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Poets – Round #2” with guests Janice O‘Mahony, Kevin Miller and Derek Sheffield

Poets – Round #2” with guests Janice O‘Mahony, Kevin Miller and Derek Sheffield

September 8, 2021

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 Terrain.org. 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 Away Blues by Janice O’Mahony

(0:31:55_Derek)  For Those Who Would See 3 by Derek Sheffield

(0:37:00_Kevin)  After Hearing Birdnote on the Song - Sparrow’s Double Scratch by Kevin Miller

(0:42:51_Janice)  Year of the Monkey by Janice O’Mahony

(0:54:51_Derek)  Sans Teeth by Dennis Held

(1:00:32_Kevin)  A Retired Farmer Working as A Greeter at Wal-Mart by Leo Dangel

(1:04:48_Janice)  Denim by Janice O’Mahony

(1:09:38_Derek)  Ornithology Lesson by Jan Wallace

(1:13:25_Kevin)  Sunset Knoll by George Bilgere

(1:15:47_Janice)  Just the Facts by Janice O’Mahony

 

Books by Janice O'Mahony

Whidbey Island: Reflections on People & the Land (2014) by Elizabeth Guss, Janice O'Mahony, Mary Richardson  (available at https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/ )

 

Books by Kevin Miller

Light That Whispers Morning (1994), Everywhere Was Far (1998), Home & Away (2008) and Vanish (2020) (available at https://www.kingsbookstore.com/ )

 

Books by Derek Sheffield

Through the Second Skin (2013), Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (2020) and Not for Luck (2021) (available at https://www.kingsbookstore.com/ )

 

Link to Greg's blog: ZZ's Blog

http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

 

#GregGodels

#PatCummings

#JaniceOMahony

#KevinMiller

#Derekheffield

#PoetryReading

#Terrain.org

President Biden’s 6 Month Report Card

President Biden’s 6 Month Report Card

July 27, 2021

Greg and Pat have a one-on-one discussion about Biden's first six months as president. How is he doing at the end of his first semester?  We discuss his executive orders, COVID, border crisis, economics, bipartisan cooperation, foreign policy, defense,  media coverage, and a grade.

 

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

 

#Biden6months

#GregGodels

#PatCummings

 

“Rabble!” book discussion about the Paris Commune 1871 with Geoffrey Fox

“Rabble!” book discussion about the Paris Commune 1871 with Geoffrey Fox

July 21, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome noted author, Geoffrey Fox, to discuss his soon-to-be-released book, "Rabble!" about the Paris Commune. The demise of the commune was both tragic and predictable. The events of 150 years ago lit a fire of reform and hope that still burns.

 

Some pictures of the Paris Commune 1871 from the Library of Congress:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/KZNWxJHEP5eB3wkE6

 

Geoffrey's new book, "Rabble!":

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/rabble/

 

Background on the Paris Commune:

https://geoffreyfox.com/2021/05/the-paris-commune-and-the-crisis-of-imperialism/

 

Other books by Geoffrey Fox:

https://go.authorsguild.org/members/854

 

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

 

#GeoffreyFox

#Rabble!

#ParisCommune

#GregGodels

#PatCummings

#1871

 

“Exterminate All the Brutes” book review with guest Richard Hollwedel

“Exterminate All the Brutes” book review with guest Richard Hollwedel

July 13, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome friend of the show, Richard Hollwedel, to discuss the Sven Lindquvist 1992 book, “Exterminate All the Brutes” which was recently made into a  HBO four-part documentary series directed by Raoul Peck. The book and documentary delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa.

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com 

#RaoulPeck
#SvenLindquvist
#KingLeopold
#ExterminateAlltheBrutes

“Single-Payer Health Care Activism” with guest Kay Tillow

“Single-Payer Health Care Activism” with guest Kay Tillow

June 25, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome Kay Tillow, a veteran union activist from Louisville, is executive director of the Nurses Professional Organization. She and the NPO have spent 21 years battling to organize nurses who work for Louisville-based Norton Healthcare, Kentucky's most extensive health care system. Most recently, Kay has turned her attention to supporting a single-payer health care system.

