Joe Bageant is a renowned commentator on the politics of class in the US. His previous novel, Deer Hunting with Jesus, has been been turned into a play and an upcoming tv series. His regular online columns have made him a cult hero among political progressives and gonzo-journalism junkies.
Bageant's latest book Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir is a coming-of-age story set in post-World War II America in the small white tribes of West Virginia, where a massive social and economic shift from agrarian to urbanization has meant the heavy loss of meaningful work and community.
Representing the 'hillbilly' class as a minority, Bageant laments 'the piece of the rainbow pie' promised to the working class of his forefathers, which never materialized. He praises the 'white trash' trucker heroes, who stood up to the corporate oppressors by unionizing, helping to form a middle class, and finally affording an education for their children.
Steve Austin began his career in radio in 1982, when he joined community station 4ZZZ. Austin joined ABC Radio in Townsville, where he worked for seven years, becoming the inaugural producer of the Queensland ABC Television Stateline program before moving across to 612 ABC Brisbane, where he's served as the station's Program Director and has presented the Drive, Morning and Evening programs.
Joe Bageant is a commentator on the politics of class in America and the author of Deer Hunting with Jesus: dispatches from America's class war and most recently Rainbow Pie: a redneck memoir.
Rainbow Pie is a coming-of-age memoir set between 1950 and 1963 in a small Appalachian farming community situated along a West Virginia road named Shanghai (from the seventeenth-century Scots Irish, 'Shangi,' meaning to celebrate).
Combining recollection, stories, accounts, remembrance, and some analysis, Bageant gives an intimate look at what America lost in its post-war transformation-the shift from a nation of interconnecting families and communities to a consumer culture of 'individuals'. The focus on Bageant's family and the Shanghai Road community illustrates the loss of meaningful work and community as post-World War II America experiences a massive social and economic shift from agrarian to urban consciousness.
Bageant's previous novel, Deer Hunting with Jesus: dispatches from America's class war has been adapted for the theatre and is being developed as a dramatic television series in America. He also writes an online column (www.joebageant.com) that has made him a cult hero among gonzo-journalism junkies and progressives.
How did hemp go from being a popular industrial material to a banned substance in 1937? Joe Bageant describes how it was used in everything from paper to automobiles, and explains that a concerted, corporate campaign caused hemp to be viewed as dangerous.