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Program Code Speaker(s) Program Title Price Description
CHON104 Noam Chomsky 1994 Z Media Institute Seminar $28

2 CDs

No description.

CHON119 Noam Chomsky 1995 Z Media Institute Seminar $70 Each June, at Woods Hole on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the Z Media Institute is convened by Z Magazine to bring together media activists to network, learn new media skills and hear some of the most important voices on the progressive left. Training covers general political education, organization building, activism and radical media work. This is Chomsky's morning and afternoon seminar and evening lecture, an informal give-and-take with students on a wide variety of topics.
CHON128 Noam Chomsky 1996 Harvard Trade Union Program $28

2 CDs

In his annual visit to the Harvard Trade Union Program, Chomsky speaks to labor organizers from around the world.  

CHON132 Noam Chomsky 1996 Z Media Institute Seminar $48

4 CDs or 4 MP3 files

Each June for several years, at Woods Hole on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the Z Media Institute was convened by Z Magazine to bring together media activists to network, learn new media skills and hear some of the most important voices on the progressive left. Training covers general political education, organization building, activism and radical media work. This is Chomsky's morning and afternoon seminar and evening lecture, an informal give-and-take with students on a wide variety of topics.  

CHON225 Noam Chomsky 1998 Z Media Institute Seminar $28

2 CDs

For several years each June, at Woods Hole on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the Z Media Institute (ZMI) was convened by Z Magazine to bring together media activists to network, learn new media skills and hear some of the most important voices on the progressive left.  This is the first part of Chomsky's wide-ranging evening talk at the 1998 ZMI.

CHON150 Noam Chomsky 1999 Harvard Trade Union Program $28 Chomsky, in a great informal give-and-take with union leaders from around the world, covers topics such as Alan Greenspan, the fairy-tale economy, manufacturing consent, Internet, Boeing, crime and the drug war.
CHON154 Noam Chomsky 2000 Harvard Trade Union Program $28

2 CDs

In his annual presentation at the Harvard Trade Union Program, Chomsky speaks to trade union organizers from around the world, presenting an historical account of the declining power of unions. He maintains that a propaganda war conducted by the powers that be is inducing a philosophy of futility and consumerism which keeps people under the control of their financial debt. Labor, however corrupt, still poses a threat to the status quo. In the Q&A session, Chomsky addresses the use of the Internet as a tool, the current ideology of free capital flow and the promise of the Seattle movement against the WTO.

CHON161 Noam Chomsky 2000 Z Media Institue Seminar $70 Each June, at Woods Hole on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the Z Media Institute is convened by Z Magazine to bring together media activists to network, learn new media skills and hear some of the most important voices on the progressive left. Training covers general political education, organization building, activism and radical media work. This is Chomsky's morning and afternoon seminar and evening lecture, an informal give-and-take with students on a wide variety of topics including Ben Bagdikian and The Media Monopoly, media case studies on Korea, My Lai and the Middle East, why the sixties are reviled, the PR industry, education, tenure, NPR and a detailed account of current trends in global capitalism, world trade and international relations. June 12, 2000.
CHON164 Noam Chomsky 2001 Harvard Trade Union Program $28

2 CDs

The latest in a series recorded at the Harvard Trade Union Program. The ability of intellectuals and the propaganda system to avoid and miss crucial stories takes a tremendous amount of training and discipline. One cannot rise to the pinnacles of power and respectability in the academy or the media without mimicking the official story. Chomsky gives specific examples of how propaganda works.

CHON165 Noam Chomsky 2001 Z Media Institute Seminar $42 Chomsky's latest foray at the Z Media Institute 2001. His almost usual off-the-cuff tour de force. Two seminars and a lecture covering such topics as terrorism - theirs and ours, human rights and relativism, democracy and transparency, Kyoto protocol, Al-Aqsa intifada, war criminals, Bob Kerrey, Vietnam, Kosovo, Colombia, Turkey, threats of war, militarization of space, Chavez and Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica.
CHON184 Noam Chomsky 2004 MIT Interviews $42

3 CDs

Series of interviews with David Barsamian

ZIRD005-DAVA014-WESC006-SMIT001-KINM003-MARM004 Alternative Radio 2016 African American History Month 6-Pack $60

Dave Zirin – Racism, Resistance & Black Athletes
In the wake of a rising number of racist incidents at the University of Missouri, nicknamed Mizzou, black athletes threatened to boycott football games. Wow. Did that get people’s attention. So much of the economy of state universities is tied to football, the multibillion-dollar TV contracts, the multimillion-dollar coaching salaries, and the small fortunes that pour into small towns on game day don’t happen without a group of young men willing to take the field. The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement threatens the lucrative operation of this machinery. The Southeastern Conference, where Mizzou plays, field teams that, in the words of sociologist Harry Edwards, ‘look like Ghana on the field and Sweden in the stands.’ Athletes have tremendous influence on and off campus. Speaking out and acting collectively, they can bring the powerful to their knees.

Angela DavisTransnational Solidarities
Solidarity was long a term invoked by unions and working men and women. Now, alas, unions, under sustained political attack, are in acute decline. Who can forget Ronald Reagan championing the rights of workers in Poland while smashing the air traffic controllers union in the U.S.? Today from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Ferguson, Missouri to Gezi Park in Istanbul people are in the streets raising again the cry of solidarity. Solidarity, linking up with kindred spirits is a crucial element in overcoming isolation and atomization. Mutual support and feelings, yes, of love, empower people over the rulers of the Earth. The masters want to keep us apart and to have us focus on shopping. There are glimpses of cross border alliances. They need to grow. Given the global scale of the climate change crisis transnational solidarities are needed now.

Cornel WestLove & Justice
From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter.” The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised. Is property more important than people? Racism, poverty and inequality run deep. African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Dr. King believed in the transformative power of love and as he said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Tavis SmileyThe Hidden Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been shrink-wrapped and formatted to be innocuous and non-threatening. Dream speeches, desegregation, voting rights, and Selma marches could be accommodated. But when he articulated a critique of the system as a whole then he became a danger to the establishment. That Dr. King has been largely obscured. At Riverside Church in New York he said the Vietnam War was “a symptom of a far deeper malady.” And then he added, “We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” By giving that speech Dr. King basically signed his own death warrant.

Martin Luther King Jr.Beyond Vietnam
August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s  “I Have a Dream” speech. It will be aired over and over again. The charismatic orator is forever frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on that August day. No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another address no less significant to a much smaller audience on April 4, 1967 in Riverside Church in New York. There King demonstrated his deep understanding of how the system works. He moved beyond a simple race analysis to include class and foreign policy issues. He forcefully denounced the war in Vietnam. He called the U.S. “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” and he deplored the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism.” Exactly one year later King was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone in solidarity with striking sanitation workers.

Manning MarableBy Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X
The singular voice of Malcolm X speaks today to more people than ever before. His autobiography continues to sell in great numbers. Millions have seen the Spike Lee movie. Malcolm endures as a powerful and inspirational figure. It's not hard to understand why. With his mesmerizing oratorical style and cadence it was Malcolm who redefined the discourse on race. He moved the discussion from notions of "prejudice" and "discrimination" to racism. It was Malcolm who articulated concepts like "community control" and "white power structure." It was Malcolm who made it clear that Blacks were the victims of a system of domination and exploitation that was not regional but national, not superficial but structural, not episodic but ongoing and intentional. His uncompromising critical analysis gave Malcolm his moral authority. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965, but as new generations discover him, his ideas live on.
WOLR007-WOLR005-WOLR004-WOLR003 Richard Wolff 4 Hours With 'America's Most Prominent Marxist Economist' $40

First program: Democracy at Work

Cascading economic problems and crises, coupled with dysfunctional political responses, have plunged many societies into deepening turmoil. Capitalism, the dominant economic system of our time, has once again become the subject of criticism and opposition. A global capitalist system that no longer meets most people’s needs has prompted social movements to arise and coalesce in the active search for fundamental and structural change. The establishment responds with what are called reforms. But they are superficial and quickly circumvented. Historically, the various forms of state socialism and communism do not offer a model or inspiration to those looking for viable alternatives. People are seeking new solutions to address capitalism’s injustices, waste, and massive breakdowns. One such proposal is workers’ self-directed enterprises. Production works optimally when performed by a community that collectively and democratically designs and carries out shared labor. 

Second program: The Tax Code: Class Warfare

People dread taxes. The tax code is a labyrinth few citizens dare to enter save for the rich and powerful who hire lawyers and accountants to figure out ways to game the system. One corporation paid $26,000 a year to maintain a post office box in Bermuda as its legal HQs. That little trick saved them $40 million in corporate taxes. Not bad. Taxes on the wealthy used to be high. During the Eisenhower years in the 1950s, a fairly conservative period which saw tremendous economic growth, the tax rate for the haves was 91%. Today it's a third of that and few actual pay that much. In true Orwellian fashion if you raise these issues you are accused of class warfare. There is class warfare all right. It's been successfully waged by the affluent 1% against everybody else. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Third Program: Occupy Wall Street & the Economic Crisis

By any standard, 2011 was a historic year of protest and revolution. In Tunisia and Egypt seemingly invulnerable regimes were toppled. In Wisconsin, citizens outraged over attacks on public workers, stayed at the state capitol building and camped and marched in the freezing cold. In August, more than 1,000 demonstrators were arrested protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in the largest act of civil disobedience in decades. As a result of popular pressure, the project has been put on hold. Then, on September 17, in the heart of economic power, the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Since then, it has spread and taken different shapes and forms. OWS has changed our vocabulary. 1% and 99% have entered the conversation and the focus is on the deep political, economic and social inequality in the U.S. and around the world. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Fourth Program: Capitalism Hits the Fan

Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. The statistics are numbing and do not convey the suffering and trauma citizens are enduring. Gone up in smoke are their savings, pensions, homes and jobs. Poverty is at record levels. For too many, dreams and hopes are shattered. And like the Howard Beale character in the movie "Network," people are yelling, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." Occupy Wall Street has gone global. People are in the streets pushing back and saying, Enough. "We are the 99%." There is widespread recognition that the economic crash is not just the result of greed and arrogance and lax regulation. There are deeper structural problems with a system that always prioritizes profits over people. The question is what should replace it?

CALH002 Helen Caldicott A Compassionate Society $28 Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks in Boulder in March 1991. She advises her audience that even though the Berlin Wall is down, our job is not over. Dr. Caldicott covers a wide range of issues related to the present environmental catastrophe: secret U.S. preparations for a preemptive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, the dangers associated with Rocky Flats, the environmental consequences of the weapons used in Operation Desert Storm, overpopulation, carbon in the atmosphere, and much more.
COBD001-BOJO002 David Cobb A Declaration to Amend + Fighting Corporate Personhood $24

First Program: David Cobb - A Declaration to Amend

Concerned about the influence of money in politics? You should be. Politics looks more and more like an auction with seats going to the candidate who raises the most money. The so-called level playing field is now heavily tilted toward the wealthy. Democracy is fast becoming a cashocracy ruled by plutocrats who control the purse strings. The January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision–money equals free speech– has opened the proverbial floodgates. The ruling gave a green light to them that’s got to give as many greenbacks as they want to buy elections. Corporations and rich fat cats can now give unlimited amounts of money funneled through super PACs to the politician of their choice and much of it is secret. A concerted grassroots effort, Move to Amend, is being made to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United.

Second Program: John Bonifaz - Fighting Corporate Personhood

Democracy, rule of the people, is in the ICU. The pulse, of the system of governance, begun in Athens, is fading. The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision declaring corporations are people and money is free speech may be the deathblow. But galvanized citizens are saying, Wait a second. The game is not over yet. Activists trying to reverse Citizens United were greatly encouraged by the December 30, 2011 Montana Supreme Court decision to uphold that state's century-old ban on corporate money in elections. The Montana ruling said, "With the infusion of unlimited corporate money in support of or opposition to a targeted candidate, the average citizen candidate would be unable to compete against the corporate-sponsored candidate, and Montana citizens, who for over 100 years have made their modest election contributions meaningfully count would be effectively shut out of the process."

CHON197 Noam Chomsky A Good Education $28

2 CDs

This is Chomsky at his relaxed best. It's almost like having him in your living room as he holds a seminar with trade unionists covering a range of topics. He offers a trenchant critique of "Saint" Alan Greenspan and neo-liberal economic policies. "There is a huge gap between public policy and public opinion," Chomsky says and that's where "a good education" comes in. " If you're well educated you can live with contradictions." It's a situation evoking Orwell. He also talks about two movies from the 1950s: On the Waterfront and Salt of the Earth. How the former was celebrated and the latter ignored for ideological reasons. On the environment, he says, "Disaster is coming and we may be hitting a tipping point soon."

CHON-LING004 Noam Chomsky A Naturalist Approach to Language and Cognition $28 2 cds.
ZINH013 Howard Zinn A People's History of the United States $28

2 CDs

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was one of this country's most renowned and influential historians. He helped spark a movement to reexamine what we call history. His classic book A People's History of the U.S. reverses traditional perspectives and presents history from the point of view of those who have been largely omitted from traditional texts. Zinn brilliantly reshuffles heroes and villains. The New York Times said the book should be "required reading." Engaging and witty, Howard Zinn is always a joy to listen to.

CULT017 Debu Chaudhuri Abhinandan 75 $28

2CDs

Abhinandan in Hindi means congratulations. Sitar maestro Debu Chaudhuri, celebrating his 75th birthday at Kamani Hall in Delhi. Before a packed auditorium he performs ragas, Kalyani Bilawal, Yaman, Miyan ki Malhar and Bisweshwari. Debuji is a disciple of the legendary sitar maestro Mushtaq Ali Khan. He is accompanied on tabla by the virtuoso Sandeep Das, a disciple of the great Kishan Maharaj. On the tanpura are David Barsamian and Panchali Nandy.

After the sitar recital we hear master vocalist Rashad Khan sing the popular evening raga Puriya Kalyan. Recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, he belongs to the musical lineage of Rampur-Sahaswan. He is accompanied by Shri Satyajit Talwalkar on tabla and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri on harmonium.

 
CHON038 Noam Chomsky Activism and the Media $24 What are the issues faced by alternative media sources, and how can these be overcome? How does the mainstream media function, and what are its goals? In this discussion with Canadian media activists, Noam Chomsky uses his own experiences to provide some insight into these questions and others about media, and activism in general.
KELK002-BENM004 Medea Benjamin Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda + Drone Warfare $24

2 CDs

First program: Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda

The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it was pursuing Osama bin Laden. But very quickly the Bush administration changed its objective to include the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Kabul. That mission switch precipitated the longest war in U.S. history. Washington and its NATO allies have said they are withdrawing their forces at the end of 2014. But it seems almost certain that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan. The new Afghan president, who will take office in late July, has indicated he will sign the already negotiated bi-lateral security agreement which provides for continued American military presence. Waste, fraud and corruption accompany all wars. In Afghanistan, billions of dollars have gone missing. Drug trafficking is back. And the countless Afghan dead? A price they had to pay. 

Second program: Medea Benjamin - Drone Warfare

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are the hottest new thing in the Pentagon’s panoply of weapons. They have been used with lethal effect in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Pakistan, in particular, has borne the brunt of the attacks. Many civilians have been killed resulting in intense loathing of the U.S. And now drones are migrating from battlefields abroad to the streets of the homeland. They are begining to be used by police forces which are becoming more and more militarized. The ACLU warns that the use of drones “would profoundly change the character of public life in the United States.” We are moving closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the authorities. Drone manufacturers are offering police the option of arming drones with rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas.

CULT050 Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg and Friends $28 No description
DALD001-HAVA001-CHON251-NADR018-FRAT005 Alternative Radio Alternative Election Coverage $60

AR has produced new programming related to the U.S. elections. We are proud to make incursions onto the public airwaves with critical analysis of what has been described as the country’s “electile disfunction.”

          David Daley – Gerrymandering: Tilting Elections

          Ari Rabin-Havt – Liars, Lying & Politics

          Ralph Nader – Progressive Matters (2 CDs)

          Thomas Frank – What's the Matter with the Democratic Party?

          Noam Chomsky - Elections & Voting

CULT055 Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka interview with David Barsamian $28 No description
HOFA001 Abbie Hoffman An Evening With Abbie Hoffman $28

2 CDs

A wide-ranging and often humorous talk.

CARD001 David Carrasco Ancient Meso-America $42
3 CDs

Ancient MesoAmerica

1st CD: Myths of Meso-America - Explores some of the myths which guided and inspired the Aztecs and their precursors the Mayans, Toltecs and Olmecs. 

2nd CD: The Peoples & Cultures of Pre-Colombian America - Focuses on the peoples and cultures of the region and their sophisticated and complex urban centers. 

3rd CD: The Spanish Conquest & Its Aftermath - How and why Cortez was able to defeat Montezuma and the mighty Aztecs. The complicated legacy of the conquest, from La Malinche to Catholicism, resonates today.
CULT007 Various Angel and Isabel Parra in concert $28

2 CDs

The great Chilean folksingers sing some of Latin America's most popular and important folk songs.

DAVA014-DAVA013-DAVA010 Angela Davis Angela Davis 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First Program

Transnational Solidarities

Solidarity was long a term invoked by unions and working men and women. Now, alas, unions, under sustained political attack, are in acute decline. Who can forget Ronald Reagan championing the rights of workers in Poland while smashing the air traffic controllers union in the U.S.? Today from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Ferguson, Missouri to Gezi Park in Istanbul people are in the streets raising again the cry of solidarity. Solidarity, linking up with kindred spirits is a crucial element in overcoming isolation and atomization. Mutual support and feelings, yes, of love, empower people over the rulers of the Earth. The masters want to keep us apart and to have us focus on shopping. There are glimpses of cross border alliances. They need to grow. Given the global scale of the climate change crisis transnational solidarities are needed now.

Second Program

The Meaning of Freedom

The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what's that? The freedom to starve? Or if the candidates on the ballot are yoked to unjust power structures, what's that? The freedom to vote? The colonies in Asia and Africa gained their independence from their European lords but did they gain freedom? Frantz Fanon, who worked with the liberation movement in Algeria wrote prophetically in his classic work, The Wretched of the Earth, that the newly independent states of the post-colonial era will not achieve real freedom if they replicate the patterns of oppression and domination perfected by their former masters. He warned about changing one policeman for another. Replacing white sahibs with brown and black ones.

Third Program

Radical Multiculturalism

In the United States, the term multicultural is often linked with a surface-level diversity. People of color in leadership positions are cited as examples of our move toward a society that truly values diversity. The so-called "black face in a high place" is therefore evidence of our commitment to multiculturalism. Meanwhile, the Bush administration engages people of color around the world and in some cases winds up invading and occupying their countries. And it pursues trade policies that encourage resource and labor exploitation of the global South. Social and economic justice are not connected with the prevailing view of what it means to have a multicultural society.

CHON186 Noam Chomsky Another World is Possible $28

2 CDs

No description.

DAVA-ETAL001 Various Anti-Communism and the Evolution of the Women's Movement $28 Margaret Randall, Angela Davis, Rosalyn Baxandall, Amy Swerdlow speak at the Institute of Media Analysis Conference.
LEWJ001-HEIR003 Justin Lewis Anti-Consumerism 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Justin Lews - Media & Consumer Capitalism

Rene Descartes, the 17th century French philosopher once said, “I think, therefore I am.” In today’s context it may be more like, I buy therefore I am. Orchestrated wants driven by sophisticated advertising techniques have created a culture of consumption. Appetites for the latest hot thing are engineered. Media campaigns sell cool and sexy. Marketing is key. Data are collected. People are profiled, then targeted. Cell phones. Have to get the latest one with all new features, faster processor and design. We can’t be left behind. More sales means more profits. The capitalist economic system is predicated on making money and barely considers the environmental effects down the road. That’s somebody else’s problem. In the U.S., consumerism is connected to ideology. Freedom is equated with the ability to buy things. But the pattern of endless consumption is not sustainable.

Second program: Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth

There is almost a mystical belief in growth.  Nature’s bounty was there to be exploited by man. There is endless palaver about growth as an economic panacea that will cure all ills. Economists have long postulated that growth is normal and natural and could go on forever. But can it? Conventional views of growth are incompatible with the capacity and well being of the planet. The Earth Policy Institute says, we are “on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and collapse. Environmental scientists have been saying for sometime that the global economy is being slowly undermined by the trends of environmental destruction and disruption, including shrinking forests, expanding deserts, falling water tables, eroding soils, collapsing fisheries, rising temperatures, melting ice, rising seas and increasingly destructive storms."

SCAJ002-BENM004 Medea Benjamin Anti-Drone 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Jeremy Scahill - License to Kill

Drones represent a new era in warfare. They are the White House-Pentagon-CIA weapon of choice. Clean 21st century death from above. No body bags. No weeping mothers. At least not in the homeland. The President decides who lives and who dies. It’s a dangerous world. Enemies are lurking everywhere. Let’s get them before they get us. Georgetown Law Professor Rosa Brooks, among others, are ringing alarm bells. She told a Senate committee, “Right now we have the executive branch making a claim that it has the right to kill anyone anywhere on earth at any time for secret reasons based on secret evidence in a secret process undertaken by unidentified officials. That’s not the rule of law. That frightens me.” As Bob Dylan tells us in License to Kill: “Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please, And if things don’t change soon, he will.”

Medea Benjamin - Drone Warfare 

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are the hottest new thing in the Pentagon’s panoply of weapons. They have been used with lethal effect in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Pakistan, in particular, has borne the brunt of the attacks. Many civilians have been killed resulting in intense loathing of the U.S. And now drones are migrating from battlefields abroad to the streets of the homeland. They are begining to be used by police forces which are becoming more and more militarized. The ACLU warns that the use of drones “would profoundly change the character of public life in the United States.” We are moving closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the authorities. Drone manufacturers are offering police the option of arming drones with rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas.

KUCD001-ZINH044 Dennis Kucinich Antiwar 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Dennis Kucinich - War and Peace

The U.S. has the world’s most powerful military machine. Its navy controls the seas, its air force the skies. Almost 70 years after the end of World War Two, its armies occupy bases from Germany and Italy to South Korea and Japan. Its CIA-operated drones attack Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan. Its multiple intelligence agencies have black sites and black budgets and carry out black operations. The financial costs of maintaining an empire are enormous. The moral costs are incalculable. And some would suggest the external violence connects to the murderous rampages and shootings here in the homeland. The signs of structural decay are all too apparent. Nation building begins at home. Can we imagine a culture of peace? Can we create a political and economic system that serve the needs of people and protects and honors the Earth? 

Howard Zinn - Against War

If an honest history is ever written of the U.S. war on Iraq it may not be believed. It’s ten years since Washington launched its shock and awe attack on Iraq. Remember: weapons of mass destruction, axis of evil, mobile chemical labs, slam dunks, Curveball, smoking guns, mushroom clouds, cakewalks, liberators, regime change and mission accomplished. The architects of the war: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Feith, Wolfowitz, and others should be doing time instead of having a good time. Today, Iraq is a broken country. Nothing will bring back the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. The U.S. owes Iraq reparations for the destruction it has caused. But being the global superpower means you never have to say you’re sorry or face justice. The permanent war economy feeds on conflict and strife. Is it utopian to imagine a different future?

LEVG001-RUEJ001-SCHM001-BLUM001-ABUA001-SALS002 Alternative Radio AR Programs on Israel-Palestine $60

The Israel-Palestine question is too controversial for most media organizations. But not for Alternative Radio. The following six programs aired on nearly 200 radio stations.

Gideon Levy – The Never Ending Occupation: Palestine

Josh Ruebner – Shattered Peace: Israel-Palestine

Michael Schwartz - Oil & Gas Wars

Max Blumenthal – Israel: Siege Mentality

Ali Abunimah – Justice in Palestine

Steven Salaita – Palestine & the Limits of Academic Freedom

CHON210 Noam Chomsky Arab Revolts $28

2 CDs

Lecture.

KHAR003-ARIA001 Rashid Khalidi Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine + Inside the Middle East $24

2 Programs

First Program: Rashid Khalidi - Armenia, Kurdistan & Palestine: Unhealed Wounds

World War I, 1914-1918, was called the war to end all wars. Alas, that was hardly the case. The Versailles Treaty turned the peace into pieces. It led directly to an even more destructive world war in 1939. The imperial cartographers of Britain and France drew lines in the sand and created new states and borders in the Middle East. In the backroom deals, betrayals and secret arrangements, people were sliced and diced and their aspirations snuffed. Seeds of distrust and enmity were planted. In particular, Armenia, Kurdistan and Palestine were victims of European and later U.S. machinations. The legacy of what happened a century ago is with us today. Many of the region’s current tensions and conflicts are rooted in the past and are likely to continue unless there is a just resolution of unresolved issues.

Second Program: Abdullah Al-Arian – Inside the Middle East

Antonio Gramsci, the great Italian Marxist said, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” That certainly seems to describe the Middle East today. Lots of morbid symptoms. After a series of uprisings, the so-called Arab Spring, the region has spun into a deadly spiral. Just sample these headlines, all from the same day: Libya: Islamist Militia Fighters Clash with Troops; Egypt: Bomb Kills 2 in Army Vehicle; Turkey: Boy Accused of Insulting President is Arrested; West Bank: Firebomb Seriously Wounds an Israeli Girl; Jordan: Threatens ISIS with Grave Consequences. And the horror that is Syria and the decade-long catastrophe that is Iraq continue unabated. The scope and scale of instability and violence has no recent precedent. Why is it happening?

 

 
ARSP006 Armenian Survivors Project Armenian Survivors Project - Araxie & David Barsamian $28 Two CDs.
ARSP008 Armenian Survivors Project Armenian Survivors Project - Araxie Barsamian & Anahid Katchian $28 Two CDs.
ARSP002 Armenian Survivors Project Armenian Survivors Project - Kevork Garabedian $28 Two CDs. Interview in Armenian.
ARSP004 Armenian Survivors Project Armenian Survivors Project - Navasart Deirmenjian $28 Two CDs. Interview in Armenian.
ARSP007 Armenian Survivors Project Armenian Survivors Project - Paul Bedrosian $56 Four CDs.
ARSP001 Armenian Survivors Project Armenian Survivors Project – Sarkis Hagopian $28 Two CDs. Interview in Armenian.
ROYA020-ROYA018 Arundhati Roy Arundhati Roy 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Arundhati Roy – Gandhi & Caste

States have their iconic heroes. Founding Fathers. Jinnah in Pakistan, Ataturk in Turkey, George Washington in the U.S., Gandhi in India. To criticize them is risky business as they have been elevated to god-like status. Gandhi is no exception. He is revered and honored. His portrait hangs in many buildings and homes. His statue graces many public squares. And he is on the rupee note. The adulation extends outside of India. The British government recently announced that his statue would be placed in Parliament Square. But all people have cracks in their armor. Gandhi supported the highly elaborate Hindu caste system of social segmentation and stratification, and hereditary class division. While deploring discrimination and oppression of Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, Gandhi did not see the hierarchical caste system as morally wrong and undemocratic.

 

Arundhati Roy - Reimagining the World

The news item was brief and buried in the back pages: “India: Maoists Ambush Patrol, Killing 7 Soldiers. The attack occurred in a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand State. Thousands of people have been killed in the past decade in violence involving Maoists, who claim they represent India’s dispossessed, particularly indigenous tribal groups.” You may wonder, What’s going on? Isn't India a democracy? In India, the U.S. and other countries the actual functioning of democracy has largely been hollowed out. Yes, there are elections and people vote but the nexus of decision-making power lies elsewhere. Corporations dominate the political process. With their fistful of dollars they are able to exact outcomes that benefit them. As environmental destruction continues unabated we must reimagine a different world. One in which people and the planet are more important than profits.

CHON163 Noam Chomsky At Columbia Journalism School $28

2 CDs

Chomsky mixes it up with the next generation of "the best and the brightest" at one of the country's premier journalism schools. After making some introductory remarks, Chomsky fields questions on various media topics as well as foreign policy issues such as the Test Ban Treaty, Bolivia, Cuba, international terrorism, WTO, Vietnam and how the media contribute to making the U.S. "the most paranoid and frightened population in the world."

SAIE029 Edward Said At the Rendezvous of Victory $28

2 CDs

Sadly, the last in a series of interviews that David Barsamian did with Edward Said. The interview takes its title and inspiration from a poem by Aime Cesaire, Martinique's great anti-colonial poet. A wide area comes under Said's gaze and scrutiny. Among the topics covered are the role of culture in resistance, the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, the manipulation of language, Palestine, Iraq, imperialism, the uses of memory and suffering, and George Orwell. Hear one of the most brilliant and creative minds of this era. 

KHOR005-HASN001 Rami Khouri Authoritarian Regime 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Rami Khouri - Arab Jails & American Jets

The book The Management of Savagery is a teaching manual of the so-called Islamic State, aka ISIS. It defines the techniques of deploying terror. The book outlines how a group of militants could seize land and establish their own self-governing Islamic state. It lays out how to create small pockets of territorial control and from there to establish a caliphate. ISIS has become notorious with its sectarian violence and atrocities. Its meteoric rise took Washington and all the experts by surprise. Initially, Obama dismissed them as the equivalent of a JV, junior varsity, an amateur basketball team. The media fail to pose the crucial questions: What fuels ISIS? What makes it tick? How does U.S. policy in the Middle East and that of its regional allies contribute to the instability that ISIS thrives on? What’s the relationship between Arab jails and American jets?

Second program: Nader Hashemi - The Broken Politics of the Middle East

From Yemen to Iraq and from Libya to Syria, the Middle East is drenched in chaos and violence. The bright promises of the Arab Spring uprisings have disappeared into a dark winter. Egypt, where a popular revolt overthrew Mubarak, is once again under the thumb of a military dictator with, are you sitting down, support from Washington. In pursuit of what is called moderation and stability the U.S. has backed a string of tyrants in the region. Democratic institutions were never encouraged beyond the rhetoric of press releases. The fundamental basis of the relationship between the U.S. and most Arab countries? Obey orders and keep the oil flowing. Corruption, autocratic rule, unemployment, poverty and extreme inequality are the norm in most of the Middle East. In this landscape, the appeal of messianic groups like ISIS strikes a chord.

TODO002 Various Baker's Dozen Environmental Programs Package $100

13 programs (Summer 2016 Special Offer)

Naomi Klein – The Radical Leap

Tim Flannery – Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Christian Parenti – Climate Crisis

Bill McKibben – Breaking Away from Fossil Fuels

Michael Brune – Clean Energy Victories

Paul Ehrlich – Distress Signals from Earth

Arun Gupta – Terrorism, Climate Change & Capitalism

Lester Brown – The Future of Civilization

Thomas Linzey – Corporations, Communities & the Environment

Noam Chomsky – Human Intelligence & the Environment

Tom Hayden – A Global Warning

Naomi Klein – Transitioning to Climate Justice

Vandana Shiva – We Are All Seeds

BLAW001-FRAT003 William Black Banks, Fraud & Looting + Ideology Over Reality $24

First Program: William Black - Banks, Fraud & Looting

Bankers brought the world's economy to the brink of collapse and then as the Occupy slogan says, “We got sold out, they got bailed out.” In many ways Goldman Sachs, one of the largest and most important investment banks, epitomizes all that is wrong with the economic system. Its CEO modestly announced that they were doing “God's work.” There was a big brouhaha when Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, quit the firm with a blistering New York Times op-ed. Smith, said it had become “morally bankrupt” and he decried the "toxic and destructive" environment at the bank that put profits ahead of ethics. "It makes me ill,” he said, how callously people [at the bank] talk about ripping their clients off. I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as muppets."

Second Program: Thomas Frank - Ideology Over Reality

Ideology is a set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political and economic system. It can evolve in strange ways to the point where evidence and facts are not only irrelevant but are treated with scorn and derision. In its distorted form, its followers adopt rigid fundamentalist positions. Anyone who challenges the groupthink is a heretic, a non-believer. In the United States for example, the dominant narrative is that its foreign policy is altruistic and based on good intentions. When things go wrong, it's the people we are trying to help, like those ungrateful Afghans, who mess things up. Domestically the so-called free market takes on near theological trappings. Reality is replaced by fantasies. In parts of U.S. political culture one can see these tendencies on display. It's weird and dangerous.


SAIE012-SAIE023-SAIE024 Edward Said Best of Edward Said 3-Pack $33

3 CDs 

First program - Culture & Imperialism

Imperial power is constructed on a bedrock not only of force but of culture as well. Culture provides the crucial underpinning, justification and validation of empire. Its crudest manifestation is perhaps Kipling's "White man's burden." A more refined version is the French "mission civilisatrice," civilizing mission. Imperialism is often thought of as a European phenomenon of the past. In fact it continues today in different shapes and forms. Colonial attitudes are masked in new rhetoric. The U.S. carries out its imperial policies behind the facade of democracy and freedom. Culture and politics produce a system of control that transcends military power to include a hierarchy of representations and images that dominate the imaginations of both the oppressor and the oppressed.

Second program - Unresolved Geographies, Embattled Landscapes

The standard imperial strategies of "divide and rule" and "partition and quit" have had disastrous consequences in Ireland, Palestine and India. The ravages of identity politics and skewed nationalist impulses have further contributed to turmoil and war. Independence for many post-colonial states has meant little more than replacing a foreign system of oppression with a local one. What are the ways to create new forms of affiliation and communal existence in order to overcome difference and resolve conflicts?

Third program - Out of Place

A fatal medical diagnosis prompted Edward Said to leave a record of his youth in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. "The start of chemotherapy had been a point of no return," he says, "but a memoir would be the opposite - a going back, an effort to rescue from oblivion a time and place that had all but disappeared." But his book Out of Place set off a controversy. His very origins were challenged by Commentary and then picked up by others. Said says the attack "is to smear Palestinian claims to dispossession and the right of return."

SHIV001-SHIV020-SHIV021 Vandana Shiva Best of Vandana Shiva 3-Pack $33

3 CDS

Vandana Shiva – We Are All Seeds

Seeds, those little things we kind of take for granted, are the essence of life. Increasingly, corporations have taken over agriculture and in their insatiable quest for profits have injected GMOs, genetically modified organisms, into the food chain. As the joke goes, GMO stands for “God Move Over.” The four largest GMO crops, corn, soy, sugar beets and canola constitute 70 percent of all products on the store shelves. Should the government require mandatory labeling on foods containing genetically engineered ingredients? A lot of people think so. Large agribusiness and biotech companies have spent hundreds of millions fighting labeling. With control of seeds through patents and so-called intellectual property rights in the hands of a few corporations, biodiversity disappears, and is replaced by GMO monocultures. Seeds in traditional cultures were regarded as sacred. It’s time we stopped soiling the soil.

Vandana Shiva – Recovery of the Commons

It is almost a given that the industrialized countries, the North, are the epitome of progress and wisdom. The South, the Third World, is a place of backwardness and ignorance, but it does have lots of resources. The North wants to use those resources to continue to enrich itself. Today parts of the South are redefining and challenging conventional notions of growth and development. There is resistance to the destructive effects of transnational corporations and global capitalism and a new awareness of the value of indigenous knowledge and centuries-old diverse agriculture.

Vandana Shiva – Radical Compassion

There was much fanfare as the leaders of the U.S. and China, the world’s largest carbon polluters signed what was trumpeted as an “historic” deal cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But the Center for Science & Environment in India denounced the agreement as “self-serving” and “business as usual.” Much more urgent action is required to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. As the eco-crisis accelerates and the major contributors to climate change make grandiose statements but then take halfhearted measures, it is easy to despair. But we simply can’t afford to do nothing and wallow in negativity. The moment calls for action and engagement not passivity and indifference. The magnitude of the crisis requires radical compassion for the Earth and all its inhabitants and flora and fauna. Despite probes landing on comets this is the only home we have.

ALP003-ALPG002 Gar Alperovitz Beyond Capitalism + A New Economic Paradigm $24

First Program: Gar Alperovitz - Beyond Capitalism 

Discontent with the corporate-run economy is mounting in the wake of the Great Recession. For too many these are dark times suffused by anger, hopelessness, and despair. There is a long-term structural crisis of capitalism. The problems are systemic. The top 400 people own more wealth than the bottom 185 million Americans. How to reverse the ominous spiral of income and wealth inequality? There is an emerging new economy of practical bottom-up efforts underway in many cities and towns that seek to democratize wealth and empower citizens and communities, not corporations. There is a range of initiatives such as worker-owned businesses, cooperatives, community land trusts, credit unions, and social enterprises. These structures suggest a roadmap for laying the foundation to support the values of equality and meaningful democracy and creating a sustainable economy that can satisfy human needs.

Second Program: Gar Alperovitz - A New Economic Paradigm

When something doesn't work you either get it fixed or replace it. Makes sense right? Take capitalism. It careens from crisis to crisis. It has systemic structural problems. The traditional remedies, such as legislative reform, don't work or if they do they are soon outflanked by power brokers who know how to game the rules. The Great Recession continues. Discontent and anger are growing. The Occupy movement has illuminated how deeply the deck is stacked against the ordinary citizen. It is past time to look at alternatives in how the economy is organized. Fundamental changes are required. It may take a long time but seeds are now being sown. There are bottom-up grassroots efforts quietly going on that suggest a different model. There is an emerging "new economy" which empower communities and workers, not corporations.

NADR005 Ralph Nader Beyond Politics as Usual $28 Two out of three Americans say they are fed up with politics as usual as represented by the traditional parties. In 1996, Ralph Nader accepted the nomination of the Green Party to run for President. He gave one of the most memorable and dynamic acceptance speeches in memory.
CHON029 Noam Chomsky Beyond the Reagan Era $28

2 CDs

Citing the experience and achievements of dissident movements in recent years, Chomsky illustrates how American political culture has changed and progressed. He demonstrates, with many examples, how the movements for social and political change have had an impact on U.S. foreign policy. He draws on the lessons of the past and sketches out the future. Part One is the lecture, Part Two the question-and-answer session.

TURK001 Kwame Ture Black Nationalism $28
RHOJ001-SEAB001 Bobby Seale Black Panthers 2-Pack $24

First program: Jane Rhodes - Framing the Black Panthers

The Black Panthers, founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966, made an extraordinary impact on politics and culture. They captured the imagination of a generation and achieved iconic status with their berets, clenched fists, leather jackets, guns and their trademark slogan, All Power to the People.Despite radical chic and achieving near celebrity status, their militancy threatened the establishment.What never got much attention was the organization’s community outreach such as free breakfast for children and education programs. The Panther’s raised awareness of institutional racism and the routine violence against blacks by police departments. The group did much to instill a sense of pride and resistance among many African Americans. Key to their strategy was using the media to get their ideas out through photo-ops, press conferences, marches and demonstrations. The media in turn framed the Panthers.

Second program: Bobby Seale - The Black Panther Party

In the sixties and seventies, the Black Panther Party captured the imagination of millions in the U.S. and around the world. The organization also attracted the rapt attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI launched a sustained counterintelligence program to infiltrate, disrupt and destroy the Panthers. The media and popular history have focused on gun-toting Panther militancy and ignored the group's dedication to community organizing and providing much-needed services. Seale's candid eyewitness account of the Panthers' rise and fall makes for a memorable program. 

