Tony Gioia and Bob Rothrock Interview — Podcast July 17, 2017


Protecting Our Resources, Preserving Our Future: It Takes Good People To Make Good Things Happen.  Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino talks to  Tony Gioia, Vice President of the Friends of the Verde River, and Bob Rothrock, Vice President of the Verde River Valley Nature Organization about promising new developments in efforts to preserve the Verde River and its watershed, among them the consolidation and restructuring of the organizations which have borne the historical burden of these efforts, new funding from the The Walton Family Foundation, progress in removing non-native invasive species from the riparian environment, aquifer-recharging agreements, and a new tradeable-credit system for reducing the overall draw from the watershed.

Democratic Perspective is proud to help get the word out on what these fine people, largely volunteers, have accomplished in the past, and will accomplish in the future. We know that many people are grateful for their efforts, and rightly so. For the record, we as individuals. and as an organization, would like to add our thanks to them for a job well done.

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Jeff Jeans Interview — Podcast July 10, 2017


President Obama and the Affordable Care Act Saved My Life: How Jeff Jeans’ Question Revealed Why the Republicans Hell-Bent On Repealing Obamacare Are Not Your Friends.  Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino speaks with Jeff Jeans, ex-libertarian, cancer survivor, and public health care advocate, about his experience confronting Paul Ryan at a CNN Town Hall with a question about health care insurance coverage that to this day no one in the Republican Party can honestly answer.

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Andrea Christelle Interview — Podcast July 3, 2017


If the Nature Of Truth Is Conditioned By Our Prior Allegiances, What Are the Implications For Our Politics?  Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson ask Andrea Christelle, one of the founders of SPEX, the Sedona Philosophy Experience, how we should deal with the fact that, in terms of political efficacy, a well-told lie can seem functionally equivalent to the truth.

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Democratic Governance, Disinformation, Domestic Policy, Education Policy, Government, Interviews, LIberals and Conservatives, National Politics, Podcasts, Political Lies, Political Parties, Political Polarization, Propaganda, Social Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Andrea Christelle Interview — Podcast July 3, 2017

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.

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Civil Society, Climate Change, Community Activism, Democratic Governance, Disinformation, Domestic Policy, Entitlements, Environmental Issues, Food Insecurity, Health Care Delivery, Health Care Policy, Health Insurance, Income Inequality, inherited Wealth, Interviews, Medicaid, Medicare, Misogyny, National Politics, Podcasts, Political Lies, Political Polarization, Propaganda, Public Health Policy, Public Policy, Sustainable Development, Tax Law, Taxation, Unemployment, Women's Issues, Women's Rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Barbara Litrell Interview — Podcast June 26, 2017

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.

Posted in Anti-Federalism, Banking And Finance, Budget Negotiations, Democratic Governance, Department of the Interior, Domestic Policy, Economic Policy, Education, Education Policy, Energy Policy, Entitlements, Environmental Issues, Environmentalism, Financial Sector, Food Insecurity, Foreclosures, Global Warming, Health Care, Health Care Policy, Hunger, Income Inequality, National Politics, Podcasts, Public Education, Public Health Policy, Welfare | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on All Trump, All the Time: Should We REALLY Be Watching the President Fiddle While the Country Burns — Podcast June 19, 2017

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.

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Constitutional Issues, Corruption, Democratic Governance, Disinformation, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence Agencies, International Relations, Investigative Journalism, National Politics, National Security, Podcasts, Political Lies, Political Polarization, Presidential Elections, Propaganda, Scandal Mongering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Trump and Russia — Podcast June 12, 2017

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.

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Corruption, Cultural Change, Democratic Governance, Digital Revolution, Disinformation, Ethics, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, Journalism, Mass Media, Media Campaigns, National Politics, Philosophy, Podcasts, Political Lies, Propaganda, Scandal Mongering | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast May 29, 2017

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?

Posted in European Union, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Terrorism, Interviews, Middle East, Middle East Policy, Military, Military Policy, National Security, Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, Podcasts, Political History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Paul Lenze Interview — Podcast May 15, 2017