(1) BARBARA EHRENREICH (2005), Nickel & Dimed; Bait & Switch; (2) EDUARDO GALEANO (2009), The Open Veins of Latin America; Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone.

Written on September 7th, 2022
BARBARA EHRENREICH, journalist, activist, and author of more than 20 books, died September 1st at 81. In her bestseller NICKEL AND DIMED, she explored the lives of low wage workers. Here’s my 2005 conversation with Barbara, in which we talk about her followup BAIT AND SWITCH, in which she examined the lives of white-collar unemployed. Learn more at barbaraehrenreich.com. In the second half you’ll hear my 2009 conversation with one of Latin America’s most beloved literary figures, EDUARDO GALEANO, who passed away in 2015. His many books include THE OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA and MIRRORS: STORIES OF ALMOST EVERYONE. 

Q&A: Eduardo Galeano, Latin America’s most acclaimed writers

Written on August 17th, 2009


Aired 08/11/09

It is my privilege to have Latin America's most acclaimed writers, EDUARDO GALEANO. I confess I was not aware of him until Hugo Chavez presented Barack Obama with one of his books. For that introduction, I thank the Venzuelan President. GALEANO's works are a unique blend of history, fiction, journalism and political analysis, and his life is so much more than that.

Born in Uruguay in 1940, EDUARDO GALEANO began writing newspaper articles as a teenager, by the age of 20 he became Editor-in-Chief of LaMarcha. A few years later, he took the top post at Montevideo's daily newspaper Epocha. At 31, he wrote his most famous book - Chavez gift -- The Open Veins Of Latin America: Five Centuries Of The Pillage Of A Continent.

After the 1973 military coup in Uruguay, GALEANO was imprisoned and forced to leave the country. He settled in Argentina where he founded and edited a cultural magazine, Crisis. After the 1976 military coup there, he moved to Spain where he began his classic work Memory of Fire, a three-volume narrative of the history of America, North and South. He eventually returned home to his native Uruguay where he now lives.