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  • The Secret Military History of the Internet
    Mitch Jeserich talks to Yasha Levine about the secret origins of the internet, tracing it back to a Pentagon counterinsurgency surveillance project. Yasha Levine is an investigative journalist for Pando Daily, a San Francisco-based news magazine focused on covering the politics and power of big tech. He is the author of the book Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet. About Surveillance Valley: The idea of using computers to spy on people and groups perceived as a threat, both at home and abroad drove the government to develop the internet in the 1960s and continues to be at the heart of the modern internet we all know and use today.  Levine examines the private surveillance business that powers tech-industry giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, revealing how these companies spy on their users for profit, all while doing double duty as military and intelligence contractors. Levine shows that the military and Silicon Valley are effectively inseparable: a military-digital complex that permeates everything connected to the internet, even co-opting and weaponizing the antigovernment privacy movement that sprang up in the wake of Edward Snowden.      
  • The History of the Bureau of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Then Labor and Gender History
    Mitch Jeserich talks to legal scholar Peter Afrasiabi about the history of the agency that is tasked with capturing, detaining, and deporting people, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and how immigration went from a labor issue to a national security one. Peter Afrasiabi is a federal court litigation lawyer at One LLP, he founded and directs the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic and is a Lecturer of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he regularly takes pro bono immigration appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is the author of Show Trials: How Property Gets More Legal Protection than People in Our Failed Immigration System. His latest book is Burning Bridges: America’s 20-Year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges. For more information visit his book website Burning Bridges [1] Then our contributor Olive Sand talks to sociology professor Ruth Milkman about women’s labor history, immigrant workers and the dynamics of job segregation by sex during WWII. Professor Milkman latest book is On Gender, Gender, and Inequality. [1]
  • The Firing of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Then The Second Coming of the KKK
    Today Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with National Security Analysts Melvin Goodman and Lawrence Korb to talk about the ousting of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. Guest: Melvin A. Goodman, served as a senior analyst and Division Chief at the CIA from 1966 to 1990.  Currently, Goodman is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.  His latest book “Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence” Lawrence Korb – is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.  Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense on the Regan Administration. Then The Second Coming of the KKK with Historian Linda Gordon.
  • Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America
    Today we are in conversation with Vegas Tenold.  He embedded himself with members of three of America’s most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party.  Vegas Tenold is an award-winning journalist. He has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security.  His latest book Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America offers an inside look at these newly empowered movements, from their conventions to backroom meetings with Republican operatives.  
  • Emma Goldman: Love, Feminism, Revolution, Anarchism, and Free Speech
    On this International Women’s Day, we dive into the story of twenty’s century American anarchist and radical Emma Goldman who FBI’s director J. Edgar Hoover called her the most dangerous woman in America. We bring a conversation with Candace Falk, who is an Emma Goldman scholar, Director of the Emma Goldman Papers, and author of several books including Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman. Keep KPFA on the Air. Please click here to donate: [1]  USB Letters & Politics Mondo Pack (Includes all L+P Packs) $180 CD Letters & Politics Ancient History Pack $100 DVD No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism byTancrède Ramonet (2 DVD Set) $180 COMBO No Gods, No Masters  + Capitalism $365 CD KPFA Winter 2018 Speech Pack $180 COMBO All the above L&P USB + No Gods DVD + Capitalism DVD KPFA Winter Speech Pack CD $750 [1]
  • Federal Goverment Lawsuit Against California’s Sanctuary Status
    We talk to Professor Rose Cuison-Villazor about the Trump administration filing a lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws alleging obstruction of federal immigration law and violation of the Constitution. Rose Cuison-Villazor is a professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at UC Davis School of Law. Then, excerpts from the film Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist.  Support independent media, click here to donate to KPFA [1] [1]
  • The End of The Roman Republic
    Today, Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Mike Duncan, creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions, about his new book The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic.  He explains how the accumulation of inequalities, social prejudice, and corruption led the Roman Republic to its fall. Keep your station going, click here to donate to KPFA [1] BOOK The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan $120. CD Letters & Politics Ancient History Pack $100. COMBO CD + BOOK $200 [1]
  • A History of Anarchism (Part Two): LAND AND FREEDOM
