BTS 12/29/08: Bill McKibben; Thomas Frank; Studs Terkel

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Today is our last show of 2008, and we'll be presenting a few of Suzi's best interviews of the past year.

We start with a sobering assessment of the tremendous ecological challenge facing all of us in 2009 and beyond. Suzi talks with renowned writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, who warns that continued business as usual won't bring "morning in America, but dusk on Planet Earth." They'll also discuss his new grassroots climate organization, 350.org.

Suzi then speaks with author Thomas Frank about his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, and they'll discuss the state of the conservative movement in the face of financial disaster.

Finally, we pay tribute to the great writer, radio personality, oral historian, and gadfly Studs Terkel, who died this year at the age of 96. We'll rebroadcast Suzi's interview with this inspiring and historic figure.

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1. Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Other books include Hope, Human, and Wild, Maybe One, Deep Economy, and The Bill McKibben Reader, a collection of 44 essays written for various publications over the past 25 years. Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is currently a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, nd co-founder of the new grassroots climate movement 350.org.

2. Thomas Frank is the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and One Market Under God. He is the founding editor of The Baffler and a contributing editor at Harper’s. Frank has received a Lannan award and been a guest columnist for The New York Times, and he writes op-eds for the Wall Street Journal.

3. Studs Terkel is also a bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author of twelve books including Working, Hard Times, The Good War and others, all published by The New Press. Terkel is well known for his radio program titled "The Studs Terkel Program" that aired on 98.7 WFMT Chicago between 1952 and 1997. Terkel tells us he has been an “eclectic disc jockey, a radio soap opera gangster; a sports and political commentator; a jazz critic; a pioneer in TV, Chicago style; an oral historian and gadfly. He is a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Chicago Historical Society.