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Fire Drill Fridays Discusses the Louisiana Bayou, the American Far Right, and Environmental Pollution

Actor and Activist, Jane Fonda, and author, Arlie Hochschild, discuss “Strangers in Their Own Land,” the story of a liberal sociologist’s journey deep into Louisiana bayou country in an effort to understand the American far right and its members’ relationships to environmental pollution. Also joining the conversation is General Russel Honoré, a decorated lieutenant general featured in the book, who now leads the GreenARMY to protect against pollution and fight climate change. 

Arlie Hochschild is a sociologist at University of California, Berkeley. Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, was a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Best Seller. Her other books include The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and So How’s the Family. Her work has been translated into 17 languages and she has twice spoken before Democratic Members of Congress.

Lieutenant General Russel Honoré is a decorated 37-year army veteran and a global authority on leadership, disaster management, and climate preparedness. As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his leadership in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. A Louisiana native, he founded the GreenARMY, a coalition of environmental experts and advocates, to protect against pollution while fighting climate change and the natural disasters it causes.

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