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Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Michael Lewis, Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, Temple Grandin, Bill Maher, Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Norman Lear. [http://terrencemcnally.net]

Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Michael Lewis, Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, Temple Grandin, Bill Maher, Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Norman Lear. [http://terrencemcnally.net]
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Features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. Guests have included Michael Lewis, Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, Temple Grandin, Bill Maher, Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Norman Lear. [http://terrencemcnally.net]

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JOHN NICHOLS - Getting Impeachment Right & Winning the Rust Belt in 2020

11/15/2019
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The impeachment hearings have started and we're a year away from the 2020 election. Who better to talk to about how to get impeachment right and how to beat Trump in the Rust Belt states next year than JOHN NICHOLS. He's National Affairs correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only that, he also wrote the book, THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: The Founders' Cure for Royalism. Join us we talk about all this and more.

Duration:00:59:16

FOR SAMA- Best doc at Cannes & SXSW - inside the siege of Aleppo, Syria

11/12/2019
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The documentary FOR SAMA - airing on PBS Tuesday 11/19 - takes us inside Aleppo during the brutal siege by al Assad and the Russians. Waad al-Kateab began shooting graffiti on university walls and a revolution rose around her - followed by an overwhelming response. Best Doc, Cannes Film Festival, Doc Grand Jury Prize, SXSW. I talk with directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, and with Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, who ran the last hospital in East Aleppo. Listen. You’ll get a unique feel for life -...

Duration:01:00:13

The Book Behind the Wealth Tax - EMMANUEL SAEZ, Triumph of Injustice

10/31/2019
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I talk with EMMANUEL SAEZ, UC Berkeley economist, about his newest book, THE TRIUMPH OF INJUSTICE: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay - co-authored with Gabriel Zucman. The pair grabbed headlines when their book reported that in 2018, for the first time in history, America’s richest billionaires paid a lower effective tax rate than the working class. Their solutions include a wealth tax, and they’ve advised Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on their proposals. You can learn...

Duration:00:56:50

NEW: JEREMY RIFKIN - The Green New Deal

10/16/2019
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I talk with JEREMY RIFKIN, advisor to China and the European Union, and author of 20 books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, society, and the environment. In his newest book, THE GREEN NEW DEAL: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth, he draws on successful lessons from bold initiatives in Europe and China to flesh out what it will take to pull it off in the US.

Duration:00:59:30

WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS (2013 documentary) THOMAS TAMM & FRANZ GAYL, punished under Bush and Obama

10/12/2019
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Whistleblowers are in the news. And Trump’s not the first to attack them. Here’s my 2013 show on the documentary, WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS: Free Press and the National Security State. I speak with producer/director, ROBERT GREENWALD, and with THOMAS TAMM and FRANZ GAYL, two of the four whistleblowers in the film, punished under Bush and Obama for standing up to demand accountability and defend the constitution.

Duration:01:00:00

NEW: JONATHAN BLANK, Sex, Drugs & Bicycles - How does Holland do it?

10/4/2019
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In his documentary SEX, DRUGS & BICYCLES, high-tech entrepreneur JONATHAN BLANK asks, “How scary is life in a social democracy?” Beyond windmills, cannabis “coffeeshops”, and the red light district, Holland has one of the best economies in the world, is top 5 in almost every quality of life index, #1 for work-life balance. Dutch kids are the happiest in the world, the healthcare system is #3, and the government runs a budget surplus. Boo!

Duration:00:59:25

American Heroes-GEORGE McGOVERN & HOWARD ZINN

9/28/2019
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With impeachment hearings starting, let’s listen to a couple of past heroes, men of principle, including one whose electoral opponent resigned rather than face his own impeachment. In the first half, I talk with longtime Senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, GEORGE MCGOVERN, followed by my conversation with HOWARD ZINN, a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement and author of A People's History of the United States. Both were recorded in 2005.

Duration:01:00:14

NEW: TIFFANY SHLAIN - 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

9/19/2019
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Episode Summary: Welcome to Free Forum, a show that features conversations with people who offer pieces of the puzzle of “a world that just might work” -- provocative approaches to business, environment, health, science, politics, media and culture. In this episode, Terrence welcomes Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain to the podcast. Terrence and Tiffany discuss her career path, the societal impact of technology, and the inspiration for her book,...

Duration:00:56:51

NEW-ADAM HOCHSCHILD-Lessons from a Dark Time - for our own dark times

9/18/2019
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As soon as I picked up and started reading LESSONS FROM A DARK TIME, I wanted to have this conversation with ADAM HOCHSCHILD. As a writer, he doesn’t waste your time. He brings an artist’s touch and a moralist’s conscience to the issues and events he grapples with. He’s one of the founders of Mother Jones Magazine, and threaded through his journalism and his books - King Leopold’s Ghost, Spain in Our Hearts among them - is his concern for social justice and the people who fight for it. How...

Duration:00:59:55

TERRENCE McNALLY - 60s2.0 (15 min) Generations w Shared Values vs Global Crises

9/3/2019
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I offer a commentary on what I call 60s2.0 - generations with shared values coming together to create the sort of fundamental change we need in order to improve the daily lives of millions and to solve the enormous problems we've created for ourselves.

