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Interchange – Cuba In Africa, or Castro’s Worldview

Our show is Cuba in Africa, or what my guest today has called “Castro’s Worldview: Foreign Policy in a Hostile World.” Our music throughout also reflects the influence of Cuba in Africa and the struggle for independence by African nations. Our opening song, “Valodia” by Santocas, released shortly after Angolan independence is in praise of a guerilla fighter. Some of …

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Coming Up On Interchange – Cuba in Africa

Cuba in Africa We’re joined by Piero Gleijeses whose book, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976, “bluntly contradicts the Congressional testimony of the era and the memoirs of Henry A. Kissinger.” The work sheds new light on U.S. foreign policy and CIA covert operations and revolutionizes our view of Cuba’s international role, challenges conventional U.S. beliefs about the influence …

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Interchange – Do You Bite Your Thumb At Us, Sir? On Mere Civility

Today, politicians and intellectuals warn that we face a crisis of civility and a veritable war of words polluting our public sphere. In liberal democracies committed to tolerating diversity as well as active, often heated disagreement, the loss of this conversational virtue appears critical. But is civility really a virtue? Or is it, as critics claim, a covert demand for …

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Coming Up on Interchange – Do You Bite Your Thumb At Us, Sir?

Next time on Interchange: “Do you bite your thumb at us, Sir?” What is Civil Discourse and why do politicians and pundits seem to resort to admonishment when discourse gets messy and less than civil. Also, what is civility in the first place and who gets to define it? I’ll talk with author Teresa Bejan about her book Mere Civility, …

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Interchange – Eleanor In Love and Politics

Our opening song is “Sophisticated Lady,” the Duke Ellington jazz standard, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, speaking of disillusionment and loss. There’s plenty of that to around in the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and her circle of family and friends. Our show today is “Eleanor in Love and Politics.” In the first part of the show we’ll be joined by Susan …

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Coming Up On Interchange: Eleanor in Love and Politics

Susan Quinn joins us to discuss her “biography of love,” Eleanor & Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady. Eleanor Roosevelt has recently been christened the “First Lady of Gay” and in Quinn’s new book we’re introduced to the woman who was likely Roosevelt’s first, and deepest, love, the journalist and writer Lorena Hickok. But, we’ll also hear …

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Interchange – Welles Before Glass: Intimacy and Propaganda in Radio

This is a special 90-minute Interchange focusing on Orson Welles in his less-appreciated role as an innovator in the WWII-era radio feature, a genre of radio mixing fact and drama that is a (largely forgotten and unacknowledged) forerunner of the radio documentary, as we know it now. (Think Ira Glass and This American Life.) We’ll discuss what the radio feature …

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Coming Up On Interchange: Welles Before Glass

Our March 7 episode will be special 90-minute Interchange focusing on Orson Welles in his less-appreciated role as an innovator in the WWII-era radio feature, a genre of radio mixing fact and drama that is a (largely forgotten and unacknowledged) forerunner of the radio documentary, as we know it now. (Think Ira Glass and This American Life.) Michele Hilmes joins …

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Interchange – Televising the Revolution: Cuba in Film and Fiction

Our show tonight features two well-known Cuban artists: contemporary novelist, Leonardo Padura, whose fictional detective Mario Conde has been introduced to an even wider audience now through the Netflix miniseries Four Seasons in Havana. As it was shot on location it gives viewers a feel for what our guest Anke Birkenmaier terms the “actually existing Havana”; and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, …

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Arts Interchange – Such Stuff: Henry Woronicz on The Tempest

If we are such stuff as dreams are made on…is anything real outside the mind? Henry Woronicz, the Director of IU Theatre’s production of The Tempest, attempts an answer. This weekend IU Theatre will open the production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which will feature acrobatic aerial silk work and a female actor playing the “Salvage” Islander Caliban*. For this “Arts …

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