Monthly Archives: January 2019

Dahr Jamail THE END OF ICE: Bearing Witness & Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

We first had Dahr Jamail on Forthright Radio in March, 2005 with Mark Manning, to discuss what was going on with the U.S.’s Second Siege of Fallujah, Iraq. He courageously went there un-embedded and defied the military information blockade to report what had actually happened there. Since then he has been our guest five times over the years.

For the past few years, he has been focusing on Climate Disruption in various journals, including, where he had been publishing monthly Climate Dispatches.

And now his book, THE END OF ICE: BEARING WITNESS AND FINDING MEANING IN THE PATH OF CLIMATE DISRUPTION has been published by The New Press. He goes to many places around the world and speaks with indigenous people and scientists on the front lines of what can only be described as an accelerating global disaster of human caused climate disruption, geological change and mass extinction. Unlike most other narratives of climate disruption, not only does he document the science, but he also addresses the emotional, psychological, philosophical and ethical dimensions.

I was struck by a simple observation he makes between the outlook of dominant settler colonialist cultures, which speak of rights, and of most indigenous cultures, which emphasize obligations. That lead to what one of your interviewees called “the con job of hope and hopelessness,” and what you say is “the necessity of unblocking grief.”

Thus, our interview began..

Articles pertinent to this Interview:

When the Ice Melts: The Catastrophe of Vanishing Glaciers (Dahr Jamail)

Huge ‘hot blob’ in Pacific Ocean killed nearly a million seabirds

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Polar Vortex Clobbers Midwest With Record-Breaking Cold

Children’s climate rallies gain momentum in Europe

The New Language of Climate Change

We Are Destroying Our Life Support System

This Could Be The Biggest Scandal Of The Climate Change Era

Legality of Drilling Permits Issued During Shutdown Challenged

North American glaciers melting much faster than 10 years ago – study

Study: Yellowstone’s forests could become grasslands by mid-century

Google, Facebook And Microsoft Sponsored A Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial

Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change

Henry Giroux – Democracy in Exile

“It is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and the crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.” from A Democracy in Exile Fights Against Fascism


In this edition of Forthright Radio, we welcome back Professor Henry Giroux, who holds the McMaster University’s Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department, and who is the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. He is a prolific author and journalist. His books -more than 65 – include AMERICA AT WAR WITH ITSELF; DISPOSABLE FUTURES: VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF SPECTACLE; HEARTS OF DARKNESS: TORTURING CHILDREN IN THE WAR ON TERROR; ZOMBIE POLITICS AND CULTURE IN THE AGE OF CASINO CAPITALISM, and THE VIOLENCE OF ORGANIZED FORGETTING.

Articles by Professor Giroux cited in this interview include:

A Democracy in Exile Fights Against Fascism

Trump’s Racist Language of Pollution Drives His Neoliberal Fascism

Striking Teachers Beat Back Neoliberalism’s War on Public Schools

Neoliberal Fascism and the Echoes of History  

Henry A. Giroux on Developing a Language of Liberation for Radical Transformation       

Trump’s act of state terrorism against children                           

Neoliberalism in the Age of Pedagogical Terrorism

Killing Children in the Age of Disposability: The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence         

Education as a Weapon of Struggle: Rethinking the Parkland Uprising in the Age of Mass Violence           

Donald Trump’s fascist politics and the language of disappearance