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  • Then They Came For Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis
    A conversation with Matthew D. Hockenos about the controversial German pastor Martin Niemöller’s evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler. Niemöller is well remembered for his quotation: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.   Guest: Matthew D. Hockenos is the Harriet Johnson Toadvine ’56 Professor in 20th- Century History at Skidmore College. The author of A Church Divided: German Protestants Confront the Nazi Past. And his latest Then They Came For Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis.   
  • The Closing of the Palestinian Office in Washington. Then, The Canonization of Salvadoran Archbishop Romero
    A conversation with Hakam Takash about the closing of the Palestinian mission in Washington D.C. by the Trump Administration.  The reason Trump said he ordered the closing, is because Palestine had not done enough for peace negotiations with Israel. Guest: Hakam Takash, was a top diplomat for the Palestinian Consular’s affairs office. Then, we talk about Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who will be canonized by Pope Francis this Weekend. Guest: Matt Eisenbrandt is a human-rights attorney.  He served as the Center for Justice and Accountability’s Legal Director and a member of the trial team against one of Óscar Romero’s killers.  Matt Eisenbrandt is currently a special adviser to the Canadian Centre for International Justice, where he previously served as Legal Director, he is author of Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Oscar Romero and the Quest to Bring his Killers to Justice.
  • The Consequences of Global Warming on our Food Systems. Then Lesson from a Dark Time
    This week the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report that we are set to see significant changes caused by the earth warming in the next two decades. We discussed the report with professor Kristie L. Ebi co-author of the report. Guest: Kristie L. Ebi is professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington. She co-authored the chapter on the impacts of 1.5°C global warming on natural and human systems. Then we talk to Adam Hochschild, author of the new book Lessons From a Dark Time and Other Essays. Guest: Adam Hochschild is a journalist and author who has written on issues of human rights and social justice. He is the founder of Mother Jones Magazine.
  • Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    A conversation about the use and abuse of social media and how it affects our democratic principles with author Siva Vaidhyanathan. Guest: Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and the Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books on technology, law, and society, including his latest Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. About Antisocial Media: It explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging.  It’s an account of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit, and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems. And it’s an indictment of how “social media” has fostered the deterioration of democratic culture around the world, from facilitating Russian meddling in support of Trump’s election to the exploitation of the platform by murderous authoritarians in Burma and the Philippines.
  • Letters and Politics – October 8, 2018
    A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
  • How Fascism Works
    Fascist politics are running rampant in America today and spreading around the world.  Yale professor Jason Stanley talks about the ten pillars of fascist politics, and the history of how it rises. Guest: Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of several books including his latest How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Please donate to KPFA Today!!! [1] Book How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley  $100 [2] American History Pavk MP# CD  $100 [3] Letters & Politics Mondo Pack USB  $180 [4] Combo: Book How Fascism Works + American History Pack MP3 CD  $150 [5] Combo: Book How Fascism Works + Letters and Politics Mondo Pack  $250 [6] [1] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [3] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [4] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [5] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [6] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/
  • How American Corporations Won Their Civil Rights
    A conversation about how corporations have used the courts to win rights that were made for people and not for businesses. Guest: Adam Winkler, is a historian and law professor, specializing in American Constitutional Law.  He us the author of We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. Support your radio station, donate to KPFA today!!! [1] BOOK We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler  $120 [2] MP3 CD American History Pack  $100 [3] USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack  $180 [4] COMBO Book + USB  $275 [5]     [1] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [3] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [4] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [5] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/
  • The Meaning of Life and The Epic of Gilgamesh
    The Epic of Gilgamesh is the Ur-epic inscribed onto damp clay tablets several millennia before Odysseus or the priest of Ecclesiastes found their voices.  The Sumerian versions date back almost 5000 years. Kent H. Dixon explains what’s the Epic story of Gilgamesh and how Bildungsroman of a bad king learning to become a proper human being and therefore a wise king, and to do so, besides defeating lions and monsters and surviving great physical and emotional suffering, he must face, and answer, the first (and last) great question: mortality. GuesT: Kent H. Dixon is primarily a prose writer, but has published in all genres   Support your station, please donate to KPFA today!!! BOOK The Epic of Gilgamesh by Kent H. Dixon and Kevin H. Dixon $100 USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack  $180 COMBO Book + USB  $225  
  • A History of the Rise of Radicalism in America
    A conversation with Professor Mark Lause who offers a fascinating insights of the historical background of the rise of radicalism in the United States today.  Asserting  how class solidarity and consciousness became more important to a generation of workers than notions of American citizenship. Guest: Mark Lause is professor of history at the University of Cincinnati and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Long Road to Harpers Ferry: The Rise of the First American Left. Keep your station going! Donate to KPFA today! BOOK The Long Road to Harpers Ferry: The Rise of the First American Left by Mark Lause Lause $150 MP3 CD American History Pack $100 USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack $180 COMBO Book + CD $225
