Jerusalem and Gaza, Israel and Palestine: as the Israeli government and military prepare to dismantle the Gaza settlements, the settler movement prepares for massive resistance: AMY WILENTZ will be live in-studio with our Mideast update. Her “Letter from Jerusalem” appears in the April 18 issue of The Nation.
Also: Farmworkers in California history: RICHARD STEVEN STREET talks about his prizewinning Beasts of the Field — it’s a magnificent book, beautifully written and exhaustively researched. It demonstrates how much difference, and how much change, can be found in that history. He’s also published a companion volume, Photographing Farmworkers in California.
Read Jon Wiener’s review in The Nation Apr. 11: www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050411&s=wiener
Plus: A park ranger on patrol in the Sierra: JORDAN FISHER SMITH tells his story in Nature Noir. Mike Davis calls it “A walk in the woods like Thoreau never imagined . . . . this astonishing book, with its brilliant interweaving of murder, irony, and natural history, invents a new genre.”
Finally: Our musical tribute to Pope John Paul II from PHRANC, the all-American Jewish lesbian folksinger: “Caped Crusader” — from the CD “Phranc Folksinger” (Phancy Records 2005).