Democ­racy Now!’ s Amy Good­man speaks at the Len­sic; Lau­ren Camp reads from her new book of po­etry, One Hundred Hungers, at Tem­ple Beth Shalom

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One would hope that, in the an­nals of his­tory, an African-Amer­i­can ac­tivist climb­ing a 30- foot- high flag pole to re­move the Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle flag from the grounds of t he South Carolina State House will be more im­por­tant than two prospec­tive Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in­sult­ing each other’s wives, but if main­stream me­dia cov­er­age of th­ese two events is any in­di­ca­tion, Bree New­some will never be a house­hold name on par with Don­ald Trump, even if her legacy is more last­ing. Amy Good­man, host of the ra­dio show Democ­racy Now!, immortalizes New­some and other grass­roots ac­tivists in Democ­racy Now! Twenty Years Cov­er­ing the Move­ments Chang­ing Amer­ica, co-au­thored with David Good­man and De­nis Moyni­han, re­cently pub­lished by Si­mon & Schus­ter. In 10 chap­ters, Good­man guides read­ers through the jour­nal­is­tic high­lights of her ra­dio show — in­clud­ing cov­er­age of war; in­creas­ing rights for gay, les­bian, and trans­gen­dered peo­ple; po­lice vi­o­lence; eco­nomic in­jus­tice; and cli­mate change — while shin­ing a light on why it is im­por­tant to have a free press cov­er­ing po­lit­i­cal in­sider sand po­lit­i­cal out­siders with­out fear of ar­rest. Good­man speaks about her work and her new book at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Tues­day, April 26. Fol­low­ing the lec­ture, she signs copies of her book, which will be avail­able for pur­chase. Tick­ets are $15 and can be pur­chased at www. tick­etssantafe. org or by call­ing 505-988-1234.

Lau­ren Camp delves into her Jewish-Iraqi fa­ther’s boy­hood in Bagh­dad, his im­mi­gra­tion to the United States, and her Arab-Amer­i­can girl­hood in her third book of po­etry, One Hundred Hungers ( Tu­pelo Press, 2016) for which she re­ceived the Dorset Prize. Camp, pro­ducer and host of Au­dio Saucepan on KSFR 101.1 FM Santa Fe Pub­lic Ra­dio, reads from her book at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, April 24, at Tem­ple Beth Shalom (205 E. Barcelona Road, 505-982-1376). — Jen­nifer Levin

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