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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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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Sjursen5_17.mp3Who better than a military person to talk about the dangers of what he sees as a worship of all things military? Major Danny Sjursen commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and here talks about his deep concern about military,

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Yemen_Saudi5_11_17.mp3What can winning look like if the nation is decimated in the process? Sara Tesorieri speaks to us from Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, where she is working with the Norwegian Refugee Council to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid. The

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/ImmigrantRealities.mp3Imagine your very existence being seen as proof of guilt. The blatantly racist anti-immigrant policies Trump is known for did not originate with him. In fact, as our guest Avi Chomsky, professor of history and coordinator of Latin American, Latino,

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Syria4_17.mp3On the one hand, somebody had to do something. Using Sarin gas to kill babies must not go unchallenged. On the other hand, what did the Tomahawk missile attack accomplish? What about the thousands of innocents already killed by all

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HondurasBerta3_17.mp3Asleep in her home the night of March 2, 2016, Berta Caceres was murdered. The military police of Honduras are suspected. But the government failed to stop her work: there are many more Berta Carcereses today. A government getting much

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/VanBuren_TurseTruth.mp3Telling the truth to power shouldn’t take courage, but it certainly does. On part one, Peter VanBuren, whistle-blower and author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, describes

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SjursenWars.mp3Imagine being a proud part of the military for decades, serving as strategist and then it lands on you: our policy is a failure. Major Danny Sjursen in his inaugural Tom Dispatch post writes from a unique perspective on what

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Most of us believe what we were taught in elementary school: that enslaved blacks were freed by the Civil War. The truth is far grimmer. In this gripping discussion (recorded during Obama’s term) Douglas Blackmon, author of Slavery by Another

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/PatrickTrump.mp3Aside from the blatant racism, the shocking authoritarianism, and the disregard for the Constitution and laws, President Trump is unwittingly causing the end of a long period of unquestioned world dominance by the USA. According to our guest The Nation

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NukesGrossman.mp3With the mainstream finally focusing on reducing carbon emissions, the highly capitalized nuclear industry is once again trying for a rebirth. This time as a carbon-free answer to help reduce climate change. But according to guest veteran investigative reporter Karl

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TillersonFoE.mp3Is America merely a conduit for corporate wealth? Is the earth merely for exploiting without care? Trump’s designate to be secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is all that an more. Though the job of SoS is about

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/FDRPearlHarbor_.mp375 years ago on December 8th, war came. What no one expected was the transformation of America from a nation which craved peace to one which thrived on militarism. On this show, military historian Christopher Kelly, author of “America Invades:

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NoDAPL.mp3Indigenous Americans for over 300 years have been treated as invisible; treaties and promises routinely ignored. Mainstream media ignored it as long as they could for fear of upsetting advertisers but pressure kept building and, surprise: the water protectors put

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/LakeyViking.mp3The Vikings were brave explorers and they found wondrous new things. Today Scandinavia holds promise of how America can become happier and more free. George Lakey, author of the new book Viking Economics, talks about struggling toward something rather than

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Cities.mp3Generally American cites are dumped on: Budgets cut, services eliminated, schools ignored. But 80% of us live in cities and despite the pressure from uncaring financial interests and their politicians, we are close to a tipping point where an urban

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HRCPushGupta.mp3For the sake of America itself, of course we must stop Trump. As our guest on this show author and columnist Arun Gupta points out: Trumpism is simply ethnic cleansing. On what issues will she need pushing from the public?

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Instead of a foreign policy directed by civilian authority, we now have simply military policy. It’s like General MacArthur won against President Truman today. Foreign policy columnist at The Nation Patrick Lawrence describes our State Department bureaucracy as “sclerotic.” In

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HMSchool.mp3Is there a worse crime than child abuse? Is the complicity by knowing adults just as bad? Is there something about the very nature of authoritarianism in schools? Guest on this show is  Amos Kamil, author of Great is the

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NatlSecurityState.mp3In addition to the three thousand lives, what else did we lose on 9/11? America’s founders wisdom carries well across a quarter millennium but the mission creep of the National Security State threatens that balance. Some see it as a

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HumanitarianWars.mp3It just sounds so bad: wars for domination. The new and improved justification is “humanitarian intervention” or Responsibility to Protect (R2P). It’s prime advocate is US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, likely to get a prime spot in a

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/CollinsThirdBase.mp3Oscar Meyer was Chuck Collins’ great grandfather. At age 26, he turned aside his inherited fortune. Why would anybody do that? His new book is called Born on Third Base; A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/MarriageSchwartz.mp3Far from the fears right wingers had that same sex marriage would be a threat to the institution, lawyer Elizabeth Schwartz who specializes in the field, argues same sex marriage may actually strengthen the institution. Too many people go into

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/RojavaWomen.mp3We’ve all heard of ISIS, we know Iraqi forces flee from them. But have you heard of the Kurdish women warriors of Rojava? ISIS is scared of them. And nation/state powers like Turkey also fear them. Who are these new

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/BrownfieldIsrael9_16.mp3It’s starting to fade. The unquestioned backing by Jewish Americans for the State of Israel is slipping.  As author Allan C Browfield discusses, Zionism actually has a short shelf life among Jewish Americans. Before 1948, it was condemned by most

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SCWWheeler.mp3They mostly came from big cities on the coasts. But why did fourteen young men came from rural New Hampshire in the Fall of 1936 to risk their lives in a foreign war? It was illegal for them to go

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TFrank9_6Populism_.mp3Populism has been part of our country’s identity since before the Constitution. It looked like there was a great populist uprising this year. Now, with the scare of Bernie Sanders behind them the corporate-serving Democrats are back to their “happy

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/LaborDay.mp3The right to organize is a basic human right. So says MIT professor and co-director of the Institute for Work and Employment Tom Kochan. In the face of decades of assaults against workers rights, this election year holds realistic hope

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/MedeaSaudi_ClintonFoundation.mp3Through twelve administrations, the US has been tight with the Saudi government. On part one, Medea Benjamin talks about her new book: Kingdom of the Unjust: behind the US-Saudi Connections. She argues it’s time to cut the cord, they are

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/IsraelDreamOver_.mp3Is the dream over? The socialist democratic Israel our parents generation dreamed of is not the right wing Israel we see today.What’s happening with Jewish Americans who are under 70? Why does the right wing Israel lobby still have so

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