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KPFA - Against the Grain

KPFA - Against the Grain

Against the Grain

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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.

Latest Episodes

Fund Drive Special: Protecting Oneself from Toxic Chemicals

The world around us is increasingly toxic, with 90,000 registered chemicals in the US, most of which have never been tested for their effects on human health. While regulating and banning chemicals and other hazards is ultimately a key political question, physician Ayly Cohen argues that there is a fair amount we can do to protect ourselves. Resources: Aly Cohen and Frederick vom Saal, Non-Toxic: Living Healthy in a Chemical World [1] Oxford University Press, 2020 The Smart Human [2] Environmental Working Group [3] PHOTO: Gabriel Gurrola [4] on Unsplash. [1] https://global.oup.com/academic/product/non-toxic-9780190082352?cc=it&lang=en& [2] https://thesmarthuman.com/blog/ [3] https://www.ewg.org/ [4] https://unsplash.com/@gabrielgurrola

--5 d ago
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Fund Drive Special: Protecting Oneself from Toxic Chemicals

Fund Drive Special: Linebaugh on Paine

Acclaimed historian Peter Linebaugh discusses Thomas Paine's critiques of inequality and authoritarianism.

--6 d ago
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Fund Drive Special: Linebaugh on Paine

Overworked and Underworked

Too many hours, erratic schedules, not enough hours -- and, of course, not enough pay: if you’re a worker in the U.S, time feels like the enemy. Yet, as sociologist Jamie McCallum argues, U.S. workers tend not to see their plight as a collective one and, in a particularly American way, often wear overwork as a badge of honor. Resources: Jamie K McCallum, Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream [1] Basic Books, 2020 [1] https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/jamie-k-mccallum/worked-over/9781541618343/

59 min1 w ago
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Overworked and Underworked

Community-Level Counterterrorism

“Countering violent extremism” is a U.S. government program aimed at combatting homegrown terrorism. It enlists teachers, service providers, and religious leaders in U.S. communities to monitor and report on young people deemed vulnerable to terrorist radicalization. But according to Nicole Nguyen [1], CVE asks teachers and others to take on policing functions and criminalizes Muslim youth. Nicole Nguyen, Suspect Communities: Anti-Muslim Racism and the Domestic War on Terror [2] University of Minnesota Press, 2019 [1] https://education.uic.edu/profiles/nicole-nguyen/ [2] https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/suspect-communities

60 min1 w ago
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Community-Level Counterterrorism

Alexander Hamilton and the Climate Crisis

As much of the American West burns, where should leftists struggle in order to halt the worst effects of global warming? Christian Parenti believes, since time is in short supply, that we have no choice but to use the existing institutions of the U.S. state. And to do that, he argues, we should draw lessons from an unexpected source: Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States. Resources: Christian Parenti, Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons from a Misunderstood Founder [1] Verso, 2020 [1] https://www.versobooks.com/books/3186-radical-hamilton

--1 w ago
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Alexander Hamilton and the Climate Crisis

Parole Under Attack

According toHadar Aviram [1], the death penalty, life without the possibility of parole, and life with parole converged into a virtually indistinguishable regime of extreme punishment in California. She describes the roles played by the Manson family murder cases and the politicization of the parole process in the shift toward interminable incarceration. Hadar Aviram,Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole [2]University of California Press, 2020 Photo: Bill Oxford [3] on Unsplash. [1] https://www.hadaraviram.com/ [2] https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520291553/yesterdays-monsters [3] https://unsplash.com/@bill_oxford

--2 w ago
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Parole Under Attack

David Graeber’s Radical Vision

The untimely death of David Graeber, anthropologist, anarchist, and one of the initiators of Occupy Wall Street, has left an immeasurable void on the radical left. His friend and collaborator Andrej Grubacic reflects on Graeber’s wide-ranging contributions, from the long history of debt and class society, to the fundamental importance of generosity, care and play in our lives, to how we might grasp the possibilities of life beyond capitalism. Resources: Andrej Grubacic, "In Loving Memory of Our Friend, Comrade, and Mentor…David Graeber" [1] Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid [2] (Introduction by David Graeber and Andrej Grubacic) PM Press, 2021 [1] https://www.pmpress.org/blog/2020/09/03/in-loving-memory-david-graeber/ [2] https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1185

