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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

Bless You, John!

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 8:02 PM

Every member of the Democratic caucus and every Republican of integrity should be sitting (in) with Congressman Lewis demanding action on gun control legislation.

John Lewis has been my congressman for decades ... and my hero for even longer.

We had the privilege of recording a...

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Can You Hear the Whistle Now?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 7:48 PM

When I saw the headline ("Republican Prays for Obama's Death"), I assumed the referenced Republican was a hard-right party chairman in a depopulated county at the end of nowhere. Nope.

As a Georgia voter, I apologize to the American people and to President Obama for the crass, mean-spirited...

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Crystal Deth

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 4:05 AM

Politics got you down? Tired of being shafted by the .1%? Despairing of head-in-the-dark climate change deniers? Suffering from Drumpf anxiety? Regretting your failure to incorporate in Panama ... or Delaware? Do not despair.

Agency. Animals have it, rocks don't. Plants have it. It is the ability of...

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The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 7:01 PM

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to learn from honest disagreements. Cornel West called this "democratic dialogue. This vital ingredient -- fundamental to attaining a just society governed by the rule of law --...

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Fie on Fear & Season's Greetings

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2015 | 4:51 PM

What is powerful enough to challenge 60 million refugees's troubles? What emboldens a young man to circumnavigate the planet without using any motors so he can promote sustainability and social justice? Compassion: the kindness of strangers.

Not yet a month ago in our small town in the...

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A Worthy Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2015 | 2:52 AM

On what we in the U.S. mark as the launch of our Thanksgiving tradition, indigenous Americans showed a compassionate practice central to humans' civilizing impulse: Welcome the stranger.

For the immigrating Europeans, that habit was enshrined in the literature and practice of our ancestor Middle Eastern cultures framed by...

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Headlines, the TSA, the Scientist and Me

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 4:52 PM

I'm about to travel through five major U.S. airports, four of them hubs. Recent headlines screaming about the TSA's 95 percent failure rate would worry me if a.) I thought "screaming headlines" were a reliable source of information or, b.) I had much regard for the ill-conceived and...

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Junketeers, Two-Timers, Clients or Naifs?

(35) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:51 AM

22 Democratic and 36 Republican members of Congress spent a full week of the August recess in Israel rather than among the constituents they were elected to serve. Their junkets are sponsored by neo-cons and other hawks, Israeli and American, who are intent on killing a hard-won deal to keep...

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Torture and the Psychologists

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:50 AM

The American Psychological Association is meeting in Toronto this week. August in Toronto may be even hotter than usual. The Association stands accused of supporting torture. By extension, the psychologists who are members of the association are implicated as well.

This is not a new story. One (of...

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Civilization & Values

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 5:06 AM

Evolution Has Outcomes Not Destinations.

One of the pleasures of having lived for several decades is that old friends drop by now and again. In an email sent to a few friends and colleagues, Stuart Kauffman passed along a piece he and his co-authors have written for the...

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The Thrill Is Gone

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 6:46 PM

BB King has died. He wasn't my all-time favorite Bluesman, but he was an exquisite musician and he influenced everyone.

The moment we heard that Riley B. King -- known universally both as "BB" and as the King of the Blues -- had breathed his last, we invited...

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(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:49 PM

All politics are local, all days are Earth's. So is it silly that I celebrate finding a company that recycles what I used to toss? Or that I've figured out "starters" for making yogurt sans a heap of "number 5 plastic " yogurt containers? No!

I crave the sense...

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Iran and Israel and US

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 3:25 AM

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

He was half right.

Jon Stewart's Rosewater -- coinciding as it does with the urgent need for America and Iran to mend relations on...

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Creating the History You Want to Share

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 4:46 AM

I have a secret weapon when I engage complete strangers in political conversations as I often do. It's my U.S. Congressman, John Lewis. First I must say, this weekend there's a big party in Atlanta, celebrating Rep. Lewis' 75th birthday. It will be a momentous occasion for every...

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Own Goal

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:17 AM

Here's the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.

I've never liked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Its hasty and ill-conceived creation in the fear-laden aftermath of 9/11 had too much the aura of Republican anti-civil liberties opportunism.

As is often the...

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... And Justice for All

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 1:53 AM

I'm a little emotional about same-sex couples accepting Alabama Probate Judges' time-honored offer to newlyweds "You may kiss". These marriages are all the sweeter because when we were married by an Alabama Probate Judge three decades ago, it was a very different world. Sorta.

Those were the days of "I...

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Don't Forget Me

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 1:28 AM

In his State of the Union address President Obama focused on the people, those abandoned by Republican politics. The president's prescriptions for the struggling middle class reminded me of our conversation with author and journalist Gay Talese. Mr. Talese attributed his professional inspiration to a line from Arthur...

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The Gift Is Giving

(1) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Years ago, I found the strangeness emanating from a youngish woman seated across an airplane aisle captivating. Then it came to me. Everything about her cried "new." So new, in fact, that from haircut and makeup to jewelry and clothes, shoes, wrap, fancy carry-on bag, even the magazine that engrossed...

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Truly a Lady

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Meeting P.D. James made me rethink my aversion to titles I associate with monarchy. She was an authentic lady long before she was a Lady. She earned that title, of course, which made the honorific sweeter. P.D. James' murder mysteries triumphed, cornering the world market for superlatives about murder mystery...

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Charles Darwin and the SunMine

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 9:45 PM

What do evolution and a determined citizenry in a little city you've never heard of have to do with the future of civilization?

('Scientists') fear is that it's increasingly likely that the Earth's climate will warm by at least 4°C. Two degrees of warming, which the world's leaders have accepted...
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