Saturday, October 18, 2014

Independent Journalism

New World Notes #346, 29:26 (October 21)
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We need independent journalists and media. When the people oppose policies of the elite, only the independent media will report the truth.

Case in point: the police riot against citizens peacefully protesting "free trade" deals, Miami, 2003. We'll hear what actually happened in prose (by journalist Jeremy Scahill) and song (by David Rovics).
 
Plus selections from a funny talk by Scahill on how, during the Bush II years, he managed--if only briefly--to air an anti-Iraq-War perspective on network TV news.

This installment is a replay of New World Notes #59, from April 2009.

David Rovics (with ironic T-shirt)


 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs the Climate

Part 1: New World Notes #344, 27:51 (October 7)
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Part 2: New World Notes #345, 27:34 (October 14) 
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Writer and activist Naomi Klein discusses the subject of her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Klein argues that any real solution to the climate crisis must necessarily overturn four factors that are making the crisis worse. And making our lives worse. They are privatization, deregulation, "austerity," and "free trade" deals.

These four factors--pillars of neoliberal economic theory and policy--well deserve overturning on their own (lack of) merits. Because of the climate crisis, transforming the global economy for the better seems much more possible now than it did a decade or two ago.

An interesting and upbeat talk with many good specific examples.

Klein spoke in Montreal on September 16, 2014. Original recording courtesy of CKUT-FM, Montreal. I have lightly edited the original for radio broadcast.  Chuck Rosina recorded David Rovics' "The Biggest Windmill" (in Part 2) live in Boston on January 27, 2013.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Beauty and Diet

Part 1: New World Notes #242, 27:19 (September 23)
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Part 2: New World Notes #243, 27:15 (September 30)
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All photos: Click to enlarge

The big publicity for New York Fashion Week--featuring models who look not only skinny but grim--inspired this week's show. Rebecca Anshell Song is the speaker.  She gives a wide-ranging and very interesting talk about our bizarre standards of beauty.  And about women's feelings of inadquacy that result.  And about the causes and purposes of these weird standards.

While Song includes some abstractions in her discussion--sexism, objectification of women--she doesn't pin the blame on abstract forces. In large part, women are persuaded to dislike their bodies because acutal people, organized into business corporations, have learned that they can make money from that dislike.

Introductions and afterwords by KD.

In Part 1, Song gives great examples from the fashion industry, the weight-loss industry, the cosmetic-plastic-surgery industry, the food industry, the drug industry, and more.


In Part 2, Song focuses on the weight-loss crusaders (including Michelle Obama) and the so-called War on Obesity. She finds this "war" a classic case of blaming the victim while the perpetrator--in a nutshell: capitalism--rakes in the profits. Plus some suggestions on how to organize and fight back.

I have edited the audio slightly.  Original recording courtesy of wearemany.org.  Song spoke in Chicago on June 27, 2013.

Runway photos from New York Fashion Week, September 2014. Designers Alexander Wang (top), NicholasK (above).


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Can the People Save the Environment?

New World Notes #341, 29:24 (September 16)

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Americans realize that no leadership on our environmental crises will come from our political "leaders." So people have begun making changes on their own. The show explores several approaches people are taking--including bicycling, modifying everyday behavior, and raising backyard chickens. Then Derrick Jensen explains why only political action will make any difference at all. What to do? Maybe all of the above.

Music added: James McMurtry, "God Bless America"

This show was originally broadcast in October 2009.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Militarized Police

New World Notes #340, 29:00 (September 9)

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Illustration: Eric Drooker, "Ferguson, Missouri,"
copyright (C) Conde' Nast 2014

Events in Ferguson, Missouri, have drawn attention to the militarization of local police. This militarization is a big problem, but it's just a part of an even-bigger problem: the state's control of its "have-nots" through force and violence.

We explore these issues in detail, from the glut of army weapons given to Connecticut's local police ... to the many police shootings of unarmed young Black men ... to the larger issues of social control. Features local news stories, analysis by KD, commentary by Glen Ford, and a song by David Rovics.*

* "Watch Out For the Cops," from Meanwhile in Afghanistan (2012)


Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Silenced Majority

Part 1: New World Notes #338, 29:38 (August 26):
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Amy Goodman

A nice--and highly listenable--talk by Amy Goodman, host and producer of Democracy Now! Goodman presents several interlocking "stories of uprisings, occupations, resistance and hope" by somewhat-ordinary Americans whose activism changed the world.

In Part 1, she tells the parts of the stories not reported by the corporate media-- about Rosa Parks, Mamie Till, Martin Luther King Jr., Bowe and Bob Bergdahl, and others.

