News and Public Affairs 12-07-2020

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Counterpoint with Scott Harris

This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris:

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian and History at New York University and author, “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present,” talks about her recent editorial, “Why Strongmen Leaders Manage Exits from Power Badly,” and the ongoing threat of authoritarianism posed by Donald Trump and many in the Republican Party.


Jenna Grande, Press Secretary with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington discusses the major failings of our democracy under the Trump administration, and the government reform proposals discussed in CREW’s recent report, “What Democracy Looks Like.”


Craig Aaron Co-CEO of the media democracy group Free Press, discusses the issues his group is currently working on as the incoming Biden administration takes shape, such as restoring Net Neutrality, stopping President Trump’s nomination of Nathan Simington to the FCC, and expanding affordable access to broadband Internet to meet the needs of millions of people now working and attending school online.

Monday, December 7 at 8:00 PM and in the WPKN archive.

First Voices Radio with Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Max Wilbert is a writer, organizer and wilderness guide. A third-generation dissident, Max grew up on Duwamish land in post-WTO Seattle. He has been involved in fighting both Canadian and Utah tar sands, in resisting industrial-scale water extraction and deforestation in Nevada, in advocating for the last remaining wild buffalo in Yellowstone, in solidarity work with Indigenous communities in British Columbia, and in campaigns against sexual violence.

In the second half-hour, Tiokasin welcomes returning guest Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe). Christine is the CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. A descendant of boarding school survivors, Christine completed her master’s thesis at Augsburg University on traditional Native American spirituality and Christianity, and the impact of boarding schools on Indigenous communities today.

Tuesday, December 8 at 12:00 noon.

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