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Greg Guma on Bernie Sanders’ “Insurgent” Run

Most Americans have just been getting to know Bernie Sanders in the last few months, as his presidential bid has gathered a full head of steam. But journalist and author Greg Guma has known him since the 1980’s.  He talks about Sanders’ previous campaigns and and how Bernie Sanders’ current insurgent run has matured him as a candidate.
PeoplesA journalist, novelist and political writer, Greg Guma has worked with and written extensively about Bernie Sanders. His 1989 book, The People’s Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution was the first comprehensive analysis of Sanders’ years as Mayor of Vermont’s capital city, Burlington.

In 1988, he wrote about Sanders’ failed campaign against Madeleine Kunin for the Vermont governorship. In 2013 Guma wrote perhaps one of the first articles in the press about Sanders’ presidential hopes, “One-Man Show: What Happens If Senator Bernie Sanders Runs for The Presidency?“

We caught up with him on Skype to ask him for his thoughts on Sanders’ presidential run, now almost a year into it and more than two years after first writing about it. (This is the loosely edited extended interview. A shorter version will be aired on this week’s episode of Writer’s Voice.)

Greg Guma is a journalist, novelist and the author of The People’s Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution.

Greg Guma’s links about Bernie Sanders

On The People’s Republic (book):
includes links to recent interviews on Sanders campaign
The 1981 Race:
Over the years: Personal Recollections
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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.