New Powerful Populism
It’s been with us since before America’s founding. Now, as more and more of us demand a direction different from rule by the wealthiest few, the word populism is coming back into vogue. As Campaign for America’s Future’s Isaiah Poole
Billionaires Thank You for Paying Their Taxes
You may not love tax day, but for America’s few billionaires, it’s like Christmas and you are Santa Claus. Billionaire Warren Buffett knows it’s wrong that his secretary pays a much higher share of her income than he does. And
Our First Amendment: How Secure?
Poetry. Music. That’s how legal scholar and author Burt Neuborne describes it in his new book: Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment. It’s only been secure since the 1950s, he points out. And when people pick it apart in
Why and How We Should Legalize Psychedelics
Psychedelics hold enormous potential for understanding the human mind, so why is it kept illegal? A recent study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology notes that some 30 million Americans have tried LSD and other drugs to no ill health effects. On this show former United Church of Christ minister George Zilliac discusses the spiritual benefits of the careful use of LSD and other similar substances.
1915-2015 Learn From WWI?
At the depths of the first world war in 1915, about 1200 women from around the world met at The Hague to try to bring an end to that blood drenched disaster. As they celebrate their centennial, there’s much to learn from the past that remains in today’s news, many crucial topics needing attention.
Ben Cohen (of Ben and Jerry’s) Launches Stamp Stampede: Money Out of Politics
Preserving democracy is even more important than ice cream. On this show, Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s, talks about his new effort to literally stamp money out of politics. As he describes, the Stamp Stampede is a campaign to stamp messages…
Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better
Prisons are a very old concept and it’s time to ask: Do they still work? Do they accomplish the goals for which they were created? What can we do with dangerous people if we do away with prisons, how can we protect society? Maya Schenwar is guest on th…
Who Thinks About Prisoners? The 2014 ALBA Human Rights Award
In the 1930s, 2800 American men and women, black and white fought fascism in the prelude to the second world war. The battle was in Spain. They were the legendary brave heroes of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Now none of them are still alive but the spi…
Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War
In 1966 it took real courage to publicly tear up one’s draft card. Bruce Dancis was just 18 when he did and he served time in a federal prison for it. He could have just used his student deferment to stay out of the war, but instead took a principled s…
Prison Reform From One Who’s Been There/Why The White House Can’t Get Beyond the NSA Story
On part one, former long-term inmate, Buddhist teacher Fleet Maull talks about the failure of prisons and the possibilities. And about lessons all of us can learn from his experience; for freedom and authenticity. And on part two, Reid Epstein, Whit…