Program Archives

Mon 10.22.12 | Neil Smith on Liberalism and Globalization

Neil Smith, The Endgame of Globalization Routledge, 2005






Conventional left wisdom holds that the foreign policy of the Bush administration broke radically with the approach of its predecessor. Yet how accurate is that conclusion? In this archival conversation, the late pioneering Marxist geographer Neil Smith, who died unexpectedly on September 29th, discusses the history of liberalism, US hegemony, and the invasion of Iraq, which he characterizes as the endgame of globalization.

Wed 10.17.12 | Federici on "Reproductive Work"

Housewives toil without pay; the family home has become a private, isolated space; immigrant caregivers leave behind their own children; capitalism devalues domestic work in order to cut the cost of labor power: It's not a pretty picture, but it needs to be made visible and put into context, and Sylvia Federici has done both with distinction, over several decades of writing and activism and in her new book.

Tues 10.16.12 | The World's Deadliest Invention?

After the lawsuits of the last fifteen years, most people assume that Big Tobacco was dealt a mortal blow. Yet the 21st century is poised to see ten times more deaths than the already mind-boggling number of people who died from cigarettes in the 20th. Historian of science Robert Proctor discusses the contents of cigarettes, which may include arsenic and radioactive polonium amongst other bizarre ingredients, the strange episode of Nazi research into tobacco, and the ways that academics have been bought off by America's most powerful industry.

Mon 10.15.12 | The Multiple Meanings of "Latino"

HoSang, LaBennett & Pulido, eds., Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century UC Press, 2012

Tomas Almaguer, Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California UC Press, 2008 (2d ed.)

To say that there are 50 million Latinos in the US is to suggest that the category of "Latino" is clear-cut and straightforward. But is that true? Tomas Almaguer highlights the ambiguities; he also examines how Latinos, a tremendously diverse population, have been racialized, and how they racialize each other. Almaguer brings up as key factors both the US Census and Spain's colonization of Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Wed 9.19.12 | Academic Labor & Higher Ed in Crisis

William Deresiewicz at The Nation

William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education Penguin, 2011




"A self-enriching aristocracy, a swelling and increasingly immiserated proletariat, and a shrinking middle class." In the eyes of Bill Deresiewicz, that describes not just the US economy but also the troubled landscape of higher education. Deresiewicz discusses the plight of academic labor and other trends within the academy. He also evaluates calls for the abolition of tenure and for technology-based and market-driven reforms. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 9.18.12 | Halting Global Warming

Gar Lipow, Solving the Climate Crisis through Social Change Praeger Press, 2012

Gar Lipow, Cooling A Fevered Planet CreateSpace, 2012



Even after a summer of drought, fires, and extreme weather, governments seem no more inclined to address the enormous dangers of global warming than before. Within parts of the left, pessimism reigns about what it might take, not just politically but technically and socially, to halt climate change. For some, nuclear power seems a necessity; for others, reducing our standard of living is the solution. Left environmental writer Gar Lipow argues against both.

All user-submitted comments owned by the Poster. All other content © Against the Grain, a program of KPFA Radio, 94.1fm Berkeley CA and online at Against the Grain logo designed by Lise Dahms. A.T.G.'s theme music is by Dhamaal.