LISTEN onlineHERE —iTunes podcastHERE TOM FRANK reveals the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media. Tom writes for Salon.com.
Plus: RICKY JAY is one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists, distinguished by the remarkable variety of his accomplishments as an author, actor, and historian. In Jay’s Journal of Anomalieshe describes some of his favorite strange entertainments through the ages.
Also: What are your 54 favorite films? We’ll ask KENNETH TURAN, film critic for the LA Times—his new book is Not to be Missed: 54 Favorites from a Lifetime of Film. We’ll talk about “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Touch of Evil,” “Vertigo” — and Lars Von Trier’s “Five Obstructions.”
Plus: China is the biggest story of the century : why does a government with more success lifting people out of poverty than any other civilization in history operate in such a repressive and dictatorial way? EVAN OSNOS will explain – he’s been The New Yorker’s China correspondent, and his new book is Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.
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“The most important study of inequality in the last 50 years,” and “the most influential work of economics of the century”: that’s Thomas Piketty’s book CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. TIMOTHY SHENK will explain—he wrote the cover story on Piketty in The Nation. Piketty’s Capital is our featured thank-you gift in the KPFK fund drive—please call and pledge during the show 818-985-5735.
Plus: A secret history of the workplace: the office, and the cubicle, where 60 percent of Americans now work. NIKIL SAVAL has that story—he’s an editor of n+1, and his new book is CUBED. “The very boringness of the office turns out to be what is most interesting”—Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed.
Q.You do live shows all over the place. What’s it like to do your left-wing live show in a right-wing state like Alabama?
A. I’ve been to Alabama twice this year. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve yet to find a place in America that’s so backward I can’t find two or three thousand screaming liberals to come out on a Friday night and cheer for the blue team. I think they’re gratified to look around the room and see so many people who they didn’t realize live in their area and think like they do.
. . . . continued at The Nation, HERE
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SANDA TSING LOH talks about her “year of raging hormones”–and about middle-aged women, America’s largest demographic group. She’s an award-winning author, a contributing editor of The Atlantic, and host of “The Loh Down on Science,” heard on the radio weekly by four million people. Her new book is The Madwoman in the Volvo. Sandra will be reading and signing Thurs May 1 in Pasadena, ticket info HERE.
Also: LA’s sky-high rents – and what to do about them: HAROLD MEYERSON has some ideas. Harold writes a column for the Washington Post op-ed page, he’s editor-at-large for The American Prospect, and he wrote about rents in LA for the LA Times.