Link to Kentuckians for Single-Payer Health Care: http://kyhealthcare.org/author/kay

Information on July 24, 22021 March for Medicare for All: http://kyhealthcare.org/posts/louisville-and-20-other-cities-plan-march-for-medicare-for-all-july-24-2021 

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com 

Errata:  (25:00) Pat said "63% of doctors support a public option". The correct percent is 73%.
#KayTillow
#Single-Payer
#Medicare for all
# kyhealthcare

“Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East” with guest Stephen Gowans

“Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East” with guest Stephen Gowans

May 20, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome Stephen Gowans, an independent political analyst from Ottawa and author of several acclaimed books: Washington's Long War on Syria (2017), Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea's Struggle for Freedom (2018) and  Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East: From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform (2019)

Link to Stephen’s blog: https://gowans.blog/

Stephen’s books:
https://www.barakabooks.com/?post_type=dd-product&s=Stephen+Gowans

 
Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

Errata: (17:32) Pat sai:
"We must stand AGAINST Israel against terrorists."
It should have been:
"We must stand WITH Israel against terrorism."

# A Beachhead in the Middle East
#StephenGowans
#StevenGowans
#What’sLeft

“A Couple of Poets” with guests Janice O’Mahony and Kevin Miller

“A Couple of Poets” with guests Janice O’Mahony and Kevin Miller

May 18, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome the poets Janice O’Mahony and Kevin Miller for conversation and reading of selective poems that cover current events, politics, and other matters.

Books by Janice O’Mahony

Whidbey Island: Reflections on People & the Land (2014) by Elizabeth Guss, Janice O'Mahony, Mary Richardson  (available at https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/ )

 

Books by Kevin Miller

Light That Whispers Morning (1994), Everywhere Was Far (1998), Home & Away (2008) and Vanish (2020) (available at https://www.kingsbookstore.com/ )

 

Poem Index:

(05:24_Kevin) Alive So Who Is Complaining

(09:08_Janice) Just Wondering

(15:58_Kevin) After Pogroms Ending In River

(19:10_Janice) Intake At The Veterans Center

(26:00_Kevin) The United State Of Dog Fish

(30:56_Janice) Selma 1986

(36:08_Janice) I Got Nothing

(40:10_Kevin) Consider Religion

(42:11_Janice) The Poem That Led To My Arrest

(52:07_Kevin) Vanish

(53:52_Janice) Our Place

 

Poem Greg mentioned:
Bertholt Brecht: Concerning the Infanticide, Marie Farrar (1922)

https://muvs.org/en/topics/literary-quotes/bertolt-brecht-concerning-the-infanticide-marie-farrar-1922-en/

Link to Greg's blog: ZZ's Blog

http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

“The Long Deep Grudge ” with guest Toni Gilpin

“The Long Deep Grudge ” with guest Toni Gilpin

April 28, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Toni Gilpin, author of "The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland." Dr. Gilpin is a labor historian, writer, and activist who holds a Ph.D in American History from Yale University.  Her writing has been published in progressive media outlets and labor-connected journals like Jacobin and In These Times, and she was the recipient of the 2018 Debra Bernhardt Award for Labor Journalism.

Order the book:
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1383-the-long-deep-grudge

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

# TheLongDeepGrudge
#ToniGilpin
#UnitedFarmEquipmentWorkers
#FEUnion

“A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door” with guest Jennifer Berkshire

“A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door” with guest Jennifer Berkshire

April 24, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome Dr. Jennifer Berkshire,  co-author with Dr. Jack Schneider of "A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School." Dr. Berkshire writes about education and politics for the Nation, the New Republic, the Baffler, and other publications.  She and Dr. Schneider are co-hosts of the educational policy podcast "Have You Heard." 

A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School: https://thenewpress.com/books/wolf-schoolhouse-door

Have You Heard Podcast: https://haveyouheardblog.com/have-you-heard/

Link to Greg's blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com

#AWolfSchoolhouseDoor
#JenniferBerkshire
#JackSchneider

Labor History and the US Communist Party with guest Roger Keeran

Labor History and the US Communist Party with guest Roger Keeran

April 7, 2021

Greg and Pat welcome an American historian Dr. Roger Keeran.  Dr. Keeran is now Professor Emeritus of the Empire State College at SUNY after retiring in 2013.  He has taught successively at Cornell, Princeton, Rutgers, and the New York State University. A specialist of Labor and Policy studies published, in 1980, The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions.  Dr. Keeran demonstrates the extent to which the very formation of a solid and permanent industrial union in the automobile industry depended upon the dedication of a cadre of individuals whose own social vision far transcended the union movement itself.

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