Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Mar 27th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guests: Gar Alperovitz and Bryan Welch

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest hosts a groundbreaking conversation on how the 99 percent can create a sustainable (and livable) future – even as the nation’s disemboweled “democracy” becomes less accessible to the “living majority.” Tonight’s guests, author and educator Gar Alperovitz and entrepreneur, organic farmer Bryan Welch have very different -- but sometimes converging -- ideas about how to create such a future.

Bryan Welch is the publisher of the highly successful Mother Earth News, Utne Reader and other publications, and one of the nation’s leading thinkers on what some have dubbed the "new capitalism." His vision of a more just and sustainable world proposes a capitalism that distributes value according to the durability, provenance and sustainability of products -- by paying attention to every consequence of a company’s operation.

Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Among his most recent books are America Beyond Capitalism and (with Lew Daly) Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back. He believes -- as conveyed by the title of one of his books -- that we need to move beyond capitalism, in order to pave the way to a vibrant democracy with a sustainable economy that can satisfy human needs -- not least of which is the need to control one’s work and life.

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Mar 20th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Guest: Alex Lotorto, community leader, organizer and activist

This week on Political Analysis:

As the nation approaches the 2012 presidential elections, natural gas proponents (including President Obama) say they stand ready to convert pretty much everything to run on gas. And, if you believe the current spin, this particular fossil fuel will make the US not only cleaner and greener, but energy self-sufficient. Not so, says community organizer and activist Alex Lotorto, who explains to Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest why natural gas will do none of the above. With prices hitting historic lows and the gas industry pumped up by its multi-million dollar PR campaign and Obama's support, Alex dispels any residual illusions that natural gas is a "clean, green" fossil fuel, and sheds light on a piece of legislation known as the NAT GAS Act. The bill is the industry’s most recent attempt to commit the nation to a future fueled by natural gas.
Alex Lotorto is a lifelong resident of the Upper Delaware River region in Pennsylvania. At the age of 25, Alex has already spent years in the trenches – and on the front lines – voicing his opposition to all forms of natural gas. Alex also serves as one of the Industrial Workers of the World's youngest union delegates.
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Mar 13th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest: Richard Littlemore, co-editor of DeSmogBlog

This week, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest commemorates the one-year anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, opening the show with newly released audio clips from Scientific American. The clips reveal a chilling sequence of events and interactions that took place between NRC officials and other nuclear principals, as they tried desperately to comprehend what was happening during the first week of the crisis. The show also features SLV's commentary and audio clips of a press conference held earlier this month to examine what are now being called “criminal errors” made by TEPCO officials at the time of the Fukushima meltdown. The conference, lead by Dr. Eiichi Yamaguchi, chairman of a grass-roots investigatory committee known as the Fukushima Project, was held to mark the one year anniversary of the March 11 nuclear disaster.

During the second half of the program, SLV talks to Richard Littlemore, author, lecturer and co-editor of the website DeSmogBlog. They discuss the climate-denying Heartland Institute's most recent attempts to embed "climate skepticism" into the public school system.
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Mar 6th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

As President Obama continues to hammer on natural gas as a "bridge fuel" (to a "renewable future"), Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest features a conversation on the subject of "safe hydrofracking." Daniel J. Weiss, of the Center for American Progress argues that hydraulic fracturing can be made safe with proper regulations in place, while Adrienne Esposito of New York's Citizens Campaign for the Environment, believes the process is inherently dangerous. She endorses the "precautionary principle" as the only reasonable response to the current push for increased nat gas drilling in the US.

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