We discuss “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” exploring the film’s treatment of race, look at Katniss’s gender dynamics with Peeta, and take a critical look at the different districts, and what we think they represent.
Also discussed: How District 13 are like the Zapatistas, Plutarch as the 5th column, can you repress your way to a revolution, and is the Hunger Games just Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, but times 12?
Writers and Readings mentioned on the show:
- Karl Marx, “The German Ideology” (Read free online at Marxists.org, Buy a hardcopy at Powells)
- Manning Marable, “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America” (Powells)
- Paolo Freire, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” (Powells)
- Antonio Gramsci
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