Sunday, July 19, 2020

Tales of the Green Path

Part 1: New World Notes #646, 28:30 (July 21)
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Part 2: New World Notes #647 (July 28)
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A fine audio collage--the latest released (March 2018) by Virtual Renderings. Not previously broadcast on New World Notes. Condensed a bit--and with an introduction--by KD.

It's an intriguing mix of parts of lectures and interviews, music, dramatic readings, and whatnot on this theme: With much of Western Civilization and corporatocracy proving unsustainable and inhumane, we need to re-develop our understanding and appreciation of natural ecology. . . .

In particular, we need to appreciate plants--their interconnectedness, their ability to cooperate and communicate with one another, their healing properties. And we need to listen to people who understand plants well, including herbalists, traditional healers, ecologists, and witches.


The voices in the collage are all "countercultural." In the introduction to Part 1, KD adds a complementary view. Plant scientists are saying much the same things. It turns out, the witches and tree-huggers are right! Who knew?

The uncut version of the collage--and 113 other works by Virtual Renderings--are available on radio4all.net. For a complete listing, click the link on the "Worth a Look" sidebar, to the right of this page.


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sir! No Sir!

Part 1: New World Notes #328, 28:41 (July 7)
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Part 2: New World Notes #329, 29:25 (July 14)
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David Zeiger's fine video documentary (U.K.version), adapted to radio, in two parts.

How resistance and rebellion by America's active-duty soldiers and sailors forced the U.S. to end the Vietnam War.

Current reflections by antiwar veterans and others--some famous, some obscure--mix with period newscasts, songs, and other recordings. The famous ones include Army physician Dr. Howard Levy, Army "Green Beret" Sgt. Donald Duncan (see photo, below), and actor & activist Jane Fonda.

A fascinating--and little-known--bit of recent history. Could this happen again today?


 Above: Jane Fonda.  Below: Donald Duncan.

The profusely-illustrated screenplay (U.S. version) is available online.

Previously broadcast. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as NWN #328 or 329.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Eugenics

New World Notes #643, 28:11 (June 30)
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Eugenics is in the news again. We explore the sordid pseudo-science with a section from the film Human Resources (not previously broadcast on NWN), reflections by KD, and a song by David Rovics.

Thanks to Robin Upton (unwelcomeguests.net), who adapted all of Human Resources for radio broadcast. David Rovics' song "Denmark 1943" is from his album, The Other Side.


New World Notes broadcast the rest of Human Resources, in four installments, in October-November 2018.

This week's installment was previously broadcast. MP3 files downloaded feom the links, above, are identified as NWN #593.

 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Jean Shepherd: Storyteller (Tornados)

New World Notes #642, 28:00 (June 25)
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Another tribute--our fifth--to the spoken-word art of late-night radio great Jean Shepherd.

This week we celebrate not Shep the satirist and social critic but Shep the master storyteller. He tells of two tornados he witnessed: the first as a young teenager in the 1930s, the second as steel-mill worker in the 1940s.

The stories are fascinating and humorous accounts of one of the oddest and most unpredictable forces of nature. They are also a fine look at small-town life in the Depression-era Midwest and at life as a worker in a giant industrial plant. (The latter is scary enough even without the tornado.)

Jean Shepherd (1956)

Complementing Shep's words are his inimitable vocal sound-effects and, here and there, his well-chosen background music.

Shep's 24+ minute narrative is taken, uncut and unedited, from his 45-minute radio broadcast on WOR-AM/FM of April 12, 1965. Original recording courtesy of Radio Veronica via radio4all.net.


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Pandemic Journal 2: Class, Politics, and Policing in America

New World Notes #641, 28:59 (June 9)
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Is this installment of NWN right for you? Take this easy quiz and see!

The June 1 news photo, above, makes me want to ...
_____ (A) scream
_____ (B) cry
_____ (C) take to the streets
_____ (D) is there a polite word for "puke"?
_____ (E) shout "Hallelujah!"

Answer: If you checked A, B, C, or D, please have a listen!

Temporary housing in Hartford for His Excellency Ned.
Compares favorably with Governor Reagan's dream house. 

