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VIDEO: Hollywood, Socialism And The Israel/Palestine Conflict With Tony Kushner

Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner appeared on the newest episode of The Laura Flanders Show to discuss being a socialist (but supporting Hillary Clinton!), life in Hollywood, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Here’s how Laura discusses Kushner’s background:

Tony Kushner has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, two Academy Award nominations, and President Obama presented him with the National Medal of Arts in 2013. Last fall he was entered into the National Theater Hall of Fame, and no wonder — among his plays are “Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: and “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.”

His many screenplays include Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and “Munich.” He has also written or edited several books, including “Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.”

While I didn’t agree with Kushner on many of his views, I appreciated his thoughtful approach to some difficult subjects. Whatever you think of him, you should also tune in for the latter half of the show:

Later in the program, Laura visits with a Roma Gallery in Hungary that embraces Hip Hop and bell hooks. All that and a few words from Laura on recent political upheavals in Europe.

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.