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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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October 29, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

Sex And Politics welcomes Jason Samel, Rajive Anand, and Dr. Philip Brenner


October 24th was a busy night at our studios. First up, Rajive Anand, a graphic artist and sculptor who has incorporated traditional Asian techniques into his formal work. Anand began creating graphic art novels as a teenager when he created Laserman, an Indian-American comic book superhero, and he's come full circle back to working on the Laserman comic book series. Next, Phil Rosenberg spoke to Jason Samel, a musician and producer who created the Music For Occupy label and put together a compilation recording of 99 recording artists for Occupy This Album. The He's currently putting together a concert for David Amram's 84th birthday as a celebration of the life and work of the late Pete Seeger. Then S&P Alumnus Lauren Keating reported on the Ebola crisis. And finally, Zack Murphy talked to Professor Philip Brenner of American University. Brenner has published widely on US/Latin American relations, and his latest book is A Contemporary Cuban Reader--The Revolution under Raul Castro
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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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