BTS 10/1/10: Cuban Reform; LA Times Anniversary; Obama's Irish Roots

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On tonight’s program we talk with Sam Farber, author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered, about Cuban President Raúl Castro’s recent announcement that 500,000 workers will be fired from state jobs next year. We’ll ask Sam what it means for Cuba’s future economic direction –and we’ll also ask about Cuba’s relations with other left leaning governments in Latin America as well as the Obama administration.

We then talk to Lionel Rolfe, journalist and author, about today’s 100th anniversary of the bombing of the LA Times building which shaped and changed Los Angeles and the nation forever. We’ll talk about that and the project Lionel is kicking off tonight. The bombing grew out of the angry struggles between Labor and Capital and it produced not only the destruction of the Times building in which 21 people died and the so-called "Trial of the Century," but also the near take-over of city hall by an openly socialist candidate named Job Harriman.

And finally on tonight’s Beneath The Surface, a real treat – we talk to Irish poet, photographer, publisher and prolific author Steve MacDonogh about his new book Pioneers: The Frontier Family of Barack Obama explores President Obama’s Irish roots – and much more.

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1. Sam Farber is a veteran socialist who was born and raised in Cuba. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brooklyn College. Some of his books include The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered; Revolution and Reaction in Cuba; and Before Stalinism.

2. Lionel Rolfe is a working journalist and author, who has written seven books, including Literary L.A., The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin and Willa Cather, Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground, and The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey. He is a coauthor of Bread & Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles. His work is collected in USC's Special Collections section.

3. Steve MacDonogh, poet, writer and editorial director of Brandon (publishers), is the author of eight books, including the only book about publishing in Ireland, Open Book: One Publisher’s War. His new book Pioneers: The Frontier Family of Barack Obama, is a unique exploration of the president's Irish ancestral origins.