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August 2009 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Aug 28, 2009 - 1:00 am
  • Jessica Arons on Sexual politics: Abortion and Equality (First 30min.) and Dr. Paul R. Abramson on Sexual Politics: Ethics and Abuse (Second 30min.)
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  • Jessica Arons is the Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at American Progress and a member of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative.Prior to joining American Progress, she worked at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the White House, and the 1996 Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign. She currently serves on the Boards of the DC Abortion Fund and the Virginia ACLU. She has been seen on MSNBC, Fox News, and ABC News; heard on Clear Channel radio; and featured in The Nation, Politico, Huffington Post, Science Progress, and RH Reality Check. Her publications include "More Than a Choice: A Progressive Vision for Reproductive Health and Rights" and "Future Choices: Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law."

    Dr. Paul R. Abramson is one of the leading sexual theorists in the country and also one of the most sought-after legal "sex" experts. He has consulted on many high-profile cases touching on topics like "dial-a- porn," video obscenity and sexual harassment. He is the former editor of the Journal of Sex Research and author of six other books. He also has appeared several times on the nationally syndicated PBS show Closer to the Truth. His new book is Sex Appeal.
  • Pub Date: Aug 21, 2009 - 1:00 am
  • Dr. Jorja Leap on Gangs and Violence and Dr. Tomas Jimenez on Shaped by Immigration
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  • Dr. Jorja Leap is a professor at UCLA, a recognized expert in crisis intervention and trauma response and has been involved with training and research for the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as part of post-war development and conflict resolution in Bosnia and Kosovo and has conducted work with the families of victims of the 9/11 WTC disaster. She is the author of the book, "No One Knows Their Names."

    Dr. Tomás Jiménez received his PhD from Harvard University and is a professor of sociology at Stanford. He is an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation. He was the American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Michael Honda, where he served as a legislative aide for immigration, veteran's affairs, housing, and election reform. His writing on policy has appeared in reports for the Immigration Policy Center, and he has written opinion- editorials on the topic of immigrant assimilation in several major newspapers. His upcoming book is Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration and Identity.
  • Pub Date: Aug 14, 2009 - 1:00 am
  • Dr. Richard Anderson on Modern Russia and American Safety and Dr. Laura S. Abrams on Transitioning Incarcerated Youth
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  • Dr. Richard Anderson trained as a specialist in Soviet politics and foreign policy. He is a former Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and was on the staff for the oversight Subcommittee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Professor of Political Science at UCLA in Los Angeles California. He is the author of Public Politics in an Authoritarian State and co- author of a joint volume, Post-Communism and the Theory of Democracy.

    Dr. Laura S. Abrams, Principal Investigator and Research Director of The Juvenile and Justice Reentry Project. She has been a professor at UCLA since 2005 and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Her work is supported by grants from the UCLA Faculty Senate, the NIH Center for Vulnerable Populations Research, and the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation.

  • Pub Date: Aug 07, 2009 - 1:00 am
  • Dianne Dumanoski on Civilization in Crisis and Norman Ollestad on a Memoir of Survival
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  • Dianne Dumanoski is an author and environmental journalist. She was a writer for The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe reporting on such major stories as the Solidarity Movement in Poland, the Claus von Bulow trial and global environmental issues. She has been a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT and a Poynter Fellow in Environmental Journalism at Yale. She holds a B. A. from Vassar College and a Master's Degree in English Language and Literature from Yale University. Dianne is the author of the new book The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive a Volatile Earth.

    NORMAN OLLESTAD - "On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with my father, his girlfriend Sandra, and the pilot of our charted Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My Dad was 43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged 8,600 foot mountain engulfed in a blizzard. By the end of our nine-hour ordeal, I was the only survivor."

    Norman Ollestad studied creative writing at UCLA and attended UCLA Film School. His book, Crazy for the Storm : A Memoir of Survival has been named by Amazon as one of the best books of 2009. Starbucks has made it their pick for the summer and Warner Brothers has acquired the rights for development into a major motion picture.