Monthly Archives: October 2018

Rebecca Traister – GOOD & MAD: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Given the unauthorized release of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center on May 2, 2022, we revisited this interview from October, 2018. Rebecca Traister joined us again to update us on the evolving situation, which can be heard at the end of the archived interview.

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine, whose latest book is GOOD AND MAD: THE REVOLUTIONARY POWER OF WOMEN’S ANGER, published by Simon & Schuster. . Her earlier books include ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, and the award winning BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY. Her work has been published in The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the New York Observer among other publications.5bca1ba93b365.image.jpg

Anita Hill: Kavanaugh confirmation hearing ‘disservice to the American public’

‘Vile hatred, hero worship’: Christine Blasey Ford faces an unsettling future

Black Women Have Never Had The Privilege Of Rage

With Kavanaugh Confirmation, GOP Commits Again To Patriarchy, Misogyny

Kavanaugh once lobbied for judge now handling ethics complaints against him

The Republican party is about to face the wrath of women

Christine Blasey Ford’s Attorneys Reveal Statement From Corroborating Witness

Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyers React To Brett Kavanaugh’s Expected Confirmation

I Know Why Evangelical Women Support Brett Kavanaugh. I Was Raised To Do The Same.

(1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”

Finally, angry women are the solution and not a problem – but we still have far to go

We Still Haven’t Learned from Anita Hill’s Testimoy

Kavanaugh’s opening remarks are a master class in a common sexual abuser defense tactic

Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony Was A Spectacle Of Angry Male Bonding

Here’s where Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony was misleading or wrong

John M. Barry – The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

This was the very first edition of what would become Forthright Radio. It was originally broadcast in November, 2004.  We spoke with John M. Barry, author of the book, THE GREAT INFLUENZA: THE EPIC STORY OF THE DEADLIEST PLAGUE IN HISTORY. 100 years ago, in 1918, as a war weary world sought to bring those years of horror we call World War I to an end, another horror arose – a new, virulent and highly contagious strain of influenza, which within, a year spread rapidly around the world. We’ll never know the exact number of those killed, but it is estimated that a minimum of 50 million, and as many as 100 million died. At today’s population level, that would be between 150 million and 300 million dead worldwide. As we begin the annual flu season, our guest, John M. Barry, tells us what we know about this pandemic and warns of the possibility of such a global pandemic occurring again in our own time. But this is not just a history of a medical disease, his depiction of the politics of the war-time situation has disturbing foreshadowing of some of the same polarized dynamics with which we find ourselves grappling today, where truth is dismissed as an arbitrary term and “the force of an idea lies in it’s inspirational value. It matters very little whether it is true or false.” As Mark Twain put it so well, History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Although this interview was conducted in 2004, when George W. Bush was president, and we were 9 months into our invasion of Iraq, and the parallels to the Wilson administration are noted, some of those parallels seem even more pertinent today under the current administration.


What We Can Learn From How the 1918 Pandemic Ended

Post-Covid America Isn’t Going to Be Anything Like the Roaring ’20s

America’s response to coronavirus pandemic is ‘incomprehensibly incoherent,’ says historian who studied the 1918 flu

‘We take no risks at all’: a voice from the Spanish flu outbreak

Herd Immunity? Or ‘Mass Murder’?

Dr. Johan Hultin Dies at 97; His Work Helped Isolate 1918 Flu Virus