May 31, 2012
Documentary Feature – Dirt! The Movie – with filmmaker Bill Benenson
Bill Benenson is an award winning filmmaker with over 30 years experience producing and directing documentary and Hollywood movies. His Hollywood productions include Boulevard Nights, Under the Volcano, A Walk on the Moon, and Pumping Iron
Bill and his wife Laurie help run The Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation, a non profit that supports educational, social and environmental organizations. They are active in the Violence Policy Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Bioneers, Conservation International, Rainforest Action Network, The Nature Conservancy and TreePeople.
Today we are going to discuss with Bill his 2009 film “Dirt! The Movie” which showed at Sundance and aired on PBS’s Earth Day Special. His newest feature documentary coming out is By the Light of a Million Fires – that shares the story and lives o fthe last hunter-gathering tribe in the world, the Hadza in Tanzania.
May 30, 2012
A look at the little known science on how climate change is triggering earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes
Professor Bill McGuire is professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London, and a science writer and broadcaster, whose research focuses on how climate change forces geological conditions and produces hazardous events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. In the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, Prof. McGuire was a member of the Natural Hazard Working group, established by the British government and in 2010 was a member of the scientific emergency team assessing Icelandic volcanic problems.
Bill has written several books on climate and geological threats to our planet and presented the BBC Radio series Disasters in Waiting and Scientists Under Pressure. His most recent book is “Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes.”
May 29, 2012
Dissecting the media’s images and spin that is fed us – the media behind the death of Osama bin Laden, Obama’s secret Kill list – what is the rule of thumb for discerning the news the media feeds us?
Danny Schechter, popularly known as “The News Dissector,” is a television producer, journalist, filmmaker and media critic who has a renowned reputation for serious in depth reporting on controversial issues. He was a producer for ABC Newsmagazine and 20/20 and has received 2 Emmy Awards. He is currently the executive editor of MediaChannel and
Danny also has a distinguished educational background with degrees from Cornell, London School of Economics and having been a fellow at Harvard University. He has also been a professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
His most recent book, “Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector” – a collection of essays deconstructing the media’s popular image of America that is fed to us. Danny also hosts the program “The News Dissector” that airs every Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM on the Progressive Radio Network.
May 25, 2012
Wind energy and Wind farms – are they a solution to renewable energy or a scam
Dr John Etherington is a retired environmental scientist, formerly a Reader in Ecology in the University of Wales at Cardiff. His research was focused on the chemistry and physics of the biological environment and since retirement he has spent time investigating the claims made for wind power and other intermittent renewable technologies. His earlier career started at Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, where he obtained a Doctorate in soil water and plant growth. He also served as the Editor of the Journal of Ecology. During his professional career John authored several textbooks including the successful Environment and Plant Ecology that remained in print for almost 20 years. In 2009 he published “The Wind Farm Scam: An Ecologist’s Evaluation” – the most concise review of Wind energy drawbacks in print, which is already in its fifth reprinting.
May 24, 2012
Psychiatryland – the promise of illusions through Big Pharma and psychiatry and how these illusions are kept alive
Dr. Phillip Sinaikin MD is a practicing clinical psychiatrist – board certified in psychiatry and addictive psychiatry -- who has worked in numerous mental health settings for nearly thirty years. He earned a Master's Degree in Humanistic Psychology from West Georgia College in 1976 before obtaining his Medical Degree from Boston University in 1981.
Dr. Sinaikin is the author of four books and numerous journal articles on topics ranging from postmodern philosophy to eating disorders. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry and the Society of Existential and Phenomenological Philosophy. His most recent self-published book is PSYCHIATRYLAND: How to Protect Yourself from Pill-Pushing Psychiatrists and Develop a Personal Plan for Optimal Mental Health – a comprehensive philosophical and clinical critique of today’s practice of biological psychiatry.
May 23, 2012
Processed foods: 9 things you need to know about the food you eat
Organic food can turn you into a jerk?
Severe nuclear reactor accidents likely in the next 10 years
How chemical exposures today are going to affect people later
Desperate times demand revolutionary measures
The political and social role of war in shaping American history, politics and culture.
Paul Atwood is Interim Director of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, and a faculty member in the American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where he specializes in US Foreign Relations and 20th Century American Political and Social History. He is also member of the Smedley Butler Brigade, the Boston chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Prof. Atwood writes frequently on the role of war in American politics and society. His most recent book is “War and Empire: The American Way of Life.”
May 22, 2012
Lets go to the major media’s jugular vein.
Greg Palast is a journalist’s journalist, with the BBC and the British newspaper The Guardian, who has been called by the Tribune in the UK “the most important investigative journalist in our time.” He has won many awards including from the Financial Times, the National Press Club and the George Orwell Courage in Journalism
In the past his investigations have included cover-ups, racketeering, and bribery among the big oil and energy companies and the nuclear industries fraudulent site testing and lies over nuclear reactor safety measures.
