October 9 - Amy Wilentz sits in for Ian Masters

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with Amy Wilentz

amy wilentz


Part 1

We begin today's show looking at what life is like in Gaza with Saree Makdisi, a professor at UCLA and author of Palestine Inside and Out: An Everyday Occupation. He joins us to discuss the future of Gaza and the agreement between Fatah and Hamas to turn over the civil administration of Gaza to a Palestinian unity government led by President Mahmoud Abbas.

Then we get an analysis of the conflict in Israel and Palestine from David Myers, the chairman of the UCLA History Department whose latest article at Jewish Journal is "After Gaza: The Trail of Destruction and its Costs". David discusses the future of Gaza, the West Bank and Israel in the wake of the summers' disastrous war and the new agreement. 





Part 2

Then we discuss efforts to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Mike Farrell, an actor and President of Death Penalty Focus, joins us to talk about the growing revolsion with the fact that the US is among the last countries in the developed world to still execute people. 

david myers


Part 3

Then finally, on John Lennon's 74th birthday, we talk about the stubborn, endurring legacy of The Beatles with Joshua Shenk, a writer whose latest book is of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, an excerpt of which was recently featured in the Atlantic Monthly examining the famous partnership between John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

josh shenk