Wed 4.16.14 | Wasting Away

Tristram Stuart, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal Norton, 2009





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Could it be that what we don't eat is destroying our environment? Historian Tristram Stuart argues that the vast amount of food that is wasted by manufacturers, supermarkets, farmers, and consumers -- up to 50 percent of food grown in this country -- has massive ecological consequences, leading to the depletion of the oceans, the decimation of rainforests to grow grains for livestock, and mountains of methane-emitting landfills. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 4.15.14 | Celebrating KPFA's 65th Birthday

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Mon 4.14.14 | Harnessing the South African Nation

Gillian Hart, Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony U. of Georgia Press, 2014





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When the African National Congress came to power in South Africa in 1994, following the end of racialized apartheid, it was a euphoric moment. But, as Gillian Hart argues, the reality of the ANC's rule has been disappointing for many, as the new government instituted policies benefiting corporate capital. The South African geographer discusses the shaky position of the ANC after twenty years in power and the uses of nationalism in the post-apartheid era. 

Wed 4.09.14 | The Problem with Multiculturalism?

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For those who oppose racism, what could be wrong with multiculturalism? A fair amount, says radical critic Vijay Prashad, who argues that the institutionalization and celebration of diversity has become a substitute for antiracist activism. Prashad offers instead the notion of a radical polyculturalism. And, in a speech from the archives, historian Robin D.G. Kelley discusses building the future in the present.

Tues 4.08.14 | The Art of Politics

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What does the world of art have to do with radical politics? What connections have artists forged with other workers, and with organized labor? When museums present themselves as politically neutral, should we believe them? In his new book, Nicolas Lampert places art and artists in the context of political activism and militant dissent.

Mon 4.07.14| Flame Retardants and Other Synthetic Chemicals

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We may not realize it, but most of us consume toxic flame retardants and other chemicals on a daily basis. California has just overturned the mandate that flame retardants be used on foam, but the chemicals remain in much of our existing furniture. Chemist Arlene Blum, who is partially responsible for the change, discusses the use of flame retardants in everything from sofas and mattresses to baby products.  And environmental historian Nancy Langston talks about how synthetic chemicals can trigger cancer and other illnesses in humans.

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