Debbie Klein




News & Critical Commentary

Las Cafeteras on Democracy Now! (8/4/17)

Las Cafeteras

The Los Angeles-based Chicano band, Las Cafeteras, stopped by the Democracy Now! studio to perform and talk about their music. The LA Times has described them as as "a uniquely Angelino mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia, and rock." In 2017, they released their album, "Tastes Like L.A."

No is Not Enough: Naomi Klein interview (6/13/17)

"This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under the cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it's a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future." (Klein, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need)

Angelique Kidjo performs at Women's March on Washington (1/21/17)

Women's March 2017

Interview with Saul Williams


Spoken word artist Saul Williams discusses his career of mixing poetry, music, and acting; reads some of his poetry; talks about how he became an activist; and describes the concept of his new album, MartyrLoserKing. (7/4/16)


Toward a Better Understanding of Boko Haram

Boko Haram


"Since they kidnapped more than two hundred schoolgirls from Chibok, Northeastern Nigeria, Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, have become the object of global outrage. But the group’s atrocities had been going on since at least 2008, escalating into a full scale Islamist insurgency about four years ago..." Click here for article by Moses Ochonu. (2014)

Aljazeera Africa

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Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her cultural voice. She warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. (2009)


Dance v. PowerPoint


What if we replaced PowerPoint with dancers? Are we sacrificing creativity in this age of information? Much of the message is meta language, conveyed through the body, through movement. (2011)


Environmental Justice and Urban Renewal


Majora Carter fights for environmental justice in her hometown of New York's South Bronx. (2006)

Ann Dunham, Barack Obama's mother

Ann Dunham with son, Barack Obama


Ann Dunham was an economic anthropologist who studied in Indonesia. Listen to this BBC discussion, "Dreams from My Mother." (2009)


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