Sasha Abramsky Interview — Podcast October 13, 2014


Social Policy and the Shrinking Middle Class: Increasing Inequality Is NOT an Accident. Democratic Perspective welcomes author and journalist Sasha Abramsky back to talk about the consequences of the social policy failures outlined in his recent book  The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives. How deliberate policy decisions by the leaders of out government and corporate institutions devastated a once prosperous middle class, and turned a constitutional democracy into a brutal and largely unprincipled plutocracy reminiscent of the Gilded Age of the 1880s and 90s.

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Lanny Morrison Interview — Podcast October 6, 2014


Tackling the Real Issues: A Conversation with Lanny Morrison, Democratic candidate for Arizona State Representative, Legislative District 6. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson talk to Lanny Morrison about his candidacy for the Arizona House from LD 6 — his background in business and his experience as a  liaison between business and federal agencies, as well as state agencies in 20 states. Hear his views about the issues facing Arizona, his legislative priorities, and his plans for forging an effective partnership between government, business and educational institutions in the state.

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General Election 2014: a Review of the Candidates — Podcast September 29, 2014


Who’s Running For What, and Why You Should Care: a Review.  Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson take a look at the candidates for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and the Corporation Commission in Arizona, as well as the candidates for U.S. House of Representatives seats in Congressional Districts 1 and 4, and for the Arizona State House and Senate in Legislative District 6.

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Terry Goddard Interview — Podcast September 22, 2014


Making Democracy Work In Arizona: Terry Goddard for Secretary of State.  Having served as Mayor of Phoenix from 1983-1990, and as the state’s Attorney General from 2002-2010, Terry Goddard is well-known to the citizens of Arizona as an effective executive, a courageous prosecutor, and someone who cares very much about the welfare and prosperity of all the citizens of the state. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson talk to the candidate about his current campaign for Secretary of State — why he’s running, why the office will have an important influence on the future of our election policies and the continuing health of our democracy, why we need to broaden participation in our elections, not restrict it, and why we must act to stem the tide of dark money flowing into Arizona.

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Michael Lacey Interview — Podcast September 15, 2014


“A Wonderful Way for Malcontents To Make a Living”: Michael Lacey On the Future of Investigative Journalism.  Michael Lacey, with his partner Jim Larkin, a founder, and for 35 years the Executive Editor of the award-winning Phoenix New Times, joins Democratic Perspective hosts Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson for a discussion of his career as a journalist, editor, and publisher of one of the most influential and successful alternative newspapers in the United States. Hear what good reporting looks like, what resources are required to produce it consistently over four decades, and why Michael Lacey thinks that his kind of journalism will not only survive, but prosper, even after the devastating impact of the digital age on its traditional business models.

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Juan Cole Interview — Podcast September 8, 2014


Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring? Professor Juan Cole on the Continuing Aspirations of the Millennial Generation in the Middle East: 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 to Democratic Perspective to discuss his most recent book  The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.

A lot has changed in the Middle East since the first eruptions of the Arab Spring which arose in Tunisia following  Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in December, 2010. Governments have fallen and risen, a savage civil war continues in Syria, the government of Libya has been forced to meet in a Greek car ferry in the harbor of Tobruk, and protests by young people have been brutally put down by the military in Egypt and Bahrain. Professor Cole explains what has been going on politically in the states of the Arab Spring since the mass media in the U.S. began looking the other way, and why he is hopeful that the reform-minded youth of the Arab Middle East, who have by no means gone away, will eventually constitute a decisive political force in the region.

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Cops or Occupying Army? Ferguson and the Militarization of Local Police Forces — Podcast September 1, 2014


Do Small-Town Cops Need Camouflage Combat Uniforms, Machine Guns and Tanks? Democratic Perspective Looks At the Controversy Surrounding Police Militarization in the U.S.  Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss the consequences of racially polarized police staffing patterns, politically motivated fear-mongering about immigration and terrorism, and the cost-free, no-strings-attached dumping of surplus military equipment on local police forces. The intent may not be to bring America’s overseas wars home to our local communities, but the effect sometimes seems to be exactly that, even to politically neutral observers.

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