Saturday, November 28, 2009

Josh Ruxin on HIV/AIDS and Beverly Ortiz on the Ohlone

Listen to Josh Ruxin on HIV/AIDS and Beverly Ortiz on the Ohlone

December 1 is World AIDS DAY and we talk with Josh Ruxin of Director of the Access Project for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at Columbia University. He currently lives in Rwanda.

Today, we begin an ongoing series about indigenous people around the world. The series starts withe San Francisco Bay Area native people, the Ohlone and naturalist Beverly Ortiz discusses local customs and languages.

On November 25, 2009 the Obama Administration announced that it would not join the treaty signed by 158 other countries to ban landmines. Let us ensure the Obama Administration is unable to sink the Convention on Cluster Munitions:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Israel, Iraq and the Environment & Contemporary Vietnamese Art

Listen to "Israel and Iraq and the Environment and Contemporary Vietnamese Art"

Hannah Schafer of Israel's Zalul Environmental Organization discusses water pollution in Israel.

We examine the escalating rise of malformed babies born in Fallujah as well as the burn pits on Balad Airbase used to incinerate all kinds of waste.

The Meet Vietnam exhibition came to San Francisco and curator Judith Hughes Day discusses the collection.

Listen to Susan Kopelman in Ramallah on The Politics of Water and Medical Care in Israel and Palestine.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Robert Darr on Afghanistan

Listen to "Robert Darr on Afghanistan"

Robert Darr has traveled to and from Afghanistan for thirty years and speaks the local languages. His perspective is based on, as we say, "facts on the ground"...the actual, human, day-to-day facts, not those sold by the mindset who brought Afghanistan the Durand Line. Nor the mindset that claims to bring western-style democracy to a region that has had its own style of indigenous democratic process for centuries.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Of Veterans and Volunteers

Listen to "Of Veterans and Volunteers"

In recognition of our war veterans and Veterans Day we air four perspectives: President of Veterans for Peace Mike Ferner, Vice President Kathy Marshman of Veterans of Modern Warfare and the Community based Warrior Transition Program, and J.C. Smith of Nashville Tennessee's Operation Stand-down. We also air a civilian view with author, photographer, and concerned citizen Jim Lommasson.

Read Max Cleland's op ed in the NY Times.

Learn more about Jim Lammasson's work at his blog.

Read radio host's article "Of Veterans and Volunteers" in CounterPunch.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Author Alice Rothchid on understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and Dr. Bolte Taylor on the brain and peace

Listen to "Author Alice Rothchid on understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and Dr. Bolte Taylor on the brain and peace"

Alice Rothchild, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, is a medical doctor whose contribution to the very first edition of the classic Our Bodies, Ourselves, brought her to study the health care system and its relationship to political and social environments. She then turned much of her non-medical focus to understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and its relationship to US foreign policy and American Jewry. She co-chairs American Jews for a Just Peace, Health and Human Rights Project.

Also, a remarkable TED presentation by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist, whose specialty is the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and severe mental illnesses. In 1996 Dr. Taylor suffered a stroke and, 8 years later she shares what she learned from that experience and why peace is possible.