Against the Grain

Against the Grain – October 25, 2004

Inside the Maquiladoras. Workers at the assembly plants in Mexico known as maquiladoras face many challenges: low wages, monotonous tasks, management demands, and an unsolved crime wave known as the Maquiladora Murders. Anthropologist Devon Pena is interested in the murders’ social context; he’s also examined worker resistance within the maquilas. (Encore presentation.)


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – October 19, 2004

Chasing Che. He’s a revolutionary hero and a cultural icon, but who was Ernesto "Che" Guevara, really? His early travels have been chronicled in the film The Motorcycle Diaries; Che’s entire life is the subject of a book entitled The Che Handbook. Co-author Gareth Jenkins describes Che’s adventures, his ideas, and his enormous appeal.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – October 4, 2004

Why is a discussion of race and race-related issues largely absent from this election year’s national dialogue? Political scientist Robert Smith, an expert on African American politics, shares his observations. And Jamala Rogers, national organizer for the Black Radical Congress, talks about the keys to advancing a progressive black agenda.