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

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


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






“The Cult of Smart” with Fredrik deBoer

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Freddie deBoer, to discuss his book “The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice.” Dr. deBoer is a creative essayist and academic whose writings have appeared in such places as The New York Times, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Jacobin. He is one of the most original and prolific voices in essays today, and his anti-tribal style has earned him admiration from political thinkers of all...


One Hundred Years of the CPUSA with Tony Pecinovsky

Greg and Pat welcome Tony Pecinovsky, author and nationally known historian on the Communist Party, USA. Today we discuss two of his books, "Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA" and "The Cancer of Colonialism: W. Alphaeus Hunton, Black Liberation, and the Daily Worker, 1944-1946." Pecinovsky has appeared on C-SPAN's "Book T.V." and regularly speaks on college and university campuses across the country. Books and articles about...


Neoliberalism: From Reagan to Trump with Jack Rasmus

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in the Economics and Politics departments at Saint Mary's College of California. Dr. Rasmus is the author of numerous books and articles about the economy. Today we discuss his latest book, "The Scourge of Neoliberalism: US Economic Policy from Reagan to Trump," and other topics related to our present economic and political situation. Web: Twitter: (@drjackrasmus) Alternative Visions on the Progressive Radio Network:...


The Lost Legacy of Henry Winston with Tony Monteiro

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Tony Monterio, scholar/activist and one of the most cited DuBois scholars in the world to discuss the legacy of Henry Winston. Winston, committed to equal rights and communism, was an advocate of civil rights for African Americans decades before the idea of racial equality emerged as a mainstream current of American political thought. Anthony Monterio (Key Wiki) : Link to Saturday Free School (Website):...


”The Broken Heart of America” with Walter Johnson

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Walter Johnson, who is the Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Johnson's work focuses on the history of slavery, capitalism, white supremacy, Black resistance, and US imperialism. Today we discuss " The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States (2020). The book analyzes the pervasive exploitation and radical resistance in America told through the...


”Black Liberation/Red Scare” with Gerald Horne

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Gerald Horne, who holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews. He addresses pivotal points of racism across the gamut, ranging from labor, politics, and civil rights to international relations and war. Today we discuss "Black Liberation/Red Scare: Ben Davis and the Communist Party," which is a study centered on the...


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

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 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...


President Biden's 6 Month Report Card

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: #Biden6months #GregGodels #PatCummings


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

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: Geoffrey's new book, "Rabble!": Background on the Paris...


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

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: #RaoulPeck #SvenLindquvist #KingLeopold #ExterminateAlltheBrutes


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

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: Information on July...


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

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: Stephen’s books: Link to Greg's...


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

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 ) Books by Kevin Miller Light That Whispers Morning (1994), Everywhere Was Far (1998), Home & Away (2008) and Vanish (2020) (available at...


"The Long Deep Grudge " with guest Toni Gilpin

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:...


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

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:...


Labor History and the US Communist Party with guest Roger Keeran

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...


Alabama, Amazon, and Unions discussion with guest Richard Hollwedel

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...


“The Media” discussion with guest Jim Painter

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...


Karl Marx discussion interviewing Greg Godels

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...


“How Democracies Die” book review

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