Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Cockburn’

3P-033 The Comedy of the Commons

The Comedy of the Commons: Takes a critical look at the Tragedy of the Commons. Elaborates the true tragedy of the monopoly, which has been taken to new heights by the global land grab in response to food insecurity. Examines how the usurping of land for oil, gas, logging, and mining has led to the massacre in the Amazon, due to the US-Peru Free2Raid Agreement. Introduces Presidents Correa and Morales UN sideshow on dismantling the International Center for Settlement of Investor Disputes.  Elucidates the US position that favors democracy but backs paramilitary groups and secession to control resources. Reports on breaking news with the military coup in Honduras and the popular support that has not been deterred. Talks about the 225 cardboard pigs delivered by Avaaz to the WHO, representing 225,000 petitioners demanding an investigation of the swine flu link to factory farms. With the possibility of State Park closures in CA, develops a plan to turn Wilder Ranch into a working eco-ranch with heritage chickens, heirloom pigs, and a dual-purpose dairy.


  • Mark Jarman, “Coyotes”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Bruce Cockburn, “If a Tree Falls in the Forest”
  • David Rovics, “The Commons”
  • India Arie, “A Beautiful Day”

Informational Video:

  • “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”

3P-032 With Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemas?

With Friends Like This: Examines whether US foreign aid has been a benefit or a pain in the arse for impoverished people. Looks at a book by Dambisa Moyo called Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa. Uses the evidence of Patrice Lumumba, Mobutu, and AFRICOM to contradict her conclusion that Africans need tough love.  Relates the recent drama at Free Radio Santa Cruz and plays our listener survey, which was called racist, ignorant, offensive, skin privileged, Nazi propagandist, white supremacist, fearmongering hate speech. See what all the excitement’s about!


  • Diana Der-Hovanessian, “Shifting the Sun” 

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • John Hiatt “Your Dad Did”
  • Bruce Cockburn, “Call it Democracy” 
  • Iron & Wine “Upward Over the Mountain”

Informational Video:

  • “Resist AFRICOM”

3P-001 What’s God Got to Do with It?

What’s God Got to Do with It?: covers poetry, the gift economy in Loveland, CO, Jordanian radio put on by 10-24 yr-olds, hope for Fort Benning, Buy Nothing Day, and three wandering minstrels in England. The featured topic looks at the similarities between the Bible story of Abel and Cain and Darwin’s theory of evolution in attributing superiority to the winners.


  • “What’s in the Temple” by Tom Barrett from Keeping in Touch.


  • “Customers Pay It Forward at Starbucks” from karmatube
  • “A Walk Around Britain” from karmatube
  • “Blessed Unrest and WiserEarth” by Paul Hawken


  • Bruce Cockburn Live, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”


  • Radio Farah Al Nas (Joy of the People)
  • Fr. Roy Bourgeois threatened with excommunication
  • Buy Nothing Day


  •  J.A.T. Robinson on God as Reality called by another name
  • John Dominic Crossan from the Jesus Seminars on the character of God
  • Paul Hawken from Blessed Unrest on Darwin’s linguistic racism


Excerpt:    “The first paradigm — creationism — is based on a divine hierarchy of who God likes best. The innocence of Abel exists by contrast to the guilt of Cain. The innocence of Jesus, likewise, serves to underscore the inherently guilty state of humanity. The second paradigm — evolution — is also based on a hierarchy of who was favored by Nature. We’re each born worthy or unworthy, civilized or savages, based on the merits of our ancestors… both Judeo-Christian scriptures and Western science are in complete agreement that reality is inherently hierarchical. The difference between them is semantic — one calls the reality God and the other calls it Nature.”