The Flaming Sword of Justice, with Ben Wikler (general)






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Holden Karnofsky of tells the story of his attempt to rewrite the rules for how $200+ billion a year in philanthropy is given away -- from a side project of some hedge-fund young guns, to a dream in a cockroach-ridden closet of an apartment in the East Village, to a reality moving millions of dollars a year to save lives.

Direct download: Sword_2012_03_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

The back stories of two unlikely activists, both of whom have changed the world through the power of information--but are in certain key respects dissimilar: Bradley Manning and Roger Ailes. Our guests: Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, and Ari Rabin-Havt, author of The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network Into a Propaganda Machine.

Direct download: Sword_2012_03_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

John Raskin beats the West Side Stadium; Aaron Swartz tells the surprising story of zoning and urban sprawl; and Ben Wikler tells how he got started in activism fighting a Coca-Cola deal in local schools.

Direct download: Sword_2012_03_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Anna Rose, Simon Sheikh, and Ben Margetts tell the story of Australia's climate movement -- from college friendship to national legislative victory, with a marriage along the way. 

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

Zack Exley on the creation of the New Organizing Institute and inside Wikipedia; Randy Parraz on the epic Arizona immigration recall rebellion.

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Three awesome Brooklynites: Irin Carmon, freshly returned to Brooklyn from Guatemala, spoke talk about what it looks like at the other end of the US deportation system; Amanda Marcotte guided us through the real politics and realpolitik of Obama, contraception, and the religious right; and Justin Krebs revealed the premise and promise of Drinking Liberally, which promotes democracy one pint at a time.

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

Brianna Cayo Cotter on the Verizon fee fight; Stephen Geer remembers 2008.

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

#3: College pals vs Keystone XL

The back stories of two awesome wins: Daniel Mintz on the progressive campaign that drove Obama's new investigation of the mortgage fraud behind the Great Recession, and May Boeve on the mind-blowing story of the group of college friends who created Step It Up,, and fueled the Keystone XL victory. Plus, the inside scoop on Ben Wikler's unexpectedly short haircut!

Direct download: Sword_2012_01_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

Ben Brandzel reviews the supermovements of 2011 and takes us back to the uprising in Wisconsin, Deepa Gupta pulls into the heart of the historic anti-corruption uprising in India, and Aaron Swartz tells the fullest, behind-the-scenes-est, where-it-all-really-started-est story of the SOPA/Internet censorship story that American broadcasting has ever dared air.

Direct download: Sword_2012_01_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

Ricken Patel of, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman of, and Garlin Gilchrist II of in a dot-org smorgasbord of truth, freedom, and--of course!--flaming, swordful justice. 

Direct download: Sword_2012_01_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EDT