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Paula Gordon
Paula is host of The Paula Gordon: Conversations with People at the Leading Edge(sm). These are more than 1500 thought and action leaders ... people who encompass the human experience through their work expanding the boundaries of sciences, the arts, history, public policy, politics and environmental challenges.

She and her co-host/husband Bill Russell launched the broadcast version of the program in 1996, and have made it available to listeners and viewers around the world on the internet since 1997. For five years, they provided CNN Radio with hundreds of "LookOut" features. Their "Perspectives" series helped launch For the past 4 years the programs have also been produced for television, with current and archived video available on DailyMotion, YouTube and elsewhere.

Paula has been on television and radio since the early '70s. She also builds on extensive experience as a film and television writer/producer/director. As an on-air talent, after an early start in Public Broadcasting she moved to Chicago and NBC's owned and operated station, WMAQ-TV. There she was nominated for an Emmy® in 1977 for "Small World," her weekly half-hour show.

Two decades followed in the business world, as Paula and Bill created, built, then sold one of the Southeast's premier film and video and post-production companies. Since the late '80s, Paula has led The Clarion Group, a business consultancy where her focus is communication challenges among diverse constituencies. While producing and hosting "The Paula Gordon Show" she also produces and hosts streaming videos and webinars.

Her undergraduate degree is in government from Oberlin College ('68), her Masters in Radio/Television/Mass Communication is from Indiana University ('72). She serves as an officer of Public Intelligence, Inc., and Investigations Group, Inc., is a Trustee of The Interdenominational Theological Center and a founding board member of Quantum Leaps, Inc., a global accelerator for women entrepreneurs. She is the President of the 2006 Alumni of APEC's "Women in the Digital World," and host of "Musical Wonders" from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A Midwesterner, she and Bill live in Atlanta and British Columbia.

Entries by Paula Gordon

It's About Time, Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:09 AM

Co-written by Bill Russell

I called my first big TV series back in the '70s, It's About Time! On Monday, that phrase leapt to mind as I read that President Obama is serious about curbing carbon pollution. I almost certainly would not have environmentally-induced asthma if any President after Jimmy...

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Gerry Adams

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 8:59 AM

"That's not the Gerry Adams I know!" I said to myself. Gerry Adams, President of Ireland's Séin Fein political party since 1983, was being questioned about possible involvement in an unsolved 1972 crime. I have no special knowledge of the Troubles. But I am personally acquainted with Mr....

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My Easter

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of "Good Friday." How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

My mother, seminary-trained...

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Party Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 9:55 AM

I, a yoga neophyte, was surprised when invited to recall a recent feeling or emotion I didn't much like. "Disgust" leaped to mind, as it did yesterday on hearing the Supreme Court's McCutcheon ruling.

But my instructor did not stop with naming nasties. She reminded us that we choose how...

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The (Provisional) Truth About Emotions

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:48 AM

I am not a fan of the New York Times. I rarely use my quota of free-to-the-internet articles. My view is that, institutionally, they are not nearly so clever as they appear to believe. They are slow to acknowledge or correct errors. Although I also recognize that, over the years,...

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Who Can We Believe? Dr. Ekman's Not-So-Magic Cure

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Sometimes I use the weekend to catch up on my reading. Sometimes I regret it. A partial sample from last weekend:

  • BusinessWeek tells me that: "After agreeing to pay $23 billion in penalties and settlements in 2013, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Chief Executive Jamie Dimon was rewarded today by...
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Shining Lights

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 6:54 AM

The human animal is, quite reasonably, afraid of the dark. When living in it, we seek light. In accepting the reality of Nelson Mandela's death, my sad heart is drawn to the light of hope he offers us all: history will be what we make of it.

I rejoice...

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(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 6:53 AM

It feels unusually fortuitous that Thanksgiving and the beginning of Hanukkah overlap this year.

As Jewish practitioners the world over illumine candles of remembrance -- symbolizing a triumph of light and hope over terrors and darkness -- and American families and friends across the continent break bread together, those of...

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Ignorance Is Bad for Your Health

(12) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 1:34 PM

We were in Montana last weekend. We had not expected the visit to provide a preview of this week's bizarre performance by the Republican Party.

Montana's soon to be senior Senator (Max Bauchus is retiring), Jon Tester, has attracted an unusual amount of attention recently by opposing Larry...

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Did Al Assad Lie to Charlie Rose?

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 7:22 AM

Even by the current debased standards of political discourse, the rhetoric about Syria has been both exceptionally childish and petulant.

Steve Coll gave me respite. And then I got an email with the above title from Paul Ekman. Dr. Ekman knows about lying. He

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More Than a Dream

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 8:28 AM

I was a watcher on August 28, 1963, a frustrated teenager in front of a TV in Chicago. I longed to be linking arms with this movement, working to finally fulfill Lincoln's promise of a government "... of the people, by the people, and for the people ......

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Janos Starker

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 7:36 AM

It is a singular experience to encounter a human being as authentically great as Janos Starker. A "force of nature" is one way to describe him. Acolytes and critics alike could agree with the persistent "fire and ice" moniker. (It tickled his magnificent sense of humor.) Simply to be in...

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Frederick's Table

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 8:24 AM

Little things mean so much, particularly when confronting a deep, personal loss. When his wife responded to our message of celebration on Frederick Ferré's 80th birthday with news of his death, we were shaken and immeasurably saddened. Now, I find myself anchoring my grief over the loss of this remarkable...

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(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 7:44 AM

... and counting.

In August, 1996, we broadcast a program responding to the bombing at Centennial Park during the Atlanta Olympic Games. Blessedly, the bomber -- anti-gay and anti-abortion -- is now serving life sentences for that and other fatal bombings.

The program we...

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Violence Begets Violence

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Thirty years of gun-slinging mass murder American style -- crisply documented by Mother Jones -- had almost pushed me into mute hopelessness. But feelings of despair offer no answers, so I went looking for antidotes. I had found two, before the horrific gates of gun violence hell touched...

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Judicial Fundamentalists

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:58 AM

Should the unthinkable happen and Mitt Romney actually wins today or even if the Republicans are allowed to steal the election, consider the necessary alterations to that hoary standard, the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge will be redirected from the Flag to the Corporation. "... With liberty and justice for...

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A Vote for Mitt Romney, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 7:24 AM

... is a vote to complete the takeover of America by big corporations. Consider the old-fashioned American notion of Justice.

If Romney has any authority in the Republican Party, he should immediately put a halt to the blatant effort to disenfranchise large numbers of voters. If he tries and fails,...

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A Vote for Mitt Romney...

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 9:46 AM

... is a vote to complete the takeover of America by big corporations. Consider the place we call home: Earth. Consider also the storm called Sandy.

Mitt Romney says that corporations are people. That is legalistic, self-serving nonsense. The consequences of this nonsense are many and overwhelmingly bad. The most...

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(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 11:55 PM

The First Amendment guarantees our right to embrace any religion we choose, no matter how peculiar. It also protects our right to talk about it along with almost anything else (truthfulness is optional). So why have we heard so little of substance about Mormonism when MItt Romney, a committed Mormon,...

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A Vote for Mitt Romney

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 8:30 AM

... is a vote to complete the takeover of America by big corporations. Take the history of affordable, accessible health care in America.

When I want to step back and get a broad view of what's going on in the world of capitalism, I have the luxury of talking with...

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