Lance Selfa Discusses the Book He’s Edited ‘US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Lance Selfa, author of The

Stephanie Abraham Reviews the Movie ‘Black Panther’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM - The latest Disney-Marvel superhero blockbuster has all the hallmarks of recent such films: breath taking scenery, exciting car chase scenes, well-timed humor, and perfectly sculpted actors in spandex. But the film Black Panther, featuring an ensemble cast of actors from Forest Whittaker to Lupita N'yongo, is unlike anything that Hollywood has ever produced: a nearly all-black cast, a black director, a storyline that covers pan-African politics from the African Continent to urban America, tons of screen-time for powerful female characters, and, a superhero leader unlike any other. The twitter #WakandaForever, referencing the fictional African nation of Wakanda where most of the film is set, offers a glimpse of the hunger there is not just in Black America, but the nation as a whole for stories that are centered around characters that are not white men. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler whose credits include Fruitvale

Oscar López Rivera Speaks Out on Hurricane Maria, His Incarceration, and Political Activism – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA - Oscar López Rivera has been called the Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico. Indeed, like the South African legend, Rivera was imprisoned for his anti-colonial activism and spent decades in prison. But in January 2017, after serving 35 years of his 70-year sentence, President Barack Obama, as one of his last acts in office, commuted Rivera's sentence. In May 2017 Oscar López Rivera was a free man. He was a member of the underground militant organization FALN which targeted military bases and other symbols of American imperialism. Rivera has denied involvement in any actions that hurt people. Over time he became a symbol of resistance to people the world over and and became one of the longest serving political prisoners in the world. Among those who spoke out for his release were Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope Francis, Senator Bernie Sanders, playwright Lin Manuel Miranda and others.

Cynthia Enloe Discusses Her New Book ‘ ‘The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. 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

David Cay Johnston Discusses His Latest Book on Donald Trump ‘It’s Worse Than You Think: What The Trump Administration Is Doing to America’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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 NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Discusses Her New Book ‘Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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. 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 of Native American communities and a tool for enforcing slavery. In other words, gun culture is deeply intertwined with the nation's racist history. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Roxanne

Philip Acherman-Leist Discusses His New Book ‘A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor at Green Mountain College in Vermont where he established the college's farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum. He is also the Director of the college's Farm

Martin Puchner Discusses His New Book ‘The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

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 him on Tweeter @Martin_Puchner. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. 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

Jeremy Lent Discusses His Book ‘The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING JEREMY LENT - The way in which we view the world is deeply influenced by earlier generations and our cultural views, while constantly in flux, determine our general relationship to the earth and our environment. Today, as humanity sits on the brink of climate catastrophe, why is it not entirely obvious to everyone, including those who have the power to change things, that we have to find ways to live sustainably or perish? My guest Jeremy Lent, author of the new book The Patterning Instinct writes, our "obsession with exploiting resources without regard to consequences was unique to the European mindset - which has now become the predominant global mindset." NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Jeremy Lent, writer, and founder and president of the Liology Institute. His new book is called The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural

Nader Hashemi Discusses the Book ‘Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING NADER HASHEMI - The Muslim world has experienced much violence for decades now, with internecine warfare fueled by foreign interference. In countries like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and more, conflicts between Sunni and Shia groups in particular draw media attention and spur foreign analysts to make the case that sectarian wars are the primary cause of violence. It is a comfortable trope that builds on a history of orientalism that the "uncivilized" masses of Muslims simply cannot get along with one another because of an ancient division among the followers of the Prophet Mohammed that divides people and communities today. At present this conflict appears to manifest in various ways: the Sunni-Shia battles in Iraq and Syria, and the Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia in a proxy war against Shia-dominated Iran, etc. But it is crucial to understand the true nature of the battles being fought especially given the US's