We talk about Harry Houdini, the great escape artist, master magician — and possibly international spy — with Larry Sloman, co-author with William Kalush of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.
Also, we hear a story about New Year’s, read by host and author, Francesca Rheannon.
We talk with Les Leopold about his terrific biography of labor leader and environmentalist Tony Mazzochi: [amazon-product text=”The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi” type=”text”]1933392649[/amazon-product].
British environmental journalist George Monbiot talks about global warming and what can be done about it. His book is [amazon-product text=”HEAT: How to Stop the Planet from Burning” type=”text”]0896087875[/amazon-product].
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Dahr Jamail, BEYOND THE GREEN ZONE: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.
Dahr Jamail was perhaps the only American journalist to remain unembedded long after other reporters holed up in the Green Zone. In BEYOND THE GREEN ZONE he exposes the impact of the war and US occupation on the lives of ordinary Iraqi civilians.
We talk about to two writers featured at the 2007 Springfield Jewish Book Fair: David M. Gross, author of FAST COMPANY: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Motorcycles in Italy and Alana Newhouse on A LIVING LENS: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward.
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Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Dahr Jamail. Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, And The People Who Fight Back. Amy Goodman,David Goodman (autographed) Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State. Norman Solomon Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World. Eve Ensler The Foreign Correspondant. Novel, Alan Furst Taj Mahal Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire. Diana Preston and Michael Preston. Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment. Jacques Leslie Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond. David Gessner. A Matter Of Opinion; Victor Navasky Stealing Democracy: The New Politics Of Voter Suppression. Spencer Overton A Country That Works. Getting America Back on Track. Andy Stern. Every Book Its Reader. Nicholas Basbanes Friendly Fire: The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq, Rescued by an Italian Secret Service Agent, and Shot by U.S. F. by Giuliana Sgrena Before The Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism. Bruce Ackerman Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time; Michael Downing Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President–and Won; Brandt Goldstein Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery; Gloria Steinem,Jesse Sage,Liora Kasten With Liberty and Justice For All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose; Kate Michelman Chasing America: A Memoir, Dennis Watlington Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants and the Struggle for the American Dream. Bruce Watson.
We have an in-depth conversation with author John J. Clayton about his wonderful short story collection, WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: New and Collected Stories and he reads from several of his favorite stories in the book. It deals with universal themes of loss and spiritual redemption, acceptance, fading ideals, as well as with contemporary struggles of Jewish life and family. Clayton has been writing fiction since 1969 and teaches modern literature and fiction writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He’s won the O’Henry and Pushcart Prizes for short stories as well as a place in Best American Short Stories anthologies.