Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Progressive Magazine's 100th Anniversary Celebration: April 30th Orpheum Benefit Concert and May 1-2 Conference at Monona Terrace








Click here for Conference Info

Click here for archived interview with Matt Rothschild








Our special guest on our April 19th show was Matt Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a series with an exciting series of events this week, and the publication of a new book, "Democracy in Print, the best of The Progressive 1909-2009." Matt joined us for a thought-provoking discussion that encompassed highlights from 100 years of progressive thought, resonance with history and modern days events, and his vision of the future that lays ahead for magazines and newspapers.




On Thursday, April 30th, there will be a CONCERT AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER in Madison, featuring performances by ANI DIFRANCO, THE INDIGO GIRLS, DAR WILLIAMS, MELISSA FERRICK, HAMELL ON TRIAL, CATIE CURTIS, AND PETER MULVEY.

The main event begins Friday: a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of progressive leaders from all over the country and the world, held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison on May 1-2. Speakers will include Robert Redford, Amy Goodman, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senator Russ Feingold, Representative Tammy Baldwin, Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan, Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Chuck D, Senator George McGovern, John Nichols, Robert McChesney, Adolph Reed, Martín Espada, Michael Feldman, Susan Douglas, Dave Zirin, Will Durst, Ruth Conniff, Elizabeth DiNovella, Amitabh Pal, Matthew Rothschild, …and many more!

Please click on the links above at the beginning of this post to learn more about the concert and conference, and to listen to a fascinating interview with Matt Rothschild.




Above: Progressive Magazine founder and progressive movement leader "Fighting Bob" LaFollette.

At left: Historic 1979 magazine cover in which The Progressive chose to publish Howard Morland's story about the so-called "H Bomb Secret" as a means of protesting the use of top secret classification by the government as a means of stifling debate about the government's nuclear weapons policy. The publication came after the first ever court-ordered case of "prior restraint" by the judiciary, which made the case into a major test of First Amendment freedoms. The case became moot when the Madison Press Connection (a paper that arose out of a strike by the employees of Madison's two daily newspapers) published the substance of tha article.

Below: a contemporary cover of the magazine, a detailed look at just how progressive the Obama administration is likely to be.

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