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Keeping Democracy Alive – CHICAGO PLUS 50: POSITIVE LESSONS FOR 2018

Blood in the streets. Chaos at the convention. The establishment Democrats won and then they lost. From the vantage point of 50 years later, it may surprise some how less has changed and been learned than we might have thought. With thoughts from Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman as the convention was about to begin and relevant music with the spirit …

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Keeping Democracy Now – FREEDOM AS TESTED BY 1968

What is freedom? Coming from a context of widespread economic security, young people across the US and Europe in 1968 drove older generations crazy with the insistence that there was more. More than the grey flanneled conformity in which we were raised. Writer and translator Arthur Goldhammer’s article in The Nation asks “What is Freedom?” It is a reflection on …

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Keeping Democracy Alive – AX DAY 2018: BILLIONAIRES THANK US! – 04.22.18

It’s the same only worse. Much worse. While the Trump/Ryan tax law won’t really hit until next April, there is no question the beneficiaries are those at the very top of the wealth pyramid. Regular income earners will be subsidizing the super rich at a much greater level. Our guest today explains what it does clearly and succinctly. Josh Hoxie …

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Keeping Democracy Alive – INTERNATIONAL HERO BILL RICHARDSON AND INTERNATIONAL THREAT TRUMP – 04.15.18

He’s brought back hostages from North Korea, Cuba,Iraq  and Sudan. He was governor of New Mexico, US ambassador the UN. He won my vote for president in 2008. Bill Richardson’s record is exceedingly impressive. On the first half, Governor Richardson talks about Myanmar, North Korea, and what American leadership could and should look like. And on part 2 international journalist …

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Keeping Democracy Alive – States Crack Down On Dissent – 03.25.18

Much of the national agenda is enacted at the state level. The popular protests of The Dakota Access Pipeline scared the crap out of oil companies and they are using something called ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) to draft cookie-cutter legislation at the state level to make such protests illegal. Attaching exceptionally harsh civil liability or even severe criminal punishment …

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Keeping Democracy Alive – GRIT IS NOT ENOUGH: STRUCTURAL BARRIERS REMAIN TO HIGH SCHOOL KIDS – 03.18.18

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 …

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Keep Democracy Alive – RUSSIA/TRUMP SCANDAL STANDS IN THE WAY OF PREVENTING A BIG WAR

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. …

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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 …

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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, …

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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.