American history is airbrushed, and we wonder why we just can’t seem to master our destiny.
Democracy at Work’s next book will be available next month! Stuck Nation: Can the United States Change Course on Our History of Choosing Profits Over People? is the work of award winning print and broadcast journalist Bob Hennelly, a frequent guest of our show Economic Update.
In his reporting, and this book, Hennelly bears witness to the ongoing assault of systemic racism, the toll from the World Trade Center toxic exposures, the attacks on our civil service by our own government, the breathtaking concentration of corporate media power, and the power of our collective agency, and more. The book features interviews with the key players and shapers of history - everyday people - as well as with union leaders and politicians, historians and academics, organizers and activists. Its depth reflects his many decades of on-the-ground reporting from the streets, to historical archives and the White House.
In Stuck Nation, Hennelly lifts up the stories of those whom our capitalist system would otherwise see ‘disappeared’. It bears the human cost of our system and our silence. It holds accounts of individuals and a broader movement willing to put everything at risk to change our national narrative. Through it all, Hennelly shares his observations on the origins of our national stuck-ness, his reporting on how it endures, and his analysis of what might be required for us to change the course of our historical patterns, so that America can begin putting the condition of the people ahead of its profits.
Stay tuned for the release of this timely and critical work.
More about the Author: Bob Hennelly is currently the City Hall reporter for The Chief-Leader, a New York City-based newspaper that has been covering public unions since 1897, and private-sector unions since 2017. He is also a regular contributor to Salon, Insider NJ, and WBGO-Newark Public Radio. Prior to joining The Chief in 2016, he covered the global economy for CBS MoneyWatch.
From 2003 until 2013, he was a senior reporter for WNYC-New York Public Radio, where he also was a National Public Radio contributor. Prior to WNYC, he served as a national correspondent for Pacifica Network News. Prior to Pacifica, he was on staff at The Village Voice.
He has been a freelance reporter for CBS’s “60 Minutes” and in New Jersey for The New York Times. His writing has also been published by The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The Christian Science Monitor, The Bergen Record, and The Guardian. His work has also been featured on Alternet, Raw Story, Portside and Real Clear Politics.
Watch some of Hennelly’s recent appearances on Economic Update:
March 2021: Dems' Self Promotion VS Hard Economic Realities
Wolff interviews investigative journalist Bob Hennelly on the gap between Biden regime actions and pronouncements, and the hard realities of economic depression and food insecurity.
November 2020: U.S. Labor Battles Covid 19 & Politics
Wolff interviews investigative reporter Bob Hennelly on labor in the U.S. today, with a particular focus on public employees.
September 2020: U.S. Labor Crisis Deepens
Prof. Wolff interviews journalist Bob Hennelly on the US labor crisis.
January 2020: Military Spending and Debt
Prof. Wolff interviews journalist Bob Hennelly on military spending and debts in the US economy.