DAVA004 Angela Davis Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name $24

2 CDs

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JONC001-TAYK002 Camara Phyllis Jones Black Women of Power 2-Pack $24

2 CDS

First Program: Camara Phyllis Jones – Race & Health

For more than a year the public was complaining about the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The water was so pungent and foamy that one priest had stopped using it for baptisms. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality, confidently announced, “Anyone who is concerned about lead in the drinking water in Flint can relax.” Flint is a majority African-American city. In nearby Detroit, 85% black, schools are heavily infested with rats, roaches and mold. Might those conditions affect the health of an overwhelmingly black student population? In Baltimore, another largely black city, the levels of lead poisoning among children is three times the national rate. Racism is a big part of the social determinants of health. It’s past time we acknowledge that and do something about it.

Second Program: Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor – Black Lives Matter

The Black Panther Party was founded fifty years ago. It did much to raise consciousness and pride among African-Americans. It was seen as a threat by the establishment and was thus targeted by Hoover’s FBI in a campaign of infiltration, destabilization and assassination. Today a new generation of activists has arisen in the aftermath of a series of outrageous killings of African-Americans by police. The Black Lives Matter movement has reawakened attention to the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and the persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and unemployment. Who can forget Eric Garner’s plea of “I can’t breathe” before he was choked to death on a Staten Island street? It symbolizes the plight of many blacks trying to survive in crushing poverty. The Black Lives Matter movement holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation. 

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

 

MARM004-DYSM001 Manning Marable Brother Malcolm 2-Pack $24

2 CDS

First Program: By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X

The singular voice of Malcolm X speaks today to more people than ever before. He endures as a powerful and inspirational figure. It's not hard to understand why. With his mesmerizing oratorical style and cadence it was Malcolm who redefined the discourse on race. He moved the discussion from notions of "prejudice" and "discrimination" to racism. It was Malcolm who articulated concepts like "community control" and "white power structure" and “the field Negro and the house Negro.” It was Malcolm who made it clear that Blacks were the victims of a system of domination and exploitation that was not regional but national, not superficial but structural, not episodic but ongoing and intentional. His uncompromising critical analysis gave Malcolm his moral authority. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965, but as new generations discover him, his ideas live on.

Second Program: Malcolm X and the Politics of Race

Malcolm X's life represents an extraordinary evolution and transformation from street hustler and ex-con to an intellectual visionary with a race and class analysis. He went from being a narrow nationalist to incorporating a broad global perspective. He articulated a strong challenge to the system of power and privilege. Consequently, the FBI wiretapped Malcolm, read his mail, and kept him under surveillance. On February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in West Harlem. In his final year he gave fiery talks throughout the country, including the famous Ballot or the Bullet Speech from King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit. This special program marks 50 years since his assassination.

 

CHON017 Noam Chomsky Cambodia $24 poor audio
ENGY001-NIKA001 Andrew Nikiforuk Canadian Extractions 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Yves Engler - What's Going on in Canada?

What’s going on in Canada? Justin Bieber? Snow? Hockey? Since 2006, the vast country of 35 million people has been led by Stephen Harper. He is prime minister and head of the Conservative Party. Earlier in his political career he was a Member of Parliament representing Calgary in Alberta province. To say Harper has close ties with Canada’s powerful oil and mining interests would be an understatement. He is a fervent advocate of the tar sands project in Alberta and has aggressively backed its expansion. Scientists such as James Hansen call the extraction of this particularly dirty oil a “monster” and “game over” for stabilizing the climate. Harper is strongly backing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That project, opposed by many in the U.S., is on Obama’s desk right now.

Andrew Nikiforuk -  Tar Sands: Canada's Mordor

Mordor is the realm of the evil Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings.” Tolkien describes it as “a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." If you look at Canada’s Alberta tar sands you might imagine it’s something like Mordor. The gigantic effort to extract oil has turned the province into a hydrocarbon kingdom. And it may be one of the most environmentally destructive projects on earth. Tar sands burn more carbon than conventional oil; destroy forests; kill wildlife; poison the water supply and communities downstream; drain the Athabasca, the river that feeds Canada’s largest watershed, and contribute to climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to refineries in the U.S. has been put on hold because of protests but it is likely to resurface. Interview by David Barsamian.

RAMM001-WOLR003 Richard Wolff Capitalism Hits the Fan + Gimme Shelter: The Housing Crisis $24

First Program: Richard Wolff - Capitalism Hits the Fan

Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. The statistics are numbing and do not convey the suffering and trauma citizens are enduring. Gone up in smoke are their savings, pensions, homes and jobs. Poverty is at record levels. For too many, dreams and hopes are shattered. And like the Howard Beale character in the movie Network, people are yelling, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." Occupy Wall Street has gone global. People are in the streets pushing back and saying, Enough. "We are the 99%." There is widespread recognition that the economic crash is not just the result of greed and arrogance and lax regulation. There are deeper structural problems with a system that always prioritizes profits over people. The question is what should replace it? 

Second Program: Max Rameau -  Gimme Shelter: The Housing Crisis

 

Anatole France, Nobel Prize winner wrote, “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” During the on going Great Recession, millions have lost their homes. Many of those who have ended up homeless, are living, if you can call it that, in the streets. You can see them from Santa Monica to Madison Ave to Vancouver in Canada.  In Boulder, where I live, every morning, they emerge from behind bushes and from under bridges. It is shameful giving the level of wealth that so many are without shelter. The U.S. spends billions maintaining military bases all over the world and has 11 aircraft carrier battle groups roaming the seven seas but at home people don’t have a roof over their heads.

KLEN005-BRUM001 Naomi Klein Capitalism vs. the Climate + Clean Energy Victories $24

2 CDs

First program: Naomi Klein - Capitalism vs. the Climate

“Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.” Those words of warning were written in 1992 by some 1,700 scientists including more than 100 Nobel laureates. Here we are, more than two decades later still talking, still drilling and doing very little to protect our precious planet from an economic system that prioritizes profits over the well being of Earth.

Second program: Michael Brune - Clean Energy Victories

Many people see the crisis posed by climate change clearly but governments, largely influenced by money coming from coal, oil and natural gas corporations, do not act. Huge demonstrations from New York to more than 150 cities all over the world indicate that people want action on climate change now. Germany is leading the way with solar technology. Prices are coming way down. China is investing more in renewable energy than the U.S. And in an extraordinary development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The historical significance can’t be missed. It was John D. Rockefeller who, a century ago, began Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon Mobil. In addition to the Rockefeller move more than 800 big investors have pledged to withdraw $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. It’s a symbolic and substantive victory.

ROYA016-ROYA017 Arundhati Roy Capitalism: A Ghost Story + India: The World's Largest Democracy $24

First Program: Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism is fairly universal in its practices allowing for some differences. The overarching goal is to satiate what one economist called its “werewolf hunger” for profits. The tar sands project in northern Alberta, the most environmentally destructive operation on earth, is proceeding apace, because it is a money-making bonanza. There is a telling cartoon in The New Yorker. A CEO of a major corporation is meeting with stockholders who are keen to hear about new dividends. He tells them, While long-term prospects for the planet are grim indeed with widespread misery, hunger, and wars, in the short term there are excellent opportunities for us to make more money. That sums up the corporate mindset. India has its own brand of rapacious capitalism. While hundreds of millions live in dire poverty a class of gazillionaires has emerged with maharaja-like conspicuous consumption.

Second Program: India: The World's Largest Democracy

India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act has given noncommissioned army officers a license to kill. And elaborate surveillance network maintains government corruption rackets. The corporate pillaging of India takes place behind state coordinated cover-ups. In conversation with David Barsamian, Arundhati Roy says the unsayable about the impact of these trends on India in general, and especially in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and of course Kashmir. While the Obama Administration forges “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century” for the United States, these partners in democracy are adopting colonial practices toward tribal and agrarian people.

HEDC008-HEDC007 Chris Hedges Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire + Corporate Coup d'Etat $24

2 CDs

Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and other resources, its relentless hunger for profits, its garrisoning the globe with military bases, its arrogant disregard for the environment, is on the same suicidal path as Ahab. Washington’s policies, under both political parties, are always imbued with benevolence and noble intentions. It is innocent of imperialistic designs. Freedom and democracy are its goals. A well-disciplined media and intellectual class rarely challenge these embedded assumptions. We continue to ignore all warnings as to the destruction we are wreaking on the planet. 

Corporate Coup d'Etat

Corporations constitute the most powerful force in society. Their influence has seeped into our classrooms, our newsrooms, our entertainment systems, our consciousness and crucially into our politics. Big money buys access to lawmakers. For sheer arrogance perhaps Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment giant, takes the cake. Its CEO Lloyd Blankfein, blithely advises citizens they will have to “lower” their “expectations” when it comes to Social Security which he calls an “entitlement.” Goldman Sachs, made $5.6 billion in profits last year yet it secured tax breaks for its fancy new HQs in New York as well as tax-free bonuses for its top executives. Corporations reign supreme while most people are simply caught in the rain and are getting soaked. Because of the fiscal cliff deal the average worker this year will take home about a thousand dollars less.

BERB001 Barbara Bernstein Carefully Taught: Clashing Values in the Classroom $28

2 CDs

Public education is under attack. Classrooms and school boards are ideological battlegrounds in the so-called cultural war. This special two-part documentary explores the struggles taking shape over curriculum, funding and vouchers. The programs look at not only the problems facing public schools but also some of the exciting and innovative changes that have taken place in the past twenty years. Carefully Taught features the voices of many of the leading figures and grassroots activists in the cultural war, from all sides, including Bill Bigelow, author of the "Rethinking Columbus" curriculum, along with conservative school board members, spokespeople from conservative think tanks and the ultra-right chair of the California State Assembly education committee. Carefully Taught is produced by the Portland, Oregon- based Barbara Bernstein.

CHON245 Noam Chomsky Chomsky 87th Birthday Interview $28

The latest in the historic series of Chomsky-Barsamian interviews. 

(2CDs)

Alexander Cockburn used to quip that the two greatest disasters to befall the United States in the 20th century both happened to be on December 7th: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Noam Chomsky’s birth in Philadelphia. In this exclusive birthday interview, Chomsky reveals his views on the responsibility of intellectuals, the root causes of jihadi terror, France’s role in Africa, a possible solution in Syria, the current state of U.S. imperialism, China’s strengths and weaknesses and evolving U.S. military strategy toward the Asian giant, the real story behind the Paris Climate Summit, and notable biographical details from his childhood.

CHON170 Noam Chomsky Chomsky in India $28

2 CDs

Citing rapid increases in the means of mass destruction and the rapid destruction of our environment that sustains life, Chomsky poses a penetrating question: Is the species on the verge of demonstrating that higher intelligence is a gross biological error? Both in lecture and in Q&A, Chomsky spans the globe with his post 9/11 analysis, covering U.S. hegemony and war, Islamic and U.S. fundamentalism, alleged terrorist states, leaderless resistance, the defense of U.S. borders, globalization, civil liberties and more.

CHON047 Noam Chomsky Chomsky Meets the Press $28

2 CDs

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CHON246-CHON248-CHON250 Noam Chomsky Chomsky Triple Header $33

3 CDs

First Program

Turkey in the Middle East

Turkey threatens and jails journalists and dissidents. It bombs the Kurds. Chomsky has sharp criticisms of the autocratic regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite grotesque human rights violations, Ankara has been given a free pass by Washington for years. Why?  NATO ally Turkey is a key part of U.S. plans for ongoing intervention in the Mideast.

Second Program

2016 Harvard Trade Union Program

The lead news stories are clear: there is working-class anger, anxiety and rage. Working people have been taking it on the chin for decades. Wages have been flat for years. The Bernie Sanders campaign has highlighted the scandalous levels of income and wealth inequality. Increasingly, more and more workers understand how rigged the system is against them. The economy and politics are tilted towards powerful corporations and mega donors who use their deep pockets to promote their interests. The sustained attack on unions has left many workers without representation. If you speak out you risk getting fired and replaced by a temp. Young people, saddled with debt, will not replicate the standard of living reached by their parents. These outcomes are the result of policies and policies can be changed.

Third Program

Toward A Better Society

I’m often asked about Noam Chomsky. How did I connect with the legendary MIT professor? Very simply, I wrote him a letter around 1980 and to my surprise he responded. A correspondence ensued. We did our first interview in 1984. Two years after that I decided to launch Alternative Radio as I was determined to get his voice on the air. Since then we’ve done many programs and a bunch of books. Chomsky is easy to work with. He is patient and practices the egalitarianism he preaches. But behind his soft-spoken voice is an extraordinary intellectual acumen. In our latest interview he covers a lot of ground, in typical Chomsky fashion, from Latin America to India to elections to where he sees signs of hope to creating a better society.

ZINH-COCA-SCHB-ETAL001 Various Choosing the News: Who Sets the Agenda? $28

2 CDs

Howard Zinn, Alexander Cockburn, William Schaap, William Styron, et al

HEDC009-HEDC008-HEDC007 Chris Hedges Chris Hedges 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First program: Corporate Coup d'Etat

Corporations constitute the most powerful force in society. Their influence has seeped into our classrooms, our newsrooms, our entertainment systems, our consciousness and crucially into our politics. Big money buys access to lawmakers. For sheer arrogance perhaps Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment giant, takes the cake. Its CEO Lloyd Blankfein, blithely advises citizens they will have to “lower” their “expectations” when it comes to Social Security which he calls an “entitlement.” Goldman Sachs, made $5.6 billion in profits last year yet it secured tax breaks for its fancy new HQs in New York as well as tax-free bonuses for its top executives. Corporations reign supreme while most people are simply caught in the rain and are getting soaked. Because of the fiscal cliff deal the average worker this year will take home about a thousand dollars less.

Second program: Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire

The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and other resources, its relentless hunger for profits, its garrisoning the globe with military bases, its arrogant disregard for the environment, is on the same suicidal path as Ahab. Washington’s policies, under both political parties, are always imbued with benevolence and noble intentions. It is innocent of imperialistic designs. Freedom and democracy are its goals. A well-disciplined media and intellectual class rarely challenge these embedded assumptions. We continue to ignore all warnings as to the destruction we are wreaking on the planet.

Third program: Moral Imperatives

What are individuals to do when faced with a moral imperative? And society at large? Philosophers since ancient times have been wrestling with this question as it involves issues of ethics and conscience. When we see an injustice do we remain passive and silent or do we intervene to try and stop it. Is it our problem or someone else’s? Powerful states and institutions like to cloak themselves in morality and virtue. Citizens are propagandized to let the big boys, since they know what’s best, handle everything. Do we act on our principles? What are our responsibilities? Racial segregation was an obvious immorality. Why did it take so long for it to be eliminated? Same with voting rights. Today the old poisonous wines are being repackaged in new bottles. Once again we are faced with moral imperatives.

HEDC006-HEDC005-HEDC004-HEDC3-HEDC002-HEDC001 Chris Hedges Chris Hedges 6-Pack $60

6 CDs

Extraction Industries and Sexploitation

Moral Imperatives 

Captain Ahab and U.S. Empire

Corporate Coup d'Etat

Inverted Totalitarianism

Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home

MCCA-ETAL001 Alfred McCoy CIA Covert Actions & Drug Trafficking $28

2 CDs

Investigative journalist Gary Webb's series in the San Jose Mercury News gave new life to the charge of CIA drug running. Rep. John Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, convened a special seminar on Capitol Hill to focus on the issue. This panel of experts discusses the new revelations as well as CIA covert actions in Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Central America.

STOJ002 John Stockwell CIA Secret Wars $28

2 CDs

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STOJ008 John Stockwell CIA: Age of Glasnost $24 No description.
CHON082 Noam Chomsky Class, etc. $28 interview
BRUM001-BROD001 Michael Brune Clean Energy Victories + Visions of the Environmental Movement $24

2 CDs

Michael Brune - Clean Energy Victories

Many people see the crisis posed by climate change clearly but governments, largely influenced by money coming from coal, oil and natural gas corporations, do not act. Huge demonstrations from New York to more than 150 cities all over the world indicate that people want action on climate change now. Germany is leading the way with solar technology. Prices are coming way down. China is investing more in renewable energy than the U.S. And in an extraordinary development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The historical significance can’t be missed. It was John D. Rockefeller who, a century ago, began Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon Mobil. In addition to the Rockefeller move more than 800 big investors have pledged to withdraw $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. It’s a symbolic and substantive victory.

David Brower - Visions of the Environmental Movement

The myriad of environmental crises is well known. Unless a comprehensive healing process is undertaken immediately to restore much of the damage done to the earth, future generations may not have much of a livable planet left. There is still time to arrest the dangerous trends, but it will require new thinking, innovative approaches and a concerted global effort.

PARC002-MCKB007 Bill McKibben Climate Activist 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Christian Parenti - Climate Crisis

Traditionally, the main reasons for the migration of people have been war, persecution, and poverty. But in coming decades, they will be eclipsed by a wave of climate-change refugees. There will be drought. Farmers will be forced out of rural areas because of crop failure and wildfires. Food prices will skyrocket. Conflicts, already erupting, will increase. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts sea levels will rise as high as two feet, 60 centimeters, by 2100, putting vast areas under water. Consider the following projections: Climate change will displace up to 200 million people by 2050. Almost 10 percent of the world's population is at risk of displacement by 2100. Planetary well being is subordinated to capitalism, hell bent on profits. The pressure for action has to come from heat in the streets, people power.

Second program: Bill McKibben - Breaking Away from Fossil Fuels

For decades we have been hooked on fossil fuels. Time is long past for humankind to kick this habit. The Paris climate accord, signed with much hoopla by 175 countries, is, given the magnitude of the crisis, totally inadequate. A coalition of environmental groups calls it “a dangerous distraction that threatens all of us. The Agreement relies on voluntary versus mandatory emission cuts that do not meet targets scientists say are necessary to avoid climate catastrophe.” On an individual level you might say, Hey, I’m doing my part. I drive a hybrid and bike whenever I can. It ain’t enough. We are being lulled into complacency. Radical action is required to reverse global warming. Can we break away from our destructive addiction that is endangering life as we know it?

FLAT001-KLEN006 Tim Flannery Climate Change Solutions 2-Pack $28

2CDS

Tim Flannery – Solutions to the Climate Crisis

The Paris Climate Change summit has come and gone. The results? Kind of like what Naomi Klein, author and activist, says: Your doctor tells you that you have dangerously high levels of cholesterol and are at acute risk of a fatal heart attack. You are told to stop eating meat and radically reduce your intake of alcohol. So what do you do? Instead of eating 5 hamburgers a day you eat 4. Instead of ten drinks a day you have eight. The world leaders who gathered in Paris were falling over themselves congratulating one another on what they saw as an historic achievement. But what was agreed upon was the equivalent of applying band aids where surgery is required. The future of the planet is at stake. We need solutions not placebos.

Climate change, you’ve heard of that. But climate justice? The Global Justice Ecology Project describes it: “Climate justice is the understanding that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies. The historical responsibility for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions lies with the industrialized countries of the Global North. The production and consumption habits of countries like the United States continue to threaten the survival of humanity and biodiversity globally. It is imperative that the North urgently shifts to a low carbon economy.”

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

 

HAYT003-KLEN006 tom hayden Climate Justice 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Tom Hayden  – A Global Warning

The winds of political change blow from all directions. For many decades they’ve blown hardest from the Right – a corporate-friendly, conservative agenda involving endless war and military spending and an evisceration of the public sector regardless of its impact on civil society and the environment. But some radical voices are saying, “Something is in the air.” They cite the appearance of charismatic progressives getting to the ballot and getting elected, the Green bloc of states pulling together to reduce carbon emissions, climate justice efforts in California, Minnesota and elsewhere, Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation and the revival of Liberation Theology. Hayden holds his finger to the political wind and sees at once a golden opportunity and a dark age.

Naomi Klein - Transitioning to Climate Justice

Climate change, you’ve heard of that. But climate justice? The Global Justice Ecology Project describes it: “Climate justice is the understanding that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies. The historical responsibility for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions lies with the industrialized countries of the Global North. The production and consumption habits of countries like the United States continue to threaten the survival of humanity and biodiversity globally. It is imperative that the North urgently shifts to a low carbon economy.”

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

PARC002-HAYT003-KLEN006 Christian Parenti Climate Justice 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

Christian ParentiClimate Crisis

Traditionally, the main reasons for the migration of people have been war, persecution, and poverty. But in coming decades, they will be eclipsed by a wave of climate-change refugees. There will be drought. Farmers will be forced out of rural areas because of crop failure and wildfires. Food prices will skyrocket. Conflicts, already erupting, will increase. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts sea levels will rise as high as two feet, 60 centimeters, by 2100, putting vast areas under water. Consider the following projections: Climate change will displace up to 200 million people by 2050. Almost 10 percent of the world's population is at risk of displacement by 2100. Planetary well being is subordinated to capitalism, hell bent on profits. The pressure for action has to come from heat in the streets, people power.

Tom Hayden  – A Global Warning

The winds of political change blow from all directions. For many decades they’ve blown hardest from the Right – a corporate-friendly, conservative agenda involving endless war and military spending and an evisceration of the public sector regardless of its impact on civil society and the environment. But some radical voices are saying, “Something is in the air.” They cite the appearance of charismatic progressives getting to the ballot and getting elected, the Green bloc of states pulling together to reduce carbon emissions, climate justice efforts in California, Minnesota and elsewhere, Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation and the revival of Liberation Theology. Hayden holds his finger to the political wind and sees at once a golden opportunity and a dark age.

Naomi Klein - Transitioning to Climate Justice

Climate change, you’ve heard of that. But climate justice? The Global Justice Ecology Project describes it: “Climate justice is the understanding that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies. The historical responsibility for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions lies with the industrialized countries of the Global North. The production and consumption habits of countries like the United States continue to threaten the survival of humanity and biodiversity globally. It is imperative that the North urgently shifts to a low carbon economy.”

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

CIEP004-CIEP003 Paul Cienfuegos Communities Vs. Corporations 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Community Rights

Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches. Efforts to assert community rights encounter structural obstacles to direct democracy such as Dillon's Rule, regulatory law, and the effects of nearly 200 years of corporate constitutional rights. Undaunted, groups like Community Rights PDX, Global Exchange, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund urge passing local ordinances to defend citizens from further environmental damage and corporate exploitation.

Second program: Ending Corporate Rule

Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Their rise in power and influence has been a steady trajectory to the point where today they are the dominant institution in society. Governments have freed corporations from legal constraints through deregulation, and granted them even greater power through privatization. The Supreme Court has declared corporations are people and money is free speech. The latter has turned Congress into, as one commentator put it, “a forum for legalized bribery.” Many citizens feel that pleading to corporations is insufficient and that it is time to examine the nature of this artificial institution. Endless single-issue crisis-based activism, one grievance at a time does not address the core problem, which is the corporation itself. Is ending corporate rule an obtainable goal? How would it happen?

IVIM-SCOP-ETAL001 Molly Ivins, Peter Dale Scott Contragate & the Mainstream Press $28 Molly Ivins, Peter Dale Scott and Adam Hochschild speak at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado. Moderated by David Barsamian
CHON072 Noam Chomsky Controlling the Public Mind $24 2 CDs
CHON028 Noam Chomsky Conversations with Chomsky $28

2 CDs

Two interviews: 24 Jan 1988 in Boulder, CO and 15 Feb 1988 in Lexington, MA

NADR003 Ralph Nader Corporate Power: Profits Before People $28

"Hats off! It was a heck of a year," trumpets Fortune magazine. "Productivity gains and relentless restructuring generated impressive profits for the Fortune 500." Sounds great, doesn't it? But there's a disturbing paradox: while corporate profits are soaring, people are getting poorer. Workers are putting in longer hours and earning less. Poverty rates and inequality are growing. And there's a new phenomenon in the economy: the temp, or what's politely called the "contingency worker." The largest employer in the U.S. today is Manpower Temporary Services, supplying companies with workers who receive no benefits and no job security. Workers used to have unions to defend their interests; increasingly, unions are marginalized. The Secretary of Labor even says, "The jury is still out on whether the trade union is necessary for the new workplace." In this program, Ralph Nader describes the contours of the emerging economic order. The power and reach of corporations have increased dramatically, while worker's wages have stagnated or declined. This is called "meeting the competitive challenge of the global marketplace." Investors love it. The value of their stock goes up. Downsizing and restructuring are the corporate mantras of the day. Many of the new jobs being created are temporary with no benefits. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

CHON223 Noam Chomsky Corporatization of the University $28

2 CDs

The University of Michigan Graduate Employees Organization AFT Local 3550, the Lecturers Employee Organization and the Michigan Conference of the American Association of Professors hosted Noam Chomsky for a lengthy discussion of the corporatization of the University and the impact of student debt on the quality of opportunity offered to college graduates. This talk will be of interest to any & all working in the Higher Education Industrial Complex. Contains over 40 minutes of Q&A.

CULT054 Allen Ginsberg Counter-Poetics and Oppositional Action $28 Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, Joanne Kyger, and Peter L. Wilson.
CHON079 Noam Chomsky Creation & Culture $28

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CHON076 Noam Chomsky Creeping Fascism $28

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CHON016 Noam Chomsky Critique of Kissinger $24 2 CDs

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ERLR002-AGEP002 Reese Erlich Cuba & the U.S.: A New Beginning + The CIA and Cuba $24

First Program: Reese Erlich - Cuba & the U.S.: A New Beginning

The rigid and dogmatic decades-old policy of Washington toward Havana left the U.S. in virtual total isolation internationally. The lopsided UN General Assembly votes condemning the policy made Washington a global laughing stock. Thus, Obama’s December 2014 announcement on re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries came as a relief. The diplomatic move, he said marked “a new chapter” between the U.S. and Cuba. The old chapters were pretty sordid. There was Henry Kissinger who wanted to “smash” and “clobber” Cuba and its “pipsqueak” leader. Or Alexander Haig, another secretary of state threatening, “I'll turn that f***ing island into a parking lot.” Obama did not mention the CIA’s infamous “Operation Mongoose” campaign of terror carried out against Cuba including chemical and biological warfare and the bombing of a Cubana airliner killing all aboard. Apologies and reparations? Return Guantanamo? Fuggedaboutit.

Second Program: Philip Agee - The CIA & Cuba

The island of Cuba occupies a big place in the imagination and politics of the United States. The powerful anti-Castro lobby has greatly influenced U.S. policy toward the Caribbean nation. The landscape of U.S./Cuba relations is dotted with the missile crisis, blockades, embargoes and boat refugees. Few know the details of the extensive CIA operations against Cuba. They range from sabotage to invasion to biological warfare to assassination plots. At one time, the Miami-based CIA station was the largest outside of HQs in Langley, Virginia.

BERM001-HEDC006 Morris Berman Dark Ages in the U.S. + Inverted Totalitarianism $24

First program: Dark Ages in the U.S.

From the boarded up storefronts to foreclosed homes to the homeless and unemployed, the signs of decay in the U.S. are all too apparent. The political class pretending to care about the 99% have little to offer beyond boilerplate rhetoric. We hear about the virtues of hard work. If only there was work to be had. From the White House to the state house citizens are treated to a smorgasbord of slogans all capped with God Bless America. Abroad, the imperial war machine grinds on. State of the art warships rule the seven seas. An air force, second to none, commands the skies. Meanwhile back in the homeland there are signs the servants are getting increasingly restless. Occupy Wall Street might rock the structures of power sufficiently to generate the radical change so urgently needed.

Second Program: Inverted Totalitarianism

The wedding of state and corporate power is at unprecedented levels. The implications for democracy are ominous. Elections are formalities, often more like auctions to be sold to the highest bidder. There is no proportional representation. In a winner take all system the Dems and Repubs got the game all sewed up. And their sponsors the banks are not only too big to fail they are too big to jail. Meanwhile, the ranks of the out of work and out of house and home continue to swell. Basic freedoms of free speech, right of assembly and the right to privacy are being eroded in the name of protecting them. People are saying enough to inverted totalitarianism. The Occupy movement is a popular citizen response to grievances and inequities not being addressed and a universal feeling the system is rigged to favor the rich.

ZIRD004-ZIRD005 Dave Zirin Dave Zirin 2-Pack $24

2 CDS

First Program: Racism, Resistance & Black Athletes

In the wake of a rising number of racist incidents at the University of Missouri, nicknamed Mizzou, black athletes threatened to boycott football games. Wow. Did that get people’s attention. So much of the economy of state universities is tied to football, the multibillion-dollar TV contracts, the multimillion-dollar coaching salaries, and the small fortunes that pour into small towns on game day don’t happen without a group of young men willing to take the field. The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement threatens the lucrative operation of this machinery. The Southeastern Conference, where Mizzou plays, field teams that, in the words of sociologist Harry Edwards, ‘look like Ghana on the field and Sweden in the stands.’ Athletes have tremendous influence on and off campus. Speaking out and acting collectively, they can bring the powerful to their knees.

Second Program: The Other Side of Sports

Are sports simply a form of entertainment or is there some deeper meaning off the field we are not seeing? From ancient Greece to modern times, sports have always been a big attraction. But in the cable and digital age it is bigger and more lucrative than ever. Sports encompass the world. From soccer in Latin America to cricket in India to hockey in Canada, millions of people are energized by and care about their teams and players. Heroes rise and fall. Tiger Woods, Brett Favre, Lance Armstrong. There are sex scandals, doping, and murder trials. And it’s not just compromised athletes but the owners too. Witness the racist comments by Donald Sterling, the disgraced owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Media coverage once again demonstrated how sports intersect with critical societal issues.

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

 

KORD006-KORD007-KORD008 David Korten David Korten 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First program: A New Story

Since the beginning of time people have been telling stories from Gilgamesh in Iraq to The Odyssey in Greece. These tales convey lessons and societal values and warnings about arrogance. The U.S. spins its own yarns. Take say, the one about brave pioneers who fought off savage Indians to settle the country and establish dominion from coast to coast. That Indians were defending their land against invasion is, well, an inconvenient fact. Fast forward to today and there are stories about the economy. If you work hard enough you’ll be justly rewarded. Money is everything. The market is all knowing. Bow before it. Worship it. The Earth is simply a source of raw materials. Inequality and environmental destruction are unfortunate but unavoidable. How do you change the narrative, change the story to reflect an ethical, compassionate and nurturing worldview?

Second program: Wall Street or the Common Good

The Occupy Wall Street movement is growing. Mumia Abu-Jamal from his jail cell writes: "In Lower Manhattan's Zucotti Park, renamed 'Liberty Square' by the demonstrators, the cast of thousands swell in rebellion against the betrayals by the banks, Wall Street's relentless greed, the plague of joblessness and the craven servility of the political class, both Republicans and Democrats, to their moneyed masters. In short, the central focus of their protest is capitalism, greed writ large. Begun mostly by unemployed urban youth, it has drawn the presence and support of public workers, students, teachers and a considerable number of gray hairs. That's because social discontent is so widespread that it is spreading like wildfire. From Wall Street to Denver, Los Angeles, and beyond. Demonstrations are springing up like mushrooms after a storm, in protest to crony capitalism."

Third program: Money or Life

"They strutted up and down the avenue, throwing out their chests and bidding the world stand to one side. They were 100 percent American big businessmen who took back talk from nobody. Now they take a handout wherever they can get it. Billions will be ladled into the mouths of these very individualistic big businessmen who, five years ago, were yelling their heads off about 'No government interference with business.' Now, they have put both feet in the public treasury trough and are yelling their heads off for government funds." Could be today's headlines, right? Not quite. It's from the "Progressive" magazine in 1934. History is instructive. The current meltdown could be seized as an opportunity to fundamentally alter our economy rather than restoring the unsustainable status quo ante with a few cosmetic changes. We can choose. Money or Life?

COHM001-BENM004 Marjorie Cohn Death from Above: Drones + Drone Warfare $24

First Program: Marjorie Cohn - Death from Above: Drones 

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which established the founding principle of modern law: presumption of innocence.  Today that principle is largely a casualty of the so-called war on terrorism. Trials, evidence, juries. Who needs them when we have an Oval Office assassination program carried out by drones? These pilotless aircraft have become the weapon of choice for Washington. They are efficient machines killing not only their intended targets but also whoever happens to be nearby. Collateral damage in Pentagon-speak. Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani teenager who was honored with the Nobel Prize, told Obama when she met him that the drone strikes in her country were “fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.” The official White House statement released after the meeting did not include her comment.

Second Program: Medea Benjamin - Drone Warfare 

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are the hottest new thing in the Pentagon’s panoply of weapons. They have been used with lethal effect in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Pakistan, in particular, has borne the brunt of the attacks. Many civilians have been killed resulting in intense loathing of the U.S. And now drones are migrating from battlefields abroad to the streets of the homeland. They are begining to be used by police forces which are becoming more and more militarized. The ACLU warns that the use of drones “would profoundly change the character of public life in the United States.” We are moving closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the authorities. Drone manufacturers are offering police the option of arming drones with rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas.

HEDC007-HEDC004 Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class + Corporate Coup d'Etat $24

First program: Corporate Coup d'Etat

Corporations constitute the most powerful force in society. Their influence has seeped into our classrooms, our newsrooms, our entertainment systems, our consciousness and crucially into our politics. Big money buys access to lawmakers. For sheer arrogance perhaps Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment giant, takes the cake. Its CEO Lloyd Blankfein, blithely advises citizens they will have to “lower” their “expectations” when it comes to Social Security which he calls an “entitlement.” Goldman Sachs, made $5.6 billion in profits last year yet it secured tax breaks for its fancy new HQs in New York as well as tax-free bonuses for its top executives. Corporations reign supreme while most people are simply caught in the rain and are getting soaked. Because of the fiscal cliff deal the average worker this year will take home about a thousand dollars less.

Second program: Death of the Liberal Class

The gradual corruption and demise of the liberal class has occurred without much comment. For decades it was a modest curb against the worst excesses of power. Once the pillars of this class, the Democratic Party, the unions, and the liberal church, collapsed, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer had a defender, thus creating a vacuum that is increasingly filled by opportunists and charlatans. The electoral process, flooded with money, is heavily influenced by corporations. The Supreme Court votes for the powerful. Dismayed citizens, fed a media diet of bread and circuses, lose their jobs, savings, homes and dignity thus becoming easy prey for demagogues who scapegoat and blame others for the problems facing the country.

CHON-DERA001 Noam Chomsky, Alan Dershowitz Debate on Israel/Palestine $28

2 CDs

The much anticipated encounter between two long time adversaries. Dershowitz dismisses Chomsky as inhabiting his own "planet" where "the news reflects his perspective on reality." He claims Chomsky relies on, "selective quotes and picking tidbits out of context." And "If you check his sources, they are false. He makes it up as he goes along." Chomsky counters with, "Here is a simple excercise. You can believe one of two things. The extensive published diplomatic record or what Dershowitz says he heard from somebody." Chomsky adds, "The march to catastrophe continues" as the proposed Palestine state will consist of "Bantustans with no organic connection to East Jerusalem, the center of Palestinian life and culture." The audience joins in with spirited and pointed questions. An ear-opening program for your must-have list.

ZINH-JAJE001 Howard Zinn, Jeff Jacoby Debate on Just War $28

2 CDs

Howard Zinn is joined by Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, Tracey Stark of Emerson College, and Denis Atwater of Suffolk University in a lively discussion of just war. Stark reviews the basic theories of just war and says the invasion of Iraq does not meet the general criteria. Atwater denounces Zinn as someone who "lives in a land of dreamy innocence." He adds, "The terrorists say the same things Zinn says." Jacoby concedes, "There are many black spots" in U.S. foreign policy but he asks Zinn, "Where is the sympathy on the left for Saddam's victims?" To which Zinn replies: "I care about Saddam's victims. All human life is sacred. But we are most responsible for what our country does." He then adds, "It would be naive to assume that we are going to bring liberty and democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Democracy cannot be imposed. It must come from within. The record of the U.S. is one of military intervention, making war, and supporting dictatorships all over the world especially in Latin America and the Middle East."

CHON-PERR001 Noam Chomsky, Richard Perle Debate on U.S. Foreign Policy $28

2 CDs

The legendary encounter between Chomsky and Richard Perle. For years there were rumors that a tape of their 1988 debate at Ohio State University in Columbus existed. Finally, it was Edward Herman who tracked it down. It was worth the wait. Rarely do establishment figures take on Chomsky in a debate format. After listening to this you'll understand why. The MIT professor runs circles around Perle. Chomsky sticks to the facts and the documentary record while Perle spews out platitudes and fantasies about U.S. intentions. The focus is on U.S. policy in the Middle East and Latin America. But it extends to a look at U.S. post-WWII plans for global domination, the Grand Area Strategy. Chomsky on the latter is indispensable. AR is proud to make this historic program available. The audio, while not excellent, is quite good. Everything is intelligible.

DAWK003 Kristin Dawkins Debate with Keith Maskus on NAFTA $28
NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, is a pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Negotiated by the Bush, Mulroney and Salinas administrations, NAFTA if approved, will reduce tariffs and other trade barriers and modify investment rules. NAFTA supporters contend that itwill create new jobs and stimulate economic growth in all three countries, as well as improving environmental regulations in Mexico. NAFTA opponents argue that it will degrade environmental standards, lead to job loss and lower wages, and concentrate power in corporate hands.
2 CDs
CHON011 Noam Chomsky Deciphering Foreign Policy $28

2 CDs

Bernie Sanders, then Mayor of Burlington, opened up City Hall for Chomsky to decipher some of the standard tropes surrounding the selling of U.S. foreign policy to the American public and the world. Sanders called Chomsky “an important voice in the wilderness of intellectual life in America.” Chomsky, in the lecture section, comments “a striking fact of the U.S. is the high degree of class consciousness on part of the privileged classes, business, professionals and elite intellectuals and correspondingly there is an unusually low degree of class consciousness on the part of working people.” He examines the roots of this phenomenon. During the Q&A he addresses the important topic “Why do people vote against their own interests?” About history, Chomsky says it “isn’t physics.” In physics if you lie “you’ll be caught very quickly. History isn’t like that. You can lie for a long time.” On Israel-Palestine (remember he is speaking in 1985): “The U.S. won’t tolerate a political settlement. Period. And because we play a decisive role” there will be no just outcome. This brilliant talk stands the test of time and demonstrates the old saying, "the more things change..."

CHON231 Noam Chomsky Decoding U.S. Propaganda $28

2 CDs

Who better to provide a glossary of propaganda than Noam Chomsky? He gives the actual definitions of such terms as crime, guilty, terror, international law and free elections. The media vacuum out background, context and history leaving people uninformed and bewildered, thus, easy prey to propaganda. But there have been some breakthroughs. For example on Palestine he says, “things have changed significantly over the past 10 or 15 years with regard to public opinion.” He talks about Egypt, Ukraine, the uses of NATO, Central America, and what is mistakenly called “anti-Americanism.” People around the world are in “opposition to brutal and destructive policies” of the U.S. “They don’t hate Americans; they hate American policy.” Interviewed by David Barsamian.

CHON129 Noam Chomsky Democracy & the Right to Know $28

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ZINH003 Howard Zinn Democracy, Dissent and Disobedience $28

2 CDs

A classic Zinn lecture with Q&A. Introduced by Alfred McCoy, Zinn gives the Harvey Goldberg lecture. Goldberg, who died in 1987, was a legendary University of Wisconsin-Madison history professor. Zinn connects the 3 Ds - democracy, dissent and disobedience. He talks about what happens to galvanize people to form movements and struggle for justice. He presciently says, "It's a rather sick economy and might degenerate and collapse." And advises, "We should consider the general economic injustice as a good basis to change society and make it a better world."

