Former Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich joins the program to discuss his recently published a memoir (The Division of Light and Power) about a lonely battle he waged to preserve public power in Cleveland during his term as mayor in the late 1970s. It’s a David and Goliath tale of a young political leader standing up for the people, and winning, against big corporations and their undue influence over public policy and the media. It’s an instructive story for our times where corporate influence is nearly limitless. In the second half of the show, award-winning poet and author Lisa Wells speaks about her new book Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World. It's a collection of biographies of a wide range of individuals who've remained dedicated to preserving their local environments despite the spectre of our ongoing catastrophic climate crisis. Wells' writing instills a real sense of what is possible in trying times.
Dennis Kucinich, of Ohio, served eight terms in the US House of Representatives, and twice ran for President.
But his greatest battle may have been in his one term as mayor of Cleveland in the late 1970s, when he fought off an attempt to privatize the city's municipally-owned electric system. His new book, The Division of Light and Power, tells the story of that struggle.
Lisa Wells, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, is an author based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been published in Harper’s Magazine and The Believer, among others. Wells was in conversation with Mickey Huff about her latest book, Believers, which took place as a Zoom event sponsored by KPFA-FM (Berkeley, CA) and Project Censored.