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Brutal working conditions, food poisoning, animal cruelty, low wages, plus sex and drugs in the packinghouse: those stories are told in the new film FAST FOOD NATION.” It opens on Friday. ERIC SCHLOSSER, who wrote the book and the screenplay, will talk about how they made what Manohla Dargis of the New York Times calls The most essential political film from an American director since Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11. The film stars Patricia Arquette, Greg Kinnear and Kris Kristofferson.
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Also: The good news about Robert Gates: Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Defense is unlikely to get us out of Iraq, but he may help prevent a war with Iran. TOM ENGELHARDT explains — his new book is Mission Unaccomplished: Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters, and he edits TomDispatch.com, a regular antidote to the mainstream media.
Plus: the story of the thousands of American lives unalterably shattered by racial hatred brought on by the passions of war. LINDA GORDON and GARY OKIHIRO have published a collection of never-before-seen photos of the WWII internment of Japanese Americans, shot by the great Dorothea Lange. The book is Impounded, and they have two great websites at LaborArts.org and JapanFocus.org. Linda teaches history at NYU, and Gary teaches international and public affairs at Columbia.