Tues 7.05.11| Is Overpopulation the Culprit?

Too few resources, too many people. That's the received wisdom in most of the environmental movement, mainstream or radical. But can that assumption withstand close scrutiny? Not according to population scholar Betsy Hartmann, who interrogates whether overpopulation is a main -- or the main -- cause of our ecological woes. She also discusses the far Right's courting of liberal environmentalism. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 7.04.11| The Supermax Phenomenon

Keramet Reiter calls supermax prisons "the black hole" in this nation's system of incarceration: So little is known about them, and yet inmates in those facilities endure the most extreme form of punishment short of the death penalty. Reiter has investigated the rise of supermaxes, the conditions and terms of confinement, and the impact of such confinement on prisoners and society. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 6.29.11| Cross-Racial Third Worldism

Chris Carlsson with LisaRuth Elliott, eds., Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978 City Lights, 2011

Ten Years That Shook the City: The Audio Walking Tour, and Speaking Events

No More Deaths


As the 1960s turned into the '70s, militant Black nationalism and race-conscious identity politics came to dominate radical political organizing. That's how standard accounts of the period go -- but are they correct? According to Jason Ferreira, groups like the Black Panthers and Los Siete rejected narrow conceptions of identity, instead promoting cross-racial solidarity and creating inclusive communities of resistance. Also, Chris Carlsson describes the volume in which Ferreira's essay appears.

Tues 6.28.11| Climate Chaos

Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of ViolenceNation Books, 2011

Christian Parenti speaking at a KPFA benefit on July 14th



Residents of the Global North may be justly wringing their hands about flooding, droughts, and freak weather, but the most worrying effects of climate change are expected to hit the countries of the Global South, especially those in the broad regions on either side of the equator. Christian Parenti has reported from that vast area and discusses the shape that climate-related social dislocation is already taking, as well as the militarized plans of the rich countries to keep poor climate refugees out.

Mon 6.27.11| Jazz and the Making of the Sixties

Scott Saul, Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties Harvard University Press, 2005






Jazz is seen by many as America's greatest cultural contribution -- and it reached one of its highest peaks with hard bop. Cultural historian Scott Saul argues that the music that came out of the 1950s and 60s was not only  forged in the political turmoil of the times, but also helped shape that era in very significant and fruitful ways. He discusses the work of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, and Abby Lincoln, amongst others, and their impact on Civil Rights, Black Power, and the counterculture.

Wed 6.22.11| The Great African Land-Grab

Oakland Institute

OI reports by Joan Baxter on Mali and Sierra Leone




Huge tracts of fertile land in Africa are being gobbled up, not by Africans but by foreign investors with deep pockets. Many African governments, in cahoots with the World Bank, are doing all they can to encourage these land deals, but the consequences for ordinary Africans and the environment are staggering. Joan Baxter has done extensive on-the-ground investigation in Mali and Sierra Leone.

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