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Alliance for Democracy radio:
"Corporations and Democracy"

"Corporations and Democracy" is hosted by AfD'ers in Mendocino County, California, on KZYX&Z-FM, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in Philo. The show features interviews with local and nationally-known activists and authors, focusing on  how corporate rule stands at odds with good policy on a range of issues. Tune in and learn what individuals and communities are doing to build better and more sustainable alternatives.

The crew includes Toni Rizzo (right, below), Lynda McClure, and Annie Esposito and AfD council member Steve Scalmanini (above), along with occasional guest hosts.

Former host Tom Wodetski and current host Toni Rizzo. Toni is now joined by co-host Linda McClure.
"Corporations and Democracy" is broadcast on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. Pacific, and is streamed live from the KZYX&Z-FM website. Shows are also archived here.

For information on rebroadcasting "Corporations and Democracy" on your own local community station, please contact the Alliance office at afd (at) thealliancefordemocracy (dot) org. Please also email us if you have suggestions for future topics, or have a question about the show. Thanks, and enjoy!

Looking for more pro-democracy media?

"Populist Dialogues" is produced by the Alliance's Portland (OR) Chapter for Portland Community Media and is shared on community access stations across the country. Hosted by AfD co-chair David Delk, the show features national and regional activists and focuses on a broad variety of issues. See past shows and learn more about rebroadcasting here.

Justice Rising is the Alliance's quarterly journal, featuring a wide spectrum of voices on building grassroots democracy. Check out past issues here; they can be downloaded as single page articles as well as complete issues.

Latest Shows:

What's at Stake in NAFTA Renegotiation?

September 12, 2017
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Plans are underway for a renegotiation of NAFTA—along with grave concerns about environmental and worker protections. In part 1, Will Wiltschko, the Director of California Trade Justice Coalition, will bring us up to date on the issues from a California workers’ perspective. In part 2, Celeste Drake, the trade and globalization policy specialist at the AFL-CIO, will look at the changes to trade agreements that are necessary to protect working families. Nancy Price, Alliance co-chair, represents AfD on the California Trade Justice Coalition Advisory Board.

Trump's Election Integrity Commission—Fix or Fraud?
July 11, 2017
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Jan Ben-Dor, Michigan voting rights and election integrity activist, is the guest, discussing the Trump administration's current push to "secure" US elections. Jan is a founding member of the Michigan Election Reform Alliance and a national board member of the National Election Defense Coalition, as well as a former Michigan election official.

Grassroots Activism Transforms a Company Town
June 13, 2017
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Steve Early, author of the new book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Making of an American City explains how Richmond, California went through a decade of grassroots organizing that led to the political transformation of the city, making it one of the most progressive and safest in the nation.

Selected 2015-2017 Shows:

Community Rights Versus Corporate Rule
April 25, 2017
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For decades, Paul Cienfuegos has been studying, writing, and organizing in defense of communities versus corporate attacks on local rights, the environment, and public health. He joins Annie and Steve to discuss what it would mean, politically and culturally, to establish real democracy, and to introduce a new community rights organizing group, Communityrights.us.

A Trump Administration FDA & Top 10 Corporate Criminals
April 11, 2017
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In Part 1, Dr. Michael Carome, the director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, talks about the possible future of the Food and Drug Administration under President Trump. In Part 2, Annie and Steve go over Global Exchange's list of "Top Ten Corporate Criminals of 2016."

Thomas Linzey on Community Rights

February 14, 2017
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Annie and Steve will discuss the latest news from the Community Rights Movement and its implications in the current political climate with Thomas Linzey, co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and co-author of the new book We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States. Learn about community "civil disobedience," how the regulatory system only regulates environmentalists, and why we need to take the rights of nature seriously.

Michael Beckel on Record-Setting Money in the 2016 Elections
January 10, 2017Listen Here
The 2016 election season was another record-setter for donations and spending. Annie and Steve dig into where the money came from with Michael Beckel, politics reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. Michael covered the campaign finance beat for the Center, which produced the "Buying the President” series of reports.

Harri Hursti: "Was the Election Hacked?"

December 13, 2016
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Annie and Steve discuss “Was the election hacked?” with Harri Hursti, renowned expert on voting machine vulnerabilities. They look at the past election, issues with electronic voting machines, and how our elections may be less secure than we think they are. Hursti is featured in the documentary  “Hacking Democracy,” nominated for an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism.

David Barsamian on Alternative Media and Building a Movement of Resistance

November 22, 2016
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"Don't Mourn, Organize," is the message that author and radio host David Barsamian shares with Toni Rizzo and Lynda McClure. He talks about the state of alternative media and emphasizes collective action; callers weigh in with their good ideas as well.  

Election Day Talk with Jonathan Simon
November 8, 2016
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Election integrity expert Jonathan Simon is Steve and Annie's guest, discussing tonight's election results, what we have to do to ensure elections are accurate, and the new edition of his book, Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century.