  • The Making of the U.S. Constitution
    According to Professor Michael Klarman “it is important to tell the story of the Constitution’s origins in a way that demystifies it.  Impressive as they were, the men who wrote the Constitution were not demigods; they had interests, prejudices, and moral blind spots.”  Invocations of divine inspiration for the Constitution by supporters of ratification were, at least in part, a conscious political strategy to maximize the chances of ratifying it. Guest: Michael J. Klarman is a legal historian, and constitutional law scholar and the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School.  He is author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality and the latest The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution. Click Here to Support KPFA, Donate Today!! [1] BOOK The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution by Michael J. Klarman $120 [2] MP3 CD American History Pack  $100 [3] USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack  $180 [4] COMBO Book + CD $200 [5] [1] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [3] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [4] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [5] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/
  • A History of the Republican Party
    A conversation with Heather Cox Richardson about the history of the shifting ideology of the Republican Party from the antebellum era to the Great Recession. We talk about how Republicans’ ideological vacillations have had terrible repercussions for minorities, the middle class, and America at large. Guest: Heather Cox Richardson is professor of history at Boston College. She is the author of several books, including Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre and West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War. And her latest, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. Support KPFA, click here to pledge on line!! [1] BOOK To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party by Heather Cox Richardson $170 [2] MP3 CD American History Pack  $100 USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack $180 COMBO Book + CD $250   [1] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/
  • Opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination is growing stronger: demonstrations and walkouts in capitol hill and across the nation
    Today protesters opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court demonstrated in hallways outside the offices of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other lawmakers. Many were arrested. Meanwhile, women across the country have organized walkouts protesting the nomination. Guest: Adele Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect, and the editor of Right Wing Watch. She wrote the for the Prospect Magazine the article I know why Sexually Assaulted Women Resist Coming Forward; I’ve Been There. Rafia Zacaria is political scientist, human rights attorney and author. Her latest piece in The Nations is The Fate and Future of Christine Blasey Ford: What lies ahead for the women who expose the despicable pasts of powerful men? We are also joined by Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at Public Citizen to talk about the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Trump’s plans to fire him.    
  • Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
    A conversation with Joanne B. Freeman about the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress, and how legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, caning, flipped desks, punches and all-out slugfests during the decades before the Civil War. Guest: Joanne B. Freeman, is a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading authority on early national politics and political culture. She is a co-host of the popular history podcast BackStory [1]and the author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. Please Support your Radio Station, Go KPFA!  [2] BOOK The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne Freeman $120 [3] MP3 CD American History Pack $100 [4] USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack $180 [5] COMBO BOOK + CD $200 [6]   [1] https://www.backstoryradio.org/about [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [3] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [4] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [5] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [6] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/
  • How Fascism Works
    A conversation with Professor Jason Stanley on how American racism is the United States own form of fascism. Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of several books including his latest How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Please helps us reach our goal! Click here to donate to KPFA: [1] Premiums: Book How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley  $100 [2] MP3 CD American History Pack $100 [3] USB Letters & Politics Mondo Pack $180 [4] COMBO: book How Fascism Works + American History Pack MP3 CD $150 [5] COMBO: book How Fascism Works + Letters & Politics Mondo Pack USB $ 250 [6]   [1] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [3] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [4] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [5] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/ [6] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/
  • Kavanaugh’s sexual accusations; then, death on the Dakota Access Pipeline. And, the latest on the Kurdish situation
    Allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have emerged putting the confirmation vote in question.  Democrats, along with several GOP senators are calling for a hold on the vote while the Senate investigates the case.  For analysis on this issue we are joined by journalists and analysts Ruth Conniff and Antonia Juhasz. Then, Antonia Juhasz talks about the latest findings of her research on the consequences of building oil and gas pipelines. And, a conversation with journalist and activist Havin Guneser on the current situation of the Kurdish people in the Middle East. Guests: Ruth Conniff, Editor-at-Large of The Progressive Magazine [1] Antonia Juhasz [2] is a leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. She is the author of several books including: Black Tide, The Tyranny of Oil, and The Bush Agenda.  Her latest piece Death on the Dakota Access Pipeline: An investigation into the deadly business of building oil and gas pipelines [3] appears in the Pacific Standard Magazine. Antonia is the co-host of KPFA’s Up Front show. Havin Guneser is a lifelong activist with the International Kurdish Freedom Movement and the spokesperson for the Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan. [1] https://progressive.org/ [2] http://antoniajuhasz.net/ [3] https://psmag.com/magazine/death-on-the-dakota-access

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