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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world. Become a paid subscriber, support our work and listen ad-free with early access and exclusive bonus episodes at patreon.com/workingclasshistory. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

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History isn't made by kings and politicians, it's made by all of us. This podcast is about how we, together, have fought for a better world. Become a paid subscriber, support our work and listen ad-free with early access and exclusive bonus episodes at patreon.com/workingclasshistory. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

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E85: [TEASER] May Day with Upstream

5/2/2024
Teaser extract from an episode exclusively for our patreon supporters. Episode produced by Upstream in conversation with John from Working Class History talking about the history of May Day, International Workers’ Day, from its modern origins in Chicago in 1886, to its mediaeval roots, and its relevance today. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Made exclusively for Upstream’s patreon supporters, we are happy to be able to share it with our patreon supporters as well. Listen to the full episode without adverts here: E85: May Day with Upstream on patreonMore information upstreampodcast.orgpatreon.com/upstreampodcastThe Incomplete, True, Authentic, And Wonderful History Of May Day by Peter LinebaughStrike! by Jeremy Brecherhere in our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/all/may-day Episode webpage for show notes here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e85-may-day-with-upstream/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:14:49

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Introducing On This Day in Working Class History: A new daily podcast from WCH

1/30/2024
Introducing a brand-new daily podcast from the team at WCH. On This Day in Working Class History will be a brief reminder each morning of our collective struggles for a better world which have taken place on this date in history. Launching on 1 February on a trial basis, each episode will be just a couple of minutes long, highlighting one anniversary from our archive each day. It’s designed to fit into your morning schedule, alongside news headlines, and to be shared on social media with your friends, colleagues and families. Subscribe Listen and subscribe to this podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Links to a few major apps here: Apple podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | Podbean | PodcastAddict | RSS Acknowledgements https://www.youtube.com/@peptoattackLearn more at https://workingclasshistory.com/blog/new-podcast-coming-soon-on-this-day-in-working-class-history/ Our work is only possible because of support from you, our listeners on patreon. If you appreciate our work, please join us and access exclusive content and benefits at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:02:32

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E84: Angry Brigade, part 2

1/18/2024
Second in a double podcast about the Angry Brigade, Britain’s first home-grown urban guerrilla group, in the 1960s and 70s, in conversation with John Barker, who was put on trial as part of the group. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Continuing our recent series of episodes about the UK in the 1970s, this is a re-edited, improved and re-released version of our episodes 2-3. It contains numerous additional audio clips, and written narrative to provide context and more information. More information Gordon Carr, The Angry Brigade: A History Of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla Group (PM Press, 2010)The Angry Brigade 1967-1984: Documents And Chronology (Active Distribution)The Angry Brigade: The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla GroupJohn Barker, Futures (PM Press, 2014)Timeline of Stories about the Angry BrigadeTheHarrier.netAnselm Jappe, Guy Debord (PM Press, 2018)Red Army Faction booksJohn Barker’s radical London playlist Acknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereMore information, sources, and eventually a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e83-4-angry-brigade/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:44:11

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E83: Angry Brigade, part 1

1/10/2024
Double podcast about the Angry Brigade, Britain’s first home-grown urban guerrilla group, in the 1960s and 70s, in conversation with John Barker, who was put on trial as part of the group. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Continuing our recent series of episodes about the UK in the 1970s, this is a re-edited, improved and re-released version of our episodes 2-3. It contains numerous additional audio clips, and written narrative to provide context and more information. More information Gordon Carr, The Angry Brigade: A History Of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla Group (PM Press, 2010)The Angry Brigade 1967-1984: Documents And Chronology (Active Distribution)The Angry Brigade: The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla GroupJohn Barker, Futures (PM Press, 2014)Timeline of Stories about the Angry BrigadeTheHarrier.netAnselm Jappe, Guy Debord (PM Press, 2018)Red Army Faction booksJohn Barker’s radical London playlist Acknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereMore information, sources, and eventually a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e83-4-angry-brigade/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:44:26

