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  • The world-renowned actor Vanessa Redgrave joins us for the hour to talk about her new film "The Fever", premiering tonight on HBO. "The Fever" tells the story a wealthy European woman who is overcome by a sudden illness while visiting an impoverished, war-torn country, leading her to reflect on the privilege of the western world in comparison to global poverty, violence and injustice. Vanessa Redgrave is one of the most famous...
    Jun 13, 2007 | Story
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    André Schiffrin has been a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years. As head of Pantheon Books, André Schiffrin edited titles by Jean-Paul Sartre, Studs Terkel, Art Spiegelman, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1990, he resigned and set up the nonprofit publishing house, The New Press. Schiffrin has also written several of his own books, including his new memoir, "A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and...
    Mar 28, 2007 | Story
  • A renowned author, poet and activist, Alice Walker is perhaps best known for her book "The Color Purple" for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. She was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer for fiction. Alice Walker joins us in our firehouse studio to talk about her latest work, "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For." [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 17, 2006 | Story
  • Chilean novelist Isabel Allende is a prolific writer with 15 books in just over two decades. Her works have been translated to more than 27 languages and have hit best-seller lists around the world. She joins us to discuss her latest work, "Ines of My Soul," the centuries-long struggle of the indigenous people of Chile, the significance of Chilean president Michele Bachelet, immigration and much more. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 17, 2006 | Story
  • Musician David Rovics, pays tribute to his friend, Brad Will, the U.S. journalist and activist shot dead in Oaxaca on Friday. Rovics says, "For those of us alive today who had the honor of being one of Brad’s large circle of friends, his memory will be with us painfully, deeply, lovingly, until we all join him beneath the ground — hopefully only after each of us has managed to have the kind of impact on each other, on the movement,...
    Oct 30, 2006 | Story
  • Last week in New York, hundreds of citizens gathered for a town hall meeting on the future of diversity in the nation’s media. Speakers included several artists and activists from the hip hop community. We play a speech from M-1 of the rap group dead prez. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 26, 2006 | Story
  • "My Name is Rachel Corrie" — a play based on the life of the late US peace activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer–was scheduled to open last March at the New York Theatre Workshop. But six weeks before opening night, the theater announced it was indefinitely postponing the production. The move that was widely criticized as an act of censorship. On Sunday, the play finally opened at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New...
    Oct 18, 2006 | Story
  • On Thursday, the group World Can’t Wait is calling for protests in over 170 cities and towns across the country to demonstrate against President Bush and his administration. This week the group held emergency gatherings in response to Congress passing the new Military Commissions Act. Actor Mark Ruffalo took part in an event in New York. He stopped by our studio to talk about his decision to speak out. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 04, 2006 | Story
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    Today we spend the hour with the legendary folk singer, banjo player, storyteller and activist Pete Seeger. For over 60 years Pete Seeger has been an American icon. In the 1940s, he performed in the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie as well as the Weavers. In the 1950s, he opposed Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt and was almost jailed for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He helped popularize...
    Sep 04, 2006 | Story
  • We speak with legendary bass player and composer, Charlie Haden, one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. During the middle of the Vietnam War, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra that mixed songs from the Spanish Civil War, anti-war songs and a tribute to Che Guevera. He recently re-formed the group to respond to the Bush administration and the invasion of Iraq. He titled the new album "Not In Our Name."...
    Sep 01, 2006 | Story