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.
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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.
Jon Wiener: Donald Rumsfeld grins a lot in your movie “The Unknown Known.” The most memorable thing about this film is his grin. What do you make of it? Errol Morris:Supreme self-satisfaction. Cluelessness. Inability to deal with the reality of what he’s done.
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LISTEN online HERE— iTunes podcast HERE The sad and gripping facts of our moment on earth: how climate change is bringing the most devastating loss of species diversity since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. ELIZABETH KOLBERT of The New Yorker has the facts; her new book is THE SIXTH EXTINCTION.
. Also: the man who discovered global warming: actor/activist MIKE FARRELL will explain. He’ll star in “Dr. Keeling’s Curve”, at Cal Tech on Earth Day, Apr 22 at 8pm. Ticket info HERE.
Plus: Life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina: SHERI FINKof the New York Times tells that harrowing story in her book FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL. She won the NBCC Nonfiction prize, the LA Times Current Interest prize, and the Ridenhour Prize awarded by The Nation Institute.
LISTEN online HERE— iTunes podcast HERE BILL MAHER, host of “Real Time” on HBO, talks about political humor on TV, and what it’s like doing his live stand-up show around the country. We’ll also talk about his interviews with Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, and Jimmy Carter.