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  • Why Income Inequality Threatens Our Republic
    Professor Ganesh Sitaraman, author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic, joins host Mitch Jeserich in conversation about why income inequality is not only unfair but threatens our very republic. Ganesh Sitaraman is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and long-time advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren. Follow Professor Ganesh on Twitter @GaneshSitaraman [1]   Invest in listener-sponsored KPFA! [2] Capitalism (3 DVD set)  $240 CD Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack $100 Letters & Politics Mondo Pack (Includes all L+P Packs) USB   $180 DVD No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism byTancrède Ramonet (2 DVD Set)  $180 BOOK The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution by Ganesh Sitaraman  $90 [1] [2]
  • The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World
    On today’s show, we are in conversation with Bart D. Ehrman [1], renowned religious scholar and author of the book The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World, about the spread of Christianity throughout the Western world.  He relates the history of how the Roman Empire went from being a polytheistic pagan society, that now and then persecuted Christians, to a Christian society that persecuted non-Christians. Bart D. Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar focusing on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and the development of early Christianity. [2] Invest in listener-sponsored KPFA! [3] Book The Triumph of Christianity by Bart Ehrman $165 CD Letters & Politics Ancient History Pack $100 Combo Book + CD $240   [1] [2] [3]
  • The Greek Economic Crisis and the History of Democracy
    Yanis Varoufakis has been at the center of the Greek economic crisis for as long as it has been going on.  Though out of the news it is still a reality for the people living in Greece and Europe.  In 2014 Yanis Varoufakis helped propel the leftist party Syriza into power as his country was facing off against European creditors.  In 2015 he resigned his position of Greek Finance Minister after his party accepted a European bailout loan requiring further austerity.  He has now formed a new political party to compete in the next election that will make him a candidate for Prime Minister. Yanis Varoufakis is a Greek economist, academic, and politician.   Invest in listener-sponsored KPFA! [1]   CD Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack  $100 Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis $90 CD KPFA Event YANIS VAROUFAKIS Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment: Talking With My Daughter About the Economy May 16, Wednesday, 7:30 pm First Congregational Church of Berkeley  $75 DVD KPFA Event YANIS VAROUFAKIS Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment: Talking With My Daughter About the Economy May 16, Wednesday, 7:30 pm First Congregational Church of Berkeley  $100 VAROUFAKIS COMBO Book + CD  $140   [1]
  • How Corporations Won Rights Meant for “We The People…”
    Although corporations never marched on Washington, they employed many of the same strategies of many civil rights struggles: civil disobedience, test cases, and legal claims made in a purposeful effort to reshape the law.   Adam Winkler, author of “We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights,” joins host Mitch Jeserich in conversation about the history of corporations and how corporations have used the courts to win rights made for everyday people. Adam Winkler is a historian and law professor, specializing in American Constitutional Law.   Invest in listener-sponsored KPFA! [1]   BOOK We The Corporations by Adam Winkler  $150 CD Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack $100 Combo Book + CD  $225   [1]
  • The History Behind the US-Israeli Relations And How it Pertains to Palestine
    Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Dr. Marsha B. Cohen talking about the history of the US-Israeli relations and how it pertains to Palestine including the issue of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Marsha B. Cohen is an independent scholar, lecturer, and news analyst who specializes in Middle Easterner social history and religion. Support Your Station! Click Here To Donate to KPFA Online: [1] Letters and Politics DEmocracy and Marxism Pack $100 Film Combo: Al Nakba, Occupation of the American Mind, Occupation 101, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land $365 [caption id="attachment_288420" align="aligncenter" width="345"] Source: Flickr[/caption] [1]
  • Dozens of Palestinians killed as US moves its Embassy to Jerusalem
    Today on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence, the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem while Israeli soldiers have killed dozens of Palestinians and wounded thousands who were protesting and trying to cross the Gaza border. We hear excerpts from a speech of scholar Norman Finkelstein on how holding Israel to human rights standards in war have failed in the past. Norman Finkelstein is an American political scientist, activist, professor, and author of “Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom.” Please keep us on air, click here to support KPFA: Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack $100 BOOK Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom by Norman Finkelstein $180 CD KPFA Event with Norman Finkelstein $75 DVD KPFA Event with Norman Finkelstein $100 Combo Finkelstein BOOK + DVD $240
  • A People’s History of The Third World
