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Burt Cohen

1% vs. 99%CultureElection 2018PodcastProtests & Resistance

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/2018-20_CarpeDiem.mp3“Based on everything, it appears Democrats will most likely make gains in congress in 2018.” Do you think most likely is good enough? Being risk-averse weakens our chances. Author of The Great Divide: Story of the 2016 US Presidential Race

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ClintonDrug WarJusticePodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Opioids.mp3Follow the money. We’ve heard this so often and it remains the best way to discover the source of social problems. Too often, we blame the victims, the people who through no fault of their own, become addicted to pain

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1% vs. 99%International AffairsPodcastSocialismWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NoKorea_Marx.mp3Fire and fury. Crazy Kim Jong Un. Crazy Trump. Mutual threats of mass destruction. Is there a way out? Of course. Korea scholar Tim Shorrock writes in The Nation that not only did Obama make the situation worse, but that

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JusticePodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/WelchDPEdited17.mp3On April 19, 1995 Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed Bud Welch’s 23 year old daughter Julie and 167 others in that infamous bombing. At first he wanted revenge, then he actually met with McVeigh’s father. Welch calls him the

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AfghanistanCIA, NSA, FBIHidden HistoryInternational AffairsObamaPodcastTortureTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/McCoyDecline.mp3Announced with boundless optimism in 1941, “the American Century” is nearing its end. Since WWII, America has taken over from Britain as the leading empire.  So what caused this decline, what must we learn, and what about America may survive

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CultureEconomyPodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/WorldBank_UnemploymentBlame.mp3Their mission is to help the developing world but Bruce Rich, author of the new book Foreclosing the Future reveals they may still be profiting but the World Bank is continuing to worsen poverty and the environment. And on part

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1% vs. 99%Drug WarEconomyElection 2018PodcastTaxes

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/01_Marchand8_19_17mp3.mp3All the focus seems to be on the Trump presidency, meanwhile the vast majority of  governors in the 50 states are Republican. States have been called the laboratories of democracy. Here’s where we can make a big difference, not just

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1% vs. 99%CultureEconomyFreedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryPodcastProtests & ResistanceSocialism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/KazinLeft10_27_15.mp3While the left has had very few actual electoral victories, author Michael Kazin argues it has very effectively changed the nation. The author of “A Godly Hero: William Jennings Bryan,” talks about his book “American Dreamers.” What’s gone right and

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Hidden HistoryJusticePodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Hiss_Nixon.mp3Careers of good people have been destroyed in the pursuit of political gain. It goes on today but got its real start by the very smart ambitious Congressman Richard Nixon nearly seventy years ago. In her new book Alger Hiss:

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Freedom & RIghtsIsrael & PalestinePodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/BDSBanUS.mp3Now and in the future, if certain opinions are not popular with the government in power, they can be prosecuted. Under the current bill S 720, which actually has Democratic sponsors, if a person even inquires about which companies may

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1% vs. 99%Election 2018ObamaPodcastPopulism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TFrankDems18.mp3Author of the acclaimed “What’s The Matter with Kansas?” Thomas C Frank discusses the outlook for Democrats in 2018. he says that clearly some in the elite would rather lose than change. On one hand he points out that establishment

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HAWallace_1.mp3In the long held American tradition of opposition to colonialism and a government serving the common good, FDR’s vice president Henry A Wallace was an outstanding visionary. Then a corrupt political machine performed a bloodless coup at the 1944 Democratic

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EnergyInternational AffairsPodcastTrumpWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SanctionsPatrick.mp3Our most reliable allies in Western Europe are the ones most hurt by the new sanctions passed by congress and supported by the president. Europe depends on pipelines from Russia for their energy. Under the new law, any company doing

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CultureEntertainmentPodcastTake ActionWomen

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Sinclair_PromGirls.mp3We all know the impact Fox News has had on politics and government. Now comes Sinclair with its alt-right slant and their clever way to your local TV without becoming a network. Media analyst John Kosinski sheds light into their

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1% vs. 99%ClintonElection 2018EnvironmentPodcastPopulismTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NAFTA_South.mp3And you thought the first NAFTA was bad. Trump’s new version puts the globalist corporations squarely in the drivers seat, never mind local or state laws. Food labeling? Forget about it. The crucial work that bees perform? Again forget about

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CultureHidden HistoryPodcastRacismReligionTea PartyWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/AmericaAflame2017.mp3No side won, America lost. The so-called civil war (a civil war is a fight to take over the government; this was not) was America’s biggest failure, started by radical evangelicals on both sides. Lincoln was not the president of

