Archive for October, 2009

3P-049 The Student Loan Mafia

The Student Loan Mafia: Based on a book by Alan Michael Collinge called The Student Loan Scam, explains how hard-working, responsible graduates become mired in impossible debt. Reviews the history of a predatory industry that has bribed universities, financial aid officers, and Congress to strip all consumer protections. Details the underhanded tactics, usurious fees, and draconian collection practices that have driven borrowers out of jobs, out of the country, and out of their minds. Gives some biography on Epictetus and the Stoics, and presents elements of the religion started by “Bokonon” in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. Elucidates the checkered past of Daylight Saving Time and questions whether it’s saving time or stealing it.  

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3P-048 Apropos of Everything: Amy Goodman

Apropos of Everything: Reviews the “coming of age” of Democracy Now from their book, The Exceptions to the Rulers. Examines how one person’s journalist-with-integrity is another person’s hostile crank. Discusses Christian Parenti’s response, called “Free the Truth,” to Kevin Bales, founder of Free the Slaves, who claimed that child slavery in cocoa has been eradicated. Delves into child labor in Uzbekistan cotton, linking an article pro and a video against. Reviews a new book by Tracy Kidder called Strength in What Remains. Asks whether the international development aid that antagonized the Hutu-Tutsi relationship was “unwitting.” Consults Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies for advice on life after FRSC.

Poems:

  • Samuel Hazo, “Seesaws” 
  • Ranier Marie Rilke, “You Are the Future”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Trilok Gurtu, “Dea” 
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Sometimes”
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong”

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3P-047 Cassandra’s Dilemma

Cassandra’s Dilemma: Discusses a 1999 book, Believing Cassandra, by Alan AtKisson, a 2000 book called Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam, and last month’s updated version of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia by Rob Brezsny. Explains the concept of Cassandra’s Dilemma. Cites graphs on economic disparity as a champagne glass, working women who want to work vs. have to work, the generational divide in malaise, and the rise and fall of the news audience. Relates the Honduran coup regime’s midnight assault on independent radio, and Argentina’s media reform bill to prohibit broadcasting monopolies.

Poems:

  • Tereza Coraggio, “To Sleep with a Child’s Heart in Your Hand”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “The Constellations of the Day Sky”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Eaten by Tigers, “Solstice”
  • John Ondrasik/Five for Fighting, “Chances,” annoyingly annotated version
  • Benjamin Zephaniah, “Rong Radio,” Black Cab Sessions

3P-046 Trees, Bees and Fireflies

Trees, Bees, and Fireflies: Compares the ethical code of Joss Whedon’s TV series “Firefly” with the benevolent empire of Star Trek, the gun totin’ Wild Wild West, and the Free Radio Santa Cruz pirates. Dedicates three poems to Dorothy Bock Goodman. Quotes a Sufi story in relationship to a photo from Bangladesh. Highlights stories and articles about “The Shortwave Report” by Dan Roberts. 

Poems:

  • Li-Young Lee, “Night Mirror”
  • Li-Young Lee, “One Heart”
  • Jane Hirschfield, “Jasmine”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Moby, “Mothers of the Night”
  • Sara Thompson, “Is It for Freedom,” dramatic video
  • Muse, “Time is Running Out,” concert video

3P-045 Radio is Community-Forming

Radio is Community-Forming: Discusses the future of radio as the medium of the revolution: cheap, slow-tech and mobile. It liberates from the ubiquitous screen, and provides the best of both worlds – local community and access to a global network of sovereign stations. Reports on conversations with Peter Richardson, author of A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America, and Charles Eisenstein, author of Ascent of Humanity. Includes quotes on miracles and the gift economy. Unwelcome Guests, reading the final chapter of Ascent, plays a 3P show! 

Poems:

  • Rumi, “The Way Wings Should”
  • Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

Songs and/or Music Videos: 

  • Cornelius, “Wataridori 2” 
  • Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes”
  • Anna Nalick, “Forever Love (Digame)”