Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America tells the never-before-told story of James Buchanan, a Nobel prize winning economist who created the intellectual foundation and strategic blueprints behind the billionaire-funded radical right’s campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, curb democratic majority rule and ultimately change the Constitution. This book is a chilling page turner.  It exposes the crucial role that Buchanan played in helping libertarian Charles Koch  invest his fortune to develop a operational strategy that will  permanently disable our democratic institutions in favor of free-reign capitalism.  This roadmap is being carried out largely below the radar of most citizens by instituting several tactical fronts simultaneously and legally until the final goals of total privatization of all social structures in this country are permanent. Examples are passing laws that destroy unions without saying what their true purpose is, suppressing votes of people who are most likely to support active government, privatizing schools and prisons, social security and health care. Imagine a private fire department. With these incremental incursions, the ultimate goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate all government regulations-of air and water quality, drugs, schools, prisons, workplace safety, old age homes. One of their mottoes is “personal responsibility”.  In the area of education all public schools would be shut down.  Their goal is for parents to pay the full cost of their children’s education in for-profit private schools.  There will be no regulations, no quality standards, no disclosures. Parents would be held accountable with no recourse if they could not afford the tuition.

The content of this book clarifies the  radical right’s  motivations, tactical logic and ultimate endgame.   Reading, watching or listening to the news will never be the same.  Recognizing and organizing are the tools needed to prevent this movement from succeeding.

Professor MacLean’s scholarship has received more than a dozen prizes and awards and been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians, which recognizes literary distinction in the writing of history and biography. Also an award-winning teacher at Duke University, she offers courses on post-1945 America, social movements, and public policy history.

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Isadora Alman, M.F.T., is a California licensed marriage and relationship therapist, a Board-certified sex therapist, author and lecturer. Her syndicated sex and relationship column “Ask Isadora” ran in alternative weekly papers worldwide for 25+ years. Web surfers can find her columns on her online free interactive Sexuality Forum

She is the author of two collections of Q & A’s from columns: Let’s Talk Sex and Ask Isadora, as well as Sex Information, May I Help You?, a peek behind the scenes of a sex help phone line which still flourishes in San Francisco today. Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex is a collection of helpful hints and titillating tidbits culled from column readers and Forum web site users. Her novel Bluebirds of Impossible Paradises: A Sexual Odyssey of the 70’s is out in paperback on She has also contributed chapters to several books including Herotica (Down There Press), Dick For A Day (Villard NY), The Moment Of Truth (Seal Press) and Single Woman Of A Certain Age (Inner Ocean Publishing, Inc.) Isadora has been a talk show host and frequent TV and radio talk show guest, and a lecturer and workshop leader on a variety of communications topics. She conducts her private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The above passages were taken directly from the Psychology Today listings of Bay Area Therapists.

One of Isadora’s specialty areas is that of alternative relationships, polyamory, open marriage and polygamy.  Join us as we discuss what it takes to make a non-normative relationship work in our square-pegged world.

For more information about Isadora and her work visit her webpage

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Set in North Carolina during the turbulent Civil Rights Era, THE ADA DECADES is a lesbian feminist historical novel spanning 70 years with 11 interconnected stories about the life of Ada Jane Shook. Author Paula Martinac calls her new book a historical novel-in-stories which chronicles the life of a school librarian who encounters segregation, the paradox of religion and her true love, Camillia Lively, during the Pre-Stonewall south.

Ada is a 1st Amendment wielding school librarian, and as a girl from a Carolina mill family, is 12 years old in 1947 when she finds a secret photograph that has a profound impact on her life. Paula Martinac tells the adventures of a principled, compassionate, resilient lesbian living amidst racial tensions and social & political repression.