Privatizing Tennessee and What's Up at the Mendo Lake CU?
October 11, 2016
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Annie Esposito talks to union researcher Melanie Barron about Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's plans to use executive authority to privatize all state-owned land, including parks and campuses, including how the union found out, and how they're working to stop it. In Part 2, catching up with changes at the Mendocino Lake Credit Union with retiring COP Richard Cooper.

The Iron River and Economic Activism against Private Prisons

September 13, 2016
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In part 1 of the show, a look at the Iron River, the deadly arms trade from the US to Mexico, with John Lindsay-Poland, of the Wage Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee. In the second half of the show, Economic Activism with Dalit Baum, also of AFSC, focusing on corporate involvement and privatization of the prison system here in the US, and what corporations also benefit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The DARK Act & How to Fund the Progressive Agenda

July 12, 2016
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Part 1 features a discussion of the DARK Act, regulating and limiting GMO labeling in a way that leaves many consumers with no easy way to find out what's in the food they buy. Pam Larry, of the California Right to Know campaign is the guest. In Part 2 of the show, Ellen Brown, author of Web of Debt and founder of the Public Banking Institute, talks about sidestepping Wall Street to fund a progressive agenda of green jobs, housing, health care and debt-free education.

The Looting of Puerto Rico & Defending Election Integrity
July 12, 2016
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In Part 1, Steve and Annie host Columbia University professor and author Ed Morales for a discussion of "The Looting of Puerto Rico," and how the solution to the island's debt crisis is purposely designed to fail. Part 2 features a look at the state of election integrity in the primaries, with local guest Jim Tarbell, editor of the Alliance's journal, Justice Rising, which will focus on this topic in an upcoming issue.

Corporations and the Military Prepare for Climate Change, But Who's Left Out?

May 10, 2016
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Annie Esposito interviews Nick Buxton, a communications consultant for Transnational Institute, and co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Seeking to Reshape a Climate-Changed World.
Adaptation to the climate crisis is desperately needed, but are the powerful opting for militarized responses that provide security for the few, instead of protecting the rights of the many?

Stripping and Flipping Elections and The Cold Dead Fish Awards

February 9, 2016
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In the first half of the show, Steve and Annie discuss “The Real Dangers to Democracy of a ‘Strip and Flip’ Election” with investigative journalist, author, and election protection activist Harvey Wasserman. In Part 2, sport fisherman, environmentalist, and Managing Editor of Fish Sniffer Magazine Dan Bacher announces The 2015 Cold Dead Fish Awards for egregious environmental damage to California’s waterways and fisheries.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

January 12, 2016Listen Here 
Annie and Steve discuss the recently released text of The Trans-Pacific Partnership—It’s worse than you think!—with Kathryn Johnson, Policy Impact Coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee’s Office for Public Policy, and Lua Masumi of the Citizens Trade Campaign.

The Transnational Capitalist Class

22, 2015Listen Here 
Guest Peter Phillips of Project Censored discusses the transnational capitalist class: who they are, how they came to power and what it means in our daily lives, with host Lynda McClure.

Community Rights Ordinances and the People's Authority to Rule

November 24, 2015Listen Here 
Lynda talks with Paul Cienfuegos, community rights organizer, about how towns across the country are using rights-based ordinances to block fracking, water mining and other extractive industries to go beyond the regulatory system and assert their right to protect their communities from environmental and economic harm.

Obsolete Technology Threatens Our Elections

November 10, 2015Listen Here 
In 2016, 43 states will be using voting machines that are at least ten years old. Some of these systems require long-abandoned data storage, print or telecommunications technology to function, others are simply starting to fall apart. Voting machine breakdowns contribute to long waits at the polls and lead to voters unable to cast a ballot. Christopher Famighetti, a researcher at the Brennan Center and co-author of a recent study, "America's Voting Machines at Risk," discusses the problem with Steve, Annie and listeners.

Benefit Corporations: More Than Profit

October 27, 2015Listen Here 
Toni Rizzo and Lynda McClure discuss the characteristics and process to create Benefit Corporations ("B Corporations") with Heather Paulsen, independent business management consultant who works with companies to achieve B-corp certification, and Tom Honer, owner of Harvest Markets in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, CA, which recently became a B Corporation.

News from Cuba, and Popular Education on Grassroots Power

September 8, 2015Listen Here 
Filmmaker and adult literary activist Catherine Murphy joins Steve and Annie for a discussion on Cuba, focusing especially on agriculture and food policy. Also, at the end of the show, Jim Tarbell and Cathy Durkee talk about two upcoming discussion classes on grassroots solutions to corporate rule.

An Interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva
August 25, 2015Listen Here 
Host Lynda McClure interviews Dr. Vandana Shiva, international expert on agriculture, GMOs, and the links between health, food sovereignty, and democracy. Note: Dr. Shiva will be speaking on Monday, September 7 at the Little Lake Grange, 291 School Street, in Willits, California; the event is a benefit for the Charter Project of Mendocino County.

