Past Appearances & Events


The Dig with Daniel Denvir

The teacher strike wave continues as more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles walk picket lines not only for the higher wages that they deserve but also for the well-funded and great schools that the city’s working-class students of color have long been systematically denied—a situation that has been exacerbated by a corporate […]


The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow

I was a guest on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow to talk about protests, riots and strikes from Los Angeles to the Paris suburbs, why revolt is hard to stick back in the bottle, and the difficulties of “hope” in 2019.


Podcast: Reasons to be Cheerful

I joined former UK Labour leader (and also my colleague as a former Nation intern) Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd on their “Reasons to be Cheerful” podcast to discuss protest, or as they put it: Hello! It’s 50 years since 1968, next year it will be 200 since the Peterloo massacre, so we are discussing […]


Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College: Citizenship and Civil Disobedience

I took part in a two-day conference this October 11-12 at Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Center to talk about citizenship and civil disobedience–specifically, I spoke on a panel about “organizing from the ground” about the recent wave of teachers’ strikes in weak union states, and took part in a wide-ranging Q&A. Thanks to Bard for […]


Podcast: Radio Dispatch with John and Molly Knefel

I joined Molly Knefel on Radio Dispatch to talk about Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run for reelection as Chicago mayor, the roots of today’s teacher strike wave, Americans’ bad historical memory and why more people should read Marx.

Event • NYC

Lessons from the Irish Referendum

I joined Irish activists and analysts at Verso Books in Brooklyn to talk about lessons from the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland. We were convened by NYC for Abortion Rights, and you can watch the video here.


Radio/TV: Rising Up with Sonali

I joined Sonali Kolhatkar on Rising Up with Sonali to talk about Ireland’s historic vote to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution and legalize abortion in some cases. “Nearly 70% of Irish voters on Friday chose to repeal their nation’s 8th amendment on abortion. The deeply Catholic nation has seen a cultural shift over […]


Podcast: Better Off Red

I joined the good folks at Better Off Red to talk about #MeToo, or as they put it: This week we talked to socialist journalist Sarah Jaffe about the U.S. working class—real and perceived. Sarah is the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt ( and the co-host of the Belabored Podcast ( She’s a […]


Radio: Background Briefing

I was on Background Briefing with Ian Masters on May Day to talk teacher strikes. Then finally we examine further the erosion of America’s middle class with 63% of Americans one paycheck away from the street and unable to deal with a $500 emergency, while over one third are running out of food, not being […]