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.)

Tues 8.12.14 | Gentrification and the San Francisco Bay Area

Rachel Brahinsky, The Death of the City? Boom

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

What's the Matter with San Francisco?  Boom Summer 2014

Heart of the City

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Is San Francisco as we know it disappearing? Are high rents and evictions spelling the end of its glorious bohemianess? Geographer Rachel Brahinsky thinks it's a bit more complicated. She reflects on  whether tech workers are the problem, and the sharing economy the solution. And she situates this latest wave of gentrification within the cycle of booms and busts that characterize the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere.

Mon 8.11.14 | Migration and Empire

Shailja Patel, Migritude Kaya Press, 2010

Shailja Patel on Twitter






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Migrations have been a constant of human history, but migration under the conditions of modern empire, and postcolonialism, is something quite distinct and fraught. Performance artist and poet Shailja Patel discusses the experience of migration and empire, as refracted through her own life and that of her family, Kenyans of South Asian descent -- from the Mau Mau Uprising to Idi Amin's expulsion of Ugandans of South Asian heritage, from Kenya to the UK and the US. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 7.28.14 through Wed 8.08.14

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Wed 7.23.14 | Shari'a and Islamic Law: A Primer

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Some say shari'a is taking over, that it's infiltrating the US and must be stopped. But what does shari'a mean, exactly? And what does Islamic law actually prescribe (and proscribe)? Mohammad Fadel and Lena Salaymeh, both university-based Islamic legal scholars and part of islawmix, share their expertise. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 7.22.14 Rosa Luxemburg's Legacy

Annelies Laschitza, Georg Adler, and Peter Hudis, eds., Letters of Rosa Luxemburg Verso, 2011





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Proponent of the mass strike and socialist democracy, advocate of anticapitalism and anti-imperialism -- Rosa Luxemburg is a thinker for our tumultuous times. Peter Hudis, editor of the planned 14-volume The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, talks about the pioneering Marxist theoretician and leader, and explains why her radical politics and vision endure nearly a century after her assassination. (Encore presentation.)

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