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.

September 28

On today’s show: hosts Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman talk to an investigative reporter who spent eight months looking into a difficult side of health care. In her latest project Impossible Choice, Joanne Faryon offers up a rare look inside a nursing home unit where every single patient is on life support. She tells us why most Californians don’t know about “vent farms” and how much they are costing.

John Ourand wrote a behind-the-scenes story for Sports Business Daily on why ESPN decided to suspend Bill Simmons for three weeks. He’ll explain what he heard, and what signals the suspension sends out.

Otto Scharmer, co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies tells us about the eight institutional innovations that will help us shift our awareness.


Juliet Eilperin, White House correspondent for The Washington Post, tells us why Attorney General Eric Holder stepped down and who might replace him.


September 21

Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow of International Mobile Studies at the USC Center on Communication Leadership is also a Policy Senior Advisor of Technology and Innovation with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Show co-hosts Mark Walsh and Jonathan Aberman wanted to know: Should the internet be regulated as a utility as Nancy Pelosi suggested this week? We also discussed what is being done to provide access to the underserved. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 18:52)

Alexander Panetta, Washington Correspondent for The Canadian Press, tells us what to expect next now that the majority of Scots have voted ‘no’ to independence. Panetta explains how his home province of Quebec has dealt with the reality of a divided people living with similar votes in both 1980 and 1995. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 12:25)

Grace Cerrone, Founder & CEO of MyDemocracy.com explains how her concept gives the average American a voice in Congress. She describes how her organization brings the voice of Middle America back to Congress. (Listen to the full interview. Runs 14:55)