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Interchange – Writing Red: Joshua Clover On The Poetry and Politics of Riot

Joshua Clover by Joe Mabel

The work of Joshua Clover blends the worlds of poetry and economic crisis. Poet, communist, cultural critic, translator, editor, and professor of literature and critical theory at the University of California Davis, Clover has published three acclaimed volumes of poetry: Madonna anno domini, The Totality for Kids and his most recent, Red Epic, published by Commune Editions, a small publisher …

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Arts Interchange – Abby Lee On Hedda Gabler

Abby Lee and Henry Woronicz in Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler has become Hedda Tesman in marriage to George Tesman. But the play is not called Hedda Tesman. And this must be our first indication of how an audience needs to be critical of the social world where marriage confers a new identity on a woman. Hedda will have none of that. But what has she had, and what …

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Interchange – George Kateb: Accentuate the Negative

George Kateb on Thinking Aloud (www.thinkingaloud.com)

With our guest, George Kateb, who has been called “the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today,”* we’ll focus on oppression and resistance. Our texts for this conversation will center on three essays from Kateb’s 2006 collection of essays, Patriotism and Other Mistakes: “Is Patriotism a Mistake,” “Socratic Integrity,” and “Wildness and Conscience: Thoreau and Emerson,” as well …

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Interchange – Necessary Trouble: March and The Example of John Lewis

MARCH 2091

Tonight we discuss the groundbreaking graphic novel series, March, an engaging and award-winning first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. March: Book One spans Lewis’s youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Nashville Student Movement’s battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. The memoir …

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Interchange – Toxic Prison Blues: The Prison Ecology Project


With me today to discuss the environmental hazards facing America’s prison population as well as the environmental hazards caused by prisons themselves is co-host Micol Siegel, who is an associate professor in the American Studies and History Departments at Indiana University. And joining us by phone is our guest Panagioti Tsolkas of the Human Rights Defense Center who’s here to …

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Interchange – Mixed Nuts: Clint Eastwood’s Life In the Movies

Publicity photo for Rawhide, 1961

In a 2002 interview Patrick McGilligan said of Clint Eastwood, “I think he’s a lazy actor and a lazy director. He’s a great image. This book is about how the image and the reality complement each other. There’s a false morality about Clint, the false morality of his life, which becomes the false morality of his films. It’s a disgusting …

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Interchange – Preview: Sheepdog Theory in Eastwood’s American Sniper

by Doug Storm I watched American Sniper, prepping for tonight’s Interchange interview (6 pm) with Clint Eastwood biographer Patrick McGilligan, and discovered there is a bit of “warrior philosophy” inserted into Chris Kyle’s (the sniper) childhood in order to give him motivation; it’s about sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. Well, this was cribbed for the movie (it’s not in Kyle’s autobiography according to …

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Interchange – The Right to Dignity: Service Sector Workers and the Future of Unions

Cover If We Can Win Here

Do service-sector workers represent the future of the U.S. labor movement? Mid-twentieth-century union activism transformed manufacturing jobs from backbreaking, low-wage work into careers that allowed workers to buy homes and send their kids to college. Some union activists insist that there is no reason why service-sector workers cannot follow that same path…As one Indiana-based organizer says of the struggle being …

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Interchange – Keeping a Hand in Mind: Reading and Writing in a Digital World


Should we try to understand reading and writing as primary ways of making a particular kind of human; a way we embody consciousness. Are you “formed” in the forming act? For example, with your hands you made letters and words–you write (not type) a self–you are embodied in the language you craft. Memory lives in the act. Without the act …

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Interchange – Is a Woman a Person? Needing Ellen Willis More Than Ever

Ellen Willis, 1977

So, here we are, August 4th, 2015, and I’m asking “Is a Woman A Person?” You laugh, no, scoff at me for asking this. Of course!, you say. But are we “persons” by degrees with some considered lesser beings? Consider the concerted attack on women’s health funding by Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. It seems women ought to be …

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