Talking Strategy, Making History
  • Daraka Larimore-Hall, Dick Flacks
13 episodes
Each episode will focus on a different aspect or example of the general theme. Our kick-off frame is the awkward position that progressives find themselves in. It seems obvious, at least to a significant portion of Leftists, that “working within the Democratic Party” has to be part of any realistic strategy for making substantive, social democratic or radical change in the United States. What is far less clear is what this means practically, in terms of organization and elections. For many years, the slogan of the Left has been to work both “inside and outside” the Democratic Party. But what does that “inside” part actually look like? The podcast project comes from our experience as progressive activists--and from the urgency of now. Dick Flacks taught sociology at UC Santa Barbara and Umiversity of Chicago for 60 years. He's of the founding generation of Students for a Democratic Society and helped write the Port Huron Statement (along with Tom Hayden and the big Lebowski). He and his late wife Mickey recntly published a memoir of their lives--political and personal. It's called MAKING HISTORY/MAKING BLINTZES: HOW TWO RED DIAPER BABIES FOUND EACH OTHER AND DISCOVERED AMERICA. He's written a lot about the American Left--most notably MAKING HISTORY: THE AMERICAN LEFT AND THE AMERICAN MIND. His weekly radio show called'The Culture of Protest' can be heard 6 pm Thursdays on Daraka Larimore-Hall is vice-chair of the Democratic Party of California and a political and organizational consultant working primarily for social democratic parties and trade unions abroad. A lifelong political activist, Daraka first met Dick when he was in Jr High School, and first getting involved in local progressive politics in Santa Barbara. Since then, Daraka has been a national leader and staffer for DSA, a board member of the International Union of Socialist Youth, an activist and elected officer of United Auto Workers Local 2865, as well as active in the Democratic Party at all levels. He received his PhD, supervised by Dr. Flacks, in 2013. Per Hoel is the producer/director of our effort. Per helped found the DSA chapter in Santa Barbara in the aftermath of the Sanders campaign in 2016. He's a professional videographer and multimedia designer and works in instructional design.


#12: A Conversation with Theda Skocpol (pt 1)
2021 Apr 2734m 21s
Season 1, Episode 12A Conversation with Theda Skocpol (pt 1)In which the eminent social scientist helps us dive deeply into the rise of grassroots civic engagement on the right and the left and how this contributes to social transformation. Music Credit: Leslie Odom Jr. - "A Change is Gonna Come"
#11: Jonathan Smucker (pt 2) on transforming the Democratic Party: sociology meets experience
2021 Mar 2536m 29s
Season 1, Episode 11Transforming the Democratic Party: sociology meets experienceIn which we talk further with Jonathan Smucker about how the Democratic party can connect with the needs of working class people.Music Credit: Ryan Harvey - "Light in the Morning (feat. RAAST, Shireen & bell's roar)
#10 - Jonathan Smucker (pt 1) on lessons from organizing in the rustbelt
2021 Mar 1536m 54s
Season 1, Episode 10Jonathan Smucker (pt 1) on lessons from organizing in the rustbeltIn which we speak with Jonathan Smucker, author of Hegemony How-to: A Roadmap for Radicals, on what we can learn from organizing victories in rural Pennsylvania. Music Credit: Ryan Harvey - "Light in the Morning (feat. RAAST, Shireen & bell's roar)
#09 - Senator Monique Limon on why progressives struggle in office
2021 Mar 0146m 25s
Season 1, Episode 9: Senator Monique Limon on why progressives struggle in office In which we discuss the promise, limits, and pragmatics of electing left and progressive representation. Music Credit: Keb Mo - "Put a Woman in Charge"
#08 - Jane Kleeb on connecting with rural America
2021 Feb 0843m 40s
Season 1, Episode 8:Jane Kleeb on connecting with rural AmericaIn which we talk with Jane Kleeb chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party about the nitty gritty of making the party able to connect to rural America and some of the ways party transformation is happening. It turned out to be an exciting conversation with a rising progressive leader. Music Credit: Neil Young - "Who's Gonna Stand Up (orchestral version)"
#07 - Working for a democratic Democratic Party
2021 Jan 1556m 14s
Season 1, Episode 7 "Working for a democratic Democratic Party" In which we talk about the change in the Party we think leftists and progressives have to work on. Music Credit: Tracy Chapman - "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" / Martin Lowak - "Chill Boy"
#06 - The Biden Prospect: a conversation with Robert Kuttner
2020 Dec 2944m 31s
Season 1, Episode 6"The Biden Prospect: a Conversation with Robert Kuttner"In which we hear Bob Kuttner, editor of American Prospect, offering a detailed scorecard on the emerging Biden cabinet, and the potential for executive action and legislation that can offer hope — and that can focus grassroots activism.
#05 - The Biden Years: What to Do, Hope, and Work For
2020 Dec 0850m 28s
Season 1, Episode 5"#05 - The Biden Years: What to Do, Hope, and Work For"In which we talk soon after the 2020 election about what's to be done next.
#04 - The Left and 'The Democrats'
2020 Dec 0133m 43s
Season 1, Episode 4"04 - The Left and 'The Democrats'"In which David Duhalde, former political director of Our Revolution and deputy director of DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), traces DSA’s varying efforts to define its relationship to the Democratic Party.
#03 - Getting Ready to Party
2020 Nov 1731m 48s
In which we challenge some of the ways leftists look at the Democratic Party and fantasize alternatives.