Paula Martinac is a Lambda Award winning novelist. She has published 3 non-fiction books on lesbian and gay culture & politics as well as numerous essays, short stories and articles. Paula is also a playwright and currently teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

A favorite quote of the author comes from Eleanor Roosevelt:

” with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”

Author, Editor, Teacher PAULA MARTINAC

Other works by Paula Martinac include:

 Her first novel, OUT OF TIME, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian fiction

THE QUEEREST PLACES: A NATIONAL GUIDE TO GAY & LESBIAN HISTORIC SITES (Paula is a trained historian and served as advisor to the National Park Services LGBT Heritage Initiative)


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Health care in America is in deep crisis. One in five working class Americans with health insurance report problems paying medical bills. We have the most expensive health care system in the world, almost $10,000 per person.   Yet we’re number 28 in life expectancy. Our taxes already fund 2/3 of USA health spending by paying for Medicare, Medicaid, VA, Public Health, government workers benefits and tax subsidies. The same goes for California.  We don’t have enough physicians but we have plenty of administrators. Billing and insurance related administrative costs are 18% of our total expenses.  That’s money that isn’t going into direct health care services.

But something very exciting is happening in California.  State Senate Bill 562-The Healthy California Act (Lara and Atkins) will create a state based universal health care system and provide comprehensive health care coverage for every Californian.  Sponsored by the California Nurses Association working with hundreds of other labor, business, professional and lay organizations SB 562 will pool health care funds into one publicly run health care insurance plan that covers everyone who lives in the state. That’s why it’s called Single Payer.  Key provisions of this Act include: Every California resident will have one plan and the ability to choose their provider. SB 562 will allow patients, not insurers to pick their doctor, hospital and clinic.  No more surprise out of network bills because there’ll be no insurance networks. No insurance claims denials based on corporate profit goals.  By pooling health care funds in a publicly-run fund, we get the bargaining power of the seventh largest economy in the world (that’s California) so we can clamp down on out of control prescription drug costs. There’ll be transparency and accountability by having public oversight on costs and care and not decisions made in secret by private for profit insurance companies.  Finally no more co-pays or deductibles.

How can we afford this dream?  Check out this link

We’ve never come closer to achieving a goal of providing universal health care with Single Payer.  Rumors are circulating that private for-profit health insurance companies plan to pour 50-100 million dollars into California to frighten us about the specter of government interference and convince us that setting up a Single Payer system is an impossibility. Pat Snyder, a retired nurse with a PhD in nursing has been working on reforming California’s health care system for 14 years. At age 80, she proves that with education, commitment and passion, we can build a movement that will create one of the best health care systems in the world that truly delivers high quality health care equally to all.

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“Who Bombed Judy Bari?” directed and edited by Mary Liz Thomson and produced by Darryl Cherney covers the story of a particularly violent event that occurred on May 24, 1990 in Oakland, CA, in which a bomb exploded under the driver’s seat of the car which Bari was driving and in which Cherney was a passenger. The two had been prime organizers of the Earth First movement, which targeted the lumber companies that were then de-foresting vast areas of the Pacific Northwest by clear-cutting. Thomson and Cherney show us how, with creative organization, setting specific, attainable goals, and emphasizing non-violent protest, the Earth First movement succeeded in informing the public of the impact of large corporations despoiling the environment, and committing many to take action to save the remaining old growth forest.

Judi Bari herself is the emotional center of the proceedings, despite the fact that she died of cancer seven years after the incident. Much of the film’s running time consists of excerpts from a videotaped deposition, shot just weeks before her death, that she gave in court as part of a civil suit brought by her and Cherney against the FBI and the Oakland Police Department, who incredibly arrested them immediately after the bombing for the crime of of transporting explosives. The charges were later dropped. But who actually bombed the car remains a mystery.

Mary Liz Thomson is a filmmaker working in Los Angeles. She has a long history of dirinvolvement in politics and the film industry. In 1990, she co-produced and directed “Redwood Summer: Where the 90s Begin”, which aired on PBS. She documented the war zones in Central America, directed music videos with Island Records, worked for 60 Minutes, shot footage for the Academy Award winning documentary, Panama Deception, and directed a documentary, Flashpoint, about the alternative music scene in San Francisco, winning a “New American Makers” Best of the Year Award, and A “Local Hero” Artist Award.


