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KPFA - Against the Grain

By Against the Grain

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In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.

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Against the Grain offers extremely rich analysis of generally political topics that you are hard-pressed to find anywhere else, not even on Democracy Now or Flashpoints. Against the Grain seems to put its faith in Academia as a source for contemporary critical models from which to view current issues. The result is a truly "smart" response to the punditry of more conventional poitical programming. My only criticism is that the podcast isn't updated as regularly as one would hope, just look at the dates in the window below to understand what I mean. Maybe they'll fix that.

Not Against my Grain :)

I listen to over fifty, mostly political/cultural, podacsts a week. I delete and fast-forward with glee whenever I can: if I find the topic or segment or its treatment boring; if it's something with which I'm already quite familiar and consider I can skip; if it's merely propaganda; if it's something about which I just don't want to care about right there and then. Against the Grain isn't "easy listening": if I half-listen for more than a few seconds, I have to rewind. Listening to Against the Grain and trying to do much of anything else doesn't much work for me. And it's a nearly hour-long podcast, three times a week. So, it's with no small measure of satisfaction and relief when I find myself listening to something I just don't want to know about: I can delete it and get on with the next podcast or with something else. The rest of the time, which is almost all of the time, it's a treat. I rarely relisten to anything: I have lots of time but not ~that~ much; and I'm not that kind of self-indulgent. When I do relisten to something -- either for the sheer pleasure or because duty would seem to demand it -- it's often Against the Grain.

Ideas that matter

Tired of the shouting matches, or psuedo-celebrity smugness that pretends to be meaningful discussion about which way our society should move? Then listen to Against the Grain. Some of today's most important ideas are actually taken seriously here. The host and producer always do excellent preparation. Too bad it's only an hour, and only on three times a week.