Wed 8.27.14 | Engaging the State, Stopping Global Warming

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Does the radical left need to stop worrying and learn to love the state? Marxist writer Christian Parenti argues that, if global warming is to be halted, it will only be through activism directed at shaping government policy. He also discusses what Alexander Hamilton -- the first Treasury Secretary of the United States -- might be able to teach us about the predicament we're in.

Tues 8.26.14 | We Are All Criminals

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People with criminal records are, too often, written off by society. Is that fair, asks Emily Baxter, given that we've all violated the law at one time or another? Baxter's project collects and disseminates the stories of crimes people got away with, often because of their class or race privilege.


Mon 8.25.14 | The Rise and Fall of Socialist Humanism

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Socialist humanist ideas were broadly championed by key thinkers in the mid-20th century, like E.P. Thompson, Fanon, Marcuse, and Fromm, but have now disappeared seemingly without a trace. Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson explore socialist humanism's rise and fall, in part as postmodernism took center stage as an ideological current. They argue that the left is not better off without it.

Wed 8.20.14 | Boycotting Israel, Defending Academic Freedom

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Israel's attack on Gaza, which has killed over two thousand people, has left many wondering what sort of action they can take to register their outrage and put pressure on Israel. David Palumbo-Liu argues in favor of the strategy of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, against Israel. He also discusses the case of Steven Salaita, a US academic who lost his position after making statements critical of Israel on Twitter.

Mon 8.18.14 | Schizophrenia and Race

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The diagnosis of mental illness has always been colored by social biases, but a striking shift occurred during the turmoil of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Jonathan Metzl describes how African American men became disproportionately diagnosed with schizophrenia, which was reclassified as a disease of the violent, and how that skewed diagnosis continues to this day. (Encore broadcast.)

Wed 8.13.14 | Exit Right

Raymond Craib




It's a vision for a gated community of the rich, where everything is private and no taxes are paid, far outside of the sovereign territory of the nation-state. Historian Raymond Craib talks about visions for right-wing libertarian enclaves, from the failed attempt to build the Republic of Minerva on a coral reef in the South Pacific, to the Seasteading Institute plan to construct a floating city off of San Francisco. (Encore presentation.  Listen to the program here.)

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