Barbara Litrell Interview — Podcast June 26, 2017


If the League of Women Voters Is Not a Partisan Organization, Why Does It Oppose So Many of President Trump’s Policy Initiatives? Barbara Litrell, President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Verde Valley, tells Democratic Perspective why the League’s consistently held positions on issues such as health care as a right, environmental sustainability, and equal rights for women, have forced it to lobby actively against a number of the Trump administration’s announced policy proposals, even though the League is, as it always has been, a non-partisan organization.

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All Trump, All the Time: Should We REALLY Be Watching the President Fiddle While the Country Burns — Podcast June 19, 2017


Never Mind the Tweets, Never Mind the Russian Connection: While Presidential Twitter Tantrums, Ill-Considered Executive Orders, and Russian influence Peddling Dominate the Daily News Cycle, Republican Wrecking Crews Are Quietly Dismantling What Little Remains of Effective National Government.  Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are joined by guests David Brushwood and John ODonnell for a discussion of the radical Republican attack now underway in Federal agencies and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on the public education funding, nutritional programs, financial reforms, and environmental protections a healthy society is so dependent on. While the national media behave like a deer caught in Trump’s headlights, Republicans are busily carrying out a brutal, mean-spirited assault on the needs of the 99% of us who go to work every day and hope for the best.

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Trump and Russia — Podcast June 12, 2017


Trump’s Foreign Entanglements, Russian Edition: Is There a Bottom To These Stories, and If So, How Do We Get To It?  Democratic Perspective takes a critical look at the allegations concerning President Trump and his Russian connections. Who’s telling the stories, where are they sourcing them from, and how believable are they? Given the vested interests involved, and the level of public distrust of media sources in general, and those of our political adversaries in particular, this kind of analysis is difficult, and it invariably involves a level of uncertainty even when we’ve done our best to separate the lies, the spin, and the honest reporting. The thing to remember, though, especially when the muck is flying at its thickest, is that sorting through that muck is the price of an informed citizenry, one we have no choice but to pay if we truly value our democracy.

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Trump and the Paris Agreement — Podcast June 5, 2017


If Mar-a-Lago Sinks into the Atlantic, Will Donald Trump Concede that Abandoning the Paris Agreement Was a Mistake, Or Will He Blame Obama? Democratic Perspective takes on the latest idiocy from President Petulance. Keeping track of the lies, ignorance, and general misanthropy being Trumpeted from the White House these days may be an exhausting and thankless task, but our Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are, as ever, on the job.

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Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast May 29, 2017


Infotainment, Propaganda, and Self-Aggrandizing Media Empires: The Demise of What We Once Thought Of As Objective Journalism, and What It Means For the General Welfare.  Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson ask Matt Goodwin, Professor of Philosophy at Northern Arizona University, and one of the founders of SPEX, the Sedona Philosophy Experience, for his take on the nature of truth, our journalistic traditions, and what it means for effective democratic governance when they both succumb to the economic uncertainties which threaten traditional media empires. Infotainment, press-release reporting, beat-sweetening, and disinformation campaigns by all sorts of interested parties are now the environment we all have to navigate if we want to know what’s going on outside the limits of our own personal experiences. The forces at work may eventually come to some sort of benign equilibrium, but in the meantime, caveat emptor seems to be the only defense available to us.

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Andrea Christelle Interview — Podcast May 22, 2017


Alternative Facts and Philosophy: Sometimes a Lie Is Just a Lie. Democratic Perspective, in an effort to understand the gap between what Donald Trump says, and what we can see with our own eyes, welcomes Andrea Christelle, one of the founders of SPEX, the Sedona Philosophy Experience, to help us sort out the proliferation of modern glosses — alternative facts, fake news, disinformation, and Trump — on the deceptively simple and traditional categories of a) truth, and b) lies. Who is blowing all this smoke, and why? The answer, as we non-Republicans might expect, is complicated.

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Paul Lenze Interview — Podcast May 15, 2017


Sorting Out the Threads in the Middle East: Proxy Wars, Ethnic and Sectarian Alignments, Failed States, Realpolitik, and the Agony of Millions of Refugees.  Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome  Dr. Paul Lenze, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University, back to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the tangled web of conflicts in the Middle East. Who are the players, what do they all want, and is there any prospect at all for peace and stability in the region?

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Put Simply, the American Health Care Act Is a Disaster — Podcast May 8, 2017


The AHCA Has Passed the House: The Light At the End Of the Republican Health Care Tunnel Is an Oncoming Train. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are joined via the magic of telephony by Silent Gary LaMaster for a discussion of the latest abomination from the Republican Congress. After seven years of yapping about the horrors of Obamacare — socialized medicine, death panels, mandates that take away our freedom of choice, etc. — the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has finally voted to replace it with the so-called American Health Care Act. The AHCA’s main effects: reducing taxes on rich people, and taking away the coverage of an estimated 14 million low-income people who are currently covered under Obamacare. What a surprise! The bill now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate. Stay tuned.

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David Brushwood Interview — Podcast May 1, 2017


Martin Shkreli Isn’t the Only Profiteer in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Why Does the U.S., Alone Among Developed Countries, Allow Life-Saving Prescription Drugs To Be Priced Beyond the Reach Of Many Of the Patients Who Need Them? David Brushwood, professor emeritus of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy returns to Democratic Perspective to talk about price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry — how it got started, who benefits from it and who doesn’t, and what can be done about it. As it turns out, the U.S. government already has many of the tools it needs to make drugs available at a reasonable price to everyone. What it lacks is the will to use them.

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David Garcia Interview — Podcast April 24, 2017


David Garcia Is Running for Governor: Who Is He, and Where Does He Stand on the Issues Facing Arizona? Democratic Perspective co-hosts Michia Casebier and Mike Cosentino talk to David Garcia, Arizona State University professor, former Democratic candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, and recently announced Democratic candidate for Governor, about his background, his reasons for running, his views on the issues central to the welfare of the majority of Arizonans, and his take on how a responsible government should approach those issues. If we really do care about everyone in our state, and not just those who can pay for favors, we need to change who we elect to govern us. Supporting forward-looking candidates like David Garcia is a good way to start.

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