November 6, 2008

 To start off the hour, Marc sat down with Ali Smith from the Holistic Life Center, to talk about the 2nd annual Baltimore Bioneers Conference.  This event, which takes place this weekend, will feature some of the most innovative thinkers and ideas on how to address some of the most intractable environmental and social justice problems our world face. Learn more at

On December 10, 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  With the experience of World War II fresh in everyone’s minds, the declaration was intended to affirm the essential rights to which all human beings across the globe are entitled, without exception.  It covers a range of rights, from freedom of religion to the right to work, from a guarantee against torture to the right to education.  Here’s a link to the full text of the document.

With the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human rights just around the corner on December 10th, the University of Maryland School of Law recently held a Conference to reflect on the last sixty years, and look at where we are now and where we need to go.  We took advantage of the occasion to sit down with two of the great international human rights advocates, Mary Robinson and Arthur Chaskalson.

Mary Robinson is the former President of Ireland and the U.N. High Commisioner for Human Rights.  Arthur Chaskalson is former Chief Justice of South Africa and President of the Constitutional Court.