John Powers on Rachel Maddow: KPFK 3/13

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considers the sunny and smart MSNBC host and her excellent book DRIFT: The Unmooring of American Military Power–it’s out now in paperback, and Rachel is speaking Thursday at 8pm for Vroman’s at the Wilshire Ebell.  John wrote about Rachel for The American Prospect; he’s critic-at-large for NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, heard by 4.5 million people on 450 stations. (originally broadcast 4/11/12)

Also:  JOHN NICHOLS of The Nation with our political update: the “new” Paul Ryan budget.  John of course blogs at, HERE.

Plus: CLAYBORNE CARSON’s first demonstration was the March on Washington–he was a 19-year-old working-class black kid from New Mexico who hitched a ride to Washington DC to hear Martin Luther King speak.  Decades later, Coretta Scott King selected Clay—now a history professor at Stanford University–to edit the papers of her late husband.  In his new memoir, Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., traces his evolution from political activist to activist scholar.