Current & Evergreen Discussions
General Russel Honoré on Gulf Coast Resilience
Leila Conners speaks with General Russel Honoré aka the Ragin Cajun, about the Gulf Coast and it's experience with hurricanes. The Gulf Coast is not only in hurricane alley, but also "cancer alley" or a "chemical alley" because of the large amount of chemical refineries in the area. The General speaks of the health impacts of the chemicals as well as the recovery efforts from the hurricanes.
Dr. Jonna Mazet on How to Prevent Future Pandemics
Leila Conners spoke with Dr. Jonna Mazet about how to better prepare for future pandemics. Future pandemics will emerge and there is a plan to figure out ahead of time where that pandemic may emerge and how to respond quickly. The discussion covers virus basics, where they emerge and what to do about them.
Daniel Ellsberg Discussion
This interview with Daniel Ellsberg was conducted after an event for Cinema for Peace in a hotel lobby and therefore the audio is a bit challenging and for this we apologize. The discussion focused on the new nuclear arms race and how President Gorbachev's call for "a new thinking" back in 1983, when envisioning national security, is something that should be called for today as well. Ellsberg also shares his opinion about the alt-right and how the advent of Trump not only exposes the prevalence of the alt-right in America but also the ongoing nuclear arms race that started prior to Trump but continues today.
John Trudell on Being Human
"In the race to midnight, it is well after 11." This discussion was conducted in 2005 for The 11th Hour by Leila Conners. The discussion covers Trudell's worldview that encompasses his call for humans to return to their intelligence and their humanity to forge a pathway forward. His responses to the questions now seem prophetic. John Trudell was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969,broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career. He acted in films in the 1990s. The documentary Trudell (2005) was made about him and his life as an activist and artist.