Against the Grain

Against the Grain – July 20, 2005

What happens when academics expose the misdeeds of some of the most powerful corporations in America? Dow, Monsanto, Union Carbide, and other chemical companies have challenged the scholarship of historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, authors of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, using controversial and troubling methods. (Encore presentation.)


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – July 19, 2005

Is Big Labor on the verge of a momentous breakup? Will anything be resolved at the AFL-CIO’s convention next week? John Borsos of SEIU, which together with five other unions is demanding fundamental changes to the federation’s policies and priorities, lays out one perspective. The AFL-CIO’s Stewart Acuff weighs in with another.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – July 6, 2005

KPFA & Pacifica: The Early Years Something is predictably neglected in those "there-they-go-again" reports of controversy at KPFA — namely, the origins and early history of a daring, imperfect experiment in pacifist-oriented broadcasting. Pacifica historian Matthew Lasar discusses the radical ideas, brash personalities and tumultuous events that shaped KPFA’s early years.