America’s Gun Addiction – March 12, 2018

Why Does The US Lead The World With 108,000 Shootings Per Year? Democratic Perspective contributor Gary LaMaster joins hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino to analyze gun violence in the United States. After listing the jaw-dropping statistics, they discuss the whys and what: Why does it happen? Why is it unique to the US? What can be done to stop it?

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Nancy MacClean Interview Revisited – Podcast March 5, 2018

“Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” Democratic Perspective hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino discuss this revealing book with its author and history professor, Nancy MacClean.  She reveals the motives of the radical right and how billionaires have used their wealth, racism and division to undermine our democracy.  The  interview is a rebroadcast from October 23, 2017, but, given the approaching mid-term elections, it’s well worth the time to listen again.

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David Schapira and Allegra Fullerton Interview – Podcast February 26, 2018

Giving Arizona’s public schools the resources to help kids succeed: David Schapira is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction. For 24 years non-educators have been running Arizona’s public schools into the ground. Democratic Perspective’s Klaus Von Stutterheim and Democrats of the Red Rocks President Karen McClelland discuss the needs of Arizona’s schools with Allegra Fullerton from Save Our Schools Arizona and David Schapira who is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction as a clean elections candidate. Both are working to stop the privatization and monetization of Arizona’s schools to ensure that Arizona’s schoolchildren have the opportunity for success.

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Terry Goddard Interview – Podcast February 19, 2018

Amending The Arizona Constitution To Get Dirty Money Out Of Politics. Democratic Perspective host, Mike Cosentino, welcomes former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard to discuss his efforts to expose the original sources of dark money in politics. Is it money from a corporation that seeks a direct benefit from helping to elect a particular candidate? Is it a wealthy individual with a personal agenda who wants to ensure that a political donation remain secret by laundering it through a bewildering number of political groups? Without transparency, voters can’t know. Yet the Arizona legislature has made it easier to hide the source of political donations than any other state in the nation. AZ citizens can change that. By signing a petition and volunteering to collect signatures, we can place an amendment on this year’s ballot to reveal the sources of dark money in our elections. To learn more about this non-partisan effort, visit

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Dr. David Brill and Ana Marie Perez Interview – Podcast February 12, 2018

Candidates For AZ CD-4 Hope To Unseat One Of America’s Worst Congressmen. Beginning with a reference to an Arizona Republic editorial calling Rep. Paul Gosar “a disgrace to Arizona,” the Democratic Perspective hosts introduce listeners to two highly-qualified Democratic candidates: Ana Marie Perez and Dr. David Brill. Brill is a medical doctor, business owner and teacher. Perez is a mother and an architect who has managed multi-million dollar projects. Both consider themselves moderates who want to see Congress work again through compromise from both parties.

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January Contreras Interview – Podcast February 5, 2018

Ending A Culture Of Corruption: January Contreras Is Running For Arizona Attorney General. Democratic Perspective welcomes January Contreras to discuss her campaign to unseat the Republican incumbent. Citing a Harvard study that named Arizona the number one state for corruption, she discusses the changes that need to be made and why Arizona needs an Attorney General who is beholding to people. Not corporations, lobbyists and special interests.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Podcast January 29, 2018

Challenges Of The New Tax Bill, A Citizen’s View: Created behind closed doors, rushed to the Senate floor in order to avoid a filibuster, and passed by a narrow margin, the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is expected to raise the federal debt by as much as $2 trillion over the next decade. Most of the benefits will go to large corporations and those who get income from investments. For example, the bill is expected to save Donald Trump about $11 million in just the next year. Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson, Mike Cosentino and Klaus Von Stutterheim discuss the impact of this extraordinarily complex bill.

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David Brushwood Interview – Podcast January 22, 2018

Reducing Drug Prices. The Democratic Perspective team revisits the high cost of pharmaceuticals with one of our own colleagues – Pharmacology professor and consultant, David Brushwood. Dave helps explain how our drug prices became the highest in the world and what our state and federal governments can do to control drug prices, such as relaxing some regulations and giving greater authority to pharmacists. He also explains some things you can do yourself to save money.

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Robertson Work Interview – Podcast January 15, 2018

Creating More Compassionate Communities. On MLK Day, the show welcomes author Robertson Work and local activists Kathy Kinsella and Peggy Chaikin to discuss ways to make the world more compassionate one community at a time. Work’s book, A Compassionate Civilization: The Urgency of Sustainable Development and Mindful Activism – Reflections and Recommendations outlines practical suggestions for a more compassionate world based on his experiences as a UN consultant, professor and community organizer.

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2017 In Review – Podcast January 8, 2018

The Year In Review – 2017 In Trumplandia. The Democratic Perspective team reviews the year gone by. Dick Searle discusses the administration’s many attacks on the environment. Paul Schwartz looks at the positives, saying things in Sedona and Arizona look very good for Democrats in 2018. Dave Brushwood takes on the opioid epidemic and the failed war on drugs. Klaus Von Stutterheim discusses changes in the judiciary and foreign policy. And regular host Steve Williamson asks the group to predict what might happen in 2018.

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