Wed, 11 January 2017
#KGNU 's Claudia Cragg (@KGNUClaudia) speaks here with Mark Sundeen (@SundeenMark) about his latest book, 'The Unsettlers'.
Tue, 10 January 2017
#KGNU 's Claudia Cragg (@KGNUClaudia) speaks here with Elizabeth F Schwarz (@) about her new book, Before I Do.
Elizabeth Schwartz has been practicing law since 1997 and is a nationally recognized advocate for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She is the author of Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (The New Press, 2016), and her Miami-based law practice focuses on estate planning, probate, family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy) and dissolution.
In her book, she raises the issues that not long ago, same-sex couples had to jump through endless hoops to make their relationships even close to legal. For the most part, those days are over. Same-sex couples no longer have to operate as outlaws--they too can have in-laws! But here's the rub: many gay and lesbian couples, accustomed to living off-grid, are so thrilled to have the benefits of marriage that they gleefully jump into marriage without fully understanding the consequences.
Sat, 24 December 2016
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays one and all.
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Douglas Abrams about his work with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Reverend Desmond Tutu on 'The Book of Joy'. They have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships or, as they would say, because of them they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
They explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout this wonderful work, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.
Wed, 30 November 2016
The incoming US administration may abolish Medicare and will most certainly radically alter Obamacare. In this interview with George Lakey, KGNU's Claudia Cragg explores for #ItsTheEconomy how Nordic countries boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if the US could enact some of the changes that the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, the US too, can embrace equality in economic policy.
George Lakey co-founded Earth Quaker Action Group which won its five-year campaign to force a major U.S. bank to give up financing mountaintop removal coal mining. Along with college teaching (at Swarthmore mostly) he has led 1,500 workshops on five continents and led activist projects on local, national, and international levels. Apart from this book on 'Viking Economics', Lakey has written many other books and articles, and is also author of “Strategizing for a Living Revolution” in David Solnit’s book Globalize Liberation (City Lights, 2004).
Thu, 13 October 2016
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here for KGNU Fall Fund Drive (please DO consider supporting this public radio community station for the Denver/Boulder Area and beyond) with Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek Finance Minister.
In his latest book, And The Weak Suffer What They Must?, Varoufakis (“the most interesting man in the world” according toBusiness Insider) offers a potted history of post-war global finance, the rise of the euro, and its spectacular fall, along with his own prognosis and solution for the interminable crisis of European capitalism.
As is explained in the book, the rather clunky title comes from Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, in which the vainglorious Athenians assert their right as victors to do as they please with the vanquished Melians: “The strong actually do what they can and the weak suffer what they must”. The Melians’ reply is that it is in the interest of the strong to show mercy to the weak lest their own fall “would be visited by the most terrible vengeance, watched by the whole world” - an argument which Varoufakis reproduces in relation to the treatment of Greece by their mighty German creditors.
For Varoufakis, the key to redressing the contradictions and imbalances implicit in the Eurozone (and any system of fixed exchange rates for that matter) is for “the strong”, i.e. Germany, to rule in “enlightened self-interest” by providing a stimulus to the Greek economy (and all other deficit states) rather than the current programme of devastating austerity.
The example given by Varoufakis is that of the intervention of the United States’ Federal Bank to prop up the state of Nevada after the 2008 crash. It is the lack of this “political surplus recycling” mechanism which, according to Varoufakis, has condemned the Eurozone to its present crisis-ridden state.
Thu, 8 September 2016
'Cashless society', says Brett Scott, is a euphemism for the "ask-your-banks-for-permission-to-pay society". Rather than an exchange occurring directly between the hotel and me, it takes the form of a "have your people talk to my people" affair. Various intermediaries message one another to arrange an exchange between our respective banks. That may be a convenient option, but in a cashless society it would no longer be an option at all. You'd have no choice but to conform to the intermediaries' automated bureaucracy, giving them a lot of power, and a lot of data about the micro-texture of your economic life.
Tue, 16 August 2016
A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.
What is autism? A lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Steve Silberman -@ - an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon,Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is the author ofNeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity (Avery 2015), which Oliver Sacks called a “sweeping and penetrating history…presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity.”
The book became a widely-praised bestseller in the United States and the United Kingdom, and won the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, a California Book Award, and a Books for a Better Life award. It was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2015 by The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Independent, and many other publications. In April 2016, Silberman gave the keynote speech at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day.
