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Rennie Davis on Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7”: The Nation, Oct. 30

Rennie Davis conversation about Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7” – the movie, and the real history:
@ The Nation, Friday 10/30, Register here: https://bit.ly/2J1WBRx

 

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John Powers on “Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Conspiracy in the Streets”: Chevalier’s Books Event, Oct. 30

John Powers, critic-at-large on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, on “Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Conspiracy in the Streets”: Chevalier’s Event, Oct. 30

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“L.A. in the Sixties”: L.A. Institute for the Humanities talk, Oct. 23

“L.A. in the Sixties”: talk for the L.A. Institute for the Humanities, Oct. 23.

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A.O. Scott on “Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Conspiracy in the Streets”: McNally Jackson Bookstore Event Oct. 20

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott discusses the Aaron Sorkin film, “Trial of the Chicago 7,” and the book “Conspiracy in the Streets,” at an online event hosted by the McNally Jackson Bookstore of Brooklyn: Oct. 20, 2020.

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“1960s Los Angeles”: UCI Faculty Book Talk w/Danny Widener and Julia Lupton, Wed. Oct. 14

“1960s Los Angeles”: UCI Illuminations: Chancellor’s Arts and Culture initiative, “Illuminaries” Faculty Book Talk, Wednesday, October 14, – with Danny Widener, UCSD historian, moderated by Julia Lupton, UCI English Department. https://illuminations.uci.edu/events/2020_10_14_Jon_Wiener_Faculty_Book_Talk.html

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Pence’s Lies in The VP Debate: Harold Meyerson; Lessons from Ohio: Sherrod Brown; Alex Gibney’s Covid-19 doc: Ella Taylor; John Lennon tribute

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Pence faced an impossible task in the VP debate Wednesday night – defending Trump’s inaction on the pandemic; but Kamala Harris also faced challenges: she couldn’t be an angry black woman. Harold Meyerson comments.
also: Ohio SenatorSherrod Brown talks politics and history, and the lessons Biden should learn from his recent reelection in Ohio, where he won by 8 points in a state Hillary lost by 6.
plus: “Totally Under Control” is Alex Gibney’s powerful new documentary on Trump’s Covid-19 failures – Ella Taylor comments.
Finally, we remember John Lennon – tomorrow, Oct. 9, would have been his 80th birthday.  10-8-2020

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Trump Gets the Best Medical Care While Working to End Healthcare for Tens of Millions: Amy Wilentz on Covid-19, plus Ari Berman on Voting Rights

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When Trump left Walter Reed hospital, he tweeted “don’t be afraid of Covid-19.” Amy Wilentz disagrees, and argues that, while the president got the best medical care in the world—which we would want for any president—at the same time he’s trying to abolish Obamacare, which provides healthcare for tens of millions of Americans.
Also: Ari Berman talks about voting rights and voter suppression, about the voter protection efforts of the Biden campaign and the Democratic Party, and about recent Supreme Court decisions on voting rights cases.  10-7-2020

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Republicans Needed this Debate like a Hole in the Head: Harold Meyerson, plus Ella Taylor on Political Women on TV

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Trump made no attempt in the first debate to win over undecideds- so what WAS his plan? And what is to be done to make future debates more bearable? Harold Meyerson comments.
Plus: Ella Taylor on women in politics on TV this week: “Mrs. America” with Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly; “The Glorias,” with Julianne Moore as Gloria Steinem, and “All In,” a voting rights documentary featuring Stacey Abrams.  1-01-2020

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That Terrible Debate: John Nichols, plus Katha Pollitt on Melania

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Biden debated Trump on Tuesday night—John Nichols has our analysis, and suggests that it may be the Republicans who pull out of the remaining debates, given the damage their candidate did to his candidacy and the rest of the Republican candidates.
Also: Remember the days of the hashtag “Free Melania”? Remember how we said she was a hostage in the White House? Now there’s a book that says we were all wrong about that—Katha Pollitt talks about Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s “tell-not-quite-all,” Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady.  9/30/2020

 

 

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Expand the Court! Elie Mystal on Court Packing, plus Sonia Shah on Climate Disasters

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We need at last two more justices on the Supreme Court—and more would be better—as many as ten more.  Elie Mystal explains—he’s the magazine’s justice correspondent.
Also: how climate change is forcing migration out of low lying coastal areas: Sonia Shah reports on what happened in the Bahamian island of Abaco after Hurricane Dorian last September—and what we need to do now about migration forced by climate change. Sonia is an award-winning reporter; her new book is The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move. 9-23-2020

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