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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.

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Episodes

Thank You For Your Service” with Bill Ehrhart

11/23/2022
Today’s guest is an American poet, writer, scholar, and Vietnam veteran. Bill (W.D.) Ehrhart has been called "the dean of Vietnam war poetry." His activism in the form of his prolific literary work has been featured in numerous articles, books, periodicals, and even Ken Burns’ documentary, The Vietnam War. Links: W.D. Ehrhart’s books from McFarland Publishing: https://mcfarlandbooks.com/?s=W.+D.+Ehrhart&search_id=product&post_type=product W.D. Ehrhart Articles in the LA Progressive |Jun...

Duration:01:07:55

“American Midnight” with Adam Hochschild

11/15/2022
Our guest today is an award-winning New York Times best-selling historian Adam Hochschild to discuss his book, “American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis.” Adam Hochschild is a prominent historian, author of eleven books, and a co-founder, editor, and writer at Mother Jones magazine. Links: “American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten...

Duration:00:58:58

“Socialism Betrayed” with Joe Jamison and Roger Keeran

10/28/2022
Our guests today are Joe Jamison (pen name: Thomas Kenny) and Roger Keeran, authors of “Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union.” Although written two decades ago, it remains the definitive expose of what led to the overthrow of the Soviet Union. With the recent death of Mikhail Gorbachev, their book is especially relevant, providing a clear and insightful analysis of this historic event. Links: “Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet...

Duration:01:09:44

Salon Investigates “The War on Public Schools” with Kathryn Joyce

9/16/2022
Our guest today is Kathryn Joyce, an investigative reporter at Salon. She recently authored a three-part series: ‘The war on public schools is being fought from Hillsdale College,” which focuses on a private Christian school playing an outsized role in nearly all our current fights about education. Hillsdale is a “feeder school” for the Trump administration, its leadership directed Trump’s “patriotic education” 1776 Commission. Their lecture series and related magazine are the place where...

Duration:00:54:24

“Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class” with Dan Canon

9/13/2022
Our guest today is Dan Canon, a civil rights lawyer, teacher, and author of "Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class." His book is a searing analysis of America’s assembly-line approach to criminal justice and the shameful practice at its core: the plea bargain. Canon is also known as counsel for Kentucky and Indiana plaintiffs in the landmark cases successfully supporting changes in marriage equality laws. Links: Dan’s book: “Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining...

The “Pink Tide” discussion of Latin America’s political turn left with Dan Kovalik

8/26/2022
Our guest today is Dan Kovalik, a prolific author of many books on Latin America. He sheds light on the “pink tide,” the trend of numerous self-proclaimed socialist democracies moving away from neoliberal authoritarian regimes. Links: Dan Kovalik Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Kovalik Preorder Dan’s book: Nicaragua: A History of US Intervention & Resistance– January 1, 2023: https://www.amazon.com/Nicaragua-History-US-Intervention-Resistance/dp/1949762602 Greg's ZZ's...

Duration:01:01:50

”Blackshirts & Reds” book discussion with Eddie Smith (Midwestern Marx Podcast)

8/18/2022
Our guest today, Eddie Smith, is a political scientist with expertise in anti-imperialism and socialist projects. He is co-host of the popular podcast, Midwestern Marx, which has over 24,000 subscribers. Today we discuss Michael Parenti’s classic, Blackshirts & Reds, and other topics regarding class, capitalism, and contemporary Marxism. Links: https://www.youtube.com/c/MidwesternMarx/Midwestern Marx Tik Tokhttps://www.tiktok.com/discover/midwestern-marxAmerican Slavery and Global...

Duration:00:59:35

The Political Economy of Mental Health Systems with Joanna Moncrieff

8/3/2022
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...

Duration:00:49:23

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

7/8/2022
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: https://www.kingsbookstore.com/book/9781583677858 Link to Greg's blog (ZZs Blog): http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/ Spotify Playlists Jazz Musicians by Location New Orleans:...

Duration:01:03:22

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

7/6/2022
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): https://gowans.blog/ Link to Greg's blog (ZZs Blog): http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/ #StephenGowans #Gowans #KillersHenchman #The...

Duration:00:54:04

Starbucks Workers United with Angel Krempa

6/21/2022
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: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/ #AngelKrempa #Starbucks #Worker...

Duration:00:50:41

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

6/14/2022
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) https://thelastnegroesatharvard.com/ Podcast: available on Spotify and Apple Podcast Link to Greg's blog : ZZs...

Duration:00:48:47

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

5/31/2022
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...

Duration:00:47:33

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

5/18/2022
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...

Duration:01:00:52

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

4/21/2022
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: (https://www.youtube.com/c/MidwesternMarx/) and website: (https://www.midwesternmarx.com/ ) The article mentioned: A Critique of Western Marxism's...

Duration:01:04:12

”American Trade Unionism” with Chris Townsend

4/8/2022
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 https://www.intpubnyc.com/product/american-trade-unionism/ Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com #ChrisTownsend # American Trade...

Duration:01:10:35

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

3/29/2022
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 https://www.kingsbookstore.com/book/9780520305144 Link to Greg's blog:...

Duration:00:59:42

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

3/10/2022
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. https://www.liberationschool.org/imperialism-in-the-21st-century/ BreakThrough News...

Duration:01:05:58

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

3/5/2022
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:...

Duration:01:03:56

”The St Louis Commune of 1877” with Mark Kruger

1/25/2022
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:...

Duration:00:54:22