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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Feb 26th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm
Tonight's guests: Ben Davis Jr. and Food & Water Watch's Adam Scow
On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest is joined during the first half of the show by energy activist and visionary Ben Davis Jr. to talk about two separate energy-related initiatives he is proposing for the 2014 California state ballot. One (the California Nuclear Waste Act) would ban nuclear power until the waste problem is solved and the other (the California Electrical Utility District initiative) would create a public utility district in the state that would eventually replace California's mega-utilities.
During the second half-hour, Food & Water Watch's Adam Scow joins Sandy to talk about the current California hydrofracking boom, the political corruption that facilitates and paves the way for Big Oil & Gas companies -- including Occidental Petroleum, Aera Energy (owned jointly by Shell Oil and Exxon), Venoco and others -- to frack the Golden State with impunity. They wind up the hour talking about what must be done RIGHT NOW to stop them.
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Feb 19th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm
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Feb 12th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

As the nation awaits President Obama's State of the Union address, Sandy LeonVest hosts an inspiring program on the essential nature of activism in our (failing) democracy and what is rapidly becoming the second "American Revolution." She's joined in this endeavor by Move to Amend founder David Cobb, and human rights activist and single-payer advocate Dr. Margaret Flowers (Physicians for a National Health Program or PNHP).

In breaking news, Sandy airs an excerpt from Move to Amend's press conference this week in Washington DC announcing the introduction of its groundbreaking amendment, known as "We the People," into the US Congress. David Cobb talks about the new constitutional amendment to end "corporate personhood" once and for all, with Dr. Margaret Flowers joining the conversation at the bottom of the hour to talk about "America in Revolt," and the myriad of protests, demonstrations and other actions taking place -- and coming up -- in the nation's capital and around the country.
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Feb 5th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

Tonight on Political Analysis, author, eco-activist and senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) Richard Heinberg joins Sandy LeonVest to talk about, among other things, PCI's new book, "Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth."

They discuss the folly of an economy whose very existence requires endless growth and ongoing environmental devastation on a planet of finite resources. They consider the ways in which people can begin to change the corporate-dominated energy narrative, and transform the obsolete economic model known as capitalism by creating a truly resilient economy -- one grounded in creativity and imagination, as opposed to endless destruction.

During the course of the hour, Richard Heinberg and Sandy LeonVest challenge the dominant narrative by discussing the ways in which people can create a 21st century energy economy that puts the environment before corporate profits and "mirrors natures elegance," while being resilient enough to reign in energy consumption -- and consumption in general. They wrap up the hour talking about "energy democracy" -- and the need for a radical new energy model that eschews corporate-owned power in favor of power owned by the people.

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