The Radical Imagination Podcast

The Radical Imagination is a weekly one hour show designed to imagine, explore and build hope for change that can bring forth a transformative world and earth — economically, politically, intellectually, morally and spiritually. We echo the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

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Jim Vrettos receives guest Stanley Howard, a formerly incarcerated death row inmate who was exonerated and pardoned by former Illinois Governor George Ryan in 2023.

Thursday Jun 06, 2024

Jim Vrettos welcomes Maestro Gregory Singer, a noted violinist, composer, conductor and artist in his own right and the music director of the Manhattan Symphonie. Maestro Singer has brought with him the talented Canvas String Quartet who'll offer premiere performances of some of his compositions. The Quartet includes Ju Jin-Bornet, 1st Violin; Alison Molino, 2nd Violin; Allyson Care, Viola; and James Acampora, Cello.

Thursday May 30, 2024

Host Jim Vrettos receives guests Kristin Lawler and Michael Pelias, two of the leading organizers of a conference being held at LIU Brooklyn that follows in the tradition of Left Forum and Socialist Scholars.

Thursday May 23, 2024

On this episode host Jim Vrettos and guests Frances Fox Piven & Ira Glasser, discuss the Cloward/Piven political strategy and the possibility of continuing the movement now as it was in the 1960s.

Thursday May 16, 2024

With so much negativity and hatred plaguing our world, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s right in front of us. While it’s important to improve international relationships, it’s also important to nurture the relationships in our personal lives. How do we help society heal itself and become more loving?
On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice addresses this question with his wife, Beatty Cohan-Vrettos, and discusses how to develop healthier and more loving relationships in a world that is full of fear and hurt.

Thursday May 09, 2024

Host Jim Vrettos interviews Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor or Tikkun Magazine, Activist, and Author of "Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World", in which Lerner talks about polarization, dialogue and the need to understand each other in despite of our differences.

Thursday May 02, 2024

Host Jim Vrettos receives guest Susannah Heschel & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove to discuss the role of German Protestant theologians during the Third Reich and its similarities with the development of a religious, racist right movement in America during the twentieth century.

Thursday Apr 25, 2024

Today on the Radical Imagination we have a long needed and long-awaited dialogue between Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Frances Fox Piven, moderated by host Jim Vrettos.

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Host Jim Vrettos interviews Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York - CUNY.

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Host Jim Vrettos receives guest Judith Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate. Mrs. Heumann shared his experience and fight on behalf of those who, like herself, experience disabilities.


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