The Cold War at Home: Conformity and Its Discontents

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture, he gets into The Cold War at Home. He talks about “Duck and Cover”; the Hollywood Ten; Levittown; End of McCarthyism; Margaret Chase Smith and Joseph Welch.

Plus, 1950s culture and economy; the military-industrial complex; Man in the Grey Flannel Suit; Conformity. The “other” 1950s, the counterculture; “Little Boxes,” Hep Cats, Jazz, Miles Davis. Continue reading “The Cold War at Home: Conformity and Its Discontents”

Iran, Guatemala, Cuba and the Cold War at Home

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

More Cold War in the Third World–Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile. Resources and trade, not democracy; America against nationalism and neutralism.

The Cold War at Home: McCarthyism, Who Lost China?, Labor and Taft-Hartley; Containing African Americans–Robeson and Dubois; The Cold War on Women–Baby Booms and June Cleaver. Continue reading “Iran, Guatemala, Cuba and the Cold War at Home”

Hot Takes on the Cold War in the Third World!

Hot Take! Buzzanco’s latest is on Cold War/Hot War in the “Third World”

He discusses the Cold War in Asia and covers Chinese Civil War: Mao Zedong [CCP] vs. Jiang Jieshi [Guomindang] Plus The “China Lobby” and the Korean War. And then the expansion of the American National Security State with NSC-68 and Military Keynesianism.

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The Early Cold War Years with Prof. Bob Buzzanco

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture, Buzzanco talk about the The early days of the Cold War–Bretton Woods, Containment, Marshall Plan. United Nations.

And then “To maintain this position of disparity.” Truman Doctrine, Berlin Blockade, NATO, the National Security State. Continue reading “The Early Cold War Years with Prof. Bob Buzzanco”

Sports and Politics with Sports Writer Dave Zirin!

In this episode, we speak with sports writer Dave Zirin (@edgeofsports) about the wildcat strikes that shook the NBA in late August; the role of sports activists like Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Megan Rapinhoe; the increased resistance to the status quo in high school, college and professional sports; how sports are a medium to communicate with working class white and rural Americans; Lester “Red” Rodney (sports writer for the Daily Worker from the 30s-50s) and more. 
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Dave Zirin is The Nation’s sports editor and host of the Nation’s Edge of Sports podcast. He is the author of ten books on the politics of sports. He is also frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now!

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Columbus’ Bloody Legacies w/ History Prof. Michael Oberg of SUNY-Geneseo

In this episode, we get into the legacies of Columbus and America’s  genocide of Indigenous people with Prof. Michael Oberg (@nativeamtext),  the larger problems of the way Native American History is taught, and  why a 1619 Project is needed for American Indians too.

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We start off with a clip from the Sopranos highlighting the conflict in the Italian-American community over Columbus Day. And then we deep dive into Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the cultural impact of America’s genocide, the Indian Wars and violence in the U.S. historical narrative. We also talk about whether cultural gains (things like tearing down Columbus statues, changing sports team names, etc.) will result in material gains (economics, health care, etc) for Native Americans, Ruth Bader  Ginsburg and the epidemic of police murder of Indigenous people.   Continue reading “Columbus’ Bloody Legacies w/ History Prof. Michael Oberg of SUNY-Geneseo”

Buzzanco on World War Two

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco about World War Two.

It includes the German invasion of Soviet Union; The Grand Alliance: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin; The Politics of War: The Second Front delayed until D-Day; The Pacific War. Continue reading “Buzzanco on World War Two”

Buzzanco: Background to World War Two

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco discusses the background to World War Two.

He discusses “military Keynesianism” and end of depression that includes appeasement, Isolationism, and outbreak of war. Continue reading “Buzzanco: Background to World War Two”

Obama, Trump and the Hollow Resistance w/ Author Paul Street

COVID-19 Rocks the White House! In our latest episode, we get into the news of the past week with journalist and author Paul Street (@Streetwriter17). And then we deep dive into how the vacuous neo-liberal politics of Barack Obama led to the rise of Donald J. Trump.

We discuss all of this with Paul’s new book, “Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement.”

Paul Street is an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date, including Hollow Resistance. He publishes regularly in CounterPunch and TruthDig.

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

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