KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING| KPFK Standing Up for Social Justice with Peter Mathews, episode 1 | Guest: Michael Parenti (Waiting for Yesterday)
Captivating conversation with renowned political author and professor Michael Parenti about his new book “Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life”.
On these pages, fans of Michael Parenti’s insightful political and historical writings are given a revealing picture of his early years as a youth in New York’s East Harlem, along with some of the influences that helped shape his lifelong commitment to activism and social justice. Written with style and dash, WAITING FOR YESTERDAY is devilishly enjoyable and sometimes very touching. It provides delightful vignettes about growing up in a three-generation, working-class, Italian family, along with the amusing predicaments of a street kid’s life. The book offers a cast of diverse and colorful characters, brought to life on the gritty streets where Parenti played as a boy, set against a backdrop of impoverished tenements, stoops, punitive classrooms, and a neighborhood church with its ornate celestial offerings. This book is graced with both vivid imagery and sharp political observation. Parenti challenges many of the stereotypes faced by Italian Americans and other ethnic groups. Here is a story that is both personal and broad-ranging, often sweet and occasionally bitter, the human comedy at its best. [Good Reads]
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Standing Up for Social Justice program credits: Host: Peter Mathews Producer: Alan Minsky Co-Producer: Brett Covey Audio Engineer: Gianna d’Angelo Visuals Editor: Brett Covey