Program Archives

Tues 12.07.10| Uneven Development

We may take for granted the vast geographical inequalities of wealth in our world, but we shouldn't. According to pioneering geographer Neil Smith, they are actively produced by capitalism. In a seminal work, Smith provides a fully formed theory of uneven geographic development and how it helps us understand capitalism's ability to endure. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 12.06.10| Skepticism and the Counterculture

Is there ever a confluence of science, skepticism, and the counterculture? Nicky Garratt, guitarist for the legendary band the UK Subs, talks about the animating impulses for the rise of punk in the UK in the 1970s. He considers the potential for skeptical thought within countercultures--in contrast to contrarian thought--and discusses the results of a recent survey he conducted amongst punk about their beliefs.

Wed 12.01.10| Industrialized Punishment

More than one in every one hundred adults in the US is behind bars. What accounts for the 450% increase in the number of incarcerated people since 1980? Is it rising crime rates, or racism, or something else? Ruth Wilson Gilmore shared her analysis, and described anti-prison activism, before an audience at The Evergreen State College. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 11.30.10| Autonomy for All

They took over factories in Italy, fought neo-Nazis and the police to a standstill, militantly opposed nuclear proliferation, squatted large urban areas, and attempted to transform gender relations and the politics of everyday life. Radical scholar George Katsiaficas discusses the formidable European autonomist movements of the 1970s and '80s.

Mon 11.29.10| Selling Home Ownership

Alyssa Katz, Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us Bloomsbury, 2009
The meltdown of the US housing market is visible to anyone living in northern or central California, where foreclosed houses dot our urban, rural, and suburban landscapes. Journalist Alyssa Katz describes how the idea of owning one's own house has been actively fostered by a government wanting to generate private economic growth and abandon public housing. (Encore broadcast.)

Wed 11.24.10| Blue Collar Rebellion

Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow (eds.), Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below During the Long 1970s Verso, 2010
From the mid-1960s to 1981, working class people waged a double battle against their bosses and often ossified unions in a period of tremendous labor militancy. Yet that history has been written out of the books about the period, which tend to characterize workers as reactionary and prowar. Labor historian Cal Winslow and Mike Hamlin of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement set the record straight.
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