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 If Donald Trump Loses, Will There Be Violence? The Nation podcast 5/5

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hen Hillary defeats Donald Trump in November, his millions of supporters will be told that their American birthright has once again been stolen. Rick Perlstein talks about the potential for violence in the streets after election day.

Plus: What really happened to Sandra Bland? To understand that, you have to begin way before she died in a Texas jail. Debbie Nathan reports — on one black life that mattered.


Could Donald Trump Actually Win Some of Bernie’s Supporters? TheNation Podcast 4/28

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Donald Trump
says he’ll fight for jobs against NAFTA-type trade deals, and he doesn’t take money from Wall Street. Is that enough to win some of Bernie Sanders’s supporters to his side? John Nichols weighs in on this week’s primary results.

Plus: The Prince of Sex: Richard Kim explains why Prince is a gay icon today—despite the artist’s lack of support for the gay movement.

Also: Challenging “Political Correctness” is a favorite theme of Donald Trump—but what exactly does that mean? Laila Lalami explain


More primaries, more Trump: KPFK 4/27

John Nichols on yesterday’s primaries: Trump’s triumphs; and what’s left for Bernie now – beyond staying in thru California in June?  John’s new book is People Get Ready.

Plus: political spin – we hate it! But is it really getting worse?  Historian David Greenberg says probably not – his new book is  Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency.

And from the archives: David Wilson, founder and director of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, talks about the tiny world of micro-miniature sculpture.


Frank Rich: How Hillary could lose to Trump:
The Nation podcast 4/21

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Clinton vs. Trump campaign in the fall would be a battle of the negatives, Frank Rich says—and Hillary’s are dangerously high.

Plus: Hillary and Haiti—a long relationship, and a revealing one.  Amy Wilentz comments.
Read Chelsea Clinton’s once-secret memo about the Clinton Foundation’s failings in Haiti here.

And we speak with Viet Nguyen—his novel The Sympathizer just won the Pulitzer Prize.  It begins in Saigon on the last day of the Vietnam war, and features a Viet Cong spy inside the Saigon army.


Bernie After New York: KPFK 4/20

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Maybe you heard the news: Hillary won big in the New York primary, and Trump’s victory was “huuge”” – HAROLD MEYERSON will talk about where Bernie can go from here, and what might happen in a Hillary vs. Trump campaign.

Also: America can never win its mideast wars—that’s what military historian ANDREW BACEVICH says – his new book is America’s War for the Greater Middle East.

And we’ll talk about genocide in Indonesia in the sixties, and its aftermath today, with documentary filmmaker JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER—his film The Look of Silence received the Ridenhour Documentary Film Award today in Washington.
You can watch now — it’s streaming at Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, and other sites.


Naomi Klein: Climate Justice Needs Bernie’s Boldness: The Nation Podcast 4/14

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Naomi Klein
argues that the problem with Hillary’s climate policy isn’t her corporate cash; it’s her corporate ideology.  The climate justice movement, she says, “requires the kind of boldness Bernie Sanders represents.”

Also: military historian Andrew Bacevich says America can never win its twenty-year war for the Middle East.

Plus: Amy Goodman talks about how she got arrested at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 2008 — and other highlights from the 20-year history of ‘Democracy Now.’


Amy Goodman: 20 Years of Democracy Now: KPFK 4/13

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Amy Goodman
talks about 20 years of Democracy Now—including how she got arrested in my home town of St. Paul.  She’s coming to town tomorrow/ Thursday, to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. at 7pm.

Also: Viet Nguyen talks about “The Sympathizer,” the best political novel I’ve read in a long time.  It opens in Saigon on the last day of the Vietnam war and follows a nameless spy who has infiltrated the South Vietnamese army and then flees with its remnants to America.  It’s out now in paperback.

Plus The Spanish Civil War: it was huge event in the rise of fascism and in the history of the American left. We’ll talk about it with Adam Hochschild – his new book is Spain in Our Hearts: Americans and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.  Adam and I will be in conversation at the LA Public Library ALOUD series tomorrow/Thurs night, 7pm; the library is at 5th & Flower Streets.


Adam Hochschild on the Spanish Civil War:
LA Public Library ALOUD series, 4/14

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The Abraham Lincoln Brigad
e, American volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War, are legendary heroes in the fight against fascism.  ADAM HOCHSCHILD tells their story in his new book Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39.
Adam is an award-winning author and one of the founders of Mother Jones magazine.


LA Times Festival of Books on BookTV: 4/10/16

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“Everything Connects: Building Blocks of Daily Life”

my panel this year at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC, Hancock Foundation auditorium, 1:30pm; featuring
–Jonathan Waldman, “Rust: The Longest War”;
–Edward Humes, “Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation”;
–Brian Fagan, “The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History.”


Bernie Sanders has Momentum on his Side:
The Nation Podcast 4/7

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John Nichols
says that, after his big win in the Wisconsin primary, Bernie has momentum on his side.  And the Republicans problems deepen after Cruz’s victory there.

Also: David Cole argues that citizen activists are the real force behind changes in constitutional law – look at how the NRA changed the meaning of the Second Amendment; look at how the gay rights movement changed the meaning of “marriage.”  His new book is Engines of Liberty.

Plus: Obama’s legacy: Gary Younge contrasts the symbolic victory with the real defeats for the left., especially in the use of US military power in the Mideast.