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President Donald Trump seems to be doing his best to shake up the world order he inherited from his predecessors.

He's questioned the value of established alliances, and pulled back from international agreements.

Trump's actions have also given a boost to a global trend toward nationalism and populism.

That worries Susan Rice — former National Security Adviser to President Barack Obama. But she says the model of Western democracy hasn't entirely collapsed, at least not yet.


01/15/15 - Is there a growing cynicism among our population in regard to regular people and government?   Is Congress truly the dysfunctional body described in the media?

Join us for Thursday’s Topical CurrentsWell begin with Sam Daley-Harris, who heads the Washington, D. C. based, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.  His views may surprise.  And more at 1:30 . . . Linda Gassenheimer with the winner of this year’s Miss Universe cooking contest.  The contestants cook beloved recipes from their home countries. That’s Thursday on Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1.

07/07/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents delves into our fractious politics and the need for convergent action if we are to reassert the will of the people. Attorney, author, political activist, and four-time presidential candidate, Ralph Nader has a new book that lays out the path forward.

New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

Nov 1, 2013
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With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.

Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.

Reclaiming Our Democracy

Oct 14, 2013


10/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with “social entrepreneur” Sam Daley-Harris. A Miami native, he founded the public interest group RESULTS, in 1980, and was instrumental in the microcredit movement.  His book, RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY:  Healing the Break Between People and Government has been updated and reprinted for a 20th Anniversary Edition.


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07/16/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with University of Illinois professor and co-founder Robert McChesney, whose latest book is DIGITAL DISCONNECT:  How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. He wonders if a society drenched in commercial

06/12/13 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Humboldt State University Senior Research Fellow Ray Raphael.  A prolific author, Raphael’s latest work is CONSTITUTIONAL MYTHS:  What We Get Wrong and How to Get It RightOne myth is that the Founding Fathers wanted limited government.  Instead, they created a republic, rather than a democracy. Another is the Bill of Rights.  It was initially opposed by each state delegation. Learn more on Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
Guillermo Esteves

This Sunday, Venezuelans return to the polls for yet another presidential election.

This vote is to replace the late Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last month after winning re-election in October.

Interim president Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's former vice president, has tried to embody his former boss as he runs for the permanent job. The man who was defeated in the fall -- Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles -- is waging a more aggressive campaign.

08/08/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a 20th Century “Social Justice Hall of Fame,” compiled by Occidental College professor Peter Dreier.  It chronicles activists, thinkers and politicians who challenged injustice and promoted democracy.  His list of vignettes includes Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel . . . and even Bruce Springsteen.