News and Public Affairs 12-6-2021

News and Public Affairs 12-6-2021

2021-12-06T13:02:56-05:00December 6th, 2021|Blog, Weekly Guests|Comments Off on News and Public Affairs 12-6-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris

1) Alison Gash, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and Anne Rumberger, an activist with NYC for Abortion Rights and NYC-DSA, discuss their views on recent oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case and the widely shared expectation that the conservative majority on the court will overturn or severely erode the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing a woman’s right to abortion.

2) Kay Tillow, Chair Kentuckians for Single-Payer Health Care discusses her group’s concern re: the dangers of the Global Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) model, that’s designed to privatize traditional Medicare — and the measures that President Biden and Congress can take to stop this Medicare experiment that threatens the future of Medicare as we know it.

3) Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Associate Professor of Chicanx, Latinx and Transnational Studies at Pitzer College will assess the recent presidential election in Honduras, the historic role Washington has played in supporting undemocratic and corrupt Honduran regimes — and what we know about the Biden administration’s response to the election victory of progressive candidate Xiomara Castro.

4) Blair Bertaccini, a long-time labor activist and former elected union officer in Connecticut, talks about his recent trip to Venezuela to observe that nation’s November 21st presidential election won by incumbent Nicolas Maduro, the effects of U.S.-imposed economic sanctions and major accomplishments in building new housing.

Monday, December 6, 8 pm and archived.

Tidings from Hazel Kahan

This month’s guest on Tidings from Hazel Kahan is Noam Cohen, journalist and author of “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.” Cohen sometimes serves as a volunteer editor Wikipedia, the subject of this latest Tidings program.

Prompted by his October 28 article in the Washington Post about VIPs expecting special treatment at Wikipedia, I interviewed Cohen about how this amazing resource protects itself and its readers from corruption and pollution, whether it truly is a place where fake news cannot thrive and whether we should recognize Wikipedia as a rare survivor of the original Internet ethos that information wants to be free.

Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm and archived.

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