Category Archives: Scholars’ Circle Interviews

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- May 19th, 2013

What can nature teach us about how to organize our societies, governments and businesses? [ dur: 28 mins. ]

  • Rafe Sagrin, marine ecologist, Univ. of AZ.; Author of ” Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorism Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease. “

Then on the Scholars’ Circle we discuss at how music effects political change, and how politics effects music. [ dur: 30 mins. ]

  • Prof. Mark LeVine, Prof. of Middle Eastern History, UCI; Author of ” Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam “
  • Prof. Josh Kun, Prof. of  Communication and Journalism, USC; Author of  ” Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements “
  • Prof. Richard Flacks, Prof. of Sociolology, UC Santa Barbara; Author of ” Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America “

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- May 12th, 2013

First, do animals get depression, eating disorders, alcoholism, or diabetes? What can we learn from animals about healing? We explore the surprising common grounds between animals and us with the authors of “ZOOBIQUITY: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health“.. [ dur. 28 mins. ]

  • Dr. Barbara Netttern-Herowitz, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA;
  • Kathryn Bowers, journalist. 

Then, on the Scholars Circle, we look at the politics of immigration today and throughout history. [ dur. 30 mins. ]

  • David Remiers, Prof. of history, Univ. of WI; Author of “Unwelcome Strangers: American Identity and the Turn Against Immigration”.
  • Gabriel Sanchez, Prof. of Political Science, Univ. of New Mexico. co-author of “Hispanics and US Political System: Moving Into the Mainstream”.

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- May 5th, 2013

First, power is shifting and changing hands more rapidly than ever. What does it mean for global politics, religion, and economies? [ dur. 24 mins. ]

  • Moises Naim, Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace, author of “End of Power from Board Rooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t what it Used to Be”;

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, what are the politics that are preventing the closure of Guantanamo Bay? What are the legal and diplomatic ramifications? [ dur. 30 mins. ]

  • David Glazier, Prof. of Law, Loyola Law School. Author of “Playing by the rules: combating al Qaeda within the law of war.: An Article from: William and Mary Law Review”;
  • Jonathan Hafetz, Prof. of Law, Seton Law. Author of “Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System”;
  • Peter Jan Honigsberg, Prof. of Law, Univ. of SF School of Law, Witness to Guantanamo . Author of “Our  Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror”;

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Apr. 28th, 2013

First, has President Obama capitulated by putting Social Security on the cutting block? What is the future of Social Security? [ dur: 13 mins. ]

  • Michael A. Hiltzik,   Financial Journalist for Los Angels Times,  author of “Plot against social security: How the Bush Plan is Endangering Our Financial Future”.

Then, in light of Koch brothers’ and Rupert Murdoch’s interest in the Tribune Company, we look at the fast changing world of journalism and media, and what it means for governance and democracy. [ dur: 45 mins ]

  • Tom Rosenstiel is an author, journalist, researcher and media critic and executive director of the American Press Institute. He is the author of, The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect, and Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload.

Scholars Circle Panel:

  • James T. Hamilton is Charles S. Sydnor Professor, Public Policy, Economics, and Political Science,and Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. He is the author of, All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News, and Channeling Violence: The Economic Market for Violent Television Programming.
  • Victor Pickard is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of, Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights, and was the lead author of the first comprehensive report on the American journalism crisis, Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy.
  • Ben Compaine is Director, Fellows Program at the Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) and Lecturer,  D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. He is the author of, The Digital Divide, Who Owns the Media and The Internet Upheaval.

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Apr. 21st, 2013

First, part two of our interview with Steven Ross, author of, Hollywood Left and Right. [ dur: 27 mins. ]

 

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, why does genocide happen and how can it be prevented. [ dur: 28 mins. ]

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Apr. 14th, 2013

First, we’ll begin with the surprising ways that Hollywood actors have shaped American politics and who have some of the most groundbreaking and influential on the body politic. [ dur: 27 mins. ]

Then, how do our experiences, our traumas, diets and lifestyles get coded in our genetic systems and passed on to our offspring and their offspring? How do they affect our health and our politics? [ dur: 28 mins. ]

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Apr. 7th, 2013

First, Is our behavior free will or is it . . . parasites?! New science shows how parasites change behaviors throughout the animal kingdom. Does it also apply to humans? [ dur: 14 mins. ]

Then, what becomes of children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and made to be sex slaves or child soldiers? one program seeking to heal and rebuild the lives of tens of thousands of child soldiers victimized by the brutal war in Uganda. [ dur: 15 mins. ]

Finally, on the Scholars’ Circle, making sense of the politics of North Korea. [ dur. 28 mins. ]

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Mar. 31st, 2013

First, what are the real factors that will drive the justices decisions on Prop. 8 and DOMA? [ dur. 27mins. ]

  • Samuel A. Marcosson is Professor of Law at University of Louisiana, Lious S. Brandis School of Law. HIs publications include, Original Sin: Clarence Thomas and the Failure of the Constitutional Conservatives, and the book chapter The Special Status of Religion Under the First Amendment … and What it Means For Gay Rights and Anti-Discrimination Laws (in Moral Argument, Religion, and Same-Sex Marriage: Advancing the Public Good).
  • Lawrence Baum is Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department at Ohio State University.. His publications include,The Puzzle of Judicial Behavior (Analytical Perspectives on Politics), and Specializing the Courts.
  • Sanford Levinson is Chair in Law and professor of government at University of Texas Law School. His numerous publications include, Wrestling with Diversity; Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) and Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance.

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, with dozens of species going extinct every day, we look at the science and ethical issues of de-extinction – cloning using DNA of extinct species – and conservation. [ dur. 29 mins. ]

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Mar. 23rd, 2013

First, we speak with Kishore Mahbubani author of, The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World . [ dur: 30 mins. ]

Then, on the Scholars’ Circle, we look at Venezuela post-Chavez era. [ dur: 28 mins. ]

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The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- Mar. 17th, 2013

The United Nations has concluded its annual conference on the status of women with a focus on ending violence against women at a time when modern slavery has become a more than $35 billion industry that enslaves millions of people, mostly women and girls. The State Department estimated that in 2012, 27 million people were being held as slaves, most as sex slaves, and many held in western nations. Just last week, in fact, a UK commission found more than 1000 cases of enslavement. Most were women and girls forced into sexual exploitation. What are the realities of trafficking and slavery in 2013?We spend the hour exploring the realities of human trafficking, modern day slavery and exploitation.

First Scholars’ Circle: [ dur.  35 mins. ]

  • Kathleen Kim is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. She currently co-directs the Anti-Trafficking Litigation Assistance and Support Team. Her many publications include, “The Coercion of Trafficked Workers”,(link to publication ) and “Reconceptualizing Approaches to Human Trafficking: New Directions and Perspectives from the Field(s).”
  • Siddharth Kara is a Fellow with the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. He is the author of, “Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia,” and the award-winning book, “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.” Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on antislavery research, policy and law.
  • Gillian Wylie is an Assistant Professor in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of many publications including, “Human Trafficking in Europe: Character, Causes, Consequences,” and “Defining Trafficking/Denying Justice: Forced Labour in Ireland and the Consequences of Trafficking Discourse.”

Finally with Scholars’ : [ dur. 18mins. ]

  • Kathleen Berry, Prof. Emiritus Penn State University –  Authour of  Female Sexual Slavery;
  • Kathryn McKeenan, Prof. of Law, Univ. of Michigan Law School – Author of Sex equality only word.
  • Melissa Farley, Clinical Physcologists with Center for World Indigenous Studies. – Author of Men who buy Sex.

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