Program: Wide Angle

Wide Angle: Episode 32 – PCFF Web Extra

The Middle East peace process–which has fitfully started and stopped, though mostly stalled, since the mid-1970s–is an enterprise largely conducted by diplomats intent on gaining an upper hand. But what would the dialogue sound like if the people negotiating where instead those who felt they had lost that which was dearest to them–a beloved family member? Might they feel more compelled to bring an end to the violence? To give some in order to get peace? Joining Peter is Robi Damelin, a member of–and the Israeli spokesperson for–the Parents Circle – Families Forum, a group of some 600 Israeli...

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Wide Angle: Episode 32 – Bereaved Israeli & Palestinian Families Confronting Middle East Violence

The Middle East peace process–which has fitfully started and stopped, though mostly stalled, since the mid-1970s–is an enterprise largely conducted by diplomats intent on gaining an upper hand. But what would the dialogue sound like if the people negotiating where instead those who felt they had lost that which was dearest to them–a beloved family member? Might they feel more compelled to bring an end to the violence? To give some in order to get peace? Joining Peter is Robi Damelin, a member of–and the Israeli spokesperson for–the Parents Circle – Families Forum, a group of some 600 Israeli...

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Wide Angle: Episode 31 – Town Day 2017 Smorgasbord

Every September, Arlington celebrates itself with Town Day. This year was no different, and Wide Angle took the opportunity to meet with leaders from four local organizations that aim to support members of the Arlington community and beyond: the Housing Corporation of Arlington, FoodLink, Solidarity with American Indians and Boston Area Gleaners. I hope you find these brief conversations illuminating as well as an invitation to become more engaged in the life of our...

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Wide Angle: Episode 30 – Hawaii’s Senate Bill 2

Most of us consider homelessness a social, or perhaps an economic problem. But a medical condition? Hawaii’s Senate Bill 2 (SB2) seeks to classify chronic homelessness as a medical condition, and empower doctors to write a prescription for housing. Joining host Peter Bermudes to illuminate this legislative effort is Hawaii state senator Dr. Josh Green, who wrote and is the lead sponsor of...

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Wide Angle: Episode 29 – Basic Income WEB EXTRA

Does a democracy have a vested interest in ensuring that none of its citizens live in poverty? That a permanent underclass not form? Would not a people free from worry about food and rent, for instance, be more available to the work of remaining informed and politically active? For more than five centuries, people have not only debated these questions, but have sought to create a response for them. One such enduring idea is that of a government-ensured payment–given at varying timeframes depending upon proposal, in different amounts, with differing criteria. Joining host Peter Bermudes to discuss a plan...

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