KPFK Wed. 4/2: Howard Zinn: The American Empire

HOWARD ZINN says the American empire has run into problems lately–but not for the first time. His classic People’s History of the American Empire is out now as a graphic book, co-authored by cartoonist Mike Konopacki and historian Paul Buhle. It’s narrated by Howard himself and begins on 9-11, then moves back to the history of US expansionism and to Zinn’s own story of growing up in the tenements of Brooklyn.
READ Zinn on “What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire” at
WATCH the ANIMATED YOUTUBE VIDEO narrated by Viggo Mortensen.

Also: OBAMA and Rev. Wright: KELEFA SANNEH visited Barack Obama’s now-famous church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and reports on its background and its senior pastor, Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. “Mainstream acceptance,” Sanneh writes in the new issue of The New Yorker, “is what Wright has volubly disdained; he prefers to cast himself as a rebel preacher, telling the hard truths that most black churches avoid.”

PLUS: SUSAN CHOI’s novel A Person of Interest explores the personal and political repercussions set off by a campus bombing reminiscent of the Unabomber and the Wen Ho Lee case.
Publishers Weekly
called the book “haunting”; Booklist called it “mesmerizing”; and The New York Times called it “beautifully written.” Susan’s last novel, American Woman, told a story about a seventies terrorist group involving a Patty Hearst-like figure; it was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.