Tag Archives: Nonfiction

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Wesley Lowery, They Can’t Kill Us All & Frederick Clarkson on “Dystrumpian” Theocracy

Journalist Wesley Lowery talks about his acclaimed book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. Then Frederick Clarkson of Political Research Associates discusses Betsy de Vos and the Trump administration’s theocratic vision for America. Also, we hear Danez Smith read her poem C.R.E.A.M. Continue reading

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Thomas Frank, LISTEN, LIBERAL & New Fiction Picks

Thomas Frank talks about his book Listen, Liberal. It’s a scathing look at what’s wrong with the Democratic Party and how it got to the disastrous place it’s in right now. Then we share some our of favorite recent fiction. Continue reading

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Ani Tuzman, THE TREMBLE OF LOVE & Terry Tempest Williams, FINDING BEAUTY IN A BROKEN WORLD

Ani Tuzman talks about her novel based on the life of the 18th century Jewish mystic, the Baal Shem Tov. Its called The Tremble of Love. Then, we re-air an excerpt from our 2008 interview with Terry Tempest Williams about her book, Finding Beauty In A Broken World.   Continue reading

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Francine Prose: MR. MONKEY & READING LIKE A WRITER

Writer Francine Prose talks about her acclaimed new novel, Mr. Monkey. It’s about art, ambition, childhood, aging, and love — and a very bad children’s musical. Then, we replay our 2006 interview with Prose about her book on writing, Reading Like A Writer.   Continue reading

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What You Need To Know: Field Guide To The Democracy Movement

In this edition of What You Need To Know, we talk with Frances Moore Lappé, author of the iconic Diet For A Small Planet and founder and director of The Small Planet Institute, and her colleague Adam Eichen about their new Field Guide to The Democracy Movement. Continue reading

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Mark Schapiro, The End of Stationarity & Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Mark Schapiro talks about his new book The End of Stationarity: Searching for the New Normal in the Age of Carbon Shock. Then, we talk with Greg Palast about his new book and movie, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits. Continue reading

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Katherine Harvey, Bare Bones Broth Cookbook, The True Story of Thanksgiving & “The Food Philosophe” (story)

Katherine Harvey talks about the book she co-authored, The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook. Francesca reads her story The Food Philosophe. And finally we continue our Thanksgiving tradition with native American scholar Marge Bruchac telling us the real story behind the holiday.

Also, a teaser from our interview with Nancy Altman of Social Security Works about her article for Huffington Post, “Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way.” Continue reading

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Medicare Might Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving

Nancy J. Altman of Social Security Works speaks about the imminent threat to Medicare — and how Americans can fight to save it. She wrote “Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way” for the Huffington Post. Continue reading

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Tana French, THE TRESPASSER & Shaun Chamberlin, SURVIVING THE FUTURE

Mystery novelist Tana French talks about her latest book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, The Trespasser.

Then, how can we best confront the terrible uncertainties of a darkening future? We talk with Shaun Chamberlin about the late David Fleming’s book, Surviving The Future, which Chamberlin edited and brought out after Fleming’s death. Continue reading

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Sarah Ellis, THE TRAINABLE CAT & Ted Rall, TRUMP

Cat behaviorist Sarah Ellis talks about The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat.

Then, the election is finally over, with a shocking result that few in pollsters or pundits foresaw. But the signs were there for those unburdened by the blinders of conventional wisdom to see. We re-air our interview with one of them, cartoonist Ted Rall, about his graphic biography of Donald Trump, first broadcast in August.
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Steven Hill, EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY NOW! & Election Fraud in America, Then and Now

Steven Hill explodes the myths about Social Security and shows how to strengthen it. His book is Expand Social Security Now!: How to Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve (Beacon Press, 2016)(Beacon Press, 2016).

Then, the election is next week. But is every vote equal? We talk with Beverly Harris of Black Box Voting about new research she’s published claiming voting machines are counting some votes as worth more than others.

Finally, we get the long view from historian Tracy Campbell, author of Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud, An American Political Tradition. Continue reading

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Alan Schwarz, ADHD NATION & Carol Gignoux, YOUR INNOVATOR BRAIN

Is Big Pharma fueling the ADHD epidemic? Alan Schwarz talks about his book, ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic. Then, maybe ADHD isn’t so much a disorder, as a different type of brain — one with great gifts, as well as deficits. Carol Gignoux discusses her book, Your Innovator Brain: The Truth About ADHD. Continue reading

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Antony Loewenstein, DISASTER CAPITALISM

We spend the hour with journalist Antony Loewenstein talking about his book (and forthcoming movie) Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. It’s a powerful indictment of the burgeoning global industry of profiting from the misery of the world’s most vulnerable citizens through privatizing basic goods and services when disaster strikes. Continue reading

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Josh Mitteldorf, CRACKING THE AGING CODE & Aaron Thiel, MR. ETERNITY

Is aging inevitable? And if so, why? We talk with Josh Mitteldorf talks about his book, co-authored with Dorion Sagan, Cracking The Aging Code (Macmillan, 2016.) It’s about why we age and what we can do to slow aging down. Then, in keeping with our theme, we explore a novel about a man who never dies. We talk with Aaron Thier about his new work of fiction, Mr. Eternity. Continue reading