US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty

FEATURING LANCE SELFA - The Democratic Party has been enjoying minority status in Congress for some years now but the mid-term elections could change all that. Unfortunately rather than take the temperature of how ordinary Americans are feeling and what they are thinking in the era of Donald Trump and Republican domination, Democrats are relying more on redistricting victories, voter registration, and anti-GOP fear mongering. What they miss is how angry Americans are at both parties, and how there is a resurgence of questioning among young people in particular about capitalism, the two-party system and more. Now a new anthology aims to challenge the status quo with a collection of essays by socialist writers called US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality. Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History, and on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review, and editor of the

Fascism Today: What It Is And How to End It

FEATURING SHANE BURLEY - Donald Trump has been the dream president of the so-called Alt Right, a movement that has been quietly building up for years before November 2016. "The synergy between the activist far-right and a successful presidential candidate is something dangerously new," writes my guest Shane Burley in a new book called Fascism Today: What It Is And How to End It. In it Burley explores not only the complex and even contradictory idealogies that comprise the "Alt-Right," but offers some concrete historical models for a broad-based mainstream American response to rising fascism could beat back the dangerous trend. Shane Burley, writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in ROAR Magazine, In These Times, Labor Notes, and make/shift.

The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy

FEATURING CYNTHIA ENLOE - Many millenials who are coming of age in the era of #MeToo and the push back to rampant sexism in the White House, Congress, Hollywood, and America in general are likely identifying as feminists for the first time. It is indeed a good time to be a feminist. But there have been multiple waves of major feminist organizing over modern American history and yet patriarchal power persists. What if it continues to persist after this latest awakening? Today we'll turn to a long-time feminist, academic, author and activist Cynthia Enloe whose lifetime of work offers lessons for challenging sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy. Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor at Clark University specializing in critical studies of militarism and transnational feminism. She has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and NPR and has written for Ms. and the Village Voice. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including

Veteran Journalist Says “It’s Even Worse Than You Think”

FEATURING DAVID CAY JOHNSTON - By the time outrage spreads over something unbelievable that Donald Trump has done, he has usually done something else that is equally or even more outrageous. Trump's tenure in the White House has so severely damaged our expectations of a President that many look back with nostalgia at George W Bush. Our standards are so skewed that when Trump behaves himself, we breathe a sigh of relief at the absence of circus and carry on hoping the nightmare will end soon. But, my guest who has covered Trump for decades and wrote a best-selling book about him, says in his new book that what the Trump Administration is doing to America is, "even worse than you think." That is literally the title of the book. For more news visit EVENTS: David Cay Johnston will be speaking at the following events in California: Los Angeles, CA

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

FEATURING ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ - We live in a country where mass shootings are so common that they follow a script: horror and tears, vows for action, and then silence until the next shooting. There are more guns in the US today than people and indeed guns appear to be better protected than actual living human beings. In just the first few weeks of 2018 there have been nearly a dozen school shootings this year alone. A high-school in rural Kentucky was the site of a teenage gunman's rampage that ended in two students dead and 18 injured. The Second Amendment is recited like prayer by gun proliferation activists who see it as justification for any and all gun violence. Now, in a new book called Loaded author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz explores the history of the Second Amendment and makes the case that guns have historically been part of the American genocide

What’s Making Our Children Sick?

FEATURING DR. MICHELLE PERRO - Our children are getting sicker. That is a fact. Government data shows that more than half of American children and teenagers live with some sort of chronic condition. While it is not apparent to parents who have only small number statistics to contend with, pediatricians who see hundreds of young patients a year are alarmed by what is transpiring. Among the conditions are food allergies, asthma, Crohn's disease, childhood diabetes, ADHD, autism, and even chronic headaches and migraines. Now, a bold new book attempts to pin down the causes of the rise in these conditions and focuses in on our industrial food system that is rife with the overuse of pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and more. For more information visit Dr. Michelle Perro, Pediatrician with over 35 years experience in acute and integrative medicine. She has worked as Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at

Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – And the Unexpected Solutions

FEATURING JOHANN HARI - Nearly every single one of us knows someone who suffers from depression. Perhaps you have been diagnosed yourself. Nearly 7% of the American population is estimated to have had at least one depressive episode in their lifetimes. Scientists have for years thought that depression arose from a chemical imbalance in the brain - not enough of the happy brain chemical serotonin. So pharmaceutical companies began offering chemical solutions in the form of anti-depressants like Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft. But what if the conventional wisdom on depression and anti-depressants is wrong? Award winning journalist Johann Hari, whose powerful book about addiction, Chasing the Scream became a New York Times bestseller, set his sights on depression, coming at it from someone who spent years taking anti-depressants. What he found through his years-long global journey and hundreds of interviews with experts is distilled into a new book called Lost

The Second Coming of the KKK

FEATURING LINDA GORDON - The resurgence of white supremacist groups in Donald Trump's America has left many Americans scared and worried, particularly among communities that the racist organizations target. We hear pronouncements that such extreme racism is "un-American." Sadly of course racism has been built into the fabric of the US from its inception. And no organization better captures that sentiment than the Ku Klux Klan, a group that has surged and waned repeatedly over the past 100 years, first emerging in the 1860s and 70s, then again in the 1920s and 30s, and for the third time in the 1950s and 60s. A new book explores in great detail the second wave of the KKK in the 1920s with historical lessons that can inform our present. It's called The Second Coming of the KKK. Linda Gordon, Winner of two Bancroft Prizes and the Los Angeles Times Book prize. She

A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides

FEATURING PHILIP ACHERMAN-LEIST - The tiny picturesque town of Mals, in northern Italy is an unlikely leader in the fight against toxic pesticide use. The 5,300 residents and their mayor made history when they successfully banned the use of all pesticides through a referendum some years ago. Mals is part of a growing apple producing industry, which had brought with it increasing reliance on glyphosate and other toxic pesticides promoted and sold by companies like Monsanto. Now, this small town has offered a model for how people the world over can use the tools of direct democracy to preserve their soil, food, air, and water. EVENT: Philip Ackerman-Leist will be speaking next Thursday January 25th, at 8:30 am, at the Ecofarm conference, in the Santa Cruz area. Click HERE for more information. Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor at Green Mountain College in Vermont where he established the college's farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum.

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization

FEATURING MARTIN PUCHNER - We tend to think of literature as part of art, reflecting on history rather than making it. But, a new book called "The Written Word," explores in great detail how literature and writing have actually themselves shaped world history. As the technology to put words down on paper and in print have evolved, so has the impact of the written word on our political landscape, from writing, printing, mass publication, and digital storytelling. For more information about the book visit and follow the author on Tweeter @Martin_Puchner. Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His new book is called The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization. He has written the bestselling six-volume Norton Anthology of World Literature among other works.