A Step Forward? A week of marches, rallies, direct action and collective outrage in New York City culminated in … what? Did progressives win a big victory during RNC week — or any victory at all? A31’s Tim Doody, veteran agitator Starhawk, media activist Doyle Canning, and Hany Khalil of UFPJ offer their reflections and … Continued
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 discussion about black women’s sexuality with Tricia Rose, author of Longing to Tell.
What does it mean to witness the dying and death of a loved one? Richard Lichtman has written a memoir about his father’s illness and passing, as well as a broader critique of aging and death under modern capitalism.
What will happen to the Supreme Court if Bush wins — or if Kerry does? Also, what if a simple, additional tax on California’s rich would solve the state’s budget woes? Edward Lazarus, author and former Supreme Court clerk, and John Bachar, co-author of a tax-the-rich proposal, join the program.
A conversation about the money behind the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the Bush, Kerry and Nader campaigns with Alex Knott from the Center for Public Integrity and Michelle Ciarrocca from the Arms Trade Resource Center.
Attempts to privatize power, from South Korea to Canada to Russia, have met with strong resistance from workers. Trade unionist Bruno Silano and energy economist Gene Coyle talk about privatization and its discontents.
Left Behind? Neoliberalism has accomplished a shocking upward redistribution of wealth. Lisa Duggan contends that the right, much more than the left, has successfully connected its economic goals with cultural and identity-based politics. If progressives and radicals don’t respond in kind, she argues, a vibrant and truly expansive left will be impossible to construct.
Bush’s No Child Left Behind policy has been slammed by many educators for linking school funding to test scores. Yet NCLB’s approach to reading, known as Reading First, has received less attention but is equally insidious, according to educational psychologist Gerry Coles.
Transnational Feminism. Globalization, nationalism, migration, political conflict: all have often unrecognized impacts on the gendered and sexual lives of people worldwide. Gaining insight into these matters, as well as the ways in which marginalized communities develop independently of US-focused narratives, is one of the projects of transnational feminism. Paola Bacchetta and Jyoti Puri organized a … Continued
Cold War, Chess War. It was about chess — and so much more. Cold War politics, iconoclastic beliefs, negotiating brinksmanship, fiery tempers: all of this permeated the 1972 world championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Iceland. David Edmonds and John Eidinow have written an investigative account of the turbulent showdown in Reykjavik.