Looking West Author, performance artist and academic Cornel West brought his wide-ranging intellect and electrifying oratorical style to a venue in Oakland last Saturday. He spoke about everything from imperialism to slavery to critical thinking to attitudes toward justice versus revenge.
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.
The Corporation. What is a corporation? Most of us know about the immense power that companies wield in our society, but don’t know why they are so powerful or how they operate. The immensely popular film The Corporation grapples with these questions and features interviews with the likes of Michael Moore, Naomi Klein, Howard Zinn, … Continued
The United States is deeply divided by class and gender, race and ethnicity. What would happen if information on the disparity between groups just went away? NCRW’s Linda Basch speaks about the vanishing information on women under the Bush administration. And UFW’s Arturo Rodriguez and Rick Mines talk about the demise of the National Agricultural … Continued
A look at the Iraq elections and their political and security contexts with Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives. Also, a conversation with China expert Robert Weil about labor conditions and the state of the Left in China.
What happens when academics expose the misdeeds of some of the most powerful corporations in America? Dow, Monsanto, Union Carbide, and other chemical companies are challenging 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.
Jessica Hagedorn While much of Jessica Hagedorn’s work addresses the experiences of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, she’s always drawn on universal themes of passion, conflict, humor, corruption, romance and survival. She and actor Catherine Castellanos discuss Hagedorn’s new play Stairway to Heaven, about social outcasts in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.
Harvard president Lawrence Summers set off a firestorm when he said that women have less innate scientific ability then men. Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett, authors of Same Difference: How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs, discuss the questionable science behind such claims with host Sasha Lilley.
A discussion about the economic revolution — or counterrevolution — that’s afoot in Washington, with Daniel Altman author of Neoconomy: George Bush’s Revolutionary Gamble with America’s Future. With host Sasha Lilley.
A discussion about the destabilizing influence and radical potential of pensions, in light of the Bush administrations plans to privatize Social Security, with New Left Reviews Robin Blackburn and guest host Sasha Lilley.
Newdow’s Pledge. Michael Newdow sued to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. He discusses his years-long campaign to get religion out of government. Sally MahÃ© describes the efforts of the United Religions Initiative to promote interfaith cooperation.