David Brushwood Interview — Podcast March 20, 2017


The Opioid Epidemic: What Happens When the Quest for Effective Chronic Pain Management Encounters the War on Drugs. David Brushwood, professor emeritus of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy talks to Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson, about chronic pain management and drug addiction theory and practice, and the cognitive dissonance and subsequent public policy failures which can arise when the two come into apparent conflict.

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Women’s March Sedona: Voices of the Resistance — Podcast March 13, 2017


This Is Why Donald Trump Will NOT Have the Last Word: Women’s March Sedona Is On the Move. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are joined in the KAZM studio by Peggy Chaikin, Michelle Grimm, and Kathy Kinsella, representatives of Women’s March Sedona, for a discussion of the post-election trauma many people are suffering, and what they can do about it. As with other groups in other periods of political uncertainty,  political activism is their antidote of choice. If you want something done, sometimes you just have to get together with some friends and do it yourself.

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Chip Davis Interview — Podcast March 6, 2017


Listening to the People You Represent: The Partnership Between Members of Congress and Their Local Staff Representatives. Chip Davis, 5-term Yavapai County Supervisor, and now Deputy District Director for U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran (D, AZ District 1), talks to Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson  about his experiences working for Representative O’Halleran. Why citizen liaison is so important to Members of Congress, especially freshman members, and how experienced staff back in the District can help Representatives be both more responsive and more effective in serving their constituents.

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Randy Garrison Interview — Podcast February 27, 2017


Infrastructure, Education, and Economic Development: The Challenges Facing Yavapai County. Randy Garrison, recently elected Yavapai County Supervisor for the 3rd District, joins Democratic Perspective for a discussion of a County Supervisor’s duties, and the challenges facing Yavapai County and the Board of Supervisors in a period characterized by savage budget cuts, an aging population, and a rapidly evolving 21st century economy.

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A Way Forward In the Age Of Trump — Podcast February 20, 2017


In the Shadow of the Trump Presidency, the Democrats of the Red Rocks, One of Democratic Perspective’s Long-Time Sponsors, Discusses Its Future Priorities. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Karen McClelland, John Hake, and Mik Jordahl from the Democrats of the Red Rocks, a local Sedona Democratic club, for a discussion of the issues the organization is focusing on in the run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections. The future of immigration, education, and the environment are especially critical to Arizonans, and DORR is already at work on them.

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Alice Rothchild Interview — Podcast February 13, 2017


If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed…If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge?: Jewish-American Physician Alice Rothchild Addresses the Legacy of Injury And Retribution That a Purely Geopolitical Approach To the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Has Inflicted On the Inhabitants Of the Region. Democratic Perspective talks to Alice Rothchild, obstetrician/gynecologist and long-time human rights activist,  about her experiences in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. Working with both Israelis and Palestinians who are trying desperately to mitigate the effects of seemingly intractable political and military conflicts on the daily lives of Palestinians, she provides us with a searing record of what it really means to live one’s entire life in a in environment of foreign occupation, humiliation, violence, and vengeance, one which no one seems able to end.

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Paul Horner Interview — Podcast February 6, 2017


Fake News, Satire, and the Bottom Line: What Paul Horner’s Fake News Tells Us About the Supposedly Ancient and Honorable Concept of Objective News Reporting. The Democratic Perspective tag-team talks to Paul Horner, (in)famous manufacturer of Internet hoaxes, about how our national political divisions and Facebook combined to turn an Internet satirist and media iconoclast into a) a darling of the far right, b) a supposedly evil purveyor of fake news, c) a Kardashian-level icon of the age of celebrity, and, finally, d) a poster child for being-careful-what-you-wish-for.

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Steve Ryan Interview — Podcast January 30, 2017


The Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security: Regardless of What Donald Trump and Paul Ryan Tell You, These Programs May Be All That Stands Between You and A Genuinely Miserable Old Age. Steve Ryan, a local Sedona attorney, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson for a discussion of the unwarranted Republican attack on federal benefit programs, and the vicious, unconscionable threat to ordinary people’s well-being and hopes for the future which it represents.

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Tim Elinski Interview — Podcast January 23, 2017


The Example of Cottonwood, Arizona: Why Transparency and Citizen Participation Are the Keys to Effective Government. Tim Elinski, newly elected mayor of  Cottonwood, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson for a discussion of the challenges facing small town governments in Arizona. If you want to hear how a genuine commitment to open and transparent government can help ensure that the people’s needs are served, this is the show for you. In an age when many governments seem to have gone into business for themselves, Tim’s presentation serves as a textbook example of how government representatives ought to approach their duties to the people who’ve elected them.

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President Obama’s Legacy — Podcast January 16, 2017


It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: Democratic Perspective Looks Back At the Obama Years. On the eve of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson evaluate the successes and failures of President Obama’s eight years in office. What was and what might have been — given what we have to look forward to in the next four years, we should probably count our blessings. It wasn’t exactly the change we’d been hoping for, but we could certainly have done — and may yet do — a whole lot worse.

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