Wed. 6/20: Hitchens v. Hedges on Religion & Politics

Do you want lies with that? Brutal working conditions, food poisoning, animal cruelty, low wages, plus sex and drugs in the packinghouse: all those stories are told in the film FAST FOOD NATION, out now on DVD, which will be our featured premium in the KPFK Fund Drive today. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times called it “The most essential political film from an American director since Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’” The film stars Patricia Arquette, Greg Kinnear and Kris Kristofferson. ERIC SCHLOSSER wrote the book and co-wrote the screenplay for “Fast Food Nation”; he was also executive producer on the film, and we’ll be speaking with him about it.

Also: Hitchens v. Hedges, arguing about religion and politics. In Berkeley last month, Christopher Hitchens, author of the bestselling God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, debated Chris Hedges, author of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Although Hedges denounces the Christian Right, he also praises the pious, while Hitchens, a supporter of the war in Iraq, argues that “human emancipation begins when this nonsense ends.” We’ll play highlights of the debate, and offer the books and a DVD of the debate as fund drive premiums.

More stuff to read: my interview with Christopher Hitchens, “Religion Poisons Everything,” at