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  • Fund Drive Special – Best of Letters and Politics 2018
    We Need Your Support, Donate to KPFA Today!!! Book: The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey $150 [The role of Christianity in the elimination of classical polytheism and art] Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection includes: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt, How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey, Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston, and A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner  $500 MP3 CD Best of Letters & Politics 2018 Pack $100 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection + MP3 CD $550.  
  • Fund Drive Special – Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection and Interviews
    Support KPFA, Donate Today!!! BOOK Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston Edited by Deborah G. Plant [1] $150 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection includes: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt, How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey, Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston, and A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner $500 MP3 CD Best of Letters & Politics 2018 Pack $100 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection + Best of Letters & Politics MP3 CD $550     [1] https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_2?ie=UTF8&text=Deborah+G.+Plant&search-alias=books&field-author=Deborah+G.+Plant&sort=relevancerank
  • Fun Drive Special – The Best of Letters and Politics 2018
    Support our Work, Donate to KPFA today! Letters and Politics is offering its best work of 2018 Book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley $150 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection includes: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt, How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey, Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston, and A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner $500 MP3 CD Best of Letters & Politics 2018 Pack $100 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection + Book Collection $550  
  • Fun Drive Special – Top 2018 Book Collection
    Letters and Politics is offering the 5 best books we have reviewed in 2018 Pack for $500. Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University professor, and a world-renowned Shakespeare scholar. Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution. In his book, Greenblatt delivers his own critique of the current occupant of the White House, amazingly, he doesn’t even have to mention his name. We all know it! The parallels seem obvious. How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey.  Barracon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, Alice Walker (Foreword). A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner. MP3 CD Best of Letters & Politics 2018 Pack $100 Letters & Politics Mondo Pack (Includes all L+P Packs) USB$200 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection + USB$650
  • 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. Scholar 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. Translated into English and presented as a graphic novel, this version of THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH is a father/son project by scholar and translator Kent H. Dixon and his son, the comix artist Kevin H. Dixon, who bring a fresh take on this great work. Guest: Kent H. Dixon [1] is a translator, a writer, and Emeritus Professor of English, at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Support KPFA, Donate today! BOOK The Epic of Gilgamesh by Kent H. Dixon and Kevin H. Dixon $100 USB Letters and Politics Mondo Pack  $200 COMBO Book + USB  $280   [1] http://www.kenthdixon.com/
  • The Role of the U.S. in the Current Honduran Crisis
    We are in conversation about the history of the U.S. involvement in Honduras and how that history helps explain why Hondurans are fleeing their country and seeking asylum in United States.  We talk about how the U.S. has spend more than a century using the Honduran territory to exploit its land and people in the Banana plantations with the United Fruit Company and mining companies, to using military bases for both, to overthrow a democratic elected president in Guatemala in the 1950’s and to counter the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the 1980’s. And more recently, to oust Honduran president Manuel Zelaya. Guest: Dana Frank is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is the author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America. Her latest is The Long Honduran Night.  About the Long Honduran Night The book directly counters mainstream media coverage that portrays Honduras as a pit of unrelenting awfulness, in which powerless people sob in the face of unexplained violence. Rather, it’s about sobering challenges with roots in historical and political processes, and the inspiring collective strength with which people face them.  An important piece of information that explains why currently Hondurans are fleeing their country.       Support KPFA, Donate Today! BOOK The Long Honduran Night by Dana Frank $100 DVD When Banana Ruled by Mathilde Damoisel $150 MP3 CD Best of Letters & Politics 2018 Pack $100 USB Letters & Politics Mondo Pack (Includes all L+P Packs) $200 COMBO: The Book, DVD & MP3 CD $300
  • Fund Drive Special: A Radical History of the World
    History is a weapon. The powerful have their version of events, the people have another. And if we understand how the past was forged, we arm ourselves to change the future tells us historian Neil Faulkner.  He argues that who controls the surplus created by society calls the shots, a history that has repeated in the last five thousand years, from ancient Greece to modern day America. Neil Faulkner is a historian and archaeologist and the author of numerous books, including, A People’s History of the Russian Revolution and most recently, A Radical History of the World. About A Radical History of the World From the ancient empires of Persia and Rome to the Russian Revolution, the Vietnam War, and the 2008 Crash, this is a history of greed and violence, but also of solidarity and resistance.  Many times in the past, a different society became an absolute necessity.  Humans have always struggled to create a better life. Neil Faulkner focus on the history that proves that we, the many, have the power to change the world.     SUPPORT KPFA TODAY! Book A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner $100 Best of Letters & Politics 2018 Pack MP3 CD $100 Combo: Book + MP3 CD $180 Letters & Politics Mondo Pack USB (Includes all Letters & Politics Pack) $200  
  • The Legacy of George H.W. Bush. Then, The Judicial Philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    We talk to John Nichols about the legacy of former president George H.W. Bush, who died this past weekend. Guest: John Nichols, Washington correspondent at the Nation Magazine. Then, A conversation with historian Jane De Hart to explore the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Guest: JANE SHERRON DE HART is professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life.
