LISTEN online HERE — iTunes podcast HERE CHARLES COBB was a SNCC Field Secretary in Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964 – he’s also been a visiting professor at Brown University, and his reporting has won many awards. His new book isThis Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed:How Guns made the Civil Rights Movement Possible.
Plus: The wonderful novelist JONATHAN LETHEM talks about Communists in Queens in the 1950s, Hippies in the Village the 1960s, and the Occupiers of two years ago – all in his novel Dissident Gardens—it’s out now in paperback.
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The Supremes and the Hobby Lobby ruling on the “religious freedom” of corporations: we’ll have comment from LAURENCE TRIBE, he’s taught constitutional law at Harvard for 40 years, and he argued Bush v. Gore at the Supreme Court. His new book is UNCERTAIN JUSTICE: The Roberts Court and the Constitution.
Plus: Gay marriage is legal in more states every day. Does that mean the LGBT equality movement is almost over?REBECCA ISAACS says marriage equality “will not make our streets and our communities safe and free from violence. It will not make our military, our prisons, our immigration system, or our healthcare inclusive and just.” Rebecca is executive director of the Equality Federation and writes for The Advocate.
Also: LALO ALCARAZ is an artist, writer, and author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip: now Lalo has a new book out—his third: A Most Imperfect Union, a “contrarian history of the US,” co-authored by Ilan Stavans. Lalo also hosts KPFK’s “Pocho Hour of Power.”
LISTEN online HERE — iTunes podcast HERE JUAN COLE has studied Muslim politics and history for 30 years, and now he says Iraq is “in its last throes”as Kurdistan prepares to declare independence and the Sunnis allied with ISIS consolidate their control.
Plus: 50 years ago, Mississippi Freedom Summer brought a thousand mostly white college students to the worst place in America; what happened that summer changed history. MARSHALL GANZ dropped out of Harvard to go to Mississippi, where he found his “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Then he spent 16 years organizing alongside Cesar Chavez. He’s still working on community organizing, and he also teaches at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Also: Also: A spiritual journey into the Himalayas: PICO IYER talks about Peter Mattheson’s exploration of suffering, impermanence, and beauty in his classic book The Snow Leopard – it’s out now in paperback.
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On the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, we will revisit the project that brought a thousand mostly white students from the North to teach in Freedom Schools and work on voter registration – the summer that began with the murders, 50 years ago on June 21, of Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. DAVE DENNIS was there – he was head of CORE in Mississippi in the early 1960s, and he spoke at James Chaney’s funeral.
Plus: TOM HAYDEN on the climax of Mississippi Freedom Summer, when the Freedom Democratic Party challenged the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in 1964.
And we will look at the movement in Mississippi today: JED OPPENHEIM will talk about the legacy left by Chokwe Lumumba, the radical mayor of Jackson who died in February—his movement was based on people’s assemblies and “a solidarity economy.” Jed is the Advocacy coordinary for the ACLU of Mississippi, and serves on the Jackson Public Schools Board, where he was appointed by Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.
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.