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Rosa Brooks on How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything
Sep14

Rosa Brooks on How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

The US military didn’t shrink much under President Obama, and our perpetual state of war has barely waned since 9-11. Author Rosa Brooks says the consequences of this ‘new normal’ reach deep into our society; far beyond the body count of those killed overseas. On this edition, Rosa Brooks speaks about her new book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington DC Featuring Rosa Brooks, author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. Host: Andrew Stelzer More information Rosa Brooks Politics and Prose How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks Rosa Brooks speaking at Politics and Prose Military Spending in the United States Costs of War And The Record for Highest Constant $ Military Spending Since 1950 Goes To………The Peace Candidate, Barrack...

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Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness
Jul20

Bipolarized: Rethinking Mental Illness

Ross McKenzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but after 15 years on Lithium, he wasn’t getting any better. He decided to take matters into his own hands, get off the drug, and find out why so many people are being told they have mental illnesses. This week on Making Contact, we bring you an abridged version of the film Bipolarized; Rethinking Mental Illness, chronicling McKenzie’s journey. Featuring: Ross McKenzie, diagnosed with Bipolar disorder Ross McKenzie’s mother and sister Gwen Olsen, former pharmaceutical rep Laura Delano, psychiatry survivor Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America Dr. Charles Whitfield, trauma recovery specialist Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing Credits Host: Andrew Stelzer Special thanks: Specialty Studios More information http://www.bipolarizedthemovie.com/ Gwen Olsen, the Rx Reformer Laura Delano Mad in America Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Dr. Charles Whitfield Peter Levine-Somatic...

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Jane Mayer on the Hidden Billionaires of the Radical Right
Jun22

Jane Mayer on the Hidden Billionaires of the Radical Right

Who is Charles Koch–really? Who are the members of “the Network”?—a semi-secret group assembled by the Koch brothers? How are the superrich’s priorities transforming American society? Journalist Jane Mayer spent several years searching for some of those answers, and her new book is titled Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires. Mayer is interviewed by Atlantic magazine editor-in-chief James Bennet.  Featuring: Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, the Hidden History of the Billionaires James Bennet, Atlantic Magazine editor-in-chief Credits Host: Andrew Stelzer Special thanks: Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse More information   Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Jane Mayer on Dark Money Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse How the Kochtopus Went After a Reporter Koch Industries Americans for...

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Unstoppable: The Fight for 15
Mar23

Unstoppable: The Fight for 15

In 2012, fast food workers in NYC kicked off a movement that has exceeded all expectations, and changed the conversation about the minimum wage. On this edition, low paid workers tell the story of the fight for 15, the exploding nationwide movement for fair wages. Featuring: Alvin Major, KFC employee and original NYC striker Richard Wilson, Walmart employee Bernardo Monteo, Chanda Roberts, Jayla Mosley; fast food workers Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education Thomas Geoghegan, author of “Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement“ More information Fight for 15 Fast Food Forward Clocking In Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement“ by Thomas Geoghegan States Move to Roll Back City Minimum-Wage Raises Living Wage Mandate Preemption Act Summer For Respect on Soundcloud Voices of Walmart California’s $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Is Likely Headed to Voters Columbia University Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) 14 Cities States Approved 15 Minimum Wage in 2015 How New York’s “Fight for $15” Launched a National Movement  The Care Gap Income Inequality Is A Health Hazard Why Skills Are Not Enough to Land a Job Last word: the Faces of...

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Listen to our extended interview with Stanley Nelson on “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”
Feb26

Listen to our extended interview with Stanley Nelson on “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” has sparked a renewed interest in the famed revolutionary organization. In November journalist Eric Arnold interviews Nelson for our show. Now listen to the full unedited...

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Feb24

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

2016 marks 50 years since the founding of the Black Panther Party-a group that’s took the world by the storm, but is still widely misunderstood.   There’s a new documentary film that’s trying to set the record straight. On this edition of Making Contact, journalist Eric Arnold talks with Stanley Nelson, director of The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution. Featuring: Stanley Nelson, Director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Eric Arnold,...