Critical reflections on current events--particularly the protests following the George Floyd murder. And on the campaign names of politicians, the Bushes of Connecticut, America's dirty secret (social class), how to tell your Andover from your Exeter, Joan Didion, government by executive order, the insane clown posse in the White House, Episcopalians vs. Pharisees, and even some praise for the Governor, His Excellency Ned.

Yes, of course it's all related!

Top photo: Getty Images



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Abominable Ways of Biotech

Part 1: New World Notes #639, 28:46 (June 2)
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Part 2: New World Notes #640, 28:07 (June 16)
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Another fine audio collage
by Chazk / Virtual Renderings, Created in 2013--and just as timely and important now as then.

It's about the insanity and the dangers--and the demonstrable bad health effects--of biotech tinkering with the food we eat.

Part 1 focuses on the problem of transplanting genes from one species to another and the multiple health hazards of Monsanto's glyphosate ("Roundup") herbicide.

Part 2 has more on the bad effects of glyphosate. Then on to genetically modified plants that produce their own insecticide--specifically BT toxin.

The collage includes the voices of Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbrell, Davis Suzuki, and others--plus some relevant music.

To hear or download (free) any or all of Virtual Renderings' audio collages, click on the link on the right sidebar of this page, under the heading, Worth a Look.

Previously broadcast, as NWN #533-534, in May 2018. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as #533 and 534.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Potpourri 8

New World Notes #628, 28:21 (May 26)
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A new bouquet of this and that, not random but loosely structured. Features a fine talk by Mumia Abu-Jamal, two classic satires by The Firesign Theater, and commentary by KD.
  
The commentary focuses on
  • corruption of language as a tool of the powerful 
  • the sea of propaganda in which we swim
  • the historical uses of potpourri
  • the sad similarities of 17th and (U.S.) 21st century responses to pandemics
  • the meaning of "Ring Around the Rosie"
And yes, the topics are all related.


Error: In my commentary I say that the bubonic plague struck London in 1655. The correct year is 1665. This error is entirely the fault of Obama, Lying Hillary, a secret laboratory in Wuhan, the Deep State, and the Inspector General. --KD

Mumia's talk, "Rebel Lawyers," was broadcast to a conference at Yale Law School in March 2019. Firesign Theater's sketches are from their LPs Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him (1968) and How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All (1969).



Monday, May 25, 2020

The Missing Installments

Dear listeners,

Because of exceptionally heavy demands on my time, I have been forced to air reruns over the past several weeks. And I have quite neglected this Web site. I apologize.

An entirely new installment ("Potpourri 8") is now available. (Scroll upwards for the installment's own page.)

Here are the links to the "archival presentations"--that is, reruns--broadcast over the past several weeks. Each link takes you to the show's original page on this Web site. Each page has the program description and links for download.
Thank you for your patience.
     --K.D.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

America: The Farewell Tour

Part 1: New World Notes #630, 28:35 (March 31)
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Part 2: New World Notes #631, 27:53 (April 7)
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Journalist-prophet-activist Chris Hedges is in fine form in this new speech. With some new examples and new connections he explores the history and the bad effects of the corporate takeover of America.

The effects include the degradation of our culture, economy, politics, and freedom--and of the planet's ecosystem. As Hedges sees it, the only sane response is concerted nonviolent resistance.

Hedges spoke in New York City on December 8, 2018. The audio--from a video of the speech by Joe Friendly--was reengineered by Wilton Vought, of the YouTube channel and blog, Other Voices, Other Choices. Thanks again to Wilton.

Previously broadcast on NWN in February 2019. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as NWN #571 and 572.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Pandemic Journal

New World Notes #629, 28:26 (March 24)
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Wry and satiric notes and comments (by K.D.) on the coronavirus pandemic as it gains a foothold in Connecticut.

Complementing K.D.'s chronicle are a new song by David Rovics, a classic poem by (and read by) William Carlos Williams, and commentary by progressive populist Jim Hightower.

David Rovics's "Viral Solidarity" is available on YouTube. Jim Hightower's comments courtesy of The Hightower Lowdown. William Carlos Williams wrote "The Yachts" in 1935 and recorded it in 1945.