    We are in conversation with Vijay Prashad to talk about the origins and the political history of the twentieth-century attempt to knit together the world’s impoverished countries in opposition to the United States and Soviet spheres of influence in the decades following World War II. Vijay Prashad [1] is Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, where he holds the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History. He is the author of many books including The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World. Keep your station going, click here to pledge online [2]: Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack $100 [3] BOOK The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World by Vijay Prashad  $100 COMBO CD + BOOK $175     [1] [2] [3]
  • Marx’s Writings: The Communist Manifest and Das Capital
    Marking the bicentennial of the birth of Karl Marx, we continue our series of conversations about Marxist ideas and their influence in history.  Today we talk to the renowned economist, Richard Wolff to talk about the period when Marx was writing the communist manifesto, his long exile in England and his writing of Das Capital. Invest in KPFA free speech radio, Click here to donate online: [1] Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack  $100 Book Capitalism’s Crises Deepens by Richard Wolff  $90 Combo book + CD  $150 [1]
  • Why was Marx so successful as a thinker?
    Karl Marx remains the most influential and controversial political thinker in history. He has been viewed as a philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, even a literary craftsman. But who was Marx? What informed his critiques of modern society? And as new generations are discovering Marx after the aftermath of the recurrent financial crisis, social inequality, and destructiveness of capitalism how are we to understand his legacy? Marking the bicentennial Karl Marx birthday, host Mitch Jeserich begins a series of conversations about the intellectual influences on Marx. Today we are talking with leading historian of socialism Gregory Claeys looking at the French Revolution which predates Karl Marx’s birthday to the writing of the Communist Manifesto. Gregory Claeys is Professor of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of the book Marx And Marxism. Keep us on the air! Click here to donate to KPFA [1] Letters and Politics Democracy and Marxism Pack $100 Book Marx and Marxism by Gregory Claeys $120 Combo CD + Book $200 [1]
  • The Legal Issues Surrounding the Mueller Investigation
    Ruddy Juliani who is representing Donald Trump in potential talks with Robert Mueller says he will not recommend the president to speak with Mueller and that Trump should plead Fifth Amendment if he does. To Talk about all this we are in conversation with William Yeomans. He is Ronald Goldfarb Fellow at the Alliance for Justice and Lecturer at Columbia Law School. He previously served 26 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, including time as head of the Civil Rights Division. He was also Sen. Edward Kennedys chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for 3 years. Then, the biblical life of Judas Iscariot with writer, journalist, and broadcaster Peter Stanford, he is the author of the book Judas: The Most Hated Name in History.    
  • The Legal Aspects of Seeking Asylum in the US. Then, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World
    Many people from Central America are seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border, but what is asylum, what are the legal aspects of this immigration status? To talk about this we are joined by Holly S. Cooper, Co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis. She has extensive litigation experience defending the rights of immigrants and is a nationally recognized expert on immigration detention issues and on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Then, a conversation with former Wall Stree insider Nomi Prins to talk about how the 2007-2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Noomi Prins is the author of the new book Collusion How Central Bankers Rigged the World. former Wall Street.
  • The History of Tear Gas
    We are in conversation with Anna Feigenbaum to talk 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 in many cities, including in the streets of San Juan of Puerto Rico on May Day. 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.  
  • The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
    Today we have a conversation comparing and contrasting the gilded age between 1870 and early 1900s and the so-called, second gilded age which we are living through today with guest Steve Fraser. Steve Fraser is the author of several including The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power.    
  • A History of The Colonial War in Yemen and The US Involvement
    Professor Isa Blumi argues that the war in Yemen today has been mischaracterized as a civil war, and instead, he says is a war over the empire and international finance, with a deep colonial history that stretches back to the Ottoman empire, the British empire and currently the American empire. Isa Blumi is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University.  He is the author of Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939; Foundations of Modernity; Reinstating the Ottomans; and his latest Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World.    
  • The Future of Humanity
    Mitch Jeserich talks to renowned physicist Michio Kaku [1] for a wide-ranging discussion on science, humanity, the future, and war.  Michio Kaku is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, co-founder of string field theory. He is the host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Exploration and is the author of several acclaimed science books, including Beyond Einstein, The Future of the Mind, Hyperspace, Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible and his latest, The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.   About The Future of Humanity The book explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. It reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He then takes us beyond the solar system to nearby stars, which may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light.         [1]

