Letters and Politics – December 17, 2018

Letters and Politics

A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

Upcoming Episode

We Need Your Support, Donate to KPFA Today!!! Book: The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey $150 [The role of Christianity in the elimination of classical polytheism and art] Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection includes: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt, How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey, Barracoon by … Continued


Support KPFA, Donate Today!!! BOOK Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston Edited by Deborah G. Plant $150 Best of Letters and Politics 2018 Book Collection includes: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt, How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley, The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey, Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston, and A Radical History … Continued


Letters and Politics

Fun Drive Special – Top 2018 Book Collection

Letters and Politics is offering the 5 best books we have reviewed in 2018 Pack for $500. Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University professor, and a world-renowned Shakespeare scholar. Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution. In his … Continued


The Epic of Gilgamesh is the Ur-epic inscribed onto damp clay tablets several millennia before Odysseus or the priest of Ecclesiastes found their voices.  The Sumerian versions date back almost 5000 years. Scholar Kent H. Dixon explains what’s the Epic story of Gilgamesh, and how Bildungsroman of a bad king learning to become a proper human being … Continued


We talk to John Nichols about the legacy of former president George H.W. Bush, who died this past weekend. Guest: John Nichols, Washington correspondent at the Nation Magazine. Then, A conversation with historian Jane De Hart to explore the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Guest: JANE SHERRON DE HART is professor … Continued


On Sunday there were skirmishes between naval ships in the Black Sea in which Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and detained 24 sailors. Ukraine responded by imposing martial law in provinces near the Russian border.  All this is happening in pre-election time in which the current Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko is behind in the polls. To … Continued


Latin America was a key ground battle during WWII over ideas, especially when it came to fascism. Today we are in conversation about this history with Mary Jo McConahay. Guest: Mary Jo McConahay is an award-winning journalist who covered the wars in Central America and Latin America and the economics in the Middle East. Her latest book … Continued