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October 11, 2014 @ 11:21 am

All Politics! Gene Russianoff, Richard Heinberg and Occu-Evolve

It was an all-politics night at Sex and Politics on October 10, 2014. First, Phil Rosenberg talked to Gene Russianoff. Mr. Russianoff has been part of the Straphangers' Campaign, an advocacy group for NYC's beleaguered subway and bus users, since it was formed by NYPIRG in 1979. The topics: fare increases, tolling of East River bridges, and the capital costs for revitalizing the subway system. There was a spirited discussion among Phil and S&P regulars Dan Kinch and Zack Murphy about election reform and tax policy.

Next up, Dan Kinch talked to Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at Postcarbon Institute and longtime proponent of the Peak Oil/peak Energy theory. His latest book, Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future,
looks at the connection between the unsustainable fracking of 'tight oil' and natural gas and economic stagnation and downturn. The labor issues involved in energy transition were also an issue--will a new 'solar panel' economy have jobs in it?

Batting clean-up, Zack Murphy talked to Sumumba Sobukwe and Alejandrina Cordero Murphy of Occu-Evolve, an outgrowth of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Last week Occu-Evolve coordinated a protest at the World Business Forum in Manhattan to bring light to the need for a $15 minimum wage and more jobs. Sumumba discussed the many ongoing protests that Occu-Evolve is coordinating. Alejandrina talked about the Stop Mass Incarceration Movement and the 'broken windows' policy of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

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October 9, 2014 @ 10:55 am

Marilyn Mansfield, Emre Sahin and Carolyn Baker

Friday October 3 found S&P's Heather Height speaking to Marilyn Mansfield, a model, performance artist and builder of incredibly lifelike dolls. She has been featured on TLC's "Collection Obsession". There's a gallery of her work here.

Executive Producer Philip Rosenberg spoke to Emre Sahin of SUNY Binghampton, who discussed the vestiges of colonialism in the Ottoman Empire, as well as the British and French redrawing of the Middle East in the 1920s and 1930s. Sahin traces the roots of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and how regional players have directly and indirectly supported ISIS.

Then Dan Kinch spoke to author and psychotherapist Carolyn Baker about climate collapse and personal spiritual healing. She has just co-written a book with Guy McPherson titled Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death In Mind Her own book Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times (2013) offers suggestions and help as to how humans who grasp the likelihood of near-term human extinction can prepare emotionally and spiritually for the demise of many species on Earth.

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October 4, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

“Doctor Steve”, Camilo Mejia, and Erdenc Erdem

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On Friday September 26, we had a full house for Sex and Politics. First, Heather Height spoke to 'Doctor Steve', who wanted to talk (anonymously) about hospice care and the dying. Next up, Phil Rosenberg spoke to S&P alumnus Erdinc Erdem about Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the continuing story of ISIS in the near East.  Then Dan Kinch spoke to Camilo Mejia, who deserted from the US Army in 2003 during the Iraq war and was voted a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International after being sentenced to prison. He talked about the drumbeat for war that is displayed in the administration's decision to bomb Iraq and Syria. He also talked about his memories of Iraq, which he chronicles in his book The Road from ar-Ramadi

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September 22, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

Chuck Modiano on the ground in Ferguson; Karl Grossman talks Fukushima


On September 5, 2014 Phil Rosenberg talked to sports journalist/ Activist Chuck Modiano about the riots (police and otherwise) in the town of Ferguson, Missouri after a young African American man named Michael Brown was shot by Police, allegedly after raising his arms. 

Then it was Dan Kinch’s turn to talk to Karl Grossman, an award-winning reporter and expert on nuclear power, about the continuing crisis at Fukushima Japan. Have the melted cores of reactors 1, 2, and 3 melted through the buildings? And if so, what danger does that pose to Japan? Are people on the West Coast of North America in danger? Give us a listen and see.

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August 10, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

Rachel Schragis of People’s Climate March


On June 27 on Sex and Politics, Dan Kinch interviewed Rachel Schragis, an artist and activist. She is an Arts Coordinator for the People’s Climate March, scheduled for this coming September. The United Nations has called a special summit to address climate change/climate disruption. The summit will bring world leaders together to hammer out some serious attempts to deal with climate change internationally. While the leaders meet, activists will march. We talked about the issues of climate change and and why activists are marching.

Rachel’s interview with us came one week after our radio conversation with Guy McPherson, which you can find here. As Guy McPherson has said, if you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, then do. This is not a time to give into despair, tempting though it may be.

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August 6, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

Sculptor Brian Kenny


April 25: Dan Kinch's arts guest for this episode is Brian Kenny. Brian is an accomplished artist and sculptor. He works in 'assemblage', which involves the gathering of items within a structure (a box) and using the boxing of the items as commentary. He has been profiled in the New York Times and in Art News, and his work has been exhibited numerous times since the 1990’s. He had a retrospective of his work at Sweet Lorraine gallery in Red Hook. Currently he works with the gallery Schroeder Romero and Shredder. You can look at his sculpture here.

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August 4, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

Paul Getsos gets environmental on us


Friday August 1st 2014, we spoke to Paul Getsos, National Street Organizer for was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the U.S. along with author Bill McKibben. Our discussion was on climate change, climate change denial,'s role in the upcoming People's Climate March. Paul has been an organizer for 25 years, and is the founder of Community Voices Heard, an organization of low-income people working on economic justice issues in New York State. He is also the author of Tools for Radical Democracy, a Community Power Building ManualToday, works in almost every country in the world on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and divesting public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels. 
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June 18, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

Loretta Chin reports and music from Ewald


On Friday June 13, Phil Rosenberg spoke with Loretta Chin, an S&P alumnus now working as a reporter for the Canarsie Courier. She has been writing about the decline of the number of children eligible for entry to K-3 gifted and talented programs in NYC public schools--and the decline of those programs in number. We also listened to the music of EWALD and Dan Kinch talked to founder Jason Ewald and his bandmates bassist Jim Saxa and keyboardist Kevin Bernstein. Since arriving in New York City in 2007, Jason has seen his creative growth blossom, fed by the hum of city life and the energy of its inhabitants. His music is inspired by the refined sounds of 70s pop, the greasy soul of Muscle Shoals, the explorations of jazz, and the insistent rhythms of funk and rock.

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February 21, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

Howard Bloom, Platinum, Emre Sahin, & Dan Kinch

Hippies, Fashion, Kurds and Dan

From left to right: Howard Bloom, Platinum, Emre Sahin, and Dan Kinch

How were the 60's started? The Hippy movement and the social causes surrounding it? Philip Rosenberg interviews Howard Bloom who gives us a few highlights from his latest book, "How I Accidentally Started The Sixties."  Additionally Camille Crosdale interviews the urban designer Platinum, who joins us at the 8:30 mark to discuss fashion in the inner cities.  Erdinc Erdem interviews Emre Sahin in a discussion of greater Kurdistan, and Dan Kinch brings in a telling report on unemployment in the United States.

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November 20, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

Palestine - Israel - SJP - Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College's SJP Hosts Ben White


Iymen Chehade & Charles Asher Small

Iymen Chehade and Charles Asher Small join Philip Rosenberg for conversations about Palestine and Israel. Informed by the event across campus road from Sex and Politics studios at WBCR, Brooklyn College hosted by the SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine), where Ben White spoke, the issue at hand is the very future of the State of Israel itself.  What will her neighbors look like? By some telling, she shall have no neighbors because of a unified nation between the Palestinians and Israelis.  Is this practical? This and more, including reports by Sarah Meira Rosenberg, Zack Murphy, Camille Crossroad, & Paolo Cremidis.

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