Wed 12.08.10| Indigenous Insurgencies

John Womack, Jr. and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dreams of Revolution: Oklahoma, 1917 Monthly Review

Dan Berger ed., Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism Rutgers, 2010

Insurrection and resistance are as much a part of the history of these lands as dispossession and occupation. Native American historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has make it her life's work to shine a light on such history, which is so often hidden. She discusses the little known Green Corn Rebellion in 1917, as well as the struggles by native peoples in the 1970s.

Tues 12.07.10| Uneven Development

We may take for granted the vast geographical inequalities of wealth in our world, but we shouldn't. According to pioneering geographer Neil Smith, they are actively produced by capitalism. In a seminal work, Smith provides a fully formed theory of uneven geographic development and how it helps us understand capitalism's ability to endure. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 12.06.10| Skepticism and the Counterculture

Is there ever a confluence of science, skepticism, and the counterculture? Nicky Garratt, guitarist for the legendary band the UK Subs, talks about the animating impulses for the rise of punk in the UK in the 1970s. He considers the potential for skeptical thought within countercultures--in contrast to contrarian thought--and discusses the results of a recent survey he conducted amongst punk about their beliefs.

Wed 12.01.10| Industrialized Punishment

More than one in every one hundred adults in the US is behind bars. What accounts for the 450% increase in the number of incarcerated people since 1980? Is it rising crime rates, or racism, or something else? Ruth Wilson Gilmore shared her analysis, and described anti-prison activism, before an audience at The Evergreen State College. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 11.30.10| Autonomy for All

They took over factories in Italy, fought neo-Nazis and the police to a standstill, militantly opposed nuclear proliferation, squatted large urban areas, and attempted to transform gender relations and the politics of everyday life. Radical scholar George Katsiaficas discusses the formidable European autonomist movements of the 1970s and '80s.

Mon 11.29.10| Selling Home Ownership

Alyssa Katz, Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us Bloomsbury, 2009
The meltdown of the US housing market is visible to anyone living in northern or central California, where foreclosed houses dot our urban, rural, and suburban landscapes. Journalist Alyssa Katz describes how the idea of owning one's own house has been actively fostered by a government wanting to generate private economic growth and abandon public housing. (Encore broadcast.)
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