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HOWARD ZINN talks about Kerry, Iraq, and activism — and the new film about his life, “Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train.” It opens in LA at the Music Hall Friday Oct. 15. “He has changed the consciousness of a generation” — Noam Chomsky.

from the archives: MacArthur award winner DAVID WILSON talks about the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

Plus: cultural comedies and political tragedies: LAWRENCE WESCHLER talks about his new book Vermeer in Bosnia. He’s speaking at the L.A. Public Library Thursday at 7. “There’s no writer alive with more raw and contagious enthusiasm for the world” –Dave Eggers.

KPFK Sept. 15: Marjane Satrapi

MARJANE SATRAPI‘s comic strip memoir Persepolis described growing up in the Iran of the Ayotollas as the daughter of Marxist radicals; the book was captivating, funny and smart. Now the sequel is out: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return: it’s about her teenage years: sex, drugs, rock n roll — and a million dead in the Iran-Iraq war. She’ll talk about her life and work.

Also: What should Kerry do? HAROLD MEYERSON of the LA Weekly, the American Prospect and the Washington Post op-ed page has some ideas.

Plus: How they could steal the election: RONNIE DUGGER will explain; he knows more about the problems with computerized voting than anyone alive. He’s the founding editor of The Texas Observer and has written biographies of Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, as well as hundreds of articles for Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The Progressive.


What Kerry can do to fight Bush’s war psychology: PAUL KRUGMAN: the New York Times op-ed columnist explains. His book is The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century.

Plus: American deaths in Iraq reached the 1,000 mark yesterday — and the number of Iraqis killed in the war is uncounted. ANNE GARRELS will comment; she was back in Baghdad for NPR last month. Her book is Naked in Baghdad; she’ll be at Writers Bloc tonight/Wed. at 730 in conversation with Robert Greenwald at the Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny, Beverly Hills.

And the REVEREND BILLY of the Church of Stop Shopping will be in court next week challenging an injunction that bans him from coming within 250 yards of “all the Starbucks in the State of California.” The injunction reads: “The defendent shall not annoy, harass, strike, threaten, sexually assault, batter, stalk, destroy personal property of, or otherwise disturb the peace of the… Starbucks Corporation.” The Rev. Billy asks, “Is this taking the ‘personhood of the corporation’ over the top?”

WEB EXTRA: take a look at the new TV ad from “Texans for Truth” about Bush’s air national guard service:

Fri. Sept. 3: Bernardine Dohrn on Radio Nation

This week in New York, as Republicans gathered in Madison Square Garden for their convention, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to say no to the Bush Agenda. Liza Featherstone was there and will report.

Also: In Iraq the battle of Najaf is over: But who won? Ian Williams, UN Correspondent for The Nation, will have comment and analysis. His new book is Deserter: George Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans, and His Past.

Plus: the Bush White House announced a change in American policy towards Israeli settlements in occupied territory. We’ll have an update on Mideast news from Roane Carey, editor of The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent.

And Bernardine Dohrn talks about the Weather Underground; she lived underground for most of the seventies. Now the award-winning “Weather Underground” documentary is out on DVD.

Web Extra: Check out the GREAT “Real People” TV spots (“I voted for Bush in 2000, but I’m voting for Kerry in 2004”) directed by Errol Morris. Online at

KPFK Wed Aug. 24: Robbie Conal

11 weeks and counting: HAROLD MEYERSON of the LA Weekly and the Washington Post explains how Kerry is doing in the swing states: especially Ohio. He’s got to win Ohio.

plus: ROBBIE CONAL‘s art attack: America’s foremost street artist talks about about politics, power, and posters. He called his new book Artburn.

And: Jews in American popular culture: historian PAUL BUHLE looks at film, music, and comics: his new book is From the Lower East Side to Hollywood.

Republicans: hands off Johnny Cash! Info at

support the key voter engagement group working in the battleground states: Americans Coming Together,

Robert Greenwald’s terrific documentary “OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” is playing now in LA at the Laemmle Fairfax and other theaters.

