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We’re off the air

1969-12-31

We’re no longer producing any new shows - we had almost three years of fun interviewing amazing people and learned a lot, but good projects are meant to end. Please check out the archives and let us know if you have any questions.…

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Indian Labor Activists, Michelle Goldberg and Rashid Khalidi

1969-12-31

For this episode Emily Udell speaks with Indian labor activists Ashim Roy and Anannya Bhattacharjee. Roy and Bhattacharjee were recently visiting the U.S. as part of a Jobs with Justice initiative to build solidarity between American and Indian workers. Roy is the General Secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative and Bhattacharjee is the first international program coordinator for Jobs with Justice. Aaron Sarver interviews Michelle Goldberg, author of the new book Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. Goldberg is a senior writer for salon.com. You will also hear an excerpt of a talk about Hamas’ rise to power in Palestine by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University.…

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Interview with Michelle Goldberg

1969-12-31

Michelle Goldberg is a senior writer for salon.com. Her first book Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism is a detailed examination of the religious right in the United States. Aaron Sarver recently spoke with Michelle Goldberg about the book and the future of secular America. This is a longer version of the interview on the most recent episode of Fire on the Prairie. Goldberg will appear at In These Times’ offices, located at 2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago on June 22nd at 7pm to discuss her book with In These Times senior editor Christopher Hayes.…

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Anthony Arnove on the Logic of Withdrawal, Juan Torres and Kaveh Ehsani on Iran

1969-12-31

On this show we air journalist Laura Washington’s interview with Anthony Arnove, author of the new book The Logic of Withdrawal. Washington’s conversation with Arnove was part of a recent In These Times-sponsored event in Chicago. Also Aaron Sarver interviews Kaveh Ehsani on the rise to power of Iran’s current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and relations between Tehran and Washington. Ehsani is an editor for the journal Middle East Report and a researcher at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Finally, hear comments from Juan Torres. In July 2004, Torres’ son died while serving as an army specialist in Afghanistan. The army ruled his son’s death a suicide, but Torres believes otherwise and has been conducting his own investigation. Torres is part of Gold Star Families for Peace, and has been traveling around the country speaking out against war.…

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Iraqi Women Say No to War, Dr. Cornel West and Planet of Slums

1969-12-31

This month we air an excerpt from a talk given by Dr. Rashad Zidan, who was on a “Iraqi Women Say No to War” speaking tour sponsored by Global Exchange and Code Pink. Dr. Rashad is a trained pharmacist who works with victims of the Iraq war in Baghdad and Fallujah with the organization she co-founded called Women and Knowledge Society. We also broadcast a second installment of a talk given by Dr. Cornel West as part of the University of Chicago’s Organization of Black Students’ George E. Kent lecture series. Dr. West is author of the best-selling books Race Matters and Democracy Matters. He recently contributed to The Covenant with Black America, a collection of essays edited by public radio and television host Tavis Smiley. Finally In These Times assistant editor Brian Cook interviews Mike Davis about global urban poverty. Davis is author of the new book Planet of Slums.…

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Jeff Chang on the Hip-Hop Generation and Dr. Cornel West on Democracy Matters

1969-12-31

On this episode Aaron Sarver sits down with Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, and talks about Chang’s award-winning book and the history of hip-hop. Also hear thoughts on democracy matters by Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University professor, public intellectual and activist. We bring you an excerpt of a recent speech he gave as part at the University of Chicago’s Organization of Black Students George E. Kent lecture series. …

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Kevin Coval, Cristina Page, and a discussion about the future of print media

1969-12-31

On this episode of Fire on the Prairie, Aaron Sarver interviews poet Kevin Coval, whose first book, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, was released late last year. Also In These Times’ Assistant Editor Phoebe Connelly interviews Cristina Page, author of the new book How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America. We also bring you an excerpt of a discussion between Chicago Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank and Tom Clark of the Chicago-based Community Media Workshop about the future of print media.…

