Freedom

Broadcast on September 19, 2017
With Ralph Nader

Join Ralph Nader, American political activist and multiple time US presidential candidate, as he explores current threats to freedom and democracy, concentrations of wealth and power, political polarization and intolerance. He offers various solutions to these challenging issues — including movements, messaging and media. And he looks at the concept of a WE Party that frames all current events from the perspective of WE and the common good.

During this compelling session, you'll discover:

  • Ralph Nader's incredible legacy — including the Clean Water Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, seat belts, food ingredient labeling & more
  • The role of movements in creating change that benefits all
  • Simple ways you can take action to improve our society & all of our lives

Ralph Nader

American political activist, author, Lecturer, Attorney, and Multiple Time US Presidential Candidate

Ralph Nader is an American political activist, author, lecturer, attorney, and multiple time US Presidential Candidate. He s activism has been directly credited with the passage of several landmark pieces of American consumer protection legislation including the Clean Water Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act - all which affects everyone in the United States such as through laws mandating seat belts, food ingredient labelling and so much more. He has been named to lists of the "100 Most Influential Americans" by Life Magazine, Time Magazine, and The Atlantic. 

The son of Lebanese immigrants to the United States, Nader was educated at Princeton and Harvard and first came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of the bestselling book Unsafe at Any Speed, a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers that became known as one of the most important journalistic pieces of the 20th century. Following the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed, Nader led a group of volunteer law students - dubbed "Nader's Raiders" - in a groundbreaking investigation of the Federal Trade Commission, leading directly to that agency's overhaul and reform. In the 1970s, Nader leveraged his growing popularity to establish a number of advocacy and watchdog groups including the Public Interest Research Group, the Center for Auto Safety, and Public Citizen.

A two-time Nieman Fellow, Nader is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books, and was the subject of a documentary film on his life and work, An Unreasonable Man, which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He has run for President of the United States on several occasions as an independent and third party candidate, using the campaigns to highlight under-reported issues and a perceived need for electoral reform.