Rag Radio: Legendary Peace Activist Tom Hayden and Wife, Actress and Author Barbara Williams

Tom reflects on the Vietnam War and his recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton; Barbara discusses her acclaimed new memoir.

Tom Hayden

Peace activist and former New Left leader Tom Hayden, and his wife, the actress, musician, and author Barbara Williams, are Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio.

Tom — in Austin as a featured guest at a three-day “Vietnam War Summit” at the LBJ Library on the University of Texas campus where he headed a panel on “The War at Home” — discusses the Summit and reflects on Vietnam and the anti-war movement. He also addresses his recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton that came as a surprise to many of his colleagues and followers. Barbara Williams talks about and reads from her critically-acclaimed book, The Hope in Leaving: A Memoir, and discusses her hardscrabble early life and her career as an award-winning actress and singer.

Tom Hayden directs the Peace and Justice Resource Center and publishes and edits The Democracy Journal. A leader of the student, civil rights, peace, and environmental movements of the 1960s, Tom also served for 18 years in the California State Assembly and Senate. Tom’s work frequently appears on The Rag Blog and this is his fifth appearance on Rag Radio.

Barbara Williams is a Canadian-born musician and film, television, and stage actress. She starred in the blockbuster films Thief of Hearts and City of Hope and won a Canadian Emmy for Best Actress for the 1996 telepic, Mother Trucker. On stage she has played Amelia Earhart, Joan Baez, and Lady Macbeth. As a musician she has performed in the United States and Canada, often in concerts devoted to peace, worker’s rights, and the environment.

Kirkus Reviews said of Williams’ new memoir: “Searingly honest, the book is a testimony to one woman’s resilience and ability to love in the face of unimaginable hardship. An unsentimentally candid memoir of hope and determination.”

This show was broadcast live on April 22, 2016.

Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP in Austin, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1-FM, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and is a featured podcast at VT. All Rag Radio podcasts can be found at the Internet Archive. Contact: ragradio@koop.org


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