“Featured Book” archives

Jul 03 2015

Tavis Smiley: My Journey with Maya

GUEST: Tavis Smiley, author of My Journey with Maya, and Death of a King; host and managing editor of Tavis Smiley on PBS, and The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International, best-selling author who has written 18 books.

*This segment was originally broadcast on April 14, 2015.

It has been less than 11 months since one of the greatest American artists, Maya Angelou died. On May 28th 2014, the incredible singer, …

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Jun 18 2015

A Conversation with Randall Robinson on Race, Racism, History, Fiction, and More

GUEST: Randall Robinson is a professor of law at Pennsylvania State Law School. His latest book is a historical novel called ‘Makeda’, about a young black man coming of age during the civil rights movement and the spiritual connection he has to his grandmother….

We are living in a moment when the crucial issues of race and racism in the United States have once more gripped the national consciousness. As unarmed …

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Jun 08 2015

Trade is War: The West’s War Against The World

GUEST: Yash Tandon has had decades of on-the-ground experience as a high level negotiator in bodies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), and is the author of the new book, ‘Trade is War: The West’s War Against The World’.

This segment was originally broadcast on May 19, 2015.

It is not often that members of the US Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. Negotiations over fast track …

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Jun 04 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

GUEST: Chris Hedges, author of ‘Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt’.

Chris Hedges’ Speaking Event: ‘The Moral Imperative of Revolt’ at the Aratani Theater in Los Angeles, June 7, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Moderator: Sonali Kolhatkar. Click HERE for tickets.

Throughout history tyrannical regimes have faced revolutions. Some have succeeded, others have failed. Today, with the unprecedented level of global wealth inequality and the power of corporate and …

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Jun 04 2015

Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over

GUEST: Caroline Fredrickson is a senior fellow at Demos and has written about many important constitutional issues.

*This interview was broadcast on May 8, 2015.

A new United Nations report has found that women worldwide earn significantly less than men even though they are working longer hours. Despite the growing visibility of women in higher tiers of the corporate world, by and large women are nowhere close to achieving wage parity.

Here …

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Jun 03 2015

Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land

GUEST: Sandy Tolan, radio documentary producer who has created dozens of pieces for NPR and PRI, co-founder of Homelands Productions, author of The Lemon Tree, and Hank and Me. He is currently an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

*This interview was originally aired on May 13, 2015.

After facing mounting pressure from fans on social media, R&B …

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Jun 02 2015

Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy

GUEST: Frederick A. O. Schwarz was the chief counsel for the Church Committee 40 years ago. He has a new book out called ‘Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy’.

*This interview was originally broadcast on May 5, 2015.

Government surveillance of the kind that we now know takes place on a daily basis, is not at all a new phenomenon in the US. The post 9-11 world of …

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May 28 2015

Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans

GUEST: Dr. Terence Fitzgerald, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, and the author of ‘Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans’

*This interview was first aired on May 6, 2015.

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to make waves in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and New York, many people trot out the now-familiar statistics of …

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May 27 2015

Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring

GUEST: Charles Glass has reported extensively from the Middle East, and traveled frequently in Syria, over several decades. His latest book is called ‘Syria Burning: ISIS And the Death of the Arab Spring.’

The Pentagon last week came the closest they have come so far, to admitting that US bombs killed Syrian civilians in the months-long war launched last year. An investigation into a November 2014 airstrike launched this January, found …

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May 27 2015

All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets

GUESTS: Anna Bernasek writes the Datapoints column for the New York Times and is a writer for Newsweek. She has covered economics and business as a journalist and author for more than twenty years. D.T. Mongan is a lawyer based in New York specializing in finance and corporate transactions. The two of them are co-authors of the new book ‘All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data To …

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