What’s with all this talk about cheating, in school and in sports? Evan Watkins sees cheating as a symptom of something much bigger: the changing nature of competition and notions of personal identity. The U.C. Davis English professor joins C.S. in studio.
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Toxics in the East Bay. The Bay Area boasts tremendous natural beauty, but the environmental health picture is far from rosy. How much pollution are we exposed to, and how does it affect human health? Azibuike Akaba of the Environmental Indicators Project and toxics management specialist Drew Lerer describe the dangers and suggest precautions.
What can the anarchist movement offer to people of color? A loose network called apoc is considering this and other race- and ethnicity-based questions. The program begins with a look at the recently-reported security breaches at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Lost in all the hype around the upcoming Olympic Games are the conditions in which garment workers make Olympic apparel for companies like Fila, Reebok, ASICS and Nike. Hee Wan Khym from the Union of Needletrades, Textiles and Industrial Employees/Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (UNITE HERE) and Alejandra Domenzain of Sweatshop Watch in … Continued
Political scientist Norman Finkelstein talks about fact, fiction and mystification of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Twenty-five years after the Sandanistas took power, poet/translator Clifton Ross reports on his recent month-long visit to Nicaragua. His trip was part of a bigger project: to learn about, and apply in today’s context, popular literacy campaigns like the dramatically successful one instituted by the Sandanistas. Ben Clarke spearheads the fledgling project, entitled American Encounters.
Is the world in such turmoil because humans are basically selfish, aggressive and individualistic? Dacher Keltner disagrees with this view of human nature; he claims that people have a biologically-based capacity for goodness. Keltner, who directs the Berkeley Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being, shares the results of his wide-ranging inquiries.
An Anarchist Perspective. Does anarchism demand an end to all authority? And what does anarchism bring to anti-capitalist resistance? C.S. continues his conversations about this underdiscussed line of thought and activism with Cindy Milstein, boardmember of the Institute for Anarchist Studies.
California’s Pastime: Baseball’s in full swing. But many fans of what’s been called our national pastime don’t know about its rich and storied history in California. Author and sports enthusiast Kevin Nelson documents it all, including baseball’s often-contentious racial dynamics, in a new book.
The Threat of the Religious Right. While the Christian Right may not be getting much attention from the media, its influence in the federal government is ever-increasing, according to experts Barry Lynn and Joan Bokaer. They say we should be particularly concerned about "faith-based" initiatives — a Trojan horse aimed at the erosion of the … Continued