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  • The issue of illegal drug use was a hot topic this election season with candidates for a range of local, state and federal offices pledging to tackle the problem once and for all. The debate is often fueled by stereotypes far removed from the reality of the day-to-day life of addicts and drug users. A new book out called The Corner: A Year in the Life an Inner City Neighborhood seeks to depict a piece of America that is often lost in the...
    Nov 05, 1997 | Story
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    Oct 01, 1997 | Story
  • Democracy Now takes a special look at the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The new book Spirits of the Passage tells the story of the Henrietta Marie, the only slave ship to crash while being used as such. One of the authors of the book, Rosemarie Robotham, joins Amy to discuss the book and history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
    Jun 05, 1997 | Story
  • This year is the 30th anniversary of the death of Che
    Guevara, considered by many to be one of the most significant
    figures of the 20th Century. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life is
    the name of a new book on Che by Jon Lee Anderson, who moves to
    Cuba after Aleida March, Che’s widow, agreed to cooperate with him
    on this biography.
    Apr 22, 1997 | Story
  • Today, we air another commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a
    journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row.

    In his new book, Death Blossoms, Mumia writes about being
    punished by Pennsylvania officials for publishing his first
    book, Live From Death Row. For those writings, he was put in the
    hole for engaging actively in a business or profession. On
    the outside, the Fraternal Order of Police denounced publishers
    Addison and Wesley for putting out the...

    Feb 27, 1997 | Story
  • Last year’s revelations in the San Jose Mercury News about the role
    of the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contra rebels in California’s crack-
    cocaine trade in the 1980s highlighted the CIA’s relations with
    illegal narcotic traffickers. But CIA alliances with international
    narcotics traffickers is nothing new. Professor Alfred McCoy of the
    University of Wisconsin-Madison argues in his acclaimed book, The
    Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity...
    Feb 05, 1997 | Story
  • 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