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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Jul 31st, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Tonight on Political Analysis, host Sandy LeonVest reports on India's massive power outages and looming water crisis. She also brings us up to speed on Shell's Arctic drilling plans, running clips from activist, artist and author Subhankar Banerjee, who talks about Shell's history of environmental devastation and lack of accountability in Nigeria, Siberia and elsewhere, as the company prepares to begin a massive oil drilling expedition in the Arctic's Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.

Later in the hour, activist Akilah Sanders-Reed and attorney Tanya Sanerib join SLV to talk about what's known as the Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL), a lawsuit filed against the US government by a group of young climate activists. This remarkable litigation campaign, which consists of lawsuits filed in all fifty state courts and in federal court on the same day, seeks to force the US government to apply the venerable public trust doctrine to the atmosphere and protect it for future generations.
Jul 24th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Guest: Author and former US Congressional candidate, Howard M. Greenebaum
On July 24, 2012, the US Senate held its first-ever hearing in a scheduled series of hearings on amending the Constitution to reverse the historicCitizens United v the Federal Election Commission ruling of January 21, 2010. TONIGHT on Political Analysis Sandy LeonVest covers this groundbreaking first step in revoking the Supreme Court's decision. She runs audio clips from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and talks about a series of amendments introduced today in Washington by Senator Sanders and others to get Big PAC Money out of the election process.
Later in the hour, Howard M. Greenebaum joins SLV to talk about his new book, "Don't Do It Like They Did It -- in Washington." Howard Greenebaum is an entrepreneur and a former candidate for Congress, winning the Democratic nomination in  Maryland in 1984, and again in California in 1988. While he didn’t end up serving in Congress, Howard Greenebaum has been a passionate environmental activist, political visionary and successful business executive for the past few decades. Today, at 82 years years of age, he has written an extraordinary and inspiring book. “Don’t do it like they did it in Washington,” lays out with clarity and vision some of the most pressing challenges posed by the current state of our democracy, and poses common sense, human needs-based solutions to those problems.
Howard Greenebaum is a man with a mission.
He passionately hopes to save America from itself.
Judging from tonight's interview, he just might succeed.
Jul 17th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Green Party candidate for president, Dr. Jill Stein joins Sandy LeonVest to talk about the essential nature of third parties, why voting Green in 2012 is NOT tantamount to voting for Mitt Romney and why 2012 could be the "moment of truth" for progressives -- and the progressive agenda.

Jul 10th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Exactly 50 years ago today, on July 10th, 1962, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., along with Ralph Abernathy, was convicted in Albany, Georgia for charges arising from their arrests in December, 1961 for demonstrating at the Albany City hall in Georgia. In her toast to "Heroes and Heretics," Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest pays special tribute to Martin Luther King Jr, airing clips from his sermon delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967. She also airs clips from the not-so-widely-celebrated, but nonetheless heroic (and heretical) Emma Goldman. Considered a "dangerous anarchist" by US leaders and the mainstream media, civil rights leader, radical feminist, labor advocate and anti-war activist Emma Goldman was unceremoniously deported from the US on December 21st, 1919, for speaking out against the US role in World War One and for opposing the draft -- at a time when to do so was considered treasonous by most Americans.

"Heroes and Heretics" tonight on Political Analysis.

Jul 3rd, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

On this week's Political Analysis, one day before Americans break out the barbecues and booze to celebrate "Independence Day," Sandy LeonVest marks the occasion by celebrating not Independence Day itself, but by celebrating some of the nation's most independent, original and passionate thinkers -- in other words, the spirit of REAL independence. Joining her in that celebration is the passionate and articulate single-payer advocate, Dr. Margaret Flowers.

Dr. Flowers talks about  why the Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- not only fails to go far enough to guarantee decent, affordable healthcare to ALL Americans, but actually further privatizes the US healthcare system, bolsters corporate power and sets the US back in the struggle for a single-payer system.
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