Why are you running?
Dennis Kucinich is a Democratic congressman and presidential also-ran. Kucinich graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 with a BA and an MA in speech and communication. He began his political career early: he was elected to the Cleveland City Council at 23, and became mayor in 1977 at the age of 31. After spending much of the 1980's out of government, Kucinich was elected to Congress in 1996; he is currently in his sixth term. In Congress, Kucinich has a staunchly liberal and anti-war record. He is a strong advocate of national health care, clean energy, and an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Kucinich even brought articles of impeachment against Vice-President Dick Cheney, though the bill was killed before it could reach the House floor. Kucinich first ran for president in 2004; he ran again in 2008. In 2003, he received the Gandhi Peace Award, bestowed by the Quaker organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Kucinich is the author of a memoir, The Courage to Survive, as well as a collection of speeches, A Prayer for America.
Question: Why are you running?
Dennis Kucinich: Well, you know, I was asked those questions throughout my career. In 40 years, I’ve . . . I think I’ve had about 33 elections counting primaries and generals; won 25 or 26 of them. So I, you know . . . I know how to win and I’m prepared to be president. Now look, I know I’m an underdog. But recent polls show me just a few points out of third place in New Hampshire. The Democracy for America poll of Internet activists of a week or so ago, I came out first in the largest poll in the country of Internet activists. So look I know I’m a long shot. But you know what? So are most American people. It’s a long shot for people that they’re gonna have their retirement security; a long shot that they’ll have a good paying job; a long shot that they’ll have healthcare and won’t go broke paying the doctor bills; a long shot their kids will go to college. I mean American people understand long shots. Imagine a long shot who becomes your president and relates to you. I mean that’s why these polls can change, and I just have to move up little, by little, by little.
Recorded on: 10/19/07
Dennis Kucinich says he is an underdog running to win.
60 is the new 30, says Melanie Katzman. Embrace your age and the benefits that come with it.
- Melanie Katzman has 30 years of experience in her field, yet was advised to tell people she had just 20 years of experience so she wouldn't seem too out of touch.
- Katzman strongly disagrees with that assessment of age in the workplace. Rather than see it as a liability, older professionals should embrace their age and experience. They can see patterns more broadly, plus they have deep network connections, information, and the desire to be generous.
- "Research shows us that generativity flows downhill," says Katzman. "... New recruits and aging boomers can really change the world together but we have to not be afraid of stating our age."
Researchers believe that the practice of sleeping through the whole night didn’t really take hold until just a few hundred years ago.
She was wide awake and it was nearly two in the morning. When asked if everything was alright, she said, “Yes." Asked why she couldn't get to sleep she said, “I don't know." Neuroscientist Russell Foster of Oxford might suggest she was exhibiting “a throwback to the bi-modal sleep pattern." Research suggests we used to sleep in two segments with a period of wakefulness in-between.
The protesters on the street aren't just taking up space, they carry on a well thought out tradition.
- Nonviolent protests designed to effect change are a common occurrence around the world, especially today.
- While they may seem to be a sign of sour grapes or contrarianism, there is a serious philosophical backing to them.
- Thinkers from Thoreau to Gandhi and King have made the case for civil disobedience as a legitimate route to change.