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E82: Workmates collective

11/2/2023
Podcast episode about the Workmates collective, a rank-and-file initiative on the London Underground using unofficial direct action and workplace assemblies to fight privatisation in the late-1990s/early 2000s. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Sign up and get access to exclusive content and benefits at patreon.com/workingclasshistory In this episode, we speak to Andy Littlechild, a former London Underground worker and activist with the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union. He explains how the Labour government introduced privatisation to the Underground, how the Workmates mass meetings began, the start of the Workmates delegate council, the 'Job-and-Knock' dispute, and the eventual demise of the 'Public Private Partnership'. E82.1 bonus episodehttps://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e82-workmates-collective/Acknowledgements image originallyMatt Buckpurchase it herestream it here Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:49:28

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E81: Miners' strikes 1972-4

10/17/2023
Podcast episode about strikes by miners in Britain in 1972 and 1974, in conversation with Dave Douglass. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Sign up and get access to exclusive content and benefits at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Continuing our intermittent series of podcast episodes about the great strike of UK miners from 1984-5, we tell the story of what came beforehand. In this episode, we look at the historical background, and learn about the national wildcat strike in 1969, as well as the huge, nationwide official strikes of 1972 and 1974, which both defeated the Conservative government and eventually brought it down. E81.1 bonus episodeAvailable exclusively for our patreon supportershttps://workingclasshistory.com/blog/e81-miners-strikes-1972-4/Acknowledgements reportdigital.co.ukEasington Colliery Brass Band Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:46:08

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E80: Italian resistance, part 4

10/4/2023
The fourth and final episode of our podcast series on the Italian resistance to fascism in conversation with anti-fascist partisans themselves. In this episode, we look at the postwar anti-fascist resistance: from armed partisan rebellions and the so-called ‘Triangle of Death’ to the 1960 anti-Tambroni riots in Genoa, as well as how the resistance is (mis)remembered today. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Get Italian resistance merchAcknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereShow notes, along with sources, photos, further reading, and a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e77-80-italian-resistance/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:36:45

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E79: Italian resistance, part 3

9/27/2023
Part 3 of our four-part podcast series on the Italian resistance to fascism in conversation with anti-fascist partisans themselves. In this episode, we look at the question of 'the resistance betrayed': the Togliatti amnesty, what happened to fascists and anti-fascists immediately after the war, and how Italy's fascist movement was allowed to rebuild itself. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Get Italian resistance merchAcknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereShow notes, along with sources, photos, further reading, and a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e77-80-italian-resistance/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:32:02

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E78: Italian resistance, part 2

9/20/2023
Part 2 of our four-part podcast series on the Italian resistance to fascism in conversation with anti-fascist partisans themselves. In this episode, we discuss the participation of migrant partisans in the resistance, what the resistance looked like in the cities, the raid of the Jewish ghetto in Rome and, finally, liberation and the execution of Mussolini. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Get Italian resistance merchAcknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereShow notes, along with sources, photos, further reading, and eventually a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e77-80-italian-resistance/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:36:19

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E77: Italian resistance, part 1

9/13/2023
The first of a four-part podcast series on the Italian resistance to fascism, both during World War Two and immediately after, in conversation with anti-fascist partisans themselves. In this episode, we look at the rise of fascism, the start of the resistance during World War Two, the partisan formations of the mountains and the participation of women in the resistance. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Get Italian resistance merch Acknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereShow notes, along with sources, photos, further reading, and eventually a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e77-80-italian-resistance/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:38:07

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E76: Trinidad general strike, part 2

9/6/2023
Second of a double podcast episode about the Trinidad general strike of 1937, in conversation with Ryan Cecil Jobson. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Part 2 is about the general strike itself, the repression, the aftermath, its consequences and lessons for us today. Get books by CLR JamesAcknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereMore information, sources, full acknowledgements and a transcript on the web page for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e75-76-trinidad-general-strike/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:34:43

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E75: Trinidad general strike, part 1

7/20/2023
First in a double podcast episode about the Trinidad general strike of 1937, in conversation with Ryan Cecil Jobson. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Part 1 is about the background of British colonialism on the island, the conditions of the working class and poor, racial divisions, and the beginnings of unemployed and worker agitation in the 1930s. Get books by CLR James Acknowledgements purchase it herestream it hereMore information, sources, full acknowledgements and a transcript on the web page for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e75-76-trinidad-general-strike/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:40:33