CLAS001-CIEP003 Paul Cienfuegos Democracy: Slow & Local 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Susan Clark - Slow Democracy

Conventional democracy is being eviscerated. Frustration is mounting with business-as-usual models dominated by centralized institutions. But there are new initiatives. Local solutions to local problems which incorporate decision-making processes that are inclusive, deliberative and citizen powered are growing increasingly popular. From control of utilities to water and school issues to resisting fracking, communities are asserting themselves. Instead of seeing politics as something remote and out of reach, there are other possibilities closer to home. Slow democracy allows for space to find common ground and compromise and for communities to make choices that are ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable. The old no prisoners attitude may be emotionally satisfying but often results in nothing more than bombast. Local citizen participation gives not just insight and knowledge in addressing community matters but also in a sense ownership of the outcomes.

Second program: Paul Cienfuegos - Ending Corporate Rule

Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Their rise in power and influence has been a steady trajectory to the point where today they are the dominant institution in society. Governments have freed corporations from legal constraints through deregulation, and granted them even greater power through privatization. The Supreme Court has declared corporations are people and money is free speech. The latter has turned Congress into, as one commentator put it, “a forum for legalized bribery.” Many citizens feel that pleading to corporations is insufficient and that it is time to examine the nature of this artificial institution. Endless single-issue crisis-based activism, one grievance at a time does not address the core problem, which is the corporation itself. Is ending corporate rule an obtainable goal? How would it happen?

 

CHON078 Noam Chomsky Deterring Democracy $28

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AHME007 Eqbal Ahmad Distorted Histories $56

Interview. 4 CDs

Among the many topics covered during these wide-ranging discussions with David Barsamian are India and Pakistan's nuclear arms race; the U.S. attack on Afghanistan & the Sudan; the demonization of Islam; Osama bin Laden; state terror vs. individual and small-group terror; Iran; Israel and Zionism; V.S. Naipaul; globalization.

MCCR-NICJ001-COBD001-BOJO002 John Nichols Dollarocracy Action 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First program: Robert McChesney & John Nichols - Dollarocracy

Dollarocracy: a system of government where private wealth determines political outcomes. Sound at all familiar? The corruption bred by boatloads of cash contaminates and pollutes our entire political process. So-called reforms won’t cure the ailment. Radical surgery is required. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood this well when he counseled, “Timid supplications for justice will not solve the problem. We’ve got to massively confront the power structure.” Washington is Lobbystan. The thousands of influence peddlars pretty much get what they want for their paymasters. Elections matter little. That’s because, as McChesney and Nichols say, “Powerful interests—freed to, in effect, buy elections, set the rules of engagement. Those interests so dominate politics that the squabbling of Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, is a sideshow to the great theater of plutocracy and plunder.” Democracy has been sold down the river. 

Second program: David Cobb - A Declaration to Amend

Concerned about the influence of money in politics? You should be. Politics looks more and more like an auction with seats going to the candidate who raises the most money. The so-called level playing field is now heavily tilted toward the wealthy. Democracy is fast becoming a cashocracy ruled by plutocrats who control the purse strings. The January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision–money equals free speech– has opened the proverbial floodgates. The ruling gave a green light to them that’s got to give as many greenbacks as they want to buy elections. Corporations and rich fat cats can now give unlimited amounts of money funneled through super PACs to the politician of their choice and much of it is secret. A concerted grassroots effort, Move to Amend, is being made to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. 

Third program: John Bonifaz - Fighting Corporate Personhood

Democracy, rule of the people, is in the ICU. The pulse, of the system of governance, begun in Athens, is fading. The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision declaring corporations are people and money is free speech may be the deathblow. But galvanized citizens are saying, Wait a second. The game is not over yet. Activists trying to reverse Citizens United were greatly encouraged by the December 30, 2011 Montana Supreme Court decision to uphold that state's century-old ban on corporate money in elections. The Montana ruling said, "With the infusion of unlimited corporate money in support of or opposition to a targeted candidate, the average citizen candidate would be unable to compete against the corporate-sponsored candidate, and Montana citizens, who for over 100 years have made their modest election contributions meaningfully count would be effectively shut out of the process."

GREG003-STRN003 Glenn Greenwald Dragnet 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Nadine Strossen – Spying, Surveillance & Suppression

There is an assault on civil liberties and fundamental rights. State spying, secrecy and suppression have vastly increased. 9/11 is the pretext for surveillance that never stops giving. Both Democrats and Republicans have greatly expanded the powers of the multiple government agencies who watch and monitor us. What is called oversight is a joke. We would do well to recall Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s ringing dissent in his 1972 opinion Laird v. Tatum. This is what he said: “The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people.

Glenn Greenwald – Unmasking the NSA

Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history. The so-called War on Terror has unleashed a war on civil liberties. White House claims of national security justify massive abuses. We have to give up freedoms in order to preserve them we are told. But hey, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.

BENM004-ALIT010 Medea Benjamin Drone Warfare + Uncle Sam's Pakistan $24

First Program: Medea Benjamin - Drone Warfare

Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, are the hottest new thing in the Pentagon’s panoply of weapons. They have been used with lethal effect in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Pakistan, in particular, has borne the brunt of the attacks. Many civilians have been killed resulting in intense loathing of the U.S. And now drones are migrating from battlefields abroad to the streets of the homeland. They are begining to be used by police forces which are becoming more and more militarized. The ACLU warns that the use of drones “would profoundly change the character of public life in the United States.” We are moving closer to a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the authorities. Drone manufacturers are offering police the option of arming drones with rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas. 

Second Program: Tariq Ali - Uncle Sam's Pakistan

Pakistan has long been a close ally of the United States. Forging strong ties with Pakistani military and intelligence services, Washington embraced a series of dictators. It was during the draconian 11-year rule of General Zia ul-Haq that defined the strategic relationship between Washington and Islamabad. Zia heavily Islamicized Pakistan and vastly increased the number of religious schools. Later, the U.S. supported Pervez Musharraf, another military dictator, to the end of his disastrous rule in August 2008. Today, Pakistan is on the edge of bankruptcy. There is massive unemployment, skyrocketing inflation, shortages of food and extensive power cuts. Conditions are ripe for upheaval in Uncle Sam's Pakistan. And Washington's response? It pours fuel on the fire by bombing and attacking Pakistan in pursuit of its so-called war on terror. A war, which many Pakistanis are opposed to.

STES001-MCKB006 Sandra Steingraber Eco Health 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Sandra Steingraber - Fracking and Public Health

Fracking doesn't sound like something the earth, or any community, or any language would wish upon itself. What is it exactly? Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of enormous volumes of water and chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in underlying shale rock formations in order to extract the natural gas below the surface. Fracking is rapidly expanding all across the U.S. and Canada. It is touted by big corporations as a practical solution to energy needs. Citizen groups oppose fracking because of its huge water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the peril it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. They are insisting that people’s health and the environment are non-negotiable. And, that this widespread and dangerous practice of fracking be stopped.

Second program: Bill McKibben - The Climate Cliff 

The most dangerous cliff we are facing is not a financial one but rather the climate one. The warming of the Earth’s temperature and what it portends is not just for penguins and polar bears but will have serious consequences for everyone. A new report commissioned by the World Bank says failure to respond aggressively to climate change will put “unprecedented stresses on human systems” and “will render parts of the Earth uninhabitable.” If steps are not taken now, the planet’s temperature will rise by 4 degrees Celsius, that’s more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit, by the end of the century. Both the scale and the pace of the peril have increased substantially. Yet, fossil fuel corporations continue to place profits before human life and the eco system. We now seem to be nearing tipping points past which cataclysmic damage would be inevitable.

WILC002-CHON209 Chris Williams Ecology and Socialism + Human Intelligence and the Environment $24

First Program: Chris Williams - Ecology and Socialism

Fifty years ago Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring.” It gave birth to the environmental movement. Within a few years there was Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Those were heady days but that was then. Today, around the world the threat to our environment is acute and growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from driving a hybrid, to recycling plastic, to using efficient light bulbs, focus on individual lifestyle choices of mostly privileged people. Yet the scale of the crisis requires a far deeper and fundamental transformation. As global warming accelerates, carbon-fueled industrial capitalism is systemically incapable of making the necessary radical changes to protect the planet. Its insatiable appetite for profits precludes it from doing so. It is time to think about a different economic system.

Second Program: Noam Chomsky - Human Intelligence and the Environment

As a species we humans are unique because of our intelligence. At the same time we have the capacity to defer, deny and ignore unpleasant realities. To wit: the environmental crisis. The signs of climate change are clearly evident. Glaciers are melting at an astonishing rate. Floods, fires, drought, tornadoes and hurricanes are occurring with greater frequency and intensity. Rising sea levels are putting millions at risk. 2010 was the hottest year the earth has yet recorded. Conferences on mitigating global warming are held from Montreal to Copenhagen, to Cancun. But they have produced little more than hot air. The sense of urgency is just not there with the big industrial countries, responsible for most of the carbon emissions. They engage in compromises and non-binding deals leaving the basic systems and structures intact. Yet with all of the mounting evidence of the damage being done to the planet, we continue to dilly-dally. The clock is ticking.
MALJ001-KINM003 Julianne Malveaux Economic Justice: Dr. King's Legacy + Beyond Vietnam $24

First program: Julianne Malveaux - Economic Justice: Dr. King's Legacy

The conventional media image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has him frozen in time at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 giving his inspirational "I Have a Dream" speech. Little attention is paid to King's remarkable political and social evolution in the last five years of his life. He became a trenchant critic of the Vietnam War. In his classic sermon at the Riverside Church in New York he denounced the war and "the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism." King increasingly saw the link between economic justice and racial equality and insisted that one was impossible without the other. His final days were spent in Memphis where he was actively supporting a strike by black sanitation workers and he was planning to launch a poor people’s march on Washington, DC. An assassin’s bullet ended his life on April 4, 1968.

Second program: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Beyond Vietnam

Every year, almost like clockwork around his birthday, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" gets airplay. The charismatic orator is frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963. No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another very significant speech that is often obscured. That was to come on April 4, 1967 in Riverside Church in New York. There King demonstrated his deep understanding of how the system works. He moved beyond a simple race analysis to include class and foreign policy issues. He forcefully denounced the war in Vietnam. He called the U.S. "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world" and he deplored the "giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism." Exactly one year later King was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone in solidarity with striking sanitation workers.

JONB001-KOZJ003 Brian Jones Education: Separate and Unequal + Education: The Shame of the Nation $24

First Program: Brian Jones - Education: Separate and Unequal

Efforts to privatize all things public in the United States rely on a relentless refrain: “Nobody does it better than the private sector.” Yet evidence to the contrary appears in the news daily, be it about the privatization of prisons, elections, highways, or wars. The privatization of public education system is seen as a potential bonanza for corporations. Not surprisingly, we hear: if only government, teachers, and their unions would get out of the way, test scores would go up and the U.S. would not be 23rd in science and 17th in literacy. Accompanying the ideological assault are the budget cuts. Public schools are being starved for funds. Teachers are laid off. Those still with jobs are asked to teach more classes with more students. Meanwhile does anyone know the cost of the 505 now abandoned bases the Pentagon built in Iraq?


Second Program: Jonathan Kozol - Education: The Shame of the Nation

Almost four years ago, and with much fanfare, President Bush signed the "No Child Left Behind" law. It placed sweeping new requirements on schools, teachers and students for greater accountability and improved performance on standardized tests. But the new mandates did not come with enough new money. And the narrow focus on testing for a few basic skills is squeezing out other school subjects deemed non-essential and too expensive. Against that back drop, inner city schools continue to struggle with crowded classrooms full of lower-income students of color. The white students are often in schools with more money and better facilities. For many school districts, it's a segregated and unequal system.

ELMM001-ELMM002 Mohamad Elmasry Egypt: From Pharaoh to Pharaoh + Eliminating the Muslim Brotherhood $24

Two programs

Egypt: From Pharaoh to Pharaoh 

Egypt’s latest pharaoh is Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He orchestrated a coup toppling the democratically elected government of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013. The U.S. refused to call it a coup, rather it lauded the action as “restoring democracy.” About a year later Sisi became president in a farcical election where he got 97% of the vote. Ever since Anwar Sadat, another military dictator, signed the Camp David agreement with Israel in 1979, Egypt has been a key part of U.S. policy in the Middle East. For playing ball, the generals in Cairo have been amply rewarded with billions. In August 2014, Human Rights Watch officials were denied entry into Egypt after issuing a report documenting a series of mass killings carried out under Sisi. Politics makes strange bedfellows for Washington but this one really stinks up the boudoir. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Eliminating the Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in March 1928 as an Islamist religious, political, and social movement. The group spread to other Muslim countries but its largest organization was in Egypt, where for many years it was the best-organized and most disciplined opposition force. As a social welfare group it offered many services to the poor. Following the overthrow of Mubarak in February 2011 the group was formally legalized and launched the Freedom and Justice Party. The Brotherhood’s candidate for president, Mohamed Morsi was elected in 2012. A year later we was overthrown in a military coup. He and many of his associates and supporters are in prison. Others have been tortured and killed. The new regime of Gen. Sisi has conducted a massive campaign of repression of the Brotherhood, declaring it illegal and a terrorist organization.

FADM001-FADM002 Mohammad Fadel Egyptian Crisis 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Mohammad Fadel - Egypt in Crisis

The Egyptian Revolution, which in early 2011 overthrew the decades-old Mubarak dictatorship, stirred the imagination of the world. The so-called Arab Spring was in full bloom. Anything seemed possible. The region's decrepit and feudal regimes were in danger of falling. Tahrir Square in Cairo became the symbol of liberation. But as Mao said, "A revolution is not a dinner party." The euphoria of the moment masked deep divisions and conflicts within Egyptian society. In 2012, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president. Frustrated by his ineffective rule and rejecting his Islamist agenda, some of the Tahrir Square protestors urged the military to take over. On July 3, 2013, Morsi was toppled in a coup. Since then, the security forces have killed hundreds of Morsi supporters. Thousands have been arrested. The media are muzzled. The military is in charge.

Second program: Mohammad Fadel - Interview

David Barsamian interviews Mohammad Fadel. Please note, the running time on this interview is 29 minutes.

ZINH026-ZINH038 Howard Zinn Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance + Against Discouragement $24

First Program: Howard Zinn: Emma Goldman, Anarchism & War Resistance

Emma Goldman is largely an unknown figure today. She deserves wider recognition. She was born in Lithuania and died in 1940. She spent many years as an organizer in the United States. She was a major anarchist thinker and activist as well as a passionate advocate for women's rights. Anarchism today is mostly viewed negatively. It's seen as a synonym for disorder and chaos. Few recognize it as a political philosophy rooted in the ideals of the Enlightenment. Noam Chomsky calls it "the libertarian wing of socialism." Anarchism not only opposes the institutions of state coercion and violence, it questions the very legitimacy of the state.

Second Program: Howard Zinn: Against Discouragement

It wasn't that long ago when the United States labeled the African National Congress as a terrorist organization. Its leader, Nelson Mandela languished for years in prison. Then because of massive grassroots movement and international support through boycott and divestment, Mandela is released and South Africa frees itself from its apartheid regime. Throughout history people have overcome tremendous odds to advance the cause of justice. Take the civil rights movement. What were African Americans up against? The entire apparatus of power from the courthouse to the statehouse was controlled by segregationists. And the federal government? Asleep at the wheel. Nevertheless, blacks organized and fought back against tremendous odds. The key to the struggle was collective action. There's an African proverb that captures that spirit, "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

HEDC005-HEDC004 Chris Hedges Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home + Death of the Liberal Class $24

First Program: Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home

All imperial systems eventually collapse. Hubris and arrogance convince great powers the sun will never set on their dominions. Long wars kill and maim many people and deplete not just the treasury but also a nation's moral authority. The U.S. is no different from a long line of hegemons who thought they would last forever. The quest for global domination has domestic consequences. Surveillance, lawlessness, torture and violence overseas migrate home. The vast string of bases and the gargantuan military apparatus are accelerating U.S. decline. Infrastructure rots. Homes and jobs are lost. The economy sinks. No one makes the connections between the external and the internal. Liberals who were once in the forefront of defending the working class have virtually disappeared. They've turned their backs on the idea of economic justice and embrace the elixir of empire.

Second Program: Death of the Liberal Class

The gradual corruption and demise of the liberal class has occurred without much comment. For decades it was a modest curb against the worst excesses of power. Once the pillars of this class, the Democratic Party, the unions, and the liberal church, collapsed, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer had a defender, thus creating a vacuum that is increasingly filled by opportunists and charlatans. The electoral process, flooded with money, is heavily influenced by corporations. The Supreme Court votes for the powerful. Dismayed citizens, fed a media diet of bread and circuses, lose their jobs, savings, homes and dignity thus becoming easy prey for demagogues who scapegoat and blame others for the problems facing the country.

SAIE005 Edward Said Empire and Literature $28

2 CDs

No description.

TRES001-LEEM004-ALEM001-SCHE002-BAUD001 Sanho Tree End the Drug War 5-Pack $42

5 CDs or transcripts

Sanho Tree - End the Drug War

In 1971, Nixon launched a war on drugs calling drug use "public enemy number one." Since then like a recurring nightmare various presidents have continued the war on drugs. Four decades on, a consensus has emerged that the war has not only failed but it has ruined countless lives and wasted tons of money. More than a $1 trillion has been flushed down the toilet. Despite evidence that punitive measures backfire, our jails and prisons are full of people convicted for smoking weed. There are clear signs that attitudes on drugs, particularly marijuana, are shifting. Latin American countries with Uruguay leading the way are hitting the reset button. Uruguay has legalized the consumption, sale and distribution of pot. The time is long past to develop new mechanisms to establish humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war, especially cannabis.

Martin Lee - Medical Marijuana

Marijuana, cannabis, weed, grass, by one name or the other you‘ve heard about it and may have even tried it. An Irish physician, William O'Shaughnessy introduced the therapeutic use of marijuana to Western medicine in the 1830s. He gave it to patients to help treat muscle spasms and stomach cramps.Marijuana as a medicine became common throughout much of the Western world by the 19th century. It was the primary pain reliever until the invention of aspirin. Today, there are underreported scientific breakthroughs including the discovery of a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, (CBD), which stimulates adult stem cell growth, prevents the onset of diabetes, and shrinks malignant tumors. By mining the plant’s treasure trove of active ingredients, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, and many other conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional cures.

Michelle Alexander - Incarceration Nation

From the auction block to the cell block there is a trajectory from slavery to Jim Crow to the Drug War. The latter has resulted in mass jailings characterized by deep racial disparities. About one-third of young black men are likely to go to jail. The criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Millions of people, primarily poor people of color, have been swept into the nation’s prisons and then relegated to a permanent second-class status in which they are stripped of the basic civil and human rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement. The numbers are numbing. In all, 2.3 million are behind bars and another 4.8 million are on probation and parole. The more people locked up, the more profits for the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison owner and operator. 

Eric Schlosser - Reefer Madness

Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar piece of this underground economy. Public support is growing for relaxing or eliminating the penalties against adults who smoke pot. But the Bush administration continues to push severe punishment and strict definition of marijuana as a dangerous illegal drug. Another thriving part of the underground economy in the US is the exploitation of undocumented immigrants for cheap labor. Huge agribusinesses depend on it and so do many individuals who want to save a few bucks on gardening or housekeeping.

Dan Baum - The Drug War Debacle

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars invested in the drug war, cocaine is cheaper and more available than ever. The war is now led by a general, Barry McCaffrey, who presides over a $16 billion budget, a lot more money than the U.S. spends for its poor and needy. Drug war critics cite ever-escalating costs, potential for corruption and erosion of civil liberties. The government now has broad powers to circumvent the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

CIEP003-GROR002 Paul Cienfuegos Ending Corporate Rule + Revoking Corporate Charters $24

 First Program: Paul Cienfuegos - Ending Corporate Rule

Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Their rise in power and influence has been a steady trajectory to the point where today they are the dominant institution in society. Governments have freed corporations from legal constraints through deregulation, and granted them even greater power through privatization. The Supreme Court has declared corporations are people and money is free speech. The latter has turned Congress into, as one commentator put it, “a forum for legalized bribery.” Many citizens feel that pleading to corporations is insufficient and that it is time to examine the nature of this artificial institution. Endless single-issue crisis-based activism, one grievance at a time does not address the core problem, which is the corporation itself. Is ending corporate rule an obtainable goal? How would it happen?

Second Program: Richard Grossman - Revoking Corporate Charters

Corporations, Corporations. From ExxonMobil to Wal-Mart they dominate society and politics. Over the last 100 years corporations have accrued enormous economic power and legal standing. A corporation is licensed to do business. These licenses are called charters. In theory, when a corporation violates its charter, it can be revoked. That used to happen but not any more. And now corporate power has gotten a big boost. On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court, in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission, ruled that there are no limitations on campaign contributions by both domestic and foreign corporations. Noam Chomsky calls the decision "a dark day in the history of U.S. democracy, and its decline." The ruling, "The New York Times," says "strikes at the heart of democracy" by having "paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections."

CHON-ETAL001 Noam Chomsky Eqbal Ahmad: Legacy of Resistance $28

2 CDs

Noam Chomsky is joined by Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Beena Sarwar, scholars Margaret Cerullo, Emran Qureshi, and Stuart Schaar, moderator Jack Trumpbour, in a celebration of the great Pakistani activist/thinker Eqbal Ahmad and the publication of "The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad." Ahmad, a charismatic and brilliant strategist, died in Islamabad in 1999. He was called by his close friend Edward Said, "the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of the postwar world." Chomsky opens the event with a great talk on the Middle East. A panel discussion follows on Ahmad's work and its significance with particular focus on Palestine, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan. Recorded at the Harvard Law School as part of its Labor and Worklife Program.

CHON-LEVH-LEVF001 Noam Chomsky Examining U.S. Iran Policy $24

2 CDs

What went wrong and continues to go wrong with U.S. policy toward Iran? In this presentation at the Cultural and Technology Forum at MIT, Noam Chomsky, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, authors of Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran answer these questions.

CHON133 Noam Chomsky Expanding the Floor of the Cage $28

2 CDs

Interview.

CHON-LING016 Noam Chomsky Fifty Years of Linguistics at MIT $28

2 CDs 

BOJO002-GROR002 John Bonifaz Fighting Corporate Personhood + Revoking Corporate Charters $24

First Program: John Bonifaz – Fighting Corporate Personhood

Democracy, rule of the people, is in the ICU. The pulse, of the system of governance, begun in Athens, is fading. The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision declaring corporations are people and money is free speech may be the deathblow. But galvanized citizens are saying, Wait a second. The game is not over yet. Activists trying to reverse Citizens United were greatly encouraged by the December 30, 2011 Montana Supreme Court decision to uphold that state's century-old ban on corporate money in elections. The Montana ruling said, "With the infusion of unlimited corporate money in support of or opposition to a targeted candidate, the average citizen candidate would be unable to compete against the corporate-sponsored candidate, and Montana citizens, who for over 100 years have made their modest election contributions meaningfully count would be effectively shut out of the process."

Second Program: Richard Grossman - Revoking Corporate Charters

Corporations, Corporations. From ExxonMobil to Wal-Mart they dominate society and politics. Over the last 100 years corporations have accrued enormous economic power and legal standing. A corporation is licensed to do business. These licenses are called charters. In theory, when a corporation violates its charter, it can be revoked. That used to happen but not any more. And now corporate power has gotten a big boost. On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court, in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission, ruled that there are no limitations on campaign contributions by both domestic and foreign corporations. Noam Chomsky calls the decision "a dark day in the history of U.S. democracy, and its decline." The ruling, "The New York Times," says "strikes at the heart of democracy" by having "paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections." 


SHIV020-SHIV017-SHIV012 Vandana Shiva Food Security 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First program: Radical Compassion

There was much fanfare as the leaders of the U.S. and China, the world’s largest carbon polluters signed what was trumpeted as an “historic” deal cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But the Center for Science & Environment in India denounced the agreement as “self-serving” and “business as usual.” Much more urgent action is required to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. As the eco-crisis accelerates and the major contributors to climate change make grandiose statements but then take halfhearted measures, it is easy to despair. But we simply can’t afford to do nothing and wallow in negativity. The moment calls for action and engagement not passivity and indifference. The magnitude of the crisis requires radical compassion for the Earth and all its inhabitants and flora and fauna. Despite probes landing on comets this is the only home we have.

Second program: Food Security & GMOs

Genetically modified organisms, GMOs have become hot button issues in more and more communities. GMOs are plants with altered DNA.  Its proponents, large corporations like Monsanto, hail the technology as a revolutionary solution to feeding the world’s growing population. However, concerns are mounting about the risks posed by GMOs, both to human health and the environment. For example, they may produce new allergens and toxins, and spread harmful traits to non-GMO crops. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment cannot be recalled. Industry response is, Don’t worry. Eat to your heart’s content. But can we? Do we have a right to know what is in the food we eat? Are we preparing meals of Frankenfood or nutritious, safe, and healthy ones? Are corporations playing with Nature as if she were a Lego set?

Third program: Food Justice

The global financial debacle has drowned out coverage of the rise in food prices. There are billion-dollar bailouts for banks while the poor go hungry. A billion people around the world face food insecurity. The crisis has arisen from a mix of speculation and deregulation, promotion of inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides, the diversion of crops to biofuel production, and trade policies that have pushed farmers to grow monoculture cash crops primarily soy and corn for export rather than for in-country consumption as food. The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute says, "Food justice is everyone having enough to eat; healthy food for our children; food that doesn't contain harmful things that we don't know about; freedom to grow our own food; ability to buy food directly from farmers; fair wages for those who grow, cook and work with food."

MEAR003-MEAR004 Russell Means For the World to Live Columbus Must Die + Knowing Who You Are: Lessons from Native America $24

First Program: For the World to Live Columbus Must Die

For too many of us, for too long, the indigenous peoples of this continent have been curiosities that existed somewhere over the horizon between fantasy and reality. The popularly crafted images were of medicine men, squaws and peace pipes, teepees, tom toms and tomahawks, war bonnets, war paint, war whoops and war parties. The only Indians we knew were named Tonto, Geronimo and Crazy Horse. In recent years a lot of these cliches have disappeared. The American Indian Movement has done much to break down the conventional stereotypes. AIM articulates a program of self awareness and pride. It promotes treaty and land rights and religious freedom for Native Americans. 

Second Program: Knowing Who You Are: Lessons from Native America

For years the indigenous peoples of the U.S., after having been dispersed and decimated and relegated to reservations, were reduced to caricatures. We all knew Indians and their culture. There was the familiar medicineman, the trading post, Geronimo and Crazy Horse, papooses and squaws, tepees and tomahawks, war dances and war parties. Tonto was the epitome of faithfulness and subservience. The formation and rise of the AmericanIndian Movement, AIM, in the early 1970s did much to break down conventional stereotypes. AIM, through its actions at Wounded Knee, Alcatraz, Mount Rushmore and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, demonstrated that Native Americans could and would fight back against racism and repression. 

CHON059 Noam Chomsky Force or Opinion $28

2 CDs

No description.

LARR001-BRUM001-STES002 Rob Larson Fossil Fuel 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

Rob Larson - Fossil Fuelishness

Historian Barbara Tuchman once wrote the “rejection of reason is the prime characteristic of folly.” The lack of urgency in addressing the eco-crisis is an example. Heat waves in India, floods in Texas, drought in California, melting polar ice caps, rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere and so much more, are still presented as unconnected dots. Climate summits come and go resulting in little more than lofty announcements. With an abundance of solar and wind energy at our fingertips it’s stunning and reckless that fossil fuelishness continues. As a sign said in Seattle protesting a huge Shell rig heading for drilling in the Arctic, “Good Planets are Hard to Find.”

Michael Brune - Clean Energy Victories

Many people see the crisis posed by climate change clearly but governments, largely influenced by money coming from coal, oil and natural gas corporations, do not act. Huge demonstrations from New York to more than 150 cities all over the world indicate that people want action on climate change now. Germany is leading the way with solar technology. Prices are coming way down. China is investing more in renewable energy than the U.S. And in an extraordinary development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The historical significance can’t be missed. It was John D. Rockefeller who, a century ago, began Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon Mobil. In addition to the Rockefeller move more than 800 big investors have pledged to withdraw $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. It’s a symbolic and substantive victory.

Sandra Steingraber - Contamination Without Consent

When faced with injustice what options are open to people? Turn away and ignore it or confront it? The destruction of the environment is an injustice. We are turning parts of the Earth into a toxic waste dump. What comforts are we willing to give up to protect Mother Nature? Will we make real sacrifices or simply kick the ball down the road and be content with placebos like shopping differently? The planet is facing a medical emergency. In response, activists are sitting in, chaining themselves to fences and blocking roads. Some, like Sandra Steingraber go to jail in upstate New York in protest of fracking. "My small, non-violent act" she says, "is set against a larger, more violent one: the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies. This is a form of toxic trespass."

 

JENR003-JENR004 Robert Jensen From Anguish to Action 2-Pack $24 2 CDs


All national narratives are to some extent fantasies based on distortions and fabrications. The United States is no different. The early English colonists had a dream. John Winthrop spoke of a "city upon a hill." And it continues to the present. It was one of Reagan's signature lines. Today, as the economic crisis deepens many are realizing that the notion of their children being better off than they is over. Downsized and outsourced. Those good paying union jobs with pensions and benefits are gone forever. If you've worked hard all your life, tough luck buddy, you can just be tossed overboard. You can choose between being a cashier and flipping burgers. A lot of working people have figured out capital's loyalty is only to capital.


“In times of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act,” said Orwell. There are a lot of truth tellers in these times: Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Sandra Steingraber, Noam Chomsky and Maude Barlow. Of course their views are marginalized or omitted altogether from the dominant media. Warning signal after warning signal goes unheeded.  Buried in the back pages of the newspaper is a report: “Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance.” These are more like apocalyptic times than revolutionary ones. It is not just about cuddly animals at risk. Humankind is in danger. The magnitude of the environmental crises demands not more talk but action. Decisive action. 
TAYK001-DAVA013 Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor From Black Power to the New Jim Crow + The Meaning of Freedom $24

First Program: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - From Black Power to the New Jim Crow

The gains achieved by the Civil Rights movement are fond memories and are celebrated by holidays, memorials and pious speeches. Today, the U.S. has its first black president but while he’s attained political power many other African Americans are behind bars. The eternal war on drugs has resulted in the incarceration of many blacks. As law professor Michelle Alexander says, “Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color ‘criminals’ and then engage in all the Jim Crow practices we supposedly left behind:” such as discrimination in employment and housing, denial of food stamps, exclusion from jury service, and denial of the right to vote. The prison industrial complex is a profit-making machine dependent on more and more prisoners passing through its system. We’ve gone from the auction block to the cell block.

Second Program: Angela Davis - The Meaning of Freedom

The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what's that? The freedom to starve? Or if the candidates on the ballot are yoked to unjust power structures, what's that? The freedom to vote? The colonies in Asia and Africa gained their independence from their European lords but did they gain freedom? Frantz Fanon, who worked with the liberation movement in Algeria wrote prophetically in his classic work, The Wretched of the Earth, that the newly independent states of the post-colonial era will not achieve real freedom if they replicate the patterns of oppression and domination perfected by their former masters. He warned about changing one policeman for another. Replacing white sahibs with brown and black ones.

CHON219-CHON213 Noam Chomsky From Magna Carta to the Shrinking Anglosphere 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Magna Carta: Then & Now  

The Magna Carta is the foundational document of the legal system. It crucially asserted that law is sovereign, not the king. Today, the term rule of law is invoked by whoever is in the White House. But you have to wonder what do they mean? There is one set of rules for official enemies and another for Washington and its minions. Take the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the NPT. Iran is a signatory and is being subjected to collective punishment, i.e., a stringent sanctions regime as well as the threat of military attack. Both are illegal. But hey why bother with technicalities. Meanwhile, U.S. allies such as Israel, India and Pakistan are not signatories to the NPT, have nuclear weapons and Washington says nothing. Principles to have any validity must be applied uniformly. What does it mean when a president is above the law? Recorded in Denver, CO on May 7, 2013 at KGNU community radio's 35th Anniversary benefit event. 

Revolutionary Pacifism: Choices & Prospects

The speech was given upon the occasion of receiving the City of Sydney Peace Prize at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on November 2, 2011. Chomsky gives an overview of the Anglosphere pre-1945 and post-1945. Audio only, no transcript available.

BROL003-STES001-SUZD003-NIKA001-BARM002 Lester Brown Future of Civilization 5-Pack $42

5 CDs or transcripts

Lester Brown - The Future of Civilization

When it comes to climate change the operative word is “hot” with “record” and "unprecedented" closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it’s back to their destructive policies. The Guardian, captures the hypocrisy,  “governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority.” Rome is burning. The eco-crisis includes rising temperatures and sea levels, deforestation and species extinction, drought and soil erosion, and water and food shortages. In the not so distant future the ecological crimes against the Earth will come home to roost. Rex Weyler in EcoWatch warns,  “A great reckoning awaits humanity if we fail to awaken from our delusions. Earth’s delicately balanced systems can reach tipping points and collapse.”

Sandra Steingraber - Fracking & Public Health

Fracking doesn't sound like something the earth, or any community, or any language would wish upon itself. What is it exactly? Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of enormous volumes of water and chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in underlying shale rock formations in order to extract the natural gas below the surface. Fracking is rapidly expanding all across the U.S. and Canada. It is touted by big corporations as a practical solution to energy needs. Citizen groups oppose fracking because of its huge water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the peril it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. They are insisting that people’s health and the environment are non-negotiable. And, that this widespread and dangerous practice of fracking be stopped.

David Suzuki - A Radical Environmental Paradigm

2012 was a year of extreme weather, from the melting of the Arctic to Superstorm Sandy. It was also the hottest year on record in the U.S., with massive droughts and many wildfires. And it was probably a taste of things to come. Climate change is real. Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the last 15 million years. It’s largely caused by humans burning fossil fuels. The response to unambiguous evidence that the earth is warming? Kick the problem down the road and hold another farcical international conference like the one in Qatar where the climate destroyers gather and sip Chardonnay and issue press releases about how green they are. What is required to arrest and reverse the clear threats to the Earth is a radical shift in not just thinking but in action.

Andrew Nikiforuk - Tar Sands: Canada's Mordor

Mordor is the realm of the evil Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien describes it as “a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." If you look at Canada’s Alberta tar sands you might imagine it’s something like Mordor. The gigantic effort to extract oil has turned the province into a hydrocarbon kingdom. And it may be one of the most environmentally destructive projects on earth. Tar sands burn more carbon than conventional oil; destroy forests; kill wildlife; poison the water supply and communities downstream; drain the Athabasca, the river that feeds Canada’s largest watershed, and contribute to climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to refineries in the U.S. has been put on hold because of protests but it is likely to resurface. Interview by David Barsamian.

Maude Barlow - Peak Water

In the last few years, the concept of peak oil has gained some traction. But peak water? Hardly at all. That most precious of all resources is in big trouble. We are running out of clean, drinkable water. Aquifers are being depleted at a rate that greatly exceeds their replenishment. Global warming is causing evaporation of surface water. Glaciers are melting. Droughts are spreading. Scientists now talk about the planet having hot stains. They have identified large areas of the earth as being water stressed. In the United States, the rapidly growing desert Southwest epitomizes the problem. But it's not just Phoenix and Las Vegas, water issues exist from Los Angeles to Atlanta to Australia to India. The water crisis is like a comet poised to hit the earth. Urgent action is required, yet the words conservation and planning are barely heard.

CHON-LING019 Noam Chomsky Generative Grammar $28

2 CDs

Chomsky begins by describing a formative experience in his early linguistics career. In 1946 he realized that The Bible was mistranslated. The Bible begins “In the beginning god created...“ That’s a mistranslation due to grammatical errors by Masoretic scholars who put the vowels in around the 8th century. Young Noam at 18 years old figured that if the first couple of words in The Bible can be wrong in the authoritative text, and wrong in translation, and nobody noticed it for 1000 years, there’s got to be something interesting to learn about language. He goes on to say that “the more you look the more you find everything is misunderstood. And when you think about it a little more, that’s not terribly that surprising. That’s the way the history of sciences work.”

In this lecture and discussion Chomsky reviews the state of understanding of language at the origins of generative grammar, the ways questions were reformulated and new ones devised, what progress has been made and what new problems and difficulties have arisen, and what seems within reach in Linguistics.

BALP004-BAAR-FISR001 Peter Balakian Genocide & Modernity + The Armenian Holocaust $24

First Program: Peter Balakian - Genocide & Modernity

Stalin, once cynically remarked, If you kill one person it is a tragedy, but if you kill a million, it is a statistic. It is difficult to comprehend large-scale horror. The crime of genocide in some ways has defined modern times. With technology, states have become more efficient at mass murder. But the term genocide is sometimes promiscuously used. Take for example the case of Libya. Supposedly its now murdered leader Qaddafi was going to launch a genocidal campaign against his opponents. The media compliantly whipped up fears of wholesale slaughter. The charge had little substance but it was used to justify U.S. and NATO military intervention in that oil-rich country. In other instances, there are deniers of actual genocide, such as Turkey, which continues to deny what it did to its Armenian population.

Second Program: Robert Fisk & Araxie Barsamian - The Armenian Holocaust

In 1915, the Turkish government launched a premeditated organized campaign to eliminate the millennia-old Armenian people from their traditional homeland in what is now southeastern Turkey. The Turkish officials responsible for the genocide were never brought to account. This was not lost on Adolf Hitler. Just days before launching World War Two he told his generals, "Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" What makes the 20th century's first holocaust unique is that Turkey refuses to acknowledge it ever happen. And that denial is the final stage of genocide: closure and justice is denied to the victims and their descendents.

POWS001-CHAI001 Samantha Power Genocide 2-Pack $24

First program: Samantha Power - Genocide: A Problem from Hell

From Rwanda to Darfur, modern history is haunted by acts of systematic state violence. In 1915 when Turkey sent its Armenian population on death marches into the desert, U.S. ambassador Henry Morgenthau denounced what he called "race murder." Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer, was appalled by the Turkish destruction of the Armenians and tried to get European countries to criminalize the wholesale extermination of ethnic and religious groups. His efforts were unsuccessful. During the Holocaust, Lemkin lost many family members in the German mass murder of Jews. He resolved to devise a word that would convey the horror. He coined the term genocide. He gave the crime a name and it led to the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide. But when do atrocities become genocide? At times for political purposes, the term is invoked promiscuously as a cover to justify intervention.

Second program: Israel Charny - Genocide Denial

The twentieth century is stained by death marches, gas chambers and killing fields. Genocide begins in Armenia, peaks in Europe and ends in Rwanda. It is difficult to refute the enormity of mass murder, yet deniers attempt to do so by revising and falsifying history. The Turkish government has taken denial to a new level by funding chairs at universities like Princeton to produce "scholarship" that the Armenian genocide never happened.

MOOM004-PARM032 Michael Moore Get Up, Stand Up + The Pathology of Wealth $24

First Program: Michael Moore - Get Up, Stand Up

Bob Marley sang this song,

Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights

Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight

You can fool some people sometimes

But you couldn't fool all the people all the time

And now you see the light, stand up for your right.

The Occupy movement is the most dynamic and extraordinary political development in decades. It may be the catalyst to effect fundamental change. Inspired by a call in the Canadian magazine “Adbusters,” citizens fed up with the abuses of the system went to Wall Street and pitched their tents and unrolled their sleeping bags. That small act proved to be the spark that launched a leaderless movement with people of various political tendencies brought together by anger at the inequities of capitalism and the politicians who sustain it. 

