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Insighters & Scholars Circle- Nov. 4th, 2012

First, last week we began our conversation with Michael Grunwald, award winning journalist and author of the New New Deal. He described the process of passing the President’s signature policies. We continue with part II of what he calls President Obama’s new new deal. [ Dur. 29 mins. ]

With Scholars’ Circle:  Since January 2011, at least 180 bills were introduced in 41 states in efforts to restrict or suppress voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. However, nearly all of the worst new laws were blocked or repealed, largely as a result of actions in the courts. Some measures that still remain could affect up to 5 million citizens this election. Some watchdogs have suggested that suppression efforts are becoming more sophisticated and difficult to control, given the current laws We’re joined by three experts. [ Dur. 27 mins. ]

  • Alexander Keyssar is Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard. His book, “The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000),” was named the best book in U.S. history by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Daniel Tokaji, is Professor of Law, Senior Fellow at Election Law @ Moritz at Ohio State University, co-author of “Casebook Election Law: Cases and Materials,” and co-editor of Election Law Journal.
  • Lorraine Minnite is Professor of Public Policy and Administration, and Director of undergraduate Urban Studies Program at Rutgers University. She is the author of, “The Myth of Voter Fraud,” and Coauthor of “Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters.”

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Insighters & Scholars Circle- Oct. 28th, 2012

First, we speak with Michael Grunwald author of, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. Michael Grunwald says both the left and the right missed the real change that President Obama brought about with his stimulus. He says it has so much transformative potential that it’s really a new New Deal. Part 1 of 2 parts. [ dur: 17 mins ]

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, we look at why so many transgressions go unnoticed while others become nationals scandals. Scandal and Silence — why do so many scandals go unnoticed? Why do some become national stories and others fade out? What about “nonscandals” becoming scandalized? AND how does this phenomenon affect our democracy and society?  We are joined by three experts:

  • Robert Entman, Professor of Media and Public Affairs and Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University. His newest book is, “Scandal and Silence: Media Responses to Presidential Misconduct.” He is also the author of, “Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy,” and “Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy.”
  • Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He is the author of, “All the President’s Spin: George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth,” and is the New Hampshire campaign correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Sigurd Allern, Professor of Journalism Studies in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of, “Scandalous!: The Mediated Construction of Political Scandals in Four Nordic Countries.”

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Insighters & Scholars Circle- Oct. 21st, 2012

First, a look at how the unconscious mind and biological predispositions’ effect; political outcomes, waging war and prejudice biases. We are joined by Prof. Guillermo Jimenez, State Univ. of NY and author of, “Red Genes, Blue Genes,” and Prof. Shankar Vedantam, Harvard Univ. and author of, “The Hidden Brain.” [ dur. 26 mins. ]

For a transcript of this interview, please visit: TheBigQ

Later we have a conversation with psychologist Prof. Drew Westin, Emory Univ. and author of, “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotions in deciding the Fate of the Nation.” [ dur. 15 mins. ]

Finally, we examine our national psychology with R. Slosar, psychologist & author of, “Culture of Excess: How America Lost Self Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success.” [ dur. 18 mins. ]

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Oct. 14th, 2012

First, the economic crisis are pushing more people into homelessness, an already pervasive epidemic in America. We’ll look at one duo’s efforts to rescue some of the most vulnerable homeless women, one by one, and explore the system’s working and failure from their perspective. With Robin Nixon, record producer; Dennis Davis, musician, documentary producer; [ Dur. 27mins ]

On the Scholars’ Circle, Why are so many people without homes? And what can be done about it?

  • Prof. Sam Tsemberis, Columbia Univ., Founder & Exec. Dir. of Pathway to Housing. author of Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction Manual.
  • Prof. James Baumohl, Bryn Mawr College. author of Homelessness in America.
  • Prof. Kim Hopper, Colombia Univ. . Author of Reckoning with Homelessness.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Oct. 7th, 2012

First, a look into the murky world of the global arms trade and its cost to society, democracy and security. Andrew Feinstein is author of, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade and  Corruption Watch; [ Dur: 28 mins. ]

Then on the Scholars’ Circle, 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. Author of  Progress For Poor;
  • David A. Smith, Prof. of Sociology, UC Irvine. Author of  Third World City;
  • Gregory Clark, Prof. & Chair, Dept. of Economics, UC Davis. Author of Farewell To Alms .

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Sept. 30th, 2012

Hour-long Scholars’ Circle Special.
This week’s Scholars’ Circle was taped before a live audience with four war and human rights reporters who have taken great risks from some of the world’s most dangerous places to bring us the news.