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Dr. Amber Gaffney, a recipient of the 2017 McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award

Assistant Professor Dr. Amber Gaffney is a social psychologist whose research focuses on social identity, group processes and social influence. Her current work focuses on how prototypical and non-prototypical group members can create and manage uncertainty to enact social change. She has researched minority influence, group polarization, leadership, and attitude change from a social identity and self-categorization perspective. In addition, her work has examined gender stereotypes and leadership and prejudice toward both outgroup and ingroup members. Because Dr. Gaffney is particularly interested in political identities and changing political ideology, her work often focuses on social and political issues. She speaks to TTEOW about the new  Social Identity and Influence research lab at HSU where students can get hands-on experience working on every stage of research from hypothesis development to publication and presentation of results.

Dr. Gaffney teaches by sharing her passion for the study of social issues. She currently teaches social psychology and focuses on teaching both theory and theory development through research and hypothesis generation. As an experimentalist, she teaches experimental and research design in all of her classes to give students a deeper understanding of theory. Her areas of expertise as a social psychologist are in social influence and persuasion, group processes, and self and identity. She is dedicated to providing her students with the tools that they need to be successful in their future careers and to be good members of society. By understanding group processes and social psychology, students can develop an understanding for how people operate in their worlds as well as an appreciation for diversity of thoughts and perspectives.

Dr. Alistair McCrone, former HSU President


The Alistair & Judith McCrone Promising Faculty Scholar Award recognizes HSU’s newest faculty, acknowledging their potential in their field of research, and continued achievement.

The McCrone awards were presented at a dinner held April 2017










Amber received her PhD in social psychology from the Claremont Graduate University in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Humboldt State University in 2006. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Michael Hogg at the Claremont Graduate University and has taught and worked at the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College, and Pomona College in Claremont, CA and at Whittier College in Whittier, CA. Dr. Gaffney serves as a Consultant Editor for Group Processes and Intergroup Relations and is an affiliate member of the Social Identity Lab at the Claremont Graduate University CGU Social Identity Lab and the Group Processes and Leadership Lab at the University of Alberta Alberta Leadership Lab.

As a Champion cyclist, Amber Gaffney sees a connection with leadership, sports, and passion.

Amber the Cyclist











For more information you can contact Dr. Amber Gaffney at (707) 826-4313 or visit

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When you’ve been treated for Stage 3 breast cancer in 2010 with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and you think you’re done,  what do you do 7 years later when you’re hit with a recurrence that’s even worse, stage 4 with metastasis to bone and liver?  That’s what Laura Lamers has to deal with and she refuses to capitulate. Resourceful, imaginative, strong, persistent, artistic-these are all characteristics describe Laura.  Laura is determined to beat the odds with a combination of Western allopathic medicine and herbal supplements, vitamins, a vegan diet, and complementary treatments such as acupuncture and massage. Most importantly, Laura believes deep in her soul that she is going to beat the onslaught of cancer cells and live to tell the story.  “If you think you’re going to die, you will.” That’s not a thought that Laura allows to enter her consciousness.

You would think that living with cancer is a full-time job, but Laura is also the owner of North Coast Knittery, a unique shop in Old Town Eureka that encourages all knitters from beginners to advanced to gather together to learn, create, share techniques and designs, undo mistakes and select patterns and yarns all under the tutelage of Laura and her very experienced, supportive staff.

Laura’s two children and her husband have accompanied her throughout this challenging odyssey.  She shares her thoughts and feelings not only to reinforce her own beliefs but to help others on similar journeys.


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In 1966 in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.  The initial goal was to monitor police violence in black communities, a persistent issue that Black Lives Matter and other contemporary groups continue to organize around today.  In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members. The Black Panther Party launched multiple programs such as a free breakfast program for children, food banks, health clinics and education outreach. Thee membership rapidly grew to 5,000 full-time party workers, organized in 45 branches across the United States and had international branches. At their peak, they sold 250,000 papers of “The Black Panther” every week. The government reaction to their positive impact can only be measured by the destructive forces that were unleashed. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the number one threat to the internal security of the United States.”  He supervised an extensive program named Cointelpro using tactics of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment and assassination of Black Panther Party members.