 

Second Program: Michael Parenti - The Pathology of Wealth

As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have more important matters to consider. Making money. And they better be on the ball and deliver those dividends because if they don't they will soon be replaced. Profits uber alles is the guiding mantra. Environment. Schvironment. It gets in the way. Sure they'll recycle paper and glass but forget about doing anything substantial. Pursuing new corporate earning opportunities and wealth accumulation are in capitalism's DNA. The owners of the economy, the 1%, are operating from the tar sands in Alberta to fracking in Pennsylvania. They have got their eyes on the only prize that matters to them. The lust for lucre continues unabated.
GREG002-GREG003-GREG004 Glenn Greenwald Glenn Greenwald 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First program: Why Privacy Matters

Rights exercised by large corporations have never been stronger in the United States. They respond to distant policy initiatives, lawsuits, and latent threats to their bottom lines with lightning speed and a full court press. Their lobbyists vet new regulations and bills with legislators. They kill bills. They write bills. The more glaring examples corporate-friendly legislation, regulatory policies and court decisions are ones that run roughshod over environmental protection: the Keystone Pipeline, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive reductions in fines leveled on Exxon-Mobile oil spills from Alaska to Newark Bay. Communities are fighting back. The cry for Home Rule is heard in municipalities around the country. Local community rights ordinance campaigns hope to fend off polluting fossil fuel enterprises, GMOs, and crude oil train bombs. 

Second program: The Surveillance State

The June 2013 revelations of massive government spying should not really come as a surprise. Since Sept 11 there has been a steady drift to more and more state power, secrecy and totalitarianism all in the name of national security. Snooping, prying, eavesdropping, call it what you want the government is doing it on a scale never before seen. Sophisticated new technologies allow for more intrusions into our private lives. Beyond the ever present cameras, there is deep data-mining, nanosecond biometric identification and drone aircraft in the skies above. The invasive monitoring of public space and the simultaneous erosion of our rights has been largely a bi-partisan affair. State surveillance power, undermining basic freedoms in the name of protecting them, is growing relentlessly. The swelling domestic databases of the NSA probably contain your personal information including emails, text messages, and phone calls. And this burgeoning Orwellian apparatus has become a cash cow for corporations such as Booz Allen Hamilton. Comedian Stephen Colbert sarcastically observes, There are bound to be casualties in the never-ending war on terror and one of them just happens to be the U.S. Constitution.

Third program: Unmasking the NSA

Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history. The so-called War on Terror has unleashed a war on civil liberties. White House claims of national security justify massive abuses. We have to give up freedoms in order to preserve them we are told. But hey, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.

CULT016 Begum Akhtar Greatest Ghazals - Live! $42

3 CDs.

Begum Akhtar recorded at Aiwan-e-Ghalib in Delhi singing her heart and soul out in a 1973 concert less than a year before she died. Excellent tabla and sarangi accompaniment. Musicians are unknown alas. I have finally digitized the tapes that the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) gave me years and years ago. He was totally devoted to her music and was always raving about this concert and that I had to listen to it. It was well worth the wait. In her inimitable style she sings ghazals, poems, by master Urdu poets such as Momin, Zauq, Ghalib, Dagh, Faiz, and Shakeel. A memorable performance by an unforgettable musician.


ZINH045 Howard Zinn Harvard Trade Union Program $28

2 CDs

Recorded in Cambridge, MA on February 08, 2008

BESZ007-BESZ008 Stephen Bezruchka Health Care Inequalities $24

First program: In Sickness & in Wealth

Income and wealth inequalities have huge health impacts. What are the health advantages of being rich as compared to being poor? You’ll live longer and your quality of life will be better. With deep pockets you get lots of vacation time, live in capacious apartments or houses, you have nannies to take care of the kids, cooks and house cleaners. And you eat well. Organic arugula, shitake mushrooms, fresh-squeezed carrot juice. You have access to the best medical care money can buy. You get annual checkups. Whereas if you are indigent you wait and wait and hope the lump on your breast will disappear and the pain in your tooth will just go away. Being well off frees you from the mental stress of worrying about where your next meal is coming from and where you will sleep tonight.

Second program: Toward a Healthy Society

It's no secret. The poor get the short end of the stick in multiple ways. They live shorter lives and suffer from almost every social problem from lack of decent housing to lousy food to no healthcare to being isolated and reviled. Poverty results in toxic levels of stress. Among the countries in the world, the U.S. ranks in the "top" five in measurable stress, according to an ongoing Gallup survey. Consumerism and the so-called good life are elevated to an almost idyllic plain. But selfish me tooism lead a lot of people to an emotional dead end. It's time to move beyond vacuous slogans such as Looking Out for Number One. Cooperation and collaboration are salubrious. Why does it make good medical as well as moral sense to have a healthy society?

 

POLK001-SOLR001 Katha Pollitt Herstory 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Katha Pollitt -- The Fate of Legal Abortion

There are few issues more divisive than abortion. Vitriolic rhetoric denouncing Planned Parenthood is part of a larger agenda: eliminating legal access to abortion. The historic 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision declared: “We recognize the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwanted government intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the right of a woman to decide whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” Since then there has been a sustained campaign, including threats and attacks on doctors and nurses, the defunding and closing of clinics, to reverse Roe v. Wade. In some states, restrictive legislation has effectively criminalized abortion. What will happen if legal abortions are banned? Women will turn to quacks and the days of back alley abortions, botched procedures and clothes hangars will be back.

Rebecca Solnit -- Making & Breaking Stories

Dominant paradigms, dominant stories, the big picture through which our lives move. How much of it is constructed for us? Most of it. What are the prevailing paradigms and cultural narratives really made of? Words. Language. To coin a phrase, define the terms, frame the issue, to write the story that sticks in the public mind and is constantly repeated, is the business of branding. Powerful institutions work day and night suppressing and spinning stories to legitimize their existence. Their machinations create “official stories” and “public secrets.” Things that everybody knows but nobody says in public. Although our personal stories are assembled and disassembled at the rate of speedy electronic devices, our collective stories move at the rate of tectonic plates. Competing narratives about fracking in Colorado and tar sands in Alberta play out in daily information wars, while substantive structural changes remain nearly indiscernible.  

 

SAIE014 Edward Said Historical Experiences with Multiculturalism $28 2 CDs.
CHON116 Noam Chomsky History & Memory $28 Interviewed by David Barsamian.
KLEN004-EHRB010 Naomi Klein Holiday Programs 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine

Catastrophes from Katrina to Iraq from Afghanistan to the Asian Tsunami clear the way for corporations to move in and operate in newly privatized zones, pushing local government overboard. Kind of like shock and awe economics. Privatize, privatize, privatize is intoned like a mantra by the economic high priests of neoliberalism. The belief in the so-called free market is almost akin religious dogma. Abuses, shoddy work and rampant profiteering rule with little or no oversight or accountability. Governments sub-contract and outsource their essential functions and services as jobs float downstream from the public sector into the private. Free market neoliberalism is synonymous with democracy and since everyone loves the latter what's not to like about the former? But what it really is, is a get rich quick crusade.

Second program: Barbara Ehrenreich - Kicking People When They're Down

The rise in New York’s poverty rate as a result of the ongoing recession has pushed nearly half of the city’s population into the ranks of the poor or near-poor. Ironically, the nation’s largest city is run by a multi-billionaire. Almost on the same day, another report came out saying “Hedge Fund Titans Get Lavish Paydays Stretching to Ten Figures.” People are immiserated and dumped into the streets because of decisions made downtown in the suites. Do we lend a helping hand to the poor? Barely. Let them eat op-eds about values and the virtues of hard work. There’s billions to fund the latest F-whatever fighter jet but scant little for people in distress. The pounding the needy are taking is particularly severe because much of the social safety net has been shredded. Can anyone say compassion and caring?

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

 
CULT015 Various Hollywood, History & JFK $28

2 CDs

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BARA008-BARA007 Amiri Baraka Honoring Amiri Baraka 1934-2014 $24

First program: Real Politics, Real Poetry

The role of creative people in society has long been debated. Should they focus on their art and stay away from politics? Poets, writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, artists in general occupy a unique position. Their impact and influence extend far and wide. They illuminate realities in imaginative ways that expand awareness and understanding. Think of Dylan’s “Masters of War” or Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” or Picasso’s “Guernica” or Langston Hughes’ poem “Columbia,” where he exposes the depredations of U.S. imperialism. He writes:

“In military uniforms, you’ve taken the sweet life

Of all the little brown fellows

In loincloths and cotton trousers.

When they’ve resisted,

You’ve yelled, “Rape,”

Being one of the world’s big vampires,

Why don’t you come on out and say so

Like Japan, and England, and France,

And all the other nymphomaniacs of power."

 

Second program: Resistance and the Arts

From Allen Ginsberg to Kurt Vonnegut and from Bob Dylan to Michael Franti artists have been on the cutting edge. The arts play a pivotal role in society. The great historian Howard Zinn said: "Whenever I become discouraged I lift my spirits by remembering: The artists are on our side! I mean those poets and painters, singers and musicians, novelists and playwrights who speak to the world in a way that is impervious to assault because they wage the battle for justice in a sphere which is unreachable by the dullness of ordinary political discourse. The billionaire mandarins of our culture can show us the horrors of war on a movie screen and pretend they are making an important statement. But the artists go beyond that, to resistance."

DELD001 Dave Dellinger Hope for the '90s $28

2 CDs

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CHON140 Noam Chomsky Hope Springs Eternal $28

2 CDs

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CULT005 Various Horizontes $28

2 CDs

Musical fiesta with some of Latin America and Spain's finest women vocalists.

CHON102 Noam Chomsky Human Rights & the U.S. $28 No description.
ZINH040 Howard Zinn I Was a Pushcart Peddler, Ph.D. $28

2 CDs

Recorded at Cornell University before a large audience in 2001, Howard Zinn is at his exuberant best. His sense of humor is mixed with a sharp intellectual critique. He says: "There's no free marketplace of ideas anymore than there is a free marketplace of goods. People talk about the free market. There's no such thing. Every market is dominated by those people who have the power and wealth to dominate it. That's true of goods, and that's true of ideas. The market place of ideas is not free. It's dominated by the people who control the educational system, own the media and publish the textbooks. All I was doing was wheeling my little pushcart into the marketplace. I was a pushcart peddler, Ph.D." His talk is followed by an excellent Q&A.

FRAT003-BLAW001 Thomas Frank Ideology Over Reality + Banks, Fraud & Looting $24

First Program: Thomas Frank - Ideology Over Reality

Ideology is a set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political and economic system. It can evolve in strange ways to the point where evidence and facts are not only irrelevant but are treated with scorn and derision. In its distorted form, its followers adopt rigid fundamentalist positions. Anyone who challenges the groupthink is a heretic, a non-believer. In the United States for example, the dominant narrative is that its foreign policy is altruistic and based on good intentions. When things go wrong, it's the people we are trying to help, like those ungrateful Afghans, who mess things up. Domestically the so-called free market takes on near theological trappings. Reality is replaced by fantasies. In parts of U.S. political culture one can see these tendencies on display. It's weird and dangerous. 

Second Program: William Black - Banks, Fraud & Looting

Bankers brought the world's economy to the brink of collapse and then as the Occupy slogan says, “We got sold out, they got bailed out.” In many ways Goldman Sachs, one of the largest and most important investment banks, epitomizes all that is wrong with the economic system. Its CEO modestly announced that they were doing “God's work.” There was a big brouhaha when Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, quit the firm with a blistering New York Times op-ed. Smith, said it had become “morally bankrupt” and he decried the "toxic and destructive" environment at the bank that put profits ahead of ethics. "It makes me ill,” he said, how callously people [at the bank] talk about ripping their clients off. I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as muppets."

LEEM004-ALEM001 Michelle Alexander Impacts of the Drug War 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Michelle Alexander - Incarceration Nation 

From the auction block to the cell block there is a trajectory from slavery to Jim Crow to the Drug War. The latter has resulted in mass jailings characterized by deep racial disparities. About one-third of young black men are likely to go to jail. The criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Millions of people, primarily poor people of color, have been swept into the nation’s prisons and then relegated to a permanent second-class status in which they are stripped of the basic civil and human rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement. The numbers are numbing. In all, 2.3 million are behind bars and another 4.8 million are on probation and parole. The more people locked up, the more profits for the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison owner and operator. 

Martin Lee - Medical Marijuana

Marijuana, cannabis, weed, grass, by one name or the other you‘ve heard about it and may have even tried it. An Irish physician, William O'Shaughnessy introduced the therapeutic use of marijuana to Western medicine in the 1830s. He gave it to patients to help treat muscle spasms and stomach cramps. Marijuana as a medicine became common throughout much of the Western world by the 19th century. It was the primary pain reliever until the invention of aspirin. Today, there are underreported scientific breakthroughs including the discovery of a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, (CBD), which stimulates adult stem cell growth, prevents the onset of diabetes, and shrinks malignant tumors. By mining the plant’s treasure trove of active ingredients, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, and many other conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional cures.

 

CHON211 Noam Chomsky Imperial Dangers: Then & Now $28

2 CDs

Lecture.

MAYT001-CHON178 Tom Mayer Imperialism 2-Pack $24

First Program: Tom Mayer - Is the U.S. an Imperialist Nation?

Imperialism derives from the Latin, imperium, which means to rule over large territories. Historically it has taken many shapes and forms. From the Assyrians to the Greeks to the British one constant is that the imperial state denies it is imperial. It finds a set of euphemisms to obscure its intentions. Often the conquest of another country is cloaked in humanitarian rhetoric. Women are being abused; we must save them. Children are being exploited; we must rescue them. The other technique is to defeat an unmitigated evil. A propaganda system insures that the population of the aggressor state is bombarded with messages that make them feel good about what their armies are doing. The propaganda exaggerates and lies about the dangers posed by the country being attacked. Ancient history? Hardly. Think of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.

Second Program: Noam Chomsky – On Imperialism

"Our fingers will be in every pie," declared Sen. Robert Taft. "Our frontiers today are on every continent," announced JFK. And indeed it has come to pass. In mainstream media and scholarship it has been rare to find the noun imperialism preceded by the adjective American. The cover for aggression is cloaked in the lofty rhetoric of democracy, nation building and humanitarian intervention. Alan Murray, CNBC Washington Bureau Chief wrote in the Wall Street Journal, "We are all, it seems, imperialists now." He might be speaking for the elites that run America not for voices of conscience like Noam Chomsky. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

PARM007 Michael Parenti Imperialism, Drugs & Social Control $28

2 CDs

Interview.

KUMD002-KUMD001 Deepa Kumar Imperialist Feminism + Islamaphobia $24

2 Programs

Imperialist Feminism

When you hear imperialists making claims about their concerns for women’s rights then you know something is really rotten in Denmark. The plight of women has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire. That continues to the present. One of the pretexts of the U.S.–led invasion of Afghanistan was “rescuing Afghan women.” Writing about that, noted author and activist Arundhati Roy of India observed, “We're being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission. If so, will their next stop be America's military ally Saudi Arabia? Should they be bombed? Should Delhi, Islamabad, and Dhaka be destroyed? Is it possible to bomb bigotry out of India? Can we bomb our way to a feminist paradise?”

Islamophobia

Almost automatically the experts tell us that hostility toward Muslims and Islam takes shape after 9/11. Bigotry became a lot easier. But in fact the antagonism has much older and deeper roots. Christian Europe viewed Islam as a threat and demonized the religion, its Prophet and its followers. In the 18th and 19th centuries Britain and France colonized much of the Middle East and North Africa. Since the end of World War Two the U.S. has become the dominant imperial force. Its military operates in Muslim countries from Pakistan to Somalia and from Afghanistan to Yemen. Reducing Muslims to stereotypes furthers ignorance and leads to racial profiling. One group which tracks and studies Islamophobia says there has been a 50% increase in hate crimes against Muslims since 2010 and a 300% growth in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S.

STEB001-ALEM001 Michelle Alexander Incarceration Nation + Justice for Some $24

2 CDs

First program: Bryan Stevenson - Justice for Some

In her bestselling book, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander says, the huge number of people behind bars in the U.S. is “due largely to the war on drugs which has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color even though studies have consistently shown for decades that contrary to popular belief, people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites, but by waging this drug war almost exclusively in poor communities of color, we’ve now created a vast new racial under-caste.” There are more African-Americans in prison or “under watch” of the criminal justice system than were enslaved in the U.S. in 1850. Is justice impartial or a commodity for sale to the highest bidder? If you got money you can get the best lawyers and work the system. Indigent African-Americans have no such options.

Second program: Michelle Alexander - Incarceration Nation

From the auction block to the cell block there is a trajectory from slavery to Jim Crow to the Drug War. The latter has resulted in mass jailings characterized by deep racial disparities. About one-third of young black men are likely to go to jail. The criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Millions of people, primarily poor people of color, have been swept into the nation’s prisons and then relegated to a permanent second-class status in which they are stripped of the basic civil and human rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement. The numbers are numbing. In all, 2.3 million are behind bars and another 4.8 million are on probation and parole. The more people locked up, the more profits for the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison owner and operator. 

ALEM001-DAVA006 Michelle Alexander Incarceration Nation + The Prison Industrial Complex $24

First program: Michelle Alexander - Incarceration Nation

From the auction block to the cell block there is a trajectory from slavery to Jim Crow to the Drug War. The latter has resulted in mass jailings characterized by deep racial disparities. About one-third of young black men are likely to go to jail. The criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control.  Millions of people, primarily poor people of color, have been swept into the nation’s prisons and then relegated to a permanent second-class status in which they are stripped of the basic civil and human rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement. The numbers are numbing.  In all, 2.3 million are behind bars and another 4.8 million are on probation and parole. The more people locked up, the more profits for the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison owner and operator. 

Second program: Angela Davis - The Prison Industrial Complex

With more than 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States leads the world in prisoners, leaving far-more-populous China a distant second. More than one in 100 adults in the U.S. is locked up, an all-time high that is costing the states and the federal government tens of billions a year. Some states spend more on prisons than they do on higher education. Additionally, some five million people are on probation or parole. The conservative "Economist" magazine says, "Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little."

COLC003-STIJ004 Chuck Collins Income Inequality + The Age Of Inequality $24

First program: Income Inequality

Income inequality has soared to the highest levels since the Great Depression. And the Great Recession has done little to reverse the trend. In the first full year of the so-called recovery, the top 1 percent of earners took 93 percent of the income gains. The IMF warns, “Some dismiss inequality and focus instead on overall growth, arguing, in effect, that a rising tide lifts all boats. When a handful of yachts become ocean liners while the rest remain lowly canoes, something is seriously amiss.” Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics says, “What worries me is the idea that we’re in a vicious cycle. Increasing inequality means a weaker economy, which means increasing inequality, which means a weaker economy.” Certainly the Occupy Movement raised consciousness about this issue. But the political class has done little to address it. What can be done?

Second program: The Age of Inequality

Trickle-down neo-liberal economics has not worked. Well, not exactly. It’s worked beautifully for the rich. U.S. income inequality has returned to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1% rakes in one-fourth of the national income and has assets equivalent to half the national wealth. The Age of Inequality began in earnest more than 30 years ago. Wages, which had been constantly rising, flattened out. Families got hooked on the new money: credit cards. Debt skyrocketed. Workers took second jobs to make ends meet. The huge transfer of wealth upwards was accompanied by attacks on unions. Recall Reagan’s first action was to break a union. Then corporations started outsourcing, moving high paying jobs overseas. Throw in tax cuts and subsidies and you have a poisonous economic cocktail for the average worker. Inequality poses serious questions about the nature of democracy, fairness and economic justice. 

MAHR-SHIS001-KAKS002 Rahul Mahajan India Politics 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Rahul Mahajan & Snehal Shingavi - The Rise of the Hindu Right in India

A constellation of Hindu fundamentalist organizations are threatening to shatter the image India has projected of being a secular state. The Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP, is the political expression of Hindutva, right-wing Hindu nationalist ideology. It is poised to be the dominant party in what is often called the world’s largest democracy. The man likely to be India’s next prime minister is Narendra Modi. As Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, he was in office in 2002 when there was a notorious massacre of Muslims. Modi has denied any responsibility. Washington was not convinced of his innocence and when he attempted to visit the U.S. in 2005 his visa request was turned down. But things may be changing with the political winds. Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, recently met with Modi, signaling a shift in Washington’s policy.

Second program: Sanjay Kak - India: David vs. Goliath

The Biblical story needs no recounting. In parts of India today various Davids confront the goliath of the Indian state and large corporations. The people fighting back are poor, rural and marginalized. Many are Adivasi, indigenous. Some of the resistance groups, called Maoist or Naxalite, believe in armed struggle. Others are using Gandhian tactics of civil disobedience and non-violence. Arundhati Roy, the well-known writer and activist describes the situation, “People are being driven off their lands by mining companies, steel plants, dams, and other mega-projects. They are putting their bodies on the line to prevent the takeover of their lands and the destruction of their culture and environment. And as the water tables are dropping and the minerals that remain in the mountains are being taken out, we are going to confront a crisis from which we cannot return.”

ROYA019-KAKS002 Sanjay Kak Indian Injustices 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Arundhati Roy - Women & Resistance

David Barsamian interviews Arundhati Roy about the "juggernaut of injustices" in India including farmer suicides, government corruption and sexual violence directed toward women. Roy surveys the indigenous and grassroots resistance to dam projects, corporate government corruption and feudal landlordism.

 

Sanjay Kak - India: David vs. Goliath

The Biblical story needs no recounting. In parts of India today various Davids confront the goliath of the Indian state and large corporations. The people fighting back are poor, rural and marginalized. Many are Adivasi, indigenous. Some of the resistance groups, called Maoist or Naxalite,  believe in armed struggle. Others are using Gandhian tactics of civil disobedience and non-violence. Arundhati Roy, the well-known writer and activist describes the situation, “People are being driven off their lands by mining companies, steel plants, dams, and other mega-projects. They are putting their bodies on the line to prevent the takeover of their lands and the destruction of their culture and environment. And as the water tables are dropping and the minerals that remain in the mountains are being taken out, we are going to confront a crisis from which we cannot return.” David Barsamian interviews Sanjay Kak about his latest film and the situation in India.

EHRB010-COLC003-STIJ004 Barbara Ehrenreich Inequality 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

Barbara Ehrenreich - Kicking People When They're Down

The rise in New York’s poverty rate as a result of the ongoing recession has pushed nearly half of the city’s population into the ranks of the poor or near-poor. Ironically, the nation’s largest city is run by a multi-billionaire. Almost on the same day, another report came out saying “Hedge Fund Titans Get Lavish Paydays Stretching to Ten Figures.” People are immiserated and dumped into the streets because of decisions made downtown in the suites. Do we lend a helping hand to the poor? Barely. Let them eat op-eds about values and the virtues of hard work. There’s billions to fund the latest F-whatever fighter jet but scant little for people in distress. The pounding the needy are taking is particulary severe because much of the social safety net has been shredded. Can anyone say compassion and caring?

Chuck Collins - Income Inequality

Income inequality has soared to the highest levels since the Great Depression. And the Great Recession has done little to reverse the trend. In the first full year of the so-called recovery, the top 1 percent of earners took 93 percent of the income gains. The IMF warns, “Some dismiss inequality and focus instead on overall growth, arguing, in effect, that a rising tide lifts all boats. When a handful of yachts become ocean liners while the rest remain lowly canoes, something is seriously amiss.” Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics says, “What worries me is the idea that we’re in a vicious cycle. Increasing inequality means a weaker economy, which means increasing inequality, which means a weaker economy.” Certainly the Occupy Movement raised consciousness about this issue. But the political class has done little to address it. What can be done?

Joseph Stiglitz - The Age of Inequality

Trickle-down neo-liberal economics has not worked. Well, not exactly. It’s worked beautifully for the rich. U.S. income inequality has returned to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1% rakes in one-fourth of the national income and has assets equivalent to half the national wealth. The Age of Inequality began in earnest more than 30 years ago. Wages, which had been constantly rising, flattened out. Families got hooked on the new money: credit cards. Debt skyrocketed. Workers took second jobs to make ends meet. The huge transfer of wealth upwards was accompanied by attacks on unions. Recall Reagan’s first action was to break a union. Then corporations started outsourcing, moving high paying jobs overseas. Throw in tax cuts and subsidies and you have a poisonous economic cocktail for the average worker. Inequality poses serious questions about the nature of democracy, fairness and economic justice.

SCHH001 Herbert Schiller Information Inequality $28 Interviewed by David Barsamian.
PRAV001-HEDC008 Prashad International Hubris 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First Program: Vijay Prashad - Responsibility to Protect 

Following the mass killings in Rwanda and the international communities’ failure to act, the UN formulated a new doctrine called Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Its key provision is “Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects states from foreign interference.” Libya is a perfect example of R2P gone haywire. There were hyperbolic reports of atrocities, bloodbaths and massacres. The U.S. invoked R2P. A UN resolution to protect civilians was passed and its authority almost immediately exceeded. NATO embarked on a heavy bombing campaign. R2P quickly morphed into regime change. Qaddafi was assassinated. Hillary Clinton joked, “We came, we saw, he died.” Cheers could be heard in the corridors of power in the West. Today, Libya is a broken, devastated country. R2P, if it is to be effective and have credibility, cannot be selectively applied. Nor can it be used as a cover for big power intervention.

 Second Program:  Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire 

The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and other resources, its relentless hunger for profits, its garrisoning the globe with military bases, its arrogant disregard for the environment, is on the same suicidal path as Ahab. Washington’s policies, under both political parties, are always imbued with benevolence and noble intentions. It is innocent of imperialistic designs. Freedom and democracy are its goals. A well-disciplined media and intellectual class rarely challenge these embedded assumptions. We continue to ignore all warnings as to the destruction we are wreaking on the planet. 

NICL001 Linda Nicholson Interpreting Gender $28 2 CDs
CHON196 Noam Chomsky Intervention $28

2 CDs

A tour de force recorded at the University of Colorado at Boulder traces American attacks on the rest of the world focusing on the post-1945 era. Begins with the memorable lines: "The most recent U.S. intervention (Greneda) was yesterday, at least as of this morning." On Israel, Chomsky says, "American liberals supported the militarization and ultimate destruction of Israel with the American Jewish community being a component of that." Cuba is "The major victim of international terrorism and therefore in this Orwellian world is naturally described as the center of international terrorism." After surveying a range of issues Chomsky poses key questions: "What kind of institutional changes would be needed for the U.S. to get at these problems at the source rather than just ameliorating their effects?" And "what values do we pursue as a people?" The Q&A is terrific. Put these two CDs on your "must have" list.

HEDC006-HEDC005 Chris Hedges Inverted Totalitarianism + Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home $24

First Program:Inverted Totalitarianism

The wedding of state and corporate power is at unprecedented levels. The implications for democracy are ominous. Elections are formalities, often more like auctions to be sold to the highest bidder. There is no proportional representation. In a winner take all system the Dems and Repubs got the game all sewed up. And their sponsors the banks are not only too big to fail they are too big to jail. Meanwhile, the ranks of the out of work and out of house and home continue to swell. Basic freedoms of free speech, right of assembly and the right to privacy are being eroded in the name of protecting them. People are saying enough to inverted totalitarianism. The Occupy movement is a popular citizen response to grievances and inequities not being addressed and a universal feeling the system is rigged to favor the rich. 

Second Program: Empire Abroad, Tyranny at Home

All imperial systems eventually collapse. Hubris and arrogance convince great powers the sun will never set on their dominions. Long wars kill and maim many people and deplete not just the treasury but also a nation's moral authority. The U.S. is no different from a long line of hegemons who thought they would last forever. The quest for global domination has domestic consequences. Surveillance, lawlessness, torture and violence overseas migrate home. The vast string of bases and the gargantuan military apparatus are accelerating U.S. decline. Infrastructure rots. Homes and jobs are lost. The economy sinks. No one makes the connections between the external and the internal. Liberals who were once in the forefront of defending the working class have virtually disappeared. They've turned their backs on the idea of economic justice and embrace the elixir of empire.

HERS001 Seymour Hersh Investigative Reporting and Government Lying $28 No description.
HITC-DSOD001 Christopher Hitchens, Dinesh D'Souza Is Socialism Obsolete? $28

2 CDs

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AHMI001-NAPL001-CHON232 Idrees Ahmad ISIS 3-Pack $33

3 CDS

Idrees Ahmad – ISIS, Syria & Journalism

Ever since the uprising against the Assad regime in Syria began in 2011 the country and its people have endured one horror after another. The carnage has led to not only a quarter of a million dead, and many more wounded, but the worst refugee crisis in recent memory. Words fail to describe what has become an ongoing nightmare with no end in sight. Adding to the mix of chaos and violence are Saudi Arabia, Turkey Iran, Russia, and the U.S. Washington searches in vain for what are called “moderates.” The Syrian cocktail of unrelenting violence is made even worse by the emergence of ISIS and its ability to hold large areas of territory. Atrocity follows atrocity. Words such as appalling and horrifying have lost meaning.

Loretta Napoleoni – The ISIS Crisis

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is the latest chapter of the so-called war on terror. One should point out that you can’t have a war on a tactic. ISIS has displaced al-Qaeda. It is violently addressing unresolved issues relating to European imperialism and the creation of artificial borders and states. After WWII, the U.S. supplanted Britain, France and Italy in the region and became its self-appointed guardian. Washington’s footprint in the Middle East is enormous. It has created a network of allies consisting of emirs, sheikhs and generals. These leaders are despised by most of the people they rule. They are seen as puppets of Washington. Israel is isolated. Meanwhile, ISIS is growing. What is its appeal? How is it, as the Pentagon says, “tremendously well-funded”? How has it inspired attacks as far away as Ottawa, Sydney and Copenhagen?

Noam Chomsky – ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, aka Islamic State, is now the latest threat to our security. Or so our leaders tell us and the media repeat. It has seized territory in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. has been meddling in the Middle East non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Wars, militias, sectarianism and strife. And lots of oil and weapons sales. U.S. policy in the region is shrouded in propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal regimes like Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Kurds in both countries are fighting ISIS. Turkey, which has its own major issues with its large Kurdish minority and had allowed jihadis to enter Syria through its borders, is now permitting Iraqi Kurdish fighters to go into Syria to fight ISIS. The endless war on terror has taken new twists and turns. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

CHON231-CHON232 David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey + Decoding U.S. Propaganda $33

3 CDs

First program: ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, aka Islamic State, is now the latest threat to our security. Or so our leaders tell us and the media repeat. It has seized territory in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. has been meddling in the Middle East non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Wars, militias, sectarianism and strife. And lots of oil and weapons sales. U.S. policy in the region is shrouded in propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal regimes like Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Kurds in both countries are fighting ISIS. Turkey, which has its own major issues with its large Kurdish minority and had allowed jihadis to enter Syria through its borders, is now permitting Iraqi Kurdish fighters to go into Syria to fight ISIS. The endless war on terror has taken new twists and turns. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Second program: Decoding U.S. Propaganda (2 CDs)

Who better to provide a glossary of propaganda than Noam Chomsky? He gives the actual definitions of such terms as crime, guilty, terror, international law and free elections. The media vacuum out background, context and history leaving people uniformed and bewildered, thus, easy prey to propaganda. But there have been some breakthroughs. For example on Palestine he says, “things have changed significantly over the past 10 or 15 years with regard to public opinion.” He talks about Egypt, Ukraine, the uses of NATO, Central America, and what is mistakenly called “anti-Americanism.” People around the world are in “opposition to brutal and destructive policies” of the U.S. “They don’t hate Americans; they hate American policy.” Interviewed by David Barsamian.

 

KUMD001-HADB001 Deepa Kumar Islamophobia + Inside Syria $24

First program: Deepa Kumar - Islamophobia

Almost automatically the experts tell us that hostility toward Muslims and Islam takes shape after 9/11. Bigotry became a lot easier. But in fact the antagonism has much older and deeper roots. Christian Europe viewed Islam as a threat and demonized the religion, its Prophet and its followers. In the 18th and 19th centuries Britain and France colonized much of the Middle East and North Africa. Since the end of World War Two the U.S. has become the dominant imperial force. Its military operates in Muslim countries from Pakistan to Somalia and from Afghanistan to Yemen. Reducing Muslims to stereotypes furthers ignorance and leads to racial profiling. One group which tracks and studies Islamophobia says there has been a 50% increase in hate crimes against Muslims since 2010 and a 300% growth in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S.

 

Second program: Bassam Haddad - Inside Syria

Syria is a mosaic of ethnic and religious groups. The minority Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, constitute about 12 percent of Syria’s 23 million people. They have controlled the government since 1970 when Hafez al-Assad seized power. Upon his death in 2000, his son Bashar al-Assad took over. Peaceful protests against his regime, which began in March 2011, following uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, were crushed by the military. Opposition grew. The consequences have been catastrophic. Tens of thousands dead, hundreds of thousands have fled the country, and more than 2 million are internal refugees. The Assad regime is under siege and is bound to fall. But what will take its place? There are multiple factions within the umbrella resistance group, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. The violence and suffering are escalating. Whither Syria?

 
CHON023 Noam Chomsky Israel & the American Left $28

2 CDs

Contentious does not begin to describe this essential classic. Chomsky is joined by Paul Berman and Ellen Willis in a panel moderated by Michael Albert. There are heated exchanges on anti-Semitism, Israel and the Faurisson case. Chomsky says, "The left has a lot to answer for. It has played a significant role in enhancing the torment of the Palestinians and the moral degeneration of Israel." He adds, "Jews are entitled to remember Jerusalem for 2,000 years and entitled to return displacing the indigenous population but Palestinians are to forget their homeland after a generation and go somewhere else, anywhere will do." Recorded at the Borough of Manhattan Community College during the Socialist Scholar's Conference.

BLUM001-PAPI001 Max Blumenthal Israel: Siege Mentality + Solutions: Israel/Palestine $24

2 CDs

First program: Max Blumenthal - Israel: Siege Mentality

From Kissinger to Kerry, U.S. Secretaries of State engage in endless rounds of shuttle diplomacy. They issue rosy statements about progress and breakthroughs. But little changes. Israeli policy has created concrete facts on the ground. Settlement building on Palestinian land, illegal under international law, has expanded over decades. Some 500,000 Israelis live in settlements from Ariel to Ma’ale Adumim. Jeffrey Goldberg writing in Bloomberg.com calls them “self-destructive.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says they constitute “tacit annexation of the West Bank” and “is not winning Israel friends in Europe or America.” The West Bank, supposedly the home of a future Palestinian state has been sliced and diced into pieces. Israeli-only roads and so-called security barriers and walls are turning Palestinian areas into isolated enclaves. Thus the fabric of a just and lasting peace is tattered and becomes more remote. 

Second program: Ilan Pappe - Solutions: Israel/Palestine

The winds of change are sweeping across the Middle East. Decrepit and sclerotic regimes are crumbling. A constant however is the uneresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Will the broader political upheavals in the region help bring about a solution? Perhaps. But round after round of U.S.-led failed peace talks and a simultaneous huge increase in illegal Israeli settlements have left Palestinians desperate. Maybe Ariel Sharon's prediction of some years back has come true. He said, "We'll make a pastrami sandwich out of them. We'll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right across the West Bank, so that in twenty-five years' time, neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart."

CULT013 Various Johnny Moses: Traditional Stories of the Northwest Coast Native Peoples $28 2 CDs.
MISP001-CHAA001-JUNM001-ROYA014 Arundhati Roy Kashmir 4-Pack $40

4 CDs

Pankaj Mishra - India & Kashmir: Breaking the Silence

In Kashmir, the scale of human rights violations from collective punishment and assassinations to custodial deaths and disappearances is staggering. Yet little of what goes on in that Himalayan region reaches the outside. Why? India controls the cameras, microphones and print media and it has been skillful in framing Kashmir in the 9/11 terrorism discourse. Those who resist Indian rule, Delhi tells the world, are fundamentalist jihadis backed by Pakistan. Kashmir is an unresolved issue dating back to the disastrous 1947 British partition plan to divide the sub-continent in two: a Hindu majority India and a Muslim majority Pakistan. Today, Kashmir is one of the most dangerous places on earth. Both India and Pakistan have huge militaries and nuclear weapons. And the Kashmiris are stuck in the middle. It is time past for the silence on Kashmir to be broken.

Angana Chatterji - Kashmir: Buried Evidence

Among the many issues plaguing South Asia none is as violent and deeply contested as Kashmir. The major unresolved issue of the disastrous British partition of India in 1947, Kashmir has been the site of wars and the threat of wars, and probably the world's longest and most extensive military occupation. India brooks no international meditation to address the problem. What's the problem? A lot of Kashmiris don't want to be part of India. They didn't in 1947 and they don't, probably in even larger numbers, today. The U.S., champion of human rights elsewhere, is keen to access a major growing market, thus says nothing of what India is doing in Kashmir. Its silence is becoming harder to maintain as now the earth is revealing dark deep secrets of Indian rule in Kashmir. The thousands of dead and missing are making noise.

Mohamad Junaid - Inside Kashmir

Kashmir, renowned for its incredible beauty, is the site of a decades long military occupation mostly hidden from worldview. Adjectives like "intractable" and "protracted" often precede Kashmir. What do the Kashmiri people want? The answer usually is "Azaadi. Freedom." Angana Chatterji, the noted scholar, in her essay "Kashmir: A Time for Freedom," writes, "'Freedom' represents many things across India-ruled Kashmir. These divergent meanings are united in that freedom always signifies an end to India's authoritarian governance. In the administration of brutality, India, the postcolony, has proven itself coequal to its former colonial masters. Kashmir is not about 'Kashmir'. Governing Kashmir is about India's coming of age as a power, its ability to disburse violence, to manipulate and dominate. Kashmir is about nostalgia, about resources, and buffer zones. The possession of Kashmir by India renders an imaginary past real."

Arundhati Roy - Revolts & Rebellions

Beyond the hoopla of robust growth rates and hype about the world's largest democracy, India is beset by major revolts and rebellions over a vast area. Some, like the one in Kashmir, are for independence. Others, like the multiple uprisings in what the media call the "Red Corridor" are for the overthrow of the government. These various movements are in response to serious economic and social problems and the racism of Hindu nationalism. The seizure of land, water, and minerals by corporations chaperoned and sanctioned by the state has caused the poorest of the poor to say: No More. They are pushing back. Washington ignores India's internal realities. Instead it sees New Delhi as a hot destination for investment, a bazaar for arms sales, and as a strategic linchpin in its planned anti-China alliance.

CHON089 Noam Chomsky Keeping the Rabble In Line $28

 2 CDs

GRAN001-HITC003 Greg Grandin Kissinger 2-Pack $24

2 CDS

Greg Grandin -- Kissingerism

At age 92, Henry Kissinger is a legend. Over decades, he has assiduously cultivated and constructed the image of the sagacious elder statesman. Corporate journalists hang on his every word. Politicians seek his advice. But is the respect and reverence he receives deserved? He is one of most notorious characters of this or any other period in history. Just ask the Kurds, the East Timorese, the Bangladeshis, the Chileans. Ask them what they think of Dr. Kissinger? But since they are “unpeople,” their opinions don’t count. When he was Nixon’s national security advisor, Kissinger displayed his kowtowing to power when he kept silent as his boss made anti-Jewish comments. When Nixon demanded that Cambodia be bombed, he conveyed the order like a good errand boy. It was Kissinger who once boasted,  “The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”

Christopher Hitchens -- The Kissinger Case

Henry Kissinger beware. With the detention of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and the arrest of Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosovic, no longer can tyrants hide behind the defense of sovereign immunity for their crimes against humanity. While some still consider Kissinger one of the U.S.'s most influential political power brokers, as Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, he played a role in numerous heinous crimes, from genocide in East Timor to the coup in Chile. If Henry Kissinger is ever indicted, the prosecution team should recruit Christopher Hitchens to help their case.

