Buzzanco on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the New Deal and the 1930s Thunder on the Left

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco about the political turmoil of the 1930’s.

In this lecture, Professor Buzzanco discusses FDR and the New Deal–politics of hope. The 3 Rs; the First New Deal as conservative reform–NIRA, AAA (hog reduction and milk dumping) and the Securities Exchange Commission. The “Thunder on the Left”–political resistance–Woody Guthrie, Grapes of Wrath, Sinclair, Townsend, Lewis, Huey Long.
Second New Deal–Social Security, Wagner Act, WPA. Recovery? FDR balances budget

America’s History of Political Violence with author Alexander Reid Ross

In our latest episode, we talk with author of Against the Fascist Creep Alexander Reid Ross  (@areidross) about America’s history of political violence and the right wing creep in the  United States.

From slave patrols to far right groups protesting COVID19 mask  requirements and attacking Black Lives Matter protests today, America  has a long history of political violence. Much of the deadliest has been  carried out by forces of reaction and racism (i.e. right-wingers).  We  talk about the history of right wing violence,  how it compares with movements on the left, current dynamics around  militia groups, influences of Trump and the rise of eco-fascists.

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The Ravages of Western Wildfires with Journalist Joshua Frank

In this episode, we talk with environmental journalist, and co-editor at CounterPunch , Joshua Frank about the climate induced wildfires that have ravaged the American West in recent weeks.

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We get into the climate politics of the western states, the hypocrisy of Democratic politicians preaching climate rhetoric while allowing fossil fuel companies to continue business as usual, the class impacts of the wildfires, and how climate change is exacerbating the wildfires and volatile political situations in places like Portland.

VIDEO: The Causes of the Great Depression

In his latest lecture,Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Dr. Bob Buzzanco talks about the causes of the Great Depression.

He discusses surplus capital, foreign economic crises (debts-reparations triangle, global trade plummets), the stock market, poverty, the lack of economic diversity and the credit crunch. And then gets into Herbert Hoover’s (failed ) responses: Balanced Budget, Tariffs, Government Spending.

This, of course, sets the stage for the election of 1932, the rise of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, illusion and hope, The three R’s and the New Deal.

The 1920s: The Aftermath of the Great War, the Red Scare and the Rise of Consumer Capitalism

Sacco and Vanzetti after they have been arrested, 20th century, United States, Washington. National archives, . (Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images)

The latest Bob Buzzanco lecture is about the other Roaring Twenties, i.e. the 1920s.

Buzzanco talks about the aftermath of the Great War. The disillusion of the period, including the Red Scare, the Reds and Anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti, the Seattle strike of 1919 and the Battle of Blair Mountain. And economic growth, the corporate state, Hoover and trade associations and consumer culture. The rise of advertising,Edward Bernays–the original Mad Man and prosperity.

September 11th Remembered

September 11th changed our world.  

Scott (@sparki1969) and Bob (@bobbuzzanco) had a spirited discussion on the impact of the events of September 11, 2001.  We offered personal recollections, talked about the larger historical context in which it occurred, considered the consequences of the attacks–prolonged Mid-East wars and heightened repression at home, discussed the way the attacks and wars were manipulated for “patriotic” reasons, and talked about how it effects the U.S. today, in the era of Trump.

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Buzzanco: The Great War, the War at Home and Eugene Debs

Listen to the latest American History lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host and University of Houston History Prof. Bob Buzzanco.

He gets into the”real” Labor Day, The Great War, and the “War for Democracy” at home. Eugene Debs, repression of Germans, African Americans and Camp Logan. The aftermath of the war; Versailles–the Bolsheviks, Germany: reparations vs. reintegration and the League of Nations.

VIDEO: The Amazon is Burning with Pendle Marshall-Hallmark

In this episode, we talk with climate and finance campaigner Pendle Marshall-Hallmark (@PendleTheWitch) of Amazon Watch (@amazonwatch) about the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Last year saw some of the worst fires in record for the region and this year’s fire season looks to be no better. The problem is made much worse by the Bolsanaro government’s deregulation of Brazilian environmental protections. increased industry efforts at deforestation and the financing of it all by U.S. asset managers and banks like Blackrock and JPMorgan Chase. We also share few words and thoughts remembering scholar, author and anarchist David Graeber who passed away suddenly on September 3rd.

VIDEO: The Road to Kenosha and California’s Wildfires with Muckraker Steve Horn

In this episode, we talk with muckraker journalist and Kenosha kid Steve Horn (@steveahorn) from the Real News Network (@TheRealNews) about Kenosha, WI and California climate politics.

We start with Kenoha’s history of deindustrialization and surburbanization since the auto giant Chrysler left the city in the late 1980s, and then get into the current politics around the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the eruption of protests in Kenosha and the subsequent shooting of unarmed protestors by teenage racist militia member Kyle Rittenhouse.We also discuss the trope of “outside agitators”