“Featured Book” archives

Aug 28 2015

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of our Time

GUEST: James Kilgore, adjunct instructor of global studies and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, author of Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of our Time.

The United States imprisons more people than anyone else in the world hands down. Not only is the absolute number of people we imprison greater than any other nation, but we also lead in the percentage of …

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Aug 24 2015

Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century

GUEST: Nato Thompson, writer and art curator, and author of Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century. He is chief curator at the public arts institution Creative Time, and a curator at MASS MoCA. He is the editor of The Interventionists: A User’s Manual for the Creative Disruption of Every Day Life.

The world renowned counter-culture artist Banksy opened a theme park in England late last week. True to form, …

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Aug 21 2015

Pro-Voice: How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight

GUEST: Aspen Baker, Founder and Executive Director of Exhale, author of ‘Pro-Voice: How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight’.

*This segment was broadcast on August 5, 2015.

The dubiously named group, Center for Medical Progress, has released a number of videos of conversations with staffers at Planned Parenthood that were surreptitiously filmed, to drive the on-going debate over abortion. Claiming that Planned Parenthood engages in the sale of fetal tissue …

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Aug 18 2015

The Disaster Profiteers: : How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer

GUEST: John C. Mutter, professor at Columbia University in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in International and Public Affairs. He is the author of ‘The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer’.

Disasters make for great headlines. They help publishers sell more newspapers and TV networks sell more ads. They generate public sympathy for charities, and enable politicians to appear benevolent. But, in …

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Aug 17 2015

Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing

GUEST: Joe Domanick is an award winning investigative journalist and the associate director of John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at the City University of New York. His award winning books include Faking it in America, To Protect and Serve, and Cruel Justice.

Twitter users are saying the name of a 30-year old African American woman named Redel Kentel Jones, they say was shot in the back by officers …

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Aug 07 2015

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

GUEST: Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. His new book is called Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.

August 6th marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a historic piece of legislation that was one of the hard-won victories of the civil rights movement. Just hours before the first Republican Presidential …

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Aug 06 2015

Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, & Human Rights in the Conflict

GUEST: Eve Spangler, sociologist and human rights activist, author of ‘Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, & Human Rights in the Conflict’.

Four Palestinians were killed and 30 wounded this morning when undiscovered ordinance from last summer’s Israeli war on Gaza exploded. The four victims were all from the same family. A year ago at this time, the 51-day war was still raging. It was ostensibly triggered by the killing of three Jewish Israeli …

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Aug 04 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’.

*This segment was originally broadcast on May 6, 2015.

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 …

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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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