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HARRY SHEARER on Nixon and Watergate: now, and in 1974. The voice of many characters on “The Simpsons,” Harry has released a six-part TV series where he recreates key moments in the Nixon era–all dialogue verbatim from the White House tapes. The series, produced for British TV, is playing now at YouTube HERE.
LISTEN online HERE JOHN NICHOLSon the elections: Republicans won a lot last night—while California remains overwhelmingly Democratic. The night’s lessons for the left, from the Washington correspondent for The Nation.
plus HARRY SHEARER on Nixon: the host of Le Show, star of Spinal Tap and voice of many characters on “The Simpsons” now has a six-part series where he recreates key moments in the Nixon White House–all dialgoue verbatim from the White House tapes. The series, produced for British TV, is playing now at YouTube HERE.
LAURA POITRAS: her terrific new film Citizenfour documents the week she and Glenn Greenwald met Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and he revealed the existence of mass NSA surveillance. The film is playing now in LA and other cities. WATCH the trailer HERE
Also: Demon Dog radio! JAMES ELLROY has written an an amazing new novel, Perfidia. It’s set in LA and beginsthe day before Pearl Harbor. Ellroy is the author of the L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. Both L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia were made into memorable Hollywood films.
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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 EverythingHERE. READ Naomi in The NationHERE. 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 NICHOLSof The Nation will explain – he’s in Scotland covering the vote on independence.
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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, Reutersand 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.
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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 forThe 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.