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“Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East” with guest Stephen Gowans

“Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East” with guest Stephen Gowans

May 21, 2021

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.barakabooks.com/?post_type=dd-product&s=Stephen+Gowans

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

Errata: (17:32) Pat sai:
"We must stand AGAINST Israel against terrorists."
It should have been:
"We must stand WITH Israel against terrorism."

# A Beachhead in the Middle East
#StephenGowans
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#What’sLeft

“A Couple of Poets” with guests Janice O’Mahony and Kevin Miller

“A Couple of Poets” with guests Janice O’Mahony and Kevin Miller

May 19, 2021

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), Everywhere Was Far (1998), Home & Away (2008) and Vanish (2020) (available at https://www.kingsbookstore.com/ )

 

Poem Index:

(05:24_Kevin) Alive So Who Is Complaining

(09:08_Janice) Just Wondering

(15:58_Kevin) After Pogroms Ending In River

(19:10_Janice) Intake At The Veterans Center

(26:00_Kevin) The United State Of Dog Fish

(30:56_Janice) Selma 1986

(36:08_Janice) I Got Nothing

(40:10_Kevin) Consider Religion

(42:11_Janice) The Poem That Led To My Arrest

(52:07_Kevin) Vanish

(53:52_Janice) Our Place

 

Poem Greg mentioned:
Bertholt Brecht: Concerning the Infanticide, Marie Farrar (1922)

https://muvs.org/en/topics/literary-quotes/bertolt-brecht-concerning-the-infanticide-marie-farrar-1922-en/

Link to Greg's blog: ZZ's Blog

http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

“The Long Deep Grudge ” with guest Toni Gilpin

“The Long Deep Grudge ” with guest Toni Gilpin

April 28, 2021

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 Debra Bernhardt Award for Labor Journalism.

Order the book:
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1383-the-long-deep-grudge

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

# TheLongDeepGrudge
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#UnitedFarmEquipmentWorkers
#FEUnion

“A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door” with guest Jennifer Berkshire

“A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door” with guest Jennifer Berkshire

April 24, 2021

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: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School: https://thenewpress.com/books/wolf-sc...

Have You Heard Podcast: https://haveyouheardblog.com/have-you...

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

#AWolfSchoolhouseDoor

#JenniferBerkshire

#JackSchneider

Labor History and the US Communist Party with guest Roger Keeran

Labor History and the US Communist Party with guest Roger Keeran

April 7, 2021

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 solid and permanent industrial union in the automobile industry depended upon the dedication of a cadre of individuals whose own social vision far transcended the union movement itself.

Alabama, Amazon, and Unions discussion with guest Richard Hollwedel

Alabama, Amazon, and Unions discussion with guest Richard Hollwedel

March 24, 2021

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 book sales and distribution and a rich family history of working in union shops.

Link to Greg's blog: ZZ's Blog

“The Media” discussion with guest Jim Painter

“The Media” discussion with guest Jim Painter

March 17, 2021

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's book, The Black March

Link to Jim's photography: Fine Art America

Link to of Jim's photography from his college and reporter days in Arizona: photography

Karl Marx discussion interviewing Greg Godels

Karl Marx discussion interviewing Greg Godels

March 11, 2021

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's Blog

Link to :Marxism-Leninism Today

ML Today is an electronic journal containing articles and commentaries on the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism contemporary dialectical and historical materialism.
https://mltoday.com/

“How Democracies Die” book review

“How Democracies Die” book review

March 6, 2021

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

Cancel Culture discussion with guest Dan Kovalik

Cancel Culture discussion with guest Dan Kovalik

February 26, 2021

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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