RAG RADIO: Activists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn ‘Demand the Impossible’

Former leaders of the Weather Underground discuss Bill's new book and their strategies for social change.

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Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Photo by Carlos Lowry

Legendary activists and educators Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are interviewed by Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and writer/activist Alice Embree. They discuss Bill’s new book, Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto, and how it addresses the problems we face at this dramatic juncture in history.

Vijay Prashad calls Bill Ayers “the philosopher of the revolutionary spirit,” and Angela Davis writes that Demand the Impossible! “is a book that should be read by everyone who believes that ‘another world is possible.'”

Bill Ayers is a social justice activist and an elementary education theorist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.

Bernardine Dohrn, the first law student organizer for the National Lawyers Guild, was a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law.

Ayers and Dohrn, who are married, were active in the Sixties New Left, and the movement against the War in Vietnam — and were leaders of the Weather Underground. Bill has been on Rag Radio five times. This is our second show with Bill and Bernardine together.

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Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar-powered 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. Visit the Rag Radio Archives.
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