The bad news about right-wing Christians and their efforts to take over the country: A parallel culture has much of the heartland in the grip of a feverish religious fundamentalism. MICHELLE GOLDBERG will explain — she writes for Salon.com, and her new book is Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.
Also: The downsizing of America: 30 million full-time workers have lost their jobs since the early 1980s but corporate layoffs havent made our economy healthier. Thats what LOUIS UCHITELLE argues he writes about labor for the New York Times, and his new book is The Disposable American.
Plus: Jazz and the community arts in Los Angeles: STEVEN ISOARDI uncovers the nearly lost history of a revolutionary community movement: the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, started by Horace Tapscott when he left a successful career in Lionel Hamptons band in 1961. The Arkestra provided affordable, community oriented jazz and jazz training in southern California. Steven Isoardis new book is The Dark Tree.
The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra plays at the World Stage in Leimert Park, 4344 Degnan Blvd. in South LA, Sunday May 28, 3pm.
Steve Isoardi discusses and signs The Dark Tree at Vromans Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Thursday, June 1, 7pm.
Web extra: The Blue Nation — Chris Bowers’s current political map of the US.