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In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.

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In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.

    Against the Grain – February 12, 2020

    Against the Grain – February 12, 2020

    A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.

    • 5 min
    Race and Class Together

    Race and Class Together

    Ian Haney López makes the case for cross-racial solidarity in the cause of a progressive majority.

    • 49 min
    Parole Under Attack

    Parole Under Attack

    According to Hadar Aviram [1], the death penalty, life without the possibility of parole, and life with parole converged into a virtually indistinguishable regime of extreme punishment in California. She describes the roles played by the Manson family murder cases and the politicization of the parole process in the shift toward interminable incarceration.

    Hadar Aviram, Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole [2] University of California Press, 2020

    California Correctional Crisis [3], Hadar's blog

    [1] https://www.uchastings.edu/people/hadar-aviram/
    [2] https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520291553/yesterdays-monsters
    [3] http://californiacorrectionscrisis.blogspot.com/

    • 3 h 19 min
    Ecological Crisis and Environmental Justice

    Ecological Crisis and Environmental Justice

    The planet is getting hotter and the effects of global warming are compounding.  The crisis of all ecological systems are becoming more evident.  And yet so are environmental movements, which have become larger and more visible than ever.  Scholar Julie Sze reflects on the history of struggles for environmental justice and the movement that we are living through.

    Resources:

    Julie Sze, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger [1] UC Press, 2020

    [1] https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520300743/environmental-justice-in-a-moment-of-danger

    • 3 h 19 min
    The Pitfalls of Race-Based Medicine

    The Pitfalls of Race-Based Medicine

    Given the disparities between the lifespans of whites, African Americans, Native Americans and other groups, it might seem to be sensible to gear medicine along racial lines. But sociologist Leslie Hinkson argues that it represents a dangerous turn in science and healthcare. She discusses race, biology, and debt. (Encore presentation.)

    Resources:

    Nadine Ehlers and Leslie R. Hinkson (eds.), Subprime Health: Debt and Race in U.S. Medicine [1] University of Minnesota Press, 2017



    [1] https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/subprime-health

    • 1h 31 min
    Slavery, Capitalism, and the Power to Commodify

    Slavery, Capitalism, and the Power to Commodify

    What role did slavery play in the story of U.S. capitalism? Does the fact that slavery wasn’t rooted in wage labor mean that it wasn’t a form of capitalist practice? Caitlin Rosenthal [1] offers a definition of capitalism and shares her understanding of how commodification, and the power to impose it, operated under slavery.

    Caitlin Rosenthal, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management [2] Harvard University Press, 2019 (paper)

    [1] https://history.berkeley.edu/caitlin-c-rosenthal
    [2] https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674241657

    • 1h 6 min

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