Author Alice Eve Cohen has told two stories of personal upheaval that have visited her family in the last six years; "What I Thought I Knew" in 2009, and her most recent memoir, "The Year My Mother Came Back". She talks with Don Merrill about what those two different stories have in common, how she balances cynicism and optimism and how writing for children early in her career brought her storytelling to where it is today.
26:12 minutes (23.99 MB)
In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the state of death penalty politics in the US, and the current case before the Supreme Court on the use of a "cocktail" of drugs in executions. Mike and Jan take up some of the history of medicalizing of executions, and the role of doctors in state supported murder.
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15:49 minutes (10.86 MB)
Larrry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chalcot Crescent,; it describes adystopian possible future of capitalism. The books is partly prophetic, partly cynical satire, and partly a kind of memoir. Although still obviously a feminist author, she pokes fun at many of her own past views as well as her own writing career.
More of Larry's book reviews are here. 5:51 minutes (4.01 MB)
Dave Finkel and Bill Resnick discuss the latest phase of the battle for control of the middle east. Have Israel and Saudi Arabia formed an Alliance to help Sunni Jihadists, seeing a victory of Al Qaeda and the ISIS as the lesser evil as compared to a victory of Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon?
Finkel is editor of Against the Current and co-author of the editorial “Middle East Imperial Meltdown” in the latest issue.
13:28 minutes (9.25 MB)
Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.
56:12 minutes (77.18 MB)