49 episodes

Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth gap, and internet issues. Including such issues and movements as the Occupy Movement, Citizens United, safe energy, Jewish Voice for Peace, Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Spiritual Progressives, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies, Wealth for the Common Good, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, BDS, Campaign for America’s Future, TransPacific Partnership, NORML and MPP, the OffNow Coalition, The World Bank and IMF, The Birch Society, and many more. We talk with authors of important new history books for insight into current dilemmas. The idea is to empower listeners with facts behind current problems and with specific opportunities for them to make positive change to revitalize democracy

Guests of note include: Gore Vidal, George McGovern, Claire Conner, Medea Benjamin, Adam Hochschild, Ben Cohen, Bernie Sanders, Anna Gyorgy, Marjorie Cohn, Elias Isquith, Zaid Jilani, Merle Ratner, Peter Van Buren, Brian Kahn, Allen Brownfeld, Michael Hill, Joyce Horman, Debra Sweet, Ken Gloss, Zephyr Teachout, Rev. Bruce Shipman, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Steven Jonas, Alex Pareene, Michael Kazin, Richard Eskow, Patrick Smith, Jules Feffer, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, Eric Zuesse, Guy Saperstein, Richard Rothstein, Chuck Collins, Astra Taylor, Bryan Stephenson, Margaret Flowqers, Kevin Zeese, Roger Hickey, Bob Borosage, Bruce Dancis, Philip Smith, Sean McElwee, Amanda Marcotte, Shane Trejo, Noam Chomsky, MJ Rosenberg, Hedrick Smith, Ellen Brown. Subscribe to RSS Feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/BurtCohen

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Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth gap, and internet issues. Including such issues and movements as the Occupy Movement, Citizens United, safe energy, Jewish Voice for Peace, Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Spiritual Progressives, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies, Wealth for the Common Good, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, BDS, Campaign for America’s Future, TransPacific Partnership, NORML and MPP, the OffNow Coalition, The World Bank and IMF, The Birch Society, and many more. We talk with authors of important new history books for insight into current dilemmas. The idea is to empower listeners with facts behind current problems and with specific opportunities for them to make positive change to revitalize democracy

Guests of note include: Gore Vidal, George McGovern, Claire Conner, Medea Benjamin, Adam Hochschild, Ben Cohen, Bernie Sanders, Anna Gyorgy, Marjorie Cohn, Elias Isquith, Zaid Jilani, Merle Ratner, Peter Van Buren, Brian Kahn, Allen Brownfeld, Michael Hill, Joyce Horman, Debra Sweet, Ken Gloss, Zephyr Teachout, Rev. Bruce Shipman, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Steven Jonas, Alex Pareene, Michael Kazin, Richard Eskow, Patrick Smith, Jules Feffer, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, Eric Zuesse, Guy Saperstein, Richard Rothstein, Chuck Collins, Astra Taylor, Bryan Stephenson, Margaret Flowqers, Kevin Zeese, Roger Hickey, Bob Borosage, Bruce Dancis, Philip Smith, Sean McElwee, Amanda Marcotte, Shane Trejo, Noam Chomsky, MJ Rosenberg, Hedrick Smith, Ellen Brown. Subscribe to RSS Feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/BurtCohen

    Nuclear Rebranding as “Green?” Mere Window Dressing.

    Nuclear Rebranding as “Green?” Mere Window Dressing.

    After decades in a coma, the nuclear industry is back. But the truth is nuclear power is not an acceptable stopgap measure, it’s a diversion from real, actually economic, safer solutions. On this show policy analyst Paul Gunter tells the truth behind the new nuclear PR campaign. He really knows his stuff.

    • 58 min
    Wealth Supremacy is On Autopilot: That’s Not the Only Option

    Wealth Supremacy is On Autopilot: That’s Not the Only Option

    In the current American version of capitalism, all of us are “thingified:” our only value being as digits on the way to corporate profits. This reflects a core bias in the system toward serving the very richest. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In her new book Wealth Supremacy; How the Extractive Economy and Biased Rules of Capitalism Drive Today’s Crises, author co-founder and former president of Business Ethics magazine Marjorie Kelly explains how capitalism can and must evolve to serve the common good. It can happen.

    • 59 min
    There’s No Conflict Between Commercialism and Idealism

    There’s No Conflict Between Commercialism and Idealism

    It’s basic to the very essence of America. On this show Constitutional Law Professor John O. McGinnis argues that commerce was the mother’s milk of the American Revolution and that the virtues of commerce and idealism need not conflict. Listen in and let him explain how it worked. And still does.

    • 57 min
    Seek Higher Ground: The Laws of Nature are Not Optional

    Seek Higher Ground: The Laws of Nature are Not Optional

    We’ve built all the dams we need and that nature can handle. Development in flood zones is still happening faster than more sustainable locations. In his new book; Seek Higher Ground, The Natural Solution to Our Urgent Flooding Crisis, award winning author and conservationist Tim Palmer argues there can be a bipartisan solution…if we take it seriously. We do have to find a different way, and in this podcast Palmer spells it out.

    • 58 min
    Why Place Supplants Issues in the Heartland

    Why Place Supplants Issues in the Heartland

    Most of us can guess but there’s nothing like serious scientific research when it comes to understanding political change. In her forthcoming book  How the Heartland Went Red, Harvard’s Stephanie Termullo shares her findings from extensive field research in three small mid-western cities. How does sense of place supplants party policy positions which may be actually better for those communities? Fear and reassurance play a major role. What can Democrats do…anything? Give a listen.

    • 59 min
    Shielded: How Did Police Become Untouchable?

    Shielded: How Did Police Become Untouchable?

    It’s a systemic problem: what is “reasonable,” what is acting “in good faith” when America’s police violate citizens rights or even kill them? As of now, police are protected, enjoying unique immunity which no one else has. In this show UCLA law professor Joanna Schwartz talks about her new book Shielded: How The Police Became Untouchable and why America needs to take on and solve this big problem. Now.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Contraryan ,

Good for people from left

Sometimes Interesting discussions and guests.

To be honest, I would give it 4 stars except with ratings inflation that would do them a disservice. I do think people should know about it and decide for themselves.

RickPickford ,

Fresh, timely & relevant to todays big questions in society

Burt seems to be able to examine the underlying powers and challenges seeming hell bent on destroying this experiment called democracy - Rick Pickford Chair - Seacoast Arts & Cultural Alliance

Cambriamaven ,

From the progressive point of view

About democracy and the state of the people's power today, not only in the US, but how events worldwide may influence our democracy. Host is curious and wants to learn and share how democracy is and is not functioning for all.

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