And a new, unlovely term enters the national vocabulary:
"social distancing."



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jean Shepherd vs "Creeping Meatballism"

New World Notes #628, 28:08 (March 17)
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A look at radio great Jean Shepherd's humorous critiques--from the 1950s--of Americans' conformity, consumerism, and false sense of "progress."

KD reads (and briefly discusses) Shepherd's famous short essay, The Night People vs. 'Creeping Meatballism.' Then--on the same theme--we hear selections from one of Shep's late-night radio broadcasts (May 2, 1959).

Here Shep talks about credit cards ... Green Stamps ... a used atom-smasher for sale ... "progress" ... self-help advice from Senator Lyndon Johnson ... how many ice cream flavors Howard Johnson's restaurants actually have* ... and the brief but glorious crime spree of Ronald Medsker.

* (Claimed = 28. Highest number observed = 26, at the HoJo's at the New Bedford exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.)

Recording of Shepherd's 1959 broadcast courtesy of Flick Lives!  Many thanks.

Note: Previously broadcast on NWN. MP3s downloaded from the links, above, are identified as NWN #359.

Jean Shepherd, searching in vain for a size "small" tube of toothpaste. Illustration by Wally Wood to Shep's essay "The Night People ...," in Mad magazine, April 1957.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ralph Nader and Chris Hedges

New World Notes #627, 28:15 (March 10)
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Ralph Nader

A conversation between two great Progressive activists and essayists: Ralph Nader and Chris Hedges. (Technically, Nader is interviewing Hedges.) They discuss
  • the corruption of the System, including the Democratic Party
  • the oppression by the 1% of everyone else
  • the sad plight of college students and other young people in the ravaged American economy
  • the necessity of nonviolent popular rebellion
And they agree that--by staying within the corrupt and corporate-controlled Democratic Party--Left-ish presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is doing more harm than good.

Introduction by KD.

Chris Hedges

Excerpted from an installment of the KPFK-FM program, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, July 11, 2015. Audio courtesy of ralphnaderradiohour.com.

* The "Broadcast quality" MP3 audio file has an updated introduction (March 2020). This unstallment was previously broadcast, as NWN #390, in August 2015. The "Decent quality" MP3 file is identified as (and is identical with) #390.

Chris Hedges' recent book is Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (Nation Books, 2015).


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Climate Doom But Not Gkoom

Part 1: New World Notes #625, 28:02 (February 25)
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Part 2: New World Notes #626, 29:13 (March 3)
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The human species is doomed, and we'll be gone by 2050, says scientist and ecology professor Guy McPherson. Irreversible, rapidly escalating climate change--caused by our hydrocarbon emissions and their aftereffects--will destroy our habitat sooner than most people expect. And no captain of industry, university president, or politician would risk damaging his or her career to save the species.

Part One: What to do? That's next week's installment. This week McPherson focuses on how serious the climate change situation already is--and how deeply mired in denial are all the leaders and all the institutions of the "civilization" that is responsible for the calamity.

Part Two: First McPherson discusses whether any force will rescue us. Aliens? God? (In each case, probably not). Then he considers the ethical question, How should we behave in the face of our impending demise?

We end with a comic sketch by George Carlin, who--similarly--discusses ways of going out with style.

For both men, it's Doom yes, but Gloom not necessarily.


Introductions (to both parts) by K.D.

 Guy McPherson

Guy McPherson is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  His Web site is www.guymcpherson.com .

McPherson's words are from an interview in Winnipeg, Canada, February 7, 2014. Audio courtesy of the producer, Michael Welch, of Global Research News Hour on CKUW-FM, Winnipeg. Lightly edited and condensed by K.D.

Previously broadcast on NWN in May 2014. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as NWN #322 and 323.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Corporate Plunder and Popular Revolt

Part 1: New World Notes #623, 28:50  (February 11)
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Part 2: New World Notes #624, 28:51 (February 18)
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Journalist Chris Hedges traces the rise of the Corporate State, the destruction of democracy, and the corporate plunder of society. And he surveys successful examples of nonviolent popular rebellion.

