Peter Mathews interviews Michael Parenti on new book Waiting for Yesterday

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | KPFK Standing Up for Social Justice with Peter Mathews, episode 1 | Guest: Michael Parenti (Waiting for Yesterday)

MP 2009 portrait BWCaptivating 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. temp-MP bookThe 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

KPFK Standing Up for Social and Economic Justice with Peter Mathews, ep1

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | Riviting conversations with four top leaders of our time:  Dr. Michael Parenti, Activist for Social Justice and renowned Author of “Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life”; David Cobb, spokesperson for the Move to Amend Coalition (introducing the 28th Amendment stating Corporations are Not People and Money is Not Free Speech [www.movetoamend.org]; ♦ Pamm Larry of Label GMOs, introducing a ballot requiring the labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms (food)) [www.labelGMOs.org]; with special mention to Mom’s Across America; and ♦ Pat Alviso of Military Families Speak Out [www.mfso.org]. With host Professor Peter Mathews [www.epetermathews.com].

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Listener Supported KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest

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