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.
Within the left, debates rage over whether we should focus on race, class, or gender as the primary form of oppression today. Josh Fattal points to the writings of CLR James and Raya Dunaevskaya as a way out of the conundrum: they saw the struggles of one oppressed group acting as spores for spreading revolt … Continued
The spiritual pioneer, writer, and teacher Ram Dass on how to embrace aging and changing.
Democracy is one of the most contradictory terms in political discourse today. On the one hand, it evokes rule by the people. On of the other, it’s used relentlessly by elites to mask where power truly resides in our society. Is it still a word worth fighting for? That’s one of the questions posed by … Continued
A discussion about “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Viktor Frankl’s classic exploration of psychology, philosophy, and the meaning of life.
“Power to Heal” is a documentary film that examine racial health care disparities in the U.S.
According to the spiritual explorer and teacher Ram Dass, we are far too busy being somebody.
As the climate emergency increases in urgency, what can we do, as individuals and collectively, to force action when politicians won’t act? We present highlights from a recent KPFA event featuring the writer Jonathan Safran Foer and chef and food writer Samin Nosrat, where they weighed in on climate change, denial, and our food system.
In what ways do media-propagated ideals of beauty affect women and girls? Whose interests do such ideals serve? Meeta Rani Jha draws from the ideas of second- and third-wave feminism in her examination of the beauty pageant phenomenon; hair-straightening and other appearance-changing practices; and antiracist challenges to the dominant white beauty standard. Also: Angela Davis … Continued