforms, Douglas gives examples of citizen activists expanding voter eligibility, easing voter registration rules, making voting more convenient, enhancing accessibility at the polls, providing voters with more choices, finding ways to comply with voter ID rules, giving redistricting back to the voters, pushing back on big money through local and state efforts, using journalism to make the system more accountable, and improving civics education. At the end of his book, Professor Douglas includes an appendix that lists organizations all over the country working on these efforts.

Professor Douglas gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.

Thanks to the League of Women Voters WA, Fix Democracy First & Third Place Books. Recorded 7/2/19