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  May 27, 2016

Sandy Tolan: Children of the Stone

Robert Scheer sits down with journalism professor Sandy Tolan to discuss his new book about the creation of a music school for children in the West Bank.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, a new book by USC professor and journalist Sandy Tolan, follows the journey of a young, music-loving Palestinian boy who threw stones at Israeli soldiers but becomes a man who eventually starts his own music school in the West Bank. In their discussion, Tolan tells Robert Scheer about the lack of media coverage of the daily reality for families and small children living in the West Bank, which inspired him to write this book. They discuss whether the original idea of Zionism and a two-state solution in Israel can really come to fruition. And they talk about whether the boycott of Israel is an appropriate and effective tool for change.

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