What’s the real goal of standardized testing in the US? How does it relate to the broader political economy and to racial and other inequities in our educational system? Andrew Hartman, a former teacher fired for his political activities, shares the eye-opening results of his research.
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.
Legendary antiwar activist and author David Harris talks about Iraq, Iran, US national security, and the 2004 elections.
Voices from around the world speak out against imperialism.
An examination of the relationship between quantum theory and notions of identity and individuality with Peter Pesic, author of Seeing Double: Shared Identities in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature.
A conversation about agrarian elites in Chiapas, the home of the Zapatista uprising, with scholar Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
Anatomy of a Victory. Voter approval last week of Measure H made Mendocino the first county in the nation to ban the growing of genetically modified organisms. Just how did the Yes on H campaign, badly outspent and up against the formidable biotech industry, prevail? Are there lessons here that concerned citizens can apply to … Continued
A look at two ongoing struggles over the uses and misuse of science. Last month, over 60 leading scientists protested what they view as the Bush administration’s suppression, distortion and other misuse of scientific research and information. Meanwhile, citizens’ groups are fighting efforts to promote creationism and discredit evolutionary theory in schools around the country.
A conversation about nannies, maids and other migrant women workers in the global economy, with Arlie Hochschild, Joy Zarembka and Michele Gamburd.
Anniversary Special. A special retrospective program, featuring a year’s worth of highlighted commentary and culture. The almost ninety-minute show includes fourteen excerpts from some of the most provocative interviews we’ve hosted over the past twelve months.
Charlie Varon. Charlie Varon’s signature on-stage monologues are a mixture of hilarity, acute political commentary, and thoughtful reflection on life’s bigger questions. His latest audio production, entitled Visiting Professor of Pessimism, touches on antiwar activism, religion, strange genetic experiments, and Sigmund Freud.