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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Political Analysis
Dec 7th, 2010 by progressiveradionetwork at 11:06 am
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Dec 14th, 2010 by progressiveradionetwork at 10:54 am
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Political Analysis
Jan 4th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 11:40 am
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Political Analysis
Jan 12th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:32 pm
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Jan 18th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 12:42 pm
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Political Analysis
Feb 1st, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 11:58 am

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest, in an interview with environmental science teacher, writer and activist John Borowski. They talk about corporate greenwashing and corporate infiltration of the US public school system, as well as the influence of the fossil fuel and nuclear industries on the public educational curriculum.

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Political Analysis
Feb 15th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 10:50 am

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest interviews John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance. In this extraordinary and enlightening conversation, John Farrell talks about the democratization of energy and how communities can organize to take control of their own "energy futures." He gives real life examples of how communities really can take ownership of the "green power revolution" at the local level and get out from under the 'corporate thumb.

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Political Analysis
Feb 22nd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:10 pm

In this week's "Political Analysis," SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest interviews Harvey Wasserman, author of “Solartopia, Our Green Powered Earth.” They talk about the economics of nuclear power versus (real) clean energy -- and how corporate control threatens our "clean energy future." *Harvey Wasserman is a longtime activist, writer and the editor of two publications -- nukefree.org and freepress.org. He also serves as senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service.*

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Political Analysis
Mar 8th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 3:15 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest talks with author and labor, human rights and peace activist Bruce Gagnon about the US warfare state, the economic culture of "endless war" and the prospects and possible ramifications of US military involvement in Libya. They discuss transcending single-issue politics and the importance of coalition building among activists, through finding our commonality and connecting the dots between climate change, social justice and war.

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Political Analysis
Mar 15th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:28 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest, in conversation with author, speaker and educator Richard Heinberg. The author of ten books (among them, “Peak Everything – Waking Up to the Century of Declines”), Richard Heinberg is widely known for his original views on energy -- and its relationship to a dysfunctional global economic culture. He talks about the need for localized support systems and creating "sustainable economies," and what "meaningful survival" might look like at the end of an era.

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Political Analysis
Mar 22nd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:59 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest in conversation with activist, author and award-winning journalist Jeff Biggers about the destructive power of Big Coal, the myth of "clean coal" and his latest book, “Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland.” They also talk about recent coal-related disasters that barely made the news, and the imperative of implementing small scale alternative energy systems across the US, in order to make the transition to a viable "clean energy economy."

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Political Analysis
Mar 29th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:06 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with investigative journalist Keith Harmon Snow. Also a UN genocide investigator and 4-time winner of the esteemed Project Censored award, Keith Harmon Snow peels away the layers of corporate propaganda to look at some dark truths about nuclear power, the "humanitarian bombing" of Libya and the people and establishments who profit from destruction and the destabilization of nations. 

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Political Analysis
Apr 12th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:32 am

SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest in conversation with political organizer, independent journalist and environmental and climate activist, Karyn Strickler. Their conversation includes, among other things, the utter failure of a corporate-dominated Congress to pass legislation that addresses accelerated climate change, the imperative of moving NOW to get to zero carbon emissions, and possible organizing strategies toward that end. Karyn Strickler also addresses what she calls the "Do-Nothing Strategy," a political tactic being utilized by many of today's mainstream environmental organizations -- much to the detriment of creating a sustainable future.

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Political Analysis
Apr 19th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:19 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest talks to Labor activist and attorney Lisa Maldonado about the state of today's labor movement, why solidarity is such an important concept (why we really are "all one") and the lopsided nature of our current economic system. They also discuss what happened this spring in Wisconsin, the importance of coalition building among "single-issue" activists and why collective bargaining rights are such a critical component of social and economic justice.  

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Political Analysis
Apr 26th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:12 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with progressive journalist and author extraordinaire, David Swanson. They talk about his latest book, "WAR IS A LIE," in which Swanson fearlessly debunks the mythology of war. They also talk about ongoing US-lead wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya -- who "wins" and who "loses" in the current and ongoing culture of endless war and the permanent warfare state.

