August 31, 2008

Alexander Cockburn, editor of Counterpunch

This week our guest is Alexander Cockburn, editor, with Jeffrey St. Clair, of Counterpunch. Cockburn also writes the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation and a weekly syndicated column for the Los Angeles Times as well as for The First Post.

August 24, 2008

Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect

This week our guest is Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It. Durham's work centers on media and the politics of the body, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, race, and youth cultures. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Women's Studies in Communication. She is the co-editor, with Douglas M. Kellner, of Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks.

August 17, 2008

Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States

This week our guest is Dave Zirin. Zirin, Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called "an icon in the world of progressive sports" and Robert Lipsyte says he is "the best young sportswriter in the United States." His column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sports Illustrated's website, He is also the host of XM satellite's weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio.

Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and the Philadelphia Weekly; a contributor to the Nation Magazine, and a regular op-ed writer for The Los Angeles Times.

Zirin's next book, out this summer, is A People's History of Sports in the United States, part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press. He is also the author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports (with a foreword by the immortal Chuck D.). His first book What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books) has entered its second printing and is available in stores and at He is also the author of The Muhammad Ali Handbook, published for MQ Publications.

August 10, 2008

Thomas Frank, author of The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule

This week our guest is Thomas Frank. Well-known author of What's the Matter with Kansas and Commodifying Dissent, Frank has recently been appointed a columnist at the Wall Street Journal. His new book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, has just been released on Metropolitan Books.