The Future of History
Interviews with David Barsamian
Publication Date: July 2002
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The repartee between interviewer David Barsamian and Zinn always delights, creating the kind of personal exchange that readers are rarely let in on. Some of the questions Zinn answers:
- Make the argument against the death penalty, and make it to the grandmother whose grandchild was killed in the Oklahoma City day care center. What would you say to her?
- How will electronic communication change the archives of the future? Do you see any discernible political implications of email and cyberspace?
- I'm saving the easy questions as we proceed into the interview. How does social change happen? Zinn replies, wryly, "Thanks, David. I can deal with that in thirty seconds..". And then, of course, he does.
- You've made the astounding comment that objectivity and scholarship in the media and elsewhere is not only "harmful and misleading, it's not desirable". What did you mean?
David Barsamian, founder and director of the award-winning and widely syndicated weekly show Alternative Radio, has authored several books of interviews with leading political thinkers, including Arundhati Roy, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, and Noam Chomsky. He and Chomsky co-authored and co-narrated "Imperial Ambitions" for Macmillan. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.