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War against Iran? - Kaveh Afrasaibi Discusses the Possibilities and Problems

War against Iran? - Kaveh Afrasaibi Discusses the Possibilities and Problems

June 28, 2019

I'm joined this week by Dr. Kaveh Afrasaibi.  Dr. Afrasaibi has a PhD in Political Science from Boston University and has taught at the University of Tehran, Boston University and Bentley University and been a visiting scholar at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Binghamton University and the Center for Strategic Research in Tehran.  He is the author or co-author of several books including 3 on Iran’s Nuclear Program.

Dr. Afrasaibi writes frequently for a number of web sites.  Here are some of his recent articles on the Iran crisis:

You can find out more at his website kavehafrasiabi.com.

Victor Pickard on Democratizing the Media

Victor Pickard on Democratizing the Media

June 23, 2019

This is the last of a 3-part series on the media and features Professor Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania discussing the pressures on today's media and what we need to do to make media more democratic.

If you're interested in a progressive vision for the future of media in the United States, you'll find Dr. Pickard's comments very helpful. 

Dr. Pickard is also a Director of the Media, Inequality and Change Center, a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. 

Joe Emersberger on the State of the Media

Joe Emersberger on the State of the Media

June 13, 2019

Joe Emersberger joins me to discuss the state of the media today.  We talk about the repetition of government propaganda, the lack of resources available to journalists in the field, and the crackdown on independent journalists, particularly Julian Assange.

The Death of Our Free Press

The Death of Our Free Press

June 9, 2019

The first of a 3-part series on the state of the media.  This week we discuss these topics:

  • Independent local newspapers are a thing of the past and local news is effectively absent in large portions of the country.  
  • Mainstream media present or fail to present news stories based on their marketing goals and the preconceptions of their target audience.
  • News stories are designed to make you feel part of a group that is fighting the horrible other side, not designed to inform you or present truthful information that you could use to make a decision in a democratic society.  
  • Online news is even more targeted to specific groups and the methods for sharing those stories - social media - is increasingly being censored by government-aligned groups to suppress news stories that contradict the narratives produced by the mainstream.
  • Those few courageous journalists who have brought us important stories of government corruption and illegality are being raided, jailed and prosecuted

 

John Marciano on the The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce

John Marciano on the The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce

June 3, 2019

Professor John Marciano joined me back in September 2018 to discuss his book The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce.  John is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Cortland and a lifelong social justice activist currently living in Talent, Oregon.  John is also the author of The American War in Vietnam - Crime or Commemoration.

 

 

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