“Featured Book” archives

Jan 28 2015

Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander on Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

GUESTS: Larry Siems, is the editor of ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Nancy Hollander represents Mr. Slahi’s as his criminal defense lawyer at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.

It has been thirteen and a half years since Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian national, has been in US custody. Much of his detention has been at the US-run prison camp in Guantánamo, Cuba. Mr. Slahi was first picked up by Mauritanian …

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Jan 27 2015

Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story

GUEST: Thanassis Cambanis, contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City, but lives in Beirut, Lebanon. His latest book is called Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story.

Nearly two dozen protesters were killed and about a hundred injured on Sunday during commemorations of Egypt’s 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak. A number …

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Jan 26 2015

Social Security Works! Why Social Security isn’t going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All

GUEST: Eric Kingson, professor of Social Work at Syracuse University, writes about the politics and economics of aging. Together with his co-author Nancy Altman, he founded Social Security Works, which is the title of their book together. He is also the co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.

Republican lawmakers in their first days in Congress as the majority party immediately enacted a rule change that would prohibit the transfer of …

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Jan 16 2015

Reef Libre: An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism and the Last, Best Reefs in the World

GUEST: Robert Wintner, aka Snorkel Bob, is the author of Reef Libre: An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism and the Last, Best Reefs in the World. He also has a short film out by the same name and earlier books include Some Fishes I Have Known.

Keeping his word on relaxing the Cuba embargo, President Obama announced yesterday that travel and trade restrictions between the US and Cuba would be significantly eased. The move …

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Jan 15 2015

Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left

GUEST: Todd Wolfson, author of the book Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left.

The rise of the internet has been a game changer for political activism. With the ability to instantly communicate with one another, set up meetings, share lots of information quickly, publish images and videos, and focus public attention on important issues political organizing has become more efficient and more creative. Millions of people all over the world now rely on online …

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Jan 13 2015

Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class

Scott Timberg is a former arts reporter for the Los Angeles Times writing on music and culture, blogger, journalist, and adjunct writing professor. His new book is called Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.

We live in an era when independent bookstores and record stores are so rare they’re akin to an endangered species. And yet, books are more plentiful than ever with online monopolies making them easily available. So many newspapers have …

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Jan 12 2015

The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education

GUEST: Paula McAvoy, a philosopher of education, and an Associate Program Officer at the Spencer Foundation. She is the co-author with Diana E. Hess, of The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.

The White House unveiled a major plan on Thursday entitled America’s College Promise which, if passed, would allow millions of college students around the country to have access to free or nearly free higher education at community colleges. President Obama said, …

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Jan 07 2015

An African Perspective on Racial Justice in the US

The United States is facing its biggest domestic challenge in recent years with the organized and sustained activism by Black Americans against police violence and institutional racism. Every day there is either news of shootings of unarmed African Americans by police, or reports of sustained activism against it. How does all this appear to the rest of the world?

Alain Mabanckou, author and academic, joins us now to offer a small glimpse of how he, …

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Jan 05 2015

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

By almost all accounts, the US’s so-called War on Drugs, has been a miserable failure. Aside from failing to address the causes of addiction, the war has disproportionately targeted poor people and people of color, who fill up our absurdly large prisons. On the border with Mexico, it has unleashed a horribly violent war, empowering traffickers and armed militias. Now, a new book by an unlikely writer attempts to cast light on the obscure historical …

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Jan 02 2015

America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected to unveil his decision on the crucial issue of “net neutrality,” within the next few weeks. The decision is fraught with controversy after Wheeler proposed a two tier system last year that would create an unequal playing field on the internet, provoking outrage from consumers and corporations.

Today’s media is dominated by online consumption. We turn to the internet for our print news, to …

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