Are we in the middle of an uprising? Best-selling author, journalist and indefatigable blogger, David Sirota says yes. In fact, there’s a primordial soup of a potential social movement out there. Yet it’s not a forgone conclusion that the uprising will be a progressive one. In this interview Sirota discusses his new book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, and why we find ourselves at a crossroads. Why has the anti-war movement failed to win over Democrats in Washington? Why has the economic justice movement had only limited success? Is the Barack Obama campaign a movement?

Sirota says this is just the beginning. Listen here to find out why the labor movement still matters, what the netroots can do, and why progressives need to seize the moment.

And what about the political establishment? It’s designed, Sirota says, to stop the uprising. The most effective leaders are the gadflies, the ones who are not well liked in Washington. So is Obama the darling of the political establishment? And if so what does that say about the progressive movement? Find out here.

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.