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Political Analysis
May 3rd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:54 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to author, commentator, political activist and newly announced congressional candidate Norman Solomon. Solomon, a progressive Democrat, recently announced his plans to run for Democratic Representative Lynn Woolsey's seat in Northern California's sixth district, should she decide to retire. He talks about why he decided to run for Woolsey's seat in 2012, and how he will push for progressive policy in Washington. Other subjects include climate change, clean energy, corporate greenwashing and what keeps Mr. Solomon inspired to work for so many progressive causes.

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Political Analysis
May 10th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:02 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to acclaimed permaculture designer, teacher and enthusiast Andrew Faust about a 21st century approach to designing human habitats and agricultural systems known as "permaculture." They talk about how this system, which is modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies, could transform the 21st century into one that is both environmentally sustainable and humane. They also talk about decentralized energy, distributed generation of renewable energy and retrofitting our centralized energy system to be more regional and self-sufficient. Andrew Faust has been inspiring and motivating students to look at permaculture as a way of life since his days as an alternative school teacher in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania.

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Political Analysis
May 17th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:21 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to energy researcher and author Al Weinrub about his groundbreaking new publication, Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California, which focuses on both the benefits and feasibility of decentralized renewable energy. In this well-researched study, Al Weinrub goes further than most of his contemporaries, offering what is essentially a roadmap for communities interested in implementing small scale renewable projects, while graphically illustrating how and why communities need to “take back the power” and break away from the corporate-controlled energy model. 

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Political Analysis
May 31st, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 1:47 pm

Guest host Karyn Strickler of Climate Challenge Media, talks with Dr. Alder Stone Fuller who has some bad news for us regarding climate change: Contrary to the conventional wisdom, climate change probably cannot be stopped and we’re in for the biggest climate event in 55 million years. Find out how Gaia Theory, system science, carbon dioxide lag-time and feedback mechanisms have combined to form the mess we're in with climate change.

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Political Analysis
Jun 7th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:02 am

Solar Times editor Sandy Leon Vest (www.solartimes.org) talks to Adam Scow, Campaigns Director for the California division of Food & Water Watch (www.foodandwaterwatch.org), where he and his colleagues work to ensure that food and water consumed by the public are safe, accessible and sustainably produced. Adam Scow talks about the problem of food accessibility, and the drastic cuts to food programs for needy Americans currently working their way through Congress. He also addresses corporate lobbying by Big Agricultural interests and FWW's efforts to fight for the common good. At the bottom of the hour, Roots Action director Aimee Allison (www.rootsaction.org) talks about the Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign currently being waged by progressives.

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Political Analysis
Jun 21st, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:57 pm

Solar Times editor Sandy LeonVest talks with activist and organizer Adrienne Esposito about hydraulic fracturing (aka "hydrofracking"). Esposito, who serves as Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, talks about the fossil fuel industry's current and past lobbying efforts on behalf of this environmentally destructive, water-contaminating and health-destroying method of extracting natural gas and/or oil from deep underground. They also talk about the role of Halliburton and vice-president Dick Cheney in forming the "Energy Task Force," which managed to get hydrofracking exempted from federal environmental regulations, under the George W. Bush administration, and how the administration purposefully tampered with environmental science to shield hydraulic fracturing from the regulatory process.

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Political Analysis
Jun 28th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:43 am

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to energy justice advocate, researcher and political organizer Mike Ewall of the Energy Justice Network about "corporate greenwashing" and false energy solutions. Ewall explains how and why supplanting genuine renewable solutions (such as solar and wind), with "corporate green" energy (such as nuclear and Landfill Gas) is endangering public health and the environment. He also lays out some little-understood facts about the dirty politics of turning waste into "clean energy," and talks about how, thanks to intense industry lobbying, dirty energy sources, such as Landfill Gas to Energy (LFGTE), now qualify for clean energy subsidies.

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Political Analysis
Jul 5th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:48 am
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Political Analysis
Jul 12th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:30 am

SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest in conversation with energy researcher John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self Reliance. They discuss "energy democracy" and John Farrell's recently published report, "Democratizing the Electricity System." They also discuss the ways in which today's political climate has influenced -- and undermined -- President Obama's "clean energy economy," and why terms like "climate change," "green jobs" and "renewable energy" have all but disappeared from the presidential vernacular. John Farrell addresses both the challenges and the importance of local ownership and generation (of clean energy) in the face of corporate domination.

