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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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    • 4.8, 134 Ratings

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.

    Weasel Words of 21st Century Capitalism

    Weasel Words of 21st Century Capitalism

    Innovation, grit, creativity, flexibility, choice — these words are ubiquitous in US society and yet, according to John Patrick Leary, they’re not neutral.  Leary weighs in on the language of 21st century capitalism and how certain keywords are a slippery way to avoid calling thing what they are. (Encore presentation.)

    Resources:

    John Patrick Leary, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism [1] Haymarket Books, 2019



    [1] https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1227-keywords

    William James on Belief and Free Will

    William James on Belief and Free Will

    Is life worth living? Can believing in something help make it a reality? Do emotions generate actions, or is it the other way around? John Kaag [1] describes how William James, the nineteenth-century philosopher and psychologist, approached and answered these questions.

    John Kaag, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life [2] Princeton University Press, 2020

     

    [1] https://www.uml.edu/fahss/philosophy/faculty/kaag-john.aspx
    [2] https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691192161/sick-souls-healthy-minds

    • 42 min
    Fund Drive Special: Capitalism and Health

    Fund Drive Special: Capitalism and Health

    Is capitalism bad for your health? Gabor Maté thinks so. The acclaimed Canadian physician and Marxist discusses capitalism, stress, and chronic illness, inimitably combining profound humanism, dark wit, and extensive knowledge of science and social justice. He makes the compelling case that the psycho-social needs to be taken into account by both the medical establishment — and the left.

     

    COVER PHOTO: Thanks to Timon Studler [1] for sharing their work on Unsplash.

    [1] https://unsplash.com/@derstudi

    • 3 hr 19 min
    Against the Grain – August 4, 2020

    Against the Grain – August 4, 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.

    • 27 min
    Fund Drive Special: Police and the Social Order

    Fund Drive Special: Police and the Social Order

    How should we understand the role that police play in maintaining the social order? Radical scholar Christina Heatherton discusses policing, neoliberal capitalism, and resistance.

     

    Cover photo via: AJ Colores [1]

    [1] https://unsplash.com/@ajcolores

    • 2 hr 18 min
    Fund Drive Special: Race and U.S. History

    Fund Drive Special: Race and U.S. History

    john a. powell on racialized logic and its impact over the course of U.S. history.

    • 3 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Tkoshark ,

KPFA, and public intellectualism, at its best

Simply one of the finest scholarly radio shows in America. I’d been listening to Against the Grain on FM for more than a decade, and I’m so grateful that it’s now offered via podcast so I can easily listen to it on the east coast. You’d be hard pressed to find a more fascinating podcast hearing from the most innovative leftist intellectuals today.

Sadie Bolt ,

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This has been my favorite podcast for over 5 years. I never miss it! CS and Sasha are excellent interviewers with deep knowledge of their own that they draw on in each episode. And they speak with brilliant and interesting people! Thank you and keep up the good work!

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