A secret army, a war without end–and a journalist determined to uncover the truth: That’s the story of the film Dirty Wars and it’s out now on DVD– it’s about JEREMY SCAHILL, he’s National Security correspondent for The Nation magazine. John le Carrécalled the film “gripping, compelling and totally convincing.” Now it’s on the list for an Oscar nomination for best documentary.
We’ll feature interviews with director RICHARD ROWLEY, and with Jeremy Scahill-- he wrote the bestseller Blackwater: Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere, and he’s appeared regularly on the Rachel Maddow show, Real Time with Bill Maher and Democracy Now! WATCH the trailer for the “Dirty Wars” DVD HERE — it’s our featured thank-you gift in this hour of the KPFK fund drive–please call and pledge during the show: 818-985-5735.
Plus: There’s a new Jimi Hendrix book that’s just been published, one nobody thought was possible – Starting at Zero: His own story, “a posthumous memoir,” assembled from Jimi’s writings and diaries by ALAN DOUGLASand colleagues. We’ll speak with Alan –he’s best known for producing many of the posthumous Jimi Hendrix releases – and he was also a close friend of Jimi’s.
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The untold story of America’s war wounded:ANN JONES reports on the horrors of war in Iraq and Afghanstan– she’s author of eight books, including the unforgettable Kabul in Winter. Her new book is They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars. READ Ann Jones at TomDispatch HERE.
Plus: Obama’s deportation regime: a record number of deportations, and people spending years in immigration detention—but the ACLU is fighting to win rights for those detainees. AHILAN ARULANANTHAM, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California, will explain.
Also: In the Coen Brothers’ new film,Inside Llewyn Davis, a not-very-good folksinger tries to make it in Greenwich Village in 1961, just before Bob Dylan arrives. We’ll have comment from historian SEAN WILENTZ—author of Bob Dylan in America. The film opens in LA and NYC on Friday. PLAYLIST: “Hang me, oh hang me,” Oscar Isaac; “Please Mr. Kennedy,” Justin Timberlake; “Green Green Rocky Road,” Dave Van Ronk; “Farewell,” Bob Dylan. WATCH the trailer for Inside Llewyn DavisHERE.
WHO KILLED JFK? Joe Kennedy did it — because the kid had gone liberal on him. It’s my favorite Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory, and it’s presented in a wonderful novel, Winter Kills, by Richard Condon. Condon is best known as the author of The Manchurian Candidate . . .
. . . continued at the LA Review of Books, HERE.
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40 years after the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende, the two leading candidates for president of Chile are daughters of air force generals were were on opposite sides in 1973. Conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei’s father was promoted by Pinochet to run the air force. Socialist challenger Michelle Bachelet’s father opposed the coup, was tortured and died in prison. The election will be Sunday Nov 17. UCI historian HEIDI TINSMAN will explain; her new book, Buying into the Regime:Grapes and Consumption in Cold War Chile and the United States, will be published in February.
Also: Girls in prison need health care – and LESLIE ACOCA has been working on ending the incarceration of girls through access to health care. Thanks to the Girls Health Screen, LA is now the first county in the United States to provide health care in locked settings just for girls.
The end of WWII is usually remembered in terms of Auschwitz and Hiroshima, genocide and nucear holocaust; but it was also a beginning—for Algerians and Vietnamese and Indonesians seeking independence from colonialism. IAN BURUMA tells that story in his amazing new book 1945: YEAR ZERO.He has written more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review.
Jon Wiener: The star of your new book [Dissident Gardens] is Rose Zimmer, the “Red Queen of Sunnyside” in the 1950s—you also call her “the Last Communist,” in capital letters. Where did you get Rose?
Jonathan Lethem: The mystery I was trying to explore was my grandmother’s political dark matter. As a kid, by the time I knew her she wasn’t talking about these things. But there was a famous photo of her inLife magazine in 1938 marching against Hitler in Manhattan. She was very proud of this photo, and it was an indication that she had been an activist and had lived the life of a dissident.
. . . continued at The Nation, HERE.