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Democracy Now! May 1, 2003

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Program Title:
Democracy Now! May 1, 2003
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PRA Archive #: 
PZ0517.153b
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A May Day special: Part II of our celebrity book reading of Howard Zinn s A People s History of the United States. Kurt Vonnegut reads Eugene Debs, Alfre Woodard reads Fanny Lou Hamer, James Earl Jones reads Malcolm X, Danny Glover reads Martin Luther King, Alice Walker reads Abbey Lincoln and more.

9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:08-9:09 One Minute Music Break 9:10-9:18: A May Day special: Part II of our celebrity book reading of Howard Zinn s A People s History of the United States. Kurt Vonnegut reads Eugene Debs, Alfre Woodard reads Fanny Lou Hamer, James Earl Jones reads Malcolm X, Danny Glover reads Martin Luther King, Alice Walker reads Abbey Lincoln and more. It has become a classic work of history. It is used in countless schools across the country, it has inspired a generation of historians and students and it has reshaped how many people view this country s history. We are talking about Howard Zinn s A People s History of the United States first published 23 years ago. The millionth copy of the book was recently sold. To celebrate this feat a group of actors, writers and editors recently gathered for a public reading of the book. The cast included Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, Danny Glover and James Earl Jones. Marisa Tomei reads Helen Keller. Kurt Vonnegut reads Eugene Debs. 9:18-9:19 One Minute Music Break 9:20-9:43: Kurt Vonnegut reads from Catch 22. Harris Yulin and Andre Gregory read veteran Hollywood actor Lionel Stander debating with the committee over charges of being communist. Alfre Woodard reads Fanny Lou Hamer. James Earl Jones reads Malcolm X. Danny Glover reads Martin Luther King. Alice Walker reads Abbey Lincoln. 9:43-9:44 One Minute Music Break 9:45-9:58: Marisa Tomei reads Ceser Chavez. Jeff Zinn, Howard Zinn s son, reads James Lawrence Harrington s letter of resignation from the military during the Gulf War. Alfre Woodard reads a letter of a mother who wrote about welfare. Mila Pitts reads a letter by Amber Amonson, her husband was killed in the September 11th attack on the Pentagon. 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Sharif Abdul Kouddous, Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press with help from Noah Reibel and Vilka Tzouras. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer. Thanks also to Uri Galed, Angela Alston, Emily Kunstler, Orlando Richards, Simba Rousseau, Rafael delaUz, Gabriel Weiss, Johnny Sender, Rich Kim, Karen Ranucci, Fatima Mojadiddy, Denis Moynihan and Jenny Filipazzo.

Date Recorded on: 
May 1, 2003
Date Broadcast on: 
May 1, 2003
Item duration: 
59 min.
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Distributor: 
WBAI; Amy Goodman, host., May 1, 2003
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