What’s wrong with the left call to "just do something", regardless of whether much thought has been put into it? Liza Featherstone and Christian Parenti talk about what they term "activistism" and anti-intellectualism on the left.
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 conversation with Ruth Ozeki, whose latest novel All Over Creation is about genetic engineering, eco-activism, family dynamics, and reckoning with one’s past.
Robert McChesney speaks about the political economy of the media and his new book The Problem of the Media.
It was far from just a chess match. Cold War politics, clashing tempers, and bizarre convictions pervaded the 1972 Fischer-Spassky chess championship match in Iceland. David Edmonds and John Eidinow have written an investigative account of the turbulent showdown in Rejkavik entitled Bobby Fischer Goes to War.
The whole world should have said, Thank you, Ariel; now we have a chance to begin the construction of a peaceful Palestinian state’." Thats what George W. Bush said in support of Ariel Sharon’s "disengagement" proposal. Author Roane Carey dissects the plan that would deny the Palestinians the right of return and would make permanent … Continued
KPFA premiere of "Under Attack: Arab, Muslim & South Asian Communities Since September 11th," plus a conversation about the Supreme Court’s deliberations on the imprisonment of "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo and an update on the situation of immigrants targeted by the Patriot Act.
Brian Copeland talks about his one-man show "Not a Genuine Black Man" which deals with life in the early 1970s in racist San Leandro. Also, graphic artist Peter Kuper speaks about his new cartoon version of Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
Confronting Capitalism, a new anthology, features contributions from Chomsky, Ehrenreich, Arundhati Roy, Cockburn, and many others. Co-editor Eddie Yuen and contributor Iain Boal join C.S. in studio.
How do people understand what’s going on in the economy, and thus their lives? At a conference earlier this month in Riverside, California, participants examined how economics and political economy are represented and understood by academics, activists, and others.
A look at the play The Doll Hospital which takes on the war in Iraq, the oppression of women, and migration, with award-winning Australian playwright Christine Evans and actors from the Day Laborers’ Theater.