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Against the Grain - February 25, 2009 at 12:00pm
Rory Cox talks about the perils of importing liquefied natural gas into California. And Lester Rowntree explains how global warming is affecting, and will affect, the Bay Area.

Against the Grain - The Stoics on Achieving Tranquility - February 24, 2009 at 12:00pm
In this first-time airing of C.S. Soong's full-length interview with William Irvine, the Wright State philosophy professor talks about his book "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy."

Against the Grain - February 23, 2009 at 12:00pm
Gretchen Gordon describes Bolivian peoples' resistance to efforts by foreign energy companies, often abetted by Bolivian governments, to control that nation's oil and natural gas resources. And George Packer's play "Betrayed" portrays the plight of three Iraqis who accept jobs with the US occupiers.

Against the Grain - February 18, 2009 at 12:00pm
A encore broadcast of the special program Capitalism and Its Discontents, looking at recent strikes in France, the World Social Forum in Brazil with Andrej Grubacic, and a look at finance capital and the economic crisis with Richard Walker. Hosted by Sasha Lilley.

Against the Grain - February 17, 2009 at 12:00pm
According to Markus Dubber, "miscarriage of justice" is a misnomer because the US penal system does not in fact seek to do justice. Also, we present Part Two of Harriet Fraad and Rick Wolff's presentation on today's economic and psychological crises.

Against the Grain - February 16, 2009 at 12:00pm
Michael Klare discusses his book "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy."

Against the Grain - February 11, 2009 at 12:00pm
"Are all human systems doomed to stagger along under the mounting weight of their internal logic until it crushes them?" Ronald Wright asks and addresses this question in his book "A Short History of Progress."

Against the Grain - "The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves" - February 10, 2009 at 12:00pm
In "The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves," Curtis White contends that the American imagination has become dangerously impoverished. Capitalism, according to White, has become expert at managing our creativity.

Against the Grain - February 9, 2009 at 12:00pm
Films about Ho Chi Minh and about the Ottoman Empire and its impact on the Middle East are part of a never-before-featured set of 31 documentaries produced in conjunction with The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

Against the Grain - Riane Eisler & Sylvia Federici - February 3, 2009 at 12:00pm
Riane Eisler talks about her latest book "The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics." And Sylvia Federici connects the European witch hunts to the rise of capitalism in her book "Caliban and the Witch."

Against the Grain - The Stoics on Happiness - February 2, 2009 at 12:00pm
How to attain equanimity and peace of mind was an obsession of the ancient Stoic philosophers. The psychological techniques they championed for taming desire and achieving happiness are described in William Irvine's book "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy."

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