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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. ]

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 July 15th, 2012

What can nature teach us about how to organize our societies, governments and businesses? Rafe Sagarin is marine ecologist, Univ. of AZ and the author of, Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorism Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease.  [ dur 28 mins. ]

Scholars’ Circle – Topic: Incivility, vilification and hate speech. What are the effect of political incivility and vilification on pubic policy and political participation? On democracy? How do they compare to hate speech? Where are the legal lines drawn?

  • Prof. Robert Entman, George WA Univ. – Author of Projection of Power :Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Prof. Steven Heyman, Chicago-Kent College of Law – Author of Free Speech and Human Dignity
  • Prof. Michael Wagner, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln – Author of Political Behavior in Midterm Election

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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 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 – 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 4th, 2012

In the first segment, 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.  Duo are Robin Nixon, record producer and  Dennis Davis, musician, documentary producer(dur: 27min)

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

  • Sam Tsemberis is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychaitry at Columbia University and the Founder and Executive Director of Pathway to Housing. His numerous publications include, Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction Manual.
  • James Baumohl is professor at the Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. His numerous publications include, Homelessness in America,and Down and Out in Berkeley: An Overview of a Study of Street People.
  • Dr. Kim Hopper is a medical anthropologist and research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, where he co-directs the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health. His numerous publications include the book, Reckoning with Homelessness. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming, Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective (Psychosocial Press),

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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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