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Political Analysis
Jul 19th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Solar Times editor Sandy LeonVest talks with activist and organizer Adrienne Esposito about hydraulic fracturing (aka "hydrofracking"). Esposito, who serves as Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, talks about the fossil fuel industry's current and past lobbying efforts on behalf of this environmentally destructive, water-contaminating and health-destroying method of extracting natural gas and/or oil from deep underground. They also talk about the role of Halliburton and vice-president Dick Cheney in forming the "Energy Task Force," which managed to get hydrofracking exempted from federal environmental regulations, under the George W. Bush administration, and how the administration purposefully tampered with environmental science to shield hydraulic fracturing from the regulatory process.

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Political Analysis
Jul 26th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

What is the "real economy?" And who lives there?

As President Obama and Republicans prepare to strike a "Not-So-Grand Bargain," SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to labor economist Sylvia Allegretto about Washington's current game of chicken, the fake "debt ceiling crisis," and the real crisis unfolding on Main Street.

Sylvia Allegretto has been a labor economist with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley, since 2007. She co-authored two editions of "The State of Working America," a book Robert Reich has called America's "most trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today's economy."

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Political Analysis
Aug 2nd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest host Karyn Strickler, of Climate Challenge Media, talks with Flora Bernard and Jacob Hanson of peacefuluprising.org about Tim DeChristopher's historic act of civil disobedience, the consequences of his actions, the consequences of inaction on climate change and how you can get involved.

Upon sentencing for interrupting an oil and gas auction on public lands, in his statement entitled “I Don’t Want Mercy, I Want you to Join Me,” DeChristopher said, "This is not going away. At this point of unimaginable [climate] threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like. With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow. The choice you are making today is what side are you on."

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Political Analysis
Aug 9th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with renewable energy industry analyst, author and advocate, Paul Gipe. They address the critical need for German-style feed-in tariffs -- what he calls "Advanced Renewable Tariffs" (or ARTS) -- in the US, in order to deploy the massive amounts of renewable energy needed in the US to avoid economic, humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. They also talk about the importance of local ownership of renewable energy, the grassroots movement for "energy democracy" and "defeatism," in the face of corporate misinformation..

Paul Gipe has written countless articles on renewable energy for a worldwide audience, and is the author of at least seven books on the subject. His most recent, Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-scale Wind Energy Systems has been acclaimed by his peers as “groundbreaking, and is available from Chelsea Green Publishing.

In 2004, Paul Gipe launched a campaign to bring electricity feed laws back to North America. The campaign has grown into a continent-wide grassroots movement that has put renewable energy feed-in tariffs on the political agenda – both in Canada and the US.

Today, Paul Gipe numbers among the world’s foremost experts on renewable energy, wind power and his latest passion -- feed-in tariffs. His passion for renewable energy is unsurpassed. Learn more about Paul at http://www.wind-works.org/

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Political Analysis
Aug 16th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest host Karyn Strickler, of Climate Challenge Media, exposes the dirty secrets of the nuclear power industry with guests Lynne Bernabei and Ann Harris. Lynne has practiced civil rights and employment discrimination law at Bernabei & Wachtel in Washington, DC for over 30 years. She represents nuclear and other industry whistleblowers.

Ann is a 71 year old, great grandmother, nuclear whistleblower and safety advocate who won or settled 6 of her own cases and served as a resource for hundreds of whistleblowers at the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as nuclear workers around the country. She worked as a technical and human resources professional at TVA and was fired after she reported systematic and serious documentation problems at the TVA plants. She lives outside Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Political Analysis
Aug 23rd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks with Mother Jones' energy & environmental reporter Kate Sheppard about so-called "climate deniers," the Keystone XL pipeline demonstration in Washington, the "jobs vs environment" myth, environmental politics and other climate and energy-related issues.

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Political Analysis
Aug 30th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to environmental policy director for the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL), Matt Pacenza, about issues surrounding proposed new nuclear reactors in Emery County, Utah. They discuss the water consumption, economics and health and environmental implications of building these new reactors just west of Green River, Utah.

