Rag Radio: Jim Hightower, Populist Firebrand and Board Member of Bernie Sanders’ ‘Our Revolution’

Jim Hightower may be America's most prominent and influential progressive populist writer and radio commentator. 'Our Revolution' grew out of the Sanders campaign, organized to "revitalize American democracy."

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower, who may be the country’s most prominent and influential progressive populist writer and radio commentator, is a member of the recently-announced board of directors of Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution.”

Our Revolution is a group organized to “revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes.”

On the show we discuss Our Revolution, plus the presidential campaign and why “progressives must join with people of color to expose and confront Donald Trump’s racism.” We also address topics like the Trans Pacific Partnership — and Mylan, the EpiPen scandal, and the crimes of Big Pharma.

Jim Hightower, who was twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has for years been a major force on the populist left. Jim, who believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, broadcasts daily radio commentaries, publishes the Hightower Lowdown, and is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow and Thieves in High Places. Jim Hightower is a regular visitor to Rag Radio. Find podcasts of our earlier shows here.

This show was first broadcast during KOOP Radio’s Fall Membership Drive but fundraising pitches have are not included in this version.

Photo of Jim Hightower and Thorne Dreyer by Roger Baker.

ragradio250x250Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP in Austin, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1-FM, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and is a featured podcast at VT. All Rag Radio podcasts can be found at the Internet Archive. Contact: ragradio@koop.org.



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