Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Alternative Radio May Line Up
Alternative Radio, Celebrating 25 Years of Audio Democracy
just watching Stephen Fry's program on the ABC about the BP Gulf oil spill.
Very interesting and worth checking out on iView if you missed.
Just as interesting and worth catching up with is Noam Chomsky's "Human
Intelligence and the Environment". We cant have one without the other -
think about it.
As the global economy continues to be a news focus its worth tuning in to
hear Robert Scheer's examination of the circumstances that brought about the
GFC and perhaps to get just a little concerned as he points out that it aint
Amiri Baraka has some fun as he explores the meeting of the resistance
movement and artists. With the so called 'war on terror' still be
'prosecuted' by the coalition of the nervous, this program provides some
great insights into the power of art and how it has been used to rally
people on a common cause.
Returning to the environment, Chris Williams shows up the folly of trying to
rely on "market forces" to develop sustainable environmental policy. A
timely reminder of the loopy politics going on the Canberra at present.
To round out the month Reece Erlich unmasks the ways in which media
manipulation keeps the sheeple in a constant state of panic and ready to
jump to the support of dangerous legislation or to simply just turn to their
Facebook accounts claiming 'its all to hard'.
I hope you enjoy the line-up and that you continue to provide the support
and encouragement AR needs to remain a source of adult entertainment and
engagement not found anywhere outside community radio.
02 May Noam Chomsky - Human Intelligence & the Environment
As a species we humans are unique because of our intelligence. At the same
time we have the capacity to defer, deny and ignore unpleasant realities. To
wit: the environmental crisis. The signs of climate change are clearly
evident. Glaciers are melting at an astonishing rate. Floods, fires,
drought, tornadoes and hurricanes are occurring with greater frequency and
intensity. Rising sea levels are putting millions at risk. 2010 was the
hottest year the earth has yet recorded. Conferences on mitigating global
warming are held from Montreal to Copenhagen, to Cancun. But they have
produced little more than hot air. The sense of urgency is just not there
with the big industrial countries, responsible for most of the carbon
emissions. They engage in compromises and non-binding deals leaving the
basic systems and structures intact. Yet with all of the mounting evidence
of the damage being done to the planet, we continue to dilly-dally. The
clock is ticking.
Noam Chomsky is the internationally renowned Institute Professor Emeritus at
MIT. He practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his
pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and
social justice for many decades. He is in huge demand as a speaker all over
world. "The New Statesman" calls him, "The conscience of the American
people." Howard Zinn described him as "the nation's most distinguished
intellectual rebel." He's the author of scores of books including "Failed
States," "What We Say Goes," and "Hopes and Prospects."
09 May Robert Scheer - Roots of the Economic Collapse
Wall Street is making more money than ever. The four largest firms, Goldman
Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and JPMorgan Chase, wracked up huge
gains and paid out billions in bonuses. The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd
Blankfein, defended the bank's massive profits, saying Goldman is, "doing
God's work." And on Main Street? By almost every economic measure most
Americans have been steadily losing ground since the Reagan era. It's been
bi-partisan policies for the most part that have given tax breaks and
subsidies to the very wealthy while the bulk of the citizenry fends for
itself. Inequality in the U.S. is the highest of any industrialised country.
Poverty and hunger. Lost jobs, lost savings, lost homes. How did this all
happen? It's easy to blame the greedsters. Might there be some problems with
the system itself?
Robert Scheer is a veteran journalist and editor of Truthdig.com. He is the
author of many books, including "The Pornography of Power" and "The Great
16 May Amiri Baraka - Resistance and the Arts
From Allen Ginsberg to Kurt Vonnegut and from Bob Dylan to Michael Franti
artists have been on the cutting edge. The arts play a pivotal role in
society. The great historian Howard Zinn said: "Whenever I become
discouraged I lift my spirits by remembering: The artists are on our side! I
mean those poets and painters, singers and musicians, novelists and
playwrights who speak to the world in a way that is impervious to assault
because they wage the battle for justice in a sphere which is unreachable by
the dullness of ordinary political discourse. The billionaire mandarins of
our culture can show us the horrors of war on a movie screen and pretend
they are making an important statement. But the artists go beyond that, to
Amiri Baraka rose to fame in the 1960s as LeRoi Jones. His 1964 off-Broadway
play, "Dutchman" created a sensation. Later he became Amiri Baraka and was a
central figure in the Black Arts movement. He is an award-winning playwright
and poet and recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author