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Chesa Boudin, the CTA vs. Citgo, and Glen Ford on Wal-Mart

1969-12-31

This month on Fire on the Prairie, hear an interview with Chesa Boudin, co-editor of the new book Letters from Young Activists. Emily Udell speaks to Boudin about youth activism and his own contribution to the book, a letter to his father David Gilbert, former member of the 1970s radical group the Weathermen. Also Aaron Sarver interviews journalist Glen Ford, publisher of BlackCommentator.com, about the California workers’ victory in a class action lawsuit against Wal-mart. An Oakland court recently ordered the corporation to pay 207 million dollars to former employees for labor violations. Finally hear a discussion with journalist Jessica Pupovac about the Chicago Transit Authority’s recent refusal of discounted fuel from the Venezuelan government.…

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Heather Rogers on the Hidden Life of Garbage, Andrea Smith and the Church of Stop Shopping

1969-12-31

On this show Aaron Sarver interviews journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers about her new book Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. The book documents the journey of trash from garbage can to landfill and explores issues of consumption, capitalism and sustainability. This show also includes excerpt of a talk given at a recent Public Square event by Andrea Smith, co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Finally, hear a song and sermon from Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. The Church is currently on a national “Shopocalypse” tour. …

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Barbara Ehrenreich, Lewis Lapham and readings from the Journal of Ordinary Thought

1969-12-31

Emily Udell interviews Barbara Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich’s new book Bait and Switch is an account of her odyssey through the world of job fairs, career coaches, networking events and white-collar job insecurity. Aaron Sarver talks with Lewis Lapham, author of the new book With the Beatles. Lapham has been editor of Harper’s magazine since 1983, and introduced the widely copied “Harper’s Index.” Also on this episode are readings about home and homelessness from members of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a Chicago organization dedicated to the notion that every person is a philosopher. The NWA hosts workshops around the city and puts out the quarterly publication the Journal of Ordinary Thought.…

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Amy Goodman, The Freedom Archives and Lakshmi Chaudhry

1969-12-31

Last month we aired an excerpt from Amy Goodman’s speech at the International Labor Communicators Association conference this summer. Goodman is the host of the daily news program Democracy Now! This show includes an amusing anecdote from the talk. Aaron Sarver interviews Claude Marks and Sele Nadel-Hayes of the Freedom Archives in San Francisco. The archives contain more than 8,000 hours of audiotape from radical voices dating back to the late 1960s. Finally, In These Times‘ senior editor Lakshmi Chaudhry comments on feminism and media in an excerpt from a panel discussion sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women.…

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Amy Goodman, Samar Dahmash-Jarrah and Jamie Kalven

1969-12-31

Listen to an excerpt from Amy Goodman‘s speech at the International Labor Communicators Association conference in Chicago. The host of Democracy Now! talks about embedded journalism in light of last August’s anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan. Reporter Andrew Stelzer interviews writer and professor Samar Dahmash-Jarrah about her new book Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts and her work to create a dialogue between the two cultures she calls home. Finally, Aaron Sarver interviews journalist Jamie Kalven, who seeks to broaden the discussion around public housing.…

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David Moberg & Jamie Daniel on the AFL split; Life in America’s Service Industry; Labor Against War

1969-12-31

In light of the recent AFL-CIO split, this episode focuses on the future of organized labor and the changing nature of work in the United States. Aaron Sarver talks to In These Times senior editor David Moberg and to Jamie Daniel, labor activist and Director of Organizing and Development of the University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100. Emily Udell interviews Chicago Public Radio’s Deputy News Director Ben Calhoun. Calhoun is curating an exhibit of photographs and audio recordings about workers in the service industry for the Peace Museum in Chicago. Finally, you’ll hear a conversation with Gene Bruskin of the group US Labor Against War.…

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Victor Navasky, Stay Free!, Patti Smith, Remembering James Weinstein (1926-2005)

