KPFK Wed. 4/9: Barbara Ehrenreich: The Truckers

Until now, BARBARA EHRENREICH says, “Americans seemed to have nothing to say about their ongoing economic ruin except, “Hit me! Please, hit me again!” then on April 1, truck drivers started standing up—in New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois – challenging the high cost of diesel fuel.
READ the Truckers’ website; READ Barbara’s report at

Also: the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction was awarded yesterday to UCLA historian SAUL FRIEDLANDER for his book on the holocaust, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945. He talks about the cooperation of “bystanders,” the passivity of elites in occupied Europe, and the victims’ initial blindness towards their fate, and then their willingness to follow orders. He also draws extensively on individual voices – perpetrators, collaborators, victims. (originally broadcast July 11, 2007.)
READ my Q&A with Saul Friedlander in Dissent.

PLUS: Israel, Palestine, and a tenure battle at Barnard College: a story about the campaign to block tenure for anthropologist Nadia Abu El-Haj, born in America of Palestinian parents.
She wrote Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society. In 2006, she came up for tenure at Barnard; JANE KRAMER of The New Yorker reports that “No one in her department doubted she would get it.” But in August 2007, a petition entitled “Deny Nadia Abu El-Haj tenure” was posted on the Internet.