Nancy McCulla Interview — Podcast August 22, 2016


And Now For Something Completely Different: Democratic Perspective takes a break from the craziness of our current election cycle to talk to one of our favorite non-politicians. Nancy McCulla, chef and owner of the Café Daily Fare Restaurant and Simply Delicious Full-Service Catering, has been serving up incredibly good food to the people of Northern Arizona for over 30 years. We aren’t in the restaurant guide business, but if we were, we would definitely award Café Daily Fare a full four stars.

If you want to know what it takes to run a successful small business without compromising your art or your originality, this is the show for you. If you’ve ever spent time slaving over a hot stove, let alone run a business with a highly perishable inventory, and lots of competition crowding your profit margins, you already know that it can’t be easy to make consistently satisfying food for a public with widely varying tastes, and to do it at a price most of them can afford.  If you’ve got the chops for it, though — as Nancy clearly has — cooking for people can be a rewarding way to make a living, not to mention a source of lasting delight for your customers.

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Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Our Discontents — Podcast August 15, 2016


Are Robots Taking Our Jobs? Yes, but That May Be the Least of Our Worries: Democratic Perspective takes a long look at accelerating developments in the related fields of robotics and automation, big data and the cloud, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence. There’s a technological tsunami overtaking our familiar social, political, and economic relationships, and hardly anyone outside Silicon Valley, least of all our legislators, has any idea how to deal with the consequences.

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The National Party Platforms: Haven’t We All Been Here Before? — Podcast August 8, 2016


The Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Promises, Promises…. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a closer look at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. 51 and 58 pages, respectively, of wonkery, neither of which, if history is any guide, is likely to be fulfilled in its entirety. Nevertheless, as statements of intent, they do tell us a lot about the very real differences between the two parties, and what they would make of our American future should things go their way in November.

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The Democratic Convention: A Different America — Podcast August 1, 2016


The Democratic Party Holds Up Its Mirror To an America Which Isn’t Afraid, Isn’t Angry, and Isn’t All White or All Male: Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the Democrats’ vision of the American future. It’s quite a different picture than the one presented last week at the Republican convention.

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The Republican Convention: Postscriptum or Postmortem? — Podcast July 25, 2016


Peak Lunacy: Trump Takes the GOP Over the Edge. Democratic Perspective commentators Gary LaMaster, Chuck Williamson and Steve Williamson review the week Republicans succumbed to the right-wing populism they’ve been exploiting for almost 40 years. Their karma has just run over their dogma, and none of them seems to have a clue how it happened.

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Tay Wiles Interview — Podcast July 18, 2016


The Sagebrush Insurgency: Is the Developing Alliance Between the Land Transfer and Militia Movements in the West Increasing the Threat of Violence Against Federal Agency Employees? Tay Wiles, reporter and online editor for the High Country News, joins Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson for a discussion of the increasingly heated conflict between the miners, ranchers, and ideological conservatives supporting the movement to transfer Federal lands to state and local control, and the Federal agencies currently charged with administering them. The recent involvement of armed members of so-called citizens’ militia groups, as seen in the armed confrontation of Cliven Bundy and his fellow ranchers over federal grazing fees, and in the armed occupation by his sons of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, is worrying Federal law enforcement officials.

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Juan Cole Interview — Podcast July 11, 2016


Syria: Such As It Is, the Logic of an Intractable Conflict. Dr. Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, expert on Middle Eastern affairs, and author of the widely read and influential blog Informed Comment, returns again to Democratic Perspective, this time to share his insights into the seemingly interminable bloodbath in Syria. How did mass protests against a secular one-party state devolve into a sectarian war of attrition which has  killed tens of thousands — civilians as well as combatants — and displaced 40% of the country’s population? What do Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the United States expect to gain from their direct and indirect involvement in what has become  an increasingly obscure and brutal civil war? To what extent have Syrian refugees contributed to a destabilization not only of the Middle East, but potentially of the European Union itself? Professor Cole offers our interviewers some informed answers to these questions, while at the same time contributing a number of interesting policy recommendations of his own.

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Ashley Dawson Interview — Podcast July 4, 2016


Dominion Over All the Earth: Mass Extinction and the Challenge of Human Stewardship. Ashley Dawson, professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and author of the new book,  Extinction, a Radical History, joins Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, for a discussion of the toll human exploitation has taken on Earth’s biodiversity. What does it imply for our future that in the past fifty years alone, 40% of the planet’s species have disappeared? The inescapable answer: we have to change our perspective. Simply put, the ruthless exploitation of natural resources has limits. If we refuse to acknowledge them, we may wind up without a home.

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Hillary Clinton and the Machinery of Republican Character Assassination — Podcast June 27, 2016


Assessing Hillary Clinton’s Record: How NOT To Do it. Democratic Perspective recalls the sad history of over-the-top Republican caricatures of Hillary Clinton. How a 25-year campaign of snobbery, misogyny, and carefully crafted disinformation has altered public perceptions of what, by any honest standard, is a solid record of achievement in a viciously competitive political environment.

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The Sanders Campaign: Is It Really Over When It’s Over? — Podcast June 20, 2016


Bernie and Hillary: In Politics, as in Asymmetric Warfare, Declarations of Victory Can Sometimes Be Premature. Democratic Perspective looks at the passions driving the Sanders campaign, the threat of a permanent schism in the Democratic Party, and what effect — if any — committed Sanders supporters will have on the policy positions of a future Clinton Administration.

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