In Part One he discusses how corporations subverted democracy in the US since 1914. And he takes us to some of America's "sacrifice zones"--areas devastated by unrestrained corporate plunder. He concludes with a scathing critique of the Democratic Party for selling out the people to the corporations.

In Part Two Hedges discusses the Obama Administration's assault on civil liberties--a way of suppressing both dissent and popular resistance to corporate plunder, he believes. He ends with examples of nonviolent popular resistance toppling oppressive systems--for instance in East Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Top: Joe Sacco (illustrator) and Chris Hedges (writer).
They co-authored Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
Above: Occupy Wall Street, 2012.

Chris Hedges spoke in Seattle on June 29, 2011. Our installments contain most of the full talk, broadcast by Mike McCormick on Mind Over Matters.  Thanks yet again to Mike.

Originally broadcast, as NWN #236-237, in September 2012. Part 1 now contains an updated introduction (February 2020) by KD.




Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Map Is Not the Territory

New World Notes #622, 27:28 (February 4):
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Illusion vs. reality in America today. Getting lost on Groundhog Day inspires a reflection by K.D. on S.I. Hayakawa's maxim, "The map is not the territory." The "map" of reality handed to us by the corporations and politicians falsely depicts the lay of the land (so to speak). Inaccurate maps are useful to Established Power, bad for the rest of us.

Plus--making similar points--a selection from Virtual Renderings' new audio collage. Includes commentary by Woody Harrelson, Chris Hedges, and Jordan Maxwell and a timely song by Jackson Browne.

Virtual Renderings' collage is titled, "Ponderings From Within Leviathan." The complete (56-minute) version is available for free download. (Lo-Fi version and program information page are also available.)

Above: S. I. Hayakawa
Below: Suzuki Hayabusa
(Easy to confuse!)

Originally broadcast, as NWN #310, in February 2014. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as #310.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Potpourri 7 (Football & Other Offenses)

New World Notes #621, 28:05 (January 28)
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A bit of this and that--with a fair amount of the "this" being football. Features Progressive sports commentator Dave Zirin (with Ralph Nader) on traumatic brain injury; George Carlin; radical Black activist and writer Mumia Abu-Jamal (discussing not football but Howard Zinn); yours, truly; and a satiric song by Tom Lehrer (1953).

Thanks to The Ralph Nader Radio Hour (January 2019) for our selection from the Dave Zirin interview, and to Black Agenda Radio (December 2019) for the talk by Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Tom Lehrer (1960)


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Economics and Inequality

Part 1: New World Notes #619, 28:46 (January 14)
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Part 2: New World Notes #620, 28:10 (January 21)
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Economist Joseph Stiglitz shows that economic inequality in the U.S. is bad, and it is getting worse. Likewise, inequality of opportunity. The causes of the problem--says Stiglitz--are the U.S.'s dysfunctional style of capitalism and a political system that increasingly serves only the economic elite, not "the 99%."

The situation is not only bad for democracy, it's even bad for capitalism, Stiglitz argues. (No socialist, Stiglitz wants to reform capitalism, not replace it.)

Stiglitz's talk is short of proposed solutions, but it is an excellent, lucid, and very listenable survey of the problems we face--and their causes.

Stiglitz's accolades include the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is former Chief Economist of the World Bank and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. He gave this talk, in Washington D.C., in 2012 on his tour supporting his book, The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future (Norton, 2012).

 Previously broadcast in February 2016. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as NWN #414 and 415.




Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Matrix: A Further Exploration

Part 1: New World Notes #615, 28:57  (December 17)
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Part 2: New World Notes #616, 28:28 (December 24)
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Part 3: New World Notes #617, 28:38  (December 31)
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Part 4: New World Notes #618, 28:28 (January 7)
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An intriguing audio tapestry woven by Robin Upton from Unwelcome Guests' archival material. It's a fine exploration of how the forces that run the world actually operate in practice. And an exploration of the propaganda they generate to pacify and mislead the people.

Central to this tapestry is Richard K. Moore's fine essay, "Escaping the Matrix," read by Lyn  Gerry. Woven around that are several other discussions that supplement, extend, and illustrate the essay's several points.

