Wednesday, March 23 – Peter Dreier Part 1

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My guest this week on Bibliocracy Radio — 8 pm on Wednesday night on KPFK (90.7 FM) — is a return visitor to Studio C and friend of KPFK, and arrive perhaps just in time for some solid, humane and fact-based revisionist history as against the corporate circus and collective amnesia which infects so many in the popular press and reality show discourse.  Tonight is the first of a two-part show I’ve been looking forward to since I learned of a book which many of might have been wishing for, waiting for.  It’s a progressive historian-scholar-activist’s “best of” list, but meant as much more than a parlor game. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century:  A Social Justice Hall of Fame makes an argument, provokes a discussion, and offers a way into the real story of our recent century.  Professor Peter Dreier’s amazing project, a gift from Nation Books, profiles his choices for, as explained in the subtitle, a “hall of fame” of Americans who fought for social justice.  This book is a must-read, must-own, must-share encyclopedia of the examined and active life, organized for those who believe in, well, organizing!  Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguised Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College, and writes for The Nation, LA Times, American Prospect, and has a CV as long as your arm and, now, this book!  This week we’ll consider the first half of the century.  Next week, more.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, or, later as a free download from the KPFK Audio Archives.