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Friday, September 12 – Friday, September 19

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Gen. Tony Zinni

Sérgio Mendes

Erika DeSimone

George Johnson

Richard “Poochie” Roderick

Terrence McNally

Amadou Sy

Kimberly Palmer

John Lucas

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Tony Zinni, a former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, explores U.S. military and foreign in his new book, “Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield”. He joins us to discuss the book and his views on the Obama Administration’s strategy against the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.

We’ll bring you excerpts from an event in Los Angeles to launch Tavis’ book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year”. Tavis was interviewed by fellow radio host and journalist Terrence McNally.

Sérgio Mendes has advanced the sound of Brazil for more than five decades. His latest CD, “Magic”, features collaborations with artists including John Legend, will.i.am and fellow Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento. He joins us to talk about the new project.

While the human toll of the Ebola epidemic is evident, we’re just now getting a sense of its economic impact in Africa. Amadou Sy, senior fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, joins us with an update.

Book editor Erika DeSimone joins us to discuss “Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century”, a collection of 150 poems she and co-editor Fidel Louis gathered mainly from Black newspapers published before and after the Civil War.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About… ”, Kimberly Palmer, senior money editor at “U.S. News and World Report”, shares tips on turning your side business into a full-time job.

Sports commentator George Johnson offers his take on the controversy surrounding the Ray Rice domestic abuse case and its handling by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The documentary “The Cooler Bandits” looks at the lives of four young Ohio men sentenced to 500 years in prison for their roles in a series of armed robberies. Director John Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick, one of the men featured in the documentary, join us.

Gen. Tony Zinni – “Before the First Shots Are Fired”

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Gen. Tony Zinni

9/12/14

For more than a decade, troubling questions have been raised about U.S. foreign policy as conflicts rage from Afghanistan and Iraq to Gaza and Ukraine. Gen. Tony Zinni (USMC, ret.), a former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command and a former special envoy to the Middle East, explores many of those questions in his new book, “Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield”. He joins us to discuss the book and his views on the Obama Administration’s strategy against the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.

“Death of a King” conversation with Terrence McNally

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Terrence McNally

9/12/14

Tavis’ book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year”, launched earlier this week with an event hosted by Live Talks Los Angeles. Tavis was interviewed by Terrence McNally, host of the radio program “Free Forum” on KPFK in Los Angeles and WBAI in New York, and a featured writer for Alternet.org. We bring you excerpts from their conversation.

Sérgio Mendes – “Magic”

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Sérgio Mendes

9/12/14

Pianist, composer and vocalist Sérgio Mendes has represented the sound of Brazil for more than five decades. He burst onto the U.S. music scene with the groundbreaking album, “Herb Alpert Presents Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66”, and he hasn’t slowed down since. On his latest CD, “Magic”, Mendes collaborates with artists including John Legend, will.i.am and fellow Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento. He joins us to talk about the new project.

Amadou Sy – Economic Impact of the Ebola Virus

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Amadou Sy

9/12/14

Nearly 2,000 people have by killed by the Ebola virus since the most recent outbreak began earlier this year in Guinea and spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The human toll of the epidemic is evident. But with borders shutting down and trade impeded, the economic impact is also growing throughout Africa. Amadou Sy, senior fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, joins us with an update.

Erika DeSimone – “Voices Beyond Bondage”

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Erika DeSimone

9/12/14

Popular culture tends to portray African Americans of the 19th Century as unschooled, unskilled, illiterate slaves. That obscures the contributions of thousands of African Americans who expressed themselves eloquently and passionately through poetry. Book editor Erika DeSimone joins us to discuss “Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century”, a collection of 150 poems she and co-editor Fidel Louis gathered mainly from Black newspapers published before and after the Civil War.

Kimberly Palmer – Five Things You Should Know About… Turning Your Side Gig Into a Full-Time Job

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Kimberly Palmer

9/12/14

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Kimberly Palmer, senior money editor at “U.S. News and World Report” and author of “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life”, shares tips on turning your side business into a full-time job.

Sports Drill

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George Johnson

9/12/14

Sports commentator George Johnson offers his take on the controversy surrounding the Ray Rice domestic abuse case and its handling by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

John Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick – “The Cooler Bandits”

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John Lucas

9/12/14

In 1991, four teenagers robbed more than a dozen restaurants in the Akron, Ohio area by locking the employees in the refrigerator – earning them the nickname “the Cooler Bandits.” They were subsequently sentenced to up to 500 years in prison. Filmmaker John Lucas chronicles their lives in prison, their struggle to maintain connections to family and friends and their fight to reintegrate into society in his documentary, “The Cooler Bandits”. Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick, one of the men featured in the documentary, join us to discuss the film.

Friday, September 5 – Friday, September 12

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Janine Davidson

Deborah Willis

Theo Croker

Frederick Hutson

George Johnson

Thomas Allen Harris

Mark McDaniel

Lesli Maxwell

Edward Baptist

Somi

World leaders met in Wales this week for the NATO SummitJanine Davidson, senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins us to discuss NATO’s strategy for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine and the terrorist group ISIS.

Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris explores the rich history of Black photography in a new documentary, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”. It’s based on the groundbreaking book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present”, written by Deborah Willis, chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University. They join to discuss the film.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About… ”, Mark McDaniel, psychology professor at Washington University and co-author of “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning”, shares tips on studying.

After spending nearly eight years honing his chops in Shanghai, trumpeter Theo Croker has returned to the U.S. with a new and eclectic sound. He joins us to share his latest album, “AfroPhysicist.”

“Education Week” reports that for the first time ever, children of color will surpass the number of white children enrolled in U.S. public schools. Lesli Maxwell, assistant editor at the magazine, joins us to explore the implications of this demographic shift.

Frederick Hutson used his business savvy to devise a more efficient method of product distribution – but the product was marijuana, and he ended up spending four years in federal prison. His experiences there prompted him to found a new venture called Pigeonly, which helps inmates stay connected to their loved ones. He joins us to discuss his journey from inmate to CEO.

In his book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism”, Cornell University Prof. Edward Baptist shows that slavery is the very foundation of the U.S. economy.  He joins us with details.

Commentator George Johnson celebrates the start of football season by offering his take on the NFL’s new suspension policies, as well as defensive lineman Josh Brent’s return to the Dallas Cowboys following a six-month jail sentence for intoxication manslaughter.

Jazz vocalist Somi moved from New York to Nigeria in search of new inspiration. She joins us to share her latest album, “The Lagos Music Salon.”