Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
An Update on People’s Park & A History of Taiwan and China
Part I. People’s Park
Guest: Harvey Smith is a public historian, educator, and part of the People’s Park Historic District Advocacy Group. He is also the author of Berkeley and the New Deal.
Part II. A History of Taiwan and China
Guest: Valerie Hansen is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University, where she teaches Chinese and world history. She is the author of The Silk Road: A New History and The Open Empire, her latest is The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World, and Globalization Began.
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The Assassination of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Guantanamo, and the Failure of the War on Terror
Guest: Moustafa Bayoumi is a writer, journalist, and a professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, and a co-editor of The Edward Said Reader. His latest piece in the Nation is Journey to Guantánamo: A Week in America’s Notorious Penal Colony.
Feature image: Cover image (July 25/August 1 edition) of The Nation magazine. Courtesy of The Nation.
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Luis Francia: The Politics and History of the Philippines
Guest: Luis H. Francia teaches at New York University. He is the author of many books of poetry, essays, and history, including A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos. He is an online columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Luis H. Francia is the writer of the play The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz. Directed by Claro de los Reyes and Robert Thaxton-Stevenson. The play is a satire on dictatorship in the Philippines. It is being staged from Aug. 10-13 by The Atlantic Pacific Theatre. To watch online go to the Atlantic Pacific Theatre here.
About The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz
Set in an unspecified time in the Philippines, this political satire explores the phenomena of radical nationalism through the lens of Filipino politicians, house wives, military men, faith healers, and covert spies. A multidisciplinary, mixed-media production with elements of audience participation.
Feature image: Wikimedia
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Craig McNamara: A Heavy Place To Be…My Father A War Criminal
Guest: Craig McNamara is the author of the book about he and his father Robert McNamara called Because Our Fathers Lied: A Memoir of Truth and Family, from Vietnam to Today.
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KPFA Special – Africa and the Making of the Modern World
Guest: Howard W. French is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and former New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, West and Central Africa, Tokyo, and Shanghai. He is the author of the book Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War.
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Fund Drive Special: Recreating Nature & Saving the Planet at Home
Guest: Douglas W. Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. His book Bringing Nature Home was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. He is also the author of two New York Times bestsellers: The Living Landscape and Nature’s Best Hope. His latest book is The Nature of Oaks.
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After listening to literally hundreds of episodes of L&P over the years, I am very comfortable saying there has never been a show where I didn’t learn something. And more often than not I learn a lot. Thanks to all involved
Amazing thank you for the Vijay Prashad interview!