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Peace Talks Radio was created to inform, inspire and improve the human condition. Topics include peacemaking and conflict resolution, social justice, media literacy, education, the environment, the performing arts, literature, the humanities, current events and public affairs.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:58amThis is the second of two programs exploring the special challenges of raising boys into becoming young men who DON’T turn to violence and crime and sexual domination. Young boys and sex will be the focus of this program. Among the statistics that we heard in the first program are these sex-related crimes – the super huge majority committed by men, young men or boys – 87% of stalkers are male, 86% of domestic violence assaults resulting in physical injury are done by males, 99% of rapes are committed by males. Some high profile rapes and shootings have involved a certain misogyny like the apparently misogynistic mass shooting in 2014 in Santa Barbara by a young man who seemed to be settling the score with young women who wouldn't go out with him. These cases have many of us wondering. Not wondering so much about where those messages are coming from. Everybody seems to know that although we debate which is more at fault, the misogynistic messages and perpetration of sexual myths come from other adults, sometimes in the same household as young boys, and they come from the media – books, magazines, movies, the internet, advertising, television. In a nation of freedom of speech and low government regulation, most seem to accept that doing anything about the media end of the equation seems to be a lost cause. A perhaps debatable conclusion which we’ve covered in other Peace Talks Radio programs on video game violence for example. But we also wonder how to counter or balance the impact of the many messages of sexual objectification and gender inequality that are aimed at our boys. And that’s where we’ll spend a good bit of our time with our guests today on Peace Talks Radio. Guests include: Dr. Victor Lacerva, co-founder of New Mexico Men’s Wellness and author of the book Masculine Wisdom ; Dr. Joseph Marshall, a former educator in San Francisco who left teaching behind to study and try to end youth violence. Also neuroscientist Dr. Lise Eliot from the Chicago Medical school and the author of a book Pink Brain Blue Brain. Suzanne Kryder hosts with Paul Ingles.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:20amStatistics show that males commit about 90% of all the murders and almost all of the other violent crime in the United States. On these programs, we’ve chosen to not just list the symptoms and multiple sources contributing to the culture of violence in the U.S., but to look upstream to learn what parents and the community can do to understand why some boys and men are drawn to violent themes and sometimes turn violent. We’re asking our panel, what we can do to catch our boys and young men before they fall into the abyss of the criminal justice system or worse, lose their lives and take others with them. Our next episode will focus on the sometimes confused takes on gender and sexual roles that young men sometimes develop - becoming misogynistic, domineering and sometimes violent in their intimate relationships. Suzanne Kryder hosts. Our guests include a former educator in San Francisco who left teaching behind to study youth violence and try to end it. Dr. Joseph Marshall runs the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers program there. "Street Soldier" is the name of one of his books on the subject. Also we’ll hear from Dr. Victor La Cerva, co-founder of New Mexico Men’s Wellness and author of the book "Masculine Wisdom". And we also visit with Dr. Lise Eliot of the Chicago Medical school about boys and men’s brains and hormones. She’s the author of the book "Pink Brain Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps – and What We Can Do About It".
Monday, August 4, 2014 2:53pmAugust 20, 2013, school clerk Antoinette Tuff was at her job at a Suburban Atlanta elementary school of 800 students. She was only temporarily filling in at the front office, when an agitated 20 year old man carrying an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition came in threatening to open fire. Now you may not remember this story because it only made news for about a day or two. There were no deaths, there was no community in mourning, no reporters camping out for the funerals a week later, and there was no shooter turning the gun on himself or a good guy with a gun finishing the suspect off. There was, however, Antoinette Tuff, the 46 year old school clerk there , using calm words, empathy and compassion --- while most of the time, having an open line to the 911 operator…and truly being in the line of fire. In part, what Antoinette Tuff employed was a kind of nonviolent communication that we’ve covered before on PEACE TALKS RADIO. We go back into our archive to re-visit one of those conversations with NVC expert Jorge Rubio.
Monday, June 30, 2014 7:57amIf one had a philosophical or religious objection to military service, why would they volunteer? The modern CO application, as it’s called, comes from those who sign up for service, but come to their conscientious objection during their tour of duty, like Dante Searcy and Fanny Garcia who tell us their stories of being granted “CO” status on this program. Also on this program, we hear from Maria Santelli, the Executive Director of the Center on Conscience and War, an organization that began in 1940 and today offers assistance to people like Searcy and Garcia to prepare their Conscientious Objection applications that go before Pentagon Panels for review. We placed three calls over the course of a week to the public affairs office at the Pentagon to get the Defense Department take on the Conscientious Objector discussion, but no one returned our calls.
Friday, June 6, 2014 4:28amSuzanne Kryder, co-founder of Peace Talks Radio, hosts this exploration of the world of disability two years after experiencing an AVM, an arteriovenous malformation, which disabled her in 2012, compromising her speech and movement. She shares details of her experience living with the disability and offers some ideas about how the disabled and non-disabled world can get along better. She also asks others about it - attendees at a 2013 disability conference and a college professor and researcher whosuffered a spinal injury herself and has written about these issues.