PRT Episode 13 - Soviet Cinema

Have you ever wondered where the montage came from? Do you enjoy hearing Ethan plug theatre in an episode about cinema? Do you never tire of hearing Justin defend Stalin even when he clearly did some things wrong? Then you will LOVE this raucous and informative episode on the history of film and cinema within the Soviet Union (and a bit before)!

 *CORRECTION* While Prussia was a principality in the HRE, Prussia was never part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Our bad!

Further reading:

Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film, Jay Leyda

The Red Screen: Politics, Society, Art in Soviet Cinema, ed. Anna Lawton

Ways of Seeing, John Berger

Directory of World Cinema: Russia, Birgit Beumers

Film viewing:

Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein (1925)

Man With A Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov (1929)

October: Ten Day That Shook The World, Sergei Eisenstein (1928)

Volga-Volga, Grigori Aleksandrov (1938)

Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky (1972)

Moscow Doesn't Believe In Tears, Vladimir Menshov (1980)

 Outro Music: "At Dawn" by Alyens

PRT Episode 12 - Iraq and Sanctions

Do you enjoy really directionless conversation that has incredible anecdotes and a ton of great information? Then you will love this one as the Proles sit down and discuss the modern history of Iraq, sanctions, and how the policy towards Iraq modeled the US foreign policy moving forward.

Sources/Suggested Reading: 

The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict. Dilip Hiro. Psychology Press, 1991.

Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions. Joy Gordon. Harvard University Press, 2010.

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace. Ali A. Allawi. Yale University Press, 2008. 

Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq. Kanan Makiya. University of California Press, 1998. 

Outro Music: Immortal Technique "The Martyr"

PRT Presents: Dialectics After Dark

Spicy content warning! Join the proles as they unveil the hilarious, soon-to-be patreon-only spinoff, Dialectics After Dark, where we read through headlines and news and react, let our hair down, and spend a little more time being ridiculous. Being that this is our first run-through with this format, please forgive the roughness. It will polish up a bit in the future

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PRT Episode 5 - Fall of the USSR

Join the Proles as we sit down and discuss the tragic collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as several other topics, including a particularly spicy conversation about censorship and free press.

Suggested reading:

Is The Red Flag Flying? The Political Economy of the Soviet Union Today, Albert Szymanski
Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union, Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny

PRT Episode 4 - Soviet Space Program

The proles sit down and discuss the long and rich history of the Soviet Space Program in this raucous and informative discussion! 

Suggested Reading:

The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin - Andrew Jenks

Public Loneliness: Yuri Gagarin’s Circumlunar Flight - Gerald Brennan

Outro music - "How We Saw Yura Off On His Flight" - Yuri Gulyaev


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Join us as we drink beer and discuss the history of leftist labor movements and capitalist oppression of the working class in the United States.