    Today we feature part two the film No Gods, No Masters an outstanding documentary addressing the history of anarchism. Part two LAND AND FREEDOM looks at differing strains within the anarchist movement during the peak of its popularity – when it seemed, for a time, that the dream of anarchist revolution might come to pass. This was an era of social ferment and experimentation, including communal living, nudism, and gender equality; educational reform designed to usher in the development of “the new man”; the resurgence of propaganda of the deed in the guise of violent robberies and shootouts with police; and the participation of anarchists in revolutions from Mexico to Russia. Anarchism waned in Europe during the years leading up to WWI, but the 1910 Mexican Revolution took up the torch, and drew the support of anarchists and anti-authoritarians including the thinkers and activists Peter Kropotkin, Emma Goldman, and Joe Hill of the International Workers of the World. But despite the early gains of the Zapatistas, they would be betrayed and slaughtered by their allies. Anarchists who participated in the 1917 Russian Revolution suffered the same fate. Happy to have their support in toppling the government, the communists then suppressed them with what Trotsky called “an iron broom.” Keep your station going, please click here to donate to KPFA [1] DVD No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism byTancrède Ramonet (2 DVD Set)   [1]
  • No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism
    Today we feature the film No Gods, No Masters film an incredible produced documentary that addresses the history of a century of anarchist thought and practice, featuring leading historians and essayists, dramatic archival footage, and lively commentary that keeps the subject engaging. Divided into sections each based on key events, NO GODS NO MASTERS is a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the multi-faceted global anarchist movement. Keep your station going, please click here to donate to KPFA [1] DVD No Gods, No Masters: A History of Anarchism byTancrède Ramonet (2 DVD Set)     [1]
  • A History of Conservative Philosophy and the Reactionary Mind
    Today Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Corey Robin, professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center about his book The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump. In his book, Professor Robin traces conservatism back to its roots, he argues that the right was inspired, and is still united, by its hostility to emancipating the lower orders. Some conservatives endorse the free market; others oppose it. Some criticize the state; others celebrate it.  Underlying these differences is the impulse to defend power and privilege against movements demanding freedom and equality — while simultaneously making populist appeals to the masses. Please click here to donate to KPFA: [1] Letters & Politics Ancient History Pack $100 Book The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump by Corey Robin $100 Combo: L&P Ancient History Pack + Book $ 180 [1]
  • Be Like The Fox: Machiavelli in his World
    On today’s show, Mitch Jeserich talks to Erica Benner, author of the book Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli in his world.  In her book, Benner argues that Machiavelli is probably one of the most misunderstood thinkers of all times.  She sets the record straight: far from the ruthless “Machiavellian” henchman that people think he was, Machiavelli emerges here as a profound ethical thinker who fought to uphold high moral standards and restore the democratic freedoms of his beloved Florence, a champion of Republican ideals.   Support your station, click here to donate to KPFA: [1] The Letters&Politics Ancient History Pack $100. Book: Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli In His World by Erica Benner $140. [1]
  • Slavery and the History of the Earliest States
    Today Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with James C. Scott about how the agrarian societies were born. Scott argues that early cities were so miserable that these early states went to war in order to capture slaves to keep the cities operating and that is a big reason why slavery was so endemic to the so-called civilized world. James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. His latest book is Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. Please keeps us on the air. Click here to donate to KPFA: [1] BOOK Against the Grain by Jim C. Scott $140 CD Letters & Politics Ancient History Pack $100 COMBO CD + BOOK $225       [1]
  • The Lessons of Tyranny
    Today Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Timothy Snyder [1] about the new threats our political order faces and how we might stop it from happening.  Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. His latest book is On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from Twentieth Century. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Please consider donating to KPFA, your support is what keeps us on the air: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from The Twentieth Century (Paperback) by Timothy Snyder $100. CD Letters & Politics Ancient History Pack $100. COMBO BOOK + CD $150. [1]
  • The US Turbulent Markets and the Nature of the National Debt
    Today host Mitch Jeserich spends the hour with renowned economist Richard Wolff [1] to talk about the turbulent situation of the US markets, the nature of the national debt, interest rates, cryptocurrencies and more. Richard Wolff is a professor of economics at New School University in New York City and host of Economic Update [2]. Please keep KPFA alive, click here to donate: [3] The Richard Wolff DVD Pack $350. Book Capitalism’s Deepens by Richard Wolff $90. Combo Wolff (Book + DVD) Pack $425.     [1] [2] [3]
  • The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    Today Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Jeffrey C. Stewart [1], professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of the book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.  In his book, professor Stewart offers a splendid biography of the enigmatic father of the Harlem Renaissance, Alain Leroy Locke, one of the greatest thinkers, teachers, and literary entrepreneurs of the early twenty century. The New Negro brings to life the intellectual brightness of the African American modernism in an era of cosmopolitanism, colonialism, and catastrophe.  Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, Alain Leroy Locke helped establish the idea that Black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. Professor Stewart is also the author of Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History.     [1]

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