Wednesday, March 30 – Peter Dreier Part 2


Back for Part 2 of a show dedicated to The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a book whose subtitle provokes, encourages, celebrates and, yes, examines its roll call of Left-progressive-peace and justice-civil rights activist Americans:  A Social Justice Hall of Fame.  In this second half-hour with historian and all-around booster Peter Dreier, we consider some more recently busy candidates, those working and entertaining and writing in the latter half of the last century.  And just in time considering the biographies we are being asked to examine by way of presidential candidates Left and Right, the Supreme Court debate, struggle for minimum wage, and so much more.  This is a book which every activist, citizen, reader should own and use, with its nifty cross-referencing, big themes and surprising details. Peter Dreier is on of my favorite guests.  He is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished 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 more.  Thanks for listening, on the radio or online, or, later as a free download from the KPFK Audio Archives.