“Featured Book” archives

Feb 05 2016

How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

GUEST: Mehrsa Baradaran is the J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, at the University of Georgia School. She has testified before Congress on postal banking and how poor Americans are forced to resort to payday lenders.

In a 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called for the creation of a public banking system, with the postal service as a foundation. That idea …

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Feb 02 2016

When we Fight We Win! Part 2

GUEST: Greg Jobin-Leeds, Founder and Board chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, writer, high school and adult literacy teacher, and author with AgitArte, of the new book, When we Fight We Win! Twenty First Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World.

On yesterday’s program we aired part 1 of an in-depth conversation I had with author and activist Greg Jobin-Leeds about …

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Feb 01 2016

When we Fight We Win! Twenty First Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World – Part 1

GUEST: Greg Jobin-Leeds, Founder and Board chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, writer, high school and adult literacy teacher, and author with AgitArte, of the new book, ‘When we Fight We Win! Twenty First Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World’.

The white armed militia in Oregon and the rise of Donald Trump and his hordes of supporters are enough to …

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Jan 29 2016

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

GUEST: Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and Pastor at Greenleaf Christian church in Goldsboro.

North Carolina’s draconian voter ID law went on trial in federal court this week. The case is a test of how courts will approach challenges to voting rights in a crucial election year. North Carolina’s law is one of many issues that has …

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Jan 27 2016

Politics of Parenting: Love’s Promises – How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families

GUEST: Martha M. Ertman, Law Professor at the University of Maryland’s Carey Law School and editor of Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture. Her new book is called Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families.

*This program was originally broadcast on October 6, 2015.

The Supreme Court’s decision last year to legalize gay marriage should have been the last …

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Jan 21 2016

Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

GUEST: Roberto Gonzales, Assistant Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America.

President Obama began this year by deporting thousands of mostly Central American undocumented immigrants including children. The deportees, whose asylum requests were denied despite evidence that they were escaping violence in their home countries, are the latest group of immigrants that this country …

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Dec 07 2015

The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology

GUEST: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. His earlier books include
‘Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing For Change’.

The academic field of Sociology is defined as “the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society,” and simply put, “the study of social problems.” Today the US has a rich and burgeoning …

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Dec 04 2015

A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka

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GUEST: Meera Subramanian, award-winning journalist whose work has been published in the New York Times, Nature, and more.

Heavy rainfall in the southern states of India has resulted in massive flooding, particularly in and around Tamil Nadu. The capital city of Chennai saw its wettest day in 100 years this week. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the city to offer emergency relief funding. …

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Dec 02 2015

Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice

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GUEST: Les Leopold, co-founder and Director of the Labor Institute in New York City and author of the award-winning biography, The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi.

In our last story with economist Chuck Collins, we heard the latest statistics on how absurdly rich the US’s wealthiest people are. Several questions arise from that: do …

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Dec 01 2015

Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom

GUEST: Sonja D. Williams, Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University, winner of three Peabody awards as a radio producer. Her credits include ‘Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions’, and ‘Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was’.

You just heard the opening minutes of Destination Freedom, the pioneering radio program written and hosted by Richard Durham, a man …

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