The Homeless Romantic Podcast
The Homeless Romantic Podcast
Jonathan M. Katz | Journalist & Author | #53 Homeless Romantic

My friend Jonathan M. Katz stops by to talk to us about his book GANGSTERS OF CAPITALISM and a take a historical look at fascism in the 20th century. Explaining that fascism is a byproduct of financial woes and pointless wars, Katz takes us on a journey from 1930’s all the way up to modern times. Jonathan M. Katz is an award-winning journalist and a brilliant mind. This is a fun conversation with an awesome human being!

Jonathan Myerson Katz is a journalist and author. His first book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, was a PEN Literary Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club of America’s Cornelius Ryan Award for the year’s best book on international affairs. He is also a recipient of the James Foley/Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.

Katz was the Associated Press correspondent in Haiti when he survived and provided the first international alert of the deadliest earthquake ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Soon after he produced the first evidence showing United Nations peacekeepers had caused and were covering up a devastating post-quake cholera epidemic. His initial flurry of stories launched six years of further investigation by himself, epidemiologists, and legal advocates. In 2016, Katz obtained the first admission by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the U.N. had played a role in the outbreak.

Katz was a 2019 National Fellow at New America. A regular contributor to the New York Times and other publications, he regularly appears on TV and radio and formerly directed the Media & Journalism Initiative at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

From 2016 through 2021, Katz traveled across East Asia and Latin America and did extensive archival research to uncover the forgotten history of the rise of the U.S. global empire in the early 20th Century and its legacies today. The resulting book, Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire, was released in January 2022 to rave reviews. It was included on the American Booksellers Association list of national bestsellers.

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The Homeless Romantic Podcast

Traveling and surviving like barnacles on the hull of society is undoubtedly a hard and depressing journey but adversity always yields the most amazing and hilarious stories.

Activists, Academics, Artists, Hobos, Inventors, Musicians, Crazy People and anyone interesting occasionally stop by and have long form conversations with me. Most telling stories from their adventures and travels but also topics ranging from past to future.

Everyone I know has a story to tell and I am always to excited to talk with someone new. Random stories of debauchery and survival in a society that doesn’t value compassion and creativity. The flowers that grow between the cracks in the street have a story to tell.