On Now : In Tune
Playing: Quartet No.2 - Intimate Letters –mvt 1 by Leos Janacek
Image for Eli Zaretsky

Listen now 45 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Eli Zaretsky

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 March 2012

Philip Dodd with an interview with cultural historian, Eli Zaretsky on his new book, 'Why America needs a Left' in which he argues that the idea of the left has become discredited. Examining three key moments in American history - the Civil War, the New Deal and the civil rights movements since the 1960s - he explores the ways in which the active involvement of the left was indispensable and that, without the left's critical interaction with mainstream liberalism, the Democratic Party has become ineffective.

  • Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

    Moon on a Rainbow Shawl is on at London's National Theatre.

  • Why America Needs A Left

    Eli Zaretsky's book "Why America Needs A Left" is published by Polity Press

  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is out on Friday.


Free Thinking

Image for Free Thinking

Radio 3’s new home for arts and ideas.


  1. Image for Arts and Ideas

    Arts and Ideas

    The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss