“Featured Book” archives

Nov 20 2015

Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully


GUEST: Robert Jensen is a Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, ethics, and politics. He is the author of a number of books. His latest book is called ‘Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully.’

Our society tends to glorify leaders, those who make a name …

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Nov 19 2015

Great Is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School


GUEST: Amos Kamil is a playwright, screen writer, and investigative reporter. He is the author of Great Is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice At the Horace Mann School.

On June 6, 2012, New York Times magazine published a bombshell of an article entitled Prep-School Predators: The Horace Mann School’s Secret History of Sexual Abuse. The author, Amos Kamil, was a …

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Nov 12 2015

Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning


GUEST: George Monbiot, s a well known environmental and political activist based in the UK, and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper; his book is called “Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning.”

Most of you know well the reality and danger of climate change, and that global warming is happening as a direct result of human behavior through the burning of fossil fuels and the …

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Nov 10 2015

There is Room for You: Tales From a Transgender Defender’s Heart

GUEST: Zoe Dolan, is a lawyer based in Los Angeles and New York City. Her practice focuses on criminal defense, with an emphasis on national security and death penalty cases. She currently represents Suleiman Abu Ghayth, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and the allegedly highest ranked al-Qaeda suspect to be tried in a civilian court in the United States.

Zoe Dolan has at least two …

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Nov 09 2015

The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America

GUEST: Sarah Deer, Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. She is the co-author of three books on tribal law and co-editor of Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence.

There is an epidemic of rape in the United States. That epidemic has its epicenter in Native American communities. One third of all …

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Nov 06 2015

Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism


GUEST: Deborah Jian Lee, award winning journalist and radio producer, former staff reporter for the Associated Press. She has taught journalism at Columbia University and written for Foreign Policy, Forbes, Slate, and more.

It used to be that the Republican Party could rely pretty heavily on evangelical Christians to vote for them, drawn to the party’s adherence to socially conservative positions. The issues …

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Nov 04 2015

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate


GUEST: Abdel Bari Atwan is a Palestinian journalist and writer and the long-time editor-in chief of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. He now edits the Rai Al-Youm news website, the Arab world’s first Huffington Post-style outlet. He is a contributor to the Guardian newspaper and Scottish Herald. He interviewed Osama Bin Laden twice in the 1990s. His books include The Secret History …

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Nov 03 2015

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

GUEST: Dan Barber is the executive chef at a restaurant in Manhattan West Village called Blue Hill, and works with a non-profit called Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He writes about food and agricultural policy for the New York Times and has won a number of awards including the James Beard award.

California has hundreds of farmers markets all over the state. Whether you live in a big or …

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Nov 02 2015

Beyond Measure: Rescuing an overscheduled, overtested, underestimated generation

GUEST: Vicki Abeles, filmmaker whose 2009 documentary Race to Nowhere exposed the detrimental nature of high-stakes testing in public schools. Her new film Beyond Measure, shares its name with her new book Beyond Measure: Rescuing an overscheduled, overtested, underestimated generation.

President Obama in late October, made a surprise announcement on the White House Facebook page against high-stakes testing in public schools. The issue of high-stakes testing, …

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Oct 30 2015

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle


GUEST: Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. She is the author of: the New York Times ‘Notable Books, Surpassing the Love of Men and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers’, ‘Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics’ and ‘Lipstick Lesbians.’

Just a few years ago, when California was reeling from Proposition 8 (which many …

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