15 episodes

Award-winning 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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Award-winning 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.

    Forms of Emancipation

    Forms of Emancipation

    If emancipation is what we seek, what form should it take? How far can legal reforms and rights decrees take us toward a better world? Peter Burdon mines Marx’s “On the Jewish Question” essay for insights into how to think about emancipation and whether legal initiatives can deliver true freedom and equality.
    International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
    Peter Burdon, Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment Routledge, 2015
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    The Roots of the Far Right Press

    The Roots of the Far Right Press

    At a time when media ownership was held in a few hands, rightwing press barons combined celebrity coverage with xenophobic and nationalist politics, lauding authoritarian leaders and playing down the threat of fascism. In the lead up to World War Two, the likes of William Randolph Hearst and Robert McCormack in the U.S., and Lords Rothermere and Beverbrook in the UK, flirted with fascism and promoted imperialism. Historian Kathryn Olmsted argues that they paved the way for far-right mass media today.
    Kathryn S. Olmsted, The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler Yale University Press, 2022
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    Sidewalk Planning and Politics

    Sidewalk Planning and Politics

    Sidewalks take us places, but they’re also places of their own, where all sorts of people come together and interact. Shannon Mattern, who has written about the history of the sidewalk, claims that we’re entering a new era of sidewalk planning, use, and politics, driven in large part by advances in communications, surveillance, and smart technologies.
    Sarah Sharma and Rianka Singh, eds., Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan Duke University Press, 2022
    Shannon Mattern, A City Is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences Princeton University Press, 2021
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    17th Century Climate Crisis

    17th Century Climate Crisis

    The effects of climate change are here and serious. While it may seem like uncharted waters in the modern era, our ancestors in the 1600s faced a global climate crisis in a century wracked by wars, famines, and social unrest. Historian Geoffrey Parker discusses the lessons of the 17th century, where elites — with the exception of Tokugawa Japan — responded to the “Little Ice Age” with wars and scapegoating. (Encore presentation.)
    Geoffrey Parker, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century Yale University Press, 2013
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    Cuban Socialist Ideology

    Cuban Socialist Ideology

    How does political ideology work in Cuba? What is ideology anyway? Katherine Gordy argues that socialist ideology in Cuba, far from constituting a static, abstract canon of beliefs, is practiced and produced by people at all levels of Cuban society. She also comments on Fidel Castro’s espousal of Marxism and on the role of nineteenth-century intellectuals in Cuban revolutionary history. (Encore presentation.)
    Katherine Gordy, Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice University of Michigan Press, 2015
    Katherine Gordy, “Strategies of Imperialism and Opposition in Cuba: Reflections on the Purity of Anti-Imperialism” Viewpoint Magazine
    (Image on main page by Emmanuel Huybrechts.)
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    • 59 min
    Mastering Time?

    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. (Encore presentation.)
    Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2021
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 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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