Women played an instrumental role in shaping the black power movement. By the early 1970s women made up two-thirds of the organization’s membership. Women members challenged the traditional female roles of caregiver and homemaker, expanding the ways in which women could contribute to the organization as warriors, orators, organizers and collaborators. They were some of the strongest, loudest and most relentless members.

Barbara Easely Cox was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1971. She and her husband were leaders of the Oakland branch and she also worked in New York and Philadelphia chapters. She helped spread the message and reach of the Black Panther Party internationally, first moving to Algiers and then North Korea where she gave birth to her son.  After she left North Korea, Barbara moved to Germany on her own, where she put out a newspaper and worked with soldiers from the Vietnam War. Later, Barbara returned to her hometown Philadelphia and contributed the wealth of her experiences as a social worker focusing on community development work.  Her commitment to help people forms her core being as she says “If I can help one young person to forge forward, keep the faith, give strength to or clear up his/her direction, I live to do the job.”

Barbara adamantly believes that the Black Panther Party was not about violence, it was about growing, “getting rid of drugs, respecting elders, going to school…it was something positive, focused on the growth of a people.”

What is the legacy of the Black Panther Party?  Barbara says “Our legacy is also the legacy of everyone back to the first slave that came to America.  We were just another link in history that builds on someone else’s struggles.  That culture of resistance, it’s all around the world, and occasionally you’ll hear somebody mention the Black Panther Party as an influence, because they read or heard about it or saw a movie.  Youth will pick up that culture of resistance, and learn how to interpret politics and community work based on that.  Take what you need to progress.”


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When your mother believes she’s the Virgin Mary, it becomes important from an early age to get a grasp on what is real and what is not. This, Sherry Glaser says, is why she has spent her life combining art and activism for various hot-button causes since childhood.

In this episode of Through The Eyes of Women, Sherry Glaser reminisces on decades writing and performing and championing things like cannabis and breasts and peace and mental health. Glaser’s new book, The First Practical Handbook For Crazy People, Making The Best of Mental Illness, is a collaboration with her late mother.


To listen to and/or download this segment, click the following link: Emma Breacain and Sherry Glaser 4-17-17

Anna and Oliver, big siblings extraordinaire, are here to tell you all about what to expect when your family is expecting—and what life will really be like once a new baby arrives. The dynamic duo cover everything from naptime to stinky diapers and from holding the baby to deciphering your baby’s body language. They even offer up helpful ideas for parents on how to make life as a big brother or sister as filled with fun—and love—as it can be!

So, get ready…get set…time to welcome a new baby!


Bringing home a new baby means change for everyone, and parenting books tend to tell parents how to help siblings adjust – but – What does it look like from their point of view?

Elizabeth Rusch is an award-winning freelance writer and former managing editor of Teacher magazine, editor-in- chief of, and contributing editor to Child and Fit Pregnancy. She has published more than 100 articles in numerous national magazines for adults and children. She’s traveled to the oil fields of southern California to report on townspeople who rebelled against computer use in their school. She has interviewed national experts on tons of topics, from the childhood asthma epidemic to how understanding microclimates can help you choose a campsite. She even wore the same pair of hiking socks for 10 days straight, without washing, for a gear review for Backpacker magazine. These days, Liz is focusing on narrative nonfiction, science, art, and travel writing, humor, and essays. Liz loves where she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two terrific kids, and one very funny, quirky dog named Reba.




Illustrator QIN LENG was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. Qin graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and other works. From very early on, she has loved to portray the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children’s books.

Illustrator Qin Leng








Some ELIZABETH RUSCH books include:

For The Love Of Music: The Remarkable Story Of Maria Anna Mozart

Volcano Rising

The Music Of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & The Invention Of The Piano


Elizabeth Rusch was the Story Editor for the documentary “BROKEN’





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