Duration:00:16:18

NEW: CHIP CONLEY, WISDOM @ WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder

8/22/2019
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Life expectancy has grown 30 years in the U.S. since 1900—from 47 to 77. Meanwhile the rapid pace of new technology is changing the nature of work, so that you may struggle to keep up. 40% now have a boss who is younger than they are. After 24 years as CEO, CHIP CONLEY sold Joie de Vivre, the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. Four years later, the young founders of Airbnb hired him as Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy. Reflecting on his four years in that role, Conley...

Duration:00:42:30

NEW: ERICA CHENOWETH-Non-Violent Protests On the March - Why They Work

8/9/2019
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June 25th NYTimes headline: “2019 might be the year of the protest” - mass demonstrations in Prague, Hong Kong, Russia, Kazakhstan, and the UK. The President of Algeria, the President of Sudan, and Governor of Puerto Rico leave office after protests. What’s going on? Why are nonviolent protests working? And what might that mean for us here in the US where the global climate movement has called for a general strike September 20th? I speak with ERICA CHENOWETH, Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy...

Duration:00:53:25

RALPH NADER - Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for America’s Future (2012)

8/3/2019
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CNN did their best to turn presidential debates into Wrestlemania, pitting moderates against progressives, pushing the story that their policies are too bold and will elect Trump. Tuesday night Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren held their ground. With that in mind, here's my 2012 interview with Ralph Nader about his book, The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future, recorded at the time of the Obama-Romney debates. Let’s see how many of his bold ideas are on the table in...

Duration:00:58:58

NEW-FOR SAMA-Don’t miss this award-winning doc on the siege of Aleppo, Syria

7/26/2019
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The documentary FOR SAMA takes us inside the heartbreaking suffering of the people of Aleppo during the long and brutal siege by al Assad and the Russians. Waad al-Kateab began shooting students spraying revolutionary graffiti on university walls. The revolution rises around her – as does the overwhelming response. Best Doc, 2019 Cannes Film Festival and Doc Grand Jury Prize, 2019 SXSW Film Festival. I interview directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, and Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, who ran the...

Duration:01:00:14

NEW: BARBARA FINAMORE - Will China Save the Planet?

7/18/2019
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In the US today, we see how even one person willing to oppose the popular consensus can dictate our nation’s response to climate change. Meanwhile China has leapt into the vacuum created by our retreat. In her provocative new book, Will China Save the Planet?, BARBARA FINAMORE, Senior Attorney and Asia Senior Strategic Director, Natural Resources Defense Council, explores China’s big picture, long-term strategy to seize the leadership of the global response and reap the technological,...

Duration:00:57:35

THOMAS HOMER DIXON-The Ingenuity Gap-Are we able to solve the problems we create?

7/14/2019
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We go deep into the archives to bring you my 2002 conversation with THOMAS HOMER DIXON on his insightful and provocative book THE INGENUITY GAP, in which he asks whether we’re going to be able to generate and implement useful ideas fast enough to solve the problems we ourselves are creating. Problems like the surveillance capitalism of Facebook and Google, the jobs we’re losing to robots, and the crisis of climate change. In the book and interview, he said there was still time but the hour...

Duration:01:00:00

NEW: NATHAN SCHNEIDER - How much of a difference can co-ops make?

7/5/2019
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When the three richest Americans have more wealth than the lowest 50%, shareholder capitalism is not working. In EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE: The Radical Tradition that is Shaping the Next Economy, NATHAN SCHNEIDER reminds us of a hopeful alternative – cooperatives - jointly owned, democratically controlled enterprises that advance the economic, social, and cultural interests of their members. Schneider previously wrote a book on the Occupy movement. You can learn more at nathanschneider.info

Duration:00:58:11

ARLIE HOCHSCHILD STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN LAND: Anger and Mourning on the Right

6/29/2019
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As the Democratic candidate debates begin, here's my March 2018 conversation with ARLIE HOCHSCHILD. In her book, STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN LAND, based on five years research in Southern Louisiana, she asks, why residents of the nation's second poorest state vote for candidates who resist federal help? Why, when corporations devastate their lives and their land, do they most hate the government? And I ask, how can we come up with a story that can change their minds? Listen to get a sense of what...

Duration:01:00:01

NEW: JOSHUA GOLDSTEIN-How did France & Sweden successfully solve climate change?

6/14/2019
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I’m always interested in what the US can learn from other countries. So I was immediately attracted to JOSHUA GOLDSTEIN’s new book A BRIGHT FUTURE: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow. When Goldstein (and co-author Staffan Qvist) did the research and the math on what it was going to take to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid the worst of climate change, they concluded that rapid development of renewables would need a large and fast buildout of nuclear...

Duration:00:59:06

DR. ANDREW WEIL-2003 Conversation w America’s Favorite Doctor of Integrative Medicine

6/13/2019
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This 2003 interview traces the evolution of Dr. Weil’s work and thinking from his earliest understandings of health and healing to his ongoing commitment to train a new generation of physicians. Weil’s definition of integrative medicine: rooted in the connection of medicine with nature and the natural healing potential of the organism, it utilizes the magic of the doctor/patient relationship to treat the whole person. Hyla Cass MD joins the conversation.

Duration:01:00:00