Letters and Politics
10:00 AM Pacific Time: Monday-Thursday
Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
Guest: Rachel E. Gross is an award-winning science journalist and the author of the latest book Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage. She writes for BBC Future, the New York Times, and Scientific American.
V (formerly Eve Ensler) on Writing, Memory, and the Power of an Apology
Guest: V (formerly Eve Ensler) is a Tony Award–winning playwright, author, performer, and activist. Her international phenomenon The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and One Billion Rising, the largest global … Continued
Guest: Judy Heumann (1947- 2023) was a pioneering disability rights activist and international advisory on disability, on the history of the disability rights movement. Judy was a founding member of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living which was the first grassroots center in the United States and helped to launch the Independent Living Movement both … Continued
Guest: Margaret Cerullo is a professor of Sociology and Feminist Studies at Hampshire College and a member of the Colectivo Relámpago/Lightning Collective which put together the book Zapatista Stories for Dreaming An-Other World by Subcomandante Marcos.
KPFA Fund Drive Special – How Black Women Shaped the Communist Party in America
Guest: Charisse Burden-Stelly is associate Professor of African American studies at Wayne state. and a member of the Black Alliance for Peace Research and Political Education Team. She is the c-editor, along with Jodi Dean, of the book Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writing. Photo credit: Charisse Burden-Stelly’s website
Guest: Robin D. G. Kelley is Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History at UCLA. He is the author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.
Guest: Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent. He is a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He is the author of many books including, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. On the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine … Continued
Guest: Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer. She has been a regular labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018. She is the author of Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor.
Guest: Deborah G. Plant is an African American and Africana Studies Independent Scholar, Writer, and Literary Critic specializing in the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. She is editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston and the author of Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times, a philosophical biography. … Continued
KPFA Special- Códice Maya de Mexico, the Oldest Surviving Book of the Americas
Guest: Andrew D. Turner is a senior research specialist at the Getty Research Institute, his work focuses on ancient Mesoamerican material culture, religion, and symbolism. He is the editor of Códice Maya de Mexico; Understanding the Oldest Surviving Book of the Americas. Images: Getty Research Institute