His new book entitled “Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High Finance Carnivores” traverses much of the world to uncover the corruption in the oil and nuclear industries. And along with cartoonist Ted Rall, Greg will be releasing a new voter guide for the 2012 elections.
May 21, 2012
On James Hansen’s push for nuclear and an update on Fukushima and other nuclear-related news
Prof. Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism and communications at SUNY College in Old Westbury on Long Island where he has taught investigative reporting for over 30 years. He is one of the nation’s most prolific investigative writers on the nuclear power, politics in the energy industry and the environment. This year he received the prestigious Pope Award for his many articles written during the past year. You can read his articles on sites such as Alternet, Commondreams and the Huffington Post.
He is the author of several books including “Cover Up: What You are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power” and “The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program’s Nuclear Threat to Our Planet.” He also narrated the award winning TV documentaries “Three Mile Island Revisited” and “The Push to Revive Nuclear Power.”
May 18, 2012
A look at the JP Morgan debacle as a greater problem riddled throughout Wall Street and why government is doing nothing
Les Leopold is the co-founder and director of two nonprofit educational organizations: The Labor Institute and the Public Health Institute. He also helped to create the Blue-Green Alliance, and organization that merges labor unions with environmental concerns, such as the Sierra Club.
Ralph Nader listed Les’s award-winning book, “The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor” on his recommended top 10 read list. His recent book, “The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity” is perhaps the single best introduction for anyone who wishes to fully understand the main issues and economic jargon about our economic collapse.
New York Times Paul Krugman confirms what Gerald has been saying for a while now – apocalyptic time in Europe.
Gerald Celente is one of today’s pioneers in trend strategy. He founded the Trends Research Institute and is the publisher of theTrends Journal that has been in operation since 1980. He has since been one of the nation’s most sought after diagnosticians and forecasters on domestic and international events.
Gerald’s insights have been sought for by major networks, PBS and BBC, Russian TV, and publications such as the Economist and major newspapers.
May 17, 2012
Six kinds of pills Big Pharma tries to get you hooked on for life
A summit of Bill Clinton and others this week agrees -- it's your fault that everything's bad
Obama's new free speech threat
Preying on the poor -- how government and corporations use the poor as piggy banks
How Big Pharma and psychiatry drugs up our kids
The National Security state wins again
Fukushima -- socializing the risks and privatizing the profits
May 16, 2012
A conversation on totalitarian political structures, intention and resulting suppression of freedom and democracy
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
May 15, 2012
HPV Vaccination and FDA/CDC vaccine policies
Beth Clay is the present Senior Vice President of Capitol Strategy Consultants in Washington DC, where she works with corporate and nonprofit organizations and government relations. Much of her work is focused now on dietary supplement regulation and alternative health policy issues, particularly regarding vaccination and autism. Formerly she was a senior on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness with Chairman Congressman Dan Burton. It was her work with Rep. Burton’s investigation into CDC failures over mercury in vaccines leading to autism that has made her best known. She has also worked with the NIH’s Office of Alternative Medicine, and was a member of the US delegation to Codex Alimentarius’ Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses.
Emily Tarsell is the mother of 21 year old Christina Tarsell who died suddenly following her third injection with the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. She is a licensed clinical counselor and is now the volunteer Director of the Gardasil Network Development group at Barbara Lo Fisher’s National Vaccine Information Center and doing out reach to families who have experienced the loss of a daughter or have suffered serious adverse events from the HPV vaccine.
May 14, 2012
More info about the Pentagon attack on 911
Barbara Honegger is a former White House Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Assistant to the president for Domestic Policy and a nationally recognized investigator and author about the attack on the Pentagon during 911. She was called as an expert witness at the First International Hearings on 911 held in Toronto in September 2011. Earlier, Barbara was a Senior Military Affairs Journalist at the Dept of Defense’s Naval Postgraduate School and is best known for her book “October Surprise”, which exposed the Reagan teams Irangate and led to a full federal investigation in the House. She is among the first of 50 high level former and current government officials to call for a new 911 investigation and she is a founding member of the International organization, Political Leaders for 911 Truth.
May 11, 2012
Commentary from David Suzuki -- environmentalism has failed
Our country is being fracked by the merger of government and big business
Residents evicted for aquafracking water withdrawals
Pattern recognition technology to predict the future of mental illness in teens
May 10, 2012
Libertarian Party platform moving forward to the 2012 Presidential Elections
Judge James P. Gray currently presides over the civil trial calendar for the Superior Court of Orange County where he has served since 1989. He has devoted many years in social reform and civic philanthropy, especially in the areas of education, alcohol and drug programs and supporting centers for the treatment of psychological and physical trauma.
Judge Gray is now the Vice Presidential candidate, running on the Libertarian Party ticket with former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party.