KLEN005-KLEN006 Naomi Klein Klein Climate 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Naomi Klein - Transitioning to Climate Justice

Climate change, you’ve heard of that. But climate justice? The Global Justice Ecology Project describes it: “Climate justice is the understanding that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies. The historical responsibility for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions lies with the industrialized countries of the Global North. The production and consumption habits of countries like the United States continue to threaten the survival of humanity and biodiversity globally. It is imperative that the North urgently shifts to a low carbon economy.”

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

Second program: Naomi Klein - Capitalism vs. the Climate

“Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may alter the living world such that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.” Those words of warning were written in 1992 by some 1,700 scientists including more than 100 Nobel laureates. Here we are, more than two decades later still talking, still drilling and doing very little to protect our precious planet from an economic system that prioritizes profits over the well-being of Earth.

 

KLEN006-KLEN007 Naomi Klein Klein Climate 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Naomi Klein – The Radical Leap

Political organizers are aware of “wedge issues” that divide us and “web issues” that bring us together. What could be more unifying than saving the planet? The Earth is heating up. Polar ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising. April was the 12th consecutive hottest month on record. The December 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, doesn’t rise to the challenge. Clearly, it is going to take mobilization from below to radically change the fossilized attitudes of the fossil fuel industry and the politicians that they bankroll. Broad coalitions of diverse groups seek to do just that. Climate activism engages a new intersectional politics. From Pope Francis to the Dalai Lama, workers and trade unionists, indigenous peoples, and many others are speaking with one voice on the issue like never before. 

Naomi Klein - Transitioning to Climate Justice

Climate change, you’ve heard of that. But climate justice? The Global Justice Ecology Project describes it: “Climate justice is the understanding that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies. The historical responsibility for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions lies with the industrialized countries of the Global North. The production and consumption habits of countries like the United States continue to threaten the survival of humanity and biodiversity globally. It is imperative that the North urgently shifts to a low carbon economy.”

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

CUMB002 Bruce Cumings Korean War $28 2 CDs
CHON-LING007 Noam Chomsky Language & Interpretation: Philosophical Reflections $42

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UCLA Lectures

CHON-LING010 Noam Chomsky Language and the Cognitive Revolution $28 No description.
CHON-LING008 Noam Chomsky Language and the Cognitive Sciences $28

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CHON-LING005 Noam Chomsky Language in a Psychological Setting $28

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CHON-LING009 Noam Chomsky Language: Asking the Right Questions $28 2 cds.
CHON-LING015 Noam Chomsky Language: Continuity & Innovation $28 Chomsky outlines his theory that the human brain has an innate language faculty, and that part of this biological endowment is a universal grammar. Thus, all languages and the ways children learn them are remarkably similar. Recorded at Winona State University.

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CHON152 Noam Chomsky Lessons from Yugoslavia & E. Timor $28 The U.S.-led NATO attack on Yugoslavia was carried out ostensibly to stop human rights abuses. The bombing campaign triggered a massive increase in killings and expulsions. In East Timor, the site of much greater massacres, the U.S., pursuing different policy aims, chose another course of action. Concern for human rights and international law is selectively applied.
LEVR001-CHON209 Richard Levins Levins-Chomsky 2-Pack $24

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First Program: Ecology of Capitalism

The logic of global capitalism is destroying the planet. It puts profits over the welfare of people and excessive production over ecological sustainability. Massive protests against powerful institutions like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization as well as so-called free trade deals draw in more and more people who believe that it is time for a different model that is sensitive to humans needs and the environment. How might we move beyond capitalism to a deeper understanding of how commodification and commercialism affect relationships both between people and nature?

Second Program: Human Intelligence & the Environment

As a species we humans are unique because of our intelligence. At the same time we have the capacity to defer, deny and ignore unpleasant realities. To wit: the environmental crisis. The signs of climate change are clearly evident. Glaciers are melting at an astonishing rate. Floods, fires, drought, tornadoes and hurricanes are occurring with greater frequency and intensity. Rising sea levels are putting millions at risk. 2010 was the hottest year the earth has yet recorded. Conferences on mitigating global warming are held from Montreal to Copenhagen, to Cancun. But they have produced little more than hot air. The sense of urgency is just not there with the big industrial countries, responsible for most of the carbon emissions. They engage in compromises and non-binding deals leaving the basic systems and structures intact. Yet with all of the mounting evidence of the damage being done to the planet, we continue to dilly-dally. The clock is ticking.
FRAT004-GIRH001 Thomas Frank Limosine Liberal 2-Pack $24

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First Program: Hey Liberal, Listen Up

The ironies, agonies and hypocrisies in the U.S. political system are in high-relief during a presidential election year. The role of big money undermines the integrity of one person, one vote. The state of the electoral infrastructure is a national embarrassment, long lines, broken machines and purges of voters without their knowledge. In addition the primaries have made abundantly clear: a two-party monopoly snuffs out populist uprisings and credible third party challenges. Working class people are propagandized into voting against their own interests. Indeed, what has happened to the Democrats, the so-called party of the people? Why is the Democratic Party where movements for progressive social change go to die?

Second Program: The Human Costs of Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism is one of the most pernicious and destructive aspects of late Capitalism. Its take no prisoners approach has caused enormous human suffering. Promoted in the 1980s by Reagan and Thatcher it includes: tax breaks for the rich and powerful, privatization of public services, cutting social welfare programs, attacks on unions, violations of labor laws, passage of so-called free trade agreements allowing for unfettered capital investment flows, minimal government regulation of financial institutions and corporations, and the endless marketization of society. Neoliberalism views people simply as consumers. This system is driving the planet and humankind into an untenable situation. It was created by the few, for the few. It is not a law of nature. It can be dismantled by the many.
LINT001-LINT002 Thomas Linzey Linzey 2-Pack $24

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First Program: Corporations, Communities & the Environment

Communities across the country, trying to stop a wide range of threats and unwanted projects such as gas drilling and fracking, mining, pipelines, factory farming, sewage sludging, landfills, coal shipments and GMOs, all run into the same problem: they don't have the legal authority to say "no" to them. With their high priced lawyers and huge political influence corporadoes shape the law. That may be changing. A recent court ruling in Pennsylvania says that corporations are not "persons." They cannot elevate their "private rights" above the rights of people. Others can’t wait for the legal system to catch up. Sandra Steingraber, noted biologist and scholar, shortly after appearing on Bill Moyers and on Alternative Radio, has gone to jail. In an act of civil disobedience, Steingraber and others blocked the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the pristine Seneca Lakes region of upstate New York.  

Second Program: Q&A with Citizens Opposed to Fracking

In this question and answer session, environmental attorney Thomas Linzey speaks with citizens of Fort Collins and surrounding Colorado communities who oppose hydraulic fracturing. He says social change happens through confrontation and movement building, which means doing more than just appealing polluters' permits. The goal, says Linzey, is enacting and implementing environmental law. A "seat at the table" is not enough. He offers guidance about each available method, from banning all fracking or passing a moratorium, to establishing local decision-making authority and codifying the rights of nature. He also explains why Move to Amend and other related efforts are not the approach favored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. This raw field recording is not for broadcast, but its loaded with information and analysis. Some language may be considered objectionable.

WOLR006 Richard Wolff, David Barsamian Live From City Lights $24

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David Barsamian and Richard Wolff present their book Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism at the historic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. The book hit a nerve and is now in its 3rd printing. Prominent economist Richard Wolff and AR Director David Barsamian probe the root causes of the current economic crisis, its unjust social consequences and what can and should be done to turn things around. They reach back to the 1970s when the capitalist system itself shifted, ending the century-old pattern of rising wages for U.S. workers and thereby enabling the top 1% to become ultra-rich at the expense of the 99%. In this recording Wolff provides his latest views on the systemic economic problems in the United States in light of events in Greece, Spain and the Eurozone crisis. Lively interaction with audience questions.

TRUJ-POET003 John Trudell Live in Eugene $28

John Trudell believes that the progression of civilization has spawned a “mining of the spirit.” Society pollutes the minds of its people with technological toxic waste. The individual is alienated from the roots of “human belongingness.” Drawing from historical perspectives of “Earth DNA” he urges individual and collective responsibility. In this talk, Trudell interlaces poetry into a wide range of topics central to his foundational theme: what it means to be a human being. “If we understand who we are as human beings, we can use that understanding to generate coherency and clarity.”

LINT001-STES001 Sandra Steingraber Local Activism 2-Pack $24

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Thomas Linzey - Corporations, Communities & the Environment

Communities across the country, trying to stop a wide range of threats and unwanted projects such as gas drilling and fracking, mining, pipelines, factory farming, sewage sludging, landfills, coal shipments and GMOs, all run into the same problem: they don't have the legal authority to say "no" to them. With their high priced lawyers and huge political influence corporadoes shape the law. That may be changing. A recent court ruling in Pennsylvania says that corporations are not "persons." They cannot elevate their "private rights" above the rights of people. Others can’t wait for the legal system to catch up. Sandra Steingraber, noted biologist and scholar, shortly after appearing on Bill Moyers and on Alternative Radio, has gone to jail. In an act of civil disobedience, Steingraber and others blocked the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the pristine Seneca Lakes region of upstate New York.  

Sandra Steingraber - Fracking & Public Health

Fracking doesn't sound like something the earth, or any community, or any language would wish upon itself. What is it exactly? Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of enormous volumes of water and chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in underlying shale rock formations in order to extract the natural gas below the surface. Fracking is rapidly expanding all across the U.S. and Canada. It is touted by big corporations as a practical solution to energy needs. Citizen groups oppose fracking because of its huge water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the peril it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. They are insisting that people’s health and the environment are non-negotiable. And, that this widespread and dangerous practice of fracking be stopped.

 

LINT003-CIEP005 Thomas Linzey Local Community Governance 2-Pack $24

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First Program – Thomas LinzeyLocal Community Self-Governance

Alexis De Tocqueville, in his classic account of his visit to the relatively new country of the United States, was struck by how different it was compared to the monarchies of Europe. What was salient to him was the extent of local community self-government. De Tocqueville saw that as key to democracy. Political representatives, be they city council members or other officials, are held accountable for their actions and are subject to recall. Important decisions would be informed by the sentiments of the larger community. There would be town meetings and debates and discussions. Of course, the U.S. was a much smaller country then, but the fundamental right of citizens to participate in the political process remains central to the functioning of a living democracy. That right has been sidelined in the wake of a massive increase in corporate power and influence.

Second Program – Paul Cienfuegos – Local Governance

Rights exercised by large corporations have never been stronger in the United States. They respond to distant policy initiatives, lawsuits, and latent threats to their bottom lines with lightning speed and a full court press. Their lobbyists vet new regulations and bills with legislators. They kill bills. They write bills. The more glaring examples of corporate-friendly legislation, regulatory policies and court decisions are ones that run roughshod over environmental protection: the Keystone Pipeline, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive reductions in fines leveled on Exxon-Mobile oil spills from Alaska to Newark Bay. Communities are fighting back. The cry for Home Rule is heard in municipalities around the country. Local community rights ordinance campaigns hope to fend off polluting fossil fuel enterprises, GMOs, and crude oil train bombs. 

ALPG002-BLAW001 Michael Shuman Local Dollars, Local Sense + A New Economic Paradigm $24 Michael Shuman - Local Dollars, Local Sense

What do you do if you are fortunate enough to have some extra money? Stuff
it under your mattress? Invest in Wall Street? Put it in a bank? For
various reasons those may not be your best options. The economic crash and
the Occupy movement have widened the space for alternatives and new
thinking. A once fledging choice, investing locally has greatly expanded
and taken root in a variety of places. It makes sense. By making the
dollar switch to Main Street there is at least the possibility of creating
more vibrant, self-reliant communities. Local investing can be done using
a variety of approaches from cooperatives and community ownership to local
exchanges. Exploring these options is critical. The big banks and
investment firms, where most people have their money, are not overly
concerned with building community.

Gar Alperovitz - A New Economic Paradigm

When something doesn't work you either get it fixed or replace it. Makes sense right? Take capitalism. It careens from crisis to crisis. It has systemic structural problems. The traditional remedies, such as legislative reform, don't work or if they do they are soon outflanked by power brokers who know how to game the rules. The Great Recession continues. Discontent and anger are growing. The Occupy movement has illuminated how deeply the deck is stacked against the ordinary citizen. It is past time to look at alternatives in how the economy is organized. Fundamental changes are required. It may take a long time but seeds are now being sown. There are bottom-up grassroots efforts quietly going on that suggest a different model. There is an emerging "new economy" which empower communities and workers, not corporations.

WESC006-WESC007 Cornel West Love & Freedom 2-Pack $24

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On the Road to Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19th is recognized as African American Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. It marks the day in 1865 when the people of Texas were informed that, in accordance with a presidential proclamation, all slaves were free. It says: “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” A century and a half later, African-Americans remain at the bottom of almost every social index from infant mortality and homelessness to unemployment and poverty. The road to freedom is a long one and yes there have been some steps forward but this is no time for victory laps. There is too much work to be done.

Love & Justice

From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter.” The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised. Is property more important than people? Racism, poverty and inequality run deep. African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Dr. King believed in the transformative power of love and as he said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

SOLR001-GALE002 Rebecca Solnit Making & Breaking Stories + Calendar of Human History $24

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First program: Rebecca Solnit - Making & Breaking Stories

Dominant paradigms, dominant stories, the big picture through which our lives move. How much of it is constructed for us? Most of it. What are the prevailing paradigms and cultural narratives really made of? Words. Language. To coin a phrase, define the terms, frame the issue, to write the story that sticks in the public mind and is constantly repeated, is the business of branding. Powerful institutions work day and night suppressing and spinning stories to legitimize their existence. Their machinations create “official stories” and “public secrets” – things that everybody knows but nobody says in public. Although our personal stories are assembled and disassembled at the rate of speedy electronic devices, our collective stories move at the rate of tectonic plates. Competing narratives about fracking in Colorado and tar sands in Alberta play out in daily information wars, while substantive structural changes remain nearly indiscernible.  

Second program: Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History

When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, “We never get ‘just the facts.’” We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from an infinite number of facts. And what is selected is based not just on one’s personal interest but on race, class, gender, and other factors. A true picture of the past is rarely achieved, and never by presenting “just the facts.” Historians need the eyes of thousands of people, the ears of poets, a nose for secrets, the hands of a master painter. And by reversing traditional lenses and viewing history through the eyes of the ignored and dispossessed, we gain a radical new perspective. The best historians draw from a rich mosaic of past events, breathe life into them and make them meaningful and useful to the present. 

DYSM001-XMAL002 Michael Eric Dyson Malcolm X & the Politics of Race + America's Race Problem $24

First Program: Michael Eric Dyson - Malcolm X & the Politics of Race

Malcolm X's life represents an extraordinary evolution and transformation from street hustler and ex-con to an intellectual visionary with a race and class analysis. He went from being a narrow nationalist to incorporating a broad global perspective. He articulated a strong challenge to the system of power and privilege. Consequently, the FBI wiretapped Malcolm, read his mail, and kept him under surveillance. On February 21, 1965 Malcolm X was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in West Harlem. In his final year he gave fiery talks throughout the country, including the famous Ballot or the Bullet Speech from King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit. This special program marks 50 years since his assassination.

Second Program: Malcolm X - America's Race Problem

Malcolm X discusses race issues in America.

GALE003-GALE002-GALE001 Eduardo Galeano Master Storyteller 3-Pack $33

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First program: Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History

When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, “We never get ‘just the facts.’” We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from an infinite number of facts. And what is selected is based not just on one’s personal interest but on race, class, gender, and other factors. A true picture of the past is rarely achieved, and never by presenting “just the facts.” Historians need the eyes of thousands of people, the ears of poets, a nose for secrets, the hands of a master painter. And by reversing traditional lenses and viewing history through the eyes of the ignored and dispossessed, we gain a radical new perspective. The best historians draw from a rich mosaic of past events, breathe life into them and make them meaningful and useful to the present. 

Second program: Eduardo Galeano - Mirrors

Eduardo Galeano dedicates this talk to “the disappeared” but not solely the victims of military dictatorships in the Southern Cone in the 1970s. He combats pervasive historical amnesia. Delivered at a packed Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe for the Lannan Foundation, Galeano presents work found in his 2009 book Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone.

Third program: Eduardo Galeano - The Worlds Within the World

Within Latin America's thriving tradition of historical fiction and poetic journalism, no writer has chronicled as much of the last five centuries, nor with as much popular appeal, as Eduardo Galeano. His classic work The Open Veins of Latin America has sold over a million copies. It narrates the exploitation of innocents, from Columbus to the present. Like Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, Galeano's Open Veins is prerequisite in the study of Latin American history from the bottom up. He is also the author of The Book of Embraces and the award-winning Memory of Fire trilogy. This program features Galeano receiving the Prize for Cultural Freedom from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico and an exclusive interview conducted by David Barsamian covering a range of topics: the role of the historian, the state of resistance movements and "el socialismo real," and a celebration of the "worlds within the world." Interview.

*Please note: this discounted 3-pack is only available in CD & MP3 audio formats, not as a transcript.*

BAGB-SOLN001 Ben Bagdikian, Norman Solomon Media $28 Two respected media scholars hold forth.
MCCR004 Robert McChesney Media Matters: Monopolies, Pacifica, NPR & PBS $24

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Robert McChesney talks about the corporatization of the newsroom, monopolies and mergers, NPR, PBS and Pacifica. McChesney also explains the exponential growth of trash media at the expense of investigative journalism. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

HITC-LEEM001 Christopher Hitchens, Martin Lee Media Muckrakers $28

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BARD-KNOE-LANS001 David Barsamian, Erwin Knoll, Saul Landau Media Treatment of Arabs and Islam $28 No description
CHON036 Noam Chomsky Media, Propaganda and Democracy $56

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This powerful 5-part collection of Chomsky's Massey Lectures aired on CBC Radio, and also includes a Q&A with journalists. 

PARM017-PARM032-PARM028 Michael Parenti Michael Parenti Triple Header $33

First Program: Fascism: The False Revolution

Fascism is being mentioned more and more in the context of U.S. and European elections. It is a term that is bandied about often rather loosely. Orwell wrote that it is understood to be "something not desirable." But it is a complex political and economic synergy that has racism, force and nationalism as its animating matrix. It involves heavy doses of propaganda and media manipulation. Mussolini, in one of his more honest moments said, "Fascism should be more properly called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." For Americans it is universally associated with despotic regimes in other countries. It can't happen here. Huey Long, the self-styled populist governor of Louisiana, once warned, "If fascism ever comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag."

Second Program: The Pathology of Wealth

As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have more important matters to consider. Making money. And they better be on the ball and deliver those dividends because if they don't they will soon be replaced. Profits uber alles is the guiding mantra. Environment. Schvironment. It gets in the way. Sure they'll recycle paper and glass but forget about doing anything substantial. Pursuing new corporate earning opportunities and wealth accumulation are in capitalism's DNA. The owners of the economy, the 1%, are operating from the tar sands in Alberta to fracking in Pennsylvania. They have got their eyes on the only prize that matters to them. The lust for lucre continues unabated.

Third Program: The Hypocrisies of Capitalism

The "Newsweek" cover declares, "We are All Socialists Now." Some people have a different take on it. Paul Krugman, commenting on the bailout of banks and the giant insurance company AIG, says it's a classic example of what he calls "lemon socialism," that is, taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right. Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner, is describing our economic system as it really is, not the fantasy tale spun for mass consumption by Alan Greenspan and his disciples. One salient aspect of the economic collapse is the focus on rotten apples like Bernard Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford. They are easy pickings. We can all be virtuous in denouncing them as cheats and swindlers. But what escapes scrutiny and discussion is the barrel itself. And that is the capitalist system.

 

MAKU001-GIAC002-ARIA001 Ussama Makdisi Middle East 3-Pack $33

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Ussama Makdisi - Sectarianism in the Middle East

The corporate media have trouble with nuance and complexity. They like things black and white, good and bad. In their simplistic reporting, history and context are, if at all, fleetingly referred to. Take the Shia-Sunni divide in Islam. It is routinely described as an ancient feud between two factions competing for supremacy among Muslims. What is ignored in such formulations is the role of British, French and Italian imperialism in the Middle East and more recently the United States. Following classic divide and rule strategies the Europeans and then the Americans sliced and diced the peoples of the region, created borders and even states where none existed. All marinated in a stew of racism about what is best for the natives. No discussion of sectarianism can be separated from the catastrophic U.S. invasion of Iraq, which excited tensions between Shias and Sunnis in the Middle East.

Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East

Large parts of the Middle East today are engulfed in violence. Why? What historical factors shape the current conflicts? Take Iraq for example, a country in chaos. The U.S. has been intervening in Iraq non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Sectarianism and strife. Death and destruction. Actual U.S. policy in the Middle East is buried in a blizzard of propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal and repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Emirates as well as dictatorships like Egypt. Justification for U.S. military bases, invasions and occupations are cloaked in the garb of altruism and noble intent. It’s always been that way for imperial powers. A moronic media never questions Washington’s self-professed motives. Thus, most people are ignorant about what is going on. It doesn’t have to be that way.

 

Abdullah Al-Arian - Inside the Middle East

Antonio Gramsci, the great Italian Marxist said, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” That certainly seems to describe the Middle East today. Lots of morbid symptoms. After a series of uprisings, the so-called Arab Spring, the region has spun into a deadly spiral. Just sample these headlines, all from the same day: Libya: Islamist Militia Fighters Clash with Troops; Egypt: Bomb Kills 2 in Army Vehicle; Turkey: Boy Accused of Insulting President is Arrested; West Bank: Firebomb Seriously Wounds an Israeli Girl; Jordan: Threatens ISIS with Grave Consequences. And the horror that is Syria and the decade-long catastrophe that is Iraq continue unabated. The scope and scale of instability and violence has no recent precedent. Why is it happening?

CHON073 Noam Chomsky Middle East Peace Process $28 No description.
KHOR003-KHOR004 Rami Khouri Middle East Uprisings 2-Pack $24

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The Unfinished Arab Revolutions

Lenin was reported to have said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” Revolutions are never simple affairs. The multiple Arab revolts are still in flux. Take Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood in that country was long declared illegal. After the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship they came out in the open and ran in elections and their candidate Morsi was elected president. A year later he was overthrown by the military. The Brotherhood is now banned and its assets seized. Its leaders are in jail, and hundreds of its supporters have been killed. Egypt for three decades under Mubarak was in Washington’s pocket. It is unlikely the U.S. will give up one of its prize assets in its quest to continue to dominate the Middle East. Egypt and the region are likely to remain in upheaval for some time to come.

Mohamed Bouazizi & the Arab Revolts

After being humiliated by state authorities, Mohamed Bouazizi, an unknown street vendor in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouaziz, set himself on fire on December 17, 2010. Just a few weeks before, WikiLeaks published revelations confirming what virtually every Tunisian knew: The regime of Ben Ali was thoroughly corrupt and operated like a mafia family. But the U.S. backed Ben Ali throughout his many years of dictatorial rule. Bouazizi’s action may be comparable to Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Who knew what would follow? In Tunisia, within weeks Ben Ali was toppled. Then Egypt erupted, then Syria and Libya. Impregnable regimes suddenly looked vulnerable. The political landscape of the Middle East had dramatically changed. People came out in the streets in unprecedented numbers. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

BACD001-JAYS001 Saru Jayaraman Migration & U.S. Policy + Behind the Kitchen Door $24

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Migration & U.S. Policy

In the wake of disastrous neo-liberal economic policies, millions of people around the world are on the move looking for work. There is a backlash. In 2012 more than 400,000 people were deported from the U.S. The Obama administration deportation numbers exceed George W. Bush’s. The border today is like an armed camp with 20,000 agents patrolling it. There are proposals to double the number of agents and ratchet up spending. The influx of people from Mexico, Central America and elsewhere has led to little to no substantive immigration reform on a national level. Will drones, walls and increased militarization of the border address the issue? Private profit-driven corporations certainly think so. They are all about detection, apprehension, transportation, incarceration and deportation of immigrants. They are lining up for more lucrative government contracts. What would constitute a humane and fair immigration policy, one that kept families together?

 

Behind the Kitchen Door

How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? $2.13 an hour. And how do poor working conditions—discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens—affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? The quality of the food depends not only on the sourcing of the ingredients but also from the attention and skill of the people who chop, grill, sauté, and serve. Increasingly, people are choosing to dine at restaurants that offer organic, fair-trade, and free-range ingredients for health and ethical reasons. Yet few of us are aware of the working conditions at the restaurants themselves. But whether you eat haute cuisine or fast food, the well-being of restaurant workers is a pressing concern, affecting our health and safety, local economies, and the life of our communities. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

KINM003-KINM002 Martin Luther King Jr. MLK 2-Pack $24

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First program: Beyond Vietnam

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s  “I Have a Dream” speech. It will be aired over and over again. The charismatic orator is forever frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on that August day. No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another address no less significant to a much smaller audience on April 4, 1967 in Riverside Church in New York. There King demonstrated his deep understanding of how the system works. He moved beyond a simple race analysis to include class and foreign policy issues. He forcefully denounced the war in Vietnam. He called the U.S. “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” and he deplored the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism.” Exactly one year later King was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone in solidarity with striking sanitation workers.

Second program: Famous Speeches & Sermons

4 of MLK's most famous speeches: I Have Dream, I've Been to the Mountaintop, Drum Major Instinct & How Long? Not Long.

CHAP001-SCAJ003 Jeremy Scahill National Security Beast + Outsourcing the War on Terror $24

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First program: Pratap Chatterjee - Outsourcing the War on Terror

When the U.S. goes to war, private contractors salivate. When it comes to making money, there is no business like war business. Control or oversight? Not much. There is a feeding frenzy at the troughs of public money accompanied by the almost inevitable cost overruns, waste, fraud and theft. The corruption is fueled by the revolving door syndrome between corporations and the Pentagon. Almost seamlessly, today’s assistant secretary of defense becomes tomorrow’s vice-president of Raytheon. An April 2014 report from the Pentagon’s own Inspector General says the Defense Department isn’t properly keeping track of senior officials who leave the government to take jobs with defense contractors. Among the problems the report identified, records are kept in different locations and many are missing, particularly at the Defense Logistics Agency and the National Security Agency — “organizations with substantial contracting activity.”  

Second program: Jeremy Scahill - The National Security Beast

The national security beast is a terrifying behemoth that extends its tentacles across the globe. Like a many-headed hydra it grows and grows. It has an insatiable appetite for weaponry. For example, in late 2013, the navy launched the Zumwalt, the largest destroyer ever built. It came in for a cool $3 billion. But that’s a bargain compared to the new Ford-class aircraft carrier. Price tag? $13 billion. The beast has a life of its own. Presidents come and go but the war machine just chugs along. The “military-industrial complex” is always manufacturing new enemies to justify itself. The most urgent threat we face is climate change. Why not slash the Pentagon budget? For starters, cut the nuclear arsenal and mothball half the Trident submarines and use the money to protect the environment. 

SAIE009 Edward Said Nationalism, Human Rights and Interpretation $24 No description.
ORTR001-MEAR004 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Native Thanksgiving 2-Pack $28

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz -- The Other Side of Thanksgiving

The historical lens through which national holidays are viewed is often blurred and distorted. Thanksgiving is a case in point. The much-revered Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower sat down and shared native foods with the friendly Wampanoags.  A heart-warming story. But this idea of the gift-giving Indian, helping to establish and enrich what would become the United States, is a myth. Native Americans would soon be overwhelmed and killed en masse by white settlers. Those that survived the murderous campaigns against them were relegated to inhospitable reservations. Indian land was stolen fair and square. Today we honor the memory of the slaughtered with Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, Jeep Cherokees, the Washington Redskins and calling bin Laden, Geronimo.  Native Americans are offended by the appropriation of their culture. It is the final stage of genocide.

Russell Means -- Knowing Who You Are: Lessons from Native America

For years the indigenous peoples of the U.S., after having been dispersed and decimated and relegated to reservations, were reduced to caricatures. We all knew Indians and their culture. There was the familiar medicine man, the trading post, Geronimo and Crazy Horse, papooses and squaws, tepees and tomahawks, war dances and war parties. Tonto was the epitome of faithfulness and subservience. The formation and rise of the American Indian Movement, AIM, in the late 1960s and early 1970s did much to break down conventional stereotypes. AIM, through its actions at Wounded Knee, Alcatraz, Mount Rushmore and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, demonstrated that Native Americans could and would fight back against racism and oppression. 

CHON-LING013 Noam Chomsky Naturalism & Dualism $28

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CHON035 Noam Chomsky Necessary Illusions $28

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CHON238-CHON240-CHON244-CHON245 Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky 2015 6-Pack $60

6 CDs

First program: It's in Your Hands

An effective propaganda system encourages people to be discouraged. Hey! Worry about the Kardashian’s latest news. Leave the complicated matters of domestic and foreign affairs to the smart guys. This is a recipe for disaster because the ruling class will attend acutely to its interests at the expense of everyone and everything else including the planet. This indifference to the 99% and the environment was dramatically revealed in a 2015 poll of CEOs at Davos. Every year the so-called “masters of the universe” meet in the Swiss Alps. The poll asked them to list their major concerns. They had 19. Climate change was not one of them. No surprise. The big boys have other things on their minds like making money. It’s an institutional imperative. Will the changes to avert eco-catastrophes come from the top? Highly unlikely. We the People must act.  

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

Second program: Living Memory

In David Barsamian's latest interview with Noam Chomsky they analyze the rise of ISIS, how U.S. policies are "creating jihadis," the film American Sniper, the attacks in Paris, free speech, and how memory is filtered to allow certain facts to be foreground while obscuring other vital information. Living memory, Chomsky says, is the terrorism "done against us" not what we do to others. 

Third program: The Nature of Capitalism 2 CDs

Chomsky talks about the economic system and corporate crime. He says, It’s not just GM and Volkswagen. “It’s across the board. Johnson & Johnson, the huge pharmaceutical firm, is apparently facing billions of dollars of fines for mislabeling prescriptions. Financial institutions are paying billions of dollars in fines for basically robbery of the public. Just read the business pages. It’s constant. Because that’s the nature of capitalism: You try to steal as much as you can.” About Bernie Sanders: “I’m very supportive of his candidacy. His prospects are pretty limited in a system like ours of bought elections and what amounts to a plutocracy. The real hope, in my mind, of the Sanders campaign is that the popular movement that supports him will persist and grow and develop. That would be significant. If it’s just timed for the electoral extravaganzas, it’s kind of a waste. “

Fourth program: Chomsky's 87th Birthday Interview 2 CDs

Alexander Cockburn used to quip that the two greatest disasters to befall the United States in the 20th century both happened to be on December 7th: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Noam Chomsky’s birth in Philadelphia. In this exclusive birthday interview, Chomsky reveals his views on the responsibility of intellectuals, the root causes of jihadi terror, France’s role in Africa, a possible solution in Syria, the current state of U.S. imperialism, China’s strengths and weaknesses and evolving U.S. military strategy toward the Asian giant, the real story why the Paris Climate Summit is doomed to fail, and notable biographical details from his childhood.

  

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First program: Masters of Mankind

Adam Smith is routinely trotted out by pundits to justify the current economic system. Yet the Smith that is represented bares little resemblance to reality. If he were around today he probably would be appalled at the way his name and ideas are being bandied about. All that stuff about the free market and entrepreneurial spirit are slogans to prevent people from understanding how the economy really works. Actual capitalism relies on significant government intervention and taxpayer subsidies. Who after all bailed out Wall Street banks and financial institutions? In sector after sector it is public money that paves the way for private profit. Take computers and the Internet. Where did they come from? Bill Gates working in a garage in Palo Alto? Hardly. They were products of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. 

Second program: Unconventional Wisdom 

Conventional wisdom is a term one often hears. It is the generally accepted belief, opinion, or judgment, about a particular matter. In the U.S., the ruling political class and the media are major propagators of conventional wisdom. For example, when it comes to international law the U.S. exempts itself while holding its enemies to account. Or bombing and invading another country. Washington reserves that right for itself and its allies. It's just a given. There is one set of rules for the master and his close friends and another for everybody else. All of these notions are presupposed and embedded. They are so deeply rooted that they don't even come up for discussion. Whoever breaks from the norm risks ostracism and ridicule. But often it is thinkers outside the box who rock the casbah and make a positive difference. Interviewed by David Barsamian. 2 CDs.

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Unconventional Wisdom, Parts One & Two

Human Intelligence & the Environment

The Center Cannot Hold

BARM003-KAUD-SNIA001 Maude Barlow Not a Drop to Drink + The Corporate Takeover of Water $24

Maude Barlow - Not a Drop to Drink

Many know Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and its famous "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Perhaps less known is Mark Twain's, "Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting." Today, the UN warns, "Too often, where we need water, we find guns. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie over the horizon." Once empires were fueled by spices, the fur trade, silver, gold, and ivory, and in recent decades it's been all about oil. Now, water is seen by corporations as the next big thing. This precious resource is being rapidly commodified. Instead of being humankind's common heritage and right it's becoming the private property of giant multinational conglomerates. There are no two ways about it. As Auden wrote, "Thousands have lived without love-not one without water."

Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow - The Corporate Takeover of Water

Remember Pete Seeger's classic song, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" A new version of that may be "Where Has All the Water Gone?" Scientists have identified large areas of the planet as "hot stains," that is regions of the earth running out of clean, drinkable water. Our most precious natural resource is imperiled. Rising demand along with fetishes with green lawns, golf courses and endless showers are all part of an appalling lack of conservation. Depletion of aquifers, rivers and lakes shrinking and drying up, pose serious threats to our collective well-being. Water for millennia was considered an integral part of the commons, for the public good, not owned for private use and profit. All that is changing now with ominous consequences. Corporations are sweeping down and literally buying water. A major crisis is not far away. 

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First Program: Cornel West - Occupy Democracy 

When language has been mutilated and drained of meaning how are we to understand democracy? Its mere invocation by politicians and their media echoers generates a chorus of hosannas. The reality is different. Democracy has been reduced to elections, awash in money, where there are marginal choices. Sometimes the candidates are so bad one can say: Pick your poison: cyanide or arsenic. The Great Recession has shaken things up. From the cradle of democracy: Greece, to the self-proclaimed beacon of it today: the U.S., people are asking fundamental questions. Democracy has been off-stage and in the wings for decades as corporations, enabled by political elites, have amassed unprecedented power. During elections democracy is trotted out to center stage and then disappears behind the curtains again. That could be changing. The Occupy movement is rocking the comfort zone of the 1%. 


Second Program: Michael Moore - Get Up, Stand Up

Bob Marley sang this song,

Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights

Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight

You can fool some people sometimes

But you couldn't fool all the people all the time

And now you see the light, stand up for your right.

The Occupy movement is the most dynamic and extraordinary political development in decades. It may be the catalyst to effect fundamental change. Inspired by a call in the Canadian magazine “Adbusters,” citizens fed up with the abuses of the system went to Wall Street and pitched their tents and unrolled their sleeping bags. That small act proved to be the spark that launched a leaderless movement with people of various political tendencies brought together by anger at the inequities of capitalism and the politicians who sustain it.


WOLR004-WOLR003 Richard Wolff Occupy Wall Street & the Economic Crisis + Capitalism Hits the Fan $24

First Program: Occupy Wall Street & the Economic Crisis

By any standard, 2011 was a historic year of protest and revolution. In Tunisia and Egypt seemingly invulnerable regimes were toppled. In Wisconsin, citizens outraged over attacks on public workers, stayed at the state capitol building and camped and marched in the freezing cold. In August, more than 1,000 demonstrators were arrested protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in the largest act of civil disobedience in decades. As a result of popular pressure, the project has been put on hold. Then, on September 17, in the heart of economic power, the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Since then, it has spread and taken different shapes and forms. OWS has changed our vocabulary. 1% and 99% have entered the conversation and the focus is on the deep political, economic and social inequality in the U.S. and around the world. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Second Program: Capitalism Hits the Fan

Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. The statistics are numbing and do not convey the suffering and trauma citizens are enduring. Gone up in smoke are their savings, pensions, homes and jobs. Poverty is at record levels. For too many, dreams and hopes are shattered. And like the Howard Beale character in the movie Network, people are yelling, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." Occupy Wall Street has gone global. People are in the streets pushing back and saying, Enough. "We are the 99%." There is widespread recognition that the economic crash is not just the result of greed and arrogance and lax regulation. There are deeper structural problems with a system that always prioritizes profits over people. The question is what should replace it? 

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ZINH027-ZINH028-ZINH029-ZINH032-ZINH033-ZINH034-ZINH035 Howard Zinn, David Barsamian Original Zinn: The Tapes $75

This powerful collection of AR programs and never-aired exclusives makes up the complete source material for the Howard Zinn & David Barsamian book Original Zinn, available in paperback from AR. Whether you choose 8 CDs or MP3s, this discounted set features all the audio in one place.

Zinn's conversations with Barsamian touch on such diverse topics as the American war machine, civil disobedience, the importance of memory and remembering history and the role of artists - from Langston Hughes to Dalton Trumbo to Bob Dylan - in relation to social change. It's Zinn at his irrepressible best, the acute perception of a scholar whose impressive knowledge and probing intellect make history immediate and relevant for us all.

 

Can the System Be Fixed?

The scale of corporate scandals is unprecedented in American history. Many workers have lost not only their jobs but also their savings, pensions and investments. Upper management, the so-called captains of industry, cashed in their stocks long before they tanked. Wall Street brokers, dependent on commissions, were selling investors stocks they were describing in internal memos as "crap" and "junk." WorldCom, the telecom giant, might take the cake for sheer perfidy. It originally acknowledged it had cooked their books to the tune of four billion dollars. Now it says that there's another three. Responding to public outcry, Congress passed a corporate reform bill that consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls "modest." Rogue capitalism has many people asking the question, Can the system be fixed?

The Back Seat Interviews - 2 CDs

Get a front seat and join David Barsamian as he talks with Howard Zinn in the back seat of a car on a drive in New Mexico. These interviews are a must for Zinn fans. For those of you who don't know him, they are an excellent introduction to the wit and wisdom of one of our foremost elders. In these wide-ranging and informative interviews, he shows his mastery of disparate topics. Zinn is no boring academic. His inspiring optimism is present throughout. Among the subjects are: How history is constructed, the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, remembering Albany, GA., the FBI, RFK, Gandhi, Malcolm X, the value of books, "The Sopranos," movies, "A People's History" on HBO, Orwell's "1984" and its relevance to today.

War on Iraq: A Dissenting View

Respected historian Howard Zinn joins AR's David Barsamian in conversation for this live feed. Zinn's extensive historical and current perspectives combine to provide critical insight on the situation in Iraq and the world. His breadth of knowledge and engaging style make this a program not to be missed.

Resistance & the Role of Artists

Artists have always been on the cutting edge of society. They are the innovators as well as the seers. Go back to Aeschylus, the great 5th century BC Greek playwright who wrote "The Persians." This classic drama was a warning to the Greeks to not be consumed by the same arrogance that was undoing of the Persians. Power thinks it's infallible and eternal. Artists puncture holes in these illusions. Today, writers, musicians, poets, filmmakers, and actors like Michael Franti, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Radiohead, Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Bonnie Raitt and many others challenge the political orthodoxy. For daring to speak out they incur the wrath and scorn of the superpatriots that dominate the airwaves.

