- Listed by Business Week as one of the top 20 activists in th world on climate change and has received many awards from various environmental organizations
- Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top 10 advocates for GLPT equality
- A leading opponent of invasion of Iraq and the only US mayor who advocated for the impeachment of George Bush
- As mayor of Salt Lake City he succeeded in reducing incarceration of those convicted for minor crimes such as drug possession and rather created restorative justice programs that earned him his second World Leadership Award.
Guest: Cullen Murphy
Cullen Murphy is the editor at large for Vanity Fair magazine, and the former managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Some may remember the comic strip Prince Valiant—a series Cullen worked on with his father.
An expert scholar in the classics and medieval history, Cullen is the author of several books including “The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible.” He appeared on this program earlier to speak on the fall of the Roman Empire and how it informs us regarding the ultimate fate of America.
Cullen has just released a new book: “God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World” – an investigation into the psychology and methods of bureaucracy, power and persecution and how the legacy of the Inquisition continues to live with us today in recent American history.
Guests: Dennis Loo and Lewis Richmond
Prof. Dennis Loo is a professor of sociology at California Polytech University in Pomona California. He has degrees from Harvard and University of California, and has been active water rights issues, government corruption and globalization. His articles appear on World Cant Wait.net where he serves on the steering committee, Counterpunch and Opednews.
Dennis has received important progressive awards for his writing, including the Project Censored Award, The Nation Magazine’s Most Valuable Campaign Award and others.
His recent book, “Globalization and the Demolition of Society” which has been reviewed a hard hitting, powerful indictment of neoliberalism and its catastrophic effects on the essential fabric of society, equality and democracy.
Lewis Richmond is a Zen priest, meditation teacher and lineage holder who was ordained by the renowned Japanese Zen master Shun-roo Suzuki. Lew started his practice in 1967 and trained at Tassa-hara Monastery and the Green Gulch Zen Temple for fifteen years. He is currently the head of Vimala Sangha (Vee-malah Sanga) meditation center in Mill Valley, California. Earlier Lew was a software entrepreneur, former Executive Vice President of Smith and Hawken firm and the founding owner of Forerunner Systems, a leading provider of inventory management software.
He is the author of several books including “Work as a Spiritual Practice” and “A Whole Life’s Work”
His most recent book just published is “Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser”
GUEST: EVELYN PRINGLE
Guest Evelyn Pringle is an award-winning investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and in American corporations. Over the past 8 years, she has written numerous exposes on the psycho-pharmaceutical complex with a focus on the government and drug-maker cartel that has a mission to over-medicate children. In 2009 she aided Senator Grassley's office in compiling data on TeenScreen and the pharmaceutical front organizations pushing for the drugging of US children.
Guest: Dr. Jack Rasmus
Dr. Jack Rasmus is a professor of political economics at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University in California. Prior to teaching, he was an economic analyst for several global corporations and an organizer, negotiator and business representative for several labor unions. At one time he was elected at the National First Vice President of the National Writers Union.
In addition to his economic profession, Dr. Rasmus is a playwright and author of fictional works dealing with social and labor struggles, and the owner fo Kyklos Productions. Besides his articles for progressive news and commentary sources, he is the author of several books, the most recent being “Epic Recession and Global Financial Crisis” which describes the origins and repercussions of increasing financial instability in America.
Guest: Dr. Gwynne Dyer
Dr. Gwynne Dyer is a world renowned military historian with a doctorate in Military and Middle Eastern History from Kings College in London and a past service record in the American, British and Canadian navies. As a scholar, he has taught War Studies at the Royal Military Academy in the UK. Dr. Dyer has been a syndicated columnist for over 20 years, his writings appearing in over 175 newspapers and magazines in 45 countries. His earlier book “War” was the basis for a television series aired on BBC and PBS.
In 2010, Dr. Dyer’s book “Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats” was hailed by such people as James Lovelock , NASA’s chief scientist Dennis Bushnell, and Sr. Crispin Tickell (former president of the Royal Geographic Society) as a very viable scenario of dwindling food resources, starvation, mass migrations and a flurry of new military conflicts around the world.
Guest: Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges is one of our nation’s most insightful cultural critics and authors. For almost 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in war zones and conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, having reported for The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and other news outlets. While at the Times, Chris received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on global terrorism. The same year he received Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.