Richard K. Moore

Lyn Gerry


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

New World Notes #614, 29:02 (December 10)
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An essay on America's current problems from Class War Films. A wide-ranging but concise critique of how America is run by a financial and corporatist elite. It's also about how our national myths (e.g., American Exceptionalism) are used to sugar-coat and justify imperial war abroad, political repression at home, and economic exploitation everywhere.

Beneath the Doomsday/Armageddon tone and style of this piece is an intelligent, cogent, left-of-center critique of our current system.

Plus--relatedly--a few words by me on the election of 2016..

Previouslly broadcast, as NWN #437, in July 2016.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

More Gore

New World Notes #613, 28:32 (December 3)
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Gore Vidal, with Senator John F. Kennedy, 1960

The late activist-essayist-novelist-historian Gore Vidal reads his "Open Letter To the Next President." I hope Elizabeth and Bernie are listening, for Vidal's "letter"  is as timely now as it was when he spoke--shortly before the election of 2000.

Vidal urges dismantling the out-of-control Pentagon and the National Security State, and he denounces Congress for serving the corporations rather than the citizens.

Plus a clip from the movie Bob Roberts and some music by Bruce Cockburn.

This is the third in our series of shows featuring Gore Vidal. Our pages on the first and second shows are here and here,

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dave Zirin on American Football

New World Notes #612, 28:17 (November 26)
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Harvard's Ben Ticknor, 1930

Progressive sports commentator Dave Zirin explains the upper-class origins of American football. And he shows football's connections with "muscular Christanity" and with 19th century US imperialism.
 
The game has always been violent and has caused countless player injuries and deaths--but Zirin argues against those who would ban the sport. Zirin's solution: for all jobs--including NFL football--is this: support the workers in their struggle to control workplace rules and working conditions.

I have never been a sports fan. I think the last football game I watched was in 1968. We--that is to say, Bucknell--won. Or maybe we lost. Who cares? Instead of warming the bleachers, I should have burning my draft card.

But even I find Zirin's talk to be to be witty, interesting, and well worth a listen.

Dave Zirin

I have condensed Zirin's talk, which he delivered at the Socialism 2012 conference, in the Chcago area, in September 2012.

This program was originally broadcast, as NWN #240, in October 2012. Audio files downloaded fro the links, above, are identified as #240.



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thanksgiving, Conquest, Genocide

New World Notes #611, 28:217 (November 19)
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An alternative view of the European "settling" of the U.S. Three views, in fact, ranging in tone from Jim Hightower's wry humor to the Firesign Theater's comic satire to Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's matter-of-fact catalogue of horrors.

Hightower tells of American settler-Indian feasts before the one in Plymouth. The Firesign Theater reenacts how the West was won. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals many shocking details of the settlers' genocidal war against North America's native population.

With an afterword by KD.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Firesign Theater segment is taken from their sketch, "Temporarily Humboldt County." Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was interviewed by Abby Martin on The Empire Files. I have edited and condensed the interview for radio broadcast.


This year two high schools in my county have changed the name of their mascot from "Indians" to "Redhawks"--possibly in honor of Connecticut's second-greatest maker of handguns, William B. Ruger. Or possibly not  Above: Ruger's classic .44 Magnum revolver, the Redhawk, introduced in 1979. Go, Redhawks!


Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Terror Threat

Part 1: New World Notes #608, 28:20  (October 29)
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Part 2: New World Notes #609. 29:06 (November 5)
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Part 3: New World Notes #610, 28:59 (November 12)
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An important and highly listenable exploration of the meaning of "terrorism" and the many aspects of life affected by terrorist behavior. The program reveals remarkable similarities in the acts and goals of Al Qaeda, The US government, the Fortune 500, and others.

The backbone of the program is a brilliant talk professor John McMurtry gave just after 9/11 (2001)--as the U.S. war in Afghanistan was just getting underway. Interspersed with this are excerpts from talks by several other speakers that complement or illustrate McMurtry's points.

Robin Upton, current producer of the radio program Unwelcome Guests, assembled this collage from material broadcast over that show's 19-year history. The result is impressive, insightful, .. and also great listening.


