The pervasive myth of kids just needing “grit” and lifting themselves up by their own bootstraps is false and is doing real harm.Our guest today Linda Nathan spent fourteen years as founder and co-headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Linda Nathan began every year with a promise to the freshman …



You read that right: The chances of a big war between the US and Russia are greater now than ever. But the Russia/Trump scandal effectively prevents the dialogue essential to preventing a war. Our guest Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, shares his deep knowledge about the powderkeg that is the Middle East. …


Keeping Democracy Alive – FOR OUR COMMON EMPOWERMENT, LET’S LEARN WHAT WORK – 03.04.18

All too often in recent decades social, cultural, and political movements have worked in isolation from one another. But there’s so much to learn so none has to reinvent the wheel. Among the more successful movements has been that of gay rights. NYU professor of Sociology of Education  Lisa M.Stulberg, in her new book, talks about some of the challenges …


Keeping Democracy Alive – The Many American Wars No One Notices – 02.25.18

We don’t even know we’re being kept in the dark. America’s wars are everywhere. With the mainstream news focus on all Trump all the time, major stories affecting us all get virtually no attention. Did you know, for example, that America is waging wars in 76 countries? No one is paying attention to our numerous wars. Part of the reason, …


Keeping Democracy Alive – Pity the Poor Petro Nations//Fixing Medicare – 07.03.16

They used to be on top of the world. Remember the mighty OPEC countries? With the fall of the price of oil, countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Venezuela are reeling. Professor Michael Klare looks at the nightmares unfolding and how we’ll be affected. And on part two, Doctor Andy Lazris talks about his new book Curing Medicare. As is so often the case, bringing democracy to the process would be a needed shot in the arm.


Keeping Democracy Alive – GMOs vs Democracy/Iran Deal: Bigger than Nixon’s China? – 07.19.15

It might be all over for democracy when it comes to citizens’ right to know what they’re about to eat. Chemical companies are spending many millions to pass a bill to ensure GMOs can not be labeled. Not sure it can be stopped in the House, but maybe the Senate. And on the second half we look at the significance of Obama’s Iran deal and how it could have more profound historic impact than Nixon’s opening to China.

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Keeping Democracy Alive – Democracy Reborn in its Birthplace: Greece – 07.12.15

Standing up to economic bullies; that’s what the people of Greece voted to do. The creditor cartel, led by Germany, was determined to keep the screws tight, allowing for no restructuring of their unaffordable debt. But though the rejection of imposed-from-above austerity ventures into uncharted territory, the people, by a wide margin, voted to restore democracy in economic decision making. Just Foreign Policy’s Robert Naiman explains how this may relate to restoration of democracy in the US, and what this all may mean as an issue on the 2016 presidential election.


Keeping Democracy Alive – The Tradition of American Democratic Socialism: 2016 Win? – 06.14.15

Bernie Sanders campaign is on fire at the moment. But it’s been said that when Americans hear the word Socialism, they stop thinking. Yet a clear majority actually agree with socialist positions on issues. Have we come far enough away from the fear used in the 1950s to actually elect a Democratic Socialist? History professor Lawrence Wittner analyzes where socialism has been in America and how it may impact who wins in 2016.

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Keeping Democracy Alive – Goodbye Iraq, Now What?/Pressure on Obama for Transparency – 06.07.15

Though Iraq is less than 100 years old, it’s just about finished. Twenty Four year State Department veteran Peter Van Buren talks about what he sees as the last throes of what was never a real nation, with optimism for the future. And on part two, in addition to the push for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, there’s a movement to push Obama to issue an executive order to require disclosure of political spending by government contractors. It may yet happen.