What's Going On With the Grange? (and what exactly is the Grange?)
August 11, 2015Listen Here
The National Grange is a fraternal and support organization for farmers dating from the 1860s, but its relationship with its California affiliates is fraying. Today's guests, Greg Krause of the Anderson Valley Grange, and Michael Foley, a farmer and Little Lake Grange member, talk about the controversy, as well as the history of the Grange and how its activism has benefited rural communities.

Fighting the "Strip-Mall-ification" of Small Towns
June 23, 2015Listen Here
Community opposition is running high to a proposed Dollar General store in the very small village of Redwood Valley, California. Today's show looks at the legal, social and economic issues as residents fight a big corporate chain store.

Frost Fans, Noise and Neighbors

June 23, 2015Listen Here
Some vineyards in Anderson Valley are using huge "frost fans" to circulate air on cold nights to prevent damage to the grapes, but these fans are also loud enough to impact neighbors' sleep and health. Toni, Lynda and callers talk with Rod Jones, a local attorney who has worked on noise and right-to-farm ordinances, and Wendy Read, from the Campaign for Quiet Nights and Anderson Valley Red Eyes. 

Mondragon and Developing County-level Cannabis Policy

June 9, 2015Part 1: Listen HerePart 2: Listen Here 
Part 1 of today's show comes to us from Building Bridges Radio and features an interview with economist Frederick Freundlichis on Mondragon, the long-lived and successful worker-owned coop in the Basque region of Spain. In Part 2, Annie and Steve talk to organizers for a ballot initiative to establish a Mendocino County cannabis commission, which will recommend policy to the county's Board of Supervisors with the goal of protecting local growers and small farms as the state moves toward legalization.

Foreign Money in Local Elections & Trade Agreements v. Local Laws
May 12, 2015Part 1: Listen HerePart 2: Listen Here 
In Part 1, Annie Esposito and Steve Scalmanini welcome Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist for Public Citizen, for a look at foreign money in state and local elections. In Part 2, they talk with Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Director of International Strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, on how local-preference laws are threatened by international trade agreements.

Water Profiteers and Trade Agreements
April 14, 2015 Listen here 
Ruth Caplan, the Alliance's Defending Water for Life campaign coordinator, discussed global trade agreements and their impact on the commodification of water. James Sago Clark reported from Sacramento, where #CrunchNestle Alliance is trying to shut a Nestle bottling plant that continues to process, bottle, and sell California water despite the record-setting drought.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

March 24, 2015Listen here 
Lynda and Toni talk with Arthur Stamoulis of Citizens Trade Campaign and Alliance for Democracy co-chair Nancy Price about this "NAFTA-on-steroids" trade pact, its potential impact, and what's being done to stop it. For more information on Alliance campaigns against the TPP, see our info and TPP Free Zones pages.

Right to Work Laws; Drone Warfare

March 10, 2015
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Steve and Annie talk to Brendan Fischer, general council for the Center for Media and Democracy, about right to work laws in Wisconsin and around the country.  In the second part of the show Gerry Condon and Helen Jacard from Veterans for Peace update us on the US drone program. (Starts at 26:00)

The Anti-Corruption Act
February 24, 2015
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Toni and Lynda talk with Michael St. James and Charles Cresson Wood about the American Anti-Corruption Act's role in opposing corporate rule locally and nationally.

The Greek Elections: Challenging austerity
February 10, 2015
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Annie and Steve discuss the recent Greek election and the rebellion against austerity measures with guest Costas Panayotakis, Professor of Sociology at The New York City College of Technology, and author of Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy.

The Hare Creek Development
January 27, 2015Listen here 
This week, a local issue: the proposed Hare Creek Shopping Center near Ft. Bragg, with the city's Community Development Director Marie Jones, and architect Debra Lennox.

Project Censored
January 13, 2015Listen here 
Steve and Annie talk with Andy Lee Roth, associate director of Project Censored and co-editor of Censored 2015: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2013-14, this year’s edition of the annual "news that didn’t make the news, and why."

How to Steal an Election II: Is the Fix Already In For 2016?

December 9, 2014Listen here 
Steve and Annie continue their talk with Jonathan Simon, co-founder and currently Executive Director of the Election Defense Alliance about how we can protect election integrity and threats to representative democracy in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race.

Also on the air and the web:
Other AfD members and supporters are involved with the following radio projects:
  • In Massachusetts: Truth and Justice Radio is hosted by North Bridge Alliance chapter member Stan Robinson
  • In Oklahoma: Voices of Oklahoma is online and hopes to be on the air as a non-commercial source for information and culture serving McClain, Garvin, and southern Cleveland counties
  • In California: The Alliance's Tapestry of the Commons project has two-minute audio explorations of the concept of the commons for free use on the air.