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Political Analysis
Sep 6th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes (www.solartimes.org) editor Sandy LeonVest in conversation with activist, writer and blogger Mike Kaulbars, who currently focuses his energy on chronicling and putting into perspective the propaganda campaign being waged by climate change deniers. They discuss climate change denial, the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrations that wrapped up this weekend in Washington DC (barely noticed by the mainstream media), the imperative of change and the political, spiritual, pragmatic and philosophical aspects of environmental activism.

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    I think Obama has no choice but to kill the Keystone pipeline. He must do this to get re elected, but once he’s in for a second term, he’ll let the pipeline be built. If he allows the pipeline to be built this year, I beleive his voter support will vanish.

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Political Analysis
Sep 13th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest in conversation with environmental journalist and author Joshua Frank. They discuss Obama's campaign rhetoric/promises versus political "reality," the American Jobs Act, the failure of the Obama administration to implement (anything resembling) a progressive agenda (including worker rights, clean energy and ending war). The also discuss the growing threat of corporate power, the "politics of submission," the ways in which consumerism "feeds the corporate beast" (even as we rail against it) and the imperative of organizing a courageous new progressive movement -- outside of the confines of the Democratic Party.

Joshua Frank is a prolific writer and frequent contributor to AlterNet (www.alternet.org), TruthOut (www.truthout.org) and CommonDreams (www.commondreams.org). His books include Left Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush and Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland, which he co-edited with Jeffrey St.Clair. Joshua Frank’s new book (also co-edited with Jeffrey St.Clair) is called “Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion.” That book comes out this spring.

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Political Analysis
Sep 20th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

This week's "Political Analysis" features SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with artist, activist, filmmaker and blogger Peter Sinclair (www.climatecrock.com). Among the issues they discuss: The phenomenon of "climate denial" and Sinclair's video blog, "Climate Denial Crock of the Week," a series of films through which he attempts to "debunk the deniers" with real science, education and information; the scientific discrediting of the so-called "Climate-Gate" scandal, in which a handful of emails from two IPCC scientists were exploited by the fossil fuel industry (and other climate-deniers) to create doubt in the public mind about the legitimacy of climate change and Sinclair's video, "Unwinding Hide the Decline,” which tells the story of how a group of leading climate scientists were essentially framed by so-called “climate deniers,” only to have their work vindicated time and time again by independent scientific investigations.

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Political Analysis
Sep 27th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes (www.solartimes.org) editor Sandy LeonVest talks to activist, writer and organizer Kevin Zeese about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. They discuss, among other things: the global revolution and how, on the heels of the "Arab Spring," people across the world are rising up against economic injustice. They also discuss the ever-widening disparity in wages (and wealth), and the need for "we the people" to think "out of the corporate-owned box" (and rethink our role as "consumers") if we are to bring about a truly democratized system of governance.
Kevin is a core organizer of October2011.org, and an active participant in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Since graduating law school in 1980, he has been involved with a host of social, political and economic issues, including serving as Ralph Nader's spokesperson and press secretary in 2004. Kevin Zeese ran for the US Senate in 2006, after being nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland.

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Political Analysis
Oct 4th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

As Greece teeters on the edge of default and the European Union inches closer to financial meltdown, tens of thousands of people gather across Europe and the US to demand economic justice and an end to big bank-dominated politics. Tonight on Political Analysis, SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest brings PRN listeners up to date on the "Occupy Wall Street" protests, and offers an overview of the revolutionary mood that is currently gripping the US -- and the rest of the world.
During the second half of Political Analysis, author and renewable energy advocate Paul Gipe talks to Sandy LeonVest about why the US needs German-like feed-in tariffs to incorporate a simpler, more comprehensive renewable energy policy -- one that achieves greater renewable energy development at a lower cost than the current system -- and offers greater economic and social benefits (such as local ownership). That, says Paul Gipe, is why the debacle over solar firm Solyndra is only a sideshow to the central issue of implementing renewable energy at the scale needed if the US is to wean itself from fossil fuels and nuclear power.

