Former German central banker Thilo Sarrazin has provoked a heated debate in Germany with the publication in August of his book: Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab -- or Germany Does Away with Itself. In the book Sarrazin says Muslims are either unwilling or incapable of integration and that immigrants are more of a negative than a positive for the country. Politicians roundly condemned the statements, but some Germans say Sarrazin has publicly stated what many actually think. Host Miriam Widman discusses the book and immigration with Feridun Bek, a German of Turkish descent who is an auto industry executive now living in Detroit and with Sergey Lagodinsky, a Russian-Jewish immigrant to Germany who is a lawyer and member of the Social Democratic Party.
Also featured is "Playground" - a documentary raising awareness about child trafficking and sexploitation -including a recent interview with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden about the film's impact on related legislation.
This episode was co-produced and edited by Jennifer Chavez, who also presents the upcoming film event calendar.
Intro/outro music by Twink and 4 Clubbers ("Children").
Young People's Film and Video Festival; "Playground" documentary about child trafficking
On "Behind the Screen" Host/Producer Natalie Butto features the Young People's Film and Video Festival; and "Playground" - a documentary raising awareness about child trafficking and sexploitation. This includes an interview with U.S. Senator Wyden about the film's impact on related legislation.
Interview with Richard Heinberg about the need to address Peak Everything now
Richard Heinberg on "Peak Everything"
Maria Gilardin of TUC Radio interviewed author and teacher Richard Heinberg earlier this month. The interview brings up the intriguing history of the limits to growth movement, what other energy sources and raw material are close to peak, the need to reform the financial system and the growth imperative built into policy. Heinberg's work inspired the transition town movement - and he gives a brief survey of the recent successes.
The guest is Dianne Aigaki, a botanical artist and consultant for nonprofit organizations worldwide, who
lives between India, Tibet and Mexico. She moved to Dharamsala, India at the foot of the Himalayas in 1996, and began working as a volunteer consultant for the Tibetan Exile Government.