Program Archives

Tues 4.26.11| The Maya and 2012

What's going to happen in 2012? Will, as some people suggest, an apocalyptic event occur next year on December 21? Or did the ancient Maya make another set of predictions, and if so, what can or should we expect to happen? John Major Jenkins has been investigating ancient Maya culture and cosmology, and the 2012 question, since the 1980s.

Mon 4.25.11| Grapes of Wrath

Will Parrish's Exposés of the North Coast Wine Industry (scroll to the bottom)






It epitomizes corporate production in our neoliberal age: an industry tied into circuits of global finance, producing for markets far away; involving political cronyism, the superexploitation of immigrant labor, and the dramatic depletion of the environment. It might surprise you, but it's the wine industry.  Investigative journalist Will Parrish lays bare wine production on the North Coast, in the third installment of our series on California.

Wed 4.20.11| Plays, Politics, Propensities

Michael Paller discusses Jean-Paul Sartre's activities during World War II, which included writing the play No Exit, an expression of Sartre's existentialist philosophy. Tom Ross talks about the Tennessee Williams play The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. And Robert Bray comments on Williams's political views and the playwright's coming-out on national television in 1970.

Tues 4.19.11| California's Woes

California's budget tribulations grind on, with the outcome promising to bode badly for residents of the state, regardless of whether the Republicans or Democrats prevail. Yet what is at the root of the problem? California historian Jeff Lustig and tax authority Lenny Goldberg pick apart the political and social problems besetting the state -- from Prop 13 to high land prices to racism and extreme disparities in income.

Mon 4.18.11| Prashad on Libya and Beyond

Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World The New Press, 2008 (paper)




Innocent civilians in Libya were about to be slaughtered en masse, so the world community had to do something. Who propagated that message, and why? And what aren't we hearing about the reasons for the crackdown on people's uprisings in places like Bahrain? Vijay Prashad weighs in on the Arab Spring and the situation, past and present, in Libya.

Wed 4.13.11| What Children Need

Stephen Goldsmith & Lynne Elizabeth, eds., What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane JacobsNew Village Press, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus, Iona Dreaming Nicolas-Hays, 2010

Healing Landscapes (scroll down directory)

What if urban and suburban neighborhoods were designed specifically to meet the needs of children? If young people's preferences were given priority in design and planning decision making, where would children play and how would they develop? Clare Cooper Marcus asserts that parks and playgrounds are far from sufficient, and she points to child- and pedestrian-friendly designs implemented abroad. (Encore presentation.)

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