Maya Schenwar, March 25th, 2017

Maya Schenwar is Truthout's editor-in-chief, author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and co-editor of Who Do You Serve, Who Do you Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar.

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

February 25th Show

Thom Clark, Katy Hogan, and Michael James talk about various ways of being politically active.

Tom Grace, who was shot at Kent State, discusses his book, Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)

Michael Damani and Jimmy Tillman play some tunes and discuss their work.

Alex Block is a candidate for alderman in Evanston.

Achy Obejas, December 19th

Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels RuinsDays of Awe, and three other books of fiction. Her poetry chapbook, This is What Happened in Our Other Life, was both a critical favorite and a best-seller. She edited and translated, into English, Havana Noir, a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. Her translation, into Spanish, of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Óscar Wao was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benítez Translation Prize from the national translator’s association. Her most recent translation, Papi by Rita Indiana, is forthcoming in 2016. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation. She is a founding member of the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Chicago, a member of the Editorial Board of In These Times and the editorial advisory board of the Great Books Foundation, and currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where she lives with her wife, Megan Bayles, and their son Ilan. In summer 2016, Mills will debut its low-residency MFA in translation, a program conceived by Achy, which she will co-direct. For more information, go to or write