The U.S. and Other Major Powers Have a Deal with Iran: Will the U.S. Congress Accept It? — Podcast July 27, 2015

A Credible Alternative to War: Why the Critics Are Wrong About the Nuclear Agreement with Iran. Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson review the recently announced agreement between Iran and the P5+1, an ad-hoc negotiating group composed of representatives from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China), with the invited participation of Germany. Gary and Steve discuss the provisions of the agreement and what they mean for Iran, the U.S., and the international community. The benefits of the agreement to all parties are clearly significant, which makes the uncertain prospects for congressional approval in the face of Republican and Democratic hard-line opposition look very much like another potentially tragic failure of American foreign policy.

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Katie Hobbs Interview — Podcast July 20, 2015

Frustrated with an Unresponsive Government? How About Running for Office? Democratic Perspective interviews Arizona State Senator Katie Hobbs (Dem., 24th District). What happens when a social worker realizes that the needs of her clients are being ill-served by local and state government policies, and decides to run for office in the state legislature? One woman’s success story, and a classic example of how effective political engagement can contribute to a better future for all of us.

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Greece and the Eurozone: the Economics, the Politics, and the Implications for the US — Podcast July 13, 2015

Fault Lines: the Greek Crisis, the European Union, and the U.S.  Mike Cosentino,  Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss the Greek crisis, the outcome of the most recent summit of Eurozone leaders, and the economic and political consequences not only for Greece and the European Union, but also for the U.S.

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Decisive Moments? Recent Supreme Court Rulings and Their Impact — Podcast July 6, 2015

A Session of Surprises at the Supreme Court: Conservatives Lose a Few for a Change.  Steve Williamson returns from his sabbatical, and joins Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster in a Democratic Perspective review of the recent Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, independent redistricting commissions, employees’ right to wear Muslim headgear at work, and a number of other important cases. Do these decisions signal an end to the majority’s romance with right-wing ideology, or were they merely a brief pause in the partisan storm that began with Bush v. Gore?

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Tom O’Halleran Interview — Podcast June 29, 2015

National Monument Status for the Sedona-Verde Valley Area: Tom O’Halleran on the Need, the Politics, and the Process. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino talks to Tom O’Halleran, former Arizona State Representative and Senator, and former President of Keep Sedona Beautiful, about the campaign for a Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument.

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James Bishop Jr. Interview — Podcast June 22, 2015

Journalist, Writer, Environmentalist: A Man of Many Parts. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino talks to James Bishop Jr., 25 year Sedona resident and visionary, about his life, his writing, his long association with Sedona, and his hopes for the future.

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The State of Public Education in Arizona: It’s Getting Worse — Podcast June 8, 2015

Not-So-Great Expectations: Arizona Is Now Dead Last in Per-Pupil Education Spending.  Democratic Perspective  talks to Jim Ledbetter, Verde Valley Attorney and Past President of the Mingus Union High School District Governing Board and Ann Shaw, District Director of the New Visions Academy charter schools, about the abysmal level of state support for public education in Arizona, and the demoralizing effect it’s having on those trying to prepare our children for a better future.

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