Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman is on her national speaking tour to celebrate 20 years of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and the release of her most recent book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.
Returning to the Cambridge Forum, Amy talks about the most pressing issues facing our democracy today, the 2016 presidential election, and reflects on the past twenty years of covering the heroes at the forefront of movements for change in America.
Recorded May 10, 2016
Cambridge Forum examines the plight of honey bees with the help of Noah Wilson-Rich from Best Bees and apiarist David Hackenberg of Buffy Bees from Lewisburg, PA. If you care about the future of food and want to learn more about how to ensure the survival of our precious honey bees, please plan to attend.
Bees don’t just make honey, they pollinate a third of our food supply. But bee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate in the US. In addition to being ecologically essential, bees are highly social and complex creatures that are vulnerable to a barrage of attacks ranging from parasitic mites to pesticides and herbicides.
James Miner, Principal of urban design and planning at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, has focused much of his practice on creating more sustainable communities for future generations. Miner lectures and writes extensively on the various ways in which local food can be used to promote economic development and other advantages.
Jessie Banhazl, founder and CEO of Green City Growers, who over the past five years has proven that sustainable agriculture can be both healthy and profitable. Last year, she planted a barren rooftop at Fenway Park and it yielded 4,000 pounds of produce for urban farmers. By growing fresh food in the most unlikely places, Jessie is helping change people’s perception of what is possible by launching her own rooftop farming revolution.
The bulk of mainstream media in the U.S. is now owned by a handful of corporations that continue to gobble up smaller outlets and independent presses. Some say that we have created a perfect echo chamber and that the plurality of a free press is just a sad joke. Turning on the TV or scrolling through the headlines offers only the illusion of choice.
So is the media monopoly almost complete? Is there any cause for optimism in the new journalistic market place? In its pre-election coverage, does the national press corps reveal its true colors?
Our speakers include Lonnie Isabel. Isabel teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Isabel spent 25 years in the newspaper business, covering or directing the coverage of several presidential campaigns including the fabled 2000 election. He also ran the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s run for Senate, the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and just about every major national and international story of his generation. He has covered each national political convention since 1984.
Isabel has worked for Newsday, the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Oakland Tribune. After leaving Newsday as deputy managing editor in 2005, Isabel joined the newly-created CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where he started the International Reporting Program that has trained more than 75 journalists to cover international issues, and the International Journalist-in-Residence program that brings an endangered, targeted or threatened journalist each year to study and work at the school. He started at Columbia last year. He is co-author of a book to be released this summer, “Think/Point/Shoot: Media Ethics, Technology and Global Change”.
Peter S. Goodman is the Global Editor-In-Chief of the International Business Times, where he supervises more than 200 journalists across worldwide editions. He was previously Executive Business and Global News Editor for the Huffington Post, where he oversaw business, technology and international reporting while writing a column that earned a Loeb award for commentary. Goodman was the National Economic Correspondent for the New York Times during the Great Recession. There, he played a central role in “The Reckoning,” a series of stories on the roots of the 2008 financial crisis, which won a Loeb and was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. Goodman is the author of Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy.
Sam Fleming is Director of News and Programming at WBUR. He’s responsible for supervising a staff of 75, including news managers, producers, reporters, writers, editors, hosts and production staff. Under his direction, WBUR’s News Department has garnered more than 50 national and local awards recognizing the quality and depth of its news coverage. Fleming first worked at the station in 1981 as a general assignment reporter. In 1992, he became WBUR’s News Director, a position he held until 2004. In that role he oversaw the breadth, depth and daily workings of the news produced at WBUR and helped to manage the content of daily broadcasts in their diverse forms.
After the Paris terrorist attacks, many feel that the world has entered a new and terrible “reign of terror”. We start our new Deep Globalization series by considering the challenge of balancing security concerns with protecting our privacy. Can we track down terrorists who use encryption to communicate & coordinate attacks, while simultaneously safeguarding our own personal data?
Greg Nojeim directs the Freedom, Security, and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. The project is dedicated to keeping the Internet free and open and protecting privacy in the digital age against surveillance and government intrusion.
Daniel ‘DJ’ Rosenthal recently left the White House where he served as Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. While at the NSC, he advised President Obama and senior Administration officials on a wide range of matters including emerging cyber threats and the expanded use of new encryption technologies. Rosenthal also teaches “National Security Dilemmas” at the University of Maryland.
Richard Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. He was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama. His poems explore themes of Latino identity and place. In his latest memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Blanco reflects on his childhood growing up in Miami as a child of Cuban-exile parents. Blanco is the author of three poetry collections: Directions to The Beach of the Dead, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award; City of a Hundred Fires and Looking for The Gulf Motel. Blanco is a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and has taught at Georgetown and American universities. Listen to The Cuban Connection featuring poet Richard Blanco recorded at Cambridge Forum 12/16/2015:
Here are a few video highlights from the past year now available thanks to our partners: the WGBH Forum Network and the Lowell Institute.
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