Against the Grain – March 25, 2019

Against the Grain

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.

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What are the origins of modern conservatism?  The failed Goldwater campaign?  Or the Cold War era discontent of midwestern small capitalists?  Historian Kathryn Olmstead argues that it should be located even earlier, in the intense and massive labor unrest that took place in the fields of California in the 1930s.  The response by growers and … Continued


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


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.