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E74: Ben Fletcher, part 2

6/20/2023
Concluding part of a double podcast episode about Ben Fletcher, a very important but little-known dock worker and labour organiser in the US with the Industrial Workers of the World union. In these episodes, we speak with historian Peter Cole, author and editor of Ben Fletcher: The Life And Times Of A Black Wobbly. We also hear words written by Fletcher, voiced by fellow Wobbly, Alki. In part 2 we learn about Fletcher’s imprisonment, later life, and the demise of Local 8. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full information, acknowledgements, sources and a transcript are on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e73-ben-fletcher/ Acknowledgements his YouTube channel herefollow him on Twitter hereBuy or stream it here Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:52:36

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E73: Ben Fletcher, part 1

6/5/2023
First in a double podcast episode about Ben Fletcher, a very important but little-known dock worker and labour organiser in the US with the Industrial Workers of the World union. In these episodes, we speak with historian Peter Cole, author and editor of Ben Fletcher: The Life And Times Of A Black Wobbly. We also hear words written by Fletcher, voiced by fellow Wobbly, Alki. In part 1 we learn about his early life, as well as his union branch, Local 8, which in the early 20th-century organised thousands of workers on the Philadelphia docks and was the most powerful multiracial union in the country at the time. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Full information, acknowledgements, sources and a transcript are on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e73-ben-fletcher/ Acknowledgements his YouTube channel herefollow him on Twitter hereBuy or stream it here Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:39:46

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E72: Swing Kids and Edelweiss Pirates

4/3/2023
Podcast episode about anti-fascist youth cultural movements in Nazi Germany before and during World War II. In particular we look at the German Edelweiss Pirates and Swing Kids, and in our patreon bonus episode we also speak about the French Zazous and the Austrian Schlurfs. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory Despite years of indoctrination, young people in fascist Europe in the 1930s and 40s resisted the authoritarianism and conformism of Nazi rule. We hear from former Edelweiss Pirate Walter Mayer, and speak with historian Nick Heath about these little-known movements. E72.1: Zazous and Schlurfs, bonus episodeAnti-fascist books and merchandiseSee sources, more information and a transcript on the webpage for this episode here: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/72-edelweiss-pirates-swing-kids/. Acknowledgements wwwuppertal FlickrFunctionizin’, by Fats WallerRichard Wagner’s Gerechter Gott Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:31:51

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E71: Working Class History Map, with Coffee with Comrades

1/31/2023
We chat with Pearson from the Coffee with Comrades podcast about our new web apps: the Working Class History Map and Stories app. This episode has been timed to coincide with the public launch of our web apps on January 31. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory In this episode, we talk about why we started the mapping project, what it’s about, how people can use it, and about different ways of interacting with people’s history. We also talk about how it differs from any other radical history mapping project. map.workingclasshistory.comstories.workingclasshistory.com There is an additional bonus episode with Pearson speaking about their experiences using the map on a trip to London. Coming later today exclusively for our patreon supporters.If you enjoy it, make sure to check out Coffee with Comrades, who are also supported by patreon. Connect with them here: https://coffeewithcomrades.com/http://www.patreon.com/coffeewithcomradeshttp://twitter.com/coffeewcomradesAcknowledgements purchase it herestream it here Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:55:04

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WCL6: DD Johnston's proletarian apocalypse, part 2

12/13/2022
Concluding part of our double-episode in conversation with author, DD Johnston, about his new novel, Disnaeland. In this part, Darren discusses the novel’s relationship to the Scots language, the apocalyptic prophecies of radical, pre-Enlightenment Christianity, and his focus on mutual aid as a response to disaster. Darren also performs two further readings from the novel. Full information, sources, further reading, acknowledgements and eventually a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/wcl-5-6-dd-johnstons-proletarian-apocalypse/ Get books mentioned in this episode Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs: https://bookshop.org/a/80203/9781849350617 Disnaeland: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/disnaeland/9781909954533 Acknowledgments Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/en/store/bravo-records-en/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:32:34

