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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle June 9th, 2012

Will Allen talks about the Good Food Revolution, a movement dedicated to equitable and sustainable food, and creating just world one food secure community at a time.  With Will Allen, author of Good Food Revolution , founder of Growing Power. [ dur. 25 mins. ]

And on The Scholars’ Circle, we dissect the conflict in Syria, the failed Kofi Annan attempt at peace talks, and what it means for the region and the world.The Middle East.

  • Prof. Samer S. Shehata, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies @ Georgetown Univ. Author: Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change
  • Prof. Hamoud Salhi, Cal State Domingues Hills, Essay in International Relations and Security in the Digital Age
  • Prof. Nader Hashemi, Univ. of Denver. Author: Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies

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Insighters June 3rd, 2012

Seg. 1: Two Isreali women, one Jewish, one Palestinian, are working together to sage peace in the region. With Taghrit Shabita, human rights lawyer, peace activist; Dafna Bnai, activist, Machsom Watch. [ dur. 20 mins. ]

Seg.2: What role do media play in the success or failure of the peace process? A look at the media and peace process in Israel and Palestine; With Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem. [ dur. 20 mins. ]

Seg. 1: What exactly is terrorism? Where should it fall on the continuum of political violence? Prof. Dekmejian is the foremost expert of terrorism and genocide. With  Author and Prof. Richard Dekmejian, USC [ dur. 18 mins. ]

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle May 27th, 2012

Seg. 1: Does power breed hypocrisy? If so, why? And what are the political and social implications. With Prof. Adam Galinski, Northwestern University. [ dur. 9 mins. ]

Seg. 2: The media’s role in political change. Richardson discusses his book A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly life of Ramparts Magazine changed America. Scheer, founder of Truthdig, contributes his thoughts as a former journalist at Ramparts. With Peter Richardson, author, A Bomb in Every Issue; Bob Scheer, Ramparts, TruthDig [dur. 20 mins. ]

Seg. 3: Scholars’ Circle: Health care system is under increased pressure legally, politically, and professionally, and doctors are leaving their practice. What is the future of healthcare. With Maggie Kozol, author of  The Color of Atmosphere; Dr. Ted Mazer, author, Exec. Committee of CA Medical Assoc.; Will Marshall, Pres. Progressive Policy Inst.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – May 20th, 2012

Seg. 1: Mexico’s drug war is claiming thousands of lives and threatening to destabilize Mexico. With Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Univ. of Texas @ Brownsville,  studies Mexican politics, Mexico-U.S. relations. Molly Molloy, New Mexico State Univ. is prof. and librarian for Border & Latin American issues. She is creator of The Frontera List. [ duration 28 mins. ]

Seg. 2: The Scholars’ Circle. How is the so-called war on drugs connected to lethal drug trade and how can societies more effectively and humanely solve drug problems. Our three panel members have co-authored a book titled, Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know.

  • Prof. Mark Kleiman, author – When Brute Force Fails , UCLA;
  • Prof. Jonathan P. Caulkins, Carnegie Mellon Univ.;
  • Prof. Angela Hawken, Pepperdine Univ.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – May 6th 2012

Segment 1: Can new media change power relations? We speak with Rory O’Connor author of, “Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media” [ Dur. 29 mins. ]
Segment 2: Scholar’s Circle. What does the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor reveal about the international justice system? Does this system work? Are there other ways to ensure justice?

  • Mark Drumbl is director of the Transnational law Institute at WA and Lee Univ. School of Law. His numerous publications include the award winning, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law.
  • Prof. Hannah Garry is director of Int’l Human Rights Clinic at USC’s Gould School of law. She specializes in int’l human rights law, int’l criminal law, int’l humanitarian law and international refugee law.
  • David Kaye is the Executive Director of the Int’l Human Rights Law Program and Director of Int’l Justice Clinic at UCLA School of Law.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – April 29th, 2012 @ LA Times Book Festival

All interviews were recorded live at the LA Times Book Festival on April 20th.

1. What is the collective cost to our wastefulness? And what are the economic and environmental harms of wastefulness? Edward Humes is author of, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.

2. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s efforts to restore the US economy were met by a set of dark forces that sought to destroy him and all of his policies. What were those forces and how might they still resonate today? Sally Denton is author of, The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis and the Rise of the American Right.

3. Army scientist Bruce Ivins mailed cultivated anthrax spores to U.S. Senators and media outlets, or did he? Who was Bruce Ivins? How did the press contribute to misleading America? Why did some of our highest government officials disregard scientific data while spinning the letter attacks into a basis for war? David Willman is author of, Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America’s Rush to War.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – April 8st, 2012

First, did the sexual counter revolution polarize American politics? With author Nancy Cohen ( UCLA ) author of the just released book. Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America. [duration: 29 min.]

Then, on the scholars’ circle, how might the power of ideas shape countries and international power structures. [duration: 25 min. ]

  • Liz Borgwardt, Univ. of Chicago, author.
  • Christopher McKnight Nichols, Univ. Of Penn.
  • Tim Lynch, Univ. of Melbourne.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – March 25th, 2012

Today we spend the hour exploring how the current rightward movement fits into U.S. history. How did it develop? And how has the movement been changing U.S. politics and policies? What can we learn from the past rightward movements right here and abroad? And how far can the movement go? (duration: 58 minutes)

Analysis by:

  • Kathleen Blee, Prof. & Chair, Sociology Dept. @ Univ. of Pittsburgh. Author of Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement, and Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form
  • Lawrence Rosenthal, Exec. Dir. & Lead Researcher, Center for Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movmnts @ UC Berkeley. He is currently working on a study of the contemporary American Right in comparison to movements of the Right in 20th century Europe
  • Martin Cohen, prof. of political science, James Madison Univ.  co-author of, The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – March 18th, 2012

Seg. 1. Massive vacancies on the federal bench and justices with conflicts of interest. What is the state of the independent judiciary? with Nan Aaron, Dir. of Alliance for Justice
Seg. 2. Should people who have committed crimes as teenagers face life in prison with no chance for parole? A look at the laws and the 2500 people who are serving those sentences; with Elizabeth Calvin, Senior Advocate, Human Rights Watch
Seg. 3. Scholars’ Circle. The effect of war on laws, society, governance, and democracy itself. How are these affected as the lines of war-time are increasingly blurred.

  • Mary Dudziak is Judge Edward J. and Ruey Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School. She is the author of several books including her latest, War-Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences.
  • Patrick James is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.
    He is the author of numerous publications including, Religion, Identity and Global Governance: Theory, Evidence and Practice. And he has co-authored, Rethinking Realism in International Relations: Between Tradition and Innovation.
  • Christopher McKnight Nichols is Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be Assistant Professor in the History of the U.S. and the World at Oregon State University starting in the summer of 2012. Nichols specializes in the intellectual history of the U.S. role in the world from 1865 to present. He is the author of many publications including his latest, Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard University Press, April 2011)

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – March 11th, 2012

1) When might gas prices come back down? Some experts say never. We’ll explore the realities of fuel prices with  Tyson Slocum.
2) Then, from broken heart to suicide bomber. We explore the various drives that fuel deadly terror with Ken Ballen .
3) On the Scholars’ Circle, what the Putin and rising widespread protests mean for Russia and the world.

  • Professor Daniel Treisman
  • Professor Robert English
  • Professor Katherine Stoner-Weiss

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