Yearly Archives: 2007


How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future

Vali Nasr
Vali Nasr

Middle East expert Vali Nasr talks about THE SHIA REVIVAL: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future in this engrossing interview with Francesca Rheannon.

Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr recently went to work for the Obama Adminstration’s Richard Holbrooke as a special representative on Af-Pak (Afghanistan-Pakistan) affairs. We talked to him in 2007 about his book The Shia Revival. It’s about how conflicts within Islam — notably the Shia and Sunni sects and the respective countries they dominate — “will shape the future”. He was just featured in the September 28, 2009 issue of The New Yorker, in an article by George Packer about Holbrooke, “The Last Mission.”

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He covers the history of the Shia-Sunni split and says the Shia’s rise (aided by the Bush Administration’s misadventure in Iraq and destruction of Saddam’s Sunni dictatorship) encompasses Lebanon and Syria through the Persian Gulf to Iraq and Iran, and finally Pakistan and India.

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Focus on Global Warming

Mayer Hillman
David Gershon

We talk with dean of the British environmental movement Mayer Hillman about THE SUICIDAL PLANET: How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe. He co-authored the book with Tina Fawcett and Sudhir Chella Rajan. Also, David Gershon of the Empowerment Institute tells us about his LOW CARBON DIET: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds.


Junot Diaz, BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO and Laraine Herring on writing

Junot Diaz
Laraine Herring

Literary sensation Junot Diaz talks about his acclaimed novel, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO. Also, Laraine Herring on writing. Her book is WRITING BEGINS WITH THE BREATH: Embodying Your Authentic Voice.



Environmental activist and green economy imagineer Paul Hawken talks about BLESSED UNREST: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Co-hosted with Corporate Watchdog Radio’s Bill Baue.

Also, Michael Shuman, author of SMALL MART REVOLUTION, talks about his post on food miles on the blog, The Ethicurian.


TAJ MAHAL and some final Indian Tales

Diana Preston tells us about TAJ MAHAL: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire. She co-wrote the book with her husband, Michael Preston.

And the final episode in our series on Jaime de Angulo’s INDIAN TALES, thanks to the Pacifica Archives. Also, Native American storyteller tells the story of corn and takes us on a tour the traces of Native peoples who lived in Northampton, Massachusetts.



We talk with futurist Hazel Henderson about ETHICAL MARKETS: Growing the Green Economy, co-written with Simran Sethi.

Also, we continue our month-long series on Jaime de Angulo’s INDIAN TALES, thanks to the Pacifica Archives and Writer’s Voice associate producer, Michael Pollitt.


The Most Famous Man In America

Henry Ward Beecher

We talk with historian Debby Applegate about her acclaimed biography of 19th century evangelist of the “Gospel of Love” Henry Ward Beecher, THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA.

Also, an excerpt from our archived interview with Marge Piercy about her novel, SEX WARS, in which Beecher is a character.



Yurt maven Becky Kemery talks to us about her beautifully illustrated and informative book, YURTS: Living in the Round.

Also, Sasha Abramsky returns to Writer’s Voice to talk about his new book, AMERICAN FURIES: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment.


Medical Alternatives

We talk with Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic about the Clinic’s BOOK OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.

Also, Josef Woodman tells us about PATIENTS BEYOND BORDERS: Everybody’s Guide to Affordable World Class Medical Tourism.

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Jacqueline Sheehan and Sophie Freud

We talk with former therapist and now best-selling author Jacqueline Sheehan about her novel, LOST AND FOUND. A widowed psychologist finds the path to her own recovery from grief with the help of a black labrador retriever with a healing touch.

Also, Sigmund Freud’s granddaughter Sophie Freud tells us about about her memoir, LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF THE FREUD FAMILY. We hear about her childhood in pre-war Austria, her famous grandfather, and her dysfunctional family of origin. Now a retired social worker living in New England, Freud weaves together diaries, letters and memoir to reconstruct her flight from Nazi-occupied Austria, the agonizing wait for a visa from Nice, France, and her eventual escape from a Europe embroiled in war.


Special on Human Trafficking

Author and anti-slavery activist Beatrice Fernando talks about her memoir, IN CONTEMPT OF FATE: THE TALE OF A SRI LANKAN SOLD INTO SERVITUDE, WHO SURVIVED TO TELL IT. She was a domestic slave in Lebanon in the 1980’s and threw herself off a balcony to escape. She’s also founder of the Nivasa Foundation. It helps women stay out of slavery by supporting their children.

Also, David Batstone talks about his book NOT FOR SALE: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It. It’s about the modern Abolitionist movement. He’s founder of the Not For Sale Campaign.


Patricia Klindienst, THE EARTH KNOWS MY NAME

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Patricia Klindienst
Patricia Klindienst

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Also, check out the Writer’s Voice interview with Klindienst we did in 2009 about her latest book.