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Time Of Useful ConsciousnessMaria Gilardin learned radio in the KPFA news department in 1980 and was one of the founders of the women's department.

She co-wrote the GATT Guide for the Earth Summit in Rio, was founding producer of the national weekly public-affairs show 'Making Contact', and is a member of the International Forum on Globalization.

Maria GilardinSince 1993, Maria has written and produced radio on global trade and great ideas of local resistance to globalization.

Founder and director of TUC Radio (Time of Useful Consciousness), an independent radio production and distribution organization (1992-present).

Founding producer, “Making Contact,” a weekly public affairs program on 125 stations via satellite (1994).

TUC's homepage is here: http://www.tucradio.org/


TUC Radio Show Archive:

Rebecca Gordon on Nicaragua and Central America

Wednesday 15th August 2018

an Interview by Community Radio host Jeffrey Blankfort Dr. Rebecca Gordon begins with a short history of the Nicaraguan revolution since 1978/79. She describes what the Sandinistas had done for the people of Nicaragua in terms of health, education, and dignity, but is quick to point that neither Pres. Danny Ortega or today’s Sandinista movement bears any political resemblance to the Sandinistas of the 80s who captured the world’s imagination and ire of the United States, which has a long and ugly history of intervening in Nicaragua. In particular via the Honduras based and trained Contra. She points out how Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo had come back into power after making political alliances with the extreme right; and [ . . . ] Read More


Coyote is The Government– The Fire Next Time?

Tuesday 7th August 2018

Mr. Willard Rhodes, Itsatawi – Pit River As California burns in the summer of 2018 I remember the words of a Native American Elder. I met him 20 years ago at the gathering of the Pit River Tribes below Mount Shasta, California. Mr Willard Rhodes told me the story of Coyote who seduced the people into violating the laws of Nature and of right living and how Old Man, the Creator, responded. It reminded me then – and even more so now – of the African American spiritual God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time! With one important difference. In the story told by Willard Rhodes the Creator punishes transgressions by sending first the ice and [ . . . ] Read More


Kate Raworth: How modern economics has failed the poor–

Tuesday 31st July 2018

and wrecked the earth while making a few people very rich Renegade Economists – Rebroadcast Kate Raworth says that economics dominate public policy and our decision-making for the future. It guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. However economic theories as taught today are centuries out of date. That’s why it is time, Raworth says, to revise our economic thinking for the 21st century. From Kate Raworth’ 35 minute talk I chose her fascinating retelling of the history of economics from Adam Smith to Paul Samuelson and her indictment of neoliberalism, market fundamentalism and the universally imposed system of economic growth, expressed in the GPD, the Gross Domestic [ . . . ] Read More


Kate Raworth: Why it’s time for a new version of human prosperity

Wednesday 25th July 2018

Rebroadcast from the Renegade Economists series of 2017 Kate Raworth came to international attention in 2017 with the publication of her most recent book: Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st-Century Economist. She critiques the Gross Domestic Product system of accounting – including the so-called Green or sustainable growth models. In Kate Raworth’ doughnut model the goal is to raise the well being of humans trapped inside the doughnut hole, while placing limits on climate change and pollution that are near or have crossed the outer circle of the doughnut. Kate Raworth is teaching at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Over the last two decades she has worked as Senior Researcher at [ . . . ] Read More


Paul Grignon: Money as Debt (TWO of TWO)

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Updated Version, July 2018 An independent movie on the question “Where does money come from?” became the most successful film on banking on the internet and was praised by notables like Catherine Austin Fitts, David Korten, Hazel Henderson, and Tom Greco. This update of TUC Radio’s 2009 Film on Radio version opens up concepts for groundbreaking bank reform and explains three astounding quotes by American presidents: “All of the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arises, not from the defects of the Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.” John Adams, Founding Father of the American Constitution “Whoever controls the volume of money in our country [ . . . ] Read More


Paul Grignon: Money as Debt (ONE of TWO)

Tuesday 10th July 2018

An independent movie on the question “Where does money come from?” became the most successful film on banking on the internet and was praised by notables like Catherine Austin Fitts, David Korten, Hazel Henderson, and Tom Greco. With over 2 million downloads between 2006 and 2009 and translated into 20 languages, the film has remained to this date one of the extraordinary teaching tools and inspiration for the monetary reform movement. This program is an update of TUC Radio’s 2009 Film on Radio version. Even though Grignon has since produced two sequels that deal with bailouts, and stimulus packages, and how to create a nurturing economy, this first film remains a must see in the opinion of Korten, Greco, Elizabeth Kucinich, [ . . . ] Read More


Yanis Varoufakis: Is Capitalism Devouring Democracy?

Wednesday 4th July 2018

How Capitalism Fails The two June 2018 programs by TUC radio with the economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis drew such a huge response that we are following up with an extraordinary excerpt from a May 9, 2018, talk at the Cambridge Forum. In that talk Yanis Varoufakis makes the point that democracy and capitalism are incompatible. However capitalism also can’t maintain itself – he says – it is a self devouring system. And he invites us today to resolve the question of who is going to survive, democracy or the global financial system. In this excerpt of his near two hour talk Varoufakis traces the origins of the current economic crisis from 1929 through the New Deal through [ . . . ] Read More


Yanis Varoufakis: How Capitalism Works— and How It Fails (TWO of TWO)

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Questions and Answers There are few people with the expertise, life experience and conviction that empower them to challenge the current economic system that is called capitalism. Yanis Varoufakis is one of them and he goes a step further than most by proposing reforms – not just for his home Greece, and the European Economic Union of which Greece is part, but for the banking systems that dominate the world these days. Yanis Varoufakis was already an internationally known economist and academic when he was elected to the Greek parliament as a member of the Syriza party. At the height of the Greek debt crisis he served as Minister of Finance from January to July 2015. Varoufakis denounced the troika of lenders [ . . . ] Read More


Yanis Varoufakis: How Capitalism Works— and How It Fails (ONE of TWO)

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy Yanis Varoufakis was already an internationally known economist and academic when he was elected to the Greek parliament as a member of the Syriza party. He served as Minister of Finance from January to July 2015. He resigned when Syriza broke its promise tore-negotiate Greece’s debt and significantly curtail the austerity measures which had led to the longest recession in post-war history. Varoufakis led negotiations with Greece’s creditors during this government-debt crisis. However, he failed to reach an agreement with them. This led to the 2015 Greek bailout referendum. He criticized the troika of Greece’s lenders, the IMF, the ECB, and the European Commission. They insisted on these bailout loans. Varoufakis said that [ . . . ] Read More


Nomi Prins– Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, Part TWO of TWO

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Nomi Prins in Conversation with Juliet Schor – Prins is a former Wall Street executive turned whistle blower. She worked as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, as a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns, and was a senior strategist at Lehman Brothers and an analyst at the Chase Manhattan Bank. She is the author of six books. Juliet Schor asks her specific questions about the content: All the Presidents’ Bankers, a narrative about the relationships between presidents and key bankers over the past century It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street In Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, Prins predicts that rising income inequality and an elite class bent on preserving its dominance [ . . . ] Read More


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