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We Are the Bomb: Boots Riley and Dave Zirin Talk Activism and Politics
Feb10

We Are the Bomb: Boots Riley and Dave Zirin Talk Activism and Politics

Rapper and grassroots organizer Boots Riley’s recent book is titled “Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb”. Riley appeared at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington DC, where he was interviewed by author and Edge of Sports blogger Dave Zirin. Special thanks to Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse Featuring: Boots Riley, “Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb” author Dave Zirin, “Edge of Sports” blogger More information: Tell Homeland Security: We Are the Bomb by Boots Riley Politics and Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse The Coup Boots Riley on Twitter Edge of Sports Dave Zirin on Twitter...

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These photos show what it’s like to live in a tent city
Jan28

These photos show what it’s like to live in a tent city

This slideshow requires JavaScript. With rising rents around the country and decreased access to housing services, many people are looking for ways to aid the country’s growing homeless population. On this week’s show we look at tent cities that have emerged in Seattle and Portland. Scroll through the photos to get a better idea of life in Seattle’s Nickelsville and Portland’s Dignity Village. Listen to reporter Sara Bernard’s report below and the entire show here. Nicklesville Pushes Seattle Towards Acceptance of Tent Cities Seattle is one of the only cities in the nation to have passed an ordinance formally sanctioning tent cities. Last fall, three new encampments were built on city land, with city permits and city dollars. A lot of that success can be chalked up to Nickelsville, one of Seattle’s formal tent encampments, which has been around since 2008. Reporter Sara Bernard visited Nicklesville, and brings us this report....

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Tent Cities: When Society Fails to House
Jan27

Tent Cities: When Society Fails to House

Tent cities have popped up across the country, from New Jersey to Texas to New Mexico. Many are starting to build more permanent living structures. So what are the benefits of living in a cluster of tents? And is this part of a real solution to homelessness? Featuring: Eric Tars, Sr. Attorney with The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Jack Tefari, John Reese, Ibrahim Mubarak, Doug, Dignity Village residents Will, John Derrig, Asa Yoe, Chris Semrau, Nicklesville residents Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute executive director Eric Evinowskis, Pinellas Hope facilities manager Rocco Mariano, Laura Letziati, James Stockstill, Pinellas Hope clients Credits Host: Andrew Stelzer Contributing Producers: Sara Bernard More information Low Income Housing Institute Dignity Village Nicklesville Pinellas Hope National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States Hoovervilles Tent cities: Seattle’s unusual approach to homelessness Street...

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Squatters: Intruders or Innovators?
Dec30

Squatters: Intruders or Innovators?

Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World”, estimates that more than a billion people–thats 1 in 7–are squatters.  This week, we visit squats in Venezuela and the Philippines, and find out why squatters aren’t just tolerated…they are crucial to the growth of major cities and national economies. Featuring: Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World” Filomena Cinco, Barangay captain of Estero de San Miguel Luz Sudueste, Urban Poor Associates organizer William Gonzalez, Gladys Flores, Jacqueline Calderon and Yolimar Noriega, Toree David residents Andres Antillano, Universidad Central de Venezuela professor & activist for squatters’ rights. More information: Squatter City Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World Urban Poor Associates Videos, Articles, etc. FDR Second Bill of Rights Speech Footage – YouTube Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities,” on TED talks TalCualDigital.com: La Torre de David Slumlands — filthy secret of the modern mega-city Spain squatters take over buildings after foreclosures Land Disputes Slow Recovery in Philippines – NYTimes.com QC mayor signs city law to stop squatting | Inquirer News Success for squatting seniors as Stille Strasse 10 reopens Music used on show: Licensed under Creative Commons License. Spectacled Cobra Simon Mathewson Night Creeper: Hellenica Haven: Lee Rosevere Pensacola Twilight: Lee Rosevere Grand Caravan: Blue Dot...

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