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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 CNN.com. 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

The Gift Is Giving

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 3:59 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 | 1:46 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 | 10:45 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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Election '14

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Based on his polls, Mitt Romney was so confident that he would be America's president today that he neglected to have a concession speech written. Votes count, polls don't.

Dr. James McHenry was one of Maryland's delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. He reported that, after the Convention had concluded...

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Enough Already

(20) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:03 AM

There are many problems with the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. This one's personal. I'm getting several hundred end-of-the-world fund-raising emails each and every day. There are times when they're arriving faster than I can trash them. The emails are annoying. Their effects are insidious. Campaigns are now...

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The Peoples' Business Isn't Business

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 4:17 AM

Are we going to be bought?

Republican President Calvin Coolidge famously said "the chief business of the American people is business." Some argue that putting the quote in the context in which he said it changes the meaning. Nope.

Perhaps what he said was merely a tautology (x equals x)...

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Amanda v. Goliath$

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:59 AM

American history is a story of profound conflict. There are those who believe that corporations and the wealthy few should control the rest of us. And there are those of us focused on the wellbeing of real people. Conflict is inevitable.

The corporatists want government to function...

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Ebola -- It Didn't Have to Be This Way

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 3:37 AM

Ebola's the open secret no one wanted to know about. This is anything but a new story. The Hot Zone caused a stir early in the '90s'; Virus Hunter toward the end. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a chronic problem with the media. Headlines moved on...

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The People v. Goliath$

(23) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:10 AM

If money can buy elections, Montana's Senate race ended August 7 when the Democrat's candidate resigned. If a vibrant young working class candidate can corral the democratic process sufficiently, it began August 16. That's when the party picked Amanda Curtis to take on a Koch Brother darling with an absolutist

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It's About Time, Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 10:09 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 | 9:59 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 | 4:01 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 | 10:55 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 | 3:48 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 | 7:15 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 | 7:54 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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Thanks!

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 7:53 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 | 2:34 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 | 8:22 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 | 9:28 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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