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Mike Feder, A LONG SWIM UPSTREAM & Helen Thomas WATCHDOGS OF DEMOCRACY?

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Helen Thomas
Mike Feder
Mike Feder

Radio host, monologist and author, Mike Feder talks about surviving a crazy childhood and finding healing in humor. His book is A Long Swim Upstream. And Helen Thomas died on July 20. We play our 2006 interview with Thomas about her book on the Washington Press Corps, Watchdogs of Democracy?

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Hallie Ephron, THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN & Lionel Shriver, BIG BROTHER

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Hallie Ephron
Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver

Suspense writer Hallie Ephron’s newest page-turner is THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN. Its protagonists are the daughter of a difficult mother and her mother’s ninety-year old neighbor who’s the most delightful sleuth since Miss Marple. A dash of history, attitudes toward the elderly, and the impact of overdevelopment on communities are all part of the story.

And Lionel Shriver delves into the loyalties that can divide families when, in BIG BROTHER, her protagonist’s morbidly obese brother comes to visit and she feels compelled to get him to lose weight. The novel explores power struggles in families, our society’s obsession with food, and the obesity epidemic — all deftly drawn with Shriver’s dry wit.

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INTERNET & PRESS FREEDOM: Rebecca MacKinnon, Tim Karr, Alexander Cockburn

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Rebecca MacKinnon
Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn

We re-play our 2012 interview with Rebecca MacKinnon about her book Consent of the Networked. Then we look back again at Wikileaks and what it means for press freedom: we air our 2010 interviews with the late Alexander Cockburn and with Tim Karr of the organization, Free Press. And finally, we hear a Spring poem from Philip Schultz: Bleeker Street.

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Anthony Lewis, FREEDOM FOR THE THOUGHT THAT WE HATE & Edward Ball, THE INVENTOR AND THE TYCOON

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Anthony Lewis
Edward Ball
Edward Ball

The late Anthony Lewis on his “biography of the First Amendment,” Freedom for the Thought That We Hate. Lewis died on March 25, 2013. And Edward Ball talks with Drew Adamek about his book, The Inventor and the Tycoon. It’s about how modern media were born out of an unlikely partnership between a tycoon and an inventor who was a murderer.

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Helaine Olen, POUND FOOLISH & Les Leopold, HOW TO MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS AN HOUR

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Les Leopold
Helaine Olen
Helaine Olen

Helaine Olen talks about her exposé of the personal finance industry, POUND FOOLISH: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry and Les Leopold discusses his new book HOW TO MAKE A MILLION DOLLARS AN HOUR: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America’s Wealth.

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Eric Laursen, THE PEOPLE’S PENSION & Greg Palast, BILLIONAIRES AND BALLOT BANDITS.

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Greg Palast

Eric Laursen talks about the war on social security. His book is THE PEOPLE’S PENSION. [AK Press, 2012] And Greg Palast counts up nine ways Republicans are suppressing the vote — and why it matters. His book is BILLIONAIRES AND BALLOT BANDITS.

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Michael Grunwald, THE NEW NEW DEAL & James Steele, THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.

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James B. Steele

Journalist Michael Grunwald discusses his book, THE NEW NEW DEAL: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It’s about the big, but little-known, impact of the Obama stimulus. And investigative reporter James Steele talks about the latest book he co-authored with Donald Bartlett, THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: What Went WrongContinue reading

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Tracie McMillan, THE AMERICAN WAY OF EATING & Katherine Gustafson, CHANGE COMES TO DINNER

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Katherine Gustafson

Journalist Tracie McMillan talks about how the poor, including those who work in the food system, are treated by that system. Her book is THE AMERICAN WAY OF EATING: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Also Katherine Gustafson tells us about CHANGE COMES TO DINNER: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovators Are Revolutionizing How America Eats. Continue reading

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Brita Belli, THE AUTISM PUZZLE & Nancy Nichols, LAKE EFFECT

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Whats causing the autism epidemic in American children? Brita Belli talks about her book, THE AUTISM PUZZLE: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates. And its not just autism. Its also cancer and other diseases. We air our 2008 interview with journalist Nancy Nichols about her memoir LAKE EFFECT: Two Sisters and a Towns Toxic Legacy. Continue reading

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Richard Zacks, ISLAND OF VICE & Stan Cox, LOSING OUR COOL

 

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Stan Cox

Richard Zacks discusses ISLAND OF VICE: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York and Stan Cox talks about his book, LOSING OUR COOL: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World. Then Drew Adamek reviews Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Continue reading

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Andrew Nagorski, HITLERLAND & Jonathan Rabb, THE SECOND SON

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Jonathan Rabb

Andrew Nagorski talks about his book, HITLERLAND, a first-ever account of the American eyewitnesses to Hitler’s rise to power. And novelist Jonathan Rabb discusses his latest in the Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner series, THE SECOND SON. It’s about a Berlin detective in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. Continue reading

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Steve Volk, FRINGE-OLOGY; Kim Tredick, BrainQuest; Review-Herta Mueller’s THE HUNGER ANGEL

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Steve Volk

Steve Volk talks about the paranormal and his fascinating book, FRINGE-OLOGY: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn’t; Kim Tredick talks about the “summer slide” and BrainQuest; and Drew Adamek reviews THE HUNGER ANGEL by Herta Müller. Continue reading

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Will Potter, GREEN IS THE NEW RED & David Gessner, MY GREEN MANIFESTO

Will Potter discusses GREEN IS THE NEW RED: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege. It’s about the war our government is waging against the environmental movement. Then, nature writer David Gessner talks about his canoe trip down the Charles River and how it inspired his latest book, MY GREEN MANIFESTOContinue reading

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Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin, AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY & Eyal Press, BEAUTIFUL SOULS

Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin talk about their memoir, AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY: From Vienna to Shanghai to America, A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II.

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Eyal Press

And Eyal Press discusses his exploration into the motives of those who put a higher good above their own personal safety. His book is BEAUTIFUL SOULSSaying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked this week in the U.S.

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Elmer Luke, MARCH WAS MADE OF YARN; Stephen Pierson & Rich Benjamin, CANTEEN; Marvin Kitman on Rupert Murdoch

Elmer Luke talks about MARCH WAS MADE OF YARN: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown; Marvin Kitman on Rupert Murdoch (encore); and publisher Stephen Pierson & contributor Rich Benjamin talk about the literary magazine Canteen. Continue reading