For a transcript of this interview, please visit: TheBigQ

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Sept. 23rd, 2012

Chauncey Bailey was the first journalist killed in the US doing his job since the 1970’s. We’ll look at the reasons behind his assassination. Thomas Peele is the author of Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racist Backlash and the Assassination of a Journalist. [ Dur: 24 mins. ]

Then on the Scholars’ Circle, we look at the multiple issues behind the latest round of protests in the Middle East. [ Dur: 27 mins. ]

  • Prof. Dipak Gupta, Political Science ,UC San Diego . Author of  Who Are The Terrorist? ( The Roots of Terrorism );
  • Roger Petersen, Political Science, MIT. Author of Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, and Resentment in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe.
  • Hamoud Salhi, Prof. Political Science, CSU Dominguez Hills. Host of SWANA Region Radio on KPFK – Los Angeles.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Sept. 16th, 2012

First, the hidden agenda in the Ryan Budget, what they could mean for the US and how the campaigns keep them hidden.

  • Thomas B. Edsall is professor of journalism at Colombia Journalism School. He is the author of numerous articles and many books including, “The Age of Austerity”,  “Building Red America”,  and “Power and Money: Writing About Politics.”  He is currently writing an online election-year column for The New York Times.  His articles have appeared in American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic,  The New York Review of Book and others.

Then, on the Scholars Circle, throughout US history, third parties have had a profound impact on policy, governance and voter turnout. So why are we still in a two-party system?

  • Scot Schraufnagel is Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. His many publications include, Third Party Blues: The Truth and Consequences of Two-Party Dominance and  Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress
  • David J. Gillespie, is Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston and the Citadel. He has provided testimony in federal and state ballot access cases, and has written extensively on third parties including recently published “Challengers to Duopoly: 
Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics,” and “Politics at the Periphery: Third Parties in Two-Party America.”
  • Omar Ali is Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he teaches the history of independent black politics. He is the Director of IndependentVoting.org, a national strategy and organizing center for independents. His many publications include, In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States and In the Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism in the New South.

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Sept. 9th, 2012

First, after a lifetime of working with the poorest children in America, Jonathan Kozol helps us understand their harsh realities and the factors that help the most disadvantaged kids to thrive.  Jonathan Kozol is the author of numerous books including Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, Rachel and her Children and Amazing Grace. [ dur. 29mins. ]

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, what is driving the growing poverty levels in America and what should be done about it? [ dur. 28 mins. ]

  • Peter Edelman is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Center for law. He was Assistant Secretary for Bill Clinton’s Department of Health and Human Services, and resigned (as Assistant Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services) in protest of Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform. He was former legislative aide to Robert F. Kennedy. Professor Edelman is the author of numerous books including, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard To End Poverty in America,” and co-author of, “Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress After ARRA: Next Steps for Short-Term Recovery and Long-Term Economic Security.”
  • Randy Albelda is Professor of Economics and Senior Research fellow at the Center for Social Policy at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the author of numerous books including, “Unlevel Playing Fields Understanding Wage Inequality and Discrimination,” and “Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women’s Work/Women’s Poverty.”
  • Professor Frances Fox Piven is American professor of political science and sociology at  City University of New York. She is the author  Among them are REGULATING THE POOR (winner of the C. Wright Mills Award ub 1972, and updated in 1993); POOR PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS (1977); THE NEW CLASS WAR (1982; UPDATED 1985); WHY AMERICANS DON’T VOTE (1988); THE MEAN SEASON (1987); LABOR PARTIES IN POSTINDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES (1992); THE BREAKING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIAL COMPACT (1997); WHY AMERICANS STILL DON’T VOTE (2000); and THE WAR AT HOME (2004); Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (2006).

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Insighters & Scholars’ Circle – Sept. 2nd, 2012

1) A retrospective on the Republican Convention–What does it tell us about the future of republican politics & policy & what does it mean for the future of the US? [ dur: 9 mins. ]

  • Alan Minsky, Interim Program Director, KPFK;
  • Mitch Jesserich, KPFA;

2) The humanitarian crisis in Syria keeps getting worse with more than 1.5 million people displaced. [ dur: 16 mins. ]

3) The Scholars’ Circle — Syria, the region, the international community and possible solutions to the crisis there. [ dur: 29 mins. ]

  • Mark LeVine, University of California,Irvine; Prof. of History.
    Author of Why They Don’t Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil.
  • Nader Hashemi, Univ. of Denver; Prof. Middle East and Islamic Politics.
    Author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies.
  • Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University. Prof. of Culture Anthropology:
    Author of Palestinian Village History

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