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The war in Ethiopia, and a common currency for Brazil and Argentina?

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Ann Neumann, author of this article (sorry, probably paywalled), on the bloody war in Ethiopia • two views on a proposed South American currency arrangement launched by Brazilian president Lula, one from Andres Arauz, the other from Brian Mier

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Feb 02 2023

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The rot of Britain and the fight for abortion rights 50 years ago

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Josh White, author of Goodbye United Kingdomon that country’s trajectory of decline • Felicia Kornbluh, author of A Woman’s Life Is a Human Lifetalks about the fight for abortion rights in the late 60s and early 70s, and how it must be part of a larger struggle for reproductive justice

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Jan 26 2023

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The state of Afghanistan and the ecology of the port of LA

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Matthieu Aikins, author of this article (among many), on the situation in Afghanistan with the US gone and the Taliban in control. And Christina Dunbar-Hester, author of Oil Beach, on the ecology of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Jan 19 2023

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A look rightward: what’s the GOP all about, and one of these left–right hybrids

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Emily Jashinsky of The Federalist on the GOP: the meaning of the speaker fight, and what is the base of the Freedom Caucus anyway? And Sohrab Ahmari, co-founder of Compact Magazine, offers a left–right hybrid.

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Jan 12 2023

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Segregation and the right’s war on public schools; how cities can live with heavier rains and higher seas

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Nancy MacLean, author of this paper, on how Milton Friedman’s war on public education fit nicely with Southern massive resistance to desegregation • Klaus Jacob, a geophysicist, on how we can live with rising seas and heavier rains

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Jan 05 2023

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Middle-classness, racial wealth gap

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Holiday-season encore presentation: historian David Roediger, author of The Sinking Middle Class, on the uses of that term in US politics, and economist Ellora Derenoncourt, co-author of this paper, on the US racial wealth gap, 1860–2020

The post Middle-classness, racial wealth gap appeared first on KPFA.

Dec 29 2022

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Rumbles on the right, AI hype

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Kathryn Joyce on the far right and its internal battles and Edward Ongweso Jr on tech, AI, and Luddism

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Dec 22 2022

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Fundraising special: class struggle in rail and higher ed

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Intercept reporter Ryan Grim, author of this article, on the fight between workers and bosses in the rail industry, and economist Sanjay Reddy on the fight between adjuncts and bosses in the neoliberal university.

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Dec 15 2022

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Fundraising special: the history of fitness culture in the US

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Historian Natalia Mehlman Petrzela on her new book, Fit Nation, a history of physical culture in the US. Plus fundraising pleas.

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Dec 08 2022

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The right reinvents its approach to schools, and black communist women of the 20th century

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Jennifer Berkshire on the latest version of right-wing school politics (since the last versions haven’t been working for them), and Jodi Dean, co-editor (along with Charisse Burden-Stelly) of Organize, Fight, Win, a collection of black communist women’s writings from the late 1920s into the early 1950s.

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Dec 01 2022

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COP27 climate conference and masculinity and imperial violence

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Environmental journalist Tina Gerhardt on the COP27 climate conference, and Lyle Jeremy Rubin, author of Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Bodyon masculinity, the Marines, and imperial violence

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Nov 24 2022

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Politics in the US after the election, racism and social democracy

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Jodi Dean on the political landscape in the wake of last week’s election, and Tobias Hübinette, author of this article, on the role of immigration the backlash against Swedish social democracy.

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Nov 17 2022

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Israel moves further right, a brief observation on Iran, and labor upsurge in Ontario

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Joel Schalit talks about the return of Bibi Netanyahu in Israel; Mohammad Salemy, about the tripartite structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Megan Kinch, about a labor upsurge in Ontario.

photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0)

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Nov 10 2022

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Elections in Brazil, uprising in Iran

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Political economist Alfredo Saad-Filho on the Brazilian elections, and Mina Khani and Mohammad Salemy on the women-led uprising in Iran.

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Nov 03 2022

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Why are teens so miserable, and how that new new left doing?

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Jamieson Webster, author of this article, examines what severe psychological distress among adolescents is telling us about American society, and Raina Lipsitz, author of The Rise of a New Left, looks at the history, personnel, and status of today’s radicalism.

photo: Paola Chaaya via Unsplash

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Oct 27 2022

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Why did Saudi Arabia cut oil production and why is Britain in political crisis?

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Annelle Sheline of the Quincy Institute explains why Saudi Arabia cut its oil production dramatically, and James Meadway, former adviser to Jeremy Corbyn and now director of the Progressive Economy Forum, explains why Britain is in economic and political crisis.

photo: Robin Sommer via Unsplash

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Oct 20 2022

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Fundraising special: Brazilian elections, and far-right women leaders

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Forrest Hylton on Brazilian elections, and Dorit Geva on why women leaders are prominent on the far right these days.

The post Fundraising special: Brazilian elections, and far-right women leaders appeared first on KPFA.

Oct 06 2022

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Fundraising special: Lieven on Ukraine, Rumberger on the history of abortion politics

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Fundraising special, featuring Anatol Lieven on the horror in Ukraine, and Anne Rumberger, author of this article, on the history of the Christian right’s attitudes toward abortion (they weren’t always against it).

photo: Elena Mozhvilo via Unsplash

The post Fundraising special: Lieven on Ukraine, Rumberger on the history of abortion politics appeared first on KPFA.

Sep 29 2022

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Vintage Barbara Ehrenreich Interviews

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Fundraiser special: excerpts from 2004, 2005, and 2009 Behind the News interviews with Barbara Ehrenreich, one of the great journalists of our time, who died on September 1.

The post Vintage Barbara Ehrenreich Interviews appeared first on KPFA.

Sep 22 2022

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Chile revisited and the drawbacks of grievance politics

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Mario Pino revisits Chilean voters’ rejection of a proposed new constitution, and Arielle Angel, editor of Jewish Currents and author of this article, explores the problems with organizing your politics around grievance.

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Sep 15 2022

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Henwood's show is a must

By H. Beale - Aug 21 2017
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Especially in these dark, uncertain times.

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By International Front Disco - Jul 29 2017
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Can you not list the guests names, at least, on the information dropdown?