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 have 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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Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast June 13, 2016


Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Weather Events, Mass Extinction, Politics: Where Is the Right’s Suicidal Denial of Anthropogenic Climate Change Coming From? In the hope that a philosopher can be persuasive where scientists have found it tough to make headway, Democratic Perspective welcomes Dr. Matthew Goodwin, professor of philosophy at Northern Arizona University, for a discussion of the roots of our political stalemate over climate change and global warming. Why does the right continue to deny the scientific consensus on global warming, even in the face of an existential threat to the human species itself, and what can we do about it?

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The Trump Campaign: The Republican Chickens Come Home to Roost — Podcast June 6, 2016


Why Trump? It’s Really Not a Mystery. Democratic Perspective takes on the Donald. How does a narcissist billionaire with a dyed comb-over send 16 credentialed Republican wanna-bes home with their tails between their legs, and take over the Grand Old Party lock, stock, and barrel? The truth is, this is who the party has been asking for since Dick Nixon and his enemies’ list headed off into the sunset in 1974.

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Juli Myers and Ken Clark Interview — Podcast May 30, 2016


Dark Money and Legislative Malfeasance: the Evil Synergies Working to Complete the Corruption of Arizona Politics. Juli Myers, Development Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, and Ken Clark (D), State Representative from Arizona Legislative District 24, join Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster to discuss the blatant corruption reflected in the passage of AZ SB1516, and what we as concerned citizens can do about it. If we don’t want the last remnant of democracy in our state sold off to the highest bidder, now is the time to act.

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The Fruits of Our Labor — The Verde Valley Wine Industry Celebrates — Podcast May 23, 2016


The 5th Annual Verde Valley Wine Symposium: A Look Ahead. We welcome Tom Schumacher, President, and Paula Woolsey, Vice-President, of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, back to Democratic Perspective  for a discussion the 2016 Verde Valley Wine Symposium at the Yavapai College Sedona Center on May 28. Wine, food, and a closer look at the art of winemaking in Arizona and the Verde Valley — its successes to date, and its prospects for the future.

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Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon, Copper Mining in Oak Flat: The Public Interest vs. Private Exploitation — Podcast May 16, 2016


The Politics of Public Lands, Part II: National Monument Battles. Paul Schwartz rejoins Democratic Perspective regulars, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson for part II of a discussion on curbing the destructive exploitation by private interests of our remaining public lands.. How a National Monument designation can guarantee protections that the Forestry Service’s legal mandate prevents it from addressing.

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