60 min2 w ago
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David Graeber’s Radical Vision

Peer-to-Peer Health Support

Healthcare under capitalism often involves expensive visits to trained professionals. What would a system of peer-to-peer caregiving outside the cash nexus look like? Inspired by models developed in Greek solidarity clinics, Cassie Thornton [1] has devised a radical new approach, one that involves three people focusing on the physical, mental, and social health of a fourth (the “hologram”). Cassie Thornton, The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future [2] Pluto Press, 2020 [1] http://feministeconomicsdepartment.com/ [2] https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745343327/the-hologram

59 min2 w ago
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Peer-to-Peer Health Support

Songs of Struggle, Songs of Hope

There was plenty of labor militancy in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Much of that militancy was met with violence; workers were brutalized and sometimes murdered for organizing to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. These sometimes life-and-death struggles were enshrined in song.Mat Callahan [1] talks about the tunes he and Yvonne Moore have revived on a new CD and companion songbook. (Encore presentation.) Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore,Working-Class Heroes [2]PM Press, 2019 Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore,Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in Song: A Songbook [3]PM Press, 2019 [1] https://matcallahan.com/ [2] https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1040 [3] https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1041

--3 w ago
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Songs of Struggle, Songs of Hope

The Riddle of the Middle Class

Each election year, politicians make endless appeals for the votes of the middle class. But who, and what, is the middle class? David Roediger looks at the political history of an unwieldy category, from its Cold War role as a bulwark against Communism to the Democratic Party’s rebranding of working class voters to the radical left’s understanding of the middle class or classes. Resources: David G. Roediger, The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History OR Books, 2020

60 min3 w ago
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The Riddle of the Middle Class

Latest Episodes

Fund Drive Special: Protecting Oneself from Toxic Chemicals

The world around us is increasingly toxic, with 90,000 registered chemicals in the US, most of which have never been tested for their effects on human health. While regulating and banning chemicals and other hazards is ultimately a key political question, physician Ayly Cohen argues that there is a fair amount we can do to protect ourselves. Resources: Aly Cohen and Frederick vom Saal, Non-Toxic: Living Healthy in a Chemical World [1] Oxford University Press, 2020 The Smart Human [2] Environmental Working Group [3] PHOTO: Gabriel Gurrola [4] on Unsplash. [1] https://global.oup.com/academic/product/non-toxic-9780190082352?cc=it&lang=en& [2] https://thesmarthuman.com/blog/ [3] https://www.ewg.org/ [4] https://unsplash.com/@gabrielgurrola

--5 d ago
Comments
Fund Drive Special: Protecting Oneself from Toxic Chemicals

Fund Drive Special: Linebaugh on Paine

Acclaimed historian Peter Linebaugh discusses Thomas Paine's critiques of inequality and authoritarianism.

--6 d ago
Comments
Fund Drive Special: Linebaugh on Paine

Overworked and Underworked

Too many hours, erratic schedules, not enough hours -- and, of course, not enough pay: if you’re a worker in the U.S, time feels like the enemy. Yet, as sociologist Jamie McCallum argues, U.S. workers tend not to see their plight as a collective one and, in a particularly American way, often wear overwork as a badge of honor. Resources: Jamie K McCallum, Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream [1] Basic Books, 2020 [1] https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/jamie-k-mccallum/worked-over/9781541618343/

