The Republican establishment is moving toward accepting Donald Trump as their candidate, says FRANK RICH—they think he will make deals with them, while Ted Cruz won’t.
Also: BILL McKIBBEN, founder of 350.org, on the global climate movement. He says the fight to end the fossil-fuel era is happening almost in secret, as local activists battle on thousands of fronts around the world.
Plus: ANNA DEVEARE SMITH, the actor and playwright, talks about her new work on the school-to-prison pipeline, and about performing in her home town of Baltimore after the police killed Freddie Gray.
The Iowa caucuses on Monday: will we see the triumph of Trump? Bernie in the lead? HAROLD MEYERSONwill explain everything—he’s executive editor of The American Prospect, where he wrote “Can the Democrats Channel America’s Discontent?”
Also: DAVE ZIRIN, sports editor of The Nation, talks with KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR about black politics, Ferguson, John Lewis, Donald Trump, and also Gil Scott-Heron. The full conversation is at Dave’s podcast, “Edge of Sports,” HERE.
And we’ll talk about “revolutionary fast food” – The amazing new restaurant “LocoL” in Watts, from celebrity chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson—they say “the giant corporations that feed most of America have degraded our communities by maximizing profits over decades. We believe that chefs should feed America, and not suits.” JOSH KUN will explain: he writes about music, culture, and food, and teaches at USC.
Black Votes Matter — in Ferguson: A federal trial challenging the city’s discriminatory election system is underway. ARI BERMAN reports—he’s The Nation’s expert on voting rights struggles, past and present.
Also: Feminists and Hillary, for and against: LIZA FEATHERSTONE and KATHA POLLITT consider whether Hillary or Bernie offers the most promise, especially for poor and working women.
Plus: The Gay Revolution: LILLIAN FADERMAN explores the 50-year fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rights—the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers. Her new book is The Gay Revolution.
LISTEN online HERE Katha Pollitt says feminists should vote for Hillary–she’s good for women, and, unlike Bernie, she can get elected.
But Liza Featherstone says feminists should not vote for Hillary—her record is full of attacks on poor women, starting with “welfare reform.”
And Tavis Smiley talks about Martin Luther King’s last year—the year that began with his speech condemning the war in Vietnam, where he called the US “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
Tavis’s book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, is out now in paperback.
Plus: How a small number of people can accomplish great things–and change history. We’ll speak with ERIC FONER about the hidden history of the underground railroad—his book Gateway to Freedom is out in paperback now.
Also, RICK PERLSTEIN says The attempt to cover up the police killing of Laquan McDonald in Chicago ought to end Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s career.
LISTEN online HERE
The attempt to cover up the police killing of Laquan McDonald in Chicago ought to end Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s career, says Rick Perlstein, who reviews Rahm’s life in politics going back to the Clinton era and Obama’s first term.
Also: It’s the first anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Charb, the editor-in-chief, finished a manifesto two days before he was killed; we have comment from Amy Wilentz and Adam Gopnik—he wrote the forward to Charb’s book.
Plus: Dolpo Radio, with Rebecca Solnit—she went hiking in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal to help with a traveling medical clinic and to see what climate change looked like in the Himalayas.
Listen online HERE
The great GORE VIDAL: before he died in 2012, Vidal asked JAY PARINI to write his biography. The book is out now:Empire of Self—Jay says he wanted to “look at the angel and the monster alike.”
Also: JOHN POWERS reports on Canada’s popular new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who has already welcomed Syrian refugees—and defended the Alberta tar sands. John writes about politics and film for Vogue and Vogue.Com, and is editor-at-large on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where he has an audience of four million listeners.
Plus: the best of the year 2015: TAVIS SMILEY on Martin Luther King’s last year: it was “hell.” That was 1967, the year his speech criticising the Vietnam war was denounced not only by the mainstream media—the NY Times called it “disastrous and self-defeating”—but also by most of black America as well. Tavis’s book is DEATH OF A KING:The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year. (Originally broadcast 2/4/15)
The most valuable activist, the biggest ideological comeback, the best newspaper front page, and more: JOHN NICHOLS presents The Nation’s Progressive Honor Roll for 2015–the season’s most unusual “best” list.
Plus: The great GORE VIDAL: before he died in 2012, Vidal asked JAY PARINI to write his biography. The book is out now:Empire of Self—Jay says he wanted to “look at the angel and the monster alike.”