Today Chris McGreal helps understand how the opioid addiction became a catastrophic and deadly epidemic in America.  He argues that the epidemic was born of Congressional neglect, amplified by corporate greed, and brutally exploited by illegal drug cartels. Guest: Chris McGreal is a senior writer at the Guardian and former journalist for BBC. He has published several articles on … Continued

We are in conversation with professor Gary Dorrien talking about the history of the black social gospel tradition that included socialism and humanism and that heavily influenced Martin Luther King Jr. views of Christianity. Guest: Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of eighteen books … Continued

A conversation on eighteenth-century philosopher Denis Diderot and the battle over his encyclopedia which was considered to be full of subversive stuff.  Diderot challenged virtually all of his century’s accepted truths, from the sanctity of monarchy, to the racial justification of the slave trade, to the norms of human sexuality.  He is considered a prophetic philosopher  … Continued

We talk to Professor Thomas E. Mann about the history of the government shutdowns including the current one. Professor Mann explains the politics and the implications of the shutdowns. Guest: Thomas E. Mann is Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Resident Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.