59 min1 w ago
Comments
Overworked and Underworked

Community-Level Counterterrorism

“Countering violent extremism” is a U.S. government program aimed at combatting homegrown terrorism. It enlists teachers, service providers, and religious leaders in U.S. communities to monitor and report on young people deemed vulnerable to terrorist radicalization. But according to Nicole Nguyen [1], CVE asks teachers and others to take on policing functions and criminalizes Muslim youth. Nicole Nguyen, Suspect Communities: Anti-Muslim Racism and the Domestic War on Terror [2] University of Minnesota Press, 2019 [1] https://education.uic.edu/profiles/nicole-nguyen/ [2] https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/suspect-communities

60 min1 w ago
Comments
Community-Level Counterterrorism

Alexander Hamilton and the Climate Crisis

As much of the American West burns, where should leftists struggle in order to halt the worst effects of global warming? Christian Parenti believes, since time is in short supply, that we have no choice but to use the existing institutions of the U.S. state. And to do that, he argues, we should draw lessons from an unexpected source: Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States. Resources: Christian Parenti, Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons from a Misunderstood Founder [1] Verso, 2020 [1] https://www.versobooks.com/books/3186-radical-hamilton

--1 w ago
Comments
Alexander Hamilton and the Climate Crisis

Parole Under Attack

According toHadar Aviram [1], the death penalty, life without the possibility of parole, and life with parole converged into a virtually indistinguishable regime of extreme punishment in California. She describes the roles played by the Manson family murder cases and the politicization of the parole process in the shift toward interminable incarceration. Hadar Aviram,Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole [2]University of California Press, 2020 Photo: Bill Oxford [3] on Unsplash. [1] https://www.hadaraviram.com/ [2] https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520291553/yesterdays-monsters [3] https://unsplash.com/@bill_oxford

--2 w ago
Comments
Parole Under Attack

David Graeber’s Radical Vision

The untimely death of David Graeber, anthropologist, anarchist, and one of the initiators of Occupy Wall Street, has left an immeasurable void on the radical left. His friend and collaborator Andrej Grubacic reflects on Graeber’s wide-ranging contributions, from the long history of debt and class society, to the fundamental importance of generosity, care and play in our lives, to how we might grasp the possibilities of life beyond capitalism. Resources: Andrej Grubacic, "In Loving Memory of Our Friend, Comrade, and Mentor…David Graeber" [1] Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid [2] (Introduction by David Graeber and Andrej Grubacic) PM Press, 2021 [1] https://www.pmpress.org/blog/2020/09/03/in-loving-memory-david-graeber/ [2] https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1185

60 min2 w ago
Comments
David Graeber’s Radical Vision

Peer-to-Peer Health Support

Healthcare under capitalism often involves expensive visits to trained professionals. What would a system of peer-to-peer caregiving outside the cash nexus look like? Inspired by models developed in Greek solidarity clinics, Cassie Thornton [1] has devised a radical new approach, one that involves three people focusing on the physical, mental, and social health of a fourth (the “hologram”). Cassie Thornton, The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future [2] Pluto Press, 2020 [1] http://feministeconomicsdepartment.com/ [2] https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745343327/the-hologram

59 min2 w ago
Comments
Peer-to-Peer Health Support

Songs of Struggle, Songs of Hope

There was plenty of labor militancy in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Much of that militancy was met with violence; workers were brutalized and sometimes murdered for organizing to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. These sometimes life-and-death struggles were enshrined in song.Mat Callahan [1] talks about the tunes he and Yvonne Moore have revived on a new CD and companion songbook. (Encore presentation.) Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore,Working-Class Heroes [2]PM Press, 2019 Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore,Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in Song: A Songbook [3]PM Press, 2019 [1] https://matcallahan.com/ [2] https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1040 [3] https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1041

--3 w ago
Comments
Songs of Struggle, Songs of Hope

The Riddle of the Middle Class

Each election year, politicians make endless appeals for the votes of the middle class. But who, and what, is the middle class? David Roediger looks at the political history of an unwieldy category, from its Cold War role as a bulwark against Communism to the Democratic Party’s rebranding of working class voters to the radical left’s understanding of the middle class or classes. Resources: David G. Roediger, The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History OR Books, 2020

60 min3 w ago
Comments
The Riddle of the Middle Class
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