844: Statelines Shows


Three hours of recent clips exploring the limits of state power / A live interview with a striker from Fight for $15

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Keller Easterling: “The nation-state can still proclaim all its old principles about being a nation, but it now has a number of other partners in which it can double itself. It has a new set of pirates, a new set of doppelgangers, a new set of shadow agents than can work on behalf of the nation in the global market.”

[Originally broadcast February 14th, 2015]

Architect Keller Easterling defines the concept of Extrastatecraft – where the formulas and networks of global capitalism forge new political realities between states and non-state actors.

Keller is the author of the new book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, which is sort of hard to describe, but amazing.

Keller Easterling is a writer, architect and Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.


Loretta Napoleoni: “Most likely there are civilians who are not involved with the terrorist activity of Islamic State. Now, these people are bombed by us. What is going to be the perception of the population inside the Islamic State, vis-a-vis our actions?”

[Originally broadcast December 13th, 2014]

However backwards their goals, Islamic State is a modern terrorist organization, with slick PR sensibility and a savvy understanding of globalization and international finance. Loretta Napoleoni explores the IS’s 21st century approach to terror and nation-building in her book The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East.

Loretta explains the Islamic State’s Salafist incubation and rapid post-Iraq war growth, how the group mirrors American propaganda and fear-based politics, and why the American response to IS feeds so perfectly into their plans.

Loretta Napoleoni is an economist, author and journalist.



Justin McGuirk: “What we’re seeing at the moment is a return to architecture as a social pursuit.”

[Originally broadcast July 4th, 2014]

If you’re looking for the future of architecture, avoid the staid pleasure-domes of the rich. Instead turn your attention to the growing, responsive, cellular constructions of the global South. As mass urbanization across the world changes our ideas about urban planning and civic life, Latin America has emerged as a blueprint for the architecture of the 21st century.

Design critic Justin McGuirk tours through the new reality of housing, humans and economics in the book Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture. He calls in to talk about the successes and challenges of slum housing, what happens when citizens build their own cities from the bottom up, and how the favelas can influence leftist politics and ideas about the collective good.

Justin McGuirk is a journalist, design critic and Director of Strelka Press.

Justin’s website / Justin on Twitter



Douglas Hunter: “Not only are we fighting for $15 and a union – we’re fighting now for some social justice in our communities. There are people living and dying in poverty all over the world. This is one of the richest countries in the world, and it should not be happening in America. So we’re standing up.”

Fight for $15 organizer and McDonald’s worker Douglas Hunter talks about the hardships of low wage, no benefit jobs, why $15 per hour and a union is a starting place and not an end goal, and how the movement is expanding to include social justice allies in an effort to confront and defeat inequality.

On Wednesday, April 15th Douglas and thousands of Chicagoans will rally on the UIC campus, joining thousands more rallying across the globe for a increased salaries and union rights. For more information on the movement, visit Fightfor15.org and to find a rally near you, visit April15.org.

Douglas Hunter is a maintenance worker at McDonald’s and a member of the national organizing committee at Fight for $15.



Jeff Dorchen: “What I really wonder about is – what, besides the drippings of the great, fatty feast our felonious overlords are gorging on, is keeping us civilized?”

[Originally broadcast February 16, 2013]

Jeff Dorchen wasn’t invited to capitalism’s great feast – most of us weren’t – but he crashes the party and wonders why all don’t do that same.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.