Dominion tells the story of the Merian family who, at the close of the seventeenth century, settle in the wilderness of the Carolinas. Jasper is the patriarch, freed from bondage, who manages against all odds to build a thriving estate with his new wife and two sons - one enslaved, the other free. For one hundred years, the Merian family struggles against the natural (and occasionally supernatural) world, colonial politics, the injustices of slavery, the Revolutionary War and questions of fidelity and the heart.
Calvin Baker, author of three award-winning novels about history and the American experience, turns his attention to Europe to examine the entangled phenomena of globalization and multiculturalism amid the current recession in Spain. His poignant, astute observations, at times personal and often funny, take listeners into the hidden, unexamined world of European race-relations and the shared history and culture of the countries on the Atlantic ocean.
Tonight on the program, a discussion about President Obama’s speech in Dallas with Alan Blinder of The New York Times and Peter Baker, former chief White House correspondent of The New York Times.
Next, a discussion of policing with Bill Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner.
We conclude with author Calvin Trillin.