The 5,500 workers at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation or CBC have been locked out of their jobs for 7 weeks; employees at the UK’s public service BBC have been threatened with large-scale layoffs. CMG’s Sue Elrington and NUJ’s Paul McLaughlin talk about the issues faced by workers in public broadcasting.
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 look at the indictment of House Majority leader Tom DeLay, with Craig McDonald of Texans for Public Justice; and a discussion of corruption in the awarding of contracts for post-Katrina reconstruction, with Scott Amey of the Project on Government Oversight.
The Art of the Social Statement The war on Iraq. Commodity culture in relation to African Americans. The systems that surround and comprise us. All of these themes, and many more, have been taken up by artists chosen for the Bay Area Now 4 exhibition. Adriane Colburn, Emily Prince, and Hank Willis Thomas discuss their … Continued
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have brought global warming into the mainstream, but what can be done about it? C.S. Soong talks to Dr. Kevin Trenberth from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Tom Athanasiou from Ecoequity about global solutions to the impending environmental crisis.
Whether it’s at a Senate subcommittee hearing or a debate with Christopher Hitchens, British MP George Galloway attracts attention and controversy wherever he goes. A veteran antiwar activist, Galloway assesses the situation in and beyond Iraq and discusses his new book Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington.
A conversation about the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s little-known support of the Islamic clerics in the Iranian Revolution and its significance today. With Janet Afary and Kevin Anderson, authors of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism, and host Sasha Lilley.
A look at utopian thought and how utopias came to be dismissed as leading to genocide, with Russell Jacoby, author of Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age. Sasha Lilley hosts.
Are people trained to be racist, and if so, can people be untrained? Robert Horton and Swan Keyes are part of an initiative called The UNtraining; they discuss the conditioning white people in this country experience and how it affects their lives, their relationships with people of color, and prospects for social justice.
The hurricane catastrophe in Louisiana highlights the lack of political clout on the part of the local and state government that has been shaped, according to Christopher Morris, by the legacy of post-Civil War reconstruction. And Dr. Rene Morrissey gives an update on the medical situation in southern Louisiana.