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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Jun 26th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Guest: Peter Sinclair
As the sustainability conference in Rio de Janeiro comes to a close with little resolution in sight, triple-digit heat continues to cook the planet, droughts intensify in the Midwestern region of the US, and heavily forested areas in Colorado, Utah and other parts of the planet go up in flames. Tonight on Political Analysis, host Sandy LeonVest opens the show with audio excerpts from Friends of the Earth Nigeria's Nnimmo Bassey and renowned author/scientist David Suzuki, speaking with Amy Goodman about the utter failure of the corporate-dominated Rio+20 summit to make meaningful progress toward a sustainable future.
Later in the show, acclaimed "climate-denier debunker" Peter Sinclair joins SLV to talk about the most recent USGS report, which found record rising sea levels on the US East coast and other "hot spots." They discuss ongoing climate-denial, even in the face of record high temperatures and extreme weather events (including droughts and floods). They manage to wrap up the hour on a positive note, talking about the myriad of available solutions -- and the ways in which communities are "doing it for themselves," even as the climate crisis escalates and continues to be ignored by the corporate-owned media and our "representatives" in Washington.
Jun 19th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Sandy LeonVest observes Juneteenth, kicking off the show with a 2008 audio clip of then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama's "More Perfect Union" speech, delivered in March of that year. She follows with excerpts from civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael’s Black Power Address, delivered at UC Berkeley in 1966. Next up, labor economist Sylvia Allegretto talks about increasing income and wealth disparities in the US -- and how those disparities disproportionately impact Blacks and Hispanics.

Later in the hour, SLV talks to  award-winning black comedian, civil rights activist and social commentator W. Kamau Bell about Juneteenth – its significance -- and how far American Blacks have really come in their struggle for equality.

Jun 12th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

On this week's Political Analysis: Can This Democracy Be Saved?

Sandy LeonVest talks to pro-democracy activist, visionary and founder of Wisconsin's Liberty Tree Foundation, Ben Manski. He discusses the significance of Governor Scott Walker's successful effort to defeat the recent recall effort in that state; ongoing efforts in Florida and other states to purge the voter roles of non-GOP voters; and the evermore alarming trend of outright election-theft on the part of conservatives. Sandy and Ben also look at the ways in which unlimited corporate money is corrupting the electoral process -- and what needs to happen (outside of the corporate-owned ballot box) in order for the people to reclaim what remains of our democracy here in the US.
Jun 5th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest host Karyn Strickler interviews Gregory Vickrey, founder of GV Consulting.  They discuss: Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic; and then talk about a mechanism for non-profits to use to account for climate change when formulating policies, projects and programs.  Gregory Vickrey has worked as an advocate for nonprofits and small business across the U.S. for over 10 years.  In addition to founding GVC, Gregory served as Executive Director of a progressive environmental group in Alaska, and as an advocate for environmental and consumer causes in Oregon and Tennessee.

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