July 5, 2013 – Charles Eisenstein

This program features a conversation with Charles Eisenstein, a speaker and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self, and Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition. In these books and other media he has established himself as a genre-defying social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. The Ascent of Humanity argues that our disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of our civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education. He talks about what he calls an “Age of Reunion” wherein we have a more expansive sense of self, and a more Continue reading

September 28, 2012 – Conservatism & the Right in American Politics; Tracking Campaign Contributions

In the first half-hour of this program, my guest is Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right, and What’s the Matter with Kansas? In Pity the Billionaire, Mr. Frank responds to the question, “How is it possible that the disastrous collapse of the free market economy in 2008 could have heralded a popular revival—of the right?” The conclusion he reaches is both surprising and profound.

In the second half-hour, we’ll talk with an editor of The Center for Responsive Politics. Through their website, OpenSecrets.org, they track money in politics. Their mission: Continue reading