On January 9, 1909, Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. (“Fighting Bob La Follette”) of Wisconsin founded The Progressive, a magazine for voices of peace, equality, and justice. As the magazine celebrates its 110th year of publication, we touch base with editor Bill Lueders and publisher Norman Stockwell to hear about the forthcoming June/July 2019 issue, The Threats We Face.
Over the course of the hour, they discuss feature articles from the issue that address threats to the planet through climate change and the possibility of nuclear warfare, dangers faced by working journalists, pipeline projects and local resistance movements, the militarization of the police, Julian Assange and press freedom, and more.
Bill Lueders is editor of The Progressive since 2018. Previously, he was news editor at Isthmus for twenty-five years, after which he worked as an investigative reporter at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Erwin Knoll (Common Courage, 1996).
Norman Stockwell is publisher of The Progressive. For over twenty years, he served as the operations coordinator for WORT 89.9 FM. His reports and interviews have appeared on Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now!, and Air America, and in print in Z Magazine, the Capital Times, AlterNet, Toward Freedom, the Tico Times, the Feminist Connection, and elsewhere. He is co-editor, with Cristalyne Bell, of the book Rebel Reporting: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists (Hamilton Books, 2016).