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Episode 915

Street View

Aug 27 2016
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Arun Kundnani

Islam, surveillance and the rise of a global police system.

Author Arun Kundnani examines the criminalization and surveillance apparatus around Muslims in the US post (and pre) 9/11, explains how the deeply political mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities is tolerated and excused as cultural clashes with the majority, and warns the surveillance state is not just a new technique of law enforcement, but capitalism itself.

Arun is featured in the collection Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter from Verso Books.

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Sarah Jaffe

The rise and radicalization of a new generation of American protest.

Journalist Sarah Jaffe explores recent uprisings around America and across the American political spectrum - from the ways both Tea Party and Black Lives Matter protestors are responding to failures of the nation's political class and economic institutions, to the newfound power and popularity of public disruption - and explains how the today's diverse social movements are evolving tactics and goals beyond electoral politics, and toward challenging the structures of power and capital.

Sarah's first book, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, is available now from Nation Books.

Interview Transcript via Antidote Zine

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Kevan Harris

Between the street and the state: What to do with people power.

The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris reports on a summer spent examining the aftermath of popular protest movements in Ukraine, Lebanon, Armenia and Greece, and reflect on the patterns they share with most modern uprisings at home and abroad - a tension between political parties and popular movements, and a choice between autonomy, articulation and absorption.

Kevan's first book A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran will be published in 2017.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine

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Julianne Tveten

Startups never stop: On work minus life in Silicon Valley.

Journalist Julianne Tveten examines the influence of Silicon Valley on the work/life boundary in tech and beyond - from environments designed to keep compliant and unattached employees on site and working far beyond 40 hours a week, to bio-hacking's cultlike emphasis on fasting and austerity in service of productivity - and explains how the seeming openness of the tech workplace serves to close opportunities to people with families or aspirations beyond constant work.

Julianne wrote the article HR Comes Last at Startups, and Women Pay the Price for Vice's Motherboard.

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Henry Giroux

What is the tipping point? Everyday authoritarianism in America.

Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how a new strain of authoritarianism has seized American politics and culture, injecting and celebrating violence and militarism into our media and economy, creating disposable scapegoats of the marginalized, and ultimately devaluing the cornerstones of democratic thought - reason, solidarity and equality.

Henry's new book is America at War with Itself from City Lights Books.

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Jeff Dorchen

The White reactionary's guide to Don McLean's 1971 hit, American Pie.

Jeff Dorchen dusts off the turntable for a Moment of Truth exploring the sexual pathology and racial fears behind Don McLean's song American Pie - from the seductive appeal of Satanic anal sex with Mick Jagger to the cuckolding influence of Black music in pop culture - and finds the nation still replaying the politics of 1959, good ol' boys, cucks, dark Others - all down at the levee, waiting for the flood.

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