Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman is th guest. His body of work runs the gamut from the Holocaust memoir "Maus" to political features in "Harper's" and "The New York Times Magazine", and his re-released collection of early underground comics "Breakdowns" opens a windo into both a personal and a cultural history of the late 20th century.
Michelle and Kathleen host a quick look at recent really good non-fiction books, many political. The show includes short samples of interviews with authors on a variety of topics including the redistribution of wealth, voluntary simplicity, surviving a right-wing fundamentalist reform school and facts and fictions of the human species.
Host Dave Mazza speaks with Joel Magnuson, professor and author of "Mindful Economics: How the US Economy Works, Why it Matters, and How it Could be Different."
Joel Magnuson, professor of economics at Portland Community College, writes extensively on the political economy and on environmental issues related to capitalist development. He is a member of an international research group based in Cambridge, England, which is building a new philosophical foundation for economic theory and practice.
As a starter for this morning's special on understanding the economic crisis hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Arun Gupta, editor of the Indypendent newspaper in New York City focusing on economics. He wrote the recent piece “Obamanomics: Why the Stimulus Plan Will Not Revive the Economy.” http://www.indypendent.org/2008/12/12/obamanomics.
Joanne Zuhl interviews Helen Thomas, legendary White House Press Corps bulldog about the responsibility of the Press in the new administration. We took calls from listeners on how we move forward after the inauguration buzz wears off and opened a discussion on the most urgent civil liberties issues of the moment.
Lew Daly, co-author with Gar Alperovitz of "Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back," discusses wealth creation, income redistribution and moral philosophy.
Lew Daly is a Senior Fellow at Demos and the author of "God and the Welfare State."
Portland has seen 11 gang-related shootings since the Dec. 12 murder of a gang member inside the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. City leaders are calling it a "gang war crisis" and the Portland police want a new coordinated strategy to combat the violence. But the call for action comes when many outreach programs are struggling for funding. Will the city's new effort address the causes or just the symptoms of gang violence? Will the rush to take action create bigger problems like innocent youth getting profiled for gang involvement?
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with John Canda, a former gang outreach worker for the city of Portland and Clayborn Collins, executive director of Emmanual Community General Services, about what needs to be done to really solve Portland's gang problem.
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