News and Public Affairs 1-9-2023

News and Public Affairs 1-9-2023

2023-01-09T07:45:19-05:00January 9th, 2023|Blog, Weekly Guests|Comments Off on News and Public Affairs 1-9-2023

Counterpoint with Scott Harris

1) Brett Edkins, Managing Director, Policy & Political Affairs with Stand Up America assesses the Republican Party’s historic difficulty in electing their Speaker of the House — and the significance of the 2nd anniversary of Trump-GOP’s January 6th failed insurrection re: the ongoing GOP authoritarian threat to democracy.

2) Jonathan Friedman, Director of Free Expression and Education with PEN America, examines the GOP culture war movement working to impose book bans and censorship of public school history textbooks across America — and Pen America’s work opposing this repressive campaign.

3) Carter Dillard, the founder of, who developed a comprehensive account of reforming family planning for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, discusses his recent article, “Populist Climate Crisis Reaction: Fighting Oppression of Few vs the Many.”

4) Richard Silverstein, who edits the Tikun Olam website, talks about Israel’s new ultra nationalist far right government and his recent articles, “Judeo-Fascist Coalition Affirms ‘Inalienable Right’ of Jewish People to ‘All the Land of Israel’” and “Israeli ‘Arsonist,’ Ben Gvir, Stirs Outrage with Haram al Sharif ‘Visit.’”

Monday, January 9 at 8:00 PM and in the WPKN archive.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio news magazine. An archive of current and past Counterpoint interviews is accessible for free.  The full 2-hour unedited program can be accessed for a 2 week period after the show, at the WPKN Radio archives.

Tidings from Hazel Kahan

This month on Tidings from Hazel Kahan, two members of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — Staff Chaplain Chris Antal and Staff Psychologist Dr. Peter Yeomans — speak to us from Philadelphia, Pa. about their work on the pain of moral injury experienced by veterans returning from military deployment. From a foundation of academic research, Antal and Yeomans explain the distinction between moral injury and PTSD and how the community, including family, is integrated into sharing the burden of moral injury through a three-month program of group sessions leading to a moral injury community healing ceremony and community feedback.

Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 AM (repeat at 8:00 PM) and archived.

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