Chris’ most recent book is “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress” – a collection of Chris’s most insightful and timeless essays on our current political climate, the middle east, and the decline and decay of the American empire. He also writes a weekly column for the award winning political blog Truthdig
Chris and his attorneys have recently filed a lawsuit in NYC against Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the use of Military Force found in the the National Defense Authorization Act which the president signed into law on December 31.
Guest: Hans Herren
Dr. Hans Herren is an internationally respected scientist and the current President of the Millennium Institute in Washington DC – a research based think tank that develops strategies for the world to move towards economic equity and environmental sustainability. In the past he has served as the director of the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi and the Africa Biological Control Center in Benin, Africa. He was responsible for saving the African cassava crop in 1995 which averted Africa’s worst ever food crisis.
Dr. Herren received his doctorate from the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland and holds numerous awards – election to the US National Academy of Science, recipient of the World Food Award -- highest award given for advancing human development – the Tyler Awrd for Environmental Achievement and the Sir and lady Rank Prize for Nutrition awarded by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Dr. Herren’s current focus is on promoting agroecology as the among the most important means for feeding the world and is currently responsible for saving millions of African lives.
Guest: Yalman Onaran
Yalman Onaran was the creator of the Istanbul bureau for Bloomberg News, the economic news agency he has served as a reporter since 1998 and now reports from New York. He was one of the first reporters to break the news on the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns and exposed bank insolvency in Turkey. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, in German economic reviews and Bloomberg Business week.
His recent book which has received high praise from some of our regular guests on this program – such as Nomi Prins and Simon Johnson – is “Zombie Banks: How Broken Banks and Debtor Nations are Crippling the Global Economy.”
Guest: Christiane Northrup
Dr. Christiane Northrup is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and is regarded by many doctors, alternative physicians and women as a leading pioneer and visionary in women’s health and the biology and lifestyle associated with menopause. She is graduate of Darthmouth Medical School, undertook her residency at Tufts University New England Medical Center, and was a clinical professor of OBGYN at Maine’s Medical Center for 20 years.
Dr. Northrup’s research and practice based upon the a body-mind-spirit paradigm. She is the authored two NY Times best-sellers has received numerous awards for her research, publications and private practice
Christiane’s best selling “Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change” has recently been updated and republished.
Guest: Jim Gottstein Jim Gottstein is the president and co-founder of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights in Alaska, whose mission is to mount a campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock treatment in the US, with an emphasis on the rapid rise in forced drugging of children. His winning the Alaska Supreme Court case in 2006 against the Alaska Psychiatric Institute was a landmark ruling for forced drugging procedures as unconstitutional. He was responsible for the release of the Zyprexa Papers that resulted in a call for a Congressional investigation and led to Zyprexa’s maker Eli Lilly pleading guilty and paying $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines. As a humanitarian for promoting mental health and its alternative treatments, Jim is the co-founder of Soteria Inc that provides alternative non-drug alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization; is the co-founder of Choices Inc and Peer Properties Inc that run peer-run services, and formerly seved as on the Alaska Mental Health Board.
Guest: Conrad LeBeau
Conrad LeBeau is a self-educated investigative health author and a developer of supplement products for a company he founded Vital Health Prodcuts. He is founder of Keep Hope Alive, a non profit education organization, Vital Health Publications and the Journal of Immunity. He has written extensively on alternative ways to improve immune system, natural ways to improve gastro-intestinal health and the health risks of cell phone towers.
In 2008 and 2009, after using peer reviewed medical research obtained from the National Library of Medicine to provide scientific support for certain of his products, Conrad was targeted by the FDA for special attention and investigation. He was forced to close down Vital Health Products as a business and later discovered the DFA has planted spyware on his website to tack changes.
In December 2010, hew as indicted for a misdemeanor by a US attorney under FDA pressure for 4 health products that had been sold to undercover FDA agents in 2009.
Since then, Conrad has performed extensive research into the FDA rulings and their operations, future pending bills, and is prepared to fight the FDA on the charges in court about how the FDA interprets and enforces the Food and Drug Act, the freedom and right to share and use information from the US National Library of Medicine, the FDA GMPs for dietary supplements that will eventually force 1000s of small dietary companies out of business and the FDA’s abuse of power.