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Insightful discussions and interviews on controversial topics of society and culture, human rights, social justice and education. The Dark Room is produced and hosted by Dr. Paul Salvatori.

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Insightful discussions and interviews on controversial topics of society and culture, human rights, social justice and education. The Dark Room is produced and hosted by Dr. Paul Salvatori.

    Episode #125 - Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Evil in Us

    Episode #125 - Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Evil in Us

    Paul talks with American writer, Catholic priest and thinker, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, about evil, pride and selfishness. Reflecting ideas in his recent book, Immortal Combat: Confronting the Heart of Darkness, Fr. Dwight elucidates the dark side of our humanity, providing difficult though important insight into how dishonesty underlies the three and the dangerous consequences, for both ourselves and others, where we fail to confront it. Being a genuinely good person, as Fr. Dwight shows, is much harder than simply appearing to say and do the right things, even where that might gain us praise from others and allow us to “get ahead” in the world.


    Learn more about Fr. Dwight here.   


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    CREDITS


    Producer - Paul Salvatori


    Writer & Host - Paul Salvatori


    Sound Editor - Peter Bull


    Music - Paul Salvatori

    • 29 min
    Episode #124 - Vijay Prashad - The Injustice of Poverty

    Episode #124 - Vijay Prashad - The Injustice of Poverty

    Paul talks with Indian historian, journalist and intellectual, Vijay Prashad, about poverty, its totalizing character—in so far as it affects people’s whole realm of life, rather than their material circumstances alone—and how neoliberalism has accelerated the spread of poverty worldwide. Before the end of the discussion, Vijay share why progressive taxation, instead of philanthropy that tends to favour the already well-off, is but one responsible approach to undermining poverty.


    Learn more about Vijay and his engaging political journalism here.


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    CREDITS


    Producer - Paul Salvatori


    Writer & Host - Paul Salvatori


    Sound Editor - Peter Bull


    Music - Paul Salvatori

    • 50 min
    Episode #123 - Catherine Liu - The Sanctimony of the Professional Managerial Class

    Episode #123 - Catherine Liu - The Sanctimony of the Professional Managerial Class

    Dr. Paul talks with Dr. Catherine Liu, professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California Irvine and socialist cultural critic, about her recent book, Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class—commonly referred to as the “PMC.” Drawing from the book, Catherine reveals how the PMC—from academics to social workers—have become the educated elite of modern capitalist society.


    Though the class presents itself as being a defender of human rights, Catherine contends how this is largely illusory and obscures both their self-serving interests, including the consolidation of power and wealth, as well their rejection of the poor and working class. Finally, speaking to socialism’s potential to challenge this, the episode invites us to ask: how can popular struggle be achieved to create a more fair and just society, where all—and not only select classes like the PMC—can live materially comfortable and dignified lives?


    Learn more about Catherine here.


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    CREDITS


    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Sound Editor - Peter Bull


    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Photo - Los Angeles Review of Books


     


     

    • 58 min
    Episode #122 - Carlos Cruz Mosquera: Street Gangs and the Danger of "Positive Thinking"

    Episode #122 - Carlos Cruz Mosquera: Street Gangs and the Danger of "Positive Thinking"

    Dr. Paul Salvatori talks with socialist activist and scholar, Carlos Cruz Mosquera, about how “positive thinking”, as often found in popular self-help books, is a distraction from and counterproductive to fighting oppressive capitalist society. Drawing from his own experience as a former gang member and, later, motivational speaker, Carlos shares why radical political education is necessary to empower youth, especially those who—deprived by capitalist society of meaningful socio-economic opportunities—are prone to engaging in criminality.   


    Read Carlos’ engaging article, “I’m a former gang member and I’m done peddling positivity”, and one of the focuses of this episode here. Also learn more about Anticonquista, a socialist publication focusing on the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora and which Carlos is co-editor, here.  


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    CREDITS


    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Sound Editor - Peter Bull


    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori


     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Education Outside the System (Part 3) : Dean Spade on Mutual Aid and Learning through Activism

    Education Outside the System (Part 3) : Dean Spade on Mutual Aid and Learning through Activism

    In this three-part feature, honouring the UN International Day of Education, Dr. Paul Salvatori—alongside podcasts guests—explores the nature of genuine learning, how it can happen outside the conventional educational system and ways it is both empowering for both the individual and community.


    In the feature’s first discussion, Dr. Paul talks with Irish professor, Dr. Camilla Fitzsimons, about the value of “community education”, while addressing how it, as a force for social and political change—has unfortunately been undermined by “professionals”—disconnected from the grassroots level. In the feature’s second discussion, Dr. Paul talks with American educational researcher and critic, Alfie Kohn, about the problem of “rewards” in the school system and how that both reinforces obedience to authority and discourages independent learning. Finally, in the third discussion of the feature, Dr. Paul talks with American activist, author and lawyer, Dean Spade, about the value and potential to learn from one another through mutual aid, based on consensus-building, and that operates outside traditional systems of power.


    Learn more about each of the three guests of this feature, including their recent work and publications by clicking on their names:


    Dr. Camilla Fitzsimons

    Alfie Kohn

    Dean Spade


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    CREDITS


    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Sound Editor - Peter Bull


    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Education Outside the System (Part 2) : Alfie Kohn on the Troubling Conformity in Schools

    Education Outside the System (Part 2) : Alfie Kohn on the Troubling Conformity in Schools

    In this three-part feature, honouring the UN International Day of Education, Dr. Paul Salvatori—alongside podcasts guests—explores the nature of genuine learning, how it can happen outside the conventional educational system and ways it is both empowering for both the individual and community.


    In the feature’s first discussion, Dr. Paul talks with Irish professor, Dr. Camilla Fitzsimons, about the value of “community education”, while addressing how it, as a force for social and political change—has unfortunately been undermined by “professionals”—disconnected from the grassroots level. In the feature’s second discussion, Dr. Paul talks with American educational researcher and critic, Alfie Kohn, about the problem of “rewards” in the school system and how that both reinforces obedience to authority and discourages independent learning. Finally, in the third discussion of the feature, Dr. Paul talks with American activist, author and lawyer, Dean Spade, about the value and potential to learn from one another through mutual aid, based on consensus-building, and that operates outside traditional systems of power.


    Learn more about each of the three guests of this feature, including their recent work and publications by clicking on their names:


    Dr. Camilla Fitzsimons

    Alfie Kohn

    Dean Spade


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    CREDITS


    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori


    Sound Editor - Peter Bull


    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

1234podcastfever ,

Amazing stuff

This show is amazing! Love the variety of guests! Can't wait for more.

kale0099 ,

mixed

interesting conversations but they completely undermine what theyve been talking about for an hour in the conclusion after the interview is over and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth

Vikki Lenola ,

Fun and Brilliant!

Very interesting topics covered by these guys. Nothing is too taboo here and I encourage you to check them out! 👌🏻☺️

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