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Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: LA Review of Books, 10/22

Q.: Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature — do we have to argue about whether what Dylan writes is “literature”? Do we have to say Homer sang his epics, or that Virgil was a lyricist?
A.: I have no interest in those questions. I’ve always thought the question of whether Bob Dylan was a poet was a waste of time.
. . . continued at LA Review of Books HERE


 Donald Trump’s ‘Horrifying’ Refusal to Accept the Election Results: The Nation podcast, 10/20

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aybe you heard the news: in the third debate, Donald Trump wouldn’t say he would accept the results of the election if he lost.  Clinton called that “horrifying.”  Joan Walsh comments—she’s The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent.

Plus: Kai Wright examines the media that have shaped the world-view of Trump supporters—it explains a lot about their thinking.  Kai is host and producer of the podcast “The United States of Anxiety.”

And we’re still feeling good about Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week—we’ll talk about it, and listen to some Bob Dylan songs, with Greil Marcus—he’s the author of the book “Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, Writings 1968-2010”


Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ and Roy Cohn: ‘Always Hit Back’: LA Review of Books 10/20

DONALD TRUMP HAS FAILED at many things: his casinos went bankrupt, his “university” collapsed in lawsuits, his TV show was cancelled. But he was hugely successful with one undertaking: his book Trump The Art of the Deal.  Reading the book is a miserable experience, especially now. And it’s full of lies, of course; lies about his, well, deals.   But Art of the Deal does contain one massively important truth. . .
. . . Continued at the LA Review of Books HERE


Greil Marcus Q&A: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: The Nation Podcast Special, 10/19

n this special edition of our podcast, Greil Marcus talks about “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Masters of War,” and “Like a Rolling Stone”—and the way Dylan has changed those songs in live performances over the decades.



Donald Trump’s “Great Respect for Women”: The Nation podcast, 10/13

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atha Pollitt
has some words for Trump and his defenders after the groping tape and the second debate, where he argued that ISIS “chopping off heads” was worse than his statements about women who will “let you do it” if you are “a star.”

Plus D.D. Guttenplan reports on the campaigns in Ohio—he found a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Clinton among Democrats there.

And Nation columnist Gary Younge talks about children killed by gun violence in America—in his new book, Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, he profiles 10 kids killed by guns on one typical day.


Political update with John Nichols: KPFK 10/12

John Nichols of The Nation reviews the week’s exhausting political events — revelations about Trump’s sexual assaults, and the political response from Republicans.

Also, Bernie Sanders speaks! –about why he supports Hillary, and the tasks facing us the day after she’s elected.  We have clips from The Nation interview with Bernie, introduced by John Nichols, who did the interview along with Katrina vanden Heuvel.

And, for our fund drive thank-you gift, we are featuring the new book by Bernie Sanders, Our Revolution.


Trump’s Professors: 10/11

Most presidential candidates have a bunch of academic economists and PhD policy experts from universities as advisers. Hillary Clinton has dozens. Donald Trump, however, has only one: an economist at the UC Irvine business school named Peter Navarro. He’s sticking with Trump even after the groping tape. He ran for office several times as a Democrat—and lost. His status as the only academic on Trump’s economic advisory team says a lot about the ideas and proposals that Trump has been espousing.
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Mormons against Trump: 10/10

After the news broke about Donald Trump’s boasting on tape of sexual assault, the first politicians to withdraw their endorsements of Trump and call on him to abandon the race were Mormons. . .  Why was it Mormons, and not evangelical Protestants or Catholics, who went first and took a principled stand against Trump’s boasts about being a sexual predator?
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The Clinton-Trump Electoral Map Looks Almost Exactly Like the Obama-Romney Map. How Is That Possible?, 10/7

There’s never been a candidate like Donald Trump—but after all the outrage and anxiety he has aroused, it looks like the Trump-Clinton electoral map will be almost exactly the same as the Romney-Obama electoral map of 2012. Right now, three weeks out, Trump is leading in all the states Romney won, according to, except for North Carolina; Clinton is leading in all the states Obama won, except maybe for Iowa. Obama won with 332 electoral votes; it looks like Clinton will win with about the same.  How is that possible?  … continued at HERE


A Journey Into the Heart of Trump Country: The Nation podcast 10/6

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For her new book, sociologist Arlie Hochschild listened to Trump supporters explain their world in their own words. She spent five years in southwestern Louisiana searching for their “deep story,” which she recounts in Strangers in Their Own Landit’s been shortlisted for the National Book Award.

Plus: The battle inside Trump’s campaign about whether to take the low road, or the high one. Amy Wilentz analyzes the roles of Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr.—who, we are told, are trying to get their father to campaign on actual political issues.

And we’ll also hear about a chilling disaster at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980, where the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal was almost detonated. That’s the subject of the new documentary Command and Control—director Robert Kenner and writer Eric Schlosser explain. The film rolls out this week across the nation.