Of special note: Goodman reads, in full, Life magazine's rabid denunciation of M.L. King following his Riverside Church speech against the Vietnam War (April 4, 1967). And she reveals that Rosa Parks was considerably more than "a tired seamstress" with a stubborn streak.

Rosa Parks: Not just "a tired seamstress" but an experienced
and trained activist and "world-class Troublemaker."

In Part 2, Goodman tells the interconnected stories of Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and journalists imprisoned by the Egyptian regime. Plus young Anjali Appadurai, who shamed the delegates at the Durban climate conference.

Amy Goodman spoke at the Socialism 2014 conference in Chicago on June 26, 2014.  Audio courtesy of wearemany.org.

With introductions by K.D.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

The People vs "The Masters of Mankind"

New World Notes #337, 28:40 (August 19)

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All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. -- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Chapter 4

Three short, impromptu talks by Noam Chomsky on the state of America today.  Chomsky brilliantly discusses
  • the 1%'s attack on public education--and why they are doing it
  • financial crimes that get people arrested--and the more serious ones that don't
  • whether the people can change the system
The surprising answer to the third question is, Yes--they've done it before.

Our title refers to a favorite quotation of Chomsky's--reprinted at the top of this page.

Chomsky's remarks are taken from a Q&A session following a talk he gave in Syracuse, NY, on November 11, 2011.  From the video recording by Wilton Vought (othervoicesotherchoices.blogspot.com).  Many thanks.





Monday, August 4, 2014

The Lightbulb Conspiracy

Part 1: New World Notes #335, 29:50 (August 5)

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Part 2: New World Notes #336, 29:30 (August 12)

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A documentary film about "planned obsolescence."  That is, about products designed to fail early so another must be purchased--and the bad effects this has on our lives and environment.

Topics include the international lightbulb cartel, which greatly reduced the life of bulbs, ... nearly indestructable nylon stockings, later made flimsy by DuPont, ... the original iPod, with a non-replaceable battery designed to fail early, ... the Epson InkJet printer's "stop working" chip, ... and other outrages.

Also--in Part 2--The Book Report:  KD reviews Russ Baker's work of investigative journalism, Family of Secrets (Bloomsbury, 2009). On the Bush dynasty and their enablers & co-conspirators. Summary judgment: 4 out of 5 (well worth reading).

e-waste dump in China

The film was directed by Norway's Cosima Dannoritzer. Most of this radio adaptation was produced by Robin Upton and previously broadcast on his radio show, Unwelcome Guests. I have condensed and slightly rearranged Robin's adaptation to fit the half-hour format of New World NotesNew World Notes previously broadcast this installment, in March 2011.

Fun fact: In the Livermore, California, firehouse is a lightbulb that has been burning continuously since 1901--113 years ago. See it live on Webcam.  They don't make 'em like they used to!  By way of contrast, the Livermore FD's first Webcam lasted all of 3 years before breaking.  Thia is not a coincidence. 

Pro bono: a free software fix to overcome the Epson InkJet's "stop working" chip is available, courtesy of a Russian computer whiz.  The Epson problem is explained in Part 2 of the documentary.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Potppourri 2 (Gaza and Honduras)

New World Notes #334, 28:11 (July 29)

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Once again we try for a mixture of several different topics and stories--a "potpourri." (This sounds nicer than "hodgepodge.")  We end up with just two: Israel's latest assault on Gaza and the causes of the wave of child immigrants from Central America.

Or maybe these are not even different topics but just two parts of the same old story.

The show features commentary by KD, an article by journalist Ted Rall, a short video by Jewish Voice for Peace, and a song by Bruce Cockburn.

Notes, comments, and links

The video played on the show--Declaration, from the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace--is available on YouTube.  Click link to view.

Other resources mentioned on the show:
Music added: Bruce Cockburn, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," from Slice of Life: Live Solo (2009).


Monday, July 21, 2014

Morris Berman Returns

New World Notes #333, 28:50 (July 22, 2014)

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Morris Berman

Back from Seattle, KD reflects briefly on urban vitality, urban decline, and the dubious future of the whole political-economic System as we know it. Then, in a brilliant informal talk (a Q&A session), cultural historian Morris Berman discusses these issues and more--including digital technology, today's youth, and the failures of the "mainstream" media.

In November 2013, we broadcast a lecture by Berman that preceded this Q&A (NWN #297, "The Hollow Men"). But Berman's remarks today--lightly edited by KD--stand nicely on their own.  Thanks to Robin Upton, producer of Unwelcome Guests, for the audio.

