Category: Advocacy (57)

The Future of Food: Lenore Newman

February 20, 2020

“It is much easier to protect things from going extinct, than to bring them back once they're gone.”

Lenore Newman holds the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her latest book is Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. We discuss achieving food security through better management of food supplies, which include eating lower on the food chain and using technology such as artificial meats.

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A Call to Arms: Bill McKibben

February 13, 2020

“We’re now in the early and dangerous stages of climate change.”

Bill McKibben is an author, educator, and legendary environmentalist. He is the Founder of 350.org, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. We talk about his new book Falter, reducing our carbon footprint, and the power of working together to face climate change.

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The End of Welfare: Kathryn Edin (Rebroadcast)

January 30, 2020

“We eviscerated the safety net for the truly, categorically needy.”

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare, the rise of destitution, and the absolute necessity of cash in an advanced capitalist society.

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Ending Urban Violence: Thomas Abt

January 17, 2020

“If you want to reduce violence, you need to focus directly on the violence.”

Thomas Abt is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, and author of Bleeding Out, The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence–and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets. We talk about why violence must be tackled first, how it is the lynchpin of concentrated urban poverty, and what effective violence reduction strategies should look like.

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The Ethics of Big Data: Matthew L. Jones

September 6, 2019

“When things become social and granular, it becomes extraordinarily invasive of our privacy.”

Matthew Jones is a historian of science and technology at Columbia University. We examine the moral and ethical elements of big data, the big business of the surveillance of our personal information online, and how we can demand solutions that reflect our collective values.

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Jackie Zammuto

June 14, 2019

“Just bearing witness is important.”

Jackie Zammuto leads the programmatic work in the United States of WITNESS, an organization that makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. We discuss how to use video more strategically and effectively for change, and how videos bring a human perspective to big complex challenges.

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Alan Yarborough and Bill Steverson

June 7, 2019

“The practice of civil discourse really is about unlocking a way forward.”

Alan Yarborough is the communications coordinator in the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church in Washington. Bill Steverson is a parishioner of the church in Tennessee. We discuss the power of civil discourse to engage despite disagreements, and finding common value with respect and humility to allow for a sacred space for debate.

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Marí Urbina

May 31, 2019

“We have power to make the politically impossible possible.”

Marí Urbina is the National Political Director of Indivisible, an organization that cultivates a grassroots movement of thousands of local Indivisible groups to elect progressive leaders and realize bold progressive policies. We discuss the power of grassroots movements, speaking with one voice, and building an inclusive democracy.

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Brad Fitch

May 24, 2019

“There's nothing more powerful than that in-person interaction.”

Brad Fitch is the President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization that educates constituents on how Congress works, giving them a stronger voice in policy outcomes. We discuss the power of in-person meetings, the necessary preparations for successful advocacy, and productive protest.

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Julianne Hoffenberg

May 17, 2019

“Find a way to let your voice be heard.”

Julianne Hoffenberg is the Director of Operations of the Gathering For
Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005.
We discuss the holistic, multi-pronged approach for effective advocacy, the
practice of Kingian non-violence, and the power of storytelling, art, and
culture for social change.

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Kathryn Edin

April 5, 2019

“We eviscerated the safety net for the truly, categorically needy.”

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare, the rise of destitution, and the absolute necessity of cash in an advanced capitalist society.

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Maria Foscarinis

March 8, 2019

“Without housing, nothing else is truly possible.”

Maria Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and has advocated for solutions to homelessness at the national level since 1985. We discuss why housing is a human right, how criminalization of the homeless is both perverse and ineffective, and examine the leading reasons behind the affordable housing crisis.

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Cristóbal J. Alex

October 19, 2018

“It's been pretty profound to see great Latino candidates exploding Latino turnout.”

Cristóbal Alex is the President of Latino Victory, an organization that is augmenting Latino political power by empowering the community’s voters, donors, and candidates. We discuss why it is essential to increase Latino representation in government and how a more inclusive politics benefits all Americans.

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