1969-12-31

Victor Navasky, publisher of The Nation, talks about his more than 35 years in journalism. Navasky has just published a memoir titled A Matter of Opinion. Aaron Sarver interviews Carrie MacLaren, activist prankster and publisher of Stay Free!, the 10-year-old magazine dedicated to critiquing consumer culture. Rocker and activist Patti Smith comments on the state of the music industry today. In These Times’ editor Joel Bleifuss remembers In These Times’ founder James Weinstein, who passed away on June 16th.…

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Bernie Sanders, Silja J.A. Talvi and writers share their prose about work

1969-12-31

In These Times editor Joel Bleifuss interviews Representative Bernie Sanders, who is the longest-serving Independent member of Congress in American history. Sanders just announced he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2006. You’ll hear two readings from a panel discussion at the Harold Washington Library called “Invisible Labor: How Art Speaks the Language of Labor.” Writers Jeff Manes and Susan House share their prose about work. Also Aaron Sarver interviews In These Times contributing editor Silja J.A. Talvi about the state of the prison industry today.…

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Howard Zinn, Marjane Satrapi’s Embroideries, and Comments on Mayor Richard M. Daley

1969-12-31

Join Aaron Sarver for a conversation with Howard Zinn—historian, writer and activist. Zinn has just published a companion volume to his seminal A People’s History of the United States, titled Voices of a People’s History of the United States. Emily Udell interviews Marjane Satrapi, author and illustrator of the best-selling graphic memoirs Persepolis and Persepolis II. Satrapi has just published a new book called Embroideries. Also hear Chicagoans respond to a recent Time magazine article’s claim that their mayor Richard M. Daley is one of the top five in the nation.…

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“How to Turn Your Red State Blue,” Barbara Ransby on Ella Baker, and Teatro Americano

1969-12-31

Emily Udell interviews freelance journalist and In These Times contributing editor Christopher Hayes on his In These Times cover story “How to Turn Your Red State Blue.” Aaron Sarver talks with Professor Barbara Ransby about her biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement. Also, Emily Udell reports on the debut performance of Teatro Americano, a community theater group in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.…

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Cornel West, Ali Abunimah and Louder than a Bomb

1969-12-31

On this show you’ll hear Dr. Cornel West, professor, author and rapper, speak at St. Sabina for the church’s African-American history celebration. Dr. West is author of the best-selling books Race Matters and Democracy Matters. Emily Udell talks with Ali Abunimah about the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine. Abunimah is co-founder of electronicintifada.net and vice president of the Arab-American Action Network. We also bring you a soundscape from the final competition of Louder than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry slam in the country.…

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Ali Abunimah and Norman Finkelstein on Israel/Palestine; Urbana-Champaign Indy Media

1969-12-31

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and vice president of the Arab-American Action Network, and professor Norman Finkelstein, author of The Holocaust Industry and many other books on Israel/Palestine, discuss the recent Palestinian elections and the debate between a one-state and two-state solution in the region. Aaron Sarver interviews Danielle Chynoweth, co-founder of the thriving Independent Media Center in Urbana-Champaign and Urbana City Council member, about the success of the Urbana-Champaign IMC.…

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Tom Frank’s “Great Backlash,” Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Moral Values and Democracy, Juan Cole on Iraq

1969-12-31

On this episode, which marks our syndication debut on Chicago’s south side community station WHPK,… Emily Udell interviews Tom Frank, author of the bestselling book What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, about the conservative backlash. Hear thoughts on moral values and democracy by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side. Wright, who is a spiritual advisor to U.S. Senator Barack Obama, leads the 8,500-member African American congregation that is committed to faith and social justice. Juan Cole talks about the ethnic divides among the Sunni and Shiite populations in Iraq. Cole is Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan and hosts the popular blog juancole.com.…

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Liza Featherstone on Women and Wal-Mart, Robert McChesney and Kari Lydersen on Globalization