Introductions and an afterword (in Part 2) by KD.

John McMurtry was Professor of Philosophy (now Emeritus) at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Searching for the Authentic on a Motorcycle

New World Notes #607, 29:47 (October 22)
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This week's show is mostly monologue.  It's an extended "personal essay" by me, more or less in the tradition of Blue Highways and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  With I guess a few echos of "News From Lake Wobegon."

It's about authenticity and its opposites.  It's also about motorcycle design, and simplicity versus clutter, and the rebirth of the "Indian" brand, and the quiet, subtle virtues of a Harley-Davidson. It's about how New England place-names sort of begin to make sense after you've lived here 20 or 30 years.

It's about corporate franchises and their phony food and their phony architecture--including fake gables, fake windows and even fake "widow's walks."  And it's about taking a motorcycle to search for "the authentic"--and sometimes even finding it when you get far enough out of town.  Uncasville, maybe.

Previously broadcast. Audio files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as NWN # 357.


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Top: Mel's Diner, Uncasville, Connecticut, January 2, 2015, by Kenneth Dowst. (Copyright. Creative Commons license: Attribution--Non-Commercial.)  The diner is discussed in this installment.

Above: K.D. and H-D Road King. Photo by Barry Pinkowitz.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dahr Jamail 3

New World Notes #606, 28:25 (October 15)
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Dahn Jamail (in Iraq, early 2000s)

Journalist Dahr Jamail returns to discusses more aspects of the climate crisis--and how individuals can respond to it. He speaks of melting glaciers, methane feedback loops, geoengineering, industrial capitalism, and indigenous vs. capitalist-consumer approaches to the world.

We have much to learn from indigenous peoples, Jamail stresses--and we had better learn it fast.

Dahr Jamail's new book is The End of Ice (2019).

This is the Q&A session following Jamail's April 11 talk in Syracuse, edited by KD. The original live recording was by Wilton Vought, producer of the series Essential Dissent (available on iTunes, YouTube, radio4all.net, and elsewhere). Many thanks.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Snowden, NSA Spying, and the Hypocrisy of the Press

New World Notes #605, 29:20 (October 8)
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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden has just published a memoir, Permanent Record. So this seems a good time to revisit the Snowden affair--the massive, illegal surveillance Snowdon exposed--and the bias of the media.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald revealed the story of Snowden and the US government's secret spying on every American. Here Greenwald talks about Snowden and also about the government's surveillance of everybody, assault on civil liberties, and hypocrisy about leaks.

And he talks about the disgraceful behavior of the US "mainstream" news media-- determined to serve those in power rather than to hold them accountable.

With an updated introduction by KD.


Glenn Greenwald (2013)

Greenwald's words are taken from a video interview (by Vice magazine) conducted in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013. Most of this installment was previously broadcast on NWN (as #316), under a slightly different title, in March 2014. The current installment (#605) has a new introduction.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Conspiracy and Class Power

Part 1: New World Notes #603, 29:36 (September 24)
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Part 2: New World Notes #604, 28:30 (December 1)
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Occupy Zurich, 2011
"Apres moi, le deluge."

Another installment in our series of classic talks by political scientist Michael Parenti.  Parenti gave this talk (to a very enthusistic audience) in Berkeley, Califormia, in 1993.

Long before 9/11, Americans were trained to dismiss any claim of concerted wrongdoing among the elites as a crackpot "conspiracy theory." Parenti argues that conspiracies are real and common--just one tool among many that the wealthy and powerful use to advance their own personal and class interests.

He discusses several examples of claims first dismissed as "conspiracy theories" and now accepted as historical fact--for instance the Gulf of Tonkin fabrication and the FBI infiltration of civil-rights and antiwar organizations.

Plus one that was news to me: the likely assassination by poisoning of President Zachary Taylor.

Parenti's trademark wit, humor, and incisive analysis are much in evidence in this classic--and still extremely relevant--lecture.

Many thanks to Maria Gilardin and TUC Radio for making this archival recording available.

Previously broadcast on NWN. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as installments #351 and 352.