- Apr 27, 202200:00:0001:07:42
I am a non-observant Jew. I'm actually an atheist who was raised in a secular Jewish home. My parents weren't religious either and, with three daughters and no sons, we had no Bar Mitzvahs and we were growing up at a time when Jewish girls weren't necessarily expected to be a Bat Mitzvah. So were weren't.
But we did grow up knowing that we were of Jewish heritage. And although I don't know the stories of my ancestors, I do know that my father's family came here from Russia and Romania, and my mother's family came from Russia and Austria. They all left their homelands because of the Nazis and the Holocaust.
We grew up knowing about the atrocities, with the directive to always remember so nothing like this could happen ever again. The annual Holocaust Remembrance Day was established back in the early 60s, yet I don't remember it being as prominent as it is this year before.
Perhaps that's due to the rising incidents of antisemitism around the world, the rise of Neo Nazi groups here and abroad, the atrocities we're seeing in Ukraine at the hands of the Russian soldiers... or perhaps it's because the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust are aging rapidly, and their descendants want to insure the stories survive. Today, I'll feature two films that debut on PBS stations this week. First up, I'll talk with Steve Pina, producer of "The Holocaust: A Turning Point". If you're in Southern California, you can see it tonight (April 27) at 11pm PDT or tomorrow at 7pm PDT on KLCS. Anywhere else, you can see it posted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0u6Hb8fdEU.
Then, I'll talk with Michael Veitch. He's one of the songwriters who participated in a program that culminated in the film, "We Remember: Songs of Survivors". The singer/songwriters visited with Holocaust Survivors in Hudson Valley, NY to create original songs based on their conversations. It premiered on PBS last night and will run on 450 stations between now and May 24. Check your local listings.
- Apr 26, 202200:00:0001:08:26
There was a bit of shock, anger and disapproval among my circle of friends and political confidants last week when the Congressional Progressive Caucus officially endorsed Shontel Brown in the primary for the seat she currently holds in Congress over progressive favorite Nina Turner. I voiced my concerns about problems with how the caucus is run, and commiserated with Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny/ Blue America PAC, (my standing guest every Thursday) about the problem with recruiting members of the New Dem Coalition to also join the Progressive Caucus. Much to my surprise, I got a message from Rep. Mark Pocan, one of three co-chairs of the CPC PAC (separate from the caucus), and the former co-chair of the caucus as well. We had a nice conversation, off the air, during which he told me his side of the situation. At the end, we decided we should continue the conversation on the air. So he'll join me this afternoon to do just that...
- Apr 25, 202200:00:0001:01:29
Many of us were riveted Friday, watching Marjorie Traitor Greene testify at a hearing in GA as she lied her way an unending stream of "I don't remembers" and I don't recalls" as she channeled other ethically challenged Republicans before her, like Alberto Gonzalez' famous 72 denials of memory. Today, John Bonifaz of Free Speech for People, the group representing the plaintiffs in this and other cases challenging members of Congress who participated in the 1-6 insurrection, returns for a recap of what transpired Friday and what we've learned since. Then, as Russia's war against Ukraine enters its third unrelenting month, I'll speak with Christopher Blattman, professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago and author of the new book, "Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace"
- Apr 22, 202200:00:0001:13:47
Today is Earth Day. To mark the occasion, I'll speak with author Eugene Linden about his new book, "Fire & Flood: A People's History of Climate Change 1979-Present". If we had enacted any of the legislation and protections proposed in the Green New Deal, we'd be in a much better position regarding the fate of the planet than we're currently experiencing. Unfortunately, today we've heard too much (but nothing of substance) from the other kind of green.. .Marjorie Taylor Green to be precise. She was on the stand today in the hearing to determine whether or not she should be allowed to be on the ballot. Challengers are citing Section 3 of the 14th amendment, which says that any elected official who takes an oath to defend our Constitution and then engages in insurrection is barred from holding public office again-- the Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause. Of course, this Green says she doesn't remember anything. I wonder if she has some kind of brain damage that's wiped her memories. Either way, she's unqualified to serve in Congress.