KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Alka Pradhan, Counter-Terrorism Counsel with Reprieve US, who is representing Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Rabbani in the Washington DC Court of Appeals, in one of the first court cases related to conditions of detention at the controversial military prison. Rabbani has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since his arrest in Pakistan in 2002, and is joining historic litigation begun by fellow prisoner Imad Abdullah Hassan. Both men are attempting to have a the court issue an injunction against abusive force-feeing techniques used by guards against hunger-striking prisoners.
Hosted as well as engineered by Joe Clement, this episode features discussions of Education, Labor, Aging, Reading, Psychiatry and Cinema: Bill Resnick talks with Portland State University Professor Patricia Schechter about faculty labor struggles and neoliberal education; Joe talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin Magazine about rethinking work; Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews new nonfiction form Penelope Lively, and Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the upcoming Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.
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Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase about the desirability of working less, the possibility of the shorter work week, and the nature of wage and other labor. They discuss the productivity and problems of wage labor and the value of what is known as "free time"; the varied possible meanings of "full employment"; and the need for collective struggles to change the balance of power in the labor market. They touch on Kathi Weeks' book on The Problem with Work, and the importance of unwaged and immaterial labor. Joe mentions his interview last week with Anna Coote, available here: https://kboo.fm/content/towarda30hourworkweek. 13:26 minutes (6.15 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with History Professor Patricia Schechter of Portland State University's faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, about why faculty are ready to strike after 10 months of bargaining. They discuss faculty stability, pay equity, and educator-led education and the importance of broad and lifelong learning and the liberal arts, as against administration focus on the needs of short-term business profit. Both students and faculty are in economically untenable positions, with mounting pressures and mounting debt. But students and faculty are in solidarity in supporting each other and the need for lifelong learning.