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Tom O'Brien - Thu Jan 04, 2018 14:33
This week we talk to show regular C. Derick Varn about the recently released 10 part documentary series of ?The Vietnam War?, made by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak. It?s a pretty amazing documentary series, about as balanced and accurate a program about a US war you could expect to find on a mainstream US network. Even more so, considering it was made with money from the Koch Brothers. The idea for the show was to talk about the amazing ability of the Vietnamese people to purposefully act under the guidance of their Marxist-Leninist leaders, and what positives we can take from that type of organisation. However, we are quickly blown off course and end up talking about every revolution under the sun, and the problems facing radical action in today's world. Enjoy! Note: Since recording, Derek's friend let informed him of a factual error about Kim Il Sung: Kim was not in France. He was radicalized in Manchuria during his teenage years through Korean Marxists and later through leadership and involvement in Chinese and Korean anti-Japanese resistance armies. He also did retreat to Russia for a good part of WWII.
Tom O'Brien - Sun Dec 10, 2017 18:38
The podcast is back on track after an extended break, with many new shows lined up and raring to go. This week I am delighted to welcome Professor Helena Sheehan to the show to discuss her most recent book ?The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left?. She is a professor emeritus at Dublin City University, and the author of many books included 'Marxism and the Philosophy of Science: A Critical History'. The music on this show was: ?The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters? by Sun Ra and his Arkestra 'Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major' by JS Bach, played by Colin Carr You can find Professor Sheehans book here: https://monthlyreview.org/product/syriza_wave/ And you can follow here on twitter at @HelenaSheehan
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