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The Big Picture

The Big Picture with Holland Cooke tackles the latest in political news, debates, commentary and more. The program airs live every Friday at 1:30 PM ET, with re-runs at 7 PM and 10:30 PM EM on Friday and Mondays at 01:30 PM ET.

Aug 17, 2019 07:38

Horrors in Hiroshima to nuclear nonchalance now?

Holland Cooke sits down with American university professor Peter Kuznick to break down his recent visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for their respective commemorations of the atomic bombings in 1945.

Then, ‘Beyond Nuclear’ founder Linda Pentz Gunter discusses how heads of state may be preaching peace and non-proliferation, yet the global nuclear arms race and shifts toward nuclear energy appear to fuel a very different narrative. When will we finally wake up to the devastating possibility of NUCLEAR GONE WRONG?

Holland Cooke talks shop with radio programming consultant Jay Clark and publisher of Talkers Magazine Michael Harrison about the lasting impact that the Woodstock generation has had on our world today, specifically on our valuation and consumption of media. The legendary music festival unified swathes of young Americans and promoted counter-culture to the mainstream, all while the US suffered a social rift over its involvement in the Vietnam War.

Aug 10, 2019 09:15

Travelers beware: USA now a high-risk destinationThe Big Picture

Holland Cooke discusses with World BEYOND War Executive Director David Swanson the exact implications that the American gun epidemic is having overseas. Other countries are now urging citizens to take precautions when traveling to the US, citing public safety concerns in the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. To examine the psychological effect these chilling tragedies have on Americans, specifically children and teens, psychotherapist Mark Rutherford gives his take on the current social landscape that has NORMALIZED preparedness for possible mass shootings in our own neighborhoods. Holland Cooke hosts a panel discussion between civil rights activist Perry Redd and retired DC police officer Ronald Hampton to unpack just what’s been done regarding police accountability and use of force since the violent Ferguson protests, which erupted over the killing of 18 year-old Michael Brown. Five years on, the unfortunate truth is violent escalations in police brutality remain a serious threat to the lives specifically of black Americans.

Aug 3, 2019 10:13

Former governor Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura’s smackdown on Trump

Holland Cooke talks shop with former Minnesota governor, actor, author, and wrestler Jesse Ventura about the current tumultuous state of affairs under the Trump administration. Having taken his stardom from the wrestling ring to governorship, Ventura wrote the playbook in many ways for the rise of celebrities across our political landscape. Holland Cooke hosts a panel discussion between legal & media analyst Lionel and radio host Dave Graveline about the inherent privacy risks of a ‘smart home’ INUNDATED with technology that’s CONSTANTLY listening to and analyzing every word we say. Just how much of ourselves are we willing to share with devices like Amazon’s Alexa? What are steps we can take to keep our private lives PRIVATE?

Jul 27, 2019 09:21

Just how did the US end up sparring with Iran?

Holland Cooke sits down with political activist and historian Sahar Morano to understand what factors, historical and recent, have created the hot mess engulfing foreign relations between the US and Iran. Morano cites the US-backed removal of Iran’s democratically elected leader back in the 1950s as a catalyst for animosity between the two countries. Fast forward to President Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and levying crippling sanctions on the country, and conversation pivots to whether Iran’s nuclear program is a legitimate security threat, or just the latest fearmongering tactic employed by US war-hawks thirsting for further conflict, perhaps with Iran’s oil supply on their minds. PLUS, founder of BeyondNuclear.org Linda Pentz Gunter joins the show to talk about how little emphasis is being placed on the GRAVE repercussions of nuclear energy gone awry. Long-outdated infrastructure among nuclear sites across the continental US receive little federal funding to ensure the safety of nearby populations. Why aren’t more of our federal dollars being allocated toward the prevention of nuclear disaster? Holland Cooke discusses with author and UC Berkeley scholar Dr Gray Brechin the proposed removal of a mural from George Washington High School in San Francisco. The fresco depicts George Washington among Native Americans and slaves working on Washington’s Mt Vernon plantation, and has sparked controversy between those seeking to protect today’s youth from racially charged imagery, and those who wish to preserve historical depictions of unsavory acts. THEN, host of RT America’s Redacted Tonight and comedian Lee Camp broadens the discussion of ‘white-washing’ history, calling back to his roots in Richmond, VA, the former capital of the Confederacy immersed in symbolism of a bygone era. Camp expands the discussion of re-writing history to freedom of speech within the world of comedians. He gives his perspective on how ‘political correctness’ has reshaped the landscape of comedy.

Jul 20, 2019 08:31

The immigration crisis! How did we get here?

The immigration crisis! Most of what you see and hear and read elsewhere seems to be the consequence of failed policy. Holland Speaks with Dan Kovalik, professor of International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and New York radio, TV commentator, and RT contributor Steve Malzberg about what caused this crisis and whether we are about to make the same mistakes in the Middle East. Fifty years ago, the biggest news story in history: Man sets foot on the Moon! What have we learned and what’s the future of NASA? Holland speaks with longtime network space correspondent and author John Bisney about all the issues we have here on Earth, and all that it costs to explore The Final Frontier.

Jul 13, 2019 08:02

Will the US strike Iran? & LA earthquakes and the dangers of their aftermath

Amid confrontations in the crowded Persian Gulf, is there hope for resetting the JCPOA nuclear deal, even as it’s falling apart? Holland discusses everything Iran with former CIA counter-terrorism specialist Philip Giraldi. Then, a conversion with journalist and author Harvey Wasserman on the LA earthquakes: aftershocks, aftermath, and the looming threat that 10 million Los Angeles residents could suffer radioactive ruin. Holland Cooke discusses whether we’ve lost the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean with author Bron Taylor, an environmental studies scholar at the University of Florida and a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center.