Fight of the Century: 100 Years of ACLU Cases

THU, FEB 13, 2020 (49:08)

Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman join Carol Rose, executive director of ACLU Massachusetss, to discuss their compliation of essays,”Fight of the Century”, featuring works by influential writers including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, and more, each writing about a landmark ACLU case.

In response to the “Palmer Raids”, part of the Red Scare in the U.S. after World War I when many were arrested without warrants and immigrants were targeted without regard to constitutional protections, a small group opposed to the actions formed the American Civil Liberties Union. In May, 1920, they published their “Report Upon the Illegal Practices of the United States Department of Justice”.

This 2020 book of essays is published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the organization.

+ BIO: Craig Aaron

Craig Aaron is senior program director of Free Press, a national media reform group, where he leads all program, public advocacy, and communications work, including the and campaigns. He works in the Washington office and speaks often on media, Internet and journalism issues. His commentaries appear regularly in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. He recently edited and co-authored the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, where he helped create and launch Craig was also managing editor of In These Times magazine and is the editor of the book Appeal to Reason: 25 Years In These Times.

+ BIO: Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love__ and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter’s Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons and of the forthcoming Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation. She was a Federal public defender and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley law school where she developed and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs.

She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.

+ BIO: Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is an American novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short story writer. He is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, Moonglow, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

Chabon lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

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