PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Chris Hedges: American Empire Collapse: It is About to Get Exponentially Worse” / Julianna Forlano / act.tv ☮

Julianna welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Chris Hedges, to discuss how in his current book, America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges takes a close look at the array of pathologies that have arisen out of a profound malaise of hopelessness as the society disintegrates due to the “slow moving [corporate] Coup d’état” instituted by the ruling classes in the ’70s in reaction to the activist movements and reforms of the ’60s. And how this disintegration has resulted in an epidemic of diseases, despair, and a civil society that has ceased to function. You may know Chris from reading one of his best-selling books including American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class. Or his weekly interview show On Contact where he interviews “dissident voices” currently missing from the mainstream media, the black sheep of the establishment, leading to discussions that are not easy to find. Chris is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His latest book is “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018).

INTELLECTUALISM: “Stephen Fry on Religion” / The Origins Podcast / Lawrence Krauss ☮

The Origins Podcast is now a part of the Origins Project Foundation. Consider supporting the podcast and the Origins Project Foundation at http://www.originsprojectfoundation.org. In this inaugural clip from the new partnership, Stephen and Lawrence discuss Religion from a variety of perspectives, touching on intellectual laziness, the feeling that we can and should be better people, and the how joy of discovering that learning more about how things actually work enhances, rather than detracts, from the awe and wonder of the Universe.