Coming From Left Field (Audio)

Coming From Left Field (Audio)

Welcome to Coming From Left Field, a conversation about politics, books, and current events.

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September 8, 2021 80 min

Greg and Pat welcome back Janice O'Mahony and Kevin Miller for a second round pf poetry reading.  Also included is special guest, Derek Sheffield, nationally recognized poet, teacher and editor of Terrain.org. In this podcast we put pandemics, politics, and an over-heated planet on the back burner, and engage with some lighter verse.

 

Poem Index:

(0:16:31_Derek)  Transcendentalism by Lucia Perillo

(0:22:57_Kevin)  Racehogs...

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Greg and Pat have a one-on-one discussion about Biden's first six months as president. How is he doing at the end of his first semester?  We discuss his executive orders, COVID, border crisis, economics, bipartisan cooperation, foreign policy, defense,  media coverage, and a grade.

 

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

#Biden6months

#GregGodels

#PatCummings

 

https://youtu.be/akWHs5xuqdo

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Greg and Pat welcome noted author, Geoffrey Fox, to discuss his soon-to-be-released book, "Rabble!" about the Paris Commune. The demise of the commune was both tragic and predictable. The events of 150 years ago lit a fire of reform and hope that still burns.

 

Some pictures of the Paris Commune 1871 from the Library of Congress:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/KZNWxJHEP5eB3wkE6

 

Geoffrey's new book, "Rabble!":

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Greg and Pat welcome friend of the show, Richard Hollwedel, to discuss the Sven Lindquvist 1992 book, “Exterminate All the Brutes” which was recently made into a  HBO four-part documentary series directed by Raoul Peck. The book and documentary delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa.

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com 

#RaoulPeck #SvenLindquvist #KingLeopold #Exterminat...

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Greg and Pat welcome Kay Tillow, a veteran union activist from Louisville, is executive director of the Nurses Professional Organization. She and the NPO have spent 21 years battling to organize nurses who work for Louisville-based Norton Healthcare, Kentucky's most extensive health care system. Most recently, Kay has turned her attention to supporting a single-payer health care system.

Link to Kentuckians for Single-Payer Hea...

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Greg and Pat welcome Stephen Gowans, an independent political analyst from Ottawa and author of several acclaimed books: Washington's Long War on Syria (2017), Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea's Struggle for Freedom (2018) and  Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East: From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform (2019)

Link to Stephen’s blog: https://gowans.blog/

Stephen’s books: https://www.bara...

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Greg and Pat welcome the poets Janice O’Mahony and Kevin Miller for conversation and reading of selective poems that cover current events, politics, and other matters.

Books by Janice O’Mahony

Whidbey Island: Reflections on People & the Land (2014) by Elizabeth Guss, Janice O'Mahony, Mary Richardson  (available at https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/ )

 

Books by Kevin Miller

Light That Whispers Morning (1994), Everywher...

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Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Toni Gilpin, author of "The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland." Dr. Gilpin is a labor historian, writer, and activist who holds a Ph.D in American History from Yale University.  Her writing has been published in progressive media outlets and labor-connected journals like Jacobin and In These Times, and she was the recipient of the 2018 D...

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Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Jennifer Berkshire, co-author with Dr. Jack Schneider of "A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School." Dr. Berkshire writes about education and politics for the Nation, the New Republic, the Baffler, and other publications. She and Dr. Schneider are co-hosts of the educational policy podcast "Have You Heard."

A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door:...

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Greg and Pat welcome an American historian Dr. Roger Keeran.  Dr. Keeran is now Professor Emeritus of the Empire State College at SUNY after retiring in 2013.  He has taught successively at Cornell, Princeton, Rutgers, and the New York State University. A specialist of Labor and Policy studies published, in 1980, The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions.  Dr. Keeran demonstrates the extent to which the very formation of a so...

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Greg and Pat welcome good friend Richard (a.k.a “Hoss”) Hollwedel.  We discuss Bessemer Alabama Amazon warehouse workers making a final push toward unionizing, Jeff Bezo’s business blueprint that is sorting our country into “winner-take-all” and “left-behind” places, some thoughts of unions, capitalism, and a little Karl Marx for good measure too.  Hoss brings to the conversation a few decades of competing with the Amazon model in ...

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Greg and Pat welcome retired newspaper editor and journalist Jim Painter to discuss "The Media," including broadcasting, publishing, and the internet. Jim made a career in newsrooms as a reporter, photographer, opinion column writer, and newspaper editor.  Jim is also the author of The Black March, a novel of World War II, based on his father's experience, as a crewman in the Eighth Air Force, flying B-17s.

Link to Jim...

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Greg (co-host of the podcast)  is a prominent scholar of the communist-socialist labor union movements of the post-New Deal communist movement from a Marxist-Leninist perspective. His writings have appeared in numerous publications in the US and internationally.  In this episode, Pat (co-host) interviews Greg on Karl Marx, his influence on philosophy, economics, political change, and current relevance.

Link to Greg's blog: ZZ&...

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Greg and Pat discuss the 2018 book “How Democracies Die” by political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.

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Greg and Pat welcome author and human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik to discuss “cancel culture”, a modern form of ostracism. The timing is right because, on April 27, 2021, Dan will be releasing his latest book, “Cancel This Book; The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture.”

Link to more on Dan’s book, Cancel This Book Link to Greg’s blog: ZZ’s Blog

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Greg and Pat discuss the 2020 book “The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism” by historian Thomas Frank.

Link to Greg’s blog: ZZ’s Blog  

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February 23, 2021 31 min

Greg and Pat discuss the 2018 book “How Democracies Die” by political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. 

Link to Greg’s blog: ZZ’s Blog

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