KPFA: Letters and Politics [Program Feed]

  • Redaction and Accountability: Barr vs Mueller
    Pacifica’s KPFA Host Philip Maldari is in conversation with John Nichols, Washington correspondent of the Nation Magazine analyzing what has been released in the redacted Mueller report by Attorney General William Barr. John Nichols latest piece in the Nation is Barr Has Abandoned the Constitution in Order to Serve Trump: In a shameless press conference, the AG came off as a defense lawyer “making a case for the president.” [1] [1]
  • Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power
    A conversation on the Republicans within the Nixon administration who opposed the president and Nixon’s attempt to use the federal government to go after his political enemies. We talk to Michael Koncewicz, he is the Cold War Collections Specialist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.  He previously worked for the National Archives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. His latest book is They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power.  
  • Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War
    For decades after its founding, America was really two nations–one slave, one free. There were many reasons why this composite nation ultimately broke apart, but the fact that enslaved black people repeatedly risked their lives to flee their masters in the South in search of freedom in the North proved that the “united” states was actually a lie. We talk about the history and role of the fugitive slaves with professor Andrew Delbanco author of the book The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. Guest: Andrew Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University.  Author of many books including The Real American Dream, and The Puritan Ordeal.
  • The Legal Aspects of Julian Assange’s Arrest. Then, A Celebration of KPFA’s 70th Anniversary
    We discuss the legal issues surrounding the circumstances of Julian Assange with Karen Greenberg.  Assange was arrested in London last week, he could face extradition to the United States. Guest: Karen J. Greenberg is the director of the Center on National Security [1]at Fordham Law School and the author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State.  Then, we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of KPFA  Radio!!! [caption id="attachment_311036" align="aligncenter" width="159"] Source: Flicker -Free Assange by John Englar[/caption] [1]
  • The First Amendment and the Julian Assange’s Arrest. Then, the State of Disability in Media
    After being holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British authorities. He could also face extradition to the U.S.  To talk about all the details of this issue we are joined by Ryan Grim, D.C. Bureau Chief of The Intercept [1]. Then, A conversation with internationally-known disability rights activist and Ford Foundation Senior Fellow Judy Heumann and researcher Katherine Salinas co-authors with Michellie Hess of the new report Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media [2]. [1] [2]
  • Law in the Press in the Age of Fake News
    A conversation with lawyer David McCraw about the legal issues behind the news stories and his experiences at The New York times defending freedom of speech. In October 2016, when Donald Trump’s lawyer demanded that The New York Times retract an article focused on two women that accused Trump of touching them inappropriately, the letter of refusal went viral. But for a first amendment lawyer, this is just another day at the office. Guest: David E. McCraw is Deputy General Counsel at The New York Times. He is an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts.  
  • VA Care For All
    Instead perhaps of talking about Medicare for All, we should be talking about Veterans Affairs Health Care for All, a system that resembles what we see in Europe. Today we are in conversation with journalist Suzanne Gordon about the history of the VA, how it works and the efforts to privatize it. Guest: Su [1]zanne Gordon [2] is a journalist, author and speaker with special expertise in healthcare systems. She has been covering health care issues for more than thirty years.  She is the author of the book  Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans. [1] [2]
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
    According to Jennifer Eberhardt, unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. Guest: Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant.  She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems. Dr. Eberhardt is the author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.
  • The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession that Shaped an Empire
    A conversation about how history propagates itself quite consciously as we emulate the past.  We talk to Susan Jaques, author of The Caesar of Paris about Napoleon’s idea to turn Paris into “the new Rome”― Europe’s cultural capital― through architectural and artistic commissions around the city.  Napoleon had a tradition of appropriating from past military greats to legitimize his regime, but it was ancient Rome and the Caesars that obsessed him the most. Guest: Susan Jaques is a journalist specializing in art. She is the author of A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America’s Hidden Art Museums and The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia.
  • Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women’s Work
    As states around the country are moving to enact abortion restrictions hoping to get their cases challenged in court, eventually the Supreme Court to take over Roe vs Wade.  Today we are in conversation about issues around abortion in a different light, not one about morality and sexuality or even religious issues, but one that is related to political economy and a woman’s right to behold her labor in every meaning of the word. Guest: Jenny Brown is a National Women’s Liberation organizer and former editor of Labor Notes. She was a leader in the grassroots campaign to have “morning-after pill” contraception available over-the-counter in the U.S. and was a plaintiff in the winning lawsuit. She is coauthor of the Redstockings book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America, the author of Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now and her latest Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women’s Work.   
  • In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones
    A conversation with with Nina Khruscheva, she is the great grand-daughter of Nikita Khruschev, the former soviet premier who took over Joseph Stalin and an ex-pat living and reporting on Russia and the Soviet Union since 1993.  She is currently a professor of International Affairs at New School University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She is co-author of a new book  which is called In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones.  For this book she and her co-author, Jeffrey Tayler who is based in Moscow, traveled the entire county, the largest country on earth to write the book and give a portrait of the modern and historic Russia.
  • Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock vs the Dakota Access Pipeline
    Marking the three year anniversary of the beginning of the historic 9 month long protest and standoff at Standing Rock against a construction of a pipeline; today we are joined by historian Nick Estes who was part of the resistance and continues being part of it to continue fighting against the construction of the pipeline. Nick Estes wrote a book that has put the resistance at Standing Rock in context with the long tradition of indigenous resistance. The book is called Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock vs the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. 
  • Witness and Resistance to a Brutal Civil War in El Salvador
    A conversation with Carolyn Forché author of What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance.  Carolyn Forché recounts her experiences in El Salvador since the late 1970’s and during the war. Carolyn Forché is a poet, editor, translator, and activist. She is the current director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.  He is the author of many books of poetry including  Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, and Gathering the Tribes.  In 2013, Forché received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship given for distinguished poetic achievement. In 2017, she became one of the first two poets to receive the Windham-Campbell Prize. What You Have Heard is True is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. It is the story of a woman’s radical act of empathy, and her fateful encounter with an intriguing man who changes the course of her life.
  • The Economics of Medicare for All
    Today we dive into the basis of Medicare for All, its feasibility, and its finances with economist Robert Pollin. Guest: Robert Pollin is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute [1] (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is co-author of a recent report Economic Analysis of Medicare for All. [caption id="attachment_309641" align="aligncenter" width="275"] Flickr… Medicare for All Rally by mollyktadams[/caption]   [1]
  • The Mueller Investigation, the Russiagate, and the Media Coverage of It
    We are joined by Aaron Maté, he is one of the most prominent journalists that have been pushing back against the notion and allegation about the Trump campaign conspiring and interfering with Russia in the U.S. 2016 election.  Maté explains why he was skeptical from the beginning of the idea of the Trump-Russia conspiracy.  He critics the “media fixation” that covered the “Russiagate” issue the way it did, which in the end, he says, had negative consequences for the media itself because it has lost credibility and for the country at large distracting citizens from the most important issues. Guest: Journalist Aaron Maté is a contributor columnist for the Nation Magazine. He is a former host and producer for The Real News and Democracy Now!    

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