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Political Analysis
Oct 11th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:08 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) engages in a profoundly trivial conversation with poet, lyricist, philosopher and political observer Phil Rockstroh about the Occupy Wall Street protests; (what Naomi Klein calls) the "capitalization of hope;" the ways in which we internalize corporate values, and how shame keeps us from embracing our rage at having been sucked in by the corporate PR machine. They also toy with the concepts of never having found "the swans," disaster capitalism, the nature of dissent and the importance of creativity in an increasingly dogmatic political climate.

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Oct 18th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Sandy LeonVest interviews visionary, teacher and author (of ten books), Richard Heinberg. They talk about his newly released book, "The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality," and why an economy based on "the growth imperative" and fossil fuel consumption is no longer sustainable. They also discuss the current global economic meltdown, the Ocuppy Wall Street protests and how the chaos brought about by IMF-imposed austerity measures in Greece, Poland, Spain Italy and other European countries could end up impacting the US in the very near future. They wrap up the program on a more hopeful note, as Richard Heinberg offers pro-active and positive ways that people and communities can make the transition to a sustainable future.

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Political Analysis
Oct 25th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:00 pm
SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest hosts the first in a series of "progressive conversations" on strategies for the upcoming 2012 presidential elections. Her guests, David Swanson and Joshua Frank, are two of the country's leading progressive thinkers. While they agree that "politics as usual" needs to be challenged in the interest of maintaining (what remains of) democracy, their ideas as to the most effective strategies for pushing a truly progressive agenda differ. Tonight's show, "Can Progressives Organize a Viable Alternative to President Obama in 2012?" features a first-of-a-kind conversation on progressive electoral strategies for 2012. This conversation involves not whether progressives need to challenge the dominant two-party paradigm, but how to do it in the most effective way.
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Political Analysis
Nov 1st, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guests:  Ian Angus, Dave Finnigan

Karyn Strickler guest hosts.  As the planet’s human population is crossing the 7 billion threshold, we talk about climate change and human population.  Some call the issue of overpopulation a myth. Others say it’s a fundamental driver of climate change.  Is it the 7 billion people on planet Earth driving climate change, or is it just the wealthies 1%?  Does population matter in the climate debate?

Ian Angus is an eco-socialist and environmental justice activist, educator, and author. His recent book is "Too Many People: Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis." He edits the online journal ClimateAndCapitalism.com

Dave Finnigan worked as the Population and Family Planning Information, Education and Communication consultant to the governments of Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, among others.  He has worked w/ organizations including the Population Council and the United Nations Population Fund.  Today he presents a program called, Climate Change is Elementary, to encourage kids and their families to take action on climate change.

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Political Analysis
Nov 8th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

This week's "Political Analysis" features host Sandy LeonVest reading and ruminating during the first half of the show about the so-called "debt crisis," drawing parallels between Greece's fiscal catastrophe and current political and economic developments here in the US. The second half of the show features an interview with Dr. Costas Panayotakis, author of the new book “Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy,” wherein he makes the case that economic democracy needs to replace the current financial system, which profits financial elites at the expense of ordinary citizens -- and that this "economic democracy" should be the new guiding principle for humanity. Dr. Panayotakis was formerly a Robert Gillece Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

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Political Analysis
Nov 15th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest talks with Dr. Margaret Flowers at the top of the hour. Dr. Flowers updates listeners on Occupy Washington DC, and talks about (among other things) the so-called congressional super-committee, charged with proposing at least $1.5 trillion dollars in deficit reduction over ten years through spending cuts and/or revenue increases. Doctor Flowers is an organizer of Occupy Washington DC, and a longtime advocate of single-payer healthcare or Medicare for All. She has emerged in recent years as one of healthcare’s most inspiring advocates.

