Sunday, June 1, 2008

This Brave Nation

I really think this new project could be subtitled This American Life meets front line thinkers and activists.

Greenwald's new series is launching today. It is quite amazing and fits into the picture of the changes that are needed and are happening around us. It is smart, personal and inspiring. Terrific visuals too.

In this first episode one of the things they touch on is the empowering possibility of new media. My favorite quite is "Being kept down by what we don't know is a diminishing proposition."

Episode 1;

Carl Pope & Van Jones
Sunday, June 1 2008
Environmentalism, New Media, Civil Rights, The Economy

In any other profession, Carl Pope might be considered a "company man." He has worked loyally and tirelessly in the name of the Sierra Club for thirty years, running the organization – the largest of its kind in the country – since 1992. Van Jones has founded several organizations within the last decade, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All. They both live in the Bay Area. They both care intensely about saving the environment. The thing is, they use very distinct methods, although the lines differentiating those methods are blurring as we race further into the 21st century. From the environment to the economy, from old fashioned door-to-door fliers to streaming internet video, Pope and Jones discuss the myriad elements effecting our lives today and the many possible solutions that are nearly within reach.

Each episode will be a conversation between two interesting people with great video work supporting and showing their stories. It is simple, straightforward and in that simplicity quite powerful.

Coming up in future episodes;

Bonnie Raitt & Dolores Huerta about Union Organizing, NAFTA, Human Rights, Feminism,
Nuclear Energy, Environmentalism

Pete Seeger & Majora Carter about Hudson River, Urban Renewal, Protest Music, Civil Rights Environmentalism

Anthony Romero & Ava Lowery about New Media, Iraq War, Bush Admin, Civil Liberties, Youth Activism, Gay Rights

Tom Hayden & Naomi Klein about Journalism, Global Economy, NAFTA, Iraq War, Feminism, "The Sixties"

Lots to look forward to.