  • Russia-Ukraine clashes in the Azov. Then, The Latest on the Mueller investigation: Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Moscow project
    On Sunday there were skirmishes between naval ships in the Black Sea in which Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and detained 24 sailors. Ukraine responded by imposing martial law in provinces near the Russian border.  All this is happening in pre-election time in which the current Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko is behind in the polls. To learn more about the military and political developments between Ukraine and Russia we talk to Professor William Risch. Guest: William Risch is associate professor of history at Georgia College. He is the author of the book The Ukrainian West: Culture and Fate of the Empire in Soviet Lviv.  Then, A discussion about the current situation with the Mueller investigation and Cohen pleading guilty to lying to Congress about Moscow project. Guest: Ken White is a former federal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and First Amendment Litigator at Brown White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles. His podcast “Make No Law” explores the history of the First Amendment.    
  • The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During WW II
    Latin America was a key ground battle during WWII over ideas, especially when it came to fascism. Today we are in conversation about this history with Mary Jo McConahay. Guest: Mary Jo McConahay [1] is an award-winning journalist who covered the wars in Central America and Latin America and the economics in the Middle East. Her latest book is The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II.     [1] http://www.maryjomcconahay.net/
  • Can the Blue Wave Deliver a Green New Deal? Then, How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters
    New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood with around 200 protesters in Representative Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding a Green New Deal to get to 100 percent renewables because our lives depend on it. Guest: Christopher D. Cook [1] is an award-winning  journalist who writes for the Nation, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, and The Economist. He is the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. His latest piece in the Nation is Can the Blue Wave Deliver a Green New Deal? [2] Then, we talk to about the new report Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions. Guest: Eric C. Franklin is Research Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and co-author of the report that appeared in scientific journal the Nature Climate Change.   [1] http://www.christopherdcook.com [2] https://www.thenation.com/article/can-the-blue-wave-deliver-a-green-new-deal/
  • Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today
    A conversation with Anna Feigenbaum about the history of Tear Gas and its development as a chemical weapon during WWI, and its reclassification as a crowd control agent pushed by chemical companies and law enforcement agencies. Today, Tear Gas is being used against people protesting for their rights and against immigrants who try to get asylum at the boarder. Guest: Anna Feigenbaum is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University. Her latest book is Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today.  
  • Letters and Politics – November 22, 2018
    A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
  • Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire
    A conversation with Professor Kyle Harper about one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. Central to this issue are question such as how does an empire fall? What’s the role of climate change and pandemic diseases in the collapse of Rome’s power. Guest: Kyle Harper is a historian of the classical world and the Senior Vice President and Provost at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire.
  • The Effects of the Unhealthy Air on the Health of Californians. Then, The Nazi and The Psychiatrist
    A follow up of the effects of the air quality on the health of Californians two weeks after the Camp fire in Butte County and the Woolsey fire in Malibu started. Guest: Dr. Kari Nadeau is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.  She is one of the nations foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma in the country. Then, The Nazis and the Psychiatrist with Jack El-Hai. Guest: Jack El-Hai is a journalist who covers history, medicine, and science, and the author of the acclaimed book The Lobotomist. He is the winner of the June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism, as well as fellowships and grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Center for Arts Criticism.

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