Fake News and Racism: The Evil Twins of the 2016 Election Cycle — Podcast December 12, 2016


On the Internet No One Knows You’re a Dog: On Facebook, a Lie Looks Just Like the Truth. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino joins fellow regulars Gary LaMaster and Klaus von Stutterheim via call-in for a discussion of the avalanche of fake news and bigotry that engulfed U.S. media during the lead-up to the elections of 2016. For the old Soviet Union, agitprop — agitation and propaganda — was an essential tool of foreign and domestic policy, fabricated and distributed under the absolute control of the Communist Party. With the advent of the Internet, anybody can play the agitprop game — from governments and well-funded corporate players with established political or ideological agendas to individual hackers, trolls, and racists, who may have no agenda at all beyond their own personal resentments. We used to be confident that we could tell which media sources were trustworthy and which weren’t. After 2016, we’d be well advised to think again.

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This Isn’t The World We Grew Up In: The Consequences of Disruptive Technologies — Podcast December 5, 2016


One Thing Is Sure: It’s Gonna Get a LOT More Complicated. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Bill Timberman continue their discussion of artificial intelligence with a closer look at how it’s already affecting our social, political, and economic relationships. In the absence of effective help from our existing institutions, how well we’ll adapt to the consequences of our own ingenuity remains an open question, one for which we’re unlikely to find any quick and easy answers.

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Steve Segner Interview — Podcast November 28, 2016


Public and Private Sector Partnerships: The Benefits of Collaborative Effort. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Steve Segner, owner of the El Portal hotel in Sedona, and committed community activist, for a discussion of what makes for successful collaboration between local government and businesses. Steve maintains that both have unique contributions to make to a healthy community, and as his involvement in remarkably successful community projects here in Sedona clearly demonstrates, good things tend to happen when people are committed to working together toward common goals.

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Sam Almy Interview — Podcast November 21, 2016


Demographics, Structural Issues, and Statistics: The Future of Electoral Politics in Arizona and In the Nation At Large. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson are joined by Sam Almy, Elections Director of the Arizona Democratic Party, for a detailed statistical analysis of the 2016 election results. What do the statistical patterns tell us about the impact of demographic changes, registration and voting trends, and structural impediments like gerrymandering, voter suppression, and Electoral College anomalies, on the future prospects of the Democratic Party in Arizona and the rest of the nation?

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The First Draft of History: Post-Election Analysis, 2016 — Podcast November 14, 2016


What Happened Last Tuesday Is Clear Enough. Why It Happened Is Not: Democratic Perspective is joined by Klaus von Stutterheim, who despite his very German name, has been a U.S. citizen since his early 20s, and has lived and worked in this country for over 50 years, for a discussion of what happened last Tuesday, and why it happened. Germany, the country of Klaus’s birth, experienced in World War II and its aftermath  the worst imaginable consequences of widespread economic distress and the subsequent rise to political dominance of right-wing populism, yet survived it all to become a model of liberal civil society. With that experience as part of his heritage, Klaus brings some new and valuable insights to the post-election analysis of our regulars, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson. How does a country as divided against itself as ours is today successfully deal with future challenges? Unfortunately, that’s a question no single person, however wise, can answer.

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Campaign 2016: Tomorrow Is (Finally!) The Day — Podcast November 7, 2016


Final Thoughts Before the People Speak: A Review of Where We Stand. Democratic Perspective welcomes Astrid Silva, Dreamer and Democratic Party activist, for a discussion of the state of the campaign for the presidency, and for control of the U.S. Senate, in her home state of  Nevada. Thanks largely to a massive voter registration and GOTV effort among the Latino population, things are looking pretty good for the Democratic Party in Nevada, and Astrid is confident that a win is in the offing for Hillary and for Catherine Cortez Masto, the Senate Democratic candidate. On the home front, here in Arizona, things seem considerably iffier. Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a look at the polls, calculate the odds, and hazard a glimpse at what we can look forward to — or not — come Wednesday morning.

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Alex Martinez Interview — Podcast October 31, 2016


We Need To Invest In Our Own Future: Alex Martinez, Democrat for Arizona. Democratic Perspective talks to Alex Martinez, Democratic candidate for the Arizona State Legislature from Legislative District 6, about just how much damage the gutting of successful public institutions, such as our education system, by corporate ripoff artists, is doing to the future prospects of ordinary Arizonans. The  truth is that the perverse ideological crusades so dear to the hearts of our current Republican legislators come at a cost no one concerned about the real issues facing us should be willing to pay.

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Tom O’Halleran Interview — Podcast October 24, 2016


Voting Is Just the Beginning: The Best Way To Ensure that the Public Trust Is Honored By Our Politicians Is To Get Involved In the Process Which Elects Them. Democratic Perspective again welcomes Tom O’Halleran, former Chicago Homicide Detective, former Governing Board member of the Chicago Board of Trade, and former Arizona State Representative and Senator. In 2016, he’s running as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona Congressional District 1. Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson talk with Tom about his campaign, his view of the crucial issues facing District 1, Arizona and the nation, and the importance of citizen participation in the electoral process in combatting the negative influence of special interest money on our elections, and on the future shape of our democracy and our society as a whole.

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Election 2016: The End Game — Podcast October 17, 2016


22 Days To Go: Have We Reached Peak Ugly Yet? Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, are joined by Susan Turnbull, former Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and former Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus, for a discussion of the candidates, the issues, the polls, and the furor leading up to the final three weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign. We may never have seen a campaign quite like this one before, but even a brief review of American political history suggests that it’s not entirely out of character for an American electorate as deeply divided as ours is in this election year. The real question is this: will it really be over when it’s over? Unfortunately, given the passions already in play, we see little reason to believe it will be.

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Marty Landa Interview — Podcast October 10, 2016


Think Globally, Act Locally: Climate Change and Stewardship In an Age of Indifference. Democratic Perspective welcomes Marty Landa, co-organizer of Inspiration of Sedona,  to discuss the response of his group to the need for ordinary citizens to address the critical issue of anthropogenic climate change. Inspiration of Sedona is currently engaged in an effort to raise public awareness of the threat of global warning by local free showings of James Cameron’s award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. Once we know the facts, and discount the propaganda of fossil fuel industry representatives and their lobbyists and apologists, it’s clear that we all have a responsibility to prevent this looming catastrophe from overtaking us, whether our elected representatives are willing to help us or not.

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