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Interview with Author of Book on Origins of War on Drugs

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Andrew Nagorski Talks About the NAZI Hunters

August 14, 2016 Leave a comment

After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World War II lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals. Many of the lower-ranking perpetrators quickly blended in with the millions who were seeking to rebuild their lives in a new Europe, while those who felt most at risk fled the continent. In Andrew Nagorski’s new book, THE NAZI HUNTERS, focuses on the small band of men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten—and who were determined to track them down to the furthest corners of the earth.

Tune in at 8 a.m. CST Monday to KAZI 88.7 FM for my interview with Andrew Nagorski.

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek.  He is also the author of  Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power. 

History of Africans in Mexico on KAZI

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

University of West Indies professor Paulette Ramsay discusses her latest book, AFRO-MEXICAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF DIASPORA, GENDER, IDENTITY, AND NATION, on the Monday, August 1 edition of KAZI Book Review at 8 a.m. CST on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.

In her book, Ramsay reviews the historical and cultural influence of Africans and African descended people on Mexico and the efforts to erase them from history after the end of the Mexican revolution in 1910. 

Jack London: The Fiction Writer As Social Reformer

November 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Cecelia TichiIn Cecelia Tichi’s new book Jack London: A Writer’s Fight For A Better America, she argues that London used characters and plot in his novels such as Call of the Wild and the Sea Lord not only as entertainment, but also as a way to illuminate the oppression of workers in industrial America and other unfair social conditions in the early 1900s.  London, who was the best selling author in America from 1903 to his death in 1916, mined his experiences as a laborer often working in harsh conditions to bring social reality to his popular adventure novels.  Tune in Monday at 8 a.m. CST/9 a.m. EST to KAZI Book Review for my interview.

Book Description

Jack London (1876-1916) found fame with his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North, but Cecelia Tichi challenges the long-standing view of London as merely a mass-market producer of potboilers. A onetime child laborer, London led a life of poverty in the Gilded Age before rising to worldwide acclaim for stories, novels, and essays designed to hasten the social, economic, and political advance of America. In this major reinterpretation of London’s career, Tichi examines how the beloved writer leveraged his written words as a force for the future.
Tracing the arc of London’s work from the late 1800s through the 1910s, Tichi profiles the writer’s allies and adversaries in the cities, on the factory floor, inside prison walls, and in the farmlands. Thoroughly exploring London’s importance as an artist and as a political and public figure, Tichi brings to life a man who merits recognition as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals.

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Are America’s Founding Fathers Overused in Political Discourse?

August 22, 2015 Leave a comment

David Sehat

David Sehat

Author David Sehat discusses his new book THE JEFFERSON RULE: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible on KAZI Book Review, Sunday, August 23 at 12:30 p.m. CST on KAZI 88.7FM in Austin, TX.

From the publisher: In THE JEFFERSON RULE historian David Sehat describes how liberals, conservatives, secessionists, unionists, civil rights leaders, radicals, and libertarians have sought out the Founding Fathers to defend their policies. Beginning with the debate between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over the future of the nation, and continuing through the Civil War, the New Deal, the Reagan Revolution, and Obama and the Tea Party, many pols have asked, “What would the Founders do?” instead of “What is the common good today?” Recently both the Right and the Left have used the Founders to sort through such issues as voting rights, campaign finance, free speech, gun control, taxes, and war and peace. They have used an outdated context to make sense of contemporary concerns.

In our interview we discussed how Thomas Jefferson became the most influential of the founders of our nation, the Teaimage Party’s strict interpretation of the constitution, and how the Founding Fathers didn’t even agree among themselves about the meaning of the constitution

David Sehat is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. His first book, The Myth of American Religious Freedom, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.

August Author Interviews Feature Al Roker, Walter Mosley, & Sara Paretsky

July 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Legendary mystery writers Walter Mosley and Sara Paretsky and NBC Today weatherman Al Roker are among the authors that will be featured in August for KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7FM.  The August schedule includes interviews with authors of 8 new fiction books and 6 nonfiction books. The fiction authors include first time novelist Vu Tran and first time chIldren’s book author Erin Estrada Kelly.

Among the highlights are:

  • Walter Mosley, best known for his Easy Rawlins novels, discussing his latest Leonid McGill mystery novel, AND SOMETIMES I WONDER ABOUT YOU, on August 2.
  • Sara Paretsky discussing her latest V.I. Warshawski novel, BRUSH BACK, and the role she played in founding Sisters In Crime, an association that promotes women mystery writers, on August 9.
  • Al Roker discussing STORM OF THE CENTURY, his book about the Galveston hurricane of 1900, on August 17.

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August Interview Schedule (subject to change)

August 2 – Susan Spann, FLASK OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER (A Shinobi Mystery); Walter Mosley, AND SOMETIMES I WONDER ABOUT YOU (A Leonid McGill Mystery)

August 3 – Michael Schuman, CONFUCIUS AND THE WORLD HE CREATED

August 9 – Sara Paretsky, BRUSH BACK (A V. I. Warshawski Novel); Erin Estrada Kelly, BLACKBIRD FLY

August 10 – Mary Looman & John Carl, A COUNTRY CALLED PRISON: Mass Incarceration and the Making of a New Nation

August 16 –  Michael Hiltzik, BIG SCIENCE: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military Industrial Complex

August 17 – Al Roker, STORM OF THE CENTURY: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

August 23 – Steph Cha, DEAD SOON ENOUGH (A Juniper Song Mystery); Vu Tran, DRAGONFISH

August 24 – David Sehat, THE JEFFERSON RULE: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible

August 30 – Sue Grafton, X (A Kinsey Millhone Novel); Julia Dahl, RUN YOU DOWN

August 31 – Shawn Leigh Alexander, W. E. B. DU BOIS: An American Intellectual and Activist

 

Author Discusses Martin Luther & the Protestant Reformation

July 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in to KAZI Book Review Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m. CST for my interview with James Reston, Jr., author of LUTHER’S FORTRESS: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege.

In LUTHER’S FORTRESS, Reston focuses on the most crucial time in the life of the theologian who sparked the protestant reformation, April 1521-March 1522.  During this time period, while in hiding from officials of the Roman Catholic church which had declared him a convicted heretic, Luther established and refined theological ideas that changed the world of Christianity.  His movement succeeded in large part thanks to the explosion of the printing industry.  His writings were printed and distributed throughout Europe and he became its bestselling author.

James Reston Jr. is an acclaimed historian and the author of 15 books including the international bestseller, Warriors of God.