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  • Washington Babylon is the name of the new book by investigative journalists Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein, which describes the corruption of the political establishment, both Republicans and Democrats alike.
    May 08, 1996 | Story
  • The Cold War is over, but is America now at war with itself? It seems as though Americans are increasingly dividing along racial, class, gender and ideological lines. Abraham Lincoln warned us, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." A new book called A House Divided looks at six belief systems struggling for America’s Soul.
    May 08, 1996 | Story
  • Many of us call ourselves environmentalists because we recycle our trash, maybe cut back on our driving and shop for energy-efficient products. We think these our changes in behavior are making a difference, but Tom Athanasiou disagrees. In his new book, Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor, Athanasiou argues that only radical social and economic changes will reverse the disastrous destruction of our environment.
    May 10, 1996 | Story
  • There’s no doubt that we’re in a period of great cynicism about what government does or can do to improve our lives. Psychotherapist Michael Lerner believes this cynicism and the alienation that Americans feel are a direct result of the ethic of selfishness that pervades American politics, from the White House on down. Lerner is the author of a new book called The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in an Age of...
    May 23, 1996 | Story
  • Last week we played an excerpt of a speech by Molefi Asante, a Temple University Professor who developed a concept called Afrocentricity, which challenges Euro-centric public education in America. We received such an overwhelming response to that speech, that we decided to bring you a different excerpt today. Molefi Asante’s ideas are controversial because he raises some fundamental questions about the nature of democracy in a...
    May 24, 1996 | Story
  • A new book by Patricia Ireland, What Women Want, the President of the National Organization for Women. In this interview, Ireland talks about her personal evolution as a feminist. She reflect on the successes of NOW as it celebrates its 30th year, lays out NOW’s agenda in the election year, and discusses the debate over affirmative action and welfare reform.
    Jun 17, 1996 | Story
  • June is Gay Pride Month — a time when gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people around the country gather together for pride marches, rallies, workshops, prayer services, fundraisers and parties to celebrate their gayness and the political gains the gay community has made since the Stonewall. Our guest this morning, Bruce Bawer has made a lot of enemies in that movement. It all started a few years ago when Bawer, an openly gay...
    Jun 26, 1996 | Story
  • Wicker discusses his latest book, Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in America, and the persistence of racism. He proposes political change via black abandonment of the Democratic party for a third party coalition with poor whites with a focus on economic growth and full employment. He criticizes Clinton’s move to the right and failure to address critical problems in the black community, including lack of economic opportunity and...
    Jun 28, 1996 | Story
  • Theirs is a profoundly American story — a story of racial hatred, and redemption, in the American South. It’s a story of an unlikely friendship between black and white, an unbelievable relationship that formed at the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and continues to this day. He was the Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan in Durham, North Carolina. She was the leader of the United Organizations for Community...
    Jul 04, 1996 | Story
  • EVER SINCE FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT’S NEW DEAL, WORKING CLASS AMERICANS BELIEVED THMAN BELIEVES THAT THE SHIFT IN PARTY LOYALTIES AMONG WORKING CLASS AMERICANS REPRESENTS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL PHENOMENON OF OUR TIMES. IN HIS NEW BOOK, "THE INHERITANCE," FREEDMAN PROFILES THREE WORKING CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO OVER THE LAST SEVERAL GENERATIONS MOVED FROM ROOSEVELT TO REAGAN
    Aug 28, 1996 | Story