TYT Interviews (general)








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Having recently returned from his latest visit to some of the most remote areas of Bolivia, Ramesh Srinivasan, director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab and an Associate Professor in Information Studies  at UCLA, joins The Young Turks’ Dave Koller to discuss how cultural diversity can be empowered through technology efforts. Bolivia is such a richly multicultural nation that it can be seen as an interesting example for many of us across the world who are interested in how to support cultural diversity in a world where this is being lost. Srinivasan shares fascinating stories of how Bolivia’s indigenous communities are reinventing traditional media - specifically radio - to spread information across far-flung regions of the country, promote indigenous causes and help organize labor and workers. He provokes us to think about how social media and Internet initiatives can learn from radio.

Also discussed in this wide-ranging interview:
- The emerging and dynamic politics of South America, with an eye toward Bolivia and the pope's recent visit to the region
- The tensions and paradoxes associated with Bolivian president Evo Morales
- How radio may provide an answer to the angst we feel about the Internet
- Why new media and the Internet have failed to take hold with rural and indigenous communities and how radio can be a teacher in overcoming this.
- How technologies can support indigenous and non-western values and beliefs.
- What those of us in the west can learn from Bolivia’s efforts to promote connectedness.
- The first-hand experience of seeing Bolivians’ reaction to Pope Francis’ recent visit.

Visit the UC Digital Cultures Lab's website: http://digitalcultures.net

Follow Ramesh on Twitter: @rameshmedia
Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveKoller

Watch Ramesh’s interview with Cenk Uygur on Tahrir Square and social media: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pi29UzPnMs

Watch Ramesh’s earlier interview with Dave on the South American Indigenous Internet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTaNyJRlq84

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Direct download: Ramesh_Srinivasan.mp3
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When we hear the term “Stem Cell Research”, we automatically think of controversy, and the conflict between religious groups and medical researchers that stole headlines in the lead up to the 2000 election. Today, stem cell research has progressed beyond using cells from embryos and is now an essential part of medical research – and potentially treatment – in adults.

Watch the first video in this series where Cenk interviews Praveen Singh and Jayde Lovell:
Stem Cell Research: At TYT It's Personal (Cenk Uygur Interview w/ Praveen Singh and Jayde Lovell)
Just one frontier for stem cell research is finding a cure for acute heart conditions. Around 280,000 people die every year from heart attacks, and many of those people will die with no warning and no prior history of heart disease. Research into the cause of these heart attacks is difficult – studying the genetic mutations that cause these heart attacks is all but impossible, as most carrying the mutation will never know they have it. But new stem cell technology allows doctors to use blood cells from an affected adult to grow both healthy and diseased tissue, giving scientists an opportunity to study the disease and trial potential cures.

In this incredible interview, TYT host Cenk Uygur speaks with three world-leading scientists about their groundbreaking international research, and their ‘hunt for the cause’ behind a family of heart conditions that continue to prove fatal for tens of thousands of Americans. They discuss the Nobel Prize-winning stem cell technology that allows scientists to grow heart tissue from blood cells, the creation of a “disease in a dish”, the rise of ‘precision medicine’, and the potential for genetic engineering technology to cure all gene-based illnesses and save millions of lives.

Dr Todd Evans
(Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College)
Dr Jim Cheung
(Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University)
Dr Albano Meli
(Senior Research Associate, Inserm – the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)

To learn more about the research and support the research study, go to www.PraveenNYC.com

Read more about the story via Weill Cornell Medical College / NY-Presbyterian Hospital: http://ow.ly/VitDr

More detailed scientific explanation behind the research here: http://ow.ly/Vis1x

Learn about heart conditions via the American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Conditions_UCM_001087_SubHomePage.jsp

