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!

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.  

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.

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.

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.