1969-12-31

Hear Liza Featherstone read from her new book Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker’s Rights at Wal-Mart. Aaron Sarver speaks with Bob McChesney--one of the key voices in the media reform movement and author of many books, including Rich Media, Poor Democracy. Emily Udell converses with Chicago-based journalist Kari Lydersen about her new book Out of the Sea and into the Fire, which explores globalization and Latin American-U.S immigration.…

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Gore Vidal on Imperial America, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Kathy Kelly

1969-12-31

As millions rip Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers off their cars, listen to our latest radio installation.... Emily Udell discusses current affairs with Gore Vidal, author of, most recently, Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia. Aaron Sarver talks with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Representative for the 9th District of Illinois and member of the Progressive Caucus. Also, hear a report on a recent anti-war rally and protest in Chicago, and a conversation with one of the rally’s speakers, Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness.…

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John Nichols on Dick Cheney, Rashid Khalidi and the Legacy of Argentina’s Dirty War

1969-12-31

Aaron Sarver talks with John Nichols, correspondent for The Nation and author of Dick: The Man Who Is President, about why Nichols thinks the Vice President is the most powerful man in Washington. Emily Udell converses with Chicago-based artist Silvia Malagrino about her current exhibit at the Polvo Gallery and her upcoming documentary Burnt Oranges, which documents the effects of state terrorism during the 1970s and ‘80s in her native Argentina. Professor Rashid Khalidi, author of the recently-published book Resurrecting Empire, talks about current affairs in the Middle East during a recent visit to Oak Park.…

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Eric Schlosser, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, Stencil Pirate Josh MacPhee

1969-12-31

Eric Schlosser, award-winning author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, discusses the food industry during a recent visit to Chicago’s Green City Market. Hear a cab ride conversation with Jessica Clark and Code Pink member Medea Benjamin the day after Benjamin was thrown out of the Republican National Convention. Also, Aaron Sarver discusses the politics and art of stencil making with artist Josh MacPhee, author of the recently published book Stencil Pirates.…

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Peretz Kidron: Refusnik!, Great Lakes Cities Initiative, Feminism: Past, Present and Future

1969-12-31

Tracy Van Slyke talks with Israeli author and journalist Peretz Kidron about his new book Refusnik! Israel’s Soldiers of Conscience. Emily Udell interviews Dave Ullrich, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Cities Initiative about problems facing Lake Michigan. Also hear excerpts from a Public Square panel discussion with Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal and Professor Beth Richie, head of the African American Studies Department at University of Illinois at Chicago.…

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Wal-Mart in Chicago, Bush’s North Korea Policy, Avengers Reunion Shows

1969-12-31

Emily Udell speaks with James Thindwa, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice about the Wal-Mart controversy in Chicago. Aaron Sarver interviews investigative reporter Matthew Reiss about the Bush administration’s North Korea policy. Also hear a report on musician Penelope Houston and the reunion tour of Houston’s late ‘70s punk band the Avengers.…

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Tim Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut, Edwidge Danticat, The Yes Men!

1969-12-31

Listen to excerpts from a panel discussion with writer and actor Tim Robbins, In These Times Editor Joel Bleifuss, and author and In These Times contributor Kurt Vonnegut. Melissa Pavolka speaks with Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat, who just published a new novel The Dew Breaker. Also, Aaron Sarver talks with Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano of The Yes Men!, a New York City-based activist group.…

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Pink Bloque: Dancing in Dissent, Alternative High Schools in Chicago, The Weather Underground

1969-12-31

Emily Udell talks with Chicago-area activist dance troupe Pink Bloque about the “unifying force of the radical booty shake” and more. Udell also reports on alternative high schools in Chicago. Hear excerpts from a panel discussion with Bill Siegel, co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Weather Underground, and former member of the The Weathermen Bill Ayers.…

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Fire on the Prairie

In These Times presents a monthly radio show featuring interviews with prominent progressives. Hosted by Aaron Sarver and Emily Udell.

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