Shock and Awe, Taser Drone Zaps Intern at #SXSW

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 7:18 pm

I love a good publicity stunt. At the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) festival, Chaotic Moon Studio used a drone to tase an intern.

Fatster’s DIY Roundup

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 5:45 am

This Sunday the FDL Book Salon will feature Mark Blyth, a major economist who just published a new book, “Austerity:  The History of A Dangerous Idea”.

FDL Book Salon – From your thoughts….

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 1:59 pm

This is your time to tell me about the Book Salons you liked, and didn’t like so much. What are your favorite books, subjects? How do you read them – hardback or eBook? What are your recommendations for the coming year?

Polls and Occupy

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 7:00 pm

In the course of our vivid exchanges in the Book Salon yesterday, I mentioned recent polls on public opinion toward Occupy in polls over the summer. Below are the specifics. But first, let me address the objection that these assessments don’t accord with a reader’s sense of how the population is feeling. In the early weeks of the Occupy movement, last fall, majorities in the polls did support Occupy. (I give some of the particulars in Occupy Nation.) They liked this movement. Accordingly, Occupy supporters liked those polls. But we don’t get to cherry-pick the polls we like and discard the rest, not if we’re honest with ourselves.

A New Chapter: Announcing the FDL Writers Foundation

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 9:30 am

As 2011 approaches, we’re delighted to announce a new chapter for FDL: the launch of the FDL Writers Foundation, a brand new 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to supporting the groundbreaking work of talented and innovative authors whose clarity of thought and inspiration we desperately need right now. As 2010 ends, this is the perfect time to help the young thinkers and journalists whose energy and imagination will help us overcome the challenges that face us and lead us to a better future with a tax-deductible contribution. Can you please make a tax-deductible contribution of $25 or more to support the FDL Writers Foundation?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ryan Grim, This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 12:30 pm

There’s as much to like about this book as there is to despise about the drug war, which makes This is Your Country on Drugs a fascinating read for anyone endeavoring to better understand the origins of the drug policy predicament that continues to captivate and confound American culture. Ryan Grim takes the reader on a fast-paced journey through the history of our nation’s love-hate relationship with drugs, exploring the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of both drug use and the enormous war that seeks to shield us from its consequences.

Barry Eisler’s New Thriller Draws Upon U.S. Torture Program

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 6:30 pm

The publication of Barry Eisler’s novel “Inside Out” is a big deal, because until now, no one has taken the headlines surrounding the Bush/Cheney/CIA torture scandal and made them the subject of memorable fiction.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 2:00 pm

In his new book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben portrays the dire environmental conditions that a generation ago seemed like abstract predictions of what our grandchildren might endure. In much of his previous work the environmental journalist and activist aimed to wake people up to the existence of climate change before it was too late.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rich Benjamin, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

By: Saturday February 20, 2010 2:00 pm

Join us as we chat with Demos fellow and author Rich Benjamin about his book, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Hill, Europe’s Promise

By: Sunday February 14, 2010 2:00 pm

We’ve all heard of the ‘American Way’, but is there a ‘European Way’? In Europe’s Promise, Steven Hill explores European approaches to a range of contemporary policy challenges – from economic policy, to social policy, to health care, to climate change, to foreign policy – and shows that there is a distinctive ‘European Way’. He also argues convincingly that Americans have much to learn from it.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
Chat with Nomi Prins about her new book. Hosted by Bill Black.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game
Chat with Edward Achorn about his new book. Hosted by Richard Taylor (dakine01).