Follow Cenk on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CenkUygur

- Cardiologist: A heart doctor
- Electrophysiologist: A doctor who specializes in electrical signals in the body, primarily abnormal heart beats
- Arrhythmia: Abnormal heart rhythm. Can be life-threatening.
- Myocardial infarction: Heart attack
- Cardiomyocytes: Heart muscle cells
- Cardiomyopathy: Weakened or abnormal heart
- Reggie Lewis: American professional basketball player for the NBA's Boston Celtics from 1987 to 1993. Died suddenly of ‘hypertrophic cardiomyopathy’.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Unusual thickening of the heart
- Erythroblast: An immature red blood cell
- IPS cells / IPSCs: “Induced pluripotent stem cells”, adult cells that have been turned into stem cells.
- Mutation: A change in our DNA sequence. Often has no impact on the adult organism.
- Pemphigus vulgaris: Autoimmune disorder which can cause blisters.
- Precision medicine: A treatment approach targeting an individual’s genetics and environment, rather than just the disease.
- Calcium ryanodine receptor (RyRs): a channel in the cells to transport charged calcium and therefore allows electrical signals to pass.
- Allele: A different form of a gene
- NIH: National Institutes of Health
- Embryogenesis: How an embryo forms and develops.
- Germ line: Sex cells (Eggs and sperm)
- Oocytes: Human egg cell
- Hematopoietic stem cells: Cells that produce new blood cells.
- Thalassemia: An inherited (genetic) blood disorder.

Learn more about the turning adult cells into stem cells (discovered by Shinya Yamanaka and his colleagues, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize)

Learn more about curing disease with gene-editing technology

Learn more about Personalized Medicine and Precision Medicine

Direct download: Stem_Cell_Research.mp3
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One day, at age 31, The Young Turks' Head of Business Development Praveen Singh unexpectedly passed out at work. After a trip to the emergency room and multiple subsequent tests, she was told her episode had been caused by an irregular heart beat associated with a condition called "ventricular tachycardia."

Watch the second video in this series where Cenk interviews the research team:
How Stem Cell Research Is Curing Congenital Heart Defects (Interview w/ Cenk Uygur) https://youtu.be/ilVjSnE5t44

In this interview with TYT host Cenk Uygur and TYT science correspondent Jayde Lovell, Singh talks about the international fact-finding journey she embarked on to learn more about her condition and the difficult decisions she's had to make about whether to follow medical advice and have a defibrillator implanted and to take medications for the rest of her life.

The three also discuss how and why stem cell research is a uniquely effective method for uncovering the root cause of ventricular tachycardia and critical to helping isolate and cure a range of cardiac conditions that lead to the premature deaths of thousands of Americans.

Find out more about ventricular tachycardia on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventricular_tachycardia

Follow Praveen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PraveenNYC
Follow Jayde on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JaydeLovell
Follow Cenk on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CenkUygur

To learn more about the research and support the research study, go to http://www.PraveenNYC.com

Direct download: Praveen.mp3
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Judah Friedlander got his “big break” when he was cast as slacker comedy writer Frank Rossitano on the NBC hit sitcom 30 Rock. But before that Friedlander had been a working standup for decades, acted in dozens of popular films and TV shows and taught the masses the secrets to becoming an undisputed World Champion in “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book.” Now Judah’s got a new cartoon book out, titled “If the Raindrops United,” filled with his uniquely subversive, thought-provoking and hilarious drawings.

In this wide-ranging interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, Friedlander talks about:

- What “if the raindrops united” means and its message for humanity
- His experiences getting cock-blocked by reverse anti-semitism
- Developing his “World Champion” persona and how its evolved over the years
- Which GOP presidential candidate stole his act, right down to the wardrobe choices
- How the marketing of “American Exceptionalism” and a “We’re #1” attitude keeps the US from addressing glaring societal flaws and shortcomings.
- Why American schooling is about keeping kids from learning to think for themselves
- Why too few people are able to view the world through the lens of anyone else’s experience

Buy Judah’s book: http://www.powells.com/book/if-the-ra...
Visit Judah online: www.judahfriedlander.com

Follow Judah on Twitter: @JudahFriedlander
Follow Cenk on Twitter: @CenkUygur

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Judah_Friedlander.mp3
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Winning a leading role on the wildly successful Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show more than 20 years ago dramatically altered the trajectory of actor Walter Jones’ career.

In this wide-ranging interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, Jones talks about:
- His struggles growing up the child of a single mom in Detroit, including one incident at age four when he shot the middle finger off of his left hand.
- Donning costumes to work the theme park and cruise ship circuits while pursuing his big break.
- The challenges faced by black actors in Hollywood, and whether racism was involved in casting him as the “black” Power Ranger.
- Barely escaping being kidnapped while working on a horror film in Romania.
- Whether playing the black Power Ranger helped him score with the ladies.
- How even 20 years after leaving the show, he’s still highly sought after for autographs at Comic Cons across the globe.

