LUMPENPROLETARIAT—GONZO: I’ve been listening to news and information since I was a child growing up in San Mateo, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. I remember being kind of fond, as a kid, of the SF Bay Area’s Ten O’clock News on TV Channel 2 (KTVU), even after they were taken over by the conservative Fox. Seeing Dennis Richmond, as a news anchor along with his colleagues, on a regular basis led me to trust their newscasts. Eventually, I came to decide that, for me, the most appropriate (and honest) local outlet of news and information was free speech Pacifica Radio Network, particularly free speech radio KPFA (Berkeley, CA), and including Democracy Now!, which I’ve been listening to since it began broadcasting across Pacifica Radio’s national network out of the New York City-based, WBAI. Democracy Now! even went on to grow into one of the most important progressive TV shows.
I’ve been involved in and around KPFA over the years and have many friends (and, probably, enemies) in the KPFA community. But I’ll save those experiences for another time. I will say that I even ran for KPFA’s governing body, the KPFA Local Station Board (LSB) in 2010, alongside Dr. Sureya Sayadi and long-time SF Bay Area labor journalist Steve Zeltzer, who currently hosts the labour programme, WorkWeek, at KPFA.
I only hope to convey my passion for critical free speech and the free flow of information on the eve of free speech radio KPFA’s 67th Birthday. All of my most thoughtful teachers, since childhood, and professors in community college and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have confirmed the importance of being an informed and critical citizen to further the best hopes for a functioning and healthy democracy.
This is why I have always approached news and information with a very serious earnestness, taking notes and such. However, it’s a shame that I’ve not been able to organise all of my notes very well and have lost many of the important news and information across various moves over many years. (Some of my notes have been documented at MediaRoots.org. And some of my KPFA transcripts of Guns and Butter broadcasts of heterodox economist Dr. Michael Hudson (UMKC) have been published in Finance Capitalism and Its Discontents (2012) by Dr. Michael Hudson. So, the efforts of those of us to document important broadcasts have not been in vain.)
It’s always been disappointing to me (and others around the KPFA community, such as independent journalist and expert on geopolitics in the African Continent, Ann Garrison) that, as many of us have discussed, KPFA has failed to make individual segments and news stories accessible to listeners, scholars, and researchers. Basically, tons of important information comes and goes like disposable entertainment. Many of the broadcast archives are not even labelled with the topics discussed nor time stamps given for how to find individual segments within broadcasts.
For some reason, despite its abundance of willing and able volunteers, KPFA has never been able to consistently archive, transcribe, document and make accessible its many important broadcasts (outside of the wealthier listeners who can afford to make larger donations and be rewarded with archival content). Worse, many broadcasts are often deleted after a certain period of time under the pretext that when songs are used in radio broadcasts, then those broadcasts must be deleted from the archives, such that the working classes, the proletariat, and the lumpenproletariat are deprived of beneficial information capable of helping facilitate informed decision-making. (Instead of editing out any songs and/or copyrighted material to be able to archive free speech radio broadcasts, the entire broadcasts are deleted from KPFA’s archive web pages.)
All of this, of course, runs counter to Pacifica’s noble mission statement, which certain factions within KPFA oppose. Not everybody within KPFA fully supports free speech nor KPFA’s and Pacifica Radio’s democratic governance structure by which listeners elect board members to run KPFA and the other Pacifica stations across the nation. Effectively, the listener-sponsors are the owners of free speech radio KPFA and its off-shoot, the Pacifica Radio Network. KPFA, the nation’s (and probably the world’s) first listener sponsored radio station serves as a model for the world to see how the airwaves belong to the people. Radio dials around the world (and TV bandwidth) do not need to be run and controlled for and by corporate interests, as KPFA has nobly exemplified for 67 years. The people deserve (and need) at least 50% of the radio dial to be publicly run and operated in the interest of the people, not corporate advertisers, establishment propagandists, or capitalist profiteers.
The democratic governance structure at KPFA and across its national Pacifica Radio Network was borne of the great struggle of many thousands of us who rallied to support KPFA and Pacifica Radio in 1999 when armed thugs occupied KPFA radio, under then-Pacifica Radio Executive Director Lynn Chadwick and then-Pacifica Radio Chair Mary Frances Berry. The straw that broke the camel’s back that fateful evening in 1999 came when Chadwick and Berry tried to censor broadcasters and Flashpoints executive producer and host Dennis Bernstein was physically dragged out of the radio station in mid-broadcast. That was a chilling broadcast, which cast a very real sense of fascism in America.
Flashpoints was taken off the air and KPFA’s programming was replaced by some weird canned programming piped in from out of state. I was working in San Carlos, California, that evening, listening to KPFA radio as usual. But I immediately drove across the SF Bay straight to Berkeley when I heard Dennis Bernstein, one of my favourite broadcasters, being dragged away from the KPFA microphones. By the time I arrived, less than an hour later, there were loads of people outside of the radio station, who had surrounded KPFA in solidarity. The waged and unwaged staff had been taken off the air and the building was soon locked, the doors chained up, and the windows boarded up. It seemed like free speech radio might be killed off forever and we’d soon be on our way to an Orwellian brave new world.
But, we the people, refused to give up free speech radio, even camping out in front of the station for weeks. President Bill Clinton even sent Janet Reno when the establishment felt the Berkeley police were being too lenient with KPFA supporters camped out in front of the KPFA building on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Berkeley, California.
These notes (as I run out of time today), aim to speak to why Lumpenproletariat.org (like many of my friends as well) has worked to document many broadcasts, making them more visible around the world online, which are important to enlighten and expand listener consciousness, but which are often deleted and/or obfuscated over time. The goal is to combat collective amnesia, which prevents us from learning from past mistakes and leads progressives to repeatedly be fooled by the two-party dictatorship, such as the unfortunate support that certain factions within KPFA gave to the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, despite the wealth of information broadcast on KPFA and Pacifica Radio, which one would think would preclude anyone around KPFA from voting for an Obama, as it would be a vote against one’s own interests as a member of America’s working class. I’ll never forget how frustrating it was to hear intellectuals, such as Chris Hedges support Obama’s campaign for U.S. president in 2008, and hearing the giddy voices of people, such as KPFA’s Brian Edwards-Tiekert and others gleefully supporting Obama. Like the song by The Who, we hope we don’t get fooled again.
In closing, I apologise for any editorial sloppiness or wordiness. All of the above is to introduce my personal broadcast notes to Lumpenproletariat, not unlike my university lecture notes. I started keeping notes this month on a private web page for my own personal reference. But I’ve decided to make these notes publicly visible, in the hope that these notes may help fill the gaps left by KPFA’s website, an issue which I championed, alongside Steve Zeltzer and our Voices For Justice slate, when we ran for the KPFA Local Station Board back in 2010.
Thursday, 7 APR 2016
UpFront (this episode hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert), 07:00 PDT
Listened to: 1st 53 min
- 1st