Critical Thinking

The US is now bogged down in a guerilla war in Iraq. The political leadership misled the people in a pattern of deception that Machiavelli would have admired. The media, with few exceptions, never challenged the official stories. Only a handful in Congress asked questions. In a remarkable propaganda triumph, the Bush Administration managed to conflate the country and the government as one and the same. Mark Twain, a fierce opponent of an earlier outburst of American imperialism, declared that he supported the country all of the time and the government when it deserved it. Citizens can cut through the spin if they are armed with independent information, knowledge of history and critical thinking. Without those tools then people are easy prey for Swift Boat and wolf pack ads.

Airbrushing History

Studs Terkel, the great historian, says the U.S. suffers from a kind of national Alzheimer's disease. Aided and abetted by the media and the education system there are aspects of history that are simply forgotten. Take say the Nuremberg trials after World War II where the top Nazis faced justice. What were they accused of? Attacking other countries without cause. The judges spoke as one when they declared: "To initiate a war of aggression is the supreme international crime that contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." Many legal scholars say the judgment at Nuremberg could apply to the U.S. attack on Iraq. However Nuremberg and its significance is air-brushed out of history.

A World Without Borders 

Frontiers divide people into nation states leading to an us and them dichotomy. A political elite dominates power and the lexical discourse. Flags become potent symbols of nationalism. Patriotism is used to create the illusion of a common interest that everyone shares. Political leaders exempt themselves from law and basic morality while all the time loudly proclaiming their adherence to them. They declare that god is on their side. They call on their people to make sacrifices. Vast military power is deployed to defend what is called the national interest. Other countries are attacked. This is called self-defense. This pattern is a formula for endless conflict. What if barriers dividing people disappeared? Can we imagine a world without borders?
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ZIRD004-EDWH001-BOYJ003 Dave Zirin Other Side of Sports 3-Pack $33

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First program: Dave Zirin - The Other Side of Sports

Are sports simply a form of entertainment or is there some deeper meaning off the field we are not seeing? From ancient Greece to modern times, sports have always been a big attraction. But in the cable and digital age it is bigger and more lucrative than ever. Sports encompass the world. From soccer in Latin America to cricket in India to hockey in Canada, millions of people are energized by and care about their teams and players. Heroes rise and fall. Tiger Woods, Brett Favre, Lance Armstrong. There are sex scandals, doping, and murder trials. And it’s not just compromised athletes but the owners too. Witness the racist comments by Donald Sterling, the disgraced owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Media coverage once again demonstrated how sports intersect with critical societal issues.

Second program: Harry Edwards - The Fire This Time

"People are practical," Howard Zinn said. "They want change but feel powerless, alone. They do not want to be the blade of grass that sticks up above the others and is cut down. They wait for a sign from someone else who will make that first move. And at certain times in history there are certain intrepid people who take the risk that if they make that first move others will follow quickly enough to prevent their being cut down. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Third program: Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism

The Olympics are perhaps the crown jewels of sports. The pomp and circumstance, the pageantry and international competition make the games special. They began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. They were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods. Today, the gods are fame, fortune, and national pride. The Olympics are a multi-billion dollar extravaganza. Behind the spectacle of athletic prowess and the patina of global harmony, brass-knuckle politics and brute economics reign. One hears of public-private partnerships in financing the games but it is often the public holding the bag when costs skyrocket, as they often do. The 2016 Summer Games will be in Rio. Brazilians are already protesting against the projected expense. But right now world media attention is on the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia where gold medals may place second to security issues.

CHON222-CHON221 Noam Chomsky Out of Control 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program - The U.S. as a Rogue State

When you hear the term rogue state what country do you think of? North Korea? The U.S. as a rogue state cannot be uttered in media commentary and the polite discussions of the political illuminati. It is almost unthinkable. But it is routine almost to the point of banality that the U.S. exempts itself from the standards it applies to others. Washington refuses to sign and ratify international treaties and ignores UN resolutions while at the same time demands that everyone else play by the rules. International law is whatever Washington says it is. The level of hypocrisy is staggering. Unilateralism is the order of the day accompanied by disregard for laws that might stand in the master’s way. And the U.S. reserves for itself the right to spy on not only its own citizens but also its closest allies.

Second program - State Spying & Other Matters

Chomsky puts the Edward Snowden revelations in the context of historical government spying. “If technology,” he says, “or other means of control and domination are available, then power systems are going to use them.” Chomsky relates the continuities between Bush and Obama in foreign and domestic policies. He examines Obama’s assault on civil liberties and the prosecution of whistleblowers. Israel, Palestine, events in Turkey and Syria are also discussed, along with the pitfalls of third parties in the U.S. and much more. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

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3 CDS

First program: Liars, Lying & Politics

Olympic athletes to corporate executives at Volkswagen tell lies. Remember Tony Montana, the mobster in Scarface played by Al Pacino, when he said, “I always tell the truth, even when I lie.” The trick is to be convincing, have oodles of guile and be a smooth talker. In politics lying is an art form. There’s the joke about, How can you tell when a politician’s lying? Whenever you see his or her lips moving. When they are caught in a lie the PR damage control gurus rush in and coat the mendacity in, Well, it was taken out of context or the ever popular he or she misspoke. Lying in politics is strictly non-partisan. Eisenhower about the U.S. coup in Iran, Kennedy about Cuba. Johnson about Vietnam, Nixon on just about everything, Clinton. You get the picture. The list goes on and on.

Second program: Public Relations: Corporate Spin & Propaganda

Current events are routinely packaged by spin doctors and image consultants. The U.S. has the largest public relations industry in the world. It is a major societal force in influencing and shaping public opinion. The number of PR workers far exceeds that of journalists. Professional spinmeisters churn out stories that are favorable to the corporations that hire them. These stories are then leaked into the media acquifer and turn up on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Third program: Lies, Damn Lies & Public Relations

Public relations is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are now more PR agents than working journalists, and the gap is widening as Madison Avenue continues to expand. PR wizards sometimes not only spin the news but actually invent it. They organize campaigns to influence public opinion and shape legislation that benefits their corporate patrons.

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First Program: Beena Sarwar - Pakistan: A Journalist's View

For the casual observer of international news Pakistan must be enigmatic, bewildering and scary. It's a "hornet's nest," declares "The Economist." Almost from its inception in 1947 Pakistan has been dominated by the three As: Allah, Army and America. The country of some 200 million people has been ruled either by military dictators or corrupt civilians. Pick your poison. There are coups and rumors of coups. The prime minster may be ousted. The president may face criminal charges. The intelligence agencies wield supernatural powers. And in the shadows are jihadis. Relations between Islamabad and Washington are "badly strained," the "NY Times" reports. No surprises there given the many U.S. drone attacks and invasions culminating in the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers. When you are master of the universe and you pay stipends to servants you expect what? Silence and loyalty. 

Second Program: Pervez Hoodbhoy - The War Within Pakistan 

The decades long bloodshed and destruction in Afghanistan now envelops Pakistan. From Lahore to Karachi to Peshawar the carnage increases. Home grown jihadi groups, with links to various intelligence agencies, set up to fight against India in Kashmir, have turned inward. After one such attack which killed more than 50 in northwest Pakistan, the Taliban claimed responsibility and declared, "Our war is to enforce sharia, Islamic law, and anyone who hinders our way or sides with America will meet the same fate." Washington carries out countless drone bombings and its special forces operate inside Pakistan. The regime in Islamabad is despised by most Pakistanis as being corrupt and not providing basic services.

SAIE031 Edward Said Palestine & the Universality of Human Rights $28

2 CDs

Recorded on the eve of the attack on Iraq, Edward Said says the war will be a disaster and is motivated by "resources and strategic control." He then moves to Palestine where "building a wall will not solve the problem." While acknowledging the "hopeless situation that encloses us all" he concludes on an optimistic note where he discusses future reconciliation and his vision of hopeful paradigms. "There are other models," he says, pointing to his musical collaboration with Daniel Barenboim. Lecture w/ Q&A.

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Ali Abunimah -- Justice in Palestine

The level of ignorance and lack of knowledge about the Israeli-Palestinian issue is quite extensive. Israel is a strategic ally of the U.S. and a military and economic power in its own right. All true. The Palestinians? Well, they are an irritant. Why don’t they just go away, move someplace else? They had their chances for statehood but they botched them. The actual realities on the ground? Uh, can we change the subject? The many so-called peace processes and road maps have led to dead ends for the Palestinians. They watch as more and more of their land and water is seized by Israel. Sixty percent of the West Bank, which is supposed to be part of a Palestine state, is under Israeli control. Most of the settlements are there. Given the situation, what will the future hold?

Edward Said -- Culture & Imperialism

Imperial power is constructed on a bedrock not only of force but of culture as well. Culture provides the crucial underpinning, justification and validation of empire. Its crudest manifestation is perhaps Kipling's "White man's burden." A more refined version is the French "mission civilisatrice," civilizing mission. Imperialism is often thought of as a European phenomenon of the past. In fact it continues today in different shapes and forms. Colonial attitudes are masked in new rhetoric. The U.S. carries out its imperial policies behind the facade of democracy and freedom. Culture and politics produce a system of control that transcends military power to include a hierarchy of representations and images that dominate the imaginations of both the oppressor and the oppressed.

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3 CDs

First program: Ending Corporate Rule

Modern corporations trace their origins to the trading companies of imperial Europe more than three centuries ago. Their rise in power and influence has been a steady trajectory to the point where today they are the dominant institution in society. Governments have freed corporations from legal constraints through deregulation, and granted them even greater power through privatization. The Supreme Court has declared corporations are people and money is free speech. The latter has turned Congress into, as one commentator put it, “a forum for legalized bribery.” Many citizens feel that pleading to corporations is insufficient and that it is time to examine the nature of this artificial institution. Endless single-issue crisis-based activism, one grievance at a time does not address the core problem, which is the corporation itself. Is ending corporate rule an obtainable goal? How would it happen?

Second program: Community Rights

Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches. Efforts to assert community rights encounter structural obstacles to direct democracy such as Dillon's Rule, regulatory law, and the effects of nearly 200 years of corporate constitutional rights. Undaunted, groups like Community Rights PDX, Global Exchange, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund urge passing local ordinances to defend citizens from further environmental damage and corporate exploitation.

Third program: Local Governance

Rights exercised by large corporations have never been stronger in the United States. They respond to distant policy initiatives, lawsuits, and latent threats to their bottom lines with lightning speed and a full court press. Their lobbyists vet new regulations and bills with legislators. They kill bills. They write bills. The more glaring examples of corporate-friendly legislation, regulatory policies and court decisions are ones that run roughshod over environmental protection: the Keystone Pipeline, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive reductions in fines leveled on Exxon-Mobile oil spills from Alaska to Newark Bay. Communities are fighting back. The cry for Home Rule is heard in municipalities around the country. Local community rights ordinance campaigns hope to fend off polluting fossil fuel enterprises, GMOs, and crude oil train bombs.

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CHON-LING017 Noam Chomsky Pedagogy of the Oppressed $24

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At Harvard, Noam Chomsky, Howard Gardner, Bruno della Chiesa discuss noted Brazilian educator Paolo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed on the 45th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important books of the 20th century. 

CHON200 Noam Chomsky Persistent Features of U.S. Policy $28

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Beyond propaganda there is the real world and in that world, Chomsky says, "the powerful make the rules and the weak abide by them." Our work is to create a society "where a decent human being can live without shame." Drawing on examples from Nicaragua and Guatemala to Palestine and Iran, he says the so-called free press "reshapes the facts to serve state power." Citizens are responsible for Washington's actions "either by participation or apathy." An excellent presentation. Recorded at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Part One is the lecture. Part Two is the question-and-answer session.

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First program: Peter Neill - Water is Life

In Cochabamba, Bolivia people rose up against the privatization of water. They marched and chanted El Agua es Vida, Water is Life. They drove Bechtel, the U.S. corporate behemoth out of Cochabama. How important is clean water? Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan. Water is a huge issue. We expect it to flow when we open the faucet. Long showers, green lawns and swimming pools are considered almost a birthright. But with hotter global temperatures more and more parts of the world are water stressed. One of the triggers of the uprising in Syria was a prolonged drought. Israel has been using the aquifer in the occupied West Bank leaving Palestinians with very little thus exacerbating tensions and conflict. In Bangladesh, desperate people have dug so deep for water that it is contaminated with arsenic resulting in the largest mass poisoning in history.

Second program: Peter Neill - Sea to Shining Sea: The Water Crisis

As the climate is getting warmer and the population is growing, many parts of the world are running out of water. The earth is rapidly drying up as demand far outstrips supply.  Global consumption of water is doubling every twenty years. A crisis is looming. According to the UN, by 2025 as many as 3.5 billion people will face water scarcity. The potential for war and conflict is all too obvious. From Australia to Spain record droughts have led to critical water shortages. A fraction of the planet’s water is fresh, all the rest is salty. How can we create a just and sustainable future based on the notion of water as a commons and a public trust, and not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. Can new ways be found to increase our water supply?

 

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CHON145 Noam Chomsky Power of the People $28

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CHON224 Noam Chomsky Power Systems Do Not Give Gifts $28

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Chomsky discusses early formative experiences and his attraction to anarchism and Rudolf Rocker. He talks about a range of issues from his first act of rebellion to Super Bowl ads to Israel. And as always deconstructing propaganda such as when he says, “Reform is like most political terms: you have to distinguish between its dictionary meaning and its meaning in political circles, where it usually means a change those in power approve of.  Changes they don’t approve of are not called reforms. In another example, he comments, “The word jobs is a euphemism for an obscene seven-letter word politicians and corporations won’t pronounce. They can’t say profits, so they tell us it’s because they care so much about working people that we have to keep using fossil fuels at a rate that endangers humanity’s future.” Interviewed with David Barsamian.

 

CHON-LING003 Noam Chomsky Principles of Language Structure $28

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CHON015 Noam Chomsky Priorities: Indochina $28
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A philosophical talk on freedom and responsibility given while Indochina was burning under a massive U.S. assault. He talks admiringly about Randolph Bourne and his essay "The Twilight of the Idols." It was Bourne, writing around WW1, who said "War is the health of the state." Chomsky observes that some intellectuals gravitate to power resulting in the "degrading of political thinking and loss of critical capacity." He says, "Those of us in academic communities have a remarkable opportunity to think through, not only the consequences of our actions but the kind of society we hope to bring into being." And he comments, "It's not enough to deplore" the system of militarism and imperialism "like Fulbright and Eisenhower or to get a new manager to do something about it, the only thing that can be done is to try to organize to stop it, to resist it." An outstanding program which resonates as much today as when it was first given. Highly recommended.

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Robert Scheer - Free Thought & Self-Censorship

Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history. The so-called War on Terror has unleashed a war on civil liberties. White House claims of national security justify massive abuses. We have to give up freedoms in order to preserve them we are told. But hey, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.

Nadine Strossen - Spying, Secrecy & Suppression

There is an assault on civil liberties and fundamental rights. State spying, secrecy and suppression have vastly increased. 9/11 is the pretext for surveillance that never stops giving. Both Democrats and Republicans have greatly expanded the powers of the multiple government agencies who watch and monitor us. What is called oversight is a joke. We would do well to recall Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s ringing dissent in his 1972 opinion Laird v. Tatum. This is what he said: “The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people.

Bruce Schneier - The Internet, Privacy & Power

Edward Snowden’s remarkable revelations leave no doubt. Big Brother is here. The National Security Agency’s PRISM program is a clandestine mass electronic surveillance and data mining system. In plain English: it enables state spying on citizens. The American Civil Liberties Union says, “The things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of personal information. With every click, we entrust our conversations, emails, photos, and much more to Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo. But what happens when the government asks these corporations to hand over their users' private information?”  What happens to our rights and expectations of privacy? The Information Superhighway as the Internet was once called has turned into a marketer’s dream and a place where our messages and intimate details of our lives disappear into the NSA’s new $1.5 billion, million square-foot complex in Bluffdale, Utah.

MCRA002-GREG002 Ray McGovern Pro-Snowden 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Ray McGovern - Whistleblowers

What is one to do when confronted by blatant criminal actions and illegalities? Look the other way? Punch out at 5 and go home? That’s not what Edward Snowden did. His disclosures have informed and educated the people of the United States and the world about secret surveillance and massive data-gathering that the NSA and other government agencies are engaged in within the U.S. and abroad. And Snowden’s reward? Hounded. Threatened. Defamed. His passport has been revoked. Instead of encouraging whistleblowers the Obama administration has created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Open up your mouth to report wrongdoing and corruption and you’ll have the book thrown at you. Obama has the dubious distinction of prosecuting more whistleblowers than any administration in U.S. history. It has not only criminalized the truth tellers but also the journalists who report on their revelations.

Glenn Greenwald - The Surveillance State

The June 2013 revelations of massive government spying should not really come as a surprise. Since Sept 11 there has been a steady drift to more and more state power, secrecy and totalitarianism all in the name of national security. Snooping, prying, eavesdropping, call it what you want the government is doing it on a scale never before seen. Sophisticated new technologies allow for more intrusions into our private lives. Beyond the ever present cameras, there is deep data-mining, nanosecond biometric identification and drone aircraft in the skies above. The invasive monitoring of public space and the simultaneous erosion of our rights has been largely a bi-partisan affair. State surveillance power, undermining basic freedoms in the name of protecting them, is growing relentlessly. The swelling domestic databases of the NSA probably contain your personal information including emails, text messages, and phone calls. And this burgeoning Orwellian apparatus has become a cash cow for corporations such as Booz Allen Hamilton. Comedian Stephen Colbert sarcastically observes, There are bound to be casualties in the never-ending war on terror and one of them just happens to be the U.S. Constitution.

SALS002-KUMD001 Steven Salaita Professors Speak Out 2-Pack $28

2CDS

Steven SalaitaThe Limits of Academic Freedom

The groves of academe in Athens where Plato and other Greek scholars gave lectures, has long been idealized as an intellectual oasis, and a model for universities around the world, a place where free thinking without fear or favor would be forever encouraged. But today on college campuses from U.C. Santa Cruz to Yale outspoken professors are learning about trigger warnings, dangerous no-go zones; topics that are off limits. Apart from the stultifying effects of self-censorship among the best and the brightest, that open space beneath a shady grove of trees is becoming a marketplace, a profit center in an increasingly corporatized higher education system. To reverse the trend, a renewed commitment to, free speech, pluralism and a rigorous systemic critique is needed. 

Almost automatically the experts tell us that hostility toward Muslims and Islam takes shape after 9/11. Bigotry became a lot easier. But in fact the antagonism has much older and deeper roots. Christian Europe viewed Islam as a threat and demonized the religion, its Prophet and its followers. In the 18th and 19th centuries Britain and France colonized much of the Middle East and North Africa. Since the end of World War Two the U.S. has become the dominant imperial force. Its military operates in Muslim countries from Pakistan to Somalia and from Afghanistan to Yemen. Reducing Muslims to stereotypes furthers ignorance and leads to racial profiling. One group which tracks and studiesIslamophobia says there has been a 50% increase in hate crimes against Muslims since 2010 and a 300% growth in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S.

 

NADR018 Ralph Nader Progressive Matters $28

(2 CDs)

The discontent in the U.S. is more than palpable. Income and wealth inequality continue to soar. The middle class is getting hammered. Fifty million are poor. Americans are disheartened about the nation’s course. According to a new Gallup poll 82% of voters believe the country is on the wrong track. Another poll from the Associated Press says one in four registered voters have hardly any confidence their vote will be counted. Both major presidential candidates have very high negatives. Many people are fed up with the choices the two major parties dish up. In the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the spark it generated, there seems to be an opportunity for progressives to advance their ideas.
Interviewed by David Barsamian.

CHON135 Noam Chomsky Propaganda & Control of the Public Mind $28

2 CDs

Most people associate the term "propaganda" with totalitarian dictatorships like Iraq or North Korea. Yet propaganda, in different shapes and forms, is an important element in democratic societies. The control and use of images and information can alter perceptions, frame debate and influence opinion. This special two-part program features Noam Chomsky in a seminar given at Harvard to trade union leaders from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan.

CHON099 Noam Chomsky Prospects for Democracy $28 No description.
CHON-LING012 Noam Chomsky Prospects for Minimalism $42 3 CDs. Highly technical discussion.
CHON043 Noam Chomsky Questions & Answers on the Mideast $24
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CHON031 Noam Chomsky Questions and Answers with UCLA Philosophy Class $24 No description.
ALEM002-ALEM001 Michelle Alexander Race & Caste in the U.S. + Incarceration Nation $24

2 CDs

Race & Caste in the U.S.

A string of shootings of young African Americans has generated national and international attention. While these killings are nothing new, the proliferation of cellphones cameras and social media raised public awareness. Systemic questions are being asked. What is the role of racism? The numbers are depressingly familiar. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Blacks are more likely to go to jail than to college. The Sentencing Project reports, “Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences.” Outside the prison walls is an economy that cannot generate jobs paying decent wages. Affordable housing? What’s that? Programs alleviating poverty are cut back and simultaneously the coercive functions of the state are beefed up. Local police are armed to the teeth with the latest weapons while underfunded schools are crumbling.

Incarceration Nation

From the auction block to the cell block there is a trajectory from slavery to Jim Crow to the Drug War. The latter has resulted in mass jailings characterized by deep racial disparities. About one-third of young black men are likely to go to jail. The criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. Millions of people, primarily poor people of color, have been swept into the nation’s prisons and then relegated to a permanent second-class status in which they are stripped of the basic civil and human rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement. The numbers are numbing. In all, 2.3 million are behind bars and another 4.8 million are on probation and parole. The more people locked up, the more profits for the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison owner and operator. 

SEKO001-WESC006 Osagyefo Sekou Racial Injustice 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Osagyefo Sekou -- Faith, Ferguson & Nonviolent Resistance

Fifty years after the Watts uprising in LA what has changed in terms of institutional racism? The supposed post-racial U.S. ushered in by the election of Barak Obama as president seems more symbolic than substantive. Killings and abuse of African Americans by state security forces continue at an alarming rate as do high levels of incarceration. Jim Crow has taken on new shapes and forms. Schools, particularly in the South, are resegregated. The spate of well publicized police shootings and chokings has sparked a Black Lives Matter movement demanding systemic change not cosmetic reforms. Serious questions are being raised about tactics and strategies, pacifism and civil disobedience and the role of electoral politics. How can equality and racial justice be achieved?

Cornel West -- Love & Justice

From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter.” The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised. Is property more important than people? Racism, poverty and inequality run deep. African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Dr. King believed in the transformative power of love and as he said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

KUMD-KUNA001-KUMD001 Deepa Kumar Racism & Surveillance + Islamophobia $24

2 CDs

First program: Deepa Kumar & Arun Kundnani - Racism & Surveillance

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a long history of spying on African Americans including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The great writer Richard Wright, who was also snooped on, wrote the poem “The FB Eye Blues": Woke up this morning/FB Eye under my bed/Said I woke up this morning /FB eye under my bed/Told me all I dreamed last night, every word I said. Racism and surveillance are closely intertwined. Today, state security agencies and police departments profile and target Muslims. Their organizations and mosques are infiltrated. If your name is Hussein or Fatima you might be asked questions at airports. A broad net is cast. Civil liberties are tossed aside. Culturally, irrational fear of Muslims is reinforced by popular TV shows such as 24 and movies such as Zero Dark Thirty.

Second program: Deepa Kumar - Islamophobia

Almost automatically the experts tell us that hostility toward Muslims and Islam takes shape after 9/11. Bigotry became a lot easier. But in fact the antagonism has much older and deeper roots. Christian Europe viewed Islam as a threat and demonized the religion, its Prophet and its followers. In the 18th and 19th centuries Britain and France colonized much of the Middle East and North Africa. Since the end of World War Two the U.S. has become the dominant imperial force. Its military operates in Muslim countries from Pakistan to Somalia and from Afghanistan to Yemen. Reducing Muslims to stereotypes furthers ignorance and leads to racial profiling. One group which tracks and studies Islamophobia says there has been a 50% increase in hate crimes against Muslims since 2010 and a 300% growth in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S.

CHON-DAVA001 Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis Radical Futures $24

2 CDs

Angela Davis and Noam Chomsky address topics as wide-ranging as resisting the prison industrial complex and youth-led environmental initiatives. In a Hip Hop-flavored public event organized by Critical Resistance, two legends of the radical pantheon in America appear onstage together for the first time ever.

NADR019-NADR018-NADR017-NADR016-NADR015 Ralph Nader Ralph Nader 2016 6-Pack $60

6 CDs

First program: Sovereignty of the People

Sovereignty: preeminence of the people, self-rule. The framers of the Constitution, having lived under the tyranny of King George the Third were fully aware of the corrupting nature of absolute power. And the need for the citizenry to exercise independence and control. But under the contemporary doctrine of neoliberalism there has been a steady erosion of sovereignty, a transfer from popular control to powerful and largely unaccountable transnational institutions. So-called free trade agreements, negotiated behind closed doors, have fast track provisions and special panels and tribunals that do an end run around sovereignty. Most of our putative representatives, wooed by corporations, do their bidding. The people are marginalized and rendered to the sidelines. Well, not entirely. You can turn out and vote then you can go home and watch a Law & Order rerun or something truly profound likeKeeping up with the Kardashians.

Second program: Progressive Matters 2 CDs

The discontent in the U.S. is more than palpable. Income and wealth inequality continue to soar. The middle class is getting hammered. Fifty million are poor. Americans are disheartened about the nation’s course. According to a new Gallup poll 82% of voters believe the country is on the wrong track. Another poll from the Associated Press says one in four registered voters have hardly any confidence their vote will be counted. Both major presidential candidates have very high negatives. Many people are fed up with the choices the two major parties dish up. In the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the spark it generated, there seems to be an opportunity for progressives to advance their ideas.
Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Third program:  The Politics of Health Care

More than six decades after President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated "the right to adequate medical care and opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health," the United States, virtually alone among wealthy nations, does not have universal health care coverage. The health care system is sick, failing, expensive, and inefficient. Its attendant paperwork and mumbo jumbo are legendary. In addition to ever increasing millions of those without insurance, many more millions have inadequate coverage with huge deductibles. Medical emergencies and hospitalizations are probably the number one cause of driving citizens into debt and bankruptcy. The health insurance lobby, representing 1500 corporations, is one of the most politically powerful and exerts enormous influence in Washington. And the people? They are symbolically left standing out in the hall. Isn't it time for the U.S. to have a comprehensive national health program for its citizens?

Fourth program:  Obama's Achilles Heel

Fifth program: Corporate Crime Wave
David Barsamian interview at KGNU Radio

 

BANV001-EHRB001 Victoria Banyard Rape Culture 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Victoria Banyard - Sexual Violence

Sexual violence occurs from New York to New Delhi and from Denver to Durban. It wasn't that long ago when even mentioning the subject was taboo. The stigma and shame were overwhelming. Help lines, counseling and rape crisis centers did not exist. In some countries, legal and cultural changes have made reporting easier. But in parts of Africa, West and South Asia, where patriarchy is deeply rooted, survivors of attacks are often blamed and ostracized. Sexual violence takes on many forms. But its underlying purpose is the expression of power and domination over the person assaulted. Take the case of the man in Ohio who imprisoned and repeatedly raped three women over a period of years. During war and civil unrest rape of women and of men is often used as a weapon. Sexual violence in prisons is widespread.

Second program: Barbara Ehrenreich - Violence & Militarism

In this powerful and persuasive presentation, Barbara Ehrenreich connects the deep strains of violence and militarism that are embedded in our culture. Domestic violence has its counterpart in international affairs. U.S. foreign policy, Ehrenreich contends, has much in common with the LAPD. Women, people of color and the poor are the main victims of Bush's New World Order.

CULT008 Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar: A Musical Portrait $24
2 CDs

This is a special Ganges to the Nile program on Ravi Shankar, India's great sitarist and composer. Ganges to the Nile is hosted and produced by David Barsamian. Ravi Shankar was a musical bridge linking East and West. He was a seminal figure in twentieth century world culture. Almost singlehandedly he made the rich traditions of Indian music part of our global cultural tapestry.
PARM010 Michael Parenti Real History: Parts 1 and 2 $28

2 CDs

CD1: The Myths of the Founding Fathers; The Spanish-American War & the Rise of U.S. Imperialism

CD2: The Functions of Fascism The Origins of World War II

CHON065 Noam Chomsky Reflections on the Gulf War $28

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ZINH-BUCW001 Howard Zinn, William Buckley Reform or Revolution $42

3 CDs

This amazing "must have" set features radical historian Howard Zinn and William F. Buckley, one of the icons of the Right, in a debate on Vietnam, the morality of war, economic inequality, crime and punishment, and a vast range of other issues. It is a rare opportunity to hear two such eloquent and articulate voices facing off. The tapes, recovered from Zinn's attic, and re-mastered are not pristine. Here and there there is some dropout but the content is so compelling that you'll hardly notice. At the end of the debate which was held at Tufts University, there is a recording of Zinn speaking at a big anti-war demonstration on the Boston Common. This has to be one of the great political speeches of all time. It was featured in "You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train" the award-winning documentary film about Zinn.

BALP001-BAAR-FISR001 Araxie Barsamian, Robert Fisk Remembering the Armenian Genocide + The Armenian Holocaust $24

First Program:  Peter Balakian – Remembering the Armenian Genocide For Armenians around the world, "April," to quote Eliot, is indeed "the cruelest month." On April 24, 1915, the Turkish government launched a genocidal campaign of deportation and extermination, effectively ending the millennia-old Armenian presence in eastern Turkey. Amazingly, to this day Turkey denies the genocide. And the U.S. goes along with this charade. A recent Congressional resolution recognizing the genocide was withdrawn under White House pressure. The administration cited national security concerns.

Second Program: Robert Fisk / Araxie Barsamian - The Armenian Holocaust

In 1915, the Turkish government launched a premeditated organized campaign to eliminate the millennia-old Armenian people from their traditional homeland in what is now southeastern Turkey. The Turkish officials responsible for the genocide were never brought to account. This was not lost on Adolf Hitler. Just days before launching World War Two he told his generals, "Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" What makes this genocide unique is that Turkey refuses to acknowledge it ever happened. And that denial is the final stage of genocide: closure and justice is denied to the victims and their descendants.

This program marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

DAVA001 Angela Davis Reproductive Rights and Racism $28

2 CDs

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JACW001-SHIV020 Wes Jackson Restoring Earth Island + Radical Compassion 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: Wes Jackson - Restoring Earth Island

Public interest in dystopia is prevalent everywhere. Look at the popularity of films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Children of Men, The Hunger Games. Rarely are utopian visions articulated in contemporary culture, much less pursued in earnest. Artists and policymakers alike risk being labeled unrealistic, impractical, delusional. But the conjuring of utopia serves a vital function. Have a vision, then act to realize it.

 Restoring our ecology will mean a move toward sustainable agriculture. Tenets of the Industrial and Technological Revolutions will need to be countered. Our relationship to the Earth will need to change from viewing the environment as something outside of ourselves, to a more holistic one that views harming the Earth as self-harm.

Second program: Vandana Shiva - Radical Compassion

There was much fanfare as the leaders of the U.S. and China, the world’s largest carbon polluters signed what was trumpeted as an “historic” deal cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But the Center for Science & Environment in India denounced the agreement as “self-serving” and “business as usual.” Much more urgent action is required to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. As the eco-crisis accelerates and the major contributors to climate change make grandiose statements but then take halfhearted measures, it is easy to despair. But we simply can’t afford to do nothing and wallow in negativity. The moment calls for action and engagement not passivity and indifference. The magnitude of the crisis requires radical compassion for the Earth and all its inhabitants and flora and fauna. Despite probes landing on comets this is the only home we have.

WILD001 David Wilson Return to the Nuclear Crossroads: Resistance at Rocky Flats $28 This special two-part program produced by David Wilson received the NFCB's Golden Reel Award for 1998's best documentary. It explores the history of protest at Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility from the early 1970s through the present, using rare archival tape and recent interviews to relate stories and music of many of the nation's leading anti-nuclear activists: Daniel Ellsberg, Helen Caldicott, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Allen Ginsberg, who read his famous "Plutonian Ode" while blockading the plant in 1978. Thi compelling program will put you back on the railroad tracks of resistance at Rocky Flats while bringing you up to date on the nuclear disarmament movement.
GROR002-CIEP002 Richard Grossman Revoking Corporate Charters + We The People $24

First Program: Revoking Corporate Charters

Corporations, Corporations. From ExxonMobil to Wal-Mart they dominate society and politics. Over the last 100 years corporations have accrued enormous economic power and legal standing. A corporation is licensed to do business. These licenses are called charters. In theory, when a corporation violates its charter, it can be revoked. That used to happen but not any more. And now corporate power has gotten a big boost. On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court, in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission, ruled that there are no limitations on campaign contributions by both domestic and foreign corporations. Noam Chomsky calls the decision "a dark day in the history of U.S. democracy, and its decline." The ruling, The New York Times says "strikes at the heart of democracy" by having "paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections."

Second Program: We The People

Corporate rights are at the core of almost every environmental and social justice problem that we face. Corporate power grew immensely toward the end of the 19th century with the dismantling of legal restraints and the redefinition of corporations as persons with free speech rights. Today, the level of corporate power over the political system and the economy is unprecedented. And it shows no signs of lessening. The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling made a bad situation worse. It allows for unlimited penetration of corporate money into politics. What does it mean for the workings of a self-styled democracy to have corporations calling the shots in Washington and the state houses? We the people are on the short end of the stick. How can citizens change this unfair and unequal situation?

WOLR003-WOLR004-WOLR005 Richard Wolff Richard Wolff 3-Pack $33

First program: The Tax Code: Class Warfare

People dread taxes. The tax code is a labyrinth few citizens dare to enter save for the rich and powerful who hire lawyers and accountants to figure out ways to game the system. One corporation paid $26,000 a year to maintain a post office box in Bermuda as its legal HQs. That little trick saved them $40 million in corporate taxes. Not bad. Taxes on the wealthy used to be high. During the Eisenhower years in the 1950s, a fairly conservative period which saw tremendous economic growth, the tax rate for the haves was 91%. Today it's a third of that and few actual pay that much. In true Orwellian fashion if you raise these issues you are accused of class warfare. There is class warfare all right. It's been successfully waged by the affluent 1% against everybody else. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Second Program: Occupy Wall Street & the Economic Crisis

By any standard, 2011 was a historic year of protest and revolution. In Tunisia and Egypt seemingly invulnerable regimes were toppled. In Wisconsin, citizens outraged over attacks on public workers, stayed at the state capitol building and camped and marched in the freezing cold. In August, more than 1,000 demonstrators were arrested protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in the largest act of civil disobedience in decades. As a result of popular pressure, the project has been put on hold. Then, on September 17, in the heart of economic power, the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Since then, it has spread and taken different shapes and forms. OWS has changed our vocabulary. 1% and 99% have entered the conversation and the focus is on the deep political, economic and social inequality in the U.S. and around the world. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Third Program: Capitalism Hits the Fan

Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. The statistics are numbing and do not convey the suffering and trauma citizens are enduring. Gone up in smoke are their savings, pensions, homes and jobs. Poverty is at record levels. For too many, dreams and hopes are shattered. And like the Howard Beale character in the movie "Network," people are yelling, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." Occupy Wall Street has gone global. People are in the streets pushing back and saying, Enough. "We are the 99%." There is widespread recognition that the economic crash is not just the result of greed and arrogance and lax regulation. There are deeper structural problems with a system that always prioritizes profits over people. The question is what should replace it?

WOLR008-WOLR009-WOLR010-WOLR011 Richard Wolff Richard Wolff 4-Pack $44

4 CDS

First Program:  Capitalism: Fantasies & Realities

The stories spun about the economy are more akin to fairy tales. The most popular one, endlessly repeated, is that if you work hard you’ll get ahead. Another is trickle down. Remember that one? The fat cats get fatter and you’ll benefit by getting the leftover crumbs. It’s a wonder after decades of breathtaking income and wealth inequality and flat wages for most workers that these tales are still told. Noam Chomsky talks about "really existing capitalism," dependent on state subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. The drift to oligarchy continues unabated. Corporate power is dominant. It has tremendous political influence. The media fail to inform. In spite of all that, people all over the world, tired of enduring the lies and deprivations, are asking questions about the fantasies and realities of capitalism.

Second Program:  Bailouts, Greece & Capitalism

Lousy job prospects got you down? Deep in debt? Welcome to 21st century capitalism. The dominant ruling class has one mantra: More for Me, Less for You. That has certainly proven true. Workers' incomes have gone flat while the rich have gotten richer. Maybe Desperate Housewives should be replaced with a series called Desperate Workers. The global economic crisis continues to take an enormous human toll. In many ways, Greece has become the symbol of an economic system in disarray. While banks were bailed out, the people of the cradle of Western civilization were subjected to an EU German-directed austerity program. While banks were bailed out, the people of the cradle of Western civilization were subjected to an EU German-directed austerity program. The bad joke is the Bundesbank has done today what the Wehrmacht was unable to do in World War Two. Greece is on its knees. But the Syriza Party is resisting diktats from Brussels and Berlin and offering hope to beleaguered Greeks.

Third Program:  The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

Myths die hard. Just as there are no unicorns, there is no free market. The myth is propagandized by its beneficiaries, i.e., the rich and powerful, the 1%. The oft-repeated line is the market is some neutral entity which fosters competition and people benefit as prices come down. Reality is slightly different. We don’t have a really free market because there is massive government intervention to prop it up through bailouts and subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. The system generates more and more monopoly and concentration. Attempts at regulation are non-existent or are so watered down as to be virtually meaningless. The market as a paragon of virtue? Heard of secret deals and insider trading? The crucial question: how do we create an economy which is responsive to people’s needs, meets social goals of equality and protects the environment?

Fourth Program: Naked Capitalism

Through its myriad booms and busts, capitalism manages to roll with the punches and emerge standing. We are constantly told: it's the only show in town. Do you want the old Soviet Union? No way. But can't we imagine an economic system that is responsive to the needs of people and our precious planet rather than Wall Street and the investor class? Idealistic, you say? Maybe. But the fiscal ship is headed for a huge crash and no amount of moving the deck chairs around will avert it. Capitalism's tattered and moth-eaten clothes have fallen off, revealing a naked body that serves only the privileged few. Ninety-five percent of the economic gains, since the so-called recovery began are going to the top 1 percent. Meanwhile, median household income, adjusted for inflation, keeps dropping. The system is rigged to favor the rich.

BERB003 Barbara Bernstein Rivers That Were $28

2 CDs

The Columbia River, flowing through the Pacific Northwest, is the fourth largest river in North America. The Colorado River, the major river in the desert Southwest, is a tiny stream compared to the Columbia, but it is probably the most litigated river in the world. Both these rivers once flowed with a force that overwhelmed the people who tried to navigate their rapids or control their currents and flood flows. That was until the Hoover, Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams were built in the 1930s, finally taming these wild rivers and conscripting them into industrial service.Alternative Radio presents "Rivers That Were", a two-part documentary by Oregon-based award-winning producer Barbara Bernstein. These two hours explore the long-term consequences of over a century of redesigning nature to suit commercial and industrial needs. The programs contrast these historic mindsets with new approaches that try to design with nature. The programs juxtapose the voices and viewpoints of Native Americans, barge operators, water engineers, environmentalists, policy makers and others who live and work in the watersheds of these two mythic Western rivers.

