OCTOBER 19

Jeff Madrick, author of Seven Bad Ideas, joined us to talk about the Economy, and how economists have failed us time and time again.

Heidi HarmonCandidate for California State Assembly District 35, joined us to talk about why she is running for office in California, and her mission to catalyze change in her district.

Bruce Allen Murphy, Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights at Lafayette College, to discuss his fantastic book, Scalia: A Court of One, as part of our examination of SCOTUS.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law, spoke about his book, The Case Against the Supreme Court, discussing ways in which the court should be reformed.

 

October 12

Judy Feder, Professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University joined us to talk about Obamacare. It is working, so why are some on the right still complaining?

Jeremy Holden, Director of Research at Media Matters and host of Media Matters Radio on SiriusXM, joined us to talk about the politics of Ebola: those who capitalize on a deadly virus to incite panic and point fingers.

Charles K.Armstrong, Global Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Center and a Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University joined us to discus Kim Jong-un. Where is he? What should we read into his long absence from the public eye? Armstrong shared enlightening aspects of his visits to North Korea, and what the social realities are in that country.

Shawn Key of Key CyberSecurities has made it his mission to weed out those who exploit children by perpetuating juvenile pornography. The good news is, his technology does help nab child porn users. The bad news is, he says he is getting bogged down by bureaucracy.

 

 

October 5

Paul Roberts, author of The Impulse Society raises questions of how our version of capitalism — the focus on making people “want” rather than need — is making us unable to make long-term decisions or take collective action.

Andrew Burstein‘s Salon article with the catchy headline We need a new constitution: Here’s how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent was great fodder.

Dr. Jean Patterson, Chair of Immunology & Virology at Texas Biomedical Research Institute talks about the Ebola virus, and how the outbreak in western Africa was unexpected.

Dr. Joseph Fair, virologist with the Mérieux Foundation and special adviser to Sierra Leone’s health ministry talks about the Ebola, noting that poorer and destitute are always disproportionately affected by these types of viruses, because of unsatisfactory sanitation, education and other factors.