Mon 3.10.14 | Piven on Social Movements

Frances Fox Piven, Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? New Press, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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Are we living through a “movement cycle” – a period where social movements will keep springing up, whether it's Occupy or labor struggles or some form of organizing that we haven't yet anticipated?  That's an argument put forth by Frances Fox Piven. The social movement scholar discusses conditions for the rise of leftwing movements, their relationship to electoral politics, as well as questions of organization and labor.

Wed 3.05.14 | Indonesia's Politicide

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It was one of the biggest political crimes of the 20th century and took place with the approval of the US government. Historian John Roosa reflects on the 1965-66 massacre of over half a million communists by the Indonesian army and paramilitary groups, which propelled Suharto to power. He also talks about the documentary film "The Act of Killing," which has sparked discussion of the mass murder in Indonesia.

Tues 3.04.14 | Secrets, Lies, and the "Laos Model"

Fred Branfman, ed., Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War U. of Wisconsin Press, 2013 (2d ed.)

 

 

 

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Part Two of the Fred Branfman interview addresses US government secrecy and lies; war in Laos as a model for subsequent (and current) US force projection and military aggression; and the tragic legacy of unexploded ordnance. And Nick Turse talks about how he came to write his book on Vietnam.

Mon 3.03.14 | Waging War on Civilians

Fred Branfman, ed., Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War U. of Wisconsin Press, 2013 (2d ed.)

Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam Picador, 2013

 

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The bombing of Laos was, and still is, the most protracted bombing of civilian targets in world history. So asserts Fred Branfman about the secret, automated war waged by the US executive branch from 1964 to 1973. Branfman describes what happened in the first of a two-part interview. Also, Nick Turse discusses the targeting of civilians by US troops in neighboring Vietnam.

Wed 2.26.14 | Mammograms, Risk Calculations, and Medical Radiation

Robert A. Aronowitz, Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society Cambridge U. Press, 2007

Ellen Leopold, Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War Rutgers U. Press, 2009

 

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Do mammograms save lives? Not according to an extensive study of 90,000 women over a quarter century. In this encore presentation, historian of science Robert Aronowitz discusses the history of mammograms and the problematic notion of risk. And Ellen Leopold explores the Cold War medical use of the byproducts of the nuclear industry, as well as our exposure to radiation today.

Tues 2.25.14 | Climate Change's “Evil Twin”

Washington Sea Grant's ocean acidification page

"Sea Change," a six-part series in The Seattle Times

 

 

 

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Carbon dioxide generated by the burning of fossil fuels is being absorbed into the oceans with already serious -- and potentially catastrophic -- consequences for marine life and human life. Meg Chadsey describes the phenomenon of ocean acidification and the myriad physical and social threats it poses.

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