Tag: politics

Islamophobia, Extremism, and the War on Terror: Arun Kundnani (BSS #540)

Twelve and a half years after 9/11, Islamophobia remains alive and well. Where did it come from? Why does it perpetuate in American and British culture? And what effect does it have on our democratic values? To get some answers to these questions, we talked with Arun Kundnani, author of THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING. It turns out that prominently positioned people continue to reinforce Muslim stereotypes, encouraging law enforcement agencies to adopt flawed radicalization models that are not predicated upon reality. These prejudicial policies have caused innocent Americans, whose only crime is to practice Islam, to be harassed, needlessly harangued by authorities, and falsely imprisoned. This 67 minute conversation investigates these issues at length. Read More

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Gabriel Roth (BSS #508)

Gabriel Roth talks with us for an hour about his debut novel, THE UNKNOWNS, San Francisco culture between the two dot com booms, his Bay Guardian days, the unanticipated influences of My Little Pony and brony culture, avoiding the lad lit label, and writing about what you know. Read More

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Unemployment (FYE #7)

This program looks into whether or not the jobs are really coming back. Are we avoiding a serious problem that we don’t have the courage to stare in the face? To what degree are we repeating history? We meet a man who motivates the unemployed in library basements, get experts to respond to Chairman Bernanke’s recent claims that unemployment will fall between 5.8 and 6.2% by 2015, discuss the finer points of Beveridge curves with economics professor William Dickens, chat about how the last four decades of labor developments have contributed to the unemployment crisis with Down the Up Escalator author Barbara Garson, discover a company that protected the unemployed against discrimination with the National Employment Law Project’s Mitchell Hirsch, and learn about discrimination and how local labor policy reveals national labor policy with Dr. Michelle Holder of the Community Service Society of New York. Read More

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Timothy Noah (BSS #458)

Timothy Noah is most recently the author of The Great Divergence. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Holding onto the remains of his wallet. Author: Timothy Noah Subjects Discussed: The 1984 “Morning in America” ad, why the American public gets suckered into the American Dream panacea, the Kuznets curve, the decline of the bank teller, Obama’s 2012 Read More

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Nancy Cohen (BSS #446)

Nancy Cohen is most recently the author of Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Getting in touch with his humanist side. Author: Nancy L. Cohen Subjects Discussed: Rep. Darrell Issa and the contraception hearing, Komen for the Cure, when the Republican Party was better about women’s rights, the Equal Read More

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Arthur Goldwag (BSS #435)

Arthur Goldwag is most recently the author of The New Hate. PROGRAM NOTE: In Show #430, we asked our listeners if they could share their introvert and extrovert experiences. We received numerous stories and read many on the air at the head of this program. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering the dangerous possibilities of innate Read More

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Deborah Scroggins (BSS #431)

Deborah Scroggins is most recently the author of Wanted Women: Faith, Lies & The War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui. My response to Dwight Garner’s New York Times review, which contains more links and information, is also helpful background reading for this interview. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Oscillating between Read More

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Thomas Frank (BSS #428)

Thomas Frank is most recently the author of Pity the Billionaire. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why Grover Norquist keeps leaving voicemails about tax pledges. Author: Thomas Frank Subjects Discussed: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s notion of “compromise,” the Republican failure to acknowledge Reagan’s complete history, Reagan’s Continental Illinois bailout, efforts to “erase” liberalism from Read More

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Reed Cowan (BSS #341)

Reed Cowan appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #341. Mr. Cowan is most recently the director of 8: The Mormon Proposition, which opens in numerous theaters on June 18, 2010. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Conducting investigations on Dick Van Pattern’s possible Mormon connections. Guest: Reed Cowan Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Correspondent: I Read More

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Adam Thirlwell (BSS #332)

Adam Thirlwell is most recently the author of The Escape. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if a piƱa colada might serve as literary escape. Author: Adam Thirlwell Subjects Discussed: The narrator device in Politics and The Escape, not understanding an early attempt to write a Henry James novel, the S&M of a writer being both Read More

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Robert G. Kaiser (BSS #264)

Robert G. Kaiser has worked at the Washington Post since 1963. He is most recently the author of So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Still waiting for the lobbyists to work out a deal with him. Author: Robert G. Kaiser Subjects Discussed: Obama’s Read More

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David Rees (BSS #248)

Just in time for Election Day! David Rees is most recently the author of Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War on Terror: 2001-2008. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Struggling to cast his vote. Author: David Rees Subjects Discussed: Why red was selected for the Get Your War On backgrounds, My New Filing Read More

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