Category: Authors

Merrill Markoe

New York Times bestselling author Merrill Markoe’s new book is Cool Calm And Contentious. In this hilarious collection of personal essays, Merrill reveals, among other things, the secret formula for comedy: Start out with a difficult mother, develop some classic teenage insecurities, add a few relationships with narcissistic men, toss in an unruly pack of selfish dogs, finish it off with the kind of crystalline perspective that only comes from years of navigating a roiling sea of unpleasant and unappeasable people, and—voilà!—you’re funny!
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Also new music from Gary Stockdale. And Dylan Brody recorded live in concert.

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Barry Crimmins Political Satirist

Air America Radio writer and correspondent, internationally renowned political satirist and author of the acclaimed Seven Stories Press book Never Shake Hands With A War Criminal helped bring the Boston Comedy scene into the modern age when he founded two of Boston’s most fabled clubs: The Ding Ho and Stitches. Such acts as Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth in the rooms Crimmins started and at shows he produced.
The Boston Herald’s Robin Vaughn’s review of one of Barry’s shows included a concise Boston Comedy history lesson.

“In 1979, Crimmins, a politically minded comedian from upstate New York, started booking Boston’s brightest, brashest young wits into the Ding Ho, a seedy Chinese restaurant in Inman Square. The club, run for and by comedians, was an unpedigreed underdog, but broke conventions of the day in paying its performers reasonable fees and maintaining Crimmins’ comedy booking standards. He was hell-bent on originality and unforgiving of plagiarism. It was boot camp for the best comics in Boston and some of the most successful standups in the country. ”

According to that same Vaughn review, Crimmins hasn’t lost any prowess as a performer.

“To his old crowd, Crimmins is the patron saint of original, creative comedy in Boston and a brooding ideologue. His wit is as sharp as his sense of social justice, which has been known to eclipse a joke or two. But his hour-plus show, ‘Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul’, served as a persuasive example of what intelligent stand-up comedy, politically themed or otherwise, can be.”

After helping jumpstart Boston comedy, Barry left production to concentrate on performing. In short order he gained attention as one of the top political satirists in the country. He has made countless television appearances on everything from The NBC Nightly News to The HBO Young Comedians Special to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He has recorded two CD’s: Strange Bedfellows on A&M and Kill the Messenger on Green Linnet. His writings appear regularly in the Boston Phoenix as well as several other publications. He was a staff writer for the syndicated Dennis Miller Show and has toured in performance with Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Utah Phillips, Michelle Shocked, Steven Wright, Dar Williams and numerous others.
This show was edited by Ben Schultz.

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David Swanson

Author of War Is A Lie he led the congressional campaign to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney. David also wrote Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union and the introduction to The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush by Dennis Kucinich. Swanson served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign. From 2000 to 2003, Swanson was the communications coordinator for ACORN. In May 2005, Swanson was instrumental in making the Downing Street memo known in the United States and discussed in Congress. He co-founded AfterDowningStreet.org.

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Tom Hayden Part Three

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From 1962’s Port Huron Statement to 2010’s Peace and Justice Resource Center Tom Hayden has dedicated his entire life to exposing the real motives behind wars and working to end them. Many consider him the single most important figure of the 1960s student movement. One of the Chicago 8 as well as a founder of the SDS, Tom has carried the spirit of the 60s well into the 21st century working for peace, ending overseas sweatshops and animals rights. Getting labeled a radical did nothing to damage Tom Hayden’s reputation here in Southern California where he served in the state legislature for nearly twenty years. Most striking is Tom’s utter contempt for cynicism even as America’s involvement in Afghanistan approaches a decade. Today’s conversation begins with overwhelming polling that indicates Americans have grown weary of war. Tom Hayden can be read every day at TomHayden.com. His books include the Tom Hayden reader. His newest book, The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama, is available from Paradigm Publishers and book retailers near you.

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