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WCL5: DD Johnston's proletarian apocalypse, part 1

12/6/2022
The first of a two-part episode, Working Class Literature speak to DD Johnston about his new novel, Disnaeland, about a working-class Scottish community's response to societal collapse. We also discuss his previous novels and his participation in McDonald's Workers' Resistance, a radical collective of angry employees at the world's biggest fast food chain. Darren also reads passages from Disnaeland and his first novel, Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs. Full information, sources, further reading, acknowledgements and eventually a transcript on the webpage for this episode: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/wcl-5-6-dd-johnstons-proletarian-apocalypse/ Get books mentioned in this episode Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs: https://bookshop.org/a/80203/9781849350617 Disnaeland: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/disnaeland/9781909954533 Acknowledgments Our theme tune is Bella Ciao, thanks for permission to use it from Dischi del Sole. You can purchase it here: http://www.alabianca.it/en/store/bravo-records-en/le-canzoni-di-bella-ciao-aa-vv/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:48:23

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E49: Anti-Racist Action in Minneapolis

10/13/2022
Rerelease of our episode 49 about Anti-Racist Action in Minneapolis, because we are currently trying to co-publish a book, We Go Where They Go: The Story of Anti-Racist Action, which is the definitive history of the group across the US. To fund its publication, we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign so please do check it out here, and support it by pre-ordering your copy at a great discount with lots of other great rewards. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at https://patreon.com/workingclasshistory Anti-Racist Action (ARA) started in Minneapolis and is a predecessor to the crews often now called antifa. ARA started in 1987 with a multiracial group of teenage skinheads who fought the rising white power movement. It grew into a network of groups in at least 120 towns and cities across the US and Canada. ARA’s first principle was: “We go where they go. Never let the Nazis have the streets.” They eventually applied that not only to white power organising, but to homophobic and anti-abortion organizing, and to police violence, which they saw as all connected. Producer and host Anna Stitt tells the story of the group in Minneapolis through vivid first-person accounts, archival audio, and music from the era. It starts under the railroad tracks in Uptown, Minneapolis and traces a movement that continues to shape the US to this day. Learn about the group across the US in the forthcoming book, We Go Where They Go, which you can preorder from our Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wrkclasshistory/we-go-where-they-go-the-story-of-anti-racist-action More information about this episode, photos, full acknowledgements and a transcript here on our website: https://workingclasshistory.com/2021/01/11/e49-anti-racist-action-in-minneapolis/ Listen to our exclusive bonus episode, where we discussed the topic further with Anna, and listen to more tape from participants about their early lives, political backgrounds and more on patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/e49-1-anti-bonus-46081746 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:56:17

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E70: Howard Zinn 100, part 2

8/29/2022
Second in a double podcast episode about the life and work of Howard Zinn, historian, World War II veteran and activist, in his own words, 100 years since his birth. Our podcast is brought to you by our patreon supporters. Our supporters fund our work, and in return get exclusive early access to podcast episodes, bonus episodes, free and discounted merchandise and other content. Join us or find out more at patreon.com/workingclasshistory You can listen to our podcast on the below links, or on any major podcast app. Links to a few below. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and other texts, was one of the most influential historians in the US in the 20th-century, inspiring a generation to study history from below, including us. Born in New York in August 1922, we are releasing these episodes for the centenary of his birth, as part of a series of Howard Zinn 100 events. In these episodes, Zinn tells the story of his life, his activism, his ideas and his work in his own words, in what was one of his last, if not the last, interview before his sudden death in 2010. This little-known interview was conducted by Sasha Lilley, and excerpts from it are used with permission of Lilley and PM Press. A DVD video of the full interview is available here in our online store: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/theory-and-practice-conversations-with-noam-chomsky-and-howard-zinn-dvd Get A People's History of the United States from an independent bookstore here: https://bookshop.org/a/80203/9780062397348 Get the rest of the People's History series here from an independent bookstore: https://bookshop.org/lists/people-s-history-series Full show notes, sources acknowledgements and a transcript on the webpage for this episode here: https://workingclasshistory.com/podcast/e69-70-howard-zinn-100/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/working-class-history--5711490/support.

Duration:00:41:59