Mon 12.26.11| When a Tree Falls ...

John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed Random House, 2005




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In the process of telling a truly amazing -- and true -- story about a fantastically rare tree in British Columbia and the eccentric man who cut it down, John Vaillant recounts in lush detail much of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest, the people who live there, and the impact of human activity on the forests, and thereby on the planet. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 12.21.11 | Co-ops Under Capitalism

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What if workers at a firm democratically decided how the work is to be done and where the profits should go? Worker co-ops already exist, of course, and many have been quite successful. So how much of a challenge does the cooperative form of organization pose to the capitalist status quo? Ian Seda-Irizarry talks about the strengths and limitations of the cooperative model.

Tues 12.20.11 | Christopher Hitchens v Chris Hedges on Religion

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The late Christopher Hitchens was a prodigiously gifted writer and polemicist. He was also an enormously provocative and controversial one. In 2007, KPFA organized a debate between journalist Chris Hedges and Hitchens on the subject of religion, to a rapt and overflowing audience, which ultimately inspired Hedges to write his book I Don't Believe in Atheists.

Mon 12.19.11 | Action and Reaction in the Arab World

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The Arab world has undergone dramatic transformations in the past year. Tariq Ali assesses the people's uprisings and casts a critical eye on both US foreign policy and Western media coverage. He also considers the impact of developments in the Middle East and north Africa on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mon 12.12.11 through Wed 12.14.11

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Wed 12.07.11 | A World of Sciences

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Western science and technology are the motors that drive social progress; no other knowledge system comes anywhere close. It's a widely held view, an example of Western exceptionalism and triumphalism -- but is it correct? The philosopher of science Sandra Harding talks about knowledge appropriation, the failure of "development," and the value and sophistication of non-Western ways of thinking.
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