In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling. They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.
Well-read Red Frann Michel reflects on "The American Dream" which progressives are being asked to rally around, in opposition to the attack on the working class coming from the right these days. But what do we dream when we dream The American Dream? Is it a way of evading the hard reality that the wealthy classes would like us to dream that we can all be like them -- and that that would make us happy?
Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the new film starring Matt Damon, The Adjustment Bureau, based (very loosely) on a short story by Philip K. Dick.What is this satirical movie really satirizing, and what Hollywood movie assumptions does it leave solidly in place?
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss organizing efforts in Wisconsin and other states where masses of people have turned out in opposition to drastic budgit cuts. What has to happen if this energy is to lead to a real challenge to the power of the moneyed elites? Norm Diamond is a labor historian with many years of experience as an activist on labor issues. He was the President of the Northwest Labor College, and co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States.
Denise Morris hosts this show featuring a review of the Matt Damon movie (based on a Philip K. Dick story) The Adjustment Bureau; a discussion of the ideological ambiguities thrown up by the struggle for the recognition of domestic violence; some questions and about the meaning and value of The American Dream; and an analysis of the possibilities and limits of the democratic movements going on in Wisconsin and elsewhere.