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  • The Occupation of the American Mind – Fund Drive Special
    Today's broadcast will feature critically selected excerpts from Loretta Alper and Jeremey Ealp's 2016 documentary film The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States, which details pro-Israeli public relations forces in American politics. Narrated by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, this film investigates the insidious effects of propaganda on public opinion and the entrenchment of Israeli interests in Washington D.C. Letters & Politics and KPFA are offering the DVD of The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States for a donation of $120.      
  • Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
    On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews author and activist Paul Hawken about his book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which offers one hundred various solutions to pull carbon out of the air. This book is the work of an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists, in order to see global warming not as an inevitable fate but as an opportunity to set up a sustainable development.   Paul Hawken is the author of many ecological books including Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, which President Bill Clinton called it one of the most important books in the world at that time.   Letters & Politics and KPFA are offering the following items as thank-yous for donations: Book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken for a donation of $110 DVD:  "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" – April 21, 2017 Town Hall, Seattle for donation of $100 Combo: Drawdown Book & DVD for a donation of $180
  • Toscanini’s Anti-Fascist Resistance
    Today we are in conversation with Harvey Sachs, author of Toscanini: Musician of Conscience, a new biography of the renowned conductor whose genius flowed over into both his professional career and personal life, through his meaningful musical interpretations and inspiring political conscience. Throughout his sixty-eight-year career, Toscanini not only transformed orchestral performance, but notably reacted strongly to the political situation of his era. Toscanini's defiance of Mussolini's artistic directives and his creative response to the Fascist ascent of the 1930s resonates with today's artistic resistance to forces of oppression. Letters & Politics and KPFA are offering the following items as thank-yous for donations: Book: Toscanini: Musician of Conscience by Harvey Sachs for a donation of $180 CD: "Toscanini: The April 4, 1954 Final Concert" by Arturo Toscanini for donation of $75 Letters & Politics 500 Year History Pack" for a donation of $100 Letters & Politics: Mondo Pack (Includes all L&P Packs) for a donation of $180 Combo: Toscanini Book + CD for a donation of $240
  • The Anatomy of Fascism Applied to Trump’s America
    Mitch Jeserich talks to Robert Paxton, about the history of fascism and why it is relevant in contemporary America. Paxton is a political scientist and historian specializing in the World War II era. He is professor emeritus at Columbia University. The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxton’s classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism–“the major political innovation of the twentieth century, and the source of much of its pain.”   Letters & Politics and KPFA are offering the following items as thank-yous for donations: Book: The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxson for a donation of $80 Letters & Politics: Fascism and Resistance Pack for a donation of $100 Letters & Politics: Mondo Pack (Includes all L&P Packs) for a donation of $180 Combo: Book + Letters & Politics + Fascism Pack for a donation of $200
  • A People’s History of the Russian Revolution
    On today's show host Mitch Jeserich interviews archaeologist and Marxist historian Neil Faulkner about his new book A People's History of the Russian Revolution, which looks at the dynamics of the infamous mass movement that overthrew the Russian Czar in 1917. A century after this defining moment, we clarify its legacy and look back to evaluate its potential lessons. Faulkner seeks to revise traditional (mis)readings of the revolution and highlight its democratic essence. Letters & Politics and KPFA are offering the following items as thank-yous for donations: CD: Letters & Politics: Russian Revolution and World War I History Pack for a donation of $100 Book: A People's History of the Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner for a donation of $120 Letters & Politics Mondo Pack for a donation of $180 Russian Revolution Combo: Book and Letters & Politics Mondo Pack for a donation of $200
  • The Coming of the Third Reich and Its Echoes in American Politics
    Host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Richard J. Evans about his book The Coming of the Third Reich, which describes the ascent of Nazism in 1930s Germany and Hitler's rise to power. This book is critical to understanding the intricacies of fascism and explores how a liberal republican government allowed for the moral collapse that provoked World War II.   Richard J. Evans is a professor of history at University of Cambridge, as well as president of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Fellow of the British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences. He specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Germany and Europe. Letters and Politics and KPFA are offering the following items as thank-yous for donations: The Coming of the Third Reich for a donation of $80 Letters & Politics 500 Year History Pack for a donation of $100 Letters & Politics Mondo Pack for a donation of $180 Letters & Politics Combo: Book + Letters & Politics Mondo Pack for a donation of $240  
  • Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House
    We are in conversation with renowned author Salman Rushdie to talk about his latest book The Golden House that takes place in contemporary American political times. Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children(for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and The Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown,The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights among others.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.
  • The Rise of the “Alt-right” and the Online Culture Wars. Then Dolores the Movie
    Today we're in conversation with Angela Nagle to talk about the roots and the rise of the far-fetched subcultures dominating the internet culture wars. Angela Nagle is an expert on the online culture wars, anti-feminist online, and the alt-right. Angela Nagle's work has appeared in the Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, the Irish Times and many other journals. She's also the co-editor of Ireland Under Austerity from Manchester University Press. Her latest book is Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right.         Then we talk to one of the most important farm worker activist in American his tory, Dolores Huerta, about the history and the current politics of immigrant's rights in the U.S. and about the movie Dolores that reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Guest: Dolores Huerta and film director Peter Bratt.   To find out about the film [1] and upcoming screenings click here. [2]   [1] [2]
  • Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse
    Today we spend the hour talking about Washington politics and the Trump presidency. Guest: John Nichols is the national affairs writer for The Nation magazine. He is also a contributing writer for The Progressive magazine and In These Times, an associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin, and a co-founder of the media-reform group Free Press.  A frequent commentator on American politics and media.  He is the author of several books, his latest is Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America.    
  • The Trump Administration Ends Immigration Protection for Dreamers (DACA). And How to Remove a President
    Today the Trump Administration announced the end of the Obama-era program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. To address this issue we are in conversation with guest: Cathi Tactaquin, Executive Director and a co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Then we talk to Professor Ronald L. Feinman [1]about all the ways a president can be removed from office. Ronald Feinman is a professor of American History, Government, and Politics. He is a lecturer on modern American topics, an author, and a blogger. His latest book is Assassinations, Threats, and The American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.   [1]
  • The Ghost Dance Religious Movement
    Host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Louis S. Warren about his book Gods Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America, which describes the pan-Indian religious movement that swept across the west and the great plain as a form of resistance and reconciliation to colonialism. This book is critical to understanding how the Ghost Dance contributed to the development of modern America and Native Americans today.  
  • The History of Anti-Fascism: From Mussolini’s Italy to Berkeley, California
    As long as there has been fascism there has been anti-fascists, argues our guest Mark Bray.  He joins us for a conversation on ANTIFA: from Mussolini's Italy to Germany's Weimar Republic to Berkeley, California today. Guest: Mark Bray, historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in modern Europe.  He lectures at Dartmouth College and is the author of the book ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.    
  • How the United States Inspired Nazi Race Laws
    Leading politicians in Nazi Germany saw the American Revolution as a great advancement for the Aryan race and were influenced by US race, immigration and eugenics laws in coming up with their own laws. Today we are in conversation about this history with Yale Law professor James Whitman. Guest James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School and author of the book Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law.
  • The Life & Works of Henry David Thoreau
    ` This year marks the 200th birthday of American writer and conservationist Henry David Thoreau.  Mitch Jeserich speaks to Laura Dassow Walls, author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life, about Thoreau's work on Civil Disobedience and his seemingly contradicting support of John Brown's violent raid on Harper's Ferry, and witnessing the oncoming Industrial Age.   Guest: Laura Dassow Walls, Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at Notre Dame University and author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life.
  • Houston Under Water after Hurracaine Harvey
    Today we cover the latest happenings on the impact of Hurricane Harvey Floodings with Mark Bebawi, host of KPFTs The Monitor. San Francisco Bay Area Far Right protests turned into largely leftist ones as organizers from the right mostly canceled their events. Joe Arpaio, former sheriff's pardon by President Trump despite concerns expressed by several political pundits and constitutional scholars. With guest Isabel Garcia, Attorney, and spokeswoman for Derechos Humanos in Tucson, Arizona.

Archived Snapshot: 2017-04-03

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.


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