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Davis Futures Forum presents Robert Liberty

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Davis Futures Forum presents

"Lessons for the Davis General Plan-- How Downtown Portland Got Hot-- and So, So Cool!"

Presentation and discussion with Robert Liberty, Former Director, Thousand Friends of Oregon.   Current Director of Urban Sustainabililty Accelerator at Portland State University.

Recorded at Davis City Chambers by Davis Media Access on March 19, 2017.

Populist Dialogues - The Remaking of an American City with Steve Early

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Steve Early talks with host David Delk about his new book, Refinery Town - Big Oil, Big Money, And The Remaking Of An American City. Richmond CA has historically been a company town. The company has been Chevron. Steve talks about the formation of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and the transformation of Richmond into a progressive light port on the west coast. The role special interest money has played is a large part of the story as is how the RPA has used reforms lke public funding of political candidates and "tag" lines on political ads to take control of the city government.

Populist Dialogues - Climate Jobs and Community Solar

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Host David Delk talks with Mark Darienzo and Joana Kirchhoff with Climate Jobs Portland. They discuss the organization's origins and purpose in presenting labor to environmental organization, recognizing the unions need to join in the movement for a renewable, and a sustainable energy economy. Then we talk about community solar, described as providing a chance for Oregonians to invest in solar power even if they individually cannot purchase and install their own solar system. Community Solar is designed to help people work together for the good of the environment and the community.

Populist Dialogues - Big Farms Make Big Flu

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Host David Delk interviews evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agricbusiness, And The Nature of Science. Rob talks about how as we have industrialized animal production, we have also industrialized pathogen production. Pathogens like influenza, Zika, Ebola, Swine and bird flu and more.

He notes that the economic model of industrialized agriculture drives the evolution and spread of deadly pathogens. And asks the question, "How do we get our economy to start speaking to our ecology by which we grow our food?"

Populist Dialogues - Trump loses popular vote but becomes President - what do we do?

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Host David Delk talks with Joan Horton, treasurer of Alliance for Democracy - Portland, and board member of national Alliance for Democracy. The topic is the Electoral College and how the national popular vote proposal would end the problem the current system creates - a candidate who does not receive the highest number of popular votes becoming president.

Joan also talks about the Alliance for Democracy and the various campaigns it is involved with, because the Issue is not the issues, it is the system.

Populist Dialogues - TTIP advances “Free Trade” corporate agenda

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Our guest is Nicolas Roux with Friends of the Earth-France. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is now dead but negotiations on the US-European Union corporate trade agreement continues. We talk about what TTIP is, who benefits and who is harmed, and talk about the Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement provisions which create such great damage around the world. We also focus on corporate efforts to extend drug patents and the danger to food safety via the provisions in the TTIP.

Populist Dialogues - So Rich, So Poor

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Host David Delk talks with Rev. Kate Lore, Social Justice Minister for the First Unitarian Church in Portland. The detrimental effects of the ever increasing economic and social inequalities in the United States today are expressed through Kate Lore's personal experiences as well as scientific studies. Thoughts on what we do to address these issues are presented.

Populist Dialogues - A Personal History of the John Birch Society

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Claire Conner, author of Wrapped In The Flag, speaks at the First Unitarian Church about her new book and her history as the daughter of two original John Birch Society members in Chicago. She talks about being the youngest member at age 13 and how she came to realize the true character of the society, causing her to change into a liberal critic and activist. She warns that the John Birch Society continue to live on in the Tea Party today and other far right organizations and the importance of being united against the far right.

Populist Dialogues - Why Not Nuclear? The Case Against Nuclear Power

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Guest David Hill is a volunteer working with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility on their program to stop the use of nuclear power. He delivers a modified version of his power point presentation: “Why Not Nuclear? The Case Against Nuclear Power.” He provides a broad overview of how nuclear works (fission vs fusion), the environmental and health dangers of nuclear energy, discussion of Fukushima and the Columbia Generating Station at Hanford and why it needs to be closed down.

Populist Dialogues - Our last hope, Natures Trust Law

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Guest Mary Wood, Faculty Director of the University of Oregon Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program, speaks with us about the use of nature trust law to bring us back from the fossil fuel induced environmental tipping point. She notes that our elected leaders as well as our regulatory agencies have been captured by the corrupting influence of the fossil fuel industries. Now we use he third branch of government to protect the environment.