He has given talks on the history of autism at Yale, MIT, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Imperial College London, and many other major institutions. His TED talk, “The Forgotten History of Autism,” has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 25 languages. His article “The Placebo Problem” won the 2010 Science Journalism Award for Magazine Writing from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Kavli Foundation, and was featured on The Colbert Report. His writing on science, culture, and literature has been collected in a number of major anthologies including The Best American Science Writing of the Year and The Best Business Stories of the Year. Silberman’s Twitter account @stevesilberman made Time magazine’s list of the best Twitter feeds for the year 2011. He is proud to be a member of the PEN American Center.
Silberman also won a gold record from the Recording Industry Association of America for co-producing the Grateful Dead’s career-spanning box set So Many Roads (1965-1995), which was Rolling Stone’s box set of the year. His liner notes have been featured in CDs and DVDs by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, the Jerry Garcia Band, and many other groups. As a young man, he was Allen Ginsberg’s teaching assistant at Naropa University. He lives with his husband Keith in San Francisco.
Mon, 8 August 2016
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Andy Lazris, MD (
As a result, he believes that the way we care for our elderly has taken a wrong turn and that Medicare is complicit in creating the very problems it seeks to solve.
Aging is not a disease to be cured; it is a life stage to be lived. Lazris argues that aggressive treatments cannot change that fact but only get in the way and decrease quality of life.
Unfortunately, Medicare’s payment structure and rules deprive the elderly of the chance to pursue less aggressive care, which often yields the most humane and effective results.
Medicare encourages and will pay more readily for hospitalization than for palliative and home care. It encourages and pays for high-tech assaults on disease rather than for the primary care that can make a real difference in the lives of the elderly.
Tue, 2 August 2016
KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Jordan Fisher Smith (@) a park ranger for decades who speaks to KGNU in good time for the centenary of National Parks (Aug. 25th).
Smith is a nature writer who uses the story of the grizzly death of one Harry Walker to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, economic, ecological and human resource attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it.
Tracing a course from the founding of the national parks through the tangled 20th century growth of the conservationist movement, Smith gives the lie to the portrayal of national parks as Edenic wonderlands unspoiled until the arrival of Europeans, and shows how virtually every attempt to manage nature in the parks has only created cascading effects that require even more management.
Moving across time and between Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier national parks, Engineering Eden shows how efforts at wilderness management have always been undone by one fundamental problem--that the idea of what is "wild" dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it, leaving us with little framework to say what wilderness should look like and which human interventions are acceptable in trying to preserve it.
Thu, 7 July 2016
"[Trump's] money gave him both the means and the confidence to break the donors’ cartel that until then had eliminated all GOP candidates who didn’t begin by saluting the Bush family for starting the Iraq War, incessantly demanding cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and managing the economy into total collapse via financial deregulation. He could even mock the carried-interest tax loophole and sneer at Wall Street. ...
In a conversation for 'It's The Economy' with KGNU's Claudia Cragg, so says Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute and the author of Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Politics. Jacobin magazine just published an interview with Ferguson, "Defying the Investors," about the 2016 election.
"My tentative judgment is that unlike 2008 and 2012, when the Obama campaign clearly encouraged donors to break up their contributions into smaller amounts to create the appearance of a mass movement, the Sanders campaign pretty much is what it appears to be: a movement swept along by a vast array of small donors. No wonder Democratic elites were so nervously petulant at Sanders for staying in the race and continuing to propagate his views."
Ferguson argues that what we see now was foreshadowed in 2014. It was after that election that Ferguson co-authored an article, "Americans Are Sick to Death of Both Parties," that noted: "The drop off in voting turnout from the presidential election of 2012 to 2014 is the second largest of all time: -24 percentage points. ... Though Republicans jubilate now, the trend is probably as threatening to them as it is to the Democrats. The reason is stark: Increasing numbers of average Americans can no longer stomach voting for parties that only pretend to represent their interests."
In his recent interview, Ferguson said: "The system hasn’t worked for many Americans for at least a generation, and vast numbers of them now realize this. ...
"[The Democrat's] major problem is the weak economy. ... Money from Wall Street to the Democrats fell off steeply in 2012. Obama had to make it up with funding from what we can epitomize as Silicon Valley, in the face of massive opposition from industries like coal, oil, chemicals, and other heavy polluters. Clinton is plainly aiming to heal that breach. The refusal even to say what she told Goldman Sachs in those famous speeches is part and parcel of her campaign to reaffirm the old ties her husband furthered so much. ...
"Clinton’s strategy for winning votes is now very simple: you go to women and say the magic word: 'Trump.' You go to African Americans with the same mantra: 'Trump.' And you go to Latinos, just pointing and repeating 'Trump,' while the media plays 'Ride of the Valkyries' 24/7.
"With Trump carrying on as he has, it may be all Clinton needs. After the election, though, we will all wake up to discover that little in the campaign will have addressed the problems that the primaries so memorably revealed."