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According to Robert Ovetz the US constitution, written by 55 of the richest white men, and signed by only 39 of them, is the sacred text of American nationalism. Popular perceptions of it are mired in idolatry, myth and misinformation - many Americans have opinions on the constitution but have little idea what it says.In his book We the Elites, Ove…
 
In Conspiracy, Michael Shermer presents an overarching review of conspiracy theories—who believes them and why, which ones are real, and what we should do about them. Trust in conspiracy theories, he writes, cuts across gender, age, race, income, education level, occupational status—and even political affiliation. One reason that people believe the…
 
As he did for Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams, biographer Fred Kaplan offers a look at the life of Thomas Jefferson and his contributions as a writer.Fred Kaplan emphasizes Thomas Jefferson’s genius with language and his ability to use the power of words to inspire and shape a nation. A man renowned for many talents, writing was one of the ma…
 
(11/21/2022) In Power Concedes Nothing author Max Elbaum an American author and social activist tells the stories behind a victory that won both the White House and the Senate and powered progressive candidates to new levels of influence. It describes the on-the-ground efforts that mobilized a record-breaking turnout by registering new voters and m…
 
For more than 30 years, Robert "Bob" Hennelly has reported on a broad spectrum of major public policy questions, ranging from homeland security to the economy, environmental contamination to corruption, and occupational safety to homelessness.Now that election day is behind us and many of the votes have been counted, there is still much to discuss.…
 
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 16, 1943, American film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher Philip Lopate sits down with his older brother Leonard Lopate for discussion around his extensive career. Phillip Lopate’s publications include an extensive list of essay collection, film, non fiction, poetry collections, a Memoir, An…
 
(11/14/2022) David Fenton has been the driving force behind some of the most important and history-making campaigns of the last 50 years, from the No-Nukes concerts with Bruce Springsteen in 1979, to the campaigns to free Nelson Mandela and end apartheid in the late 1980s, exposing the dangers of toxic chemicals in our food, the long battle to lega…
 
(11/9/2022) David Dorsen, who first came to national attention in the early 1970s as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Assistant Chief Counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee will examine, his book Judicial Mayhem: How Federal Judges Betrayed Their Public Trust.Join us when Dorsen gives a 'behind-the-bench' look…
 
November 8th 2022, voters across the state will fill out their ballots in a number of competitive races that have the power to reshape the state’s political future. This marks the time for the general election for federal and statewide offices including U.S. Congress, Governor, ballot proposals, and more. For more than 30 years, Bob Hennelly has re…
 
(11/4/2022) In The Rescue Effect, by Michael Mehta Webster reveals the science behind nature’s inherent resilience, through compelling stories of species that are adapting to the changing world—including tigers in the jungles of India, cichlid fish in the great lakes of Africa, and corals in the Caribbean. Michael Mehta Webster is a Professor of Pr…
 
(11/3/2022) In Picking Presidents, Gautam Mukunda sets his sights on presidential candidates, proposing an objective and tested method to assess whether they will succeed or fail if they win the White House. Combining political science, psychology, organizational behavior, and economics, Picking Presidents will enable every American to cast an info…
 
(11/2/2022) Senior reporter for the Verge and Vox Media site devoted to technology and society, James Vincent finds the correlation from the cubit to the kilogram, the humble inch to the speed of light, and shares measurement is a powerful tool that humans invented to make sense of the world. In his book Beyond Masure James Vincent dives into its h…
 
(10/31/2022) Chemist, artist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol is the founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc. A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She is also the Health and Safety Director for the Local 829 union of the United Scenic Artists International Alliance of Theatrical S…
 
(10/28/2022) A white supremacist shooting and an astonishing act of forgiveness. A national reckoning with race and the Confederate flag. The fate of marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act.Cody Keenan shares his book GRACE, the propulsive story of ten days in June 2015, when Obama and his chief speechwriter Cody Keenan composed a series of h…
 
(10/27/2022) "The New Yorkers" introduces the first woman to appear nude in a motion picture, becoming the face of Civic Fame as Miss Manhattan; the couple whose soirée ended the Gilded Age with an embarrassing bang; and the husband and wife who invented the modern celebrity talk show. It reveals the victim of the city's first recorded murder in th…
 
(10/25/2022) The Russian Revolution of 1917 has long been considered as the radical event that changed 20th century world history and Russian-style Communism as its core. Yet the first social revolution was not in Russia but in Mexico, and it started seven years earlier in 1910.In the book ARISE!: Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolut…
 