During the second half of the program, radio journalist, organizer and director of RootsAction.org, Aimee Allison updates listeners on the West coast Occupy movement. Aimee recently wrote an article about the murder of a young black man near the Occupy encampment in Oakland. She talks with Sandy LeonVest about the significance of that murder, in the context of the occupy movement, as well as the direction the movement is taking, as encampments are increasingly shut down by city officials across the nation. RootsAction is an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans seeking economic justice, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection and de-funding war.
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Political Analysis
Nov 22nd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

This week, two days before Thanksgiving, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest waxes thankful for the Occupy Wall Street movement. She includes in her Thanksgiving tribute, audio clips from the brilliant Occupy teach-in that took place this November in Los Angeles, former labor secretary and economist Robert Reich's magnificent speech there, and the organic emergence from the occupy movement of mature and courageous leadership, even as efforts by corporate lobbyists to marginalize and de-humanize the movement become evermore virulent. Sandy follows this "Thanksgiving segment" with an un-thankful segment, which includes audio of disparaging remarks about the occupiers made this last week by Republican presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich (who thinks protesters don't bathe, pay taxes or work) and a not entirely convincing apology by UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi for her part in the campus tear-gassing "incident."

During the second half of the program, Aimee Allison updates listeners on current actions to hold UC Davis police and campus officials accountable for their criminal assault on peacefully protesting students with military-grade pepper spray. Amy also discusses recent shocking revelations of a coordinated national effort on the part of city officials, aided and abetted by the US Department of Homeland Security, to end the Occupy encampments.
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Political Analysis
Nov 29th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

This week Sandy LeonVest talks about the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, which most human rights and climate activists believe is destined for failure. The show features audio segments from Samson Malesi, human rights activist and coordinator of South Africa’s "Caravan of Hope" and Bongani Mthembu, campaigner with the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance. Bongani Mthembu is among those who believe the UN climate talks may have outgrown their usefulness, and that a new protocol needs to be established. He argues for closer examination of corporate influence and institutions like the World Bank in undermining meaningful efforts to mitigate climate change.

During the second half of the program, author and activist Harvey Wasserman talks to Sandy about decentralized energy, distributed generation of renewables and community ownership of clean energy sources or "energy democracy." In an odd twist of events, Harvey ends up interviewing Sandy about the takeover in Marin and San Francisco of those counties' clean energy programs (aka "Community Choice Aggregation" or CCA), which theoretically allows consumers to get out from under the thumb of corporate-controlled energy and choose their own sources of energy. Sandy explains to Harvey how, in Marin and San Francisco, the CCA movement -- and even "energy democracy" terminology has been all but co-opted by Shell Energy North America.

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Political Analysis
Dec 6th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
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Political Analysis
Dec 13th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest: Mike Ewall, founder and director of Energy Justice Network

This week on Political Analysis, host Sandy LeonVest tackles the issue of people and power in the context of what has come to be known as "energy democracy." During the first half of the program, she looks at the issue of carbon trading through the lens of environmentaism and social justice, with audio segments from policy analysts and climate justice advocates. She asks whether such "market-based" schemes (carbon offsets, credits, cap and trade) actually "green the planet" or merely serve to enrich polluters, while keeping power out of the hands of the people.

Continuing that theme during the second half of the show, SLV talks to climate justice advocate Mike Ewall about how corporate polluters and financial elites (like those who attended COP 17) utilize complicated carbon schemes and market-based climate solutions in order to continue to pollute, while reaping huge profits and keeping the status quo in place.

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Political Analysis
Dec 20th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

REPEAT PROGRAM:  10/25/11

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Political Analysis
Jan 3rd, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
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Political Analysis
Jan 10th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
First half hour: Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Second half hour: Activist, author, award-winning journalist and cultural historian, Jeff Biggers
Tonight on the first half hour of Political Analysis: EARTHQUAKES AND HYDROFRACKING

