How do people understand what’s going on in the economy, and thus their lives? At a conference earlier this month in Riverside, California, participants examined how economics and political economy are represented and understood by academics, activists, and others.
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 play The Doll Hospital which takes on the war in Iraq, the oppression of women, and migration, with award-winning Australian playwright Christine Evans and actors from the Day Laborers’ Theater.
A conversation about the export of pesticides from the U.S. to the developing world. We’ll be looking at the case of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers who have been poisoned by the fumigant Nemagon.
Filmmaker and writer Trinh Minh-Ha talks about art, cultural politics, and her latest film Night Passage.
Concerns about post-9/11 measures in the US often emphasize their impact on civil liberties. But what’s being done to immigrants and other people of color in the name of national security and the "war on terror"? Tram Nguyen, editor of ColorLines Magazine, and Pramila Jayapal of Hate Free Zone discuss what’s known and what’s being … Continued
A conversation about the harmful effects of plastics on human health.
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.
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.