Talking It Up
Program #ZINH-ZIRD001. Recorded in Madison, WI on May 02, 2009.
Recorded during the 100th anniversary celebration of The Progressive. Zinn wrote a column for the magazine and Zirin is a current columnist. "There's no sports writer like Dave Zirin," Zinn declares. And he's right. A rollicking funny and simultaneously insightful session where Zirin asks the questions and Zinn provides the answers. Zinn calls Obama "a very traditional Democrat." As always Zinn provides a historical framework. He says, "We need to restore the idea of an egalitarian society. I learned about Socialism from Upton Sinclair. Capitalism has failed. We have to go beyond Capitalism." Invoking Nuremberg, Zinn takes Obama to task and says Bush and others should "be held responsible for what they did." He calls John Silber, his old boss at Boston University, "the Idi Amin of higher education." And he talks about his last great project, the documentary, The People Speak.
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