I speak with Charles Morris and his wife Ursula Morris about his experience as a victim of the 1972 bomb that killed Lt. Col Paul Bloomquist, and how that bomb came to impact his life right up to today.
Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man; Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, Carlos Marighella’s Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla. Three books that helped kickstart the Baader-Meinhof Group’s attempted revolution.
David Chesworth, Australian artist has a new exhibit exploring Gerhard Richter’s magisterial and controversial Baader-Meinhof cycle of paintings. I speak with Chesworth about his exhibit and the representation of history through art.
The sporty, economical little BMW 2002 became forever linked with the the Baader-Meinhof Gang after it became their supposed car of choice to steal, earning it the nickname “the Baader-Meinhof Wagen.” The wagen on the cover of this podcast is mine!
Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale Graduate school of Art and formerly of the Museum of Modern Art, discusses his acquisition of Gerhard Richter’s famous cycle of Baader-Meinhof-inspired paintings for MoMA.
Interview with former West German Urban Guerrilla Michael “Bommi” Baumann. Pay attention to the moment when Richard find out that this is the man who build the bombs that could have killed his parents.
Celebrated author Jennifer Egan has been writing compelling fiction for years; her works appearing in the New Yorker, the New York Times and other outlets, and her celebrated novels garnering considerable critical and public acclaim. Her first novel, 1995’s The Invisible Circus, features a young American woman who travels to Europe to trace the footsteps of her dead sister, who had impulsively joined up with the Baader-Meinhof Gang and later the June 2nd Movement.
Made into a major motion picture starting Jordana Brewster and Cameron Diaz, the Invisible Circus is a deeply affecting work. Though it’s only one of many themes in the book, It’s explanation of the motivations of the older sister is as great of a primer for understanding how and why so many young Germans came to become members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang as you’ll likely ever read.
In this interview I explore with Jennifer Egan how she came to write about the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and the emotional territory generated by the excitement and regret of the radical decisions of youth.