Archived Snapshot: 2017-04-02

Russian Perspective on the Election Controversy Mitch Jeserich interviews Robert English Professor of International Relations at USC, who has just written a piece for Foreign Affairs [1] that is critical of the US's reaction to allegations of Russian interference in the election.


Trump and Russia and the Politics of Nutrition Mitch Jeserich interviews David Cay Johnston about the controversies surrounding the Trump family's ties to Russia. Johnston is a renowned journalist and the author of the book, The Making of Donald Trump.

Then, Mitch interviews renowned nutritionist Marion Nestle, (no relation to the Swiss food giant Nestle.) Her most recent book is, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).

Trump's Enviromental EOs and The Legacy of McCarthy's Red Scare First, Mitch Jeserich speaks with environmental journalist Mark Hertzgaard [1], about the Trump administration's recent executive order's attempting to overturn environmental regulations from the Obama era.

Then, Mitch interviews David A. Nichols, author of the book Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy, about the history of the Red Scare and echoes of today.


US Military Escalation in Iraq and Syria and the Downfall of the Republican Party Mitch Jeserich interviews Reese Erlich about American military escalation in Iraq and Syria. Erlich is an accomplished independent journalist and the author of the book, Inside Syria.

Then Mitch speak with Geoffery Kabaservice, author of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, about the recent public implosion of the Republican party's unity.

Today's Strange State of Affairs with Rebecca Solnit Mitch Jeserich interivews Rebecca Solnit, and independent writer, historian, and activist, she is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster.

The Repeal of the ACA and The 1980 Assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero Mitch Jeserich speaks with Stephanie Woolhandler of Physicians for National Health Program about the impending changes to the health care system in the US.

Then he interviews Matt Eisenbrandt, author of Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Oscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice, and an attorney for the prosecution of the case.

Genghis Khan and the Origins of Religious Freedom Mitch Jeserich interviews Jack Weatherford, a renowned anthropologist and author of the book Genghis Khan and the Quest for Religious Freedom, as well as many other books about Mongolia. In 2006, he was awarded the Order of the Polar Star, Mongolia [1]'s highest national honor for foreigners.


House Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russia-Trump Campaign Ties Mitch Jeserich interviews Mel Goodman about the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the links between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Melvin Goodman, was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1986, and is currently a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C.

Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 and America's First Drug Tsar In this episode we discuss the Muslim Ban "2.0," and the legal challenges have come up against it with Elica Vafaie, an attorney with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Asian Law Caucus and an expert on National Security and Civil Rights.

Then we hear from Alexandra Chasin, author of the book Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs, about the infamous Federal Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner who has gone down in history as America's first drug tsar.

Understanding the Federal Reserve's Next Moves In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Josh Bivens, the Director of Research at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). His areas of research include macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, the economics of globalization, social insurance, and public investment.

The Secret State: A History of Intelligence and Espionage In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Colonel John Hughes-Wilson, one of Britain's leading military historians. He served in the British Army's Intelligence Corps for 30 years. He is the author of the book The Secret State: A History of Intelligence and Espionage. He lives in Cyprus.

North Korea and Trump's Foreign Policy in Asia. And How the US Goverment has Evolved in the Past Hundred Years In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Hyun Lee, a researcher and reporter for Global Research Centre for Research on Globalization. Her latest piece is North Korea: Trump's First Foreign Policy Test in Asia [1]. Then and interview with Alasdair Roberts [2], Professor of Public Affairs, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. His latest book is Four Crises of Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation [3]. About Four Crises of Democracy In the last ten years, there has been an outpouring of literature concerned with the crises that impact democracies in our era. Observers have noted a range of causes, including endemic corruption, gross incompetence in delivering basic services, and a corresponding increase in voter disaffection. Lurking in the background as well is the global resurgence of authoritarianism, a wave bolstered by the Western democracies' apparent mishandling of the global financial crisis. In Four Crises of American Democracy, Alasdair Roberts locates the U.S.'s recent bout of democratic malaise in a larger historical context, arguing that it is the latest in a series of very different crises that have plagued America throughout its history. He focuses on four crises, moving beyond descriptions of what each crisis involved to the solutions the government evolved in response. The first crisis-the of representation"-occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and was dominated by fears of plutocracy and debates about the rights of African-Americans, women and immigrants. The of mastery" spanned the years 1917-1948, and was preoccupied with building administrative capabilities so that government could improve its control of economic and international affairs. The of discipline," beginning in the 1970s, was triggered by the perception that voters and special interests were overloading governments with unreasonable demands. The final crisis, what he calls the …

Chris Hedges on the Bleak Future of the US In this episode we hear a recent speech by Chris Hedges, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and political activist, given at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church in Vancouver, CA on March 3rd.

Lynne Stewart and The Republican Healthcare Proposal Lynne Stewart [1] died yesterday March the 7th 2017, she was an attorney known for defending those who challenged the system and she herself spent years in jail for representing Omar Abdel-Rhaman.

Then, we talk to Edwin Park about the Republican Healthcare proposal. Edwin Park is Vice President for Health Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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The Updated Muslim Ban and Readings of 1984 On today's show host Mitch Jeserich speaks to Rose Cuison Villazor about the new Muslim Travel Ban. Rose Cuison Villazor is a Professor of Law and Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar University of California at Davis School of Law.

Then, we hear clips from the audio book of 1984.