He has also served in the Peace Corps and was a defense attorney in Navy JAG Corps during the Vietnam era. In 1998, he ran as a Republican candidate for the US Congress and in 2004 ran for the US Senate for the Libertarian Party. He is the author of two books: “Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs” and “Wearing the Robe: Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today’s Courts”
May 9, 2012
The department of Defense – taxpayer waste, lack of accountability
Dr. Ben Freeman is a National Security Investigator at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) in Washington DC where he specializes in Department of Defense personnel issues, weapons procurement, and the impact of lobbying by foreign governments on U.S. Foreign policy. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, on National Public Radio, and in numerous other media outlets. he has testified before the Senate on the dramatic increase of military brass in the armed forces.
Prior to joining POGO, Ben earned a Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University, where he was also an instructor in the Political Science Department and the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He recently completed a book on lobbying by foreign governments in the U.S. titled “The Foreign Policy Auction.” www.POGO.org
May 8, 2012
Global toxicity and the science and simple ways to detox ourselves
Dr. Alejandro Junger has been an international visionary doctor in cardiology over the years. He is a board certified physician in internal medicine and cardiology practicing in New York and California. After becoming a patient of our current dominant medical system, Dr. Junger embarked on a thorough journey and exploration into natural and integrative medicine to heal himself, which led to his living and studying in India its eastern medical practices and other natural healing practices. He was the medical director of the famous fasting and detoxification center, WE Care Holistic Health Center in Palm Springs was the director of the integrative medicine service at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Dr. Junger’s is the author of the best selling book “Clean: A Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself” which is the basis for his Clean detoxification program.
May 7, 2012
Michael McCray -- whistleblowers are uniting to fight Obama's war on women
Robert Fisk -- the children of Fallujah, the hospital of horror
Paula Caplan -- Psychiatry's Bible, the DSM, is doing more harm than good
and more ...
May 4, 2012
Our Autism epidemic and advances in nutritional therapy
DR. MARTHA HERBERT is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She is also the director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Dr. Herbert earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has a doctorate in evolution and history of consciousness from the University of California, Santa CruzShe received the first Cure Autism Now Innovator Award and is now on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks.
Her main research interests are in addressing autism as a “dynamic encephalopathy” (something that can change) rather than a “static encephalopathy” (something that is fixed for life) and in how environmental vulnerability affects brain and body health.
She is the author of “The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be”, which has just recently been published and outlines her medical research into autism and its treatments.
JULIE MATTHEWS is a certified nutrition consultant specializing in autistic spectrum disorders and founder of the Nourishing Hope, dedicated to the treatment of autism through nutritional means. She is host of the Autism One Radio program broadcast out of San Francisco. Julie’s work has been based upon the most current research into the biochemistry of Autism and the role nutrition plays in restoring health. She is a leading education advocate for nutritional science to medical practitioners treating autism and board member of the Weston Price Foundation and a conference educator for DAN (Defeat Autism Now) and Autism One.
May 3, 2012
The rise of urban agriculture and the new food revolution
Jennifer Cockrall-King is a Canadian journalist and author whose articles have been published many of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers and publications such as the Chicago Sun, National Post, Macleans and others in the US. She hosts the blog FoodGirl and in her hometown in British Columbia, she is the founder of the Okanagan Food Writers workshop to introduce food writers to major issues concerning food sustainability. She is the author of “Food and The City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution”, which explores the global movements in urban agriculture and urban food issues and attempts to redefine food, other than industrial agriculture, for the years ahead..
May 2, 2012
Kathleen McClellan is the National Security and Human Rights counsel for the Government Accountability Project in Washington DC, where she supports and represents whistleblowers from the national security and intelligence communities. Over the years she has worked with whistleblowers from the National Security Agency, the CIA, and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. These cases involved such issues as torture, surveillance, excessive secrecy and political discrimination. Kathleen is currently representing former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, who had reported on the waste and abuse within this agency he was employed at.
In the past she worked at the ACLU legislative office, one effort being reform of the Patriot Act. Kathleen holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law school and graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College in Maryland.
May 1, 2012
Isha Judd is a author and teacher of spirituality originally from Australia but now living in Uruguay. She is the founder of Isha Educating for Peace, a self-funded non-governmental organization that provides free teachings throughout South America. The organizations works with the underprivileged and destitute, children, politicians, prisoners, and people with disabilities. In 2010, Isha provided teachings to over 6,000 people affected by the earthquakes in the south of Chile. She was recently named Ambassador for Peace by the Argentinean Senate, and Citizen of the World by the International University of Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Her most recent book just being released today is “Love Has Wings: Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs and Fall in Love with Life” which focuses on how beliefs keep us stuck in situations of uncertainty – personal and global – and how to shift our perspective to feel able to make constructive differences in how we act, think and speak.