“Featured Book” archives

Jul 31 2015

25 Years After Signing of ADA, New Book Takes Deeper Look At History of the Historic Law

GUEST: Lennard Davis, author of Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights.

July 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark piece of legislation signed by President George H. W. Bush. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, was the most important piece of legislation impacting one fifth of the population, who are people …

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Jul 30 2015

What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

GUEST: Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist specializing in Climate and environmental strategies, economic psychology, and energy systems. He is the author of the new book ‘What We Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action’.

This interview was originally broadcast on May 20, 2015.

The warming of our planet is unarguably the greatest existential threat facing the human species, and for that matter, most other species. The release of …

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Jul 28 2015

The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

GUEST: Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, writes for the Nation, Monthly Review, Salon, and Jacobin.

Nearly 4 years after the historic Occupy Wall Street movement was born in New York City and spread around the world, we turn today to examine it with the benefit of hind-sight. A new book by Michael Gould-Wartofsky paints an intimate portrait of the nearly 2-month long occupation …

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Jul 27 2015

Not From Here: Memoir Tackles Complex Issues of Belonging

GUEST: Allan Johnson, sociologist, author, novelist, and public speaker, author of Not From Here: A Memoir. His books include The Gender Knot: Unraveling Patriarchal Legacy, and The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise, and Privilege, Power, and Difference.

When an angry mob of racist Americans confronted Central American immigrant children in the town of Murrieta, California, they held signs saying “Return to Sender.” But the ownership that …

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Jul 15 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 segment was broadcast on May 8, then re-broadcast on June 4, 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 …

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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 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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