(10/24/2022) In April 1944, Rudolf Vrba became the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz—one of only four who ever pulled off that near-impossible feat. He did it to reveal the truth of the death camp to the world—and to warn the last Jews of Europe what fate awaited them at the end of the railway line. Against all odds, he and his fellow escapee, Fr…
 
(10/21/22) According to Thomas B. Pepinsky, COVID-19 has killed more people than any war or public health crisis in American history, but the scale and grim human toll of the pandemic were not inevitable. "Pandemic Politics" examines how Donald Trump politicized COVID-19, shedding new light on how his administration tied the pandemic to the preside…
 
(10/19/22) Bill Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, former executive editor of The New York Times, and founding editor-in-chief of the Marshall Project examines his first book, What’s Prison For? Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Age of Mass Incarceration.While much of the national debate about prisons has focused on the history and enorm…
 
(10-17-22) Jim Geraghty has been a passionate participant in the orphan drug revolution since its inception, a leader in the field as a strategy consultant, biotechnology executive, and venture entrepreneur. Advances in medicine have made possible better treatments for widespread, familiar human illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Y…
 
In a story that is shocking, eye-opening, and a powerful force for change, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Hermans explores the patterns that have been operating for more than three thousand years—and are still operating today—against powerful women across the globe, including Cleopatra, Anne Boleyn, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great,…
 
Pete is a lifelong environmentalist and outdoorsman owner ofHudson Valley Native Landscaping specializing in woodland restoration, invasive species removal, native landscaping and tree care. During this conversation Pete provides a colorful and dynamic perspective into the plant kingdom. Pete approaches everything ecologically and aims to restore l…
 
According to Tim Bakken, while almost all the participants within the system hope that only guilty people will be convicted, the unfortunate reality is that innocent people are convicted and imprisoned at an alarming rate. With the privatization of defense institutions, accused innocent people are themselves responsible for finding the facts that c…
 
Zelenskyy’s former press secretary tells the story of his improbable rise from popular comedian to the president of Ukraine. Luliia Mendel had a front row seat to many of the key events preceding the 2022 Russian invasion. From attending meetings between Zelenskyy and Putin and other European leaders, visiting the front lines in Donbas, to fielding…
 
Ten years after an attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Ethan Chorin reveals Benghazi was a watershed moment in American history, one that helped create the world America lives in today: polarized, fearful, and dangerously unstable. According to Chorin, Benghazi is not a st…
 
Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston, a neighborhood that held the highest concentration of white poverty in the United States. After losing four of his eleven siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, addiction, and incarceration, he learned to transform personal and community tr…
 
(9-15-2022) Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, is a narrative appreciation of the Greenwich Village music scene of that decade -- in particular the glorious collision of music and message that created the protest song movement. Even before the Beatnik Riots of 1961, New York City's Greenwich Village was the epicenter of revolutiona…
 
Author of Promises Betrayed, Jamil Hassan provides a first-hand account of the Afghanistan evacuation, all told from the unique perspective of an Afghan ally.Having served as a translator for General David Petraeus and General John Nicholson in Afghanistan Jamil and his family were, and are, high-value targets for possible Taliban retribution. Jami…
 
(9-9-2022) Martin Luther King used news cameras as a means of exposing anti-Black violence by white mobs in the 1950s and 60s. Darnella Frazier used her phone to record and post the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin in May 2020. These are just two of many people who have captured images of injustice for the world to see. The Prophetic Lens ta…
 
Join us on Leonard Lopate at Large when the After Dinner Opera Company reviews the New York and Orchestral Staged Premiere of SACCO AND VANZETTI Begun by Marc Blitzstein. Completed & Conducted by Leonard Lehrman. Directed by Benjamin Spierman. In 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both Italian-Americans, were convicted of robbery and murde…
 
(9/2/2022) In Freedomland, Annemarie H. Sammartino tells Co-op City's story from the perspectives of those who built it and of the ordinary people who made their homes in this monument to imperfect liberal ideals of economic and social justice.Located on the grounds of the former Freedomland amusement park on the northeastern edge of the Bronx, Co-…
 
(9/1/2022) Robert "Bob" Hennelly is an award-winning, print and broadcast journalist. For more than 30 years, he has reported on a broad spectrum of major public policy questions, ranging from homeland security to the economy, environmental contamination to corruption, and occupational safety to homelessness.Join us when Bob Hennelly shares his inv…
 
(8/30/2022)According to Socio-cultural Anthropologist Joshua Reno and Associate Professor of Anthropology Britt Britt Halvorson, many associate racism with the regional legacy of the South yet in fact, it is the Midwest that has upheld some of the nation’s most deep-seated convictions about the value of whiteness.From Jefferson’s noble farmer to Th…
 
