Cheating and Competing Cheating in school, doping in sports — everyone, it seems, wants to get a leg up on the competition. Evan Watkins sees cheating as a symptom of something bigger: the nature of competition today. He sees collective and cooperative efforts and impulses within what others consider a monolithic political-economic system. (Encore presentation.)
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.
Sociologist Vivek Chibber talks about whether the left should back "national capitalist development" in the global South as an alternative to the model of neoliberal globalization, with host Sasha Lilley.
Chris Rhomberg, author of No There There: Race, Class and Political Community in Oakland, discusses the histories of urban social movements in Oakland, from the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, to the Oakland General Strike of 1946 and the struggle for civil rights and the rise of the Black Panthers in the 1960s. With … Continued
John Sanbonmatsu talks about the controversial theories of postmodernism and poststructuralism, associated with the likes of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan, and their impact on left strategy. With host Sasha Lilley.
Jonathan Nitzan, author of The Global Political Economy of Israel, discusses how to understand imperialism in our time, with host Sasha Lilley.
Ursula Huws, author of The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual World in a Real World, discusses the relationship between technology, gender and labor under capitalism with host Sasha Lilley.
A conversation about agrarian capitalism in the Golden State with geographer Richard Walker, author of The Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California. With guest host Sasha Lilley.
At least some people on the Left are moving to Canada. Others are thinking about seceding from the Union. Organizers of two such efforts, Second Vermont Republic and Move On California, discuss what they’re pushing for and why. C.S. also hosts a conversation about the play Take Me Out, about a baseball star who reveals … Continued
Born to be Good? Is the world in such turmoil because human beings are inherently, well, bad? Your convictions about the possibility of fundamental social change may hinge on your answer, on your beliefs about human nature. Psychology professor Dacher Keltner believes we’re hard-wired to be benevolent — and he has the evidence to back … Continued
A look at mediation — what it is, how it works, and which kinds of disputes and conflicts can be mediated. C.S. and his guests explore community mediation, mediation by attorneys, and mediation in the workplace.