The Poetry of Rumi
Program #CULT026. Recorded in Boulder, CO on November 28, 1982.
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.
From Death Row
Mumia Abu-JamalMumia Abu-Jamal is the most well-known death row inmate. In 1982 he was sentenced to death for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. Numerous efforts, based on new and suppressed evidence, to secure Abu-Jamal a new trial have thus far failed. His case has sparked demonstrations and the formation of support groups throughout the world.
Mexico After NAFTA & Chiapas
Adolfo AguilarFor most North Americans and Europeans, Mexico is a vacation spot. It is Acapulco, Cancun, mariachi bands and Aztec and Mayan pyramids. These tourist poster images were shattered by the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. It was a particularly rude jolt to Presidents Clinton and Salinas, who during the NAFTA debate promoted Mexico as a picture […]
The Inversion of Totalitarianism
Sheldon WolinTraditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the […]
Portents of a New Century
Eqbal AhmadThe 16th century began a 400 year period that transformed the world which brought great delight for a tiny minority of the world’s population. For the majority of humankind, it was a time of much anguish and tragedy. Eqbal Ahmad takes us through the 19th and 20th centuries from the World Wars to the Cold […]
Iraq: Refuting the Bush Allegations
As'ad AbuKhalilSince his “axis of evil” speech, President Bush has had Iraq in his gunsights. It now seems that war is inevitable. The drumbeats are almost deafening. The most powerful nation in history will lead the charge against a country of 22 million people. Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia, one of the cradles of civilization, the land between […]
Land of the Lawless
Ralph NaderPoliticians and pundits love to go on and on about “the rule of law.” The concept that no one is above the law is laudatory and central to a functioning democracy. But we can easily see the grotesque disparities in the application of law and the prosecution of those who commit crimes in the streets […]