Category Archives: Scholars’ Circle Interviews

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Feb. 5th, 2012

Seg. 1: What does the trial of international human rights Judge Baltasar Garzon mean for human rights law? With Reed Brody, Human Rights Watch.

Seg.2: How is international law changing for human rights and war? We speak with Ruthie Titel, Prof. of Law, NY University author of her new book, Humanity’s Law.

Seg. 3: Scholars’ Circle. In light of Mitt Romney’s comments about the very poor, we look at poverty, inequality, and social mobility both here in the U.S. and worldwide.

Lane Kenworthy, Prof. of Sociology & Political Science, Univ. of AZ
David A. Smith, Prof. Sociology, U.C. Irvine
Gregory Clark, Prof. & Chair, Dept. of Economics, UC Davis

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Jan. 29th, 2012

Seg. 1: A look inside the secret world of spying and intelligence agencies. A discussion with Glenn Carle, former CIA agent and author of the book, The Interrogator.
Seg. 2: Scholars’ Circle. As we head into the fourth Republican Presidential Primary we explore why people vote the way they do.

Scholars’ Circle panel: Andrew Gelman is author of, Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do. Henry Brady is author of Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics, and Letting the People Decide. George Lakoff is the author of many books including, Don’t Think of an Elephant, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, and The Political Mind.
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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Jan. 22nd, 2012

Seg. 1: We continue our conversation with Gen. Romeo Dallaire re forces of genocide, and what might prevent it;
Seg. 2 (18:20): A new film about the unique challenges of women soldiers and veterans. A special look at Gulf War veterans with Gulf War Syndrome;
Seg. 3: Scholars’ Circle:  This week marks the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Citizens United versus Federal Elections Commission in which the court struck down in a five to four decision several campaign finance laws. What has the effect been so far? Outside spending on campaigns has risen 338 percent since 2006 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Unions have spent some 17.3 million dollars from their general treasuries on independent expenditures, while conservative non-profit groups have spent some 121 million without disclosing the sources of that money. The Center believes the money comes from corporate sources. The issue of money corrupting political processes has received more public attention recently than it has in several decades. Comedians, Steven Colbert and John Stewart are using parody to demonstrate the system’s flaws. Citizens’ groups are working toward overturning the decision while cities and states are passing resolutions, some of which directly repudiate Citizen’s United decision. Others reject the notion of corporate personhood seen as one of the roots of the money problem.

Henry Brady is Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of numerous publications including, Voice in Inequality, Civic Voluntarism in American Politics, and Letting the People Decide.
Scott Bowman is the Chair of Political Science Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Among his publications is The Modern Corporation in American Political Thought: Law, Power and Ideology.
Professor Daniel Green is Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School. He is the author of numerous publications that explore corporation, speech, and constitutional law.

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Insighters Recording from January 12, 2012.

Seg. 1: There are some dozen situations around the world that could be considered pre-genocidal. What have we learned from past genocides? We speak with Romeo Dallaire, commander of peacekeeping forces in Rwanda who tried to stop the massacre of Tutsis.
Break: 29:30.
Seg. 2: Scholars’ Circle. Current developments in the Middle East. Prof. Brand is author of:Women, The State and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences. Prof. Hashemi is author of: The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future.

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This week on Scholars’ Circle and the Insighters

On the Scholars’ Circle: The Norway massacre exposes a growing extremist movement in the west. We explore that along with when these ideas lead to violence and how to prevent political violence in an increasingly globalized world.

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Insighters:  Senator and Retired United Nations peacekeeping commander Romeo Dallaire discusses the system flaws that led to the Rwandan Genocide and the awful phenomenon of children as combatants.

 

 

This week on the Scholars’ Circle and the Insighters

How Google affects our knowledge, our politics, our privacy, and our public projects and why we should be concerned, with University of Virginia professsor Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry);

Then, Religion, politics, the so-called God Gap, and how it’s all changing, with Harvard professor and author of Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam, And University of Notre Dame professor David Campbell. Together, they authored American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.

AND on the Scholars’ Circle: more crackdowns in Syria, Saudi Arabia’s counter revolution, and the diplomatic and economic relationships that matter among the Arab States and with the West. 

Scholars’ Circle guests: Professor John Esposito, Founding Dir. of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown Univ. and author of more than 35 books including, Islam: The Straight Path. Nader Hashemi, professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver,  and  co-editor of, The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future. Mehran Kamrava is Director of the Center for International & Regional Studies and the editor of, The New Voices of Islam: Rethinking Politics and Modernity.

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The Scholars’ Circle [ Listen to Recordings ] is a broadcast discussion that features a moderator and three top thinkers/scholars who tackle current events and systemic issues within the broader context of the deeper phenomena that drive and shape those events. For a half-hour, top scholars and practitioners try to make sense of what is occurring with humanity – politically, physically, economically, psychologically, sociologically, legally, communally and more.  Where are we in the great scheme of things? How did we get here and what do these mean for the future of humanity?The Scholars’ Circle goes beyond current events to look at deeper trends and their causes, systemic and structural forces, and to explore possible solutions to the many issues facing humanity. 

How is The Scholars’ Circle different from other broadcast programs? The Scholars’ Circle brings to the airwaves material that the public rarely hears together – knowledge producers and practitioners thinking out loud with each other in areas of their expertise in order to try to shed greater understanding to the big issues and choices before us. It focuses on bridging, rather than dividing, and on larger contexts and questions that underlie current events. The host, Maria Armoudian, is an author, a fellow at the Center for International Studies, a journalist, and a Ph.D. candidate in political science and international relations. She has worked directly in politics for more than fifteen years as a high level staffer in the California Legislature, a Commissioner in the City of Los Angeles and a board member for several nonprofit organizations. Her forthcoming book, Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World (Prometheus Books) is a comprehensive look at how the media affect political outcomes such as genocide, war, peace, human rights, democratization, social change and environmental protection. As a journalist, she has written for a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times Syndicate, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Los Angeles Daily News, Salon.Com, the Progressive, Inc., Alternet, Businessweek, Daily Variety, and many others.

The Scholars’ Circle seeks to connect the public to scholars and expose general audiences to the greater knowledge than they might obtain otherwise. It hopes that a high level of dialogue might deepen the public’s understanding about the issues facing us and hopes to counteract polarization that occurs on other outlets. The program offers voices, information and contexts that together are infrequently offered in most programs. Since the Scholars’ Circle began airing in early January (KPFK & WPRR), it has covered the following topics:

  • The state of the media, the future of media and what it means for society
  • Political Violence: What foments it? What quells it?
  • Transformations in the Middle East and what they mean for the region and the rest of the world.
  • Presidential power: Given the system and the constraints on presidents, how much should society expect from their president?

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