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December 05 2013

07:12

Richard Rodriguez On Modern Spiritual Identity

Mexican-American essayist and big thinker Richard Rodriguez joins us on identity, immigration and the human spirit.

Guest

Richard Rodriguez, essayist, journalist and author of “Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.” Also author of “Brown: The Last Discovery of America,” “Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father” and “Hunger Of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez.”

Rudy Lopez, community activist and senior organizer with F.I.R.M., the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.

From Tom’s Reading List

PBS: Writer Richard Rodriguez introduces readers to ‘seasons of belief and doubt’ — “My religious tradition has always accepted doubt as part of the procedure of believing in God. And I think that becomes a kind of a protection against extremism. But religion is under assault right now from various places. There’s something called a new atheism in the air that is coming into the country. And it has a dogmatism to it that doesn’t quite understand that religion itself has within it disbelief, that there isn’t a religious life of, what shall I say, seasons of belief and doubt.”

New America Media: When Love Prevails – Latino Families at the Center of Immigrant and LGBT Rights — “The political act of coming out has also propelled support for comprehensive immigration reform. Dreamers and other immigrants have inspired a movement by coming out as undocumented. Their courage has inspired others to fight deportations of family, friends, and entire communities.”

Boston Globe: ‘Darling’ by Richard Rodriguez – “Despite its opening epiphany, this is not a political work — Rodriguez proposes no solutions (though he takes stern swipes at atheism, including that of fellow public intellectuals like the late Christopher Hitchens). Rather, he offers an efflorescence of subtle questions that may be more useful than the blunt ones that dominate today’s media and public conversation.”

Read An Excerpt From “Darling” By Richard Rodriguez

November 29 2013

16:00

George Takei

Rebroadcast From January 3, 2013

Once Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, now he’s a web favorite and a big voice for gay rights.  We’re talking with the singular George Takei.

On the original Star Trek, actor George Takei was Mr. Sulu.  The intergalactic Japanese-American citizen of the cosmos – or at least the Federation.

He was one cool helmsman in space, on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.  Nearly fifty years later, George Takei is on new frontiers again.

The little boy who grew up in an American internment camp is now the wide-grinned elder mastering Facebook.  He’s a social media superstar.  A bold and funny activist for gay rights and much more.  The star who says “Oh myyy!”

This hour, On Point:  George Takei.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guest

George Takei, actor best-known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the TV show Star Trek. Now an internet sensation, and author of “Oh Myyy! (There Goes the Internet).” He starred in and inspired the musical “Allegiance,” based on his experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

From Tom’s Reading List

CBS Los Angeles “‘My mother said I made my theatrical debut in the maternity ward, when she heard that stentorian yowl,’ Takei said. The actor has been at the forefront of the marriage equality debate. He’s been legally married to his husband, Brad, for the past four years and they’ve been together for 25.”

The Los Angeles Times “If you get frustrated when flight attendants make you shut down your electronic tablet or digital reading device during takeoff and landing, George Takei has got your back. The actor who portrayed Sulu in the original “Star Trek” television series and in films is so fed up with having to turn off his gadgets on airplanes that he launched a petition earlier this month on the website Change.org, calling on federal officials to reconsider the policy.”

The Huffington Post “‘Oh my’ indeed! George Takei — Facebook’s favorite meme dispatcher — is the latest celebrity to get turned on to the erotic bestseller (and Random House bonus provider), ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’”

 

May 19 2011

15:00

Coming Out of Closet: Gay and High Profile in News and Sports

Coming out of the closet, gay and high profile. It’s happening. We’ll get one story from CNN anchor Don Lemon.
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