How Organic Food Production Trumps Agribusiness Eric Schlosser says that US government policy on deregulation has resulted in multinational corporations lobbying for their own policies in the US and worldwide. Better regulation can guide corporate social responsibility and CSR policies to create more ethical and sustainable business.
Running time: 147 seconds
The Disadvantages of Industrial Agriculture Eric Schlosser believes that industrialized food systems are far too reliant on fossil fuels, in production and in food miles. It is policy in Europe and the US to give subsidies to agribusiness. However, in the UK and the US, organic farming is now most profitable sector of agriculture.
Running time: 199 seconds
Hans-Peter Durr on the Effectiveness of Nuclear Deterrents Hans-Peter Durr talks about the risks of nuclear energy. Nuclear power is a great threat to world peace. Nuclear technology is one of the technologies that have the potential to cause great damage and should be banned.
Running time: 133 seconds
Hans-Peter Durr on the Threat of Nuclear War Hans-Peter Durr studied nuclear physics in America under Edward Teller, the 'father of the hydrogen bomb'. He was appalled by Teller's belief that nuclear weapons would secure world peace by being a nuclear deterrent in the hands of the United States. It set him on his lifetime search for an alternative vision.
Running time: 311 seconds
Hermann Scheer on the Truth About the Nuclear Industry Renewable energy can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power and power the world, says Hermann Scheer. Scheer was President of the European Association for Renewable Energies (EUROSOLAR.) He argued that propaganda by fossil fuel industries ignores evidence that renewable provide enough energy.
Running time: 100 seconds
The Need for Global Governance to Stop Climate Change Hermann Scheer tells the truth about the nuclear industry. He says that the nuclear energy lobby comes from the many pro-nuclear institutions that were set up in the 1950s and 1960s and still exist. This helps perpetuate the myth that renewable energy cannot fully replace fossil or atomic energy.
Running time: 133 seconds
Monsanto v. Geerston Seed Farms - The Supreme Court Alfalfa Decision The Supreme Court decision on the Roundup Ready Alfalfa case (PDF) has drawn a mixture of reactions from the mainstream media, and from the Blogosphere. To help us better understand this decision, CUpS sat down with Craig Johnston, professor of environmental law at Lewis and Clark Law School, and the lead author (on behalf of the NRDC) of one of the briefs presented to the Supreme Court in this case.
Running time: 519 seconds
David Stockman on Ronald Reagan, Ron Paul, and the Fed At the very start of the "Reagan revolution," David Stockman exposed the myth that Ronald Reagan and the modern Republican Party are dedicated to Small Government. A vocal critic of what he continues to call the "welfare-warfare state," Stockman had signed on because he believed in the Limited Government Rhetoric that Reagan espoused.
Running time: 2525 seconds
Marion Kalb on Funding the Farm To School Lunch Program Marion Kalb continues the conversation around the Farm To School program, acknowledging that added costs for fresh foods are a challenge, but also explaining practical ways to overcome some of those obstacles. Pointing out, in some cases, the cost of fresh, locally supplied foods are less expensive than their out of state counterparts.
Running time: 481 seconds
Crop Hybrids and the Emergence of Seed Monopolies Throughout much of agriculture, a remarkable span of 10,000 years, farmers were largely the stewards of the land and the crops that they grew. Seeds collected from one year's harvest were selected, stored, and used again for successive growing seasons. As an organic seed breeder explains in this segment, the role of the farmer at the center of agriculture began to change with the advent of hybrid seed development beginning with corn in the 1930's.
Running time: 341 seconds
Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine The bestselling author of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn publishes regularly in National Review, the Washington Times, and Investors' Business Daily and in venues in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.Hollywood writer and producer Rob Long began his career as a screenwriter for the hit television show "Cheers."
In this segment, after listening to Reagan's old speech against public, he explains why it's relevant today why.
Running time: 225 seconds
Learning from 2007's Immigration Reform Failure Ann Beeson, Executive Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Institute, wraps up the Rogers Human Rights Colloquium series, with her talk, "Aliens, Superkillers, and Terrorists: Reflections on the Strengths and Failures of Social Justice Movements."
In this segment she talks about the 2007 immigration reform failure and the lessons that need to be learned from it.
Running time: 335 seconds
Nils Gilman on the Demand and Supply Economics of Cocaine
Author Nils Gilman traces cocaine sales from production to retail, noting the profit margin is highest at the stage of U.S. importation due to increased regulatory pressure from narcotics agents. The DEA "think they're in the drug eradication business," says Gilman. "They're actually in the drug regulation business."
Running time: 145 seconds
John Podhoretz on the Case for Bombing Iran
Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz criticizes the Obama administration's approach to foreign policy in the Middle East. He suggests that the best course of action to encourage Israeli-Palestinian negotiations would be a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
Running time: 213 seconds
Elections and the Green Movement in Iran This timely discussion covers the recent campaign of harassment and intimidation against Iranians and the Iranian diaspora.The talk features cultural intellectual Hamid Dabashi and former political prisoner and Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who have been accused of undermining the regime. In this segment, Hamid Dabashi explains how the green movement is making headway in Iran after the allegedly rigged elections.
Running time: 141 seconds
How Satellite Dishes and DSL Can Encourage Democracy in Iran This timely discussion covers the recent campaign of harassment and intimidation against Iranians and the Iranian diaspora.The talk features cultural intellectual Hamid Dabashi and former political prisoner and Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who have been accused of undermining the regime. In this segment he talks about Satellite technology and internet use to pressure the Iranian Government from the inside.
Running time: 150 seconds
How Video Games Can Spur Social Change Gamelab CEO Eric Zimmerman debates Games for Change co-president Asi Burak about the potential of video games to encourage activism on social issues. Zimmerman warns that vast social problems can be "too much to bear on the shoulders of games," and will often result in a poorly made, unentertaining product. Burak responds with the example of an in-game feature on FarmVille that successfully raised money for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
Running time: 234 seconds
Evangelist Richard Cizik Reflects on Being Ousted from the NAE Richard Cizik, former Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals, reflects on being ousted from his position for voicing progressive political opinions that were viewed to be out of line with the greater evangelical movement.
Running time: 260 seconds
Former Interrogator on Retaliation for Dissent on Torture Navigating office politics can be perilous under the best of circumstances. But for people whose moral principles put them at odds with their employer and colleagues, the burdens can be especially great.Join three Open Society Fellows as they discuss their experiences working for many years inside large organizations with which they often had profound disagreements of conscience.Now
Running time: 100 seconds
Hirsi Ali on What Prompted the Accused Times Square Bomber A former member of the Dutch parliament and longtime human rights advocate, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has lived in constant threat for her outspoken beliefs and collaboration with controversial director Theo van Gogh (who was murdered by a radical Islamist).Her journey continues as she discusses starting her new life in America, reconciling with her Islamic past, and learning to adapt to Western values.
Running time: 242 seconds
Why Islam Needs More Competition from Christianity Cultural critic and atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali explores modern concepts of deities, ranging from the forgiving god of moderate Christianity to the imposing god of traditional Islam. She suggests progressive Christians should proselytize to Muslims, claiming that most Muslims are not presented with enough religious options.
Running time: 363 seconds