Sunday Forum

Sunday Forum Podcast

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  • Sunday

    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Walter Smith and guests fire up the airwaves with commentary and debate about newsworthy issues at the local, state, national and international levels.

The Sunday Forum celebrates and analyzes issues of human diversity, public policy, economic disparity, racial oppression, and global conflict. It is a progressive talk magazine and call-in show that views the power of information as vital to the preservation of democracy here and abroad.

The program format allows for two hours of lively debate from 11:00 AM to 1:00pm every Sunday morning. This superb call-in show is a favorite place to go for callers who are anxious to be part of a dialogue about the hot issues of the week, and listeners who enjoy a critical analysis of the policies and developments that affect public life. The show has featured such guests as Congressman Alcee Hastings, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, Congresswoman Frederika Wilson, State Senator Arthenia Joyner. County Commissioner Les Miller, Congresswoman Betty Castor, and author Dr. Manning Marable. Guest also include leaders in civil rights, women rights, gay rights, and immigrant rights organizations. All giving voice to the voiceless and powerless!

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Benjamin Hett – How Hitler Happened
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The post-WW1 Weimar Republic in Germany was the height of European civilization. Its scientists and scholars led the world. Its Bauhaus architecture was the rage. Its arts featured such luminaries as Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Thomas Mann. Yet, out of this modern democracy sprang Nazism, German fascism, and one of the most barbaric regimes ever. How did Hitler happened? It is one of the most important questions of history. What happened in Germany has disturbing resonances for our own time. Fascist-like regimes are taking power in many countries. We ignore disturbing signs at our peril from torchlight parades in Charlottesville with crowds chanting, “Jews Will Not Replace Us” to a synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh to the murder of African-Americans in a church in Charleston. What can we learn from the past to insure it doesn’t happen again?

Benjamin Hett is the author of Burning the Reichstag, Crossing Hitler and The Death of Democracy. He is a professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives in New York City.

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Jason Stanley – How Fascism Works CD
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What is fascism? Michael Parenti, author and historian says, “Fascism historically has been used to secure the interests of large capitalist interests against the demands of popular democracy. Then and now, fascism has made irrational mass appeals in order to secure the rational ends of class domination.”  Fascism flourishes in times of economic insecurity and cultural backlash. Opportunistic politicians offer up a platter of racism, xenophobia and hyper-nationalism. They stoke fear and resentment using simplistic slogans such as “Drain the Swamp” and “Build the Wall.” In the U.S. today, there is a whiff fascism in the air. Witness the march of white supremacists with torches held high in Charlottesville chanting “Blood and Soil,” an old Nazi slogan and “Jews Will Not Replace Us.” The president called them “very fine people.”
Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of Knowledge and Practical Interests, Language in Context, Know How and the award-winning How Propaganda Works.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor DVD
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For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

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