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Acclaimed program of ideas, 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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Acclaimed program of ideas, 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.

    Fund Drive Special: Mastering Time?

    Fund Drive Special: Mastering Time?

    A hallmark of our age is feeling we’re perpetually struggling with time—not having enough of it to accomplish seemingly endless tasks and obligations, while swimming in a sea of distractions. Can we cope if we learn, following the gurus of time management, to become ever more disciplined and productive? Or does that just feed into a capitalist logic that doesn’t benefit us? Journalist Oliver Burkeman discusses the perils of time management orthodoxy.
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    • 59 min
    Fund Drive Special: Allen Ginsberg

    Fund Drive Special: Allen Ginsberg

    In “The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg,” Jerry Aronson paints a compelling portrait of the legendary writer, visionary, activist, and spiritual seeker.
    The post Fund Drive Special: Allen Ginsberg appeared first on KPFA.

    • 59 min
    Fund Drive Special: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going

    Fund Drive Special: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going

    Open any world history book and you’ll read that the Neolithic Revolution was a turning point for humanity, when hunter gatherers gave up roving in small egalitarian groups and settled down to farm. Out of that, civilization was born, with all the benefits and ills connected to it: the rise of cities, the emergence of the state, inequality, and class society. But, according to anthropologist David Graeber, that tale is not based on fact.
    The post Fund Drive Special: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going appeared first on KPFA.

    • 59 min
    Fund Drive Special: Forceful Females

    Fund Drive Special: Forceful Females

    Zoologist, filmmaker, and bestselling author Lucy Cooke upends received wisdom about female passivity in the animal kingdom.
    The post Fund Drive Special: Forceful Females appeared first on KPFA.

    • 59 min
    Fund Drive Special: Rebuilding Habitats in Our Yard

    Fund Drive Special: Rebuilding Habitats in Our Yard

    We are living through the 6th great extinction of species and governments are almost nothing to curb it. Scientist Douglas Tallamy, however, proposes a blueprint for a grassroots effort to restore habitat in a meaningful way, seeing nature not as something to be preserved in parks and reserves far from us, but all around us in our cities and suburbs, farmlands and ranches.
    The post Fund Drive Special: Rebuilding Habitats in Our Yard appeared first on KPFA.

    • 59 min
    Fund Drive Special: Paul Stamets on Mushrooms

    Fund Drive Special: Paul Stamets on Mushrooms

    Renowned mycologist Paul Stamets talks about mushrooms, human health, bee populations, psychoactive fungi, and more.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

DostDevil ,

Excellent research and hosts

Very thoughtful and informative! Sasha Lilley and CS Song are very adept at guiding the interviews forward. I almost always learn something that changes my knowledge of the world, even from the eps whose titles I am less interested in. My favorite was an interview with David Graeber.

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.

whyareyouonlyonitunes ,

Are there any herbs for ‘orange-man-bad’ syndrome??

Extremely biased against Trump presidency. While there is some credible, unbiased, subjects discussed on this podcast, it fails to objectively evaluate the White House w/out selling the same old propaganda the left has been dishing for four years

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