Alison Wolf is author of the new book, “The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society.” The New York Times writes, “In short, with ‘The XX Factor’ Wolf accomplishes a rare feat: She combines real breadth with real depth. No matter how much you think you know about this hotly debated subject, and whether or not you agree with every one of Wolf’s ideas, you will come away from her book with new information — some merely amusing, but some foundation-shaking.” In her introduction Professor Wolf writes, “For most of history, being female defined the limits of a woman’s achievements. But now, women are successful careerists equal to men. In Norway, women legally must constitute a third of all boards; in America, women have gone from 3% of practising lawyers in 1970 to 40% today, and over half of all law students. These changes are revolutionary – but not universal: the ‘sisterhood’ of working women is deeply divided. Making enormous strides in the workplace are young, educated, full-time professionals who have put children on hold. But for a second group of women this is unattainable: instead, they work part-time, earn less, are concentrated in heavily feminised occupations like cleaning and gain income and self-worth from having children young. As these two groups move ever further apart, shared gender no longer automatically creates interests in common with other women. The XX Factor lifts the curtain on these social, cultural and economic schisms.”
Sasha Abramsky writes for the Nation Magazine, his new book is “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives.” On today’s show Sasha talks about how bad things are getting for ordinary Americans, and how we can fix it. Then Activist Georja Umano talks about the plight of elephants in Africa, and how you can help by donating to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Please subscribe to our show on iTunes and Stitcher, leave a review and share us with a friend.
Andrew Bacevich is the author of “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” Professor Bacevich is a retired colonel, a Vietnam combat veteran and a West Point graduate. He is a former director of Boston University’s Center for International Relations (from 1998 to 2005) and author of several books, including American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy (2002), The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War (2005) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008). He has also appeared on television shows such as The Colbert Report and the Bill Moyers Report and has written op-eds which have appeared in papers such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Financial Times. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bacevich has been “a persistent, vocal critic of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, calling the conflict a catastrophic failure.” In March 2007, he described George W. Bush’s endorsement of such “preventive wars” as “immoral, illicit, and imprudent.”
Also Michael Snyder and Mark Thompson talk about Sunday’s Emmys.
The shocking role gun control laws have historically played in controlling African Americans. Adam Winkler is Professor of Law at UCLA and an expert on constitutional law. His book is entitled, “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” Also Michael Snyder stops by to talk movies.
What’s the price of being black in America? Jody Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC and author of “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America.” His blog is called Niggatheory.
New York Times Supreme Court Correspondent Adam Liptak whose new e-book “To Have and Uphold: The Supreme Court And The Battle for Same-Sex Marriage” is available for download right now on iTunes and Amazon. “To Have And Uphold” is the definitive story of the struggle over same sex marriage in the Supreme Court. It’s a quick and easy read published by the New York Times and Byliner Original.
Also Film Critic Michael Snyder on what movies to catch this week. We talk about Fruitvale Station, which in light of the George Zimmerman verdict, couldn’t be any more relevant. Also on the show Two Time Tony Award Winner Andrea Martin, Eddie Pepitone and Mark Thompson. Portions of today’s program were written by Steve Rosenfield and David Feldman. The Cactus County Cowboys feature Will Ryan, John Presto Reynolds and Westy Westenhofer.