Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels, a former psychoanalyst who now teaches in the English Dept. at UC Santa Barbara and is President of the UC-American Federation of Teachers, and who blogs at Changing Universities. They discuss Naomi Klein's recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and the psychology of climate change. Bob suggests that although Klein argues that climate crisis will help overcome the narcissism of single-issue politics, she doesn't go far enough in envisioning an end to nationalism.
Jan Haaken talks (again) with Mimi Schippers about feminism and football. This time, they discuss cheerleaders, the role of female cheerleaders as heterosexualizing the sport, and the labor suits professional cheerleaders have filed against teams and the NFL. Mimi is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. 8:41 minutes (3.98 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with sociologist and activist Alan Sears, author of The Next New Left: The History of the Future. They discuss the 60-70s uprisings and the culture of radicalism, and speculate about the possibility that today's movements and struggles that could well give birth to the next new left.
Joe Clement reads from Jason Read's review of Sleep Dealer, which he wrote for The Portland Phoenix. Sleep Dealer is a recent sci-fi dystopia in Spanish about a near future where robots are operated from afar by desperate Mexican workers. Jason writes about how he got to talk with the film's director, Alex Rivera, about the changing nature of work and the lived reality of exploitation in late capitalism.
Bill Resnick and Tod Sloan consider what consumerism is and isn't, the political-economic project that drives consumerism, how consumerism tries to compensates us for alienation and exploitation, how consumerism infects our social relations, and how to think about anti-consumerism in a world of material and political inequalities.
Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, review the 1994 Charles Burnett film The Glass Shield. Jonny Johnson, played by Michael Boatman, is an idealistic rookie assigned to an all white LA County Sheriff's office as its first black officer. JJ, as he's called, befriends another officer who is like him at odds with the in-group: Deborah Fields played by Lori Petty. Together they investigate suspicions they have of a cover-up within the ranks of the station that pull them into a deeper network of corruption.
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