Tonight's first guest on Political Analysis has become one of the nation’s leading voices against hydraulic fracturing. Adrienne Esposito is the executive director of the NewYork-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, an organization that works with legislators, scientists and public health agencies to protect land and water resources. Adrienne (whom I learned on tonight's show has a degree in geology) talks about the alarming increase in seismic activity in hydrofracking zones -- and what New York is doing to put an end to it.
Second half of Political Analysis: PEABODY ENERGY'S "LAND SWAP"
The second half of the show features activist, author, award-winning journalist and cultural historian, Jeff Biggers talking about the US Forest Service's pending "land swap," that allows Peabody Energy ( the largest private coal company in the world) access to some 384 acres of the Shawnee National Forest along the Saline River in Illinois, so it can build yet another coal-fired power plant. Jeff Biggers also talks about "earthquake denial," and the massive coal-fired plant being built by Peabody right now in southern Illinois -- in what's known as the New Madrid Seismic zone. His article on the subject can be found at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/earthquake-denial-why-is_b_835401.html
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Political Analysis
Jan 17th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Karyn Strickler of Climate Challenge Media guest hosts this episode, featuring: Alec Loorz and Jordan Howard, two of the kids suing the federal and all 50 state governments to force them to curb greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. These visionary young people and their attorney, Julia Olson tell us why they have turned to our judicial branch to take on the: U.S. EPA and the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy and Interior, to fight climate change. We'll also hear from Kelly Matheson, whose videos are helping to tell the story of how young people's lives are being adversely impacted by climate change, now and in the future.  DON'T MISS IT!!  Founder Alec Loorz and Jordan Howard are with iMatter and Kids vs. Global Warming campaigns. Julia Olson is the executive director of Our Children's Trust. Kelly Matheson is the program director for the Americas at WITNESS.

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Political Analysis
Jan 24th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
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Jan 31st, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
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Political Analysis
Feb 7th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to author, journalist and consumer advocate Nomi Prins, about the US "economic recovery," in the context of the European monetary crisis and austerity measures in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries. They discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the evisceration of capital at the hands of a criminally corrupted global banking system.

Nomi Prins turned in her credentials as an investment banker (with, among others, Goldman Sachs), to advocate for transparency and accountability in the financial industry. Today, she spends her time spreading the word about the global financial cartel, and explaining how a small group of financial elites managed to hijack the world's wealth to fill their own coffers. Her work in the area of corporate accountability has been widely acknowledged as groundbreaking. Nomi Prins is the author of, among other books, "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street" and “Black Tuesday.”
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Feb 14th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Guest: Phil Rockstroh

Tonight Sandy LeonVest pays tribute to deposed Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, with news, analysis and audio clips of what is now widely being considered a coup. The coup took place exactly one week ago today, when the Maldives' first democratically elected president was removed from office at gunpoint by police and military authorities. Maldivian authorities say Nasheed was deposed for what they describe as “criminal behavior,” but supporters believe that the story of the rise and fall of their idealistic young (ex) president has only begun to be told. Many believe that the Maldivian military and police, who remained loyal to the islands’ former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, had planned the coup for months in advance of February 7th, when they carried out their "forced removal." Tonight, after a weekend of diplomatic talks in the Maldives with US and European officials, the political crisis there continues, and supporters of the now-deposed President Nasheed are promising to continue protesting until he is reinstated.

During the second half of the show, poet, lyricist, journalist and master of political satire Phil Rockstroh joins SLV to reflect on the meaning of Valentines Day -- how love, inspiration and transformation play out in an era of destruction and decline. By the end of the segment, SLV feels a little better about it all ... She hopes you will too.

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Feb 21st, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Tonight's Guest: Whistle-blower Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

As the nation approaches the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and the massive oil spill that followed, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) takes a closer look at the worldwide use of so-called “dispersants" by Big Oil to "clean up" the environmental damage caused by oil spills. SLV is joined in this pursuit by EPA whistle-blower and environmental defender Hugh Kaufman, a forty-year veteran of the EPA, who gained notoriety in the spring of 2010, after speaking out about the BP cover-up in the Gulf  -- and exposing the toxic and environmentally damaging nature of "Corexit," a dispersant used by BP after the disastrous 2010 "spill."

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Feb 28th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Karyn Strickler of Climate Challenge Media guest hosts this episode, featuring: Distinguished Professor of History at American University Allan Lichtman.  He discusses his system for predicting Presidential elections, "The Keys to the White House," a model with 100% accuracy.  Listen for his prediction on who will be the next President of the United States.  We will also discuss Lichtman's book, "White Protestant Nation:  The Rise of the American Conservative Movement," which explains that conservatives are not about limited government, fiscal responsibility or state's rights, but rather support their own form of intrusive, big government.  And finally, we'll discuss Lichtman's upcoming book, "FDR and the Jews," giving the real story of what Roosevelt did and did not do to aid the Jews of Europe during the Nazi era.

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Political Analysis
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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Political Analysis
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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