Douglas Williams is a fierce political writer and grassroots organizer whose work can be found at TheSouthLawn.org. In this conversation, he tells me about the influence of his father’s union work on his political development, and how the letdown of the Obama years led him, like many others, to the radical left.
Peter Sabatino, the Nostalgia Trap’s producer and sound wizard, joins me to unpack the recent revelations about Louis CK’s abusive behavior. Our conversation attempts to put this stuff in context, discussing both Louis’ disturbing comedic output and the wider problem of predatory men protected by their social, political, and cultural power.
Nelson Lichtenstein is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. He joins me to talk about his time at Berkeley during the radical uprisings of the 1960s, his development as a labor historian, and the state of American politics.
Christian Appy’s work on the history of the Vietnam War has had an enormous influence on the direction of my own research and writing on the war. In this conversation, Appy joins me to talk about the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, which aired on PBS in October. We analyze the Burns aesthetic and discuss how the film avoids confronting the war’s most troubling questions.