Jan Haaken talks with psychoanalyst and anti-torture advocate, Steven Reisner, about Zero Dark Thirty. Zero Dark Thirty is a film made by Kathryn Bigelow starring Jessica Chastain that fictionalizes the man-hunt for Osama Bin Laden. The film is controversial for its neutral, if not affirmative portrayal of torture as a route to capturing Osama Bin Laden. Steven says that the torture scenes were accurate in their depiction of torture, but omitted the role of health advisors in creating and over-seeing the torture program.
Bill Resnick talks with Bryan Palmer about the history of and relationship between anarchism and marxism, particularly prior to the Bolshevik Revolution. Palmer discusses the socialist roots of the two political tendencies, explaining how anarchists and marxists aimed for roughly the same revolutionary outcomes. He compares their different though complementary approaches to creating a better world. In light of historic inequalities re-emerging, he also argues for re-kindling the dialogue between anarchists and marxists.
Alan Wieder reviews Paul and Karen Avrich's "Sasha and Emma: the anarchist odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman". The book is a collaborative effort between this father and daughter. Karen took over Paul's manuscript after he died. Alan gives some background on Paul's work. The book tracks the two revolutionaries lives together and apart, as collaborating agitators and as very different revolutionaries, as advocates of free love and free thinking. The book is as much a cultural history as a book about particular people, showing Sasha and Emma's involvement in anarchist projects and plots across the US and Europe.
Bill Resnick talks with Larry Kleinman, Secretary-Tresurer of PCUN, a union for all Oregon's farmworkers. They discuss the potential impact of different kinds of immigration reform. This is the second of a two-part interview. The first can be found here.
Joe Clement talks with local police-scholar, Kristian Williams, about an up-coming panel at PSU about community alternatives to the police. The panel is a response to the Campus Public Safety Office's intention to give its agents more power to arrest as well as arm them. Kristian talks broadly about community alternatives to the police, what they've meant historical to the police abolition movement and what they mean in the context of the panel.
Tom Becker reads from an article on Truth Dig by Chris Hedges, "The Myth of Human Progress". Hedges predicts massive starvation and misery await us this century if we do not stop climate change, and isolates a certain myth of progress that stymies that action.
Bill Resnick talks with Ben Goldacre about the pharmaceutical industry's influence on science research. He points out that because clinical trials don't have to be published, there's a remarkable bias in favor of pharmeceutical manufacturers. He talks about the deleterious effects this has on doctor's and independent academic researcher's ability to evaluate approaches to treatment.