55 Voices for Democracy: Rebecca Solnit
The series “55 Voices for Democracy” is modeled after the BBC radio speeches through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland, and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until November 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. In this election year, Thomas Mann’s conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever.
"55 Voices for Democracy" is an initiative that was launched by the Thomas Mann House in October 2019. With this new podcast series, Los Angeles Review of Books, Thomas Mann House, Goethe-Institut Boston, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Wunderbar Together expand upon the successful series.
Starting on October 20, 2020, Tom Lutz and Tom Zoellner will engage in a vivid conversation with intellectuals, artists, and activists about the question of how to renew democracy today. Among the first guests are Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, and the political scientist Chantal Mouffe.
First Episode: Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Politically Dark Times
Polymath author of twenty books, writer, historian, essayist, urban geographer and activist Rebecca Solnit is our inaugural guest on 55 Voices for Democracy. The author of, among other books, Men Explain Things to Me, Savage Dreams, Infinite City, A Paradise Built in Hell, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Hope in the Dark, Recollections of My Nonexistence, and her recent The Mother of All Questions, she is a thinker dedicated to furthering radical equality and economic justice, for whom “a commitment to the future makes the present inhabitable.” She is interviewed by Tom Zoellner and co-host Amal Khaled.
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