Wed 3.09.11| Leary, Weil, Smith, and Ram Dass

Don Lattin

Don Lattin, "Leary's Legacy" California magazine




Four men who would have a profound impact on U.S. culture converged at Harvard in the early 1960s. In The Harvard Psychedelic Club, Don Lattin tells the story of what Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, and Huston Smith did, how they interacted, and how they influenced the psychedelic and countercultural and spiritual and holistic-health movements of the 1960s and '70s and way beyond.

Tues 3.08.11| Feminist Visionaries

They were socialists, free love advocates, birth control campaigners, and trade unionists. Feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham describes the women who transformed gender relations in the US and the UK at the turn of the last century, prefiguring in many ways the New Left, and embodying an optimism about social change that is sorely lacking today. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 3.07.11| Meeropol on Assange and Espionage Law

As efforts intensify to have Julian Assange extradited to Sweden, many continue to demand that the WikiLeaks director be tried in this country for espionage. Robert Meeropol's parents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed in 1953 after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. Meeropol talks about the WikiLeaks controversy in the context of the 1917 Espionage Act, recent treason law, and his parents' case.

Wed 2.09.11| Conspiracy Theory; Notes on Egypt

Mark Fenster, Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture U. of Minnesota Press, 2008 (2d ed.)

Ahmad Shokr

Samer Shehata, Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt SUNY Press, 2009

Conspiracy theories often get dismissed as the product of paranoia, but Mark Fenster argues that's a mistake: conspiracy theories have long been a part of American politics, and even though such theories often chase illusions, they shouldn't be dismissed or discounted. Also, Ahmad Shokr reports from Cairo, and Samer Shehata discusses the history of Egypt's labor movement.

Tues 2.08.11| Money, Materialism, TimeBanks

Mike Daisey has traveled to faraway islands and sprawling Chinese factories, and he's used what he learned there to craft two monologues about materialism, the meaning of money, what he calls the religion of finance, and the human cost of our love affair with electronic gadgetry. Also, Stephanie Rearick describes a system of alternative currency called TimeBanking.

Mon 2.07.11| Worker-Owners

Melissa Hoover & Beadsie Woo, "To Jumpstart US Job Market, Turn Workers Into Owners"

Becca Friedman, "A New Business Model for Richmond" Richmond Confidential

A Taste of Denmark

Much of the radical left subscribes to some version of "Dump the bosses, put the workers in charge." Brian Edwards-Tiekert tours a bakery in Oakland that went out of business -- until its workers brought it back. Melissa Hoover describes how worker-run businesses adapt to a bad economy. And Gayle McLaughlin discusses her plan to create jobs by following the model of the Mondragón cooperatives in Spain.
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