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Pacifica's Mitch Jeserich hosts “Letters & Politics,” a look at burning political issues and debates, and their historical context, within the US and worldwide.
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Letters and Politics - March 28, 2013 at 10:00am
As the Supreme Court considers same gender marriage this week, we'll spend the hour in conversation about the social movements that formed out of the LGBT community over the last 6 decades and the important role that transgender activists have played in these movements. Our guest is Dr. Ardel Thomas
Letters and Politics - March 27, 2013 at 10:00am
Today the Court took up the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996, that defines marriage at the federal level as being between a man and a woman; Marjorie Heins, author of the book Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom and the Anti-Communist Purge.
Letters and Politics - March 26, 2013 at 10:00am
As the Supreme Court hears two important cases this week on same gender marriage, we look at how sexuality became a Constitutional issue with Leigh Ann Wheeler, author of the book How Sex Became a Civil Liberty. But first we have audio from today's Supreme Court hearing on California's anti same...
Letters and Politics - March 25, 2013 at 10:00am
Catch phrases such as chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction are back: 10 years after they were used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Today we talk about how such phrases have been used in the past and the history of western rhetoric towards the middle east with Deepa Kumar
Letters and Politics - March 21, 2013 at 10:00am
We hear what Obama had to say in Jerusalem and talk to former Israeli negotiator Daniel Levy and Yussef Munayyer of the Palestine Center about Obama's first visit to Israel. But first Congress reaches a budget deal that will avert a government shutdown next week.
Letters and Politics - March 19, 2013 at 10:00am
Iraq war anniversary with Prattap Chatterjee and investigative journalist Greg Muttit.
Letters and Politics - March 18, 2013 at 10:00am
US plans to beef up its missile defense program. We talk to Conn Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus. Rand Paul's Influence in the Republican Party with Brian Doherty with Reason Magazine and Adele Stan of Alternet.
Letters and Politics - March 14, 2013 at 10:00am
Early Christian scholar Candida Moss and Vikki Law about the history of women uprisings in prison.
Letters and Politics - March 13, 2013 at 10:00am
Social movement historian George Katsiaficas.
Letters and Politics - March 12, 2013 at 10:00am
The Papal Conclave at the Vatican gets under way to select a new Pope.
Letters and Politics - March 11, 2013 at 10:00am
North Korea and we continue our series of conversations on historic uprisings with the Nat Turner Slave Rebellion.
Letters and Politics - March 7, 2013 at 10:00am
Extended excerpts from Republican Senator Rand Paul's filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director. We'll also have analysis with Bruce Fein, former Deputy Attorney General under the Reagan administration.