Reproductive politics — that is, the politics of keeping households fed, sheltered, educated, and cared for, as well as creating the next generation — are central to contemporary capitalism. And reproductive politics are fundamentally about class, race, and sexuality, as Laura Briggs argues. She discusses why we should recognize the household as a key site … Continued
In recent years, mothers have found themselves in the cross hairs of the legal system, blamed for a wide range of risks to their children and unborn fetuses. Cases have abounded where pregnant women have been committed out of suspicion of behavior that might affect their fetus, or even charged with murder after having a … Continued
A flamboyant billionaire, who used the media as his vehicle, presenting himself as an outsider, who could clean up politics; a person known for his populist promises, along with his sexist insults and scapegoating of immigrants. Donald Trump? No, Silvio Berlusconi — the media tycoon who dominated Italian politics in the 1990s and 2000s. Scholar … Continued
On today’s show, I’ll spend our time together speaking to Emily Pothast, visual artist and writer based in Seattle, on her latest piece published in The Establishment called True Confessions of a White Supremacist.
You’ve probably heard this before — and may even believe it yourself: Men are ambitious, rational, and inherently non-monogamous. Women, on the other hand, are nurturing, intuitive, and faithful. Scientist Rosalind Barnett and media critic Caryl Rivers discuss the questionable scholarship behind such claims about mental and psychological gender differences. They also talk about neo-Darwinism … Continued
The right is in great disarray these days, propelled by the unexpected popularity of Donald Trump. But its successes have been remarkable. As Doug Henwood points out, at mid-century the right was marginal in American politics — wildeyed Birchers wandering in the wilderness while the business class had firmly accommodated itself to the New Deal. … Continued