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Shift Shapers (Pole Reversal Radio)

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You're here because you know something. What you know, you can't explain; you can just feel it - something's wrong with the world. It could be the scorched, flooded earth of climate change, the greenhouse sky, or sea life strangled by pollutants, that can't be hidden from you any more. Nor can the hyper-growth economy that spewed it all. It now stalks the landscape, an undead, non-living corporate "person", eating away the jobs and money that once ate our brains, a zombie searching the ruins of our world for another jugular vein of oil. You don't have to take the Red Pill to see it. The voices on our ShiftShapers podcast will tear away the veils that the world of empire has pulled over your eyes, so you can navigate the desert of the real. We've interviewed authors and experts in the fields of climate, energy resources, psychology and human rights, and posted them for you. In our blog, we let you know where we see the glitches in the matrix. We didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. But our interviews and blog postings can give you some clues. Step over the threshold. Welcome to the ShiftShapers tribe.

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Some no-brainers take a while to find their place in the public mind. Take for example the concept of community-generated electric power. Officially called Community Choice Aggregaton (CCA), it allows cities or counties to replace a... more

How does a city crawl out from under the black-smoked shadow of a refinery that has dominated its western edge for over 100 years? In this 38-minute interview, Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, CA tells us that the key is staying... more

Got some knowledge that hasn't gotten through in the climate debate? Giving a speech and need some tips? Want to speak words that really hit people where they live? Scientist, author and renowned blogger Dr. Joseph Romm has... more

An attorney's work does not get more complex or high-profile than this: His client, Julian Assange, set up a whistle-blowing web site called WikiLeaks, obtained thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and video of war crimes, and disseminated... more

On July 21, police shot and killed 25-year old Manuel Diaz in Anaheim, CA. The killing sparked days of protests and received widespread media attention. Diaz was unarmed and was the eighth Anaheim Police shooting in a year. Only... more

Police shootings in Anaheim, CA and days of protests that followed, received widespread media attention in the last week of July. Most reports left out one disturbing connection: America's list of unarmed civilians killed by police has... more

This is the 4th installment in our ShiftShapers series exploring the New Economy. All the previous speakers in our New Economy series have mentioned the example of the thriving, worker-owned Mondragon cooperatives. In this... more

This is the 3rd interview in our ShiftShapers series about the New Economy. Anyone who says single-payer medical care or the Social Security system are examples of socialism, "doesn't know what they're talking about," asserts Carl... more

This is Part 2 of our ShiftShapers series on the New Economy These days if a bank is stable, hasn't been bailed out and is actively lending money to stimulate local development, that would be unusual. You might even say it's against the... more

It's more than a recession, worse than stagnation or even depression. Noel Ortega, with the Institute for Policy Studies' New Economy Working Group, believes that Wall Street gambling and speculation have played themselves out... more
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