Archive for 2009

Is War Necessary to Create Peace?

December 18th, 2009 | post a comment

The following is an except from the speech by President Barak Obama when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace: “So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly inreconcilable truths — that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly. Concretely, we must direct our effort […]

The Business of Peace

December 18th, 2009 | 1 comment

“A just peace includes not only civil and political rights — it must encompass economic security and opportunity. For true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want.” – President Obama (quoting FDR)  as he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace. You can watch and read the full speech here. The above […]

The Cronie Capitalism Show

December 11th, 2009 | 3 comments

In the week that the UK announced it will tax bank bonuses, and Goldman Sachs has been bullied into changing their policy on bonuses, we at Business Matters, will add our voice to the chorus of anti-big-bank-shouting.  This week on the show, we’ll explore the clandestine relationship between bankers and the government, and ask we […]

When Will We Ever Learn

December 11th, 2009 | post a comment

I was wondering this morning about what it takes to learn life’s lessons. We hold ourselves out to be the most advanced species on the planet. Yet our behaviors just don’t seem to uphold this point of view. Think of it this way, a zebra is walking along the edge of the jungle when he […]

Fighting Back Against Consumerism

December 4th, 2009 | post a comment

This holiday season we’re meeting people who are creating powerful counter-messages to the onslaught of pro-consumption propaganda that we’re all bombarded with every year around this time. Listen to the Full Episode| Download MP3 [audio:] Kalle Lasn – Founder, Adbusters Download MP3 [audio:] –Buy Nothing Day –Digital Detox Week Sarah Haskins – Writer, Infomania Download […]

December 4, 2009 – Activism

December 4th, 2009 | post a comment

As we were putting together the Business Matters program on consumerism, I was reminded of the long history of activism here in the US. I think of activism as doing something intentionally to bring about social, political, economic or environmental change. Over 200 years ago, people just like you and I felt that the system […]

The Thanksgiving Show

November 20th, 2009 | 1 comment

Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and although it can be a time of stress, travel, and visiting relatives we might rather forget we’re related to, it’s also a time to eat, a time to give and share with the people we […]

Reforming Health Care

November 13th, 2009 | post a comment

Less than a year since Barack Obama took office as president, but the battle over how to reform our employed-based-insurance health care system has been going on for a half-century. President Obama has made it his top priority to win this battle. Last weekend the House of Representatives passed the most far reaching health care […]

One Person Makes a Difference

November 6th, 2009 | post a comment

This week: Banksters and Bailout Bandits. Do individuals have a chance against the mighty banking dragons? We’ll talk people who have taken on the banks and learn how community organizations are networking nationwide to fight for economic justice. We’ll meet an organizer on Chicago’s North Side who’s pushing back against the banks who are pushing […]

Measuring and Fighting Poverty

October 30th, 2009 | 2 comments

This week on Business Matters, we’re exploring exactly how many Americans are living below the poverty line and how to change it. Find out how our system for measuring poverty was developed more than four decades ago and how we compare to other developed countries in poverty levels. Also, we’ll learn about a new strategy […]

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