Peter Richardson, Robert Scheer, and Susan Griffith discuss the short (1962-1975) but utterly remarkable life of Ramparts magazine, which, originally founded as a Catholic literary quarterly, quickly became the premier leftist publication of its era. Deeply committed to the civil rights and antiwar movements, Ramparts' list of contributors -- Noam Chomsky, Cesar Chavez, Seymour Hersh, Angela Davis, and Tariq Ali, among others -- forms a veritable who's who of politics and journalism.
It was in its pages that Che Guevara's diaries and the prison diaries of Eldridge Cleaver first appeared, and it is where neo-con David Horowitz cut his teeth in journalism, before renouncing his left-wing political radicalism.
Susan Griffin, the author of 21 books, including the ecological and feminist classic, “Woman and Nature,” and “A Chorus of Stones the Private Life of War,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has received many honors, including an NEA grant, a Northern California Book Award, an Emmy and a Guggenheim Foundation Award.
Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American Studies at San Francisco State University. His books include “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” and “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.”
Robert Scheer, previously editor in chief of Ramparts and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is a Senior Lecturer at the USC's Annenberg School for Communication, and editor in chief of Truthdig.com. He is the author of a number of books, including the new "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy."