“Featured Book” archives

Mar 26 2015

Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment

GUEST: Burt Neuborne is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School…

On December 15, 1791, Congress passed the ten amendments to the US Constitution that became known as the Bill of Rights. The first on that list enshrines a basic tenet of freedom – loosely interpreted, the freedom of speech. That speech could be religion, the …

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Mar 25 2015

Kill Chain: The Rise of the High Tech Assassins

GUEST: Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine and the author of many articles and books on national security…

The US assassinated 9 people in Nangahar Province, Afghanistan, yesterday morning by drone strike. Officials say the targets were militants working with the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam group. Last Thursday, another drone strike in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border region, reportedly killed a prominent Pakistani Taliban leader, Khawray Mehsud. And in early March, …

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Mar 24 2015

The Yellow Door – Japanese American Poet Amy Uyematsu Reads From her Latest Work

GUEST: Amy Uyematsu’s latest book is entitled ‘The Yellow Door’ …

*This segment was first aired on March 12.

An examination of American pop culture reveals that stereotypes of Asian Americans abound. There are few Asians on our screens and the new sitcom, Fresh of the Boat, is one small attempt to undermine the absence.

Japanese American poet and teacher, Amy Uyematsu, who was born after World War II, has lived …

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Mar 19 2015

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

GUEST: Charles Eisenstein, graduated from Yale in Mathematics and Philosophy…

Every morning I get into work and scour the news of the day. Some days that feels like self-mutilation. To face the horrors of California’s dwindling water, Antarctica’s melting glaciers, Syria’s massacred children, alongside the Republican Party’s increase in military expenditures, the European Central Bank’s $1.4 billion building and the obscene amounts of Wall Street CEOs’ bonus checks.

Why is …

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Mar 18 2015

Politics of Parenting: It Runs in the Family


GUEST: Frida Berrigan serves on the board of the War Resisters League, and helped to found the group Witness Against Torture…

Many of us are involved in political activism – especially if you’re tuned into this show. But what happens when you have kids? In my own life I can remember being so involved about ten years ago – in anti-war activism, journalism, anti-racist actions, going to meetings and joining …

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Mar 16 2015

Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for their American Dream

GUEST: Eileen Truax, originally from Mexico. She is a journalist and immigrant currently living in Los Angeles and contributes regularly to Hoy Los Angeles, and Unidos. She also writes for various Latin American publications.

When President Obama earned the moniker “Deporter-in-Chief,” it was a sad moment for a Democratic Administration that had promised to back the DREAM Act, and uphold a more progressive policy toward undocumented people. If you listen …

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Mar 10 2015

Politics of Parenting: ‘The Princess Problem’

GUEST: Rebecca Hains, media studies professor at Salem State University, Massachusetts, and author of ‘The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years.’

Disney’s upcoming live-action feature film Cinderella by Kenneth Brannagh is supposed to be a feminist re-telling of an old fairytale, where the main character has agency and intelligence. But, sadly it is visually very much in line with unrealistic notions of feminine beauty that we see in …

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Mar 09 2015

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

GUEST: Dr. Martin Blaser, director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University…

Two major corporations – McDonalds and Costco, have just announced they will no longer distribute chicken that has been treated with antibiotics. The companies are responding to a growing awareness of the overuse of antibiotics and its links to ill-health. Not only are animals in the conventional meat industry routinely treated with antibiotics to increase …

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Feb 23 2015

Mexicans Were Lynched in the US In Numbers Second Only to Blacks

GUEST: William Carrigan is Chair and Professor of History at Rowan University, author of The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916…

The Equal Justice Initiative recently released a groundbreaking report on lynchings of African-Americans in the US and found that nearly 4,000 documented lynchings occurred between the years 1877 to 1950. While the gruesome incidents of murder are well established in our history books, the …

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Feb 19 2015

Eye on the Struggle, Ethel Payne the First Lady of the Black Press

GUEST: James Morris McGrath, author, columnist, and radio host…

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, among the hand-picker live audience witnessing his signature was a woman who had often asked the hardest questions in the White House. Ethel Payne, who was one of the first Black women to receive White House Press credentials, has come to be known as the First …

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