Follow Walter on Twitter: @Walterejones
Follow Cenk on Twitter: @CenkUygur

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Walter_jones.mp3
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Growing up as the only child of legendary comedian George Carlin wasn’t all laughs and jocular exchanges of the “seven dirty words.” In her new memoir, “A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George,” author, radio host and podcaster Kelly Carlin describes her tumultuous upbringing, awash in drugs, alcohol and screaming fights - but also with a great deal a lot of love and affection.

In this interview with satirist and radio host Jimmy Dore, Carlin pulls the curtain back on what most people don’t know - or understand - about her famous father, while sharing intimate details abour her struggles as the child of alcoholic/addict parents, her escape from an abusive marriage and the peace of mind she’s achieved by charting her own path to personal fulfillment.

Get a copy of “A Carlin Home Companion”: http://ow.ly/THrVR
Find out more about Kelly Carlin: http://thekellycarlinsite.com/

Follow Kelly Carlin on Twitter: @Kelly_Carlin
Follow Jimmy Dore on Twitter: @Jimmy_Dore

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Kelly_Carlin.mp3
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Lawrence Lessig is running for president as a Democrat, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the first Democratic debate on CNN. Lessig’s solitary focus is on ending the corrosive, corrupting influence of money on the American political system, a position that may be too hot for the Democratic National Committee, which barred Lessig from the first Democratic debate on October 13th in Las Vegas.

Direct download: InterviewLessigFull.mp3
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Chris Ryan is the author, along with his wife Cacilda Jetha, of the New York Times bestseller “Sex At Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships,” which advice columnist Dan Savage described as "the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948."

In this wide-ranging interview with The Young Turks’ Ana Kasparian, Ryan discusses why sexual monogamy among humans is a very recent invention, the critical difference between intimacy and sex, why polyamorous relationships are often much healthier - with better communication and less jealousy - than traditional pair bonds, the primitive roots of the cuckolding fetish, and why it can be perfectly OK to say, “go ahead, fuck the nanny.”

To find out more about Chris Ryan, visit www.chrisryanphd.com
Buy Sex at Dawn: www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780061707810-2­0
Listen to Chris Ryan’s podcast, Tangentially Speaking: http://chrisryanphd.com/tangentially-...

Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisRyanPhD
Follow Ana on Twitter: @anakasparian

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Chris_Ryan.mp3
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Law Student Matt Cockerill registered for Ashley Madison with his fiancee's full awareness and consent. Since the site was hacked, and his private information was made public, he has been subject to public shaming, branded a liar and subjected to blackmail threats.

In this interview with The Young Turks’ Ana Kasparian, Cockerill talks about how this “outing” has changed his life and affected countless others who signed up for Ashley Madison, often for a wide range of reasons. They also discuss:

- Whether reports that very few women registered with Ashley Madison were accurate
- When infidelity within a relationship is justified
- Who the real victims of the Ashley Madison hack are
- Whether Ashley Madison should be subject to a massive class action lawsuit
- The hypocrisy of the self-righteous moralizers criticizing those who signed up for Ashley Madison.

Matt has set up an online forum for victims of the Ashley Madison hack here: http://AMhackvictims.bbforum.co

He can also be reached via email here: AMhackvictims@gmail.com

Follow Ana on Twitter: @anakasparian

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Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Matt_Cockerill.mp3
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Dave Spencer is a "Rockefeller Republican" in two senses: first, in that he believes the GOP should be more open to compromise, evidence-based and reasonable and second, because his great-great-grandfather was actually John D. Rockefeller.

Spencer suffered a life-threatening car accident at age 19, which cost him his right leg and full use of his right arm. Since then he's - Has an MBA from Stanford, worked as a volunteer motivational speaker for amputees and trauma victims, started BayKids, a nonprofit organization that serves children through self-empowerment programs in the greater San Francisco area and founded "Practically Republican."

Practically Republican’s stated objective is, "To engage, organize and motivate a new kind of GOP supporter; one who is fact and issue-oriented and invites conversation, respects differences of opinion, believes in compromise and puts sound policy before partisanship.”

In this interview, Spencer and The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur discuss:
- The demographic time bomb that threatens the future of the GOP
- Whether the Republican Party has lost its way
- If Ted Cruz is right about campaign finance reform
- Whether more socializing among congressional reps would lead to more compromise
- Which is more important to politicians - money or votes
And much more.

For more info on Practically Republican, visit www.practicallyrepublican or follow them on Twitter at @PracticallyGOP

Follow Cenk on Twitter: @CenkUygur

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Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Dave_Spencer.mp3
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