Joseph Baker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at East Tennessee State University. His latest book, American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems, co-authored with Buster G. Smith, explores the rise of secularity in the United States. Why are more and more people identifying as "non-religious" and what are the forces shaping this change? Religion and secularism from a sociological point of view. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Guest Clive Spash is an economist who writes, researches and teaches on public politcy with an emphasis on economic and environmental interactions.He is currently Chair of Public Policy and Governance in the Department of Socio- 57:11 minutes (78.54 MB)
Paul Sowards is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army in Wilsonville, Oregon. He says the organization has saved his
life as well as let him reach out to people in his own unique way. But for a secular community like Portland, the
Salvation Army is viewed skeptically for its views on physician assisted suicide, marriage and abortion. Don Merrill
talks with ordinary people about their strong reactions to bell ringers and the Salvation Army in an effort to understand
and explain them. He also talks with Portland Salvation Army Regional Coordinator, Major Nancy Diehle.
15:01 minutes (13.74 MB)
Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, reads from his book, followed by commentary on the Occupy movement by journalist Arun Gupta, founder of the Indypendent and the Occupy Wall Street Journal. Recorded at the Portland Q Center, at an event sponsored by the Reading Frenzy on November 11, 2015. 34:08 minutes (31.25 MB)
This week: Part two of our coverage of the Drug Policy Alliance's International Reform Conference. We hear from Dawn Paley, author of Drug War Capitalism; Lorenzo Jones from the A Better Way Foundation; and Amanda Reiman from the Drug Policy Alliance. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about the growing movement for prison reform--and why conservatives are joining progressives in calling for an end to mass incarceration, long sentences, and the extensive use of solitary confinement. Jan and Mike talk about some of the challenges in separating the rhetoric from the real reforms, and some of the dilemmas for activists around prison politics.