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Charles Blow Q&A: The Nation 10/17

At Grambling “I joined a fraternity, a tremendous exercise in violence. The hazing of pledges is masculinity run off the rails. It’s an obscenity. It takes advantage of young men wanting to prove themselves physically—by submitting to abuse and enduring it—and then keeping it secret.”  continued HERE

KPFK show preempted: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

For the record:  “The Four O’Clock Report” on KPFK is preempted 10/8, 10/15 and 10/22 for special fund drive programming.

Naomi Klein: “This Changes Everything” -KPFK 10/1

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Our hero NAOMI KLEIN has written the political book of the year: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Capitalism vs the Climate.  The problem of climate change, she says, is not carbon – it’s capitalism.   Naomi talks about how the climate crisis gives us the opportunity to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.
WATCH the amazing trailer for This Changes Everything HERE.
READ Naomi in The Nation HERE.
Plus: TOM FRANK on the wild world of Kansas politics—where the Democrats have pulled out of the Senate race–but an independent, Greg Orman, seems to be ahead of the incumbent Republican Pat Roberts.  Tom writes about politics for – he is the author of the classic What’s the Matter with Kansas?


The Case Against the Supreme Court:
Erwin Chemerinsky on KPFK 9/24

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ERWIN CHEMERINSKY says the Roberts Court’s conservative agenda is well known—but nothing new. The Court has largely failed throughout American history at its most important tasks and at the most important times. Erwin is founding dean of the law school at UC Irvine; his new book is The Case Against the Supreme Court.

 Also: Football head injuries — and domestic violence: DAVE ZIRIN asks whether the brutality of the game plays a role in the prevalence of players committing acts of violence against women.  Dave is sports writer for The Nation, and host of Sirius XM Radio’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio.

Plus: For-Profit Colleges: how they crush the American dream and create a mountain of debt for students: HANNAH APPEL will explain – she’s a mother, activist, and assistant professor of anthropology at UCLA who has been active with Occupy Wall Street since 2011. She wrote about for-profit colleges for TomDispatch.

The People’s Climate March: KPFK 9/17

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This Sunday New York City will be the site of the largest march in history for climate action—100,000 people. As part of the march, our hero NAOMI KLEIN is releasing her first book in seven years: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. JOHN POWERS will comment: he interviewed Naomi for Vogue this month.
WATCH the trailer for This Changes Everything HEREREAD Naomi in The Nation HERE.  SEE Naomi at the Hammer in Westwood 9/30, info HERE.
Plus: ANDREW BACEVICH has grim & eloquent critique of our military system—he was an army officer for 23 years and now teaches at Boston U.  His book Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed their Soldiers & Their Country is out now in paperback. READ Rachel Maddow’s review in the NY Times Book Review, HERE.
Also: trouble in Wisconsin: a panel of Republican judges reinstated the voter-ID law which had been thrown out by a lower court after careful scrutiny of its effects. JOHN NICHOLS of The Nation will explain – he’s in Scotland covering the vote on independence.

The Threat of Peace in Gaza: KPFK 9/10

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“Peace may be the biggest threat to Hamas and to Israel’s leaders”
: That’s what AMY WILENTZ says, she was The New Yorker’s Jerusalem correspondent, and is author of several award-winning books, including Martyrs’ Crossing, a novel set in Israel and the West Bank.  She’s written for the New York Times, Reuters and The Nation, and she teaches literary journalism at UC Irvine.

Plus: Remembering CHUCK BOWDEN: a fearless reporter and a fantastic writer who he died August 30 at age 69.   He saw before anyone else how Mexico’s drug war was coming to the borderlands, and he called America’s war on drugs “A wheel of pain that just keeps rolling.”  We spoke with him in February, 2003, just after he published Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, Family.
Also: LAILA LALAMI has written an amazing novel, The Moor’s Account, a fictional memoir of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave who arrived with a group of conquistadores in Florida in 1527. Laila was born and raised in Morocco and teaches creative writing at UC Riverside; her work has has won many awards and been translated into ten languages.
She will be speaking tonight/Wed at 7:30 at Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont in LA.

Bad Cops: Erwin Chemerinsky on KPFK 9/3

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How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops: ERWIN CHEMERINSKY
says the Court has created often insurmountable obstacles” to justice for victims of police abuse. Erwin is founding dean of the law school at UC Irvine and wrote about bad cops for the New York Times op-ed page.

Also: despite the suffering and misery in Gaza, Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Mideast, JUAN COLE says, a new generation of Arab men and women are using innovative notions of personal rights to challenge the authoritarianism, corruption, and stagnation that had afflicted their societies. Juan’s new book, The New Arabs, offers a provocative and optimistic argument about the future of the Arab world.

Plus: How the black community of Ferguson, Missouri have shed their fear and asserted their humanity in ways big and small, beautiful and ugly: GARY YOUNGE was an eyewitness. He writes for The Guardian and The Nation—and he will be talking about his book The Speech: The Story Behind Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream at Esowon Books on Sept 9, next Tues, at 7pm –4327 Degnan Boulevard in Liemert Park.

Decoding the Rosetta Stone of American economic decline: KPFK 8/27

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HAROLD MEYERSON says we need to do more than help low-wage workers – we need to “go after the one percent.”  Harold writes for the Washington Post op-ed page: HERE and HERE.

Plus: The surprising history of women’s movements – and what’s wrong with telling women to “Lean In” and be more confident: historian LINDA GORDON will explain.  Her new book is Feminism Unfinishedand she wrote about “The problem with ‘Lean In’” for the Huffington Post, HERE.

Also: RICHARD PRICE talks about Lush Life, his novel about contending social groups on the Lower East Side today—and the cops who police them.

Rick Perlstein: The Rise of Reagan: KPFK 8/20

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The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan:
RICK PERLSTEIN has just written a dazzling new history of the seventies —  it’s “nonfiction with the sweep of an epic novel” (Stephen King).  Rick writes for The Nation, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other mags — his new book is The Invisible Bridge.

Plus: This month is the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI--we’ll speak with historian ADAM HOCHSCHILD about his award-winning book To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.  It’s about anti-war activists in Britain in WWI–they defied their governments, and their families, to say the war was wrong.  Adam is an award-winning writer and co-found of Mother Jones.  His book is out now in paperback.

Also: TOM HAYDEN talks about alternatives to the “long war” in Iraq that Hillary Clinton, and increasingly Barack Obama, have been advocating.  Tom writes for The Nation and other publications and heads The Democracy Project — info HERE.