(8-29-2022)Jacobin staff writer Luke Savage exposes the hollowness and futility of the liberal project in the 21st century, offering searing critiques of some of its leading figures, notably Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau, and touching on topics that extend over the milquetoast politics of the Biden presidency, Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, the mo…
 
Join us for a discussion when sibling language experts and regular contributors to the program Kathryn and Ross Petras. This language duo are authors of the bestselling You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words—and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse and the hosts of a popular NPR podcast.Kathryn & Ros…
 
For over 20 years, Journalist Susan Hartman has been writing intimate stories about immigrants and their communities. Her book, City of Refugees, the Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town. Hartman shows how an influx of refugees helped revive Utica, New York, an old upstate manufacturing town that was nearly destroye…
 
Since he first appeared on the American literary scene, Jerome Charyn has dazzled readers with his “blunt, brilliantly crafted prose” With Big Red, Charyn reimagines the life of one of America’s most enduring icons, “Gilda” herself, Rita Hayworth, whose fiery red tresses and hypnotic dancing graced the silver screen over sixty times in her nearly f…
 
According to Professor Falguni Sheth despite the disapproval that "visibly" Muslim women face in the West, the U.S. does not ban the hijab or niqab. Nevertheless, it does find a way to manage assertive Muslim women. How so? Subtly and without outright confrontation: through the courts, bureaucratic processes and liberal discourses. Join us when Pro…
 
(8/11/22) Marc Lamont Hill and New York Times bestselling author Todd Brewster weave four recent pivotal moments in America’s racial divide into their disturbing historical context—starting with the killing of George Floyd—Seen and Unseen reveals the connections between our current news headlines and social media feeds and the country’s long strugg…
 
(8-10-22)In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during World War II, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single Black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remain…
 
From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Will Bunch, the epic untold story of college—the great political and cultural fault line of American lifeAccording Will Bunch today there are two Americas, separate and unequal, one educated and one not. The strongest determinant of whether a voter was likely to support Donald Trump in 2016 was whether or not …
 
(8/4/22) Taylor Brorby author of Boys and Oil: Growing up gay in a fractured land, recounts his upbringing in the coalfields; his adolescent infatuation with books; and how he felt intrinsically different from other boys. Now an environmentalist, Brorby uses the destruction of large swathes of the West as a metaphor for the terror he experienced as…
 
According to author Jonathan Zimmerman, in America we like to think we live in a land of liberty, where everyone can say whatever they want. Throughout our history, however, we have also been quick to censor people who offend or frighten us. We talk a good game about freedom of speech, then we turn around and deny it to others. Free speech allows u…
 
(8/1/22) Using diary entries, interviews and first-hand accounts, author and screenwriter Thomas McKelvey Cleaver brings to life the struggle in the air over the island of Guadalcanal between August 20 and November 15, 1942.For 40 years from 1961, the late Eric Hammel interviewed more than 150 American participants in the air campaign at Guadalcana…
 
{7/27/22) Though you may not know his name, Robert Welch (1899-1985)—founder of the John Birch Society—is easily one of the most significant architects of our current political moment. In A Conspiratorial Life, the first full-scale biography of Welch, Edward H. Miller delves deep into the life of an overlooked figure whose ideas nevertheless reshap…
 
(7/26/22) Robert Jensen co-authors of An Inconvenient Apocalypse argues that humanity’s future will be defined not by expansion but by contraction. For decades, our world has understood that we are on the brink of an apocalypse—and yet the only implemented solutions have been small and convenient, feel-good initiatives that avoid unpleasant truths …
 
(7/25/22) As we experience extreme heat temperatures during this home improvement season Lawrence Ubell of Accurate Building Inspectors will be live in studio discussing everything from cooling to upgrades.As regular listeners know, there are few construction questions that Ubells of Accurate Building Inspectors don’t know how to answer. In this in…
 
(7/21/22) Every government agency in the United States, from Homeland Security to Departments of Motor Vehicles, has the authority to make its own rules for sex classification. Many transgender people find themselves in the bizarre situation of having different sex classifications on different documents. Whether you can change your legal sex to “F”…
 
(7/20/22) Acclaimed author Jamie Susskind suggest not long ago, the tech industry was widely admired, and the internet was regarded as a tonic for freedom and democracy, not anymore. Every day, the headlines blaze with reports of racist algorithms, data leaks, and social media platforms festering with falsehood and hate.In The Digital Republic, aut…
 
For decades, New York Times best-selling author John Allen Paulos has enlightened readers by showing how to make sense of the numbers and probabilities behind real-world events, political calculations, and everyday personal decisions.Who’s Counting? features dozens of his insightful essays—original writings on contemporary issues like the COVID-19 …
 
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