It is the beginning of Black History Month as Wendy Sheridan, Mary McGinley, and Robin Renée welcome you to this week’s episode of The Leftscape. This episode’s featured interview is with John Cecil Price, who has a lot to say about history, as well as the present, on politics, music, and more. John Cecil Price is a Philadelphia-based promoter and guitarist and was most recently a member of THe BaPTist pReacherS. He believes that art and music are storytelling, and that telling your story is, by its very nature, a political statement. As a self-described “loudmouth, opinionated huckster of unpopular thought,” he shares his ideas on the nature of political parties, love, Baby Boomers, Gen Z, singer/songwriter Laura Marling, “Permit Patty,” The Mummers, cargo shorts, and the silver lining of a Donald Trump presidency.
In News, Wendy tells us about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow the transgender military ban to go forward as the lower courts work through the issue. In another edition of Why Is this Awesome?, Mary raves about the “food porn” experience of the Brothers Green Eats and Flo Lum cooking shows. In the week’s celebrations, we’ve just passed National Freedom Day (February 1), which honors Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery. February 2 is the seasonal holiday of Imbolc and its secular analogue, Groundhog Day. On February 5, the Year of the Pig begins and on that day we are also invited to celebrate National Shower with a Friend Day! Birthday nods and remembrances this week include Jackie Robinson, Portia de Rossi, Brandon Lee, Lisa Marie Presley, Ronda Rousey, Farrah Fawcett, Elizabeth Blackwell, Alice Cooper, Rosa Parks, and Trayvon Martin.
Wendy invites those who want to stay politically engaged to write to their representatives with her (Post)Cards Against Fascism! Support the Kickstarter project to get your copies of her new political postcard designs.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Opinionated: The Cultural Activism of John Cecil Price (Episode 33).