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.
A presentation of legendary KPFA producer Adi Gevins’ documentary on the infiltration of the left by the FBI in the 1970s. With guest host Sasha Lilley.
A look at the history of KPFA and Pacifica, in celebration of KPFA’s 58th anniversary, focusing on founder Lewis Hill and legendary public affairs director Elsa Knight Thompson. With guest host Sasha Lilley.
Sports and Activism David Maraniss, author of "Clemente," discusses the playing career and social activism of the baseball star Roberto Clemente. And Martha Saavedra of U.C. Berkeley’s Center for African Studies discusses the role of sports in empowering girls and women and spurring development.
Warring Impulses When should we expect the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq? How can the antiwar movement help achieve this goal? Author, activist and blogger Rahul Mahajan discusses recent developments and movement priorities. Carl Conetta, co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives, discusses his proposal for a US withdrawal.
Poverty, Civic Works, Katrina The Works Progress Administration was a massive public works project created by FDR in 1935. Should a similar kind of initiative be launched to rebuild New Orleans? Scott Myers-Lipton discuss the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project; he also discusses his book "Social Solutions to Poverty: America’s Struggle to Build a Just … Continued
Offshore Corruption; Toxics and Race Former economic hit man John Christensen describes how offshore tax havens serve the super-rich and help create persistent poverty. Robin Saha co-authored a just-released environmental justice report entitled "Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty 1987-2007."
Beyond Capitalism Political economist Gar Alperovitz discusses the second half of his book "America Beyond Capitalism," which highlights new approaches and institutions that point in the direction of greater equality, liberty, and democracy.