Allen Ruff talks with Jack Laun, co-founder of the Colombia Support Network and CSN member Steve Bray to discuss current social and political conditions in the country and the ongoing U.S. role in maintaining the status quo harassment and repression of popular movements in the countryside.
How have anthropologists and other social scientists been used by the Pentagon and the CIA on the ground in places like Afghanistan as part of broader “counter-insurgency” programs? What are contracted civilians, embedded academics doing in the field as part of “human terrain teams?” Host Allen Ruff talks with anthropologist David Price to explore this.
Allen Ruff spoke with historian Gerald Horne to discuss the recent U.S. opening with Cuba in light of Horne’s recently released portrait of the longer relationship between Cuba and the U.S., and the complex context of Afro-Cuban and African-American history, “Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow.”
How do we begin the understand the recent deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear program? Is there some deeper context for understanding the role of the U.S., as the major holder of nuclear weapons as we approach the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Today host Allen Ruff discussed this with cultural critic, historian and anti-war activist H Bruce Franklin.
How would the open records law proposal have changed transparency of government in Wisconsin? What is the importance of public access to records? Today host Allen Ruff spoke with Bill Lueders to discuss the open records law and freedom of the press.
Today host Allen Ruff spoke with guest Henry Giroux to discuss racism and the “punishing state.” Radical social critic and public intellectual Henry Giroux recently published “The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Postracial Violence” and “Trumping America,” out today.