“Featured Book” archives

May 22 2015

They Know Everything About You

GUEST: Robert Scheer is the former national affairs correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times…

*This interview was originally aired on March 31, 2015.

When Edward Snowden revealed to the whole world that the US government’s National Security Agency was vacuuming up all the data it could on pretty much everyone it could, George Orwell likely rolled in his grave. The frightening dystopia of constant surveillance he had described seemed to …

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May 20 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’.

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 greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere has had …

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May 19 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’.

It is not often that members of the US Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. Negotiations over fast track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, …

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May 18 2015

Chris Hedges Calls for Revolution: Olympia WA Speech Based on New Book ‘Wages of Rebellion’

GUEST: Chris Hedges is the author of numerous bestselling books, including ‘Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class'; ‘War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning'; and ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’ which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig.

Despite our daily news cycle being dominated by the violence of war and poverty, reports abound of rebellions. In fact, …

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May 18 2015

Young Palestinian Artist Keeps Refugee Stories Alive in ‘Baddawi’

GUEST: Leila Abdelrazaq, a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and graphic novelist, author of ‘Baddawi’. Leila is an organizer – member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee- and a recent graduate of DePaul University where she was active in the group Students for Justice in Palestine which helped to pass the DePaul Divestment referendum.

Friday May 15th was the 67th anniversary of Al Nakba, the day that Palestinians …

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May 14 2015

Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters

GUEST: Tom Hayden is the author of Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters.

*This segment was originally broadcast on April 1, 2015.

When President Obama made his surprise announcement just months ago, on December 17th, 2014, he began by saying, “Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.” Those words marked a historic moment – the beginning of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, …

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May 13 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.

After facing mounting pressure from fans on social media, R&B star Lauryn Hill announced on May 5 that …

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May 12 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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May 08 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.

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 in the United States, women are ranked …

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May 06 2015

Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu Jamal

GUEST: Dr. Johanna Fernandez, professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York, a former Fulbright Scholar, and one of the coordinators of the ‘Campaign to Bring Mumia Home’.

The life of political prisoner and award winning journalist Mumia Abu Jamal remains in danger, as prison authorities in Pennsylvania are slow to provide him with appropriate medical treatment. Abu Jamal’s blood sugar had reached very dangerously high …

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