We Interrupt this Commercial: Looks at a book called The Soap Opera Paradigm: Television Programming and Corporate Priorities. In particular, examines the idealism of radio and TV in their youth, before the seeds of commercialism took over. Shows how the soap style has been adopted by sports, prime-time, reality shows, disaster coverage, and especially news broadcasting. Reports on the symposium, “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” put on by the Pachamama Alliance. Reads In Praise of the Earth by John O’Donohue to the music of Evolution by Cinematic Orchestra. Comments on healthcare as a human right, and proposes an alternative model. Ties in newborn chicks to Naomi Klein’s article, “Brain Bubbles and Hope Hangovers.” Plays “Had a Dream” by Bird York, Mat Weddle’s acoustic cover of the Outkast song, “Hey Ya,” popularized by Scrubs, and “Words Can Save Us” by Chumbawumba.
Archive for April, 2009
Taxing in a Time of Trouble: This episode airs friendly critiques of Credo’s action alert in Afghanistan, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Making Contact’s episode “Tax Me, I’m Yours.” Examines the concept that US troops should protect Afghan women as a way of justifying the occupation. Read the poems “When They Sleep” by Rolf Jacobsen and “Hallelujah” by Mary Oliver to the music of “Welcome Ghosts” from EIS. Plays the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” sung by Rufus Wainwright, “Here in the Going Going Gone” by Greg Brown, and “Cry Me a River” sung by Susan Boyle. Compares the Articles of Confederation, the original Constitution, and the Universal Declaration in terms of sovereignty and the human right to land.
The Food and Community Resurrection: Reports on a revolutionary uprising called the Grow Food Party Crew. They dig, they plant, they play, they dance. Ties it into a recent act of Santa Cruz insurgency – the day that commerce stood still. Also reads poems by Hafiz, Nanao Sakaki, and Li-Young Lee. Develops the Permaculture concept into a way to save the world from your own backyard. Introduces a new program called Food in the ‘Hood. Reminisces about the Church of the Holy Snowball. Music by Mutumu, Russian Circles, Brett Dennen, Crowded House, David Rovics.
Includes a bonus track by Abby Young, recipient of the first Santa Cruz Grow Food Party Crew. She interviews UCSC apprentices who volunteered at her Grow Food Party last June. They talk about their reasons for being in the program and their hopes for the future, and what community gardening is all about.
The SuperFerry Chronicles: Presents the Kauia uprising against the SuperFerry – a “civilian” prototype for a fleet of high-speed shallow-water vessels sized to transport military vehicles, slicing through whale breeding grounds. Jerry Mander and Koohan Paik write about the collusion and deception, and how 1500 citizens and surfers took direct action to stop the oncoming colossus. Includes the poem “A Message from Space” by William Stafford. Talks about the Portland multilingual orchestra, Pink Martini, and plays “Hang On Little Tomato” and “Song of the Black Swan.” Mentions an antiwar video set to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Dedicates “We Walk the Same Line” from Everything But the Girl.
Local notes: This episode reports on Jerry Mander’s reading at the Capitola Book Cafe from The SuperFerry Chronicles: Hawaii’s Uprising Against Miliarism, Commercialism and the Desecration of the Earth. It presents the Kauia uprising against the “civilian” prototype for a fleet of high-speed shallow-water vessels sized to transport military vehicles, slicing through whale breeding grounds. Gerry Mander and Koohan Paik write about the collusion and deception, and how 1500 citizens and surfers took direct action to stop the oncoming colossus.