Program Archives

Wed 11.25.15 | Black Slaves, Indians, and the US Colonial Project

Barbara Krauthamer, Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South UNC Press, 2013

Alyosha Goldstein, ed., Formations of United States Colonialism Duke University Press, 2014

Willis and Krauthamer, Envisioning Emancipation Temple University Press, 2013

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Notions of racial hierarchy abounded in the early nineteenth century as missionaries tried to convert Native Americans, federal officials sought to seize Indian lands, and Indians in the southern US bought, sold, and owned black slaves. Barbara Krauthamer relates what happened when people of different races, agendas, and social status encountered one another in the shadow of the US colonial project. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 11.24.15 | Black Prison Organizing

Dan Berger, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era University of North Carolina Press, 2014





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Protests against the police have put the spotlight back on the racism of the criminal justice system. The centrality of prisons to white supremacy was highlighted by earlier generations of black activists, especially inmates, during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Scholar and activist Dan Berger reflects on the history, politics, and legacy of African American prison activism -- embodied most famously in the writings of George Jackson and the prison rebellions of the 1970s. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 11.23.15 | Addicted, Pregnant, Exploited

Kelly Ray Knight, addicted.pregnant.poor Duke University Press, 2015

Photo essay from Knight's book



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The drug-using, pregnant women who Kelly Ray Knight worked with and studied in San Francisco's Mission District lived in shabby, privately owned daily-rent hotels. Crisis, violence, memory, and hope intersected in the everyday lives of these women, who were often pressured to do sex work in order to avoid immediate eviction.

Tues 11.17.15 and Wed 11.18.15

Against the Grain was preempted by special fundraising programming from the Pacifica Radio Archives.



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Mon 11.16.15 | The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Lobbying group, aggressive litigator, political power broker, and media campaigner: the US Chamber of Commerce is all that and more. Yet its tremendous influence does not get the attention it merits, promoting corporate interests on behalf of anonymous donor companies. Journalist Alyssa Katz reflects on the immense power of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- how it came to be what it is today, who it represents, and the human costs of its influence.

Wed 11.11.15 | Buddhist Thought, Robot Ethics

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If it's just a matter of time before humans create self-aware, artificially intelligent machines and robots, then what can Buddhist thought offer to that enterprise? James Hughes thinks Buddhist psychology and cosmology can and should inform the creation and design of AI beings. For one thing, Hughes doesn't believe it's ethical to create self-aware machine minds geared only toward the satisfaction of human needs.

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