This morning, KPFK, a listener-sponsored Pacifica radio station in Los Angeles hosted a debate between Chris Hedges and Dinesh D’Souza. The debate is moderated by Sonali Kolhatkar, host of the KPFK show Uprising and author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence. Hedges and D’Souza touch on the War on Terror, the Arab Spring, and the 2012 election, among other topics. Both authors have been fiercely critical of U.S. foreign policy and the Obama administration, but for very different reasons. You can listen to the full hour-long debate below, courtesy of KPFK.
Listen: Hedges vs. D'Souza
About the Speakers
Chris Hedges is a journalist and author, who spent nearly 20 years as a war correspondent in Latin America, the Balkans, and the Middle East. In 2002, he was part of a team of reporters at the New York Times who received the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of global terrorism. He is the author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Death of the Liberal Class. His latest book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, was coauthored with artist Joe Sacco, and describes inequality and poverty in 21st century America. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and writes a weekly column for TruthDig.
Dinesh D’Souza is a New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker, and president of King’s College in New York City. A vocal critic of the Obama administration, D’Souza served as a policy advisor to Ronald Reagan before moving on to fellowships at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution. Since then, he has debated with Michael Shermer and Christopher Hitchens, and authored several books defending conservative Christian values. D’Souza is the director of a new film called 2016: Obama’s America, which appeared this summer and has already grossed close to $30 million. The film is based on D'Souza's 2010 book, The Roots of Obama's Rage.