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
Trans Medicine: Brave New World?
Like many professionals, doctors and medical providers are uncomfortable with plowing new ground. But that’s what trans medicine is, and there is growing need for best treatment practices. There is very little research or precedent but the needs of trans medicine are real. In their new book TransMedicine The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender, author stef shuster delves into the murky waters that lie before us. Unlike other medical issues, it’s not about curing any disease and any doctors are intimidated by their patients’ call for treatment. What norms and biases come in? What about the familiar but false binary models? And with so many parents of trans kids greatly uncomfortable, what can help determine appropriate treatment? Doctors, so used to being the unquestioned authority, find themselves in uncertain norm shattering territory.
Rural Teacher Elected President in Peru While the Right Claims Fraud.
It’s a rich country full of poor people. With his teaching pencil as a symbol, from the countryside Pedro Castillo is the winner of the very tight but certified free and fair June 6th presidential election. The candidate of the wealthy far right Keiko Fujimori claims fraud. Her father, former president Alberto Fujimori, is accused of crimes against humanity. As with so many other right wingers, Fujimori waged a campaign of fear, calling Castillo a communist. But Castillo is actually a humble teacher from neglected rural Peru, a non-doctrinaire leftist with an accomplished team of policy experts ready to go to work. Why should the majority be so poor and lack access to basic needs in a country so rich with wealth and resources? Our guest Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK just returned from Peru and explains the importance of this election.
Manchin: Ego Rules Over Patriotism
Michael Winship writes: “Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being in the White House, we remain in existential peril.” A big step toward tyranny is Senator Joe Manchin who announced he will not support an end to the filibuster which has to end if democracy is going to survive. Former senior writer for Moyers and Company, Winship argues by putting his fear about re-election first, he is enabling: the continued rule of corporate money, a new version of Jim Crow laws, blocking a revamp of criminal justice and law enforcement, and gun safety laws. In the choice he makes, Manchin will either be known as the man who defended democracy in its darkest hour or the Democrat who helped the Right subvert our democracy.
Sexual Assault in the Military: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse
Women in the military know they are more likely to be attacked by men of their own company than by an enemy. It’s been a long tradition that reports of sexual abuse are crushed. Commanders protecting their own reputation takes precedence over doing justice, catching and punishing perpetrators. The recent murder on Ft.Hood Texas of 20 year old Vanessa Guillen shocked the system and now there is action in the senate. Democrat Gillibrand and Republican Ernst have cosponsored what our guest Andrea Mazzarino applauds though recognizing it is still quite timid. Perhaps justice in the isolated realm of the military should more closely resemble justice in the civilian world on such serious matters. Mazzarino says there is reason for hope if we pressure our congress.
The Power of Resentment and The Threat to Democracy
Is it the revenge of the “deplorables?” We’ve seen how a culture of resentment affected Germany in the early 30s, and it has brought us dangerous Trumpism today. On this show, professor of history emeritus Walter Moss looks at the resentments of the “bitter heartland,” why it is that way, and how they feel they’ve lost something they have a right to. The resentment in Germany was against certain “outside” groups, in America today it’s against educated coastal elites, feminists, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. So what can be done; logic and reason don’t succeed, so what does? Give a listen.
Supreme Court Case Threatens Roe, But It’s Not Over
When Roe v Wade was decided in 1973, many thought the matter was settled. Nearly 50 years later, the new Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could overturn that landmark decision. On this show abortion law historian professor Mary Ziegler reveals the likely legal issues; fetal viability, rights of personhood, and the weight of legal precedent. Attacking reproductive rights is but one of the means used by Trumpists to replace democracy with religious nationalism. But Ziegler notes the court can not permanently resolve this issue; people are not powerless despite the end run around democracy.
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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.
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
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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.