Meditations and Molotovs - 04.10.17

April 11, 2017

On today's program, Vince speaks with TruthOut's top environmental journalist, his friend Dahr Jamail. Vince first met Dahr back in 2007 when he was working with the antiwar movement and Dahr was writing his book on GI Resistance (after returning from Iraq, where his unembedded reporting was second to none). Today, however, they talk about abrupt climate change, staying sane in the context of ecological collapse, and why they remain engaged in activism.

Dahr spent more than one year in Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. He has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. He is now focussing on anthropogenic climate disruption and the environment.

Dahr’s stories have been published with Truthout, Inter Press Service, Tom Dispatch, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, The Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among others. Dahr’s writing has been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr has reported for Democracy Now! and Al-Jazeera, and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, and numerous other stations around the globe.

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 04.03.17

April 4, 2017

On today's program, Vince revisits a theme he's written and talked about for many years: blowback, or, the unintended yet predictable consequences of militarism and empire. Russia, as a result of their military actions in the Middle East and beyond, experienced another form of blowback today, as nine people were murdered when someone (or a group of people) detonated an explosive device in a crowded metro station in St. Petersburg.

Meanwhile, analysts and corporate media outlets in the U.S. engage in detailed debates and conversations about the causes and consequences of Russian militarism and blowback, while never drawing comparisons to the U.S.

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 03.27.17

March 27, 2017

 On today's program, Vince speaks with Andrew J. Bacevich about his most recent book, "America's War for the Greater Middle East." Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins.

Bacevich is the author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010). His previous books include The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002).

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 03.20.17

March 20, 2017

Bush, Blair and Co. are primarily responsible for the war in Iraq and the horrors that followed, however liberals, Democrats, and particularly the corporate news media (the same folks who gave the world President Trump) share a large portion of responsibility as well. They created the atmosphere necessary for the faux "War on Terror" (can't wage war on a tactic), which is simply the latest justification for U.S. hegemony and imperialism. Today, let's talk about history and why it still and always matters.

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 03.13.17

March 13, 2017

On today's program, Vince talks about the importance of culture in the realm of political organizing. All too often political events are dry, stuffy and honestly, not very fun. But that's not always the case. From Chicago's West Side to Melbourne, Australia, and beyond, Vince has encountered activists, artists and poets who are creating non-consumerist spaces and culture that truly engages their respective communities. The ultimate goal is to empower people to create their own spaces, mediums, outlets and so on. Creating culture shouldn't be intimidating - it should be fun.

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 03.06.17

March 7, 2017

March 6th - 2017: On today's program, Vince finishes his three part conversation with Sergio Alexander Kochergin as they reflect on their time with Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, and the broader peace and justice movement. They also discuss Sergio's time in India, studying in the EU and reflections on activism and political organizing. 

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 02.28.17

March 1, 2017

 Today is part two of Vince's conversation with former Scout Sniper (USMC), activist, filmmaker and Vince's main compadre, the great Sergio Alexander Kochergin.

Sergio has a Master's Degree in Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment and Economics of Development at the University of Rotterdam's Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. For the past 24 months, he's been working on a documentary about events in Ukraine, where Sergio was born and raised.

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 02.13.17

February 13, 2017

 On today's program Vince is joined by former Scout Sniper (USMC), activist, filmmaker and his main compadre, the great Sergio Alexander Kochergin. Sergio and Vince served together in the Marine Corps and have been involved with progressive activism ever since. This is Part I of their two part conversation. 

Sergio has a Master's Degree in Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment and Economics of Development at the University of Rotterdam's Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. For the past 24 months, he's been working on a documentary about events in Ukraine, where Sergio was born and raised.

00:0000:00

Meditations and Molotovs - 02.06.17

February 6, 2017

Vince is joined by world-class musician, martial artist, free-thinker and all-around interesting cat, Josh McClain.

Joshua McClain, from Oakland, CA, is a progressive cellist who loops and layers his sound live on stage—while classically trained he mixes Jimmy Hendrix-style rock ballads with blues, jazz, folk, and electronic music to produce all original compositions and soundscapes using only the cello. This year Josh is producing his 2nd studio album - a concept album that follows a hero's journey, all the way down to the depths of the shadows, where the listener is asked to look at themselves deeply, and face what's inside.

Here's a link to Josh's indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/…/josh-mcclain-s-2nd-studio-album…

00:0000:00

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.

00:0000:00