Saturday, May 07, 2005

Air America this weekend (Laura Flanders, Ring of Fire, Politically Direct have guests announced)

From the Air America home page:

Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
is now 5:00-7:00 p.m EST Saturday (re-airs Sunday 3:00-5:00 p.m .EST). If you want to talk with Bobby and Mike on the show, call our hotline anytime and leave us a message. 1-866-389-FIRE (3473)
The great muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair exposed the filthy secrets of American industry in the early 20th century and changed the course of history. Where are the Upton Sinclairs of today? (Hint: John Stossel need not apply. Mike talks with
Lauren Coodley, author of a new anthology of Sinclair's work titled, "The Land of Oranges and Jails".
Which is more "fair and balanced" -- Fox News or Al Jazeera? Bobby talks with Hugh Miles, who used to work for a Rupert Murdoch-owned news service in England and monitored the Arab T.V. network's broadcasts. Hugh is the author of of a new book titled, "Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenges America".
Agent orange, the toxic defoliant sprayed by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, is linked to birth defects and cancer in civilians and veterans and their offspring. A federal judge recently ruled that South Vietnamese victims of the toxin (our allies during the war) are not entitled to compensation from Dow and Monsanto, the makers of agent orange. But the legal battle continues. Mike talks with attorney Dean Kokkoris.

The Laura Flanders Show
What to do when military recruiters come to your school? And how to take a lying war-monger down... We'll talk to TODD BOYLE on efforts to
limit military recruiting in high schools and Colorado High School journalist DAVID MCSWANE on how he went undercover and taped recruiters telling him to lie. Novelist and historian TARIQ ALI, analyzes the the U.K. elections, and we speak to REG KEYS, who lost his son in Iraq and ran against Prime Minister Tony Blair in his hometown, Sedgefield, England. Then the Punk Rock Feminist Band LE TIGRE on their recent tour and new CD, "This Island". They get audiences to dance and think - and we can too!

There is no information given on the home page (or on the pages for their shows) for Marty Kaplan's So What Else Is News? or Kyle Jason's The Kyle Jason Show.

Betsy Rosenberg's Eco-Talk (airs Sunday mornings at seven to eight a.m. eastern time) has no information posted at it's AAR web site or at it's blog on topic or guests for this Sunday.

I've done a very poor job highlighting Eco-Talk because it airs much too early for me (though, come to think of it, many Sunday mornings, I'm still up helping The Third Estate Sunday Review, so I could easily flip on the radio and listen). I have listened to Eco-Talk, via Air America Place's audio archives, and is a strong show.

We'll note this interview with Betsy Rosenberg by Grist magazine:

Grist: What work do you do?
Betsy Rosenberg: I've gone from 20 years of general news reporting and anchoring for the CBS Radio network to creating an environmental radio minute to hosting and producing a one-hour nationally syndicated eco-awareness program called
EcoTalk. I transitioned from journalist to activist a few years ago when, in the wake of 9/11, I decided that "saving the planet one sound bite at a time" was not enough and founded a gasroots group called Don't Be Fueled! Mothers for Clean and Safe Vehicles. The aim of the campaign is to tell the truth about unsafe SUVs and to promote hybrid vehicles. So I guess the combination of eco-activities makes me "radioactive"!
Grist: How does it relate to the environment?
Besty Rosenberg: In both my radio shows and activist campaign, I aim to demonstrate why people should take environmental problems more seriously, but I try to do it with a sense of humor. I try to show how these challenges relate to their own lives and families, and to help connect the dots between personal health and planetary health.
Grist: What do you really do, on a day-to-day basis? What are you working on at the moment?
Betsy Rosenberg: In addition to my radio production, being a wife and mom, and attending environmental events and talks, I work on Don't Be Fueled! by trying to convince "soccer moms" in my community that bigger is not necessarily better. At the moment, my primary work focus is on securing advertising sponsors for
my one-hour show on Air America. If anyone knows any green-leaning companies, please send 'em my way!

David Bender's Politically Direct started last Sunday. It airs from two p.m. to three p.m. easter time. Here's what's on tap for tomorrow as well as information on it from the show's Air America web page:

This Sunday, May 8th on Politically Direct, special guest Alec Baldwin will be on. The show will be taking calls live, so be sure to tune in! So you can have your phones at the ready the call in number will be: 1-866-303-2270About Politically Direct
The newest addition to Air America's expanding line-up of progressive talk is Politically Direct, a news and interview program broadcasting live every Sunday directly from Washington, DC, also known as our nation's temporarily-occupied capitol.
Sponsored by People for the American Way, Politically Direct will be hosted by veteran activist David Bender, who served as Air America's political director during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Bender says he hopes the show will serve as 'an antidote to the deadly and deadening diet of neo-cons, theo-cons and the journalists who enable them' by providing in-depth conversations with major progressive voices from across America.
So tune-in to Politically Direct every Sunday on Air America Radio for what you won't hear anywhere else: the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So help us.

Steve Earle's The Revolution Starts Now airs from ten p.m. to eleven p.m. eastern time each Sunday night. There is no guest information currently posted for this Sunday's show.

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