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  • 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...

    February 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...
    February 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....
    January 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...
    December 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.
    October 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
    August 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...
    July 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...
    June 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...
    June 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.
    June 17, 1996 | Story