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  • For the 100-year anniversary of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg’s birth, Democracy Now! spoke with Ernie Harburg, Yip’s son and co-author of Yip’s biography, Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz?: Yip Harburg, Lyricist. Best known for writing the lyrics for The Wizard of Oz, Yip also wrote the musical Bloomer Girl, which was about women’s suffrage, and Finian’s Rainbow, which dealt with race and class struggles....
    Jan 31, 1997 | Story
  • Marc Elliot, author of "Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince", discusses the subject of his book. Walt Disney is discussed as an American hero, a confirmed anti-Semite, a virulent union buster, and an informant to the FBI. The author describes Thomas Edison trusts that excluded Jews from the film industry in New York, results in the founding of Hollywood which resulted in Disney’s experience with the reverse exclusion of...
    Dec 13, 1996 | Story
  • California State Senator Tom Hayden has written a new book that calls for a blending of spirituality, ecology and politics. Hayden talks about his book called the Lost Gospel of the Earth.
    Oct 17, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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