“Featured Book” archives

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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Feb 13 2015

Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics

GUEST: Michael Bronski, Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University.

Funerals were held yesterday for the three Muslim students allegedly killed by a lone white shooter earlier this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Thousands turned out for a rally the day after the killings, and thousands more turned up to mourn yesterday. Forty six-year old Craig Steven Hicks, a self-professed atheist …

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Feb 09 2015

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

GUEST: Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign.

By the year 2050 the elderly population in the United States will close to double in number, with those aged 65 and older consisting of nearly 84 million people. Along with the aging Baby Boomer generation will be an increasing need for more home health care workers. Despite this growing demand, …

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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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