BTS 11/14/05: Robert Scheer fired from the LA Times; Community and Cooperation after Katrina; Going Postal

Listen: Howard Blume / Robert Scheer - Monique Verdin - Mark Ames

Robert Scheer was fired from the LA Times  on Friday, the latest in a series of mishaps on its editorial pages since the Chicago Tribune bought the paper two years ago. He’ll join us from the Nation’s cruise somewhere off Baja California to fill us in.

Later Monique Verdin, the spectacular photographer from Southern Louisiana will talk to us about community and cooperation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Here are a few of her amazing photographs from Louisiana:



And finally, Mark Ames has a new book Going Postal -- analyzing rage, murder and rebellion from Reagan to Clinton and Beyond.  It is all about the political economy of decline in an age of uprising and atomization.

Read more for info on tonight's guests.

1. Robert Scheer has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. He is a now a former correspondent and op-ed page columnist to the Los Angeles Times, He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, and can be heard on KCRW’s "Left, Right and Center" on Fridays. His books include "Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power"; "With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War" and "America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals."

2. Monique Verdin is a daughter of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe. She is also an extraordinary photographer who has chronicled her people's difficult struggle in a rapidly disappearing landscape. She documents how corporate greed has poisoned the bayous and accelerated the erosion of this country's most magnificent wetland. She also depicts the pride and quiet heroism of people like her incredible 90-year-old grandmother Armantine Marie Verdin who escaped Katrina's wrath in a traditional piroque (flat-bottom canoe).

3. Mark Ames, co-founder with Matt Taibbi of the eXile newspaper in Moscow – indispensable for visitors and the best investigative journalism you’ll see anywhere along with a lot of raunchy writing. If you don’t want to visit their website (amazing experience) you can get their book, The eXile: Sex, Drugs And Libel In The New Russia with Matt Taibbi. Now Mark has published Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion, From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond (Soft Skull Press).