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Monday, 23 July 2012

PPP6 - Sport and The Olympics

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POSITIVE POLITICS PODCAST EPISODE 6: SPORT AND THE OLYMPICS.

In this episode, on the eve of the London 2012 Olympics, Joel and Neil explore the politics of sport. Dr Neil Faulkner highlights the stark politics of class division that has marred the Games. Barrister and Stratford resident Brian Richardson tells us about how local people have been excluded and marginalised from the Games in the service of corporate and political interests. Finally, local resident Caroline Day tells of her and others' brave battle to save their beloved Leyton Marsh for future generations and how the full force of the law has been used to expediate the construction of an unnecessary basketball training facility and to punish and criminalise peaceful protesters.

TRACKLISTING:
  • Gerry & The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
  • Joan Baez - Birmingham Sunday
  • Donny Hathaway - Someday We'll All be Free
  • Housemartins - Build

Thursday, 5 July 2012

PPP5 - Education

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POSITIVE POLITICS PODCAST EPISODE 5: EDUCATION.

In this episode, Joel and Neil explore the current realities and alternatives of education, specifically higher education, today. We start by interviewing Dr Richard Hall about the struggles of life in the neo-liberal university today where everything is reduced to the logic and interests of money and profit. We then ask Dr Gurnam Singh to help us to think about very different, democratic, empowering, and critical ways of thinking about and engaging in teaching and learning. Finally, we hear from Dr Sarah Amsler about an exciting new project based in Lincoln, UK called the Social Science Centre - an attempt to make real the ideas and values of critical pedagogy and popular education.

TRACKLISTING:
  • Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
  • The National - All the Wine
  • John Lennon - Working Class Hero
  • Girlyman - Young James Dean
  • Tracy Chapman - Heaven's Here on Earth