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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:

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 thepoint 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 to re-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


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

Wednesday 6th June 2018

Prins was invited by the Santa Fe Lannan Foundation to give one of their prestigious talks. She is a former Wall Street executive turned whistle blower. Prins is a writer, investigative journalist, and public speaker. The author of six books, she is well-known for the exposé It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street and All the Presidents’ Bankers, a narrative about the relationships between presidents and key bankers over the past century and their impact on domestic and foreign policy. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, The Nation, and other publications, and she is a frequent TV and radio commentator. Governments and policy institutes throughout the world [ . . . ] Read More


The Union of Democratic Communications presents Sut Jhally

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Sut Jhally is the 2018 recipient of the Dallas Smythe Award At a time of Facebook data sales to advertisers and political campaigns – when manipulated media and advertising play an overwhelming role in the selection for political office, there is a renewed focus on organizations that analyze propaganda and deception in the mass media. At their 2018 Conference in Chicago the Union of Democratic Communications honored Sut Jhally for his three decades of media activism. Sut Jhally, is professor in the Communication Department at UMass, Amherst. His interests include advertising and consumer culture, and the intersection of ideology, consciousness, and politics. Jhally is the founder of the Media Education Foundation. MEF produces films that inspire critical reflection on the social, political [ . . . ] Read More


Abby Martin– Global Conflict and Independent Media

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

At the beginning of May 2018 the Union for Democratic Communications held a conference in Chicago on Media, Resistance, and Justice. It was attended by journalists, media producers, policy analysts, academics and activists. They want to stem the tide of misinformation and omission. The Internet and alternative independent broadcasters have made some extraordinary contributions, but compared to the millions reached by for profit broadcasters they have only small audiences. Abby Martin bridges both worlds – however the networks she was and is affiliated with, Russia Today – RT and teleSUR, are shunned and denigrated by the current US government and the corporate media. Born In Oakland in 1984 Abby Martin had already started her own anti-war citizen journalism project in 2009 with the [ . . . ] Read More


The Life and Times of Utah Phillips (TWO of TWO) Archive– updated

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Honoring Utah Phillips on the tenth anniversary of his passing  From the archives of TUC Radio – this is a celebration of his life and an account, in his own words, of how he became an activist. In this Part TWO Utah talked about founding the Poor People’s Party, working with the MormonChurch, the Black Panthers and Judi Bari, and how he became involved with the Singer Songwriters movement. He closed with moving, enduring advice on how to work and organize together. In the early-1960s, Phillips was involved with Fair Play for Cuba and the struggle for open housing laws in Utah. In 1968, he was nominated and campaigned for the U.S. Senate on the Peace and Freedom ticket. The experience [ . . . ] Read More


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