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April 10, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

Life by Knight

Majur Juac 

Lost Boy of Sudan, Chess Master of New York City

Majur Juac
The Lost Boys of Sudan is the well documented story of refugee children from Sudan's never-ending civil war.  Meet Majur Juac, who has turned his personal story of tragedy, into a model example of success. 
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February 19, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

Sex and Politics welcomes James Lawrence Powell



On 2/19, we spoke to James Lawrence Powell, a geochemist and retired professor who served on both President Reagan and President HW Bush's National Science Boards. He is the author of some 11 books including his latest, Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: from Heresy to TruthDr. Powell has logged every peer-reviewed climate article between 1991 and 2012 His work recently came to public attention when Bill Maher quoted him on 'Politically Incorrect'. Powell found that during the period in question, only 24 peer reviewed papers rejected global warming by humans, versus 13,950 that accepted it. He’s found similar numbers from 2013 to the present. He is the first guest for Sex and Politics to have an Asteroid named after him--Asteroid 1987 SH7. Dr Powell will be helping S&P's own Dan Kinch understand the peer-review process and why 13,950 scientific articles on global warming are not wrong. 

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February 9, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

Jimmy ‘The Rent is Too Damn High’ McMillan and Comic Jim Mendrinos


On September 12, 2014, we invited Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High Party to talk to us about the upcoming 2014 elections. Mr. McMillan is the first guest we've ever had with his own action figure. Jimmy didn't get on the Gubernatorial ballot this year, but he has run for office a number of times over the last decade or so, He had some interesting things to say about New York state politics to our interviewer, Dan Kinch. Next up, our old friend Heather Height spoke to comedian and producer Jimmy Mendrinos. Jimmy has produced his own web TV show, called Living In Exile. Producer Phil Rosenberg joined the fray to talk about comedy, production, and the business of being funny.
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February 4, 2015 @ 5:46 pm

Sex and Politics welcomes Guy McPherson and Jacqueline Simon Gunn



On June 20, 2014, Dan Kinch spoke to Guy McPherson, professor emeritus in Natural Resources and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Arizona University, who has written a book GOING DARK, about climate disruption leading to human extinction within a few decades. Dan and Dr. McPherson discussed carbon dioxide, methane leaks, and human habitat . Background on Dr. McPherson’s writings here. Later that evening, Phil Rosenberg interviewed  Dr. Jacqueline Simon Gunn, psychologist and author of In the Therapists' Chair and the recently released Bare. The episode is worth a listen!

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January 17, 2015 @ 11:01 pm

Vanissa W Chan, Anita Kinney and Travis Morales on Sex and Politics.


On December 5, We started the show with Anita Kinney, regional field organizer for Democracy Matters. Phil Rosenberg and Ms. Kinney talked about the election results of 2014 and campaign finance reform. Dan Kinch then spoke to Vanissa Chan, co-founder of the Justice For Kenny Coalition. On the night of April 12, 2008, Kenny Lazo was pulled over by Suffolk County police allegedly for going 8 miles an hour over the speed limit. The next morning he was found dead in the custody of Suffolk County police, with his body showing signs of blunt impacts to the head, face, torso and arms.The Suffolk County Coroner ruled Kenny’s death HOMICIDE as a result of his injuries, but refused to state who was culpable. The Coalition wants Kenny's killers indicted and brought to justice. And Zack Murphy interviewed Travis Morales, a longtime civil rights activist helping to organize protest after the Eric Garner grand jury refused to indict the NYPD officers who caused  his death. Morales and his group  Stop Mass Incarceration are fighting the biases in the US criminal justice system.

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December 17, 2014 @ 6:02 am

The Gay Kiss, The Green Party, & Roman Rojas


Lauren Welles joins Sex and Politics to discuss her transition from corporate attorney-hood to photographer, from business woman to artist.  Michael O'Neil, the Secretary of the Green Party in NY joins us at the half way mark, and Roman Rojas, music producer extraordinaire, tops off the show.


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December 13, 2014 @ 10:29 am

Bhopal anniversary


On February 21st, Dan Kinch spoke to Reena Shadaan, an activist with the group International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB). On February 20, the United Nations-designated Social Justice Day, the ICJB delivered an open letter to the United Nations headquarters in New Delhi and New York. In the letter, the group calls upon UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to help rebuild the city of Bhopal. This is the 30th anniversary of the toxic gas leak from the Bhopal plant, which was/is the worst industrial accident in history.

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November 24, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

Chuck Modiano, Danette Chavis, Christopher Wilson and Brent Potter on Sex and Politics

It was another busy night at our studios at Brooklyn College as we waited for word about the Grand Jury decision on the shooting of Michael Brown from Ferguson. First, Phil Rosenberg spoke to Chuck Modiano, a journalist and sports activist, who was on the ground in Ferguson a few feet from the Police headquarters. According to Modiano, things are bad for the citizen journalists on the scene as tensions rise.Phil also spoke to Brent Potter, a psychologist with some interesting opinions on mental health and big pharma. Then Dan Kinch spoke to Danette Chavis, an activist whose son died in police custody a decade ago. Chavis has organized National Action Against Police Brutality, and has petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder to demand accountability. And we got a report from Zack Murphy, who spoke to Christopher Wilson of the Woodrow Wilson Center. The topic is NAFTA's impact on Mexico twenty years after passage. Give a listen.

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November 15, 2014 @ 11:34 am

Marni Halasa on Sex and Politics

(photo copyright Erik McGregor, used with permission)

Marni Halasa joined us on Sex and Politics on November 7. Activist, dancer, figure skater and performance artist, she has recently been profiled in the New York Times. She has degrees in law and journalism, but has gone forward with the concept of attracting media attention to demonstrations. Her goal is to become a professional activist, an idea she expresses on her website Revolution Is Sexy. Dan Kinch and Marni discussed revolution, spandex, Occupy Wall Street and her current notoriety. Also on the program, Producer Philip Rosenberg and Dan discussed the results of the 2014 midterm elections. Give a listen.

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November 1, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

Breast Cancer Action, Bitcoin and pro poker all on Sex and Politics!


A busy night on Hallowe'en at our Brooklyn studios. First, Nick Spanos, the founder of the NYC Bitcoin Center, tried to talk S&P's interviewer Zack Murphy through the world of Bitcoin--how it works and what it's used for. Dan Kinch interviewed Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action, an advocacy group that prides itself on being the 'watchdog' on breast cancer charities. Their 'Think Before You Pink' campaign is pointed at corporations that try to 'pinkwash' their PR image by donating to breast cancer charities even as they create products that may be contributing to the epidemic. 
Phil Rosenberg finished up the night with an interview with Jennifer Shahadetwo-time American women's chess champion and FIDE Woman Grandmaster. She also competes in the Las Vegas World Series of Poker. The discussion was about poker, chess, and the small number of women who compete professionally in either. We also had a spirited discussion on the New York catcall video.
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