Sunday, May 07, 2006

Radio highlights for Sunday (and one for Monday)

"It's Sunday and I'm so not into bad forensic shows or bad soap operas. I guess I better head to the video store."

Not so fast!

You're reading this online. Are you able to listen online? If so, there's a host of programs today that you could listen to (as well as one on Monday). Maybe you're curious about Paul Robeson? Maybe you know he was blacklisted (or "whitelisted") and wonder what he sang like? You can find out. Or maybe you're in the mood for a good play? Maybe you'd like to know what the state of today is for African-American literature? Or your issue is the right to vote? Or you keep hearing "Iraq is not Vietnam!" and "Iraq is Vietnam!" and you're thinking, "Forget the war strategy a moment, what was it like during that period on the homefront?" Or you're looking for perspective on the immigration rallies and the anti-war march in NYC? Or maybe you want to hear some thoughts on the US and Islam? You can hear all of that and more. No need to go to the video store and find, again, that everything's been checked out except Captain Ron and Big Bad Mama.

Sunday on KPFA (Berkeley): (9:00 am Pacific time, noon Eastern time, host Larry Benksy)
In our first hour...
From the streets, to...where? A look at what's next for three movements, each of which saw major protests this week in the U.S.: Darfur, Peace in Iraq, and Immigrant Rights. How will activists turn protests into votes, legislation, and results on the ground?
In our second hour...
Between 4 and 5.3 million Americans have lost the right to vote due to felony convictions. Some temporarily, others permanently. The majority of them are Black and Latino men. How does this affect the democratic process in America?

5:00 pm
Gregg McVicar says farewell to Earthsongs! Please join us for this special last show.

6:30 pm
Radio Chronicles

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What do James Brown, Martha and the Vandellas, the Rolling Stones, and a stay-at-home mom in Berkeley have in common? They all contribute to a special Radio Chronicles mix on the Vietnam Era featuring story tellers from Stagebridge, the nation's oldest senior theater company. The Vietnam War, a cataclysm that reminds us in some ways of the raging, seemingly endless quagmire in Iraq. Vietnam, set against the background of the Cold War, spawned a culture of resistance to militarism and imperialism and, its flipside, the neglect of human priorities at home. And communities of color became hotbeds of protest as the reality of racism and economic oppression became starkly juxtaposed against heavy losses of young men sent out to kill a foreign "enemy" that had never called them derogatory hateful names.

7:30 pm
Act One Radio Drama
Ric Salinas, Richard Montoya & Herbert Siguenza together were born as Culture Clash in the Mission District in 1983. Based in Los Angeles since 1990, Culture Clash have been making people laugh for over two decades. Subtitled 'Culture Clash Invades Miami,' 'Mambo' is as fast and funny as its predecessors, and a great showcase for the performers' skill at quick-change character sketches. But it's also more cohesive and sharper in its exploration of the all-American syndrome that gives the group its name. It's 90 minutes of sharply etched - comic, serious, unsettling and thought provoking - portraits representing the many cultures that make up Miami: Cubans, Jews, African Americans, Haitians, Anglos and all.
Act One celebrates Cinco De Mayo by presenting L.A. Theatreworks production of "Radio Mambo" tonight. Sit down and relax, you have the best seat in the house.

Sunday on WBAI (NYC):

11:00 am-noon: The Next Hour
Elizabeth Nunez hosts this hour on the future of literary fiction and literary poetry by Black writers. With guests Lorraine Logan and James Ferguson of the African American Book Club for the Visually Impaired and poets Gregory Pardlo and Erica Doyle.

6:30-7:00 pm: Equal Time for Freethought
Robert Dreyfuss, author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam.

9:00-11:00 pm: Everything Old is New Again
This Sunday we feature the music of Paul Robeson. Some of the songs from his career that we will hear: "St. Louis Blues, Shakespeare's Monologue from Othello, "Solitude," and of course, "Old Man River," and more.

Air America Radio:
RadioNation with Laura Flanders (heard over the traditional broadcast airwaves, on XM satellite radio and online -- airs from seven to ten p.m. Eastern time Saturday and Sunday nights)

Did coverage the largest protests in US history help us better understand immigration problems and solutions? And what about those anti-war marches? Then, Jane Jacob's urban wisdom and what makes a great neighborhood?
ROBERTO LOVATO, Contributor to The Nation and New America Media.
SIMEON BANKOFF of NYC's Historic Districts Council.
REVEREND BILLY of the Church of Stop Shopping.
Plus a few surprises.

Monday on KPFT (Houston, TX):

Tune in Monday May 8 (First day of Membership Drive) for a Special Encore Presentation of "This American Life" with Ira Glass, featuring Ray Hill and the Prison Show.
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