KPFA presents MATT TAIBBI
Hosted by Don Goldmacher
$12 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores ($15 door)
From the award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author of The Great Derangement and Griftopia comes another devastating portrait of American values in our polarized age, a galvanizing exploration of how our growing wealth gap is not just warping our economy, but transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi has become one of the most essential and widely read journalists in America. Ezra Klein in The Washington Post called his work an "almost startling reminder of the power of good writing."
THE DIVIDE: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap is a probing investigation of one of the most pressing issues facing us today: the increasing wealth gap and how it is affecting our system of justice. "The Divide," reveals our two most troubling trends - enormous wealth inequality on one hand and an increasingly punitive, intrusive state on the other, resulting in our basic rights now being determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime.
Matt Taibbi, until very recently a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, won a National Magazine Award for his reporting on the 2008 presidential election, and was a finalist for his coverage of Occupy Wall Street. The author of two New York Times bestsellers, Taibbi has just joined Pierre's Omidyar's group of original, independent journalists (along with Glen Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill) - and is now assembling topnotch talent for First Look's second digital magazine.
Donald Goldmacher, Producer/Director of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?, is a longtime filmmaker, labor activist, and community psychiatrist with decades of experience.