Part One: "Working Water" compares two environmental crises. On the Colorado River Basin, it's the ongoing effort to restore the Salton Sea. On the Columbia, it's the confounding crisis of how to clean up one of the most toxic sites in the world, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Part Two: "Beaver Taught Salmon How To Jump" recreates the once natural and free-flowing tributaries and mainstem of the Columbia River, the Great River of the West and compares what was with a transformed landscape of culverted urban creeks, inundated waterfalls and rapids and industrialized waterways. See www.mediaprojectonline.org

CHON124 Noam Chomsky Robbing People Blind: U.S. Economic Policy $28 Wall Street is on a roll. Profits are going through the roof. Yet, paradoxically workers just had their worst year on record. The US leads in the dubious category of income inequality. Of all the industrialized nations, not one has as great a gulf between the rich and poor as the US, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. The middle class is shrinking. 1% of the population owns 40% of the nation's wealth. Interviews. October 31 & November 3, 1995.
CHON111 Noam Chomsky Rollback: The Return of Predatory Capitalism $28

2 CDs

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CHON048 Noam Chomsky Rowe Center: An Open-Ended Discussion $56

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KAKS003-KAKS002 Sanjay Kak Sanjay Kak 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Sanjay Kak - Kashmir: Hell in Heaven

Kashmir is spectacularly gorgeous but the travel magazine spreads and tourist brochures mask a less than heavenly reality. An ongoing conflict has taken the lives of tens of thousands of Kashmiris. The Himalayan region is divided by India and Pakistan but claimed in its entirety by both. And trapped between these states are the Kashmiri people. What they might desire is of little concern to India and Pakistan who use Kashmir to justify massive military deployments. Cross border shootings and artillery strikes at any time could escalate into a major war. And don’t forget both countries have nuclear weapons. Kashmiri non-violent struggles against Indian rule have barely been covered in the media. It doesn’t fit the narrative India has propagated: These are Islamic terrorists controlled by Pakistan. Except for a few troublemakers, Kashmiris are happy to be part of India.

 

Sanjay Kak - India: David vs. Goliath

The Biblical story needs no recounting. In parts of India today various Davids confront the goliath of the Indian state and large corporations. The people fighting back are poor, rural and marginalized. Many are Adivasi, indigenous. Some of the resistance groups, called Maoist or Naxalite,  believe in armed struggle. Others are using Gandhian tactics of civil disobedience and non-violence. Arundhati Roy, the well-known writer and activist describes the situation, “People are being driven off their lands by mining companies, steel plants, dams, and other mega-projects. They are putting their bodies on the line to prevent the takeover of their lands and the destruction of their culture and environment. And as the water tables are dropping and the minerals that remain in the mountains are being taken out, we are going to confront a crisis from which we cannot return.” David Barsamian interviews Sanjay Kak about his latest film and the situation in India.

NEIP001-BARM003 Peter Neill Sea to Shining Sea: The Water Crisis + Not a Drop to Drink $24

First program: Peter Neill - Sea to Shining Sea: The Water Crisis

As the climate is getting warmer and the population is growing, many parts of the world are running out of water. The earth is rapidly drying up as demand far outstrips supply.  Global consumption of water is doubling every twenty years. A crisis is looming. According to the UN, by 2025 as many as 3.5 billion people will face water scarcity. The potential for war and conflict is all too obvious. From Australia to Spain record droughts have led to critical water shortages. A fraction of the planet’s water is fresh, all the rest is salty. How can we create a just and sustainable future based on the notion of water as a commons and a public trust, and not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. Can new ways be found to increase our water supply?

Second program: Maude Barlow - Not a Drop to Drink

Many know Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and its famous "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Perhaps less known is Mark Twain's, "Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting." Today, the UN warns, "Too often, where we need water, we find guns. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie over the horizon." Once empires were fueled by spices, the fur trade, silver, gold, and ivory, and in recent decades it's been all about oil. Now, water is seen by corporations as the next big thing. This precious resource is being rapidly commodified. Instead of being humankind's common heritage and right it's becoming the private property of giant multinational conglomerates. There are no two ways about it. As Auden wrote, "Thousands have lived without love-not one without water."

SHIV018-SHIV019 Vandana Shiva Seeds & Freedom + The Illusion of Growth 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Seeds & Freedom

What’s in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered in the wild. It was a revolutionary development and made civilization possible. Since then humans have been able to grow food and feed themselves. Today, that freedom embodied in seeds is threatened. Multinational corporations, like Monsanto, have radically changed the agricultural landscape. The imposition of intellectual property rights and patenting have been ways corporations have devised to put a price tag on seeds and to undo what has been for millennia a shared heritage. Around the world there is backlash and resistance to the corporate hijacking of seeds. In many instances it is indigenous peoples who are leading the way in promoting sustainability and protecting the integrity of seeds.

The Illusion of Growth

In this interview with David Barsamian following her keynote speech at the 8th Annual Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference, Dr. Shiva questions the notion of growth and the idea of the world as a machine.

RUEJ001-BLUM001 Josh Ruebner Shattered Peace: Israel-Palestine + Israel: Siege Mentality $24

2 CDs

Shattered Peace: Israel-Palestine 

Outrage follows outrage in Israel and Palestine. Yesterday’s atrocity is quickly forgotten as a new one occurs. There is a dizzying vortex kidnappings, stabbings, killings of teenagers and rabbis, attacks on synagogues and mosques, rockets, invasions, bombings, curfews, collective punishment, and demolition of homes. Meanwhile, Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, contravening international law, continue unabated. Occasionally, Washington says they are “unhelpful.” But there are no consequences. U.S. policy, meek rhetoric aside, enables settlements. The so-called peace process is dead. The Palestinians feel hopeless and desperate. Their prospects for a viable state seem more remote than ever. The prescription for more violence is in place. Can these polarized and deeply divided communities live together or are they destined to be in perpetual conflict? What would constitute a just and lasting peace?

Israel: Siege Mentality 

From Kissinger to Kerry, U.S. Secretaries of State engage in endless rounds of shuttle diplomacy. They issue rosy statements about progress and breakthroughs. But little changes. Israeli policy has created concrete facts on the ground. Settlement building on Palestinian land, illegal under international law, has expanded over decades. Some 500,000 Israelis live in settlements from Ariel to Ma’ale Adumim. Jeffrey Goldberg writing in Bloomberg.com calls them “self-destructive.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says they constitute “tacit annexation of the West Bank” and “is not winning Israel friends in Europe or America.” The West Bank, supposedly the home of a future Palestinian state has been sliced and diced into pieces. Israeli-only roads and so-called security barriers and walls are turning Palestinian areas into isolated enclaves. Thus the fabric of a just and lasting peace is tattered and becomes more remote. 

CHON-CLEK001 Noam Chomsky, Kathleen Cleaver Social Change: From the '60s to the '90s $28

2 CDs

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JOHD001-STIJ004 David Cay Johnston Societal Impacts in the Age of Inequality 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

First program: David Cay Johnston - The Societal Impact of Inequality

The U.S. is the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since in over a century. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, “An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid.” Inequality is corroding democracy. While the upper crust has been lining their pockets the working class, if they even have a job, has been pauperized. Food and rent take up much of their paltry take home pay. Tens of millions are dependent on food stamps. The homeless population continues to grow. How long can this continue? 

Second program: Joseph Stiglitz - The Age of Inequality

Trickle-down neo-liberal economics has not worked. Well, not exactly. It’s worked beautifully for the rich. U.S. income inequality has returned to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1% rakes in one-fourth of the national income and has assets equivalent to half the national wealth. The Age of Inequality began in earnest more than 30 years ago. Wages, which had been constantly rising, flattened out. Families got hooked on the new money: credit cards. Debt skyrocketed. Workers took second jobs to make ends meet. The huge transfer of wealth upwards was accompanied by attacks on unions. Recall Reagan’s first action was to break a union. Then corporations started outsourcing, moving high paying jobs overseas. Throw in tax cuts and subsidies and you have a poisonous economic cocktail for the average worker. Inequality poses serious questions about the nature of democracy, fairness and economic justice.

ROYA018-ROYA016 Arundhati Roy Standing Room Only 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism is fairly universal in its practices allowing for some differences. The overarching goal is to satiate what one economist called its “werewolf hunger” for profits. The tar sands project in northern Alberta, the most environmentally destructive operation on earth, is proceeding apace, because it is a money-making bonanza. There is a telling cartoon in The New Yorker. A CEO of a major corporation is meeting with stockholders who are keen to hear about new dividends. He tells them, While long-term prospects for the planet are grim indeed with widespread misery, hunger, and wars, in the short term there are excellent opportunities for us to make more money. That sums up the corporate mindset. India has its own brand of rapacious capitalism. While hundreds of millions live in dire poverty a class of gazillionaires has emerged with maharaja-like conspicuous consumption. (Recorded at Princeton in 2012.)

Reimagining the World

The news item was brief and buried in the back pages: “India: Maoists Ambush Patrol, Killing 7 Soldiers. The attack occurred in a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand State. Thousands of people have been killed in the past decade in violence involving Maoists, who claim they represent India’s dispossessed, particularly indigenous tribal groups.” You may wonder, What’s going on? I thought India is a democracy. In India, the U.S. and other countries the actual functioning of democracy has largely been hollowed out. Yes, there are elections and people vote but the nexus of decision-making power lies elsewhere. Corporations dominate the political process. With their fistful of dollars they are able to exact outcomes that benefit them. As environmental destruction continues unabated we must reimagine a different world. One in which people and the planet are more important than profits. (Recorded in Chicago in 2013.)

CHON226-CHON224 Noam Chomsky State of Insecurity 3-Pack $33

3 CDs

First program: Noam Chomsky - The State of Insecurity

Security, security. Can’t get enough of it. Paradoxically, the more we have of it the less secure we feel. The latest weapons and massive military spending are never enough. Since 9/11 the term is bandied about. There is the huge bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security. Within it is the TSA, with its 60,000-plus employees and a budget over $7 billion. We go through checks and searches. Then there’s the NSA surveillance. Could U.S. global policies from drone strikes to invasions actually be undermining our security? This is not a question that most media will consider much less cover. And politicians? Best not to ask. Security is not the issue. It’s really about control. We need a radical new definition of what constitutes security. It would include well-paying jobs, health care, education, affordable housing and a clean and thriving environment. 

Second program: Noam Chomsky - Power Systems Do Not Give Gifts (2 CDs)

Chomsky discusses early formative experiences and his attraction to anarchism and Rudolf Rocker. He talks about a range of issues from his first act of rebellion to Super Bowl ads to Israel. And as always deconstructing propaganda such as when he says, “Reform is like most political terms: you have to distinguish between its dictionary meaning and its meaning in political circles, where it usually means a change those in power approve of.  Changes they don’t approve of are not called reforms. In another example, he comments, “The word jobs is a euphemism for an obscene seven-letter word politicians and corporations won’t pronounce. They can’t say profits, so they tell us it’s because they care so much about working people that we have to keep using fossil fuels at a rate that endangers humanity’s future.” Interview with David Barsamian.

SUBS001 Various Subaltern Studies $28

2 CDs

Panel discussion at Columbia University featuring leading scholars in Subaltern Studies: Ranajit Guha, Partha Chatterjee and Nicholas Dirks.  Moderated by Edward Said.

SUZD003-SUZD002 David Suzuki Suzuki 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

A Radical Environmental Paradigm

2012 was a year of extreme weather, from the melting of the Arctic to Superstorm Sandy. It was also the hottest year on record in the U.S., with massive droughts and many wildfires. And it was probably a taste of things to come. Climate change is real. Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the last 15 million years. It’s largely caused by humans burning fossil fuels. The response to unambiguous evidence that the earth is warming? Kick the problem down the road and hold another farcical international conference like the one in Qatar where the climate destroyers gather and sip Chardonnay and issue press releases about how green they are. What is required to arrest and reverse the clear threats to the Earth is a radical shift in not just thinking but in action.

The Nature of Things

Not that long ago most of us on planet Earth lived on the land, that is to say with nature. Today there are many more billions of us and we live in megacities from Cairo to Karachi and Mexico City to Beijing. Away from nature. We have largely distanced ourselves from the natural world. Concrete barriers separate us. We have constructed networks of highways. We have paved over our gardens and fields to build malls and subdivisions. We put up parking garages to accommodate cars while people have nowhere to live. The embedded assumption of the current path of what is called development is that nature will always be there providing its bounty. Will it? How much more pounding can the environment absorb? What are the emotional and spiritual costs? What kind of legacy are we leaving future generations? 

WOLR002-WOLR003 Richard Wolff Systemic Crisis of Capitalism + Capitalism Hits the Fan $24

First Program: Systemic Crisis of Capitalism

Today's economic crisis is the most severe since the Great Depression. What are its root causes? The conventional explanations put the blame on greedy bankers who pawned off credit default swaps, sub-prime mortgages, and a smorgasbord of derivatives, on a hapless and helpless public. To make matters worse there was little or no regulation. So if we tinker with some reform measures, pass some legislation, a tax cut here, a little stimulus package there and everything will be hunky-dory. Will it? The seismic failures and problems plaguing Capitalism are systemic and deep. Many people are in dire straits. But not the upper crust. They are riding the gravy train to more riches. Fundamental change is necessary to avoid future collapses. It's long past time to examine Capitalism itself. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

Second Program:Capitalism Hits the Fan

Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. The statistics are numbing and do not convey the suffering and trauma citizens are enduring. Gone up in smoke are their savings, pensions, homes and jobs. Poverty is at record levels. For too many, dreams and hopes are shattered. And like the Howard Beale character in the movie "Network," people are yelling, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." Occupy Wall Street has gone global. People are in the streets pushing back and saying, Enough. "We are the 99%." There is widespread recognition that the economic crash is not just the result of greed and arrogance and lax regulation. There are deeper structural problems with a system that always prioritizes profits over people. The question is what should replace it?

CHON156 Noam Chomsky Taking Control of Our Lives $28

2 CDs

Chomsky says that the right of sovereignty is fundamental to the task of taking control of our lives. He describes what citizens are up against as "an array of mega-corporations often linked to one another by strategic alliances administering a global economy, which is in fact a kind of corporate mercantilism tending toward oligopoly in most sectors, heavily reliant on state power to socialize risk and cost and to subdue recalcitrant elements." This lecture was a benefit for Interhemispheric Research Center in Albuquerque, and the discussion is rich with examples from Latin America.

NIKA001-HEIR003 Andrew Nikiforuk Tar Sands: Canada's Mordor + The End of Growth $24

First Program: Andrew Nkiforuk - Tar Sands: Canada's Mordor

Mordor is the realm of the evil Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings.” Tolkien describes it as “a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." If you look at Canada’s Alberta tar sands you might imagine it’s something like Mordor. The gigantic effort to extract oil has turned the province into a hydrocarbon kingdom. And it may be one of the most environmentally destructive projects on earth. Tar sands burn more carbon than conventional oil; destroy forests; kill wildlife; poison the water supply and communities downstream; drain the Athabasca, the river that feeds Canada’s largest watershed, and contribute to climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to refineries in the U.S. has been put on hold because of protests but it is likely to resurface.

Second Program: Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth

There is almost a mystical belief in growth.  Nature’s bounty was there to be exploited by man. There is endless palaver about growth as an economic panacea that will cure all ills. Economists have long postulated that growth is normal and natural and could go on forever. But can it? Conventional views of growth are incompatible with the capacity and well being of the planet. The Earth Policy Institute says, we are “on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and collapse. Environmental scientists have been saying for sometime that the global economy is being slowly undermined by the trends of environmental destruction and disruption, including shrinking forests, expanding deserts, falling water tables, eroding soils, collapsing fisheries, rising temperatures, melting ice, rising seas and increasingly destructive storms."


CHON025 Noam Chomsky Terrorism: The Politics of Language $28

2 CDs

  1. Terrorism: The Politics of Language
  2. The Propaganda System
  3. Historical Engineering
  4. Israel, The Holocaust & Anti-Semitism
CHON109 Noam Chomsky The 'Peace Process' in the Middle East $28
2 CDs
The signing of the Declaration of Principles between Israel and the PLO in September 1993 was celebrated with great fanfare. At last, long-time adversaries were settling their differences. The U.S.-sponsored peace process was a success. A lot has happened since that White House ceremony. The participants received Nobel Peace Prizes. Arafat sits on an uneasy throne in Gaza. Hamas threatens his reign. Elections have been postponed. Israeli settlers and troops remain in the West Bank and Gaza. The litany of violence continues. The real history of the conflict has been largely obscured. In general, whatever the U.S. proposes is by definition the peace process. Non-U.S. proposals disappear from the public record. Much of the media coverage is disinformation laced with anti-Palestinian bias. In the prevailing Orwellian framework, "moderates" are those who support U.S. positions; "extremists" are those who don't fall into line behind Washington. In part one, Prof. Chomsky examines some of the misperceptions, myths and hidden history of the Israel-Palestinian issue and the crucial role of U.S. policy. He argues that U.S. interest in Mideast oil transcends every other concern. In order to secure its power, the U.S. constructed a strategic alliance to police the region. It was important that an Arab facade cover U.S. intentions. Of course, when the local cops on the beat can't keep order, then Washington moves in with massive force, as it did in the Gulf War. In part two, he engages the audience in a lively question-and-answer period.
AHME006 Eqbal Ahmad The Amherst Interviews $112

8 CDs

Ranking among the most important interviews Barsamian has ever done, this six+-hour discussion with the noted Pakistani intellectual focuses on India, Gandhi, Tagore, Pakistan, Islam, Middle East, globalization, imperialism and encounters with Fanon, Said and Chomsky, a virtuoso performance by an original thinker. Interviews. December 14 & 15, 1996.

ZINH028 Howard Zinn The Back Seat Interviews $28

2 CDs

Get a front seat and join David Barsamian as he talks with Howard Zinn in the back seat of a car on a drive in New Mexico. These interviews are a must for Zinn fans. For those of you who don't know him, they are an excellent introduction to the wit and wisdom of one of our foremost elders. In these wide-ranging and informative interviews, he shows his mastery of disparate topics. Zinn is no boring academic. His inspiring optimism is present throughout. Among the subjects are: How history is constructed, the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, remembering Albany, GA., the FBI, RFK, Gandhi, Malcolm X, the value of books, "The Sopranos," movies, "A People's History" on HBO, Orwell's "1984" and its relevance to today.

EHRP001-BROL003 Paul Ehrlich The Big Picture 2-Pack $24

2 CDs

Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth

A steady stream of reports on the deterioration of the environment is issued. There is a brief flurry of media coverage. The corporate-funded climate change deniers make counter claims. We wake briefly to the crisis then most of us lapse into a couch potato stupor. Neoliberal dogma and an almost mystical belief in capitalism makes almost certain that little will be done to avert coming calamities. Charades called climate summits offer nothing more than photo ops of smiling world leaders and vacuous press releases. We blithely turn our heads away from reality. As the ice caps melt it is not just penguins and polar bears that are in danger. The wider implications for the planet and humanity are profound. What level of catastrophe is it going to take for business as usual policies to change? Will we hear the distress signals from Earth?

Lester Brown - The Future of Civilization

When it comes to climate change the operative word is “hot” with “record” and "unprecedented" closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it’s back to their destructive policies. The Guardian, captures the hypocrisy,  “governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority.” Rome is burning. The eco-crisis includes rising temperatures and sea levels, deforestation and species extinction, drought and soil erosion, and water and food shortages. In the not so distant future the ecological crimes against the Earth will come home to roost. Rex Weyler in EcoWatch warns,  “A great reckoning awaits humanity if we fail to awaken from our delusions. Earth’s delicately balanced systems can reach tipping points and collapse.”

 

AHME009 Eqbal Ahmad The Boulder Interviews $28

2 CDs

These far-reaching and fascinating interviews demonstrate Ahmad's enormous acumen, ability and knowledge and develop the ideas in "The Amherst Interviews" and "Distorted Histories." Topics: Arab and Jewish stereotypes; Muhammad Iqbal and the Sufi poetry tradition; conflicts in Sri Lanka and the Balkans; pathologies of power in postcolonial states; resistance strategies to neoliberalism; the narcissism of small differences. October 12 & 13, 1998.

MAAA001-WILC002 Alan Maass The Case for Socialism + Ecology & Socialism $24

First Program: Alan Maass - The Case for Socialism

Socialism is a political philosophy with a singular approach to structuring the economy. In the U.S, little is actually known about it, because it has been reduced to something negative and undesirable. Some have called Obama a socialist. Should one laugh or weep at this characterization? The powers that be in the U.S. disseminate propaganda that distort socialism thus preventing citizens from knowing about a possible alternative to Robin Hood in reverse capitalism. One of socialism's most famous advocates was Albert Einstein who said, "I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate the grave evils (of capitalism), namely through the establishment of a socialist economy." 


Second Program: Chris Williams - Ecology & Socialism

Fifty years ago Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring.” It gave birth to the environmental movement. Within a few years there was Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Those were heady days but that was then. Today, around the world the threat to our environment is acute and growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from driving a hybrid, to recycling plastic, to using efficient light bulbs, focus on individual lifestyle choices of mostly privileged people. Yet the scale of the crisis requires a far deeper and fundamental transformation. As global warming accelerates, carbon-fueled industrial capitalism is systemically incapable of making the necessary radical changes to protect the planet. Its insatiable appetite for profits precludes it from doing so. It is time to think about a different economic system.

MCKB006-MCKB005 Bill McKibben The Climate Cliff + Earth to Humans: Enough Already $24

First program: The Climate Cliff

The most dangerous cliff we are facing is not a financial one but rather the climate one. The warming of the Earth’s temperature and what it portends is not just for penguins and polar bears but will have serious consequences for everyone. A new report commissioned by the World Bank says failure to respond aggressively to climate change will put “unprecedented stresses on human systems” and “will render parts of the Earth uninhabitable.” If steps are not taken now, the planet’s temperature will rise by 4 degrees Celsius, that’s more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit, by the end of the century. Both the scale and the pace of the peril have increased substantially. Yet, fossil fuel corporations continue to place profits before human life and the eco system. We now seem to be nearing tipping points past which cataclysmic damage would be inevitable.

Second program: Earth to Humans: Enough Already

You've heard the bad joke right? If the earth were a bank it would be bailed out. We have been diddling while the planet gradually sizzles. Conferences from Kyoto to Copenhagen come and go. Not much happens. The Congress? Well, the interests of big oil and coal come first, earth second. We have waited too long. Massive change is under way. For millennia the planet has been habitable and now it is melting, drying, and flooding in unprecedented ways. Leading environmentalist Lester Brown calls for "a wartime mobilization, an all-out response designed to avoid the destabilizing economic and political stresses that will come with unmanageable climate change. An emissions cut of 80 percent from today's levels by 2020, not 2050, would keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from exceeding 400 parts per million, setting the stage for getting back to 350."

CHON058 Noam Chomsky The Cold War: Fact and Fancy $24

2 CDs

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CHON134 Noam Chomsky The Common Good $24

2 CDs

interview

CHON136 Noam Chomsky The Culture of Terrorism $28

2 CDs

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STOJ001 John Stockwell The Dark Side of United States Foreign Policy $28

2 CDs

In one of AR’s earliest and greatest hits, veteran CIA agent, John Stockwell turns on the klieg lights to illuminate the dark side of Washington’s policies. He takes us through U.S. covert actions and black operations with a focus on Central America. He discusses Reagan’s destabilization campaign and low intensity war to overthrow the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. He analyzes the propaganda and “orchestration of public opinion” to generate support for intervention and war not just in Nicaragua but also around the world. And he warns against the influence of the military-industrial complex. After his lecture, Stockwell engages the audience in a lively Q&A.

NAIA003 Allan Nairn The Death Squads of Central America $28

2 CDs

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CHON-LING011 Noam Chomsky The Design of Language $28 technical discussion

2 CDs
CHON215 Noam Chomsky The Edward Said Memorial Lecture 2011 $28

2 CDs

The Edward Said Memorial Lecture, November 5, 2011, at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

HEIR003-NIKA001 Richard Heinberg The End of Growth + Tar Sands: Canada's Mordor $24

First Program: Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth

There is almost a mystical belief in growth.  Nature’s bounty was there to be exploited by man. There is endless palaver about growth as an economic panacea that will cure all ills. Economists have long postulated that growth is normal and natural and could go on forever. But can it? Conventional views of growth are incompatible with the capacity and well being of the planet. The Earth Policy Institute says, we are “on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and collapse. Environmental scientists have been saying for sometime that the global economy is being slowly undermined by the trends of environmental destruction and disruption, including shrinking forests, expanding deserts, falling water tables, eroding soils, collapsing fisheries, rising temperatures, melting ice, rising seas and increasingly destructive storms."

Second Program: Andrew Nkiforuk - Tar Sands: Canada's Mordor

Mordor is the realm of the evil Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings.” Tolkien describes it as “a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." If you look at Canada’s Alberta tar sands you might imagine it’s something like Mordor. The gigantic effort to extract oil has turned the province into a hydrocarbon kingdom. And it may be one of the most environmentally destructive projects on earth. Tar sands burn more carbon than conventional oil; destroy forests; kill wildlife; poison the water supply and communities downstream; drain the Athabasca, the river that feeds Canada’s largest watershed, and contribute to climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to refineries in the U.S. has been put on hold because of protests but it is likely to resurface.

 
VIDG003-VIDG002 Gore Vidal The Fall of the United States + Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace $24

First Program: Gore Vidal - The Fall of the United States

At the end of WWII, the U.S. emerged as a global power with unprecedented wealth and advantages. Most of that has been squandered. We’ve gone from number one creditor nation to number one debtor. As its vast military machine straddles the globe, at home, things fall apart. The mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, need a massive taxpayer bailout. Same too for Wall Street banks. Even “New York Times” columnist Thomas Friedman, a champion of U.S. dominance and empire, mentions the word “decline” and U.S. in the same sentence and points to problems “in infrastructure, basic research and education.” Curious that he doesn’t mention the huge Pentagon budget, hundreds of bases, and the permanent war economy as factors contributing to the decline. The signs of decay are everywhere but Washington politicians from both parties largely avoid talking about it. Imperial fantasies and mendacities continue.

Second Program: Gore Vidal - Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

Politicians in Washington of all stripes, whatever the occasion, love to quote the Founding Fathers. But there's one quote you'll never hear. It's from James Madison. He said, "Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies. From these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

CHON146 Noam Chomsky The Framework of U.S. Global Power $24

2 CDs

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ZINH020 Howard Zinn The Future of History $56

4 CDs

Interviewed by David Barsamian.

ROYA002 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things $28

2 CDs

This historic interview of Roy by David Barsamian was done in the backseat of a car en route from Amherst, MA to Logan airport in Boston.

SAIE004 Edward Said The Gulf Crisis, the Question of Palestine and U.S. Policy $28 Edward Said describes the matrix from which Saddam Hussein evolves, the U.S. involvement in the Middle East and ways to resolve not only the current Gulf crisis but the long-simmering Israeli-Palestinian issue. Said contends that U.S. policy and public attitudes are jaundiced by "hostility and ignorance towards the Arabs, Islam and their culture." The media present the Arab world as "either an empty desert or terrorists." Said exposes these reductive clichés and stereotype and opens the way for a genuine understanding of the present situation.
CHON057 Noam Chomsky The Gulf War $24

2 CDs

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CHON060 Noam Chomsky The Gulf War and the New World Order $24

2 CDs

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SMIT001-KINM003 Tavis Smiley The Hidden Dr. King + Beyond Vietnam $24

2 CDS

First Program: Tavis Smiley The Hidden Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been shrink-wrapped and formatted to be innocuous and non-threatening. Dream speeches, desegregation, voting rights, and Selma marches could be accommodated. But when he articulated a critique of the system as a whole then he became a danger to the establishment. That Dr. King has been largely obscured. At Riverside Church in New York he said the Vietnam War was “a symptom of a far deeper malady.” And then he added, “We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” By giving that speech Dr. King basically signed his own death warrant.

Second Program: Martin Luther King, Jr. Beyond Vietnam

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s  “I Have a Dream” speech. It will be aired over and over again. The charismatic orator is forever frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on that August day. No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another address no less significant to a much smaller audience on April 4, 1967 in Riverside Church in New York. There King demonstrated his deep understanding of how the system works. He moved beyond a simple race analysis to include class and foreign policy issues. He forcefully denounced the war in Vietnam. He called the U.S. “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” and he deplored the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism.” Exactly one year later King was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone in solidarity with striking sanitation workers. 

ROYA007 Arundhati Roy The LA Interviews $28

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SUAR001-NAZS001 Sonia Nazario The Latino United States + The Courage of Immigrants $24

2 CDs

 

First program: Ray Suarez - The Latino United States

Juan González, in his classic book, Harvest of Empire, writes, “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies 
are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” Sadly, instead of walls coming down, walls are literally going up. The border is militarized. The tens of millions of Latinos in the U.S. represent an enormous diversity from Dominicans to Bolivians and Salvadorans to Chileans. A fundamental social, political and cultural transformation is occurring way beyond barrios and bodegas, JLo and Marc Anthony, La Bamba and La Cucaracha, and nachos and tacos. Latinos are challenging conventional notions about race and ethnicity, labor and capital, education and language, justice and fairness, and our history as a nation of immigrants. How are Latinos changing the U.S. and how is the U.S. changing Latinos?

 

Second program: Sonia Nazario - The Courage of Immigrants

Emma Lazarus in her poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty wrote: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Bedros, my father might have seen those words in 1914 when he landed at Ellis Island and Araxie, my mother too, seven years later when she arrived. My parents were highly motivated to leave Armenia, their ancestral homeland in Eastern Turkey. Genocide does a lot to focus the mind on survival. For them, and millions of others, America was a safe haven. Today, violence. economic terror and hunger drive many to come to these shores. Immigration reform is talked about but little happens. NAFTA and rapacious capitalist policies have pauperized many people in Mexico and Central America. The trek north is dangerous. Women and children are particularly vulnerable. The journey requires tenacity and courage.

CHON022 Noam Chomsky The Lessons of Vietnam $24
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BERB002 Barbara Bernstein The Malling of America $28

2 CDs

Growth in the West is like the weather. Everybody talks about it, but nobody seems to know what to do about it. In Phoenix, Arizona where the dust from endless subdivision construction has become a major public health hazard, the city and county respond to this hazard by creating dust patrols and wetting down unpaved roads with that rarest of desert commodities, water. Everybody talks about the problems of exponential growth in the West, pollution, congestion, traffic, but talk about solutions and many Westerners give you a blank stare or argue that you're messing with their private property rights. In the face of those blank stares, Alternative Radio presents "The Malling of America," a special two-part documentary that confronts this issue head on. Part One takes us on a road trip through the mountains and canyons of Colorado and Utah, looking for what's left of the west of open space and rugged wildlands. Part Two reaches the West Coast to visit two places that have been living with strict land use planning regulations for twenty five years. Affluent Marin County, which created its county-wide plan in 1973, has experienced almost no growth in the past 25 years and preserved much of its farmland and open space. During the same time, Oregon instituted a statewide land use plan that has limited sprawl and preserved farm and forest lands. But unlike Marin County, Oregon has been experiencing enormous growth pressures in the past 8 years and is finally watching the effectiveness of its land use plan being put to an actual test. These experiments in planning for growth are contrasted with the hundred miles of sprawl that has swallowed farms and natural areas all along the Wasatch Front in Utah and the Front Range of Colorado. In the course of this journey we come to understand the myriad of issues that are all part of the discussion of growth. How do questions of race and class shape the debate around "livablecommunities" and affordable housing? What is a landscape's principal value: as an economic resource or as a source of natural habitat, beauty and spiritual connection? "The Malling of America" is the latest work of nationally acclaimed radio producer Barbara Bernstein, whose last award-winning documentary, "Carefully Taught," aired on Alternative Radio in 1997.

WOLR009-WOLR008 Richard Wolff The Market: A Paragon of Virtue + Naked Capitalism $24

2 CDs

The Market: A Paragon of Virtue

Myths die hard. Just as there are no unicorns, there is no free market. The myth is propagandized by its beneficiaries, i.e., the rich and powerful, the 1%. The oft-repeated line is the market is some neutral entity which fosters competition and people benefit as prices come down. Reality is slightly different. We don’t have a really free market because there is massive government intervention to prop it up through bailouts and subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes. The system generates more and more monopoly and concentration. Attempts at regulation are non-existent or are so watered down as to be virtually meaningless. The market as a paragon of virtue? Heard of secret deals and insider trading? The crucial question: how do we create an economy which is responsive to people’s needs, meets social goals of equality and protects the environment?

Naked Capitalism

Through its myriad booms and busts, capitalism manages to roll with the punches and emerge standing. We are constantly told: it's the only show in town. Do you want the old Soviet Union? No way. But can't we imagine an economic system that is responsive to the needs of people and our precious planet rather than Wall Street and the investor class? Idealistic, you say? Maybe. But the fiscal ship is headed for a huge crash and no amount of moving the deck chairs around will avert it. Capitalism's tattered and moth-eaten clothes have fallen off, revealing a naked body that serves only the privileged few. Ninety-five percent of the economic gains, since the so-called recovery began are going to the top 1 percent. Meanwhile, median household income, adjusted for inflation, keeps dropping. The system is rigged to favor the rich.

BAGB005 Ben Bagdikian The Media: And Then There Were Six $28

Interview. 2 CDs

The first edition of Bagdikian's classic The Media Monopoly identified 50 corporations that controlled the media. In subsequent editions the number went from 29 to 23 to 14 to 10. In the newly-released sixth edition, there are now 6 corporations that dominate TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and the Internet. Their power, wealth and influence are staggering. Barsamian interviews Bagdikian on a broad range of media issues. He reveals the hidden Nazi past of Bertelsmann, one of the six giants. He explains why the Justice Department's anti-trust division went after Microsoft but has left other monopolists alone. He talks about the future of books and the perils and promise of the Internet and shares his recollections of the legendary radical journalists and publishers I.F. Stone & George Seldes. He tells how close he came to solving the Sacco & Vanzetti case. His account of his miraculous escape from Turkey and life in puritan New England will stir you in surprising ways. A memorable three-hour session with one of America's finest journalists. Interview by David Barsamian 

CHON051 Noam Chomsky The MIT Interviews $28

2 CDs

In Part One, Chomsky discusses the real reasons for the U.S. invasion of Panama, the process of how and why Noriega went from being a "good guy" to a "bad guy" who had to be deposed, the media support and cooperation with the Bush Administration and, most riveting of all, the grotesque hypocrisy of the "war on drugs." He presents his views clearly and in a straightforward manner, illustrating his points with many examples.

In Part Two, he discusses the driving need of American policymakers to find an enemy in order to propel the Pentagon. Since the demise of the Soviet threat, there has been a scramble to develop credible and truly scary alternatives. So we careen from Libyan hit squads to the Sandinistas to Medellín drug lords to Noriega to Saddam. Nothing has quite the staying power of the "Evil Empire." This segment contains fascinating personal information about Chomsky's roots and early influences and provides insight into Chomsky, the man and his thought. February 1-2, 1990.

CHON244 Noam Chomsky The Nature of Capitalism $28

(2CDs)

Chomsky talks about the economic system and corporate crime. He says it’s not just GM and Volkswagen. “It’s across the board. Johnson & Johnson, the huge pharmaceutical firm, is apparently facing billions of dollars of fines for mislabeling prescriptions. Financial institutions are paying billions of dollars in fines for basically robbery of the public. Just read the business pages. It’s constant. Because that’s the nature of capitalism: You try to steal as much as you can.”  

About Bernie Sanders: “I’m very supportive of his candidacy. His prospects are pretty limited in a system like ours of bought elections and what amounts to a plutocracy. The real hope, in my mind, of the Sanders campaign is that the popular movement that supports him will persist and grow and develop. That would be significant. If it’s just timed for the electoral extravaganzas, it’s kind of a waste. “

SUZD002-SUZD001 David Suzuki The Nature of Things + Betraying Nature $24

First program: The Nature of Things

Not that long ago most of us on planet Earth lived on the land, that is to say with nature. Today there are many more billions of us and we live in megacities from Cairo to Karachi and Mexico City to Beijing. Away from nature. We have largely distanced ourselves from the natural world. Concrete barriers separate us. We have constructed networks of highways. We have paved over our gardens and fields to build malls and subdivisions. We put up parking garages to accommodate cars while people have nowhere to live. The embedded assumption of the current path of what is called development is that nature will always be there providing its bounty. Will it? How much more pounding can the environment absorb? What are the emotional and spiritual costs? What kind of legacy are we leaving future generations? 

Second program: Betraying Nature 

Our planet and its people are in peril. Diminishing fresh water supplies, destruction of forests, polluted air, species extinction at an unparalleled rate, and a toxic petrochemical environment are all clear signals that things are going seriously haywire. And climate change, the impacts of which are already evidenced at an accelerating pace, threatens environmental devastation on an almost incomprehensible scale. Rising sea levels will overwhelm island states, low lying countries such as Bangladesh, and many of the coastal areas where the world's population is concentrated. Climate change will bring more disease outbreaks, including new diseases and variants of existing ones for which there is no treatment. Changing weather patterns will leave many populated regions with too little rain to sustain agriculture. Existing environmental problems will worsen severely unless focused and rapid steps are taken to reverse the practices that are causing them.

LEVG001 Gideon Levy The Never Ending Occupation: Palestine $24

2 CDs

Israeli general and later prime minister Ariel Sharon said of the Palestinians: “We’ll make a pastrami sandwich out of them. We’ll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians and then another strip of Jewish settlements, right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years’ time neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart.” Sharon said that in 1973. Today, there are more than 600,000 settlers in the occupied territories. They are facts on the ground, as the Israelis like to say. All of the settlements are outside Israel’s internationally recognized borders, and are unambiguously illegal under international law. Thomas Friedman, in The New York Times, says the settlements constitute “a tacit annexation of the West Bank,” and then he adds, “and is not winning Israel friends in Europe or America.”

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

ROYA006 Arundhati Roy The New Delhi Interviews $56

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BOYJ003-EDWH001 Jules Boykoff The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism + The Fire This Time $24

2 CDs

First program: Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism

The Olympics are perhaps the crown jewels of sports. The pomp and circumstance, the pageantry and international competition make the games special. They began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. They were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods. Today, the gods are fame, fortune, and national pride. The Olympics are a multi-billion dollar extravaganza. Behind the spectacle of athletic prowess and the patina of global harmony, brass-knuckle politics and brute economics reign. One hears of public-private partnerships in financing the games but it is often the public holding the bag when costs skyrocket, as they often do. The 2016 Summer Games will be in Rio. Brazilians are already protesting against the projected expense. But right now world media attention is on the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia where gold medals may place second to security issues.

Second program: Harry Edwards - The Fire This Time

"People are practical," Howard Zinn said. "They want change but feel powerless, alone. They do not want to be the blade of grass that sticks up above the others and is cut down. They wait for a sign from someone else who will make that first move. And at certain times in history there are certain intrepid people who take the risk that if they make that first move others will follow quickly enough to prevent their being cut down. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

SAIE030 Edward Said The Palestinian Narrative $28

2 CDs

Edward Said says, "It is imperative to see the Palestinian narrative if we are to arrive at a state that can roughly be described as peace." He then criticizes the media for "a series of twisted ideological fictions designed not only to disguise but to obliterate reality." On Palestine, liberals are guilty of "moral cowardice." He then adds, "There is no military option….The only hope is to find a mode of coexistence for what is a land with two peoples in it." Lecture w/ Q&A.