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1% vs. 99%CultureEconomyPodcastTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HumilityNewSmart.mp3Millions of jobs will be eliminated because artificial intelligence is smarter than we are in many ways. We humans therefore face a serious and historic new challenge. What must we do to endure? According to our guest, author Edward Hess,

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CultureFreedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryPodcastSecessionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Secesh17.mp3No one in their right mind would ever think the Soviet Union would suddenly break down into its component parts. Then it did. Clearly America is more divided now than since the 1861 war against Southern independence. Many would argue

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Freedom & RIghtsInternational AffairsIsrael & PalestineJusticeNational PolicyPodcastProtests & ResistanceRacism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/BDS_12.mp3It took a long time but Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions worked to end South African Apartheid. Now powerful forces are working in the US congress to penalize businesses and individuals who express support for BDS against the State of Israel.

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1% vs. 99%ClintonElection 2018Electoral OpportunitiesObamaPodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/DemocratsDeadEnd_.mp3The Democratic Party has been compared to a doomsday cult: no matter how thoroughly their assumptions are refuted by reality, they just dig in deeper, with devastating consequences for America and the world. They rejected the most powerful candidate in

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1% vs. 99%Freedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryPodcastTea Party

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Fourth_ofJuly2016_1.mp3Independence day: It’s not just about choice of things to buy and consume.  Recovering corporate CEO and Huffington Post columnist Richard Eskow on this show shines a light on just how far we’ve veered from what the founders meant by

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AfghanistanClintonInternational AffairsISISIsrael & PalestineObamaPodcastProtests & ResistanceSyriaTake ActionWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SyriaKavanagh.mp3In the 21st century, it seems every new war is a “humanitarian intervention.” Our guest on this show, Jim Kavanagh of Counterpunch defines that as just more “missionary imperialism.” As the US quickly ramps up its war against the government

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CultureDrug WarPodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/LSDWolfson2017.mp3LSD has long been feared. No question, it is uniquely powerful. But does it have potentially uniquely powerful benefits as well? On this program, Dr. Phil Wolfson delves into many aspects of the substance; the foolhardiness of the drug war,

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1% vs. 99%CultureFreedom & RIghtsJusticeObamaPodcastRacismTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Juneteenth_2.mp3Celebrated in 45 states, a lot of people don’t know about Juneteenth. It was the day in 1865 when formerly enslaved people learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. But what kind of freedom was it then and where is it today?

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Electoral OpportunitiesISISPodcastProtests & ResistanceTea PartyTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TakingDParty_WaronISIS.mp3Millennials would make a big mistake to give up on the Democratic Party. There is proof that liberals are successfully taking it back from the corrupt corporate wing. On the first half, In These Times staff writer Theo Anderson specifies

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AfghanistanFiscal PolicyInternational AffairsISISPodcastPopulismSocialism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Corbyn6_17_BankDebts.mp3Is truth still the first casualty of politics? Not in the UK, where Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn stunned PM Teresa May. He dared to tell the truth; authenticity works. So says Marc Weisbrot of the Economic and Policy Research Center. And

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AfghanistanEconomyFreedom & RIghtsMilitarism & PolicePodcastTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/AstoreSovietUSA.mp3As we are bombarded by endless news about Russian hacking, interfering with our democracy, a more subtle yet equally serious concern is how much we have become like our former enemy. What we value most of all about The United

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1% vs. 99%CultureEducationFreedom & RIghtsGunsObama CarePodcastProtests & ResistanceTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/KillItToSaveIt.mp3The forces currently in power may actually believe that by killing democracy they are saving America. Or they may just be driven by simple greed. In his new book: Kill It to Save It; An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph Over

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1% vs. 99%CultureFreedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryJusticeMilitarism & PolicePodcastProtests & ResistanceTrumpWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Krassner2017.mp3He published The Realist from 1958-2001. A magazine of satire that afflicted the powers that were. Paul Krassner along with Abbie Hoffman launched the Yippies to inspire young people in the late 60s, mixing rock and roll with politics. And

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CultureEducationElection 2018Militarism & PolicePodcastTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/1984Gordon.mp3How dangerous is it that Americans are adjusting to truths changing by the hour? What is official truth now may not be so tomorrow. It’s all up to Trump’s White House. We mere citizens must accept and believe the dictate

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