Talking about politics, thinking about the Left. Hosted by Jon Wiener, co-author of "Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties," contributing editor at The Nation, and broadcast live at KPFK 90.7FM in LA Thursdays at 3.
Filibuster reform: Harold Meyerson; Haitian refugees: Amy Wilentz; 'The Stone Face': Adam Shatz
Our Washington political update starts with the Fox News report, “Democrats tee up filibuster reform by forcing issue on immigration, voting rights.” Harold Meyerson comments on that – and on reports that Dan Quayle saved American democracy on January 6.
Also: Amy Wilentz on Haitians and Haiti – and Joe Biden’s disastrous decision to deport those 15,000 Haitian refugees who crossed the border at Del Rio, Texas, sending them back to a country ravaged by assassination, earthquake, poverty, and gang violence.
And we have the story of a Black writer who moved to Paris in the fifties and discovered French racism – aimed at Algerians. Adam Shatz explains—he’s written the introduction to the new edition of a novel called “The Stone Face,” by William Gardner Smith, originally published in 1963 and now republished by New York Review Books.
The California recall: Harold Meyerson; plus Alan Minsky on the legacy of Occupy Wall Street
Harold Meyerson on the sweeping Democratic victory in the California recall: its national significance for the 2022 midterms, and where it leaves California Republicans (with Larry Elder as their leader?). Also, our national politics update: today’s Reconciliation Report, and episode 15 of What Does Joe Manchin Want? Today: the Dems’ revised voting rights bill.
Later in the show: this week is the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
and “we are the 99 per cent” - we’ll have an assessment of the achievements and limitations of that movement with Alan Minsky, now executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, and at the time an Occupy activist.
Political Update: Harold Meyerson; Abortion in Texas: Rick Perlstein; 'Summer of Soul': John Powers
Democrats are headed toward passage of both the bipartisan infrastructure bill AND the reconciliation bill: Harold Meyerson reports.
Plus: Abortion politics and Republican power – Rick Perlstein explains the long history of how abortion became a Republican issue – starting in 1972, His latest book is “Reaganland.”
Also: our favorite documentary of the summer that just ended was “Summer of Soul” -- John Powers liked it too – he'll explain why.
Biden After Afghanistan: Alan Minsky; Ethel Rosenberg: Anne Sebba; Ed Asner: Ella Taylor
America’s longest war came to an end on Monday as the last troops left Afghanistan, 20 years after we started fighting there. How much have the disasters around the Afghan pullout hurt Joe Biden and his agenda? How much will it hurt the Democrats in the midterms next November? Alan Misnky comments.
Also: The life, and death, of Ethel Rosenberg, the accused “atom spy”: who was she before she was framed by the FBI, before she called their bluff, and went to her execution? Anne Sebba has written a really good book about that—it’s called “Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy.”
Plus: our TV critic Ella Taylor will talk about Ed Asner, who died on Sunday – he was one of the most active progressives in Hollywood for decades--and he helped transform television. Also: our Labor Day weekend pick: “The Big Scary “S“ Word,” a new doc about democratic socialism.
Biden's big idea: Alan Minsky; Afghan women: Katha Pollitt; 'Chair': Ella Taylor
Joe Biden is betting that voters care more about health, education and jobs than about Afghanistan--Alan Minsky explains.
Plus: What Americans owe Afghan women: Katha Pollitt has been talking to women who lead Afghan women's organizations.
Also: 'Chair' is the new campus comedy starring Sandra Oh, on Netflix: Ella Taylor has our review.
Afghanistan & American politics: Harold Meyerson & Andrew Bacevich; Ella Taylor on Barbara Lee
Afghanistan in American politics, past and present: Harold Meyerson explains why the disastrous end of our Afghan war won’t matter in the elections in 2022 and 2024.
Plus: the Taliban Triumph: Andrew Bacevich comments on 20 years of American hubris and ignorance, promises made, and promises broken.
Also: there was only one member of Congress who voted against the authorization for the use of force in Afghanistan, back in 2002: Barbara Lee from northern California. Now there’s a documentary out about her: “Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power.” Ella Taylor has our review.
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