PARM032-PARM028 Michael Parenti The Pathology of Wealth + The Hypocrisies of Capitalism $24

First Program: The Pathology of Wealth

As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have more important matters to consider. Making money. And they better be on the ball and deliver those dividends because if they don't they will soon be replaced. Profits uber alles is the guiding mantra. Environment. Schvironment. It gets in the way. Sure they'll recycle paper and glass but forget about doing anything substantial. Pursuing new corporate earning opportunities and wealth accumulation are in capitalism's DNA. The owners of the economy, the 1%, are operating from the tar sands in Alberta to fracking in Pennsylvania. They have got their eyes on the only prize that matters to them. The lust for lucre continues unabated.


Second Program: The Hypocrisies of Capitalism

The "Newsweek" cover declares, "We are All Socialists Now." Some people have a different take on it. Paul Krugman, commenting on the bailout of banks and the giant insurance company AIG, says it's a classic example of what he calls "lemon socialism," that is, taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right. Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner, is describing our economic system as it really is, not the fantasy tale spun for mass consumption by Alan Greenspan and his disciples. One salient aspect of the economic collapse is the focus on rotten apples like Bernard Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford. They are easy pickings. We can all be virtuous in denouncing them as cheats and swindlers. But what escapes scrutiny and discussion is the barrel itself. And that is the capitalist system.





CULT026 Rumi The Poetry of Rumi $28

2 CDs

An overview of the life and work of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, 13th century Persian poet, jurist and theologian. This inspirational program includes poetry in verse and song as well as biographical commentary.

CHON044 Noam Chomsky The Political Economy of the Mass Media $28

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STOJ004 John Stockwell The Praetorian Guard and the New Order $24 John Stockwell gives a long speech and takes questions from the audience at this event in Toronto, hosted by CIUT radio.

2 CDs
DAVA006-SEAB001 Angela Davis The Prison Industrial Complex + The Black Panther Party $24

First Program: Angela Davis - The Prison Industrial Complex

With more than 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States leads the world in prisoners, leaving far-more-populous China a distant second. More than one in 100 adults in the U.S. is locked up, an all-time high that is costing the states and the federal government tens of billions a year. Some states spend more on prisons than they do on higher education. Additionally, some five million people are on probation or parole. The conservative "Economist" magazine says, "Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little."

Second Program: Bobby Seale - The Black Panther Party

In the sixties and seventies, the Black Panther Party captured the imagination of millions in the U.S. and around the world. The organization also attracted the rapt attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI launched a sustained counterintelligence program to infiltrate, disrupt and destroy the Panthers. The media and popular history have focused on gun-toting Panther militancy and ignored the group's dedication to community organizing and providing much-needed services. Seale's candid eyewitness account of the Panthers' rise and fall makes for a memorable program.

CHON046 Noam Chomsky The Propaganda Model $24 2 CDs
CHON159 Noam Chomsky The Right of Return $28

2 CDs

Recorded at the Right of Return conference, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe and Robert Fisk take on different aspects of the explosive issue of the Palestinians' quest to return to their homes. Chomsky has long been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian question. Pappe is one of Israel's leading radical voices and part of the New Historian's movement, which is decoding many of the Zionist myths. Fisk, the Beirut-based correspondent for The Independent, is noted for his candor and straight-ahead writing style.

CHON024 Noam Chomsky The Right Turn in U.S. International & Security Policy $28 No description.
SAIE017 Edward Said The Shrinking Horizon of Hope $28

2 CDs

The peace process between Israelis and Palestinians is teetering. The current round of negotiations began in Madrid and culminated with the Oslo Accords and the much-celebrated 1993 signing in Washington. The pundits assured us that the long-time rivals had finally come to terms. Today, few express such optimism. Large parts of the West Bank and Gaza remain under Israeli military occupation. Elections, like troop withdrawals, have been postponed again and again. Expansion of settlements continues. There is repression, terrorism, violence and counterviolence. The central issue remains: two peoples lay claim to the same land. Will there be a just compromise where both groups can live in peace and dignity? The alternative is a permanent prescription for conflict. Lecture, interview.

ZINH-ETAL001 Howard Zinn The Social, Economic and Political Costs of Anti-Communism $28 Howard Zinn, Carl Bernstein & Jack O'Dell speak at the Institute for Media Analysis conference.
GREG002-GREG001 Glenn Greenwald The Surveillance State + Shredding the Constitution $24

First Program: Glenn Greenwald - The Surveillance State

The June 2013 revelations of massive government spying should not really come as a surprise. Since Sept 11 there has been a steady drift to more and more state power, secrecy and totalitarianism all in the name of national security. Snooping, prying, eavesdropping, call it what you want the government is doing it on a scale never before seen. Sophisticated new technologies allow for more intrusions into our private lives. Beyond the ever present cameras, there is deep data-mining, nanosecond biometric identification and drone aircraft in the skies above. The invasive monitoring of public space and the simultaneous erosion of our rights has been largely a bi-partisan affair. State surveillance power, undermining basic freedoms in the name of protecting them, is growing relentlessly. The swelling domestic databases of the NSA probably contain your personal information including emails, text messages, and phone calls. And this burgeoning Orwellian apparatus has become a cash cow for corporations such as Booz Allen Hamilton. Comedian Stephen Colbert sarcastically observes, There are bound to be casualties in the never-ending war on terror and one of them just happens to be the U.S. Constitution.

Second Program: Glenn Greenwald - Shredding the Constitution

The Constitution is often referred to in reverential, almost sacred terms. Its framers too are endowed with near holy qualities. Politicians vie with one another as they pay lip service to the country's founding document. But over the years from the Palmer Raids to political witch-hunts known as McCarthyism to COINTELPRO to the present, the Constitution has been violated by the government. Criminalization of dissent, a hallmark of totalitarian regimes, is increasing. The FBI raids the homes and offices of anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. It has targeted Greenpeace and other environmental and peace and justice groups. Citizens are spied upon. E-mails are read. Phones are tapped. And everywhere cameras take pictures. In the name of security basic freedoms are being eroded as state policing agencies accrue more and more power.

 

CHON218-CHON217 Noam Chomsky The Threat of Democracy + Masters of Mankind $24

First program: The Threat of Democracy

The U.S. is the self-proclaimed global champion of democracy. But the term is used selectively. Take Hillary Clinton who was widely praised as an outstanding Secretary of State.  At the height of the Tahrir Square uprising in Egypt protesting Mubarak’s 30-year dictatorship, she said, No country has done more for democracy in Egypt than the U.S. Mubarak for years was praised as an “ally,” a “partner” and a “moderate” and his regime was a force for “stability.” Washington backed him to the hilt to the tune of billions of dollars of taxpayer money, much like the Shah, Marcos, Suharto, Ben Ali, et al, until they too were overthrown. The media rarely report on these issues. And politicians and a mostly obedient intellectual class provide the necessary illusions to lull people to sleep. What many rulers fear is real democracy.

Second program: Masters of Mankind

Adam Smith is routinely trotted out by pundits to justify the current economic system. Yet the Smith that is represented bares little resemblance to reality. If he were around today he probably would be appalled at the way his name and ideas are being bandied about. All that stuff about the free market and entrepreneurial spirit are slogans to prevent people from understanding how the economy really works. Actual capitalism relies on significant government intervention and taxpayer subsidies. Who after all bailed out Wall Street banks and financial institutions? In sector after sector it is public money that paves the way for private profit. Take computers and the Internet. Where did they come from? Bill Gates working in a garage in Palo Alto? Hardly. They were products of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

CHON137 Noam Chomsky The Triumph of the Market $24

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CHON138 Noam Chomsky The U.S. & Israel Strategic Alliance $24

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CHON190 Noam Chomsky The U.S. vs. The Gospels $28

2 CDs

A stunning title? Not really. It reflects exactly U.S. policy in the 1980s when it aggressively rolled back the Catholic Church's liberation theology. In addition to the title topic the following subjects are covered: the death of Pinochet, Chile today: "full of fear," the culture of terrorism, the elections of Correa in Ecuador and Ortega in Nicaragua, the situation in Mexico, Afghanistan as a "just war," NATO as a U.S. foreign legion, intellectuals and risk. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

CHON123 Noam Chomsky The UN: Fifty Years of U.S. Domination & Deceit $28

2 CDs

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CHON013 Noam Chomsky The United States and Indonesia in East Timor: Partners in Secret Genocide $28

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HRMS001-GREG001 Susan Herman The War on Liberties + Shredding the Constitution $24

First Program: The War On Liberties

Voltaire said, "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." In the decade of fear since 9/11 the government has constructed a vast apparatus of control and surveillance. Your most obvious experience is at the airport but it extends way beyond that. Big Brother is watching. Basic liberties are under attack all in the name of protecting those liberties. National security is ritually invoked to cover a range of violations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The beacon of freedom descends into a twilight zone of criminality. The state has 16 intelligence agencies with untold billions at their disposal in black budgets, operating in secret, carrying out black operations and following what are called presidential findings. Defending liberties is not what they are about. And they sometimes confuse dissent with disloyalty.

Second Program: Shredding the Constitution

The Constitution is often referred to in reverential, almost sacred terms. Its framers too are endowed with near holy qualities. Politicians vie with one another as they pay lip service to the country's founding document. But over the years from the Palmer Raids to political witch-hunts known as McCarthyism to COINTELPRO to the present, the Constitution has been violated by the government. Criminalization of dissent, a hallmark of totalitarian regimes, is increasing. The FBI raids the homes and offices of anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. It has targeted Greenpeace and other environmental and peace and justice groups. Citizens are spied upon. E-mails are read. Phones are tapped. And everywhere cameras take pictures. In the name of security basic freedoms are being eroded as state policing agencies accrue more and more power.

LYOV001 Verne Lyon The Wrath of the CIA $28

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FRAT004-FRAT005 Thomas Frank Thomas Frank 2-Pack $24 First Program: What's the Matter with the Democratic Party?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt must be flipping in his grave as many of his cherished New Deal programs have come under assault from not just Republicans, but from his own Democratic Party. Democrats in the 1990s picked up and adopted Ronald Reagan’s right-wing agenda of deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, so-called free trade deals, crime bills, mass incarceration and cutting programs for the poor. Democrats abandoned the working class and in particular turned its back on unions. They cuddled up and embraced hedge fund managers and celebrities in their mansions in Malibu and the Hamptons. They watched as wages went flat, people lost their homes and inequality mushroomed to obscene levels. Campaign rhetoric aside, Hillary Clinton will most likely continue with business as usual unless she is pushed hard to adopt a truly progressive agenda.

 

Second Program: Hey Liberal, Listen Up
The ironies, agonies and hypocrisies in the U.S. political system are in high-relief during a presidential election year. The role of big money undermines the integrity of one person, one vote. The state of the electoral infrastructure is a national embarrassment, long lines, broken machines and purges of voters without their knowledge. In addition the primaries have made abundantly clear: a two-party monopoly snuffs out populist uprisings and credible third party challenges. Working class people are propagandized into voting against their own interests. Indeed, what has happened to the Democrats, the so-called party of the people? Why is the Democratic Party where movements for progressive social change go to die?

 

CHON034 Noam Chomsky Thought Control $24 2 CDs

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CLEK001-SEAB001-TURK002 Kathleen Cleaver Three Black Panthers $33

3 CDs

First program:  State Repression of Black Panthers

Of all the radical organizations in the 1960s none struck as much fear in the establishment as the Black Panther Party. Militant blacks off the plantation system of subordination was too much for the white power structure. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called the Panthers "the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States." The official apparatus of repression, federal and local launched a systematic campaign to sabotage, undermine, and crush the Panthers. And they were successful. Agent provocateurs, disinformation and straight out assassination, as in the case of the murder of Chicago Panther leader Fred Hampton, were part and parcel of the methods used. Today the State again has accrued extraordinary powers of repression. There are lessons to be drawn from the experience of the Panthers and the current situation.History is often refracted through the narrow lens of those who own the cameras. To some, Black nationalist leaders of the 1960s like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael were menacing ideologues. To others, they were icons in the struggle against white supremacy. All emphasized the need to discover and uncover black history and connect the past with the present.

Second program: The Black Panther Party 

In the sixties and seventies, the Black Panther Party captured the imagination of millions in the U.S. and around the world. The organization also attracted the rapt attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI launched a sustained counterintelligence program to infiltrate, disrupt and destroy the Panthers. The media and popular history have focused on gun-toting Panther militancy and ignored the group's dedication to community organizing and providing much-needed services. Seale's candid eyewitness account of the Panthers' rise and fall makes for a memorable program.

Third program: Black History 

History is often refracted through the narrow lens of those who own the cameras. To some, Black nationalist leaders of the 1960s like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael were menacing ideologues. To others, they were icons in the struggle against white supremacy. All emphasized the need to discover and uncover black history and connect the past with the present.

 

BEZS007-BEZS006 Stephen Bezruchka Toward a Healthy Society + Dying Younger Than We Should $24

First program: Toward a Healthy Society

It's no secret. The poor get the short end of the stick in multiple ways. They live shorter lives and suffer from almost every social problem from lack of decent housing to lousy food to no healthcare to being isolated and reviled. Poverty results in toxic levels of stress. Among the countries in the world, the U.S. ranks in the "top" five in measurable stress, according to an ongoing Gallup survey. Consumerism and the so-called good life are elevated to an almost idyllic plain. But selfish me tooism lead a lot of people to an emotional dead end. It's time to move beyond vacuous slogans such as Looking Out for Number One. Cooperation and collaboration are salubrious. Why does it make good medical as well as moral sense to have a healthy society?

Second program: Dying Younger Than We Should

Over and over U.S. citizens are told," We have the best health care system in the world." That would be great if it were true but the facts, baldly stated, don't support the claim. Not only is it far and away the most expensive system, the U.S. spends half the world's health bill, it fails to produce outstanding outcomes. For example, in one basic index, all of us in this country die younger than we should. A really healthy society does not have the radical disparities in wealth and income the U.S., one hesitates to use the word, "enjoys." One in seven Americans are officially in poverty, the highest levels in decades. Evidence demonstrates that people in more egalitarian societies have healthier and happier lives.

ESPM002-ESPM001 Martin Espada Two Hours with Martin Espada $24

2 CDs

First program: Remembering Well & Raising Hell

If you’d ask most people, they’d rather stay at home and watch a Seinfeld rerun than go to a poetry reading. Yet almost imperceptibly poetry enriches our lives and generates cultural growth and change. Think about it. Add up all the myriad poetry-related activities: readings, workshops, symposia, retreats, undergraduate and MFA programs at universities, books, zines, websites, spoken word recordings, then throw in lyric writing for theater and the multi-billion dollar music industry. A nation’s general well being, its artistic richness and diversity and how it sees itself is refracted through the critical eyes of poets. As T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Raising hell, pushing boundaries, making the powerful uncomfortable and creating beauty are all part of the poet’s repertoire.

Second program: Zapata's Disciple

What is the relationship between poetry and politics? Martin Espada makes the connection. He says, Progressive politics must be imagined first, and poetry is a great way to do it. Oppressive social conditions, before they can be changed, must be named and condemned in words that persuade by stirring the emotions and awakening the senses. Poets from Whitman to Neruda to Ginsberg have articulated a vision and a language of political transformation.

STES002-STES001 Sandra Steingraber Two Hours With Sandra $24

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First program: Contamination Without Consent

When faced with injustice what options are open to people? Turn away and ignore it or confront it? The destruction of the environment is an injustice. We are turning parts of the Earth into a toxic waste dump. What comforts are we willing to give up to protect Mother Nature? Will we make real sacrifices or simply kick the ball down the road and be content with placebos like shopping differently? The planet is facing a medical emergency. In response, activists are sitting in, chaining themselves to fences and blocking roads. Some, like Sandra Steingraber go to jail in upstate New York in protest of fracking. "My small, non-violent act" she says, "is set against a larger, more violent one: the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies. This is a form of toxic trespass."

Second program: Fracking & Public Health

Fracking doesn't sound like something the earth, or any community, or any language would wish upon itself. What is it exactly? Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of enormous volumes of water and chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in underlying shale rock formations in order to extract the natural gas below the surface. Fracking is rapidly expanding all across the U.S. and Canada. It is touted by big corporations as a practical solution to energy needs. Citizen groups oppose fracking because of its huge water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the peril it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. They are insisting that people’s health and the environment are non-negotiable. And, that this widespread and dangerous practice of fracking be stopped.

MCCA006-MCCA005 Alfred McCoy Two-fisted Alfred McCoy $24

First Program - The Decline of U.S. Global Power

What’s the shelf life of empires? Decades, maybe centuries. All things come to an end. Recall Shelley’s great poem Ozymandias about the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses the Great and his seemingly invincible kingdom. Ozymandias was Greek for Ramses.

I met a traveller from an antique land, /Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone/ Stand in the desert. And on the pedestal, these words appear/ My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;/ Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!/ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay/ Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare/ The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

There is virtually uniform elite opinion that the U.S. is not an imperialist empire. Washington will not willingly concede its global superpower position. But remember the omnipotent British Empire? Where is it today?

Second Program - The United States of Surveillance

The telescreens in Orwell's "1984" monitoring Winston Smith are crude devices compared to 21st century technology but they make the point. Big Brother is watching your every move. Today, the weapons of surveillance in the hands of state agencies have grown enormously in scope and sophistication. Basic rights are in jeopardy. Invasions of privacy such as warrentless wiretapping, intercepting cell phone messages and reading email are increasing. When those electronic interventions don't work there are always the old reliable agent provocateurs, framing and planting of evidence. In fighting the so-called war on terror, surveillance is one of the biggest growth industries in the United States. There are always new threats. Turn the cameras on and your liberties off.

CHON018 Noam Chomsky U.S. and Indonesia: Partners in Genocide $28

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IMAC001 Various U.S. Anti-Communism and the Third World $28 Dessima Williams (Grenada), Cheddi Jagan (Guyana), Teboho Mafole (African National Congress), Guillermo Ungo (El Salvador) speak at the Institute of Media Analysis conference.
FALR001-FALR003 Richard Falk U.S. in the Middle East 2-Pack $24

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First Program: American Imperialism in the Middle East

Just a few years ago to use the word imperialism to describe the U.S. would have automatically branded you as a member of the fringe left. Now the term is openly embraced. The New York Times Magazine lead said it all: "American Imperialism: Get Used to It." The pundits assure us, we're different from previous empires. We're smarter. We'll do things better. After all, we're Americans. The U.S. has occupation armies in Afghanistan and Iraq. A string of bases and garrisons ring the Middle East. The price of empire comes high. There is the cost in lives, treasure and moral degradation.

Second Program: U.S. Special Relationships in the Middle East

U.S. policy in the Middle East has for decades pivoted on two countries: Saudi Arabia and Israel. Washington is the guarantor of both states. They are heavily armed by the Pentagon. Saudi Arabia, aggressively promoting its own brand of fundamental Islam, Wahabism, has supported extremist groups starting in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1980s. Today, rich Saudis stoke sectarianism in Syria and Iraq. Saudi armies invade Bahrain. Its air force bombs Yemen. As for Israel, it occupies a privileged position in Washington’s worldview. No matter the administration, Democrat or Republican, no other country has received as much diplomatic, military and financial support. The Palestinians? Sorry, you’re not special. Palestinians have always been marginal to the geopolitical concerns of U.S. policymakers. They are invited to so-called peace processes, which may lead to Bantustans with a few casinos and malls. 

This event was presented by the Lannan Foundation. 

CHON033 Noam Chomsky U.S. Media as Propaganda System $28

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HERS002 Seymour Hersh U.S. Policy in the Mideast and Beyond $28 No description.
CHON149 Noam Chomsky U.S. to World: Get Out of the Way $42

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Wide-ranging Chomsky-Barsamian discussions on Iraq, bombings, sanctions, the UN, a Chomskyian Articles of Impeachment, Europe's potential challenge to U.S. hegemony, NPR, global economic crisis, Brazil, war crimes & war criminals, Kissinger & Cambodia, U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam, Laos, internal conflict in Israel, "The Grand Inquisitor," cyberspace & e-mail, Social Security, public education, health care & Medicare.

CHON-SAIE001 Noam Chomsky, Edward Said U.S.-Middle East Policy $28

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This is the historic joint appearance by two leading dissident intellectuals before a standing-room-only audience at Columbia University. Chomsky and Said analyze the effects of U.S. policy on the region and, in the case of Edward Said, on his own family history. Chomsky narrates the history of U.S. duplicity and exposes the notion of its being an "honest broker" in the Middle East. Questions and answers focus on current events in Yugoslavia.

CHON212 Noam Chomsky Unconventional Wisdom, Parts 1 & 2 $24

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Conventional wisdom is a term one often hears. It is the generally accepted belief, opinion, or judgment, about a particular matter. In the U.S., the ruling political class and the media are major propagators of conventional wisdom. For example, when it comes to international law the U.S. exempts itself while holding its enemies to account. Or bombing and invading another country. Washington reserves that right for itself and its allies. It's just a given. There is one set of rules for the master and his close friends and another for everybody else. All of these notions are presupposed and embedded. They are so deeply rooted that they don't even come up for discussion. Whoever breaks from the norm risks ostracism and ridicule. But often it is thinkers outside the box who rock the casbah and make a positive difference. Interviewed by David Barsamian.

 

 

GIAC002-AHME008 Chris Giannou Understanding the Middle East + Terrorism: Theirs & Ours $24

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First program: Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East

Large parts of the Middle East today are engulfed in violence. Why? What historical factors shape the current conflicts? Take Iraq for example, a country in chaos. The U.S. has been intervening in Iraq non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Sectarianism and strife. Death and destruction. Actual U.S. policy in the Middle East is buried in a blizzard of propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal and repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Emirates as well as dictatorships like Egypt. Justification for U.S. military bases, invasions and occupations are cloaked in the garb of altruism and noble intent. It’s always been that way for imperial powers. A moronic media never questions Washington’s self-professed motives. Thus, most people are ignorant about what is going on. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Second program: Eqbal Ahmad - Terrorism: Theirs and Ours

Terrorism is the scourge of the era. It is a fearsome symbol conjuring images of nasty-looking, bearded men brandishing AK-47s. The media focus only on the terrorism of official enemies like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. The notion that the U.S. and its allies engage in terrorism is simply not a topic for discussion. In the current discourse, the terrorism of the designated bad guys is magnified. A lot of important information is omitted or didstorted.

NIBD001-LYMH002 Howard Lyman Vegetarian 2-Pack $24

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First program: David Nibert - Animal Industrial Complex

Many have heard of the military-industrial complex, maybe even the prison-industrial complex, but the animal industrial complex? Probably not. But you should. It’s huge. Meat consumption per capita in the U.S. exceeds all other countries except for Luxemburg. The U.S. with its ubiquitous fast food outlets might be called Burgerstan. But the love affair with meat may be waning. The Hindu-Buddhist roots of vegetarianism have gone way beyond their origins in South Asia. Today, adherents of vegetarianism can be found everywhere and in ever growing numbers. Concern about cruelty and violence to animals and the impact of meat eating on the environment are all contributing to heightened awareness as to how we treat other creatures. We share our homes and lives with dogs and cats. We lavish care and affection upon them. But other animals endure pain and suffering on their way to our dinner plates.

Second program: Howard Lyman - Mad Vegetarian Cowboy

Agriculture has been a cornerstone of the U.S. economy and the family farmer a symbol of the country. Enter "agribusiness" and farm factories so large that management depends upon tons of petrochemicals in the form of fuel, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Resultant animal production quotas require the use of hormones and antibiotics to support unnaturally high output. Low-cost feeding practices have vegetarian animals eating their own species, roadkill and euthanized pets. Eating off the bottom line may be spreading disease to humans.

PRAJ001 John Clark Pratt Vietnam $28 No description
CHON118 Noam Chomsky Visions of Freedom $28

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BROD001-BARM003 David Brower Visions of the Environmental Movement + Not a Drop to Drink $24

 First Program: David Brower – Visions of the Environmental Movement

The myriad of environmental crises is well known. Unless a comprehensive healing process is undertaken immediately to restore much of the damage done to the earth, future generations may not have much of a livable planet left. There is still time to arrest the dangerous trends, but it will require new thinking, innovative approaches and a concerted global effort.


Second Program: Maude Barlow - Not a Drop to Drink

Many know Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and its famous "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Perhaps less known is Mark Twain's, "Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting." Today, the UN warns, "Too often, where we need water, we find guns. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie over the horizon." Once empires were fueled by spices, the fur trade, silver, gold, and ivory, and in recent decades it's been all about oil. Now, water is seen by corporations as the next big thing. This precious resource is being rapidly commodified. Instead of being humankind's common heritage and right it's becoming the private property of giant multinational conglomerates. There are no two ways about it. As Auden wrote, "Thousands have lived without love-not one without water."

ZINH-ETAL003 Howard Zinn Voices of a People's History $28

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Traditional history is dominated by generals, presidents, and other so-called important people. When we read in standard texts about the sinking of the Spanish Armada, we learn King Philip wept. Oral historian Studs Terkel asks, "Were there no other tears?" Historians have difficulty matching the eloquence of those who experienced events firsthand such as soldiers at war, the survivors of massacre and genocide, and those who fought oppression. When they tell their own story, history is not only different, but authentic. An all-star cast including John Sayles, Wally Shawn, and Paul Robeson Jr. join Zinn in this engaging two-part program recorded at the NY Society for Ethical Culture before a capacity audience.

KORD007-KORD001 David Korten Wall Street or the Common Good + When Corporations Rule The World $24

First Program: Wall Street or the Common Good

The Occupy Wall Street movement is growing. Mumia Abu-Jamal from his jail cell writes: "In Lower Manhattan's Zucotti Park, renamed 'Liberty Square' by the demonstrators, the cast of thousands swell in rebellion against the betrayals by the banks, Wall Street's relentless greed, the plague of joblessness and the craven servility of the political class, both Republicans and Democrats, to their moneyed masters. In short, the central focus of their protest is capitalism, greed writ large. Begun mostly by unemployed urban youth, it has drawn the presence and support of public workers, students, teachers and a considerable number of gray hairs. That's because social discontent is so widespread that it is spreading like wildfire. From Wall Street to Denver, Los Angeles, and beyond. Demonstrations are springing up like mushrooms after a storm, in protest to crony capitalism." 

Second Program: When Corporations Rule the World

In this important and timely program, David Korten documents the devastating human and environmental consequences of the largely successful efforts of global corporations to reconstruct values and institutions everywhere to serve their narrow financial interests. The market system is blind to all but its own short-term gains. Korten suggest ways to create a just and sustainable economic system.

PRIN002-BLAW001 Nomi Prins Wall Street/White House Axis + Banks, Fraud & Looting $24

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First program: Nomi Prins - The Wall Street/White House Axis

When the financial history of this era is written it will scarcely be believed. Never have so many been ripped off by so few. There is an insidious alliance between Wall Street and the White House. It is a pernicious development in the annals of power. That partnership shapes and controls the economy. And should the big banks get into trouble, Washington comes to the rescue. The axis enables access. A salient feature of really existing capitalism is welfare for the financial Goliaths. Taxpayers cover their losses. It is bailouts for already rich speculators, high rollers and CEOs. The political response to placate the public after every financial crisis or scandal is the same: reforms. They’re good by definition, right? Well, not when the reformers often have their hands in the cookie jar. What needs to be done? Systemic change.

Second program: William Black - Banks, Fraud & Looting

Bankers brought the world's economy to the brink of collapse and then as the Occupy slogan says, “We got sold out, they got bailed out.” In many ways Goldman Sachs, one of the largest and most important investment banks, epitomizes all that is wrong with the economic system. Its CEO modestly announced that they were doing “God's work.” There was a big brouhaha when Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, quit the firm with a blistering New York Times op-ed. Smith, said it had become “morally bankrupt” and he decried the "toxic and destructive" environment at the bank that put profits ahead of ethics. "It makes me ill,” he said, how callously people [at the bank] talk about ripping their clients off. I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as muppets."

CHON180 Noam Chomsky War Crimes & Imperial Fantasies $28

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When official enemies commit crimes, they must be punished. That is an unquestioned staple of public discourse. Occasionally, as in the torture and killing of prisoners in Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan, a few bad apples tarnish the reputation of the United States but the doctrine of our basic goodness prevails. In an underreported revelation, recently released documents from the Nixon White House, unambiguously make clear that an order for genocide came directly from the Oval Office. Unhappy with the air force, Nixon tells Kissinger, "I want them to hit everything" in Cambodia. The faithful servant immediately conveyed the message to the Pentagon: "A massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. Anything that flies on anything that moves." Rarely in history has a direct order for mass murder been discovered and published. The reaction from the political elites, the punditocracy and the media? Undetectable. These interviews by David Barsamian were recorded at MIT.

Part 1: 12 Feb 2004
Part 2: 11 June 2004

HITC-KONM001 Christopher Hitchens, Morton Kondracke Was the Gulf War Just? $28

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NADR004 Ralph Nader Washington Rules $24 There is an extraordinary confluence of corporate and political power in the nation's capital. The right-wing surge, called a revolution by some, seems to be predicated on the notion of: Take from the needy and give to the greedy. The wallets of the big boys are bulging as they climb into their Lear jets. Back on the ground most people are trying to make their monthly car payments. Corporate lobbyists craft and shape legislation that benefit their interests. The rest of the population is on its own. Money rules Washington.
WESC006-WESC005 Cornel West Way More West $24

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Love & Justice

From Tamir Rice to Akai Gurley the names of African American men and boys killed by police keep piling up. The lack of a grand jury indictment in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson sparked a protest movement with signs and shouts of “Hands Up. Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter.” The death of Eric Garner in New York was videoed around the world. His plea of “I Can’t Breathe” became a rallying cry. Many people are asking where is justice? Illusions have been shattered that we live in a "post-racial" society. Fundamental questions are being raised. Is property more important than people? Racism, poverty and inequality run deep. African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated. Dr. King believed in the transformative power of love and as he said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Occupy Democracy

When language has been mutilated and drained of meaning how are we to understand democracy? Its mere invocation by politicians and their media echoers generates a chorus of hosannas. The reality is different. Democracy has been reduced to elections, awash in money, where there are marginal choices. Sometimes the candidates are so bad one can say: Pick your poison: cyanide or arsenic. The Great Recession has shaken things up. From the cradle of democracy: Greece, to the self-proclaimed beacon of it today: the U.S., people are asking fundamental questions. Democracy has been off-stage and in the wings for decades as corporations, enabled by political elites, have amassed unprecedented power. During elections democracy is trotted out to center stage and then disappears behind the curtains again. That could be changing. The Occupy movement is rocking the comfort zone of the 1%. 

CIEN002-CIEN001 Paul Cienfuegos We The People + Corporations vs. People $24

First Program: We The People

Corporate rights are at the core of almost every environmental and social justice problem that we face. Corporate power grew immensely toward the end of the 19th century with the dismantling of legal restraints and the redefinition of corporations as persons with free speech rights. Today, the level of corporate power over the political system and the economy is unprecedented. And it shows no signs of lessening. The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling made a bad situation worse. It allows for unlimited penetration of corporate money into politics. What does it mean for the workings of a self-styled democracy to have corporations calling the shots in Washington and the state houses? We the people are on the short end of the stick. How can citizens change this unfair and unequal situation?

Second Program: Corporations vs. People

The Citizens United Supreme Court decision gave corporations a green light to secretly funnel in as much money as they want to elect candidates. The justices in their supreme wisdom have once again privileged corporations over citizens. The results have been dramatic. Even with a weak economy a record amount of cash has flooded political campaigns. Although corporations are not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights a series of legal decisions have given them the rights of personhood and free speech. Focusing on limiting or even stopping corporate harms is an inadequate response to a fundamental problem. And that is corporations rule and not the people. Citizens are marginalized and are left with Coke and Pepsi choices.

MEAR002 Russell Means Welcome to the Reservation $28 For years the indigenous peoples of the U.S., after having been dispersed and decimated and relegated to reservations, were reduced to caricatures. We all knew Indians and their culture. There was the familiar medicine man, the trading post, Geronimo and Crazy Horse, papooses and squaws, tepees and tomahawks, war dances and war parties. Tonto was the epitome of faithfulness and subservience. The formation and rise of the American Indian Movement, A.I.M., in the early 1970s did much to break down conventional stereotypes. A.I.M., through its actions at Wounded Knee, Alcatraz, Mount Rushmore and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, demonstrated that Native Americans could and would fight back against racism and repression.
CHON198 Noam Chomsky What Next in the Middle East? $28

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Chomsky goes over the record of the salient issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with particular attention to the relevant facts omitted from history. For decades the overwhelming international consensus has been in favor of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. Despite Obama's "soaring rhetoric" he deviates little from the long-standing U.S. policy of joining Israel in rejectionism. The media and intellectual class fall into line. The Palestinians are to be satisfied with Bantustans with no water. The Hamas election demonstrates Washington's devotion to democracy. When the results are not in your favor you attempt to reverse them. Gaza is to be beaten into submission. The solution to the conflict is relatively "easy" in Chomsky's words "because a large majority of the U.S. population supports the international consensus." Lecture with Q&A.

CHON201 Noam Chomsky When Elites Fail $28

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Chomsky gives the keynote at the Econvergence conference. "What to do when elites fail? There is a simple answer. Get rid of them. It's going to be a long struggle. But the first question to ask is do they really fail?" Adam Smith pointed out, The principal architects of policy in England make sure their own interests are very well served no matter how grievous the effect on others. The outlines from Smith's time to today are fairly consistent. The powerful protect their interests. Chomsky talks about the democratic deficit: the gap between public opinion and policy. Interesting discussion on democracy juxtaposing Aristotle and Madison. Lecture is followed by Q&A.

TERS003 Studs Terkel Which Side Are You On? $28

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Historian Howard Zinn says, "You can't be neutral on a moving train." Indeed, in a time of crisis you can't sit on the fence and wait for others to make the decisions for you. An engaged citizenry is the essence of democracy. The classic union song asks, "Which Side Are You On?" If we are all rendered as mere spectators and onlookers then what does that say about our democracy? It's easy to blame the media which to a some extent contribute to a general feeling of helplessness and fear, thus leading to apathy and inaction. But individuals cannot escape responsibility. Interviewed by David Barsamian. 

KIRJ001-MCRA002 John Kiriakou Whistleblowing 2-Pack $24

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First program: John Kiriakou - The War on Whistleblowers

As Voltaire once said, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” States don’t like to be called out on their crimes. Silence is strongly preferred. Fall in line and keep your mouth shut. This is particularly true of the United States because it globally projects a cultivated image of being a beacon of democracy and human rights and crucially, adherence to the rule of law. Instead of encouraging, celebrating and honoring whistleblowers the Obama administration punishes them, setting a record for prosecutions and imprisonments. Individuals like John Kiriakou tried to do the right thing and ended up going to jail. Edward Snowden has his passport cancelled and is forced to live in exile. The government is confusing dissent for disloyalty. What a chilling message this sends to other potential whistleblowers.

Second program: Ray McGovern - Whistleblowers

What is one to do when confronted by blatant criminal actions and illegalities? Look the other way? Punch out at 5 and go home? That’s not what Edward Snowden did. His disclosures have informed and educated the people of the United States and the world about secret surveillance and massive data-gathering that the NSA and other government agencies are engaged in within the U.S. and abroad. And Snowden’s reward? Hounded. Threatened. Defamed. His passport has been revoked. Instead of encouraging whistleblowers the Obama administration has created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Open up your mouth to report wrongdoing and corruption and you’ll have the book thrown at you. Obama has the dubious distinction of prosecuting more whistleblowers than any administration in U.S. history. It has not only criminalized the truth tellers but also the journalists who report on their revelations.

ALIT012 Tariq Ali World in Crisis $24

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On December 17, 2010 Muhammad Bouazizi, a street vendor in a small town in Tunisia, burned himself to death. He was protesting harassment and mistreatment by state authorities. His death fueled a revolt in Tunisia which toppled the Ben Ali dictatorship. The spark spread to Egypt and within weeks the decades old Mubarak regime was overthrown. The so-called Arab Spring rocked the entrenched old order. Those revolutionary currents have stirred the waters elsewhere. The economic collapse is shaking things up in the U.S. Witness the Occupy Wall Street movement. Americans, fed up and struggling to make ends meet, watch their military bomb and occupy countries from Pakistan to Yemen, are taking to the streets. Citizens are challenging and questioning the status quo. Are we on the edge of genuine change in the structure of power and privilege? Interviewed by David Barsamian. 

NADR-ETAL001 Ralph Nader WTO Debate $28

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The World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle generated an enormous amount of media attention, controversy and some of the biggest protests in decades. WTO supporters say that free trade, the unimpeded flow of goods, services and capital, results in broad economic and social benefits. The elimination of trade barriers lifts poor people out of poverty. Opponents say that the WTO undermines democracy, threatens food safety, weakens workers' rights and degrades the environment. An historic debate took place in Seattle's Town Hall.

ZINH015 Howard Zinn You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train $24 Part 1 and Part 2.
ZINH044-ZINH041-ZINH038 Howard Zinn Zinn 3-Pack $33

First program: Against War

If an honest history is ever written of the U.S. war on Iraq it may not be believed. It’s ten years since Washington launched its shock and awe attack on Iraq. Remember: weapons of mass destruction, axis of evil, mobile chemical labs, slam dunks, Curveball, smoking guns, mushroom clouds, cakewalks, liberators, regime change and mission accomplished. The architects of the war: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Feith, Wolfowitz, and others should be doing time instead of having a good time. Today, Iraq is a broken country. Nothing will bring back the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. The U.S. owes Iraq reparations for the destruction it has caused. But being the global superpower means you never have to say you’re sorry or face justice. The permanent war economy feeds on conflict and strife. Is it utopian to imagine a different future?

Second program: Three Holy Wars

The conventional view of U.S. wars follows a formulaic line: We are innocent victims of unprovoked attacks. The sleeping giant wakes and reluctantly goes to fight. All military action is imbued with benevolent intentions: human rights, democracy, and liberty. There are parades and flag-waving. Solemn ceremonies and gun salutes at funerals honor the fallen. But who asks for what and for whom were they killed? Who benefits? Weapons manufacturers and mercenary contractors make out like bandits. That's a taboo subject. Resources? Empire expansion? Don't go there. Stick to patriotism. You can mouth the typical prattle of they died for freedom. The Afghan war is Operation Enduring Freedom. And war crimes? That's what they do, not us. Tribunals? Same deal: for them. Wars are packaged and sold just like any other commodity. Propaganda is skillfully used to win over the population.

Third program: Against Discouragement

It wasn't that long ago when the United States labeled the African National Congress as a terrorist organization. Its leader, Nelson Mandela languished for years in prison. Then because of massive grassroots movement and international support through boycott and divestment, Mandela is released and South Africa frees itself from its apartheid regime. Throughout history people have overcome tremendous odds to advance the cause of justice. Take the civil rights movement. What were African Americans up against? The entire apparatus of power from the courthouse to the statehouse was controlled by segregationists. And the federal government? Asleep at the wheel. Nevertheless, blacks organized and fought back against tremendous odds. The key to the struggle was collective action. There's an African proverb that captures that spirit, "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

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