851: Godsell Shows


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Kevin Kruse: “The national day of prayer, the national prayer breakfast, ‘under God,’ in the pledge, ‘In God We trust’ on stamps and money – all these things happen in a quick span of about five years. And this creates an idea that we are all one nation under god. It fuses piety and patriotism.”

Historian Kevin Kruse explains how a coalition of anti-New Deal capitalists, PR firms and ministers manufactured America’s image as a free market, Christian nation, and why that alliance changed both religion and politics for generations to come.

Kevin is author of the new book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.

Kevin M. Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University.



Lupe Andrade: “I still can’t have a bank account, I still can’t own property, I still don’t have a credit card, so I have a ways to go. But I’m becoming a person again. I was a non-person for 15 years.”

Writer Lupe Andrade explains her journey from whistle-blowing mayor of La Paz to political prisoner, and how she found strength and solidarity amongst her fellow inmates.

Lupe wrote about her experience in the book Jailhouse Blues: 192 Days in a Bolivian Women’s Prison.

Lupe Andrade was a literature professor, journalist, and politician, she is currently producing high-altitude boutique coffee in Bolivia’s Yungas region.


Anuradha Mittal: “You have soldiers farming the land of the people, they bring in the produce and sell in the markets of people whose land they’ve taken away. The impact is pure economic devastation and displacement.”

The Oakland Institute’s Anuradha Mittal reports on Sri Lanka’s post-civil war occupation and colonization of Tamil and minority land, and explains how Western development money funds displacement of people and destruction of land.

Anuradha lead The Oakland Institute’s reports I Speak Without Fear: Where Are Our Loved Ones Who Have Been Abducted, Arrested, and Disappeared? and The Long Shadow of War: The Struggle for Justice in Postwar Sri Lanka.

Anuradha Mittal is founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute.



Michael Roper: “They’ve seen young people drifting away from beers that their fathers and grandfathers drank, that were brewed within walking distance of their homes. The exact opposite trend is happening in America, where its getting harder to sell imports and beers from California or Oregon when there is great beer being brewed in your own neighborhood.”

The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper checks in from the Hopleaf. Not the Andersonville Hopleaf, the Reading, England Hopleaf. He talks about the perfect temperature for a “real” ale, the Americanization of Europe’s beer market, and the possibility of growler filling stations.

Michael Roper has been the owner operator of the Hopleaf Bar in Chicago since he opened it in 1992.



Kimberlé Crenshaw: “Because these women are not seen in typical ways women who are not black are seen, they ended up being seen as targets of intervention and constraint, rather than people who would be helped. And therefore they ended up dead.”

Legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw talks about the rise of the #SayHerName movement, why Black women are seen and treated differently by both the police and nation at large, and how intersectional activists are fighting anti-Black state violence by addressing its root causes – patriarchy, racism and police impunity.

Kimberlé co-authored the #SayHerName report for the African American Policy Forum.

Kimberlé Crenshaw is director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum.


Jeff Dorchen: “It’s easy to pin-point, criticize and laugh at contradictions in a culture one is only visiting. In my own culture, rather than amusing, I find our contradictions intractable, collectively suicidal, and worse, woven into my spiritual being.”

Live from Hyderabad, Jeff Dorchen wanders the city, encountering ancient boulders, 10-year old Cool Hand Lukes, Ghandi’s promise, threats of mutilation, typos, schemes, deep history and a single, public toilet.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.