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

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Episodes

Poets – Round #2” with guests Janice O‘Mahony, Kevin Miller and Derek Sheffield

9/8/2021
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 by David Lee (0:27:27_Janice) Patriarch’s Birthday Party Nine Days...

Duration:01:20:35

President Biden's 6 Month Report Card

7/28/2021
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

Duration:01:14:32

"Rabble!" book discussion about the Paris Commune 1871 with Geoffrey Fox

7/21/2021
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!": https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/rabble/ Background on the Paris...

Duration:01:13:38

“Exterminate All the Brutes” book review with guest Richard Hollwedel

7/14/2021
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 #ExterminateAlltheBrutes

Duration:00:58:47

“Single-Payer Health Care Activism” with guest Kay Tillow

6/26/2021
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 Health Care: http://kyhealthcare.org/author/kay Information on July...

Duration:00:53:03

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

5/20/2021
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...

Duration:00:58:08

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

5/19/2021
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...

Duration:00:57:10

"The Long Deep Grudge " with guest Toni Gilpin

4/28/2021
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:...

Duration:01:09:31

"A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door" with guest Jennifer Berkshire

4/24/2021
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:...

Duration:01:01:12

Labor History and the US Communist Party with guest Roger Keeran

4/7/2021
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...

Duration:01:09:52

Alabama, Amazon, and Unions discussion with guest Richard Hollwedel

3/23/2021
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...

Duration:00:51:35

“The Media” discussion with guest Jim Painter

3/17/2021
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...

Duration:00:51:00

Karl Marx discussion interviewing Greg Godels

3/11/2021
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...

Duration:01:01:15

“How Democracies Die” book review

3/5/2021
Greg and Pat discuss the 2018 book “How Democracies Die” by political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.

Duration:00:31:14

Cancel Culture discussion with guest Dan Kovalik

2/26/2021
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

Duration:00:50:58

“The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism” book review

2/23/2021
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

Duration:00:50:58