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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 Political Economy of Mental Health Systems with Joanna Moncrieff

Our guest today, psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, has created quite a buzz with her recent journal article that capsized the brain chemistry imbalance hypothesis of depression. The article is scientifically sound and well respected by her peers; however, it is a threat to the big pharma industry and other narratives regarding the individual defect theory of mental health. Marx, Spinoza, and the Political Implications of Contemporary PsychiatryThe Political Economy of the Mental Health...


“Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music” with Gerald Horne

One of our favorite guests, Dr. Gerald Horne, joins us today to discuss his book, “Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music.” A remarkable scholar discusses the history of jazz, “the story of a beautiful lotus, growing from the filth of the crassest form of human immiseration.” Order the book: Link to Greg's blog (ZZs Blog): Spotify Playlists Jazz Musicians by Location New Orleans:...


“The Killer’s Henchman: Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster” with Stephen Gowans

Today we talk with Stephen Gowans, a political analyst, and writer who shows how capitalism, its incentives, and its power dominate the political process and impeded the protection of public health. Order the book, “The Killer's Henchman: Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster” Link to Stephen’s blog (What's Left): Link to Greg's blog (ZZs Blog): #StephenGowans #Gowans #KillersHenchman #The...


Starbucks Workers United with Angel Krempa

Today we talk with Angel Krempa, a former Starbucks shift supervisor in Buffalo, New York, who was fired in retaliation for organizing one of the first successful unionization efforts against the coffee giant. In 2020, not a single one of the company's 9,000 stores had a union. In the past few months, more than 150 Starbucks voted to unionize, and the corporate overlords are not happy. Link to Greg's blog: #AngelKrempa #Starbucks #Worker...


”The Last Negroes at Harvard” with Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth

Today, we welcomed Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth to discuss their book, " The Last Negroes at Harvard," a story of 18 remarkable Black men admitted to Harvard’s class of 1963. The book is equal parts memoir, group biography, and history of a turbulent civil rights era. Book: The Last Negroes at Harvard (2020) Podcast: available on Spotify and Apple Podcast Link to Greg's blog : ZZs...


”The Heart of Caring: Reflections from a life lived in medicine” with Mark Vonnegut

Today, we welcomed Dr. Mark Vonnegut to discuss his book, "The Heart of Caring: Reflections from a life lived in medicine." Dr. Vonnegut, son of writer Kurt Vonnegut, has practiced pediatrics for the last forty years. We discuss the crisis in the health care system and how for-profit influences are harming the mission of helping patients. Books: The Heart of Caring: Reflections from a life lived in medicine (2022) Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir (2011) The...


”The Least of Us: True Tales of America & Hope in the Time of Fentanyl & Meth” with Sam Quinones

Today, we welcomed Sam Quinones to discuss his book, "The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth." The book follows his 2015 release, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. Both books are critically acclaimed. In January 2022, The Least of Us was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2021. Book: The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth...


”The Last Years of Karl Marx” book discussion with Carlos Garrido

Today, we welcomed Carlos L. Garrido to discuss Marcello Musto's book, "The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual History," and his research focus, including Marxism, Hegel, and early 19th Century American socialism. Book: Marcello Musto's book, "The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual History" The Midwestern Marxist YouTube channel: ( and website: ( ) The article mentioned: A Critique of Western Marxism's...


”American Trade Unionism” with Chris Townsend

We welcomed today Chris Townsend to discuss his four decades as a union organizer and the relevance of William Z. Foster’s book, “American Trade Unionism” on today’s labor struggles. Book: American Trade Unionism by William Z. Foster Link to Greg's blog: #ChrisTownsend # American Trade...


”Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream” with Jennifer Sherman

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Jennifer Sherman to discuss her book "Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream.” Dr. Sherman is a Professor of Sociology at Washington State University and her work focuses on rural America, poverty, and inequality. Book: Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream Link to Greg's blog:...


From “Imperialism in the 21st Century” to Ukraine with Brian Becker

Greg and Pat welcomed Brian Becker to discuss the Ukraine situation and his book "Imperialism in the 21st Century.” Brian Becker is the National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition and an insightful journalist on the “The Socialist Program” which is part of the BreakThrough News podcast. His observations on the Ukraine conflict deserve a wide audience. Book: Imperialism in the 21st Century. BreakThrough News...


”Wounds of War” with Suzanne Gordon and guest Bob Bonner

Greg and Pat welcome Suzanne Gordon to discuss her book " Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation's Veterans.” Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books regarding healthcare systems, teamwork, patient safety, and nursing. We are also joined today with guest Bob Bonner, a retired VHA nurse and long-time fighter for better care as a local union president representing hospital workers. Website:...


”The St Louis Commune of 1877” with Mark Kruger

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Mark Kruger to discuss his book "The St. Louis Commune of 1877: Communism in the Heartland ." Dr. Kruger is a retired professor that also had a career practicing law and serving as a municipal judge. Dr. Kruger's book tells a captivating story about a little-known chapter of labor history, the first general strike in America that resulted in a major US city being ruled by communists. Book:...


“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...