A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.
Against the Grain
12:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays to Wednesdays
In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.
In March 1871, socialists, anarchists, workers, and others took control of the second most populous city in Europe. Before it was brutally suppressed two months later, the Paris Commune constituted a worker-controlled, radically democratic alternative to the capitalist status quo. David B. Downing discusses the Commune’s beginnings, its accomplishments, and its legacy. Socialism and Democracy … Continued
Dockworkers the world over have a long tradition of both power and militancy, able to block the flow of cargo and jam up the workings of capitalism. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the San Francisco Bay Area has been one of the most radical of American unions. Historian Peter Cole discusses the fascinating … Continued
Many people on the Left have come to believe that we can and should change the world without taking power. While some of the arguments emanating from people like John Holloway are valid, says Paul Christopher Gray, he believes that engaging with the state and vying for state power can, under certain circumstances, lead to … Continued
In school we learn that, from its inception, the United States avoided the class sins of Europe, creating a level playing field without noblemen or kings, where those from the most humble backgrounds could succeed. Accordingly, class is usually missing from the history we’re taught. Yet historian Steve Fraser argues that the vision of American … Continued
Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg pioneered a process of connecting with others called Nonviolent Communication.
Pioneering researcher Valter Longo, Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology, Professor in Biological Science, and Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, discusses the pitfalls of traditional liquid fasts and the research on the effects of fasting mimicking diets on cardiovascular, disease, cancer, and autoimmune and neuro-degenerative diseases.
Thomas Foster, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, discusses his book “How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines.”
“The Long Shadow,” a documentary film written and directed by Frances Causey, investigates the history and legacies of slavery and anti-Black racism in the U.S.
Zen master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh on how to generate and cultivate happiness, mindfulness, and compassion.
People are always struggling and resisting oppression — it’s a constant in history. Yet much of the time we don’t know about such resistance, because those in power, and the media aligned with them, don’t see fit to report on it. KPFA and its sister Pacifica stations have been the exception. We play highlights from … Continued