Meditations and Molotovs - 01.30.17

January 31, 2017

On today's program, Vince is joined by Olga Bautista. Olga is a life long resident and community organizer of Chicago’s Southeast Side. She is a founding member of Chicago’s Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke and ran as a candidate for Alderman of Chicago's 10th Ward in 2015. Olga continues to devote her time and energy toward building progressive political movements throughout the Chicagoland region.


Meditations and Molotovs - 01.23.17

January 24, 2017
On today's program, Vince speaks with Charles Glass about his recent book, "Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring."

Charles Glass is a broadcaster, journalist and writer, who began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau with Peter Jennings. He covered the October Arab-Israeli War on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts. He also covered civil war in Lebanon, where artillery fire wounded him in 1976.

He was ABC News Chief Middle East correspondent from 1983 to 1993. Since 1993, he has been a freelance writer in Paris, Tuscany, Venice and London, regularly covering the Middle East, the Balkans, southeast Asia and the Mediterranean region. He has also published books, short stories, essays and articles in the United States and Europe.


Meditations and Molotovs - 01.16.17

January 17, 2017
On today's program Vince speaks with Paul Street about Barrack Obama's neoliberal legacy, Dr. King's radicalism and the future of leftwing political movements under a Trump presidency.
Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date, including "Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics," (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008), "The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power" (Paradigm, 2010), also w/Anthony DiMaggio, "Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics" (Paradigm, 2011), and "They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy" (Paradigm, 2014).

Meditations and Molotovs - 01.09.17

January 11, 2017

 On today's show, I'll talk about the so-called "Russian Hacking scandal," Donald Trump's first 100 days, upcoming events in the Chicagoland region, Brexit, Syria and the sad ending to the life of the Pioneer Cabin Tree.


Meditations and Molotovs - 12.12.16

December 14, 2016

Show Description - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th - On today's program, Vince talks about love, the holidays, anti-Russian propaganda, Standing Rock, the unfortunate state of leftwing activism in the U.S., and why we should occasionally disconnect from social media and various other forms of manufactured digital realities.


Meditations and Molotovs - 12.05.16

December 6, 2016

Meditations and Molotovs "Live From Standing Rock" features Vincent's reflections on his recent trip to the encampments and why he thinks the tribal leadership squandered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Meditations and Molotovs - 11.28.16

November 28, 2016

On today's program, Vince speaks to one of the best organizers in Chicago, who also happens to be one of Vince's best friends - Roberto Jesus, otherwise known as "Joliet Jake," will be joining us for the hour. The conversation covers the anti-globalization movements of the 1990s, WTO protests, antiwar activism under Bush, Wisconsin, Occupy, Obama, and community organizing. This podcast is an excellent educational tool for organizing, especially for those who are just starting their political journey. 

Roberto Clack is a community and labor organizer who lives in Chicago. Roberto was the primary organizer for Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) - Chicago, from 2007-2013. He's a former organizer with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) and the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). He is currently the co-coordinator of the 25th Ward Independent Political Organization (IPO), which is located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.


Meditations and Molotovs - 11.21.16

November 22, 2016

Today's program will cover a broad range of issues: local organizing, NDPL, Trump's appointments and why I think the vast majority of progressive political organizations and movements are not prepared - mentally, emotionally, physically, organizationally, politically - for Trump's reign as Il Duce.


Meditations and Molotovs - 11.14.16

November 14, 2016

On today's program, Vince interviews his friend, activist and writer, Ramon Mejia (the baddest hombre this side of the Mississippi).

Ramon is from Dallas, Texas, and enlisted in the Marine Corps upon graduating high school in July 2001 out of economic necessity in order to support his wife and daughter. Ramon served in Supply Ops. and participated in the initial invasion of Iraq, deploying to Dhi Qar Province in 2003. After suffering from multiple seizures, Ramon was placed on med board and discharged from the Marines in Nov 04. As a result of his experience in Iraq, he converted to Islam in 2008.

Since then, Ramon has opposed the war and all US military expeditions around the world. He's been an active organizer over the last year or so in countering local manifestations of hate and racism by neo-Nazis and protest of mosques by a paramilitary group in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He currently resides in Biloxi, Mississippi.


Meditations and Molotovs - 11.08.16

November 8, 2016

On today's program, Vince reflects on 18 months of electoral madness and what people should expect over the next four to eight years under a potential Clinton Presidency.