Alternative Radio http://mtpr.org en Lester Brown - The Future of Civilization http://mtpr.org/post/lester-brown-future-civilization <p>07/28/2014 - When it comes to climate change the operative word is “hot” with “record” and "unprecedented" closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it’s back to their destructive policies. <em>The Guardian,</em> captures the hypocrisy,&nbsp; “governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority.” Rome is burning. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 22251 at http://mtpr.org Richard Wolff - Naked Capitalism http://mtpr.org/post/richard-wolff-naked-capitalism <p>07/07/2014 - Through its myriad booms and busts, capitalism manages to roll with the punches and emerge standing. We are constantly told: it's the only show in town. Do you want the old Soviet Union? No way. But can't we imagine an economic system that is responsive to the needs of people and our precious planet rather than Wall Street and the investor class? Idealistic, you say? Maybe. But the fiscal ship is headed for a huge crash and no amount of moving the deck chairs around will avert it. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:06:48 +0000 Sue Ginn 21577 at http://mtpr.org Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity http://mtpr.org/post/noam-chomsky-state-insecurity <p>06/30/2014 - Security, security. Can’t get enough of it. Paradoxically, the more we have of it the less secure we feel. The latest weapons and massive military spending are never enough. Since 9/11 the term is bandied about. There is the huge bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security. Within it is the TSA, with its 60,000-plus employees and a budget over $7 billion. We go through checks and searches. Then there’s the NSA surveillance. Could U.S. global policies from drone strikes to invasions actually be undermining our security? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 20799 at http://mtpr.org Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History http://mtpr.org/post/eduardo-galeano-calendar-human-history <p>06/23/2014 - When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, "We never get 'just the facts.'" We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from an infinite number of facts. And what is selected is based not just on one's personal interest but on race, class, gender, and other factors. A true picture of the past is rarely achieved, and never by presenting "just the facts." Historians need the eyes of thousands of people, the ears of poets, a nose for secrets, the hands of a master painter. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 20421 at http://mtpr.org Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda http://mtpr.org/post/kathy-kelly-afghanistan-beyond-propaganda <p>06/16/2014 - The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it was pursuing Osama bin Laden. But very quickly the Bush administration changed its objective to include the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Kabul. That mission switch precipitated the longest war in U.S. history. Washington and its NATO allies have said they are withdrawing their forces at the end of 2014. But it seems almost certain that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:15:43 +0000 Sue Ginn 20586 at http://mtpr.org Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda David Cay Johnston http://mtpr.org/post/david-cay-johnston <p>06/09/2014 - The Societal Impacts of Inequality - The U.S. has the dubious distinction of being the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since the Gilded Age over a century ago. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, "An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid." Inequality is corroding democracy. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:48:18 +0000 Sue Ginn 20032 at http://mtpr.org David Cay Johnston Nomi Prins - The Wall Street White House Axis http://mtpr.org/post/nomi-prins-wall-street-white-house-axis <p>06/02/2014 -</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 19442 at http://mtpr.org Nomi Prins - The Wall Street White House Axis Dave Zirin - The Other Side of Sports http://mtpr.org/post/dave-zirin-other-side-sports <p>05/19/2014 - Are sports simply a form of entertainment or is there some deeper meaning off the field we are not seeing? From ancient Greece to modern times, sports have always been a big attraction. But in the cable and digital age it is bigger and more lucrative than ever. Sports encompass the world. From soccer in Latin America to cricket in India to hockey in Canada, millions of people are energized by and care about their teams and players. Heroes rise and fall. Tiger Woods, Brett Favre, Lance Armstrong. There are sex scandals, doping, and murder trials. Thu, 22 May 2014 19:02:42 +0000 Sue Ginn 19437 at http://mtpr.org Dave Zirin - The Other Side of Sports Pratap Chatterjee - Outsourcing the War on Terror http://mtpr.org/post/pratap-chatterjee-outsourcing-war-terror <p>05/12/2014 - When the U.S. goes to war, private contractors salivate. When it comes to making money, there is no business like war business. Control or oversight? Not much. There is a feeding frenzy at the troughs of public money accompanied by the almost inevitable cost overruns, waste, fraud and theft. The corruption is fueled by the revolving door syndrome between corporations and the Pentagon. Almost seamlessly, today’s assistant secretary of defense becomes tomorrow’s vice-president of Raytheon. Fri, 09 May 2014 17:46:28 +0000 Sue Ginn 18824 at http://mtpr.org Pratap Chatterjee - Outsourcing the War on Terror Blame http://mtpr.org/post/blame <p>05/03/2014 - We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But new technologies are complicating age-old moral conundrums about accountability. This hour, we ask what blame does for us -- why do we need it, when isn't it enough, and what happens when we try to push past it with forgiveness and mercy?</p><p><a href="http://www.radiolab.org/story/317421-blame/" target="_blank">http://www.radiolab.org/story/317421-blame/</a></p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:51:23 +0000 Sue Ginn 18455 at http://mtpr.org Blame