KPFK Wed. Aug. 31: Steal This Vote


Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in AmericaSTEAL THIS VOTE: ANDREW GUMBEL, U.S. correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, “documents the simple truth: Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election.” – Paul Krugman, New York Times. Gumbel tells better than anyone else the historyof votes bought, stolen, lost and litigated – because of a corrupt political environment created by both parties. His new book is Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America .
More stuff to read: Andrew Gumbel responds to the “posse of internet screamers” who have called him a “conspiracy journalist” and a “left-wing hack.”

Why They Don't Hate Us : Lifting the Veil on the Axis of EvilPlus: FROM BAGHDAD TO GAZA: MARK LeVINE talks about the human face behind the veil of “the axis of evil” – from young feminists wearing headscarves to Muslim metal heads. Mark teaches Middle Eastern history at UC Irvine and writes for the L.A. Times, Tikkun, Le Monde, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post; his new book is Why They Don’t Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil.

Also: “MACK THE KNIFE”: when Bertold Brecht wrote the song in 1928, he considered Mack the embodiment of the perfect capitalist — vicious like a shark. What happened to “Mack the Knife”? Will Friedwald explains: his book is Stardust Melodies: A Biography of 12 of America’s Most Popular Songs. (originally broadcast 6-18-02) PLAYLIST: “Mack the Knife”: Threepenny Opera/Original Cast (1954); Louis Armstrong (TV, 1965); Ella FitzGerald “Live in Berlin” (1960); Sonny Rollins “Sax Colossus” (1956).

NEW AUDIO: Listen to Tom Hayden, “An Exit Strategy for Iraq Now”