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Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

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Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

    The Rise and Fall of Henry Wallace (Part II)

    The Rise and Fall of Henry Wallace (Part II)

    Guest:  John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, a contributing writer for the Progressive and In These Times, and the associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin's Capital Times.

    He's the author of several books, including The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Genius of Impeachment and The "S" Word and his most recent The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics. [1]

     



    [1] https://www.versobooks.com/books/3082-the-fight-for-the-soul-of-the-democratic-party

    • 3 hrs 19 min
    The Rise and Fall of Henry Wallace (Part I)

    The Rise and Fall of Henry Wallace (Part I)

    Guest: John Nichols [1], author of The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics. [2]

    [1] https://www.thenation.com/authors/john-nichols/
    [2] https://www.versobooks.com/books/3082-the-fight-for-the-soul-of-the-democratic-party

    • 3 hrs 19 min
    The Depiction of Disability in Film Through Time

    The Depiction of Disability in Film Through Time

    Part 1: Government COVID-19 Aid May Dry Up

    Guest: Ro Khanna, Democratic Representative who represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the Silicon Valley.

     

    Part 2: The Depiction of Disability in Film Through Time.

    Guest: Lawrence Carter-Long, disability rights activist and film buff.  He is the Director of Communications for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund [1] based in Berkeley. A lifetime film buff, he appears in the documentary feature Code of the Freaks, currently available on virtual cinemas with a DVD release coming up August 4. On September 25—for the second time—he’ll curate an evening of programming on Turner Classic Movies devoted to notable, historic and authentic depictions of disability in classic film including the TCM premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s controversial 1967 documentary Titicut Follies.
    THE EVOLUTION OF DISABILITY IN FILM: AFTER THE ACCOLADES, THE WORK CONTINUES [2]

    [1] https://dredf.org/about-us/people/lawrence-carter-long/
    [2] https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/the-evolution-of-disability-in-film-after-the-accolades-the-work-continues/?fbclid=IwAR2BeRnbDBWnIOCw6Se00S5gjSXgxxXLlbf6pWUKnGGKOpT6N90HszuLbVg

    • 3 hrs 19 min
    The Life of a Fugitive: Freedom, Tragedy and Conscience

    The Life of a Fugitive: Freedom, Tragedy and Conscience

    Guest: Emily L. Quint Freeman, author of Failure to Appear: Resistance, Identity and Loss [1].  In 1969 in Chicago Emily L Quint Freemen broke into a military draft board office and destroyed 40 thousand draft records--potentially saving the lives of many men who would may have otherwise been drafted to serve in Vietnam. The act forced her an underground life as a fugitive for two decades. It's a remarkable story full of danger, love, freedom and loss.

    [1] https://regalcrest.biz/emily-l-quint-freeman/

    • 3 hrs 19 min
    The Expansion of DHS in Quelling Protest

    The Expansion of DHS in Quelling Protest

    Part 1: DHS Moves to Stop Domestic Protests.

    Guest: Karen J. Greenberg [1] is director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. She is the author of several books, most recently, Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State [2]. She is a contributor to the Nation Magazine where you can find her latest writings.

     

    Part 2: The Paris Commune

    Guest: John Marriman [3], teaches, researches, and teaches French and Modern European history at Yale University and is the author of Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune [4]

    [1] https://www.fordham.edu/info/23379/karen_j_greenberg
    [2] https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/231945/rogue-justice-by-karen-j-greenberg/
    [3] https://history.yale.edu/people/john-merriman
    [4] https://news.yale.edu/2015/02/16/book-massacre-life-and-death-paris-commune

    • 3 hrs 19 min
    Government Aid in the Time of Crisis

    Government Aid in the Time of Crisis

    Guest: Stephanie Kelton [1] is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.  Author of The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy. [2]

    [1] https://stephaniekelton.com/
    [2] https://stephaniekelton.com/book/

    • 3 hrs 19 min

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