KPFK Wed. Aug. 18: John Powers

“The dollars are green. The terror level is orange. And everybody’s seeing red. Welcome to Bush World.” That’s what JOHN POWERS, columnist for the LA Weekly, says. His his hilarious and brilliant new book is Sore Winners (and the Rest of Us) in George Bush’s America.

Also: the staggering trail of evasions and deceit behind the sex-abuse scandals in the Catholic church: JASON BERRY traces the problem up to the Vatican and Pope John Paul II. His new book is Vows of Silence.

Plus: the moving and surprising political odyssey of ROBERT MEEROPOL, son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and now executive director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children. He wrote An Execution in the Family: One Son’s Journey.

KPFK Wed. Aug. 11: Tom Frank

What’s the matter with Kansas? How come they vote Republican, even though that’s against their class interests? TOM FRANK explains the funny thing about the class war in America today: it’s about culture; it should be about economics. Tom’s new book is What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.

Plus: is Social Security in “crisis”? Are deficits always bad? What about the Bush deficit? MICHAEL MEEROPOL explains economic issues with refreshing clarity– he wrote the book Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution.

Also: IAN WILLIAMS, UN correspondent for The Nation, with analysis of the fighting in Najaf and Baghdad. Ian’s new book is Deserter: George Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans, and His Past.

web extra: watch the new attack ad from “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” — — claiming Kerry “lied” about his Vietnam record —
and see Joe Conason’s critique, “Smear Boat Veterans for Bush” at “The “swift boat” veterans attacking John Kerry’s war record are led by veteran right-wing operatives using the same vicious techniques they used against John McCain four years ago.”

KPFK Wed. Aug. 4: Saul Landau

What will it take for Kerry to beat Bush? HAROLD MEYERSON has some ideas; he writes for the LA Weekly and the Washington Post op-ed page.

State Senator SHEILA KUEHL of Santa Monica reports from Sacramento on the prison guards and the new budget, and Schwartzenegger and the girly men.

And SAUL LANDAU talks about his new book, The Business of America: how consumers have replaced citizens, and how we can reverse the trend.

Calendar note: Outfoxed, Robert Greenwald’s documentary about Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, opens in LA this weeked at Laemmle’s Fairfax theater on Beverly and Fairfax: view the trailer for “Outfoxed”

web extra: Will Ferrell as George Bush trying to tape a TV commercial:


BARBARA EHRENREICH talks about George Bush and John Kerry — she’s now writing an op-ed column for the New York Times. Her book Nickel and Dimed was on the best seller list for 86 weeks.

Plus: The upcoming trial of Saddam — what kind of justice is this? IAN WILLIAMS explains — his new book is Deserter: Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans, and His Past.

And: Dissident Jewish writing about Israel and Zionism: ADAM SHATZ, literary editor of The Nation, looks at writers from Einstein and Freud down to I. F. Stone and Noam Chomsky. His new book is Prophets Outcast.

Also: The great new documentary, “The Corporation opens Friday July 9 in L.A. at the Nuart and plays thru July 22 — we’ll speak with producer-director Mark Achbar.

View the trailer for “The Corporation”:
Get the book The Corporation by Joel Bakan

KPFK June 30: David Cole on Gitmo

The president and the war: HAROLD MEYERSON, op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, comments on the transfer of “sovreignty” in Baghdad — and on the new poll showing Bush at his lowest approval ratings ever.

Also: the Supreme Court rules against the president on the prisoners at Guantanamo — DAVID COLE explains what rights they have — his new book is Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism.

And: The Rosenberg case and its effect on a family: filmmaker IVY MEEROPOL, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, talks about her new documentary “Heir to an Execution” — it’s been showing on HBO.

Plus: MICHAEL MOORE’s great new film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” set records last weekend. DOUG HENWOOD comments.

Read Stuart Klawans in The Nation on Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”

See the CBS-New York Times poll: Bush’s lowest approval ratings ever.

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” View the trailer.