Researcher/writer Cheryl Biren contributed to and transcribed this interview. listen to the interview here
Arianna Huffington and Third World America
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Researcher/writer Cheryl Biren contributed to this interview. Listen to the audio podcast of the complete interview here
RK: My guest tonight is Arianna Huffington. Arianna was just featured on the cover of Forbes magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, Technorati ranks her website, Huffington Post, as the number one blog in the world, Mediarite ranks Arianna just second under the editor of the New York Times as the most influential editor. Welcome to the show Arianna.
AH: Thank you so much. It's really great to be with you and I love your focus on bottom up solutions.
RK: Well, thank you. You've just come out with a new book, Third World America, and I have to say it's a fabulous book. I read while I'm working out and it was really easy to kind of pump a little extra while I was reading this because it really gets you mad. There's a lot in here about how we are becoming a third world nation and moving where the middle class is in big trouble and things are not looking good. You've spent an awful lot of work on putting this together and I have to congratulate you on it.
AH: Thank you so much. I really wanted to do this book because as an immigrant to this country I really believe in the American dream. I experienced it, I've seen so many people, so many immigrants who came to find it, to experience it and here we are now seeing a real assault on the middle class. The dream is crumbling and what used to be at the heart of the American dream, upward mobility, has now become downward mobility.
RK: You have a quote in here that there's nobody advocating or lobbying for the American dream, or something along those lines, I love that line.
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
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more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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