Thought experiment: Which would you choose: legal marijuana or good weatherBoth arrived in Seattle at the same time, in the first half of July, 2014.  During my visit, I didn't hear anybody say anything at all about pot, but everyone was marvelling at five consecutive days without rain!  To a New Englander, the Pacific Northwest takes a little getting used to. . . .

More Berman:  Want to hear more of Morris Berman?  Here are two past installments featuring him.  Right-click to download:
  • NWN #297, The Hollow Men (November 2013)
  • NWN #200, Morris Berman (January 2012)
Pioneer Square neighborhood, Seattle, July 2014. 
(Note actual sunshine.)
  Photo by Kenneth Dowst.
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial









Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Is It Time To Stop Drinking Coke?

Note to radio stations:  This page is going up earlier than usual.  The installment you want might be on the previous page.  The installment on this page debuts in Hartford on July 15.

New World Notes #332, 29:15 (July 15, 2014)

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A manufacturer's dream: remove those pesky union organizers with your own death squad! Coca-Cola's bottlers in Colombia have done this for years. Here's the story in prose (by Julian Borger) and song (by David Rovics).

If you'd prefer to die more slowly, try drinking a whole lot of Diet Coke--or any other food containing aspartame (NutraSweet). James Corbett explains.

Fun Fact: What do NutraSweet & the Iraq War have in common?  Donald Rumsfeld!


This installment is a repeat of NWN #75, broadcast in August 2009.

The show discusses a 1971 Coke commercial titled "Hilltop." A video is here.

Lest we forget:  "Coke" and "Coca-Cola" are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company.






Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Science of Climate Change

Part 1: New World Notes #330, 28:24 (July 1)

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Part 2: New World Notes #331, 29:01 (July 8)

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Professor Guy McPherson expains--in language non-scientists can understand--the science behind our world's runaway climate change. Discussing several recent scientific studies published in distinguished journals, McPherson argues that environmental catastrophe is now well underway, and it's probably irreversible.

Part 2 includes selected Q&A--including why nuclear power is not a solution.

He spoke in Winnipeg, Canada, on February 6, 2014.  Back in May, New World Notes featured an interview with McPherson recorded after his talk.  Now we broadcast the talk itself.  Introduction by KD.

Recording courtesy of Michael Welch, the Global Research News Hour, and station CKUW-FM, Winnipeg.  I have lightly edited the speech (mostly by shortening long pauses).






Monday, June 16, 2014

Sir! No Sir!

Part 1: New World Notes #328, 28:41 (June 17)

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Part 2: New World Notes #329, 29:25 (June 24)

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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.



Monday, June 2, 2014

Bruce Gagnon on Endless War & the Economy

Part 1: New World Notes #326, 29:20 (June 3)

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Part 2: New World Notes #327, 29:19 (June 10)

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Antiwar/antinuke activist Bruce Gagnon shows how militarism is detroying the American economy and our lives.

In Part 1, he discusses the connections among crumbling infrastructure, unemployment, decreasing educational opportunities for working-class kids, the increasing militarization of our society, the export of war machines, aggressive U.S. foreign policy, corporate globalization, our rulers' desire to control the world's oil, ...  and the wisdom of forming alliances with the "Tea-partiers."

In Part 2, Gagnon discusses the bad effects of (a) NATO expansion & (b) our encircling Russia and China with "missile defense" installations.

He also discusses universities' increasing dependence on Pentagon funding (for war research); ... the allegiance of both parties to capitalism, oligarchy, & military empire; ... & how spending on infrastructure creates many more jobs than "defense" spending.

Plus a short section of Q&A and a topical song ("After the Revolution") by David Rovics.


The unedited Q&A session (34 min., 46 MB MP3) is available. (Download may be a bit slow.)

Recorded live by me in West Hartford, Connecticut, on April 16, 2010.  Gagnon's talk was sponsored by the West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice (www.westhartfordpeace.org).

These installments were originally broadcast, as NWN #116 & 117, in May 2010.

Bruce Gagnon is Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space (www.space4peace.org).

Monday, May 26, 2014

Disabilities

New World Notes #325, 28:25 (May 27)

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Once again we "compare great things with small." First, Jess Wright tells the history of "disability" in America.  People with impairments are labelled "disabled" when the economic system doesn't need them to fill a job. When more workers are needed, many of the "disabled" become "able"--as in US factories during World War II.

Then KD reads & discusses a newspaper story about a tragic disability afflicting many women in America: gray hair. And about the awful consequences of failing to use hair dye.

Jess Wright talk courtesy of wearemany.org.  Thanks to Robin Upton, producer of "Unwelcome Guests" (unwelcomeguests.net), for acquainting me with this talk.




Monday, May 19, 2014

The Slippery Slope of Memorial Day

New World Notes #324, 28:29 (May 20)

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An anti-war, anti-militarism perspective on Memorial Day.

Journalist Robert Fisk explains that (and why) there's been no "Good War" after 1945. KD reads Howard Zinn's famous 1976 column on Memorial Day (which got Zinn fired from the Boston Globe). KD also reads and demolishes the beloved war poem, "In Flanders Fields." Plus Steppenwolf's classic antiwar song of the 1970s, "Monster."

This program was originally broadcast in May 2009.

Graphic by Max Grundy.
 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Climate Doom But Not Gloom

Part 1: New World Notes #322, 28:02 (May 6)

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Part 2: New World Notes #323, 29:13 (May 13)

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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

Notes & credits

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.



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reproductive Rights Crusader Bill Baird

New World Notes #321, 29:00 (April 29)

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Bill Baird (right), busted in Boston, 1967

For decades, Bill Baird has been a crusader for reproductive rights, including the right to purchase contraceptives--still illegal in Massachusetts (and elsewhere) in the 1960s!

Seeing a woman die from an attempted coat-hanger abortion changed his life. He survived assassination attempts, 8 criminal convictions, prison brutality, the firebombing of his abortion clinic (the nation's first), the breakup of his family, and the absence of any help from NOW, ACLU, & other potential allies. One of his 3 Supreme Court cases was cited 6 times in Roe v. Wade.

A scary and stunning story, well-told by Baird himself. Excerpted from a panel discussion at the University of Hartford, February 16, 2010.

This is a rebroadcast of New World Notes #110 (April 13, 2010)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Imperialism Old and New

Part 1: New World Notes #319, 29:29 (April 15)

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A classic talk from 1999 by political scientist Michael Parenti.  It's just as illuminating today as it was then--and often funny, too. It is titled, Globalization: the New Imperialism.

In Part 1, Parenti shows how the Western colonial powers un-developed the "Third-World"--increasing poverty there in order to enrich private corporations at home. Indeed (Parenti argues), almost all U.S. foreign policy seems aimed at increasing the profits of the Fortune 500.

This is the real purpose of the hundreds of U.S. military interventions abroad--many of which overthrew democratically elected governments, replacing them with dictatorships friendly to U.S. corporate interests. Boosting corporate profits likewise is the reason befind our recent spate of "humanitarian" military interventions.


In Part 2, Parenti shows that imperialism's current form is "multilateral free-trade agreements" such as NAFTA and GATT. These draconian, anti-democratic treaties give corporations the power to veto any national laws that might interfere with their profits.

Parenti's brilliant, passionate, and funny talk is as relevant today as it was in 1999.

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Brief introductions by KD.

The recording of Parenti's talk courtesy of Sally Soriano and People's Video-Audio. I have slightly condensed Part 2 to fit our radio timeslot.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bill Hicks

New World Notes #318, 28:56 (April 8)

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Cultural critic and stand-up comedian Bill Hicks died 20 years ago at age 32. In memoriam, we present a sampling of his recorded routines (suitable for broadcast).  With brief introductions by KD.

Included:
  • The war
  • The elite
  • Hillbillies
  • Gays in the military
  • "This is your brain on drugs"
  • Jay Leno
  • It's only a ride

Thanks to Scooter at KPFT-FM in Houston for some of the selections here.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

GMOs Are Bad. The System is Worse.

New World Notes #317, 29:20 (April 1)

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Mickey Z.

Writer and activist Mickey Z. concisely explains everything that's wrong and bad about genetically modified crops (GMOs), particularly Monsanto's GMOs.  He shows what's wrong economically, environmentally, nutritionally, politically, you name it.

But GMOs (and Monsanto) are a part of a larger evil--globalized, monopolistic, animal-products-based corporate agribusiness. And that is part of an even larger evil: "the whole System." 

But people have the power to bring about change, and Mickey Z offers some suggestions and examples.

With an introduction by KD, who finds the mindset that gave us agribusiness and GMOs close to home.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Setting the standard of home lawn care since 1722.


Mickey Z (Mike Zezima) spoke at a rally in Washington Square Park, New York City, on May 25, 2013.  His words are taken from a video by Wilton Vought, available at www.othervoicesotherchoices.blogspot.com.  Edited for radio by KD.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Glenn Greenwald on NSA Spying and the Hypocrisy of the Press

New World Notes #316, 29:14 (March 25)

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Glenn Greenwald (l.), Edward Snowden (r)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald revealed the story of Edward Snowden and the US government's secret program of spying on every American. Here Greenwald talks about Snowden and about the government's surveillance, assault on civil liberties, & 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 introduction by KD, on the US news media's unanimous and unceasing Putin-bashing since before the Olympics.

Greenwald's words are taken from a video interview conducted in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013.


Monday, March 17, 2014

The Top Ten

New World Notes #315, 29:12 (March 18)

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Top-10 Quote-of-the-decade #5, by
master military strategist G.W. Bush

Social satire, often comic. Let the corporate media fret about the Top 10 fashion blunders, TV bloopers, waist-trimming foods, tennis players, and the like. We'll  read or play recordings of more oddball Top-10 lists:

(a) Quotations, 2000-2009; (b) Reasons to visit New Zealand; (c) High-level political sex scandals (Bill & Monica didn't even make the list!); and--this ya gotta hear--(4) Military combat rifles.

I add a few footnotes but--honest!--I didn't make ANY of this stuff up.

This program is a replay of NWN #101 (Feb. 2010).

Special live show on WWUH only:

It's the station's semi-annual Pledge Marathon time.  New World Notes's hour-long live broadcast (Tuesday, March 18, noon to 1 PM Eastern time) will include The Top Ten and more.  Call between noon and 1 to make a pledge, and I'll thank you on-air (unless you prefer otherwise).  To make a pledge, call 1-800-444-9984.  You can also pledge online: http://wwuh.org.  Many thanks!

Top-10 Political Sex Scandal #6: James Buchanan (President 1857-1861). His lover, William Rufus King, was known to his critics as "Miss Nancy."  Alas, King died before he could become First Lady.  At the time of his death, in 1853, King was Vice President

Sunday, March 9, 2014

What Does Woman Want?

New World Notes #314, 29:00 (March 11):

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Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Some new reflections on International Women's Day (March 8) set the stage for an "encore performance" (that is, a rerun) of an installment from September 2009.  It features a brief but shrewd and funny speech by Dr. Joycelyn Elders on human sexuality, women's health, women's rights, and  warped national priorities.

Elders was U.S. Surgeon General until President Clinton fired her for her vocal advocacy of liberal and sane public-health policies.  (She opposed both "abstinence-based sex education" and the Drug War.)

Plus an introductory monologue by K.D., a relevant song by The Foremen, and part of another by James McMurtry.

Thanks to the National Radio Project for the Elders talk.

Unlike fluoride in the water and sex education in schools, International Women's Day really was a Commie plot!  It dates back to 1912.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Shadows of Liberty

Part 1: New World Notes #312, 29:09 (February 25):

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A new documentary film examines how a few huge, for-profit corporations control the news media--and so control the "news."  Brief history lessons on the U.S. media alternate with close looks at particular stories the corporate news media suppressed.

Amy Goodman, Robert McChesney, Julian Assange, Janine Jackson, Norman Solomon, Daniel Ellsberg, John Nichols, Dan Rather, and several other commentators appear.

Adapted to radio by K.D.

Shadows of Liberty was written, directed, and produced by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Plilippe Tremblay.


In Part 1:

Topics this week include two stories investigated and then suppressed by CBS News: Nike's exploited workers and evidence suggesting that TWA Flight 800 was shot down by a U.S. Navy missile.  Plus the really free press in the early days of the Republic and the rise of media monopolies from the 1930s.

In Part 2:

How a wave of corporate mergers--each with the government's blessing--created near-monopoly control of the news. And the story of reporter Gary Webb. Webb was destroyed by the big corporate media after exposing the CIA's role in the crack-cocaine trade in the US.

Plus an essay by Paul Krugman on why the latest proposed media merger--Comcast and Time Warner Cable--is another really bad idea.



Friday, February 14, 2014

Only Mutiny Can Save the Ship

New World Notes #311, 29:25 (February 18):

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In Brief

A stunning talk by journalist/prophet Chris Hedges.  Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick is an apt (and scary) metaphor for the U.S. today, says Hedges.

The relentless pursuit of an insane goal: that's Captain Ahab on the ship Pequod, and that's corporate capitalism today. On the Pequod, the pursuit yielded repression and then destruction of ship and crew. That's where the world today is heading.

Only mutiny by the crew could have saved the Pequod, and--Hedges argues--only nonviolent rebellion by citizens can save the U.S. and the planet's ecosystem

I have condensed Hedges' talk substantially.  He delivered the talk, under a different title, at Moravian College on October 22, 2013.  A video of the complete talk is available on YouTube.



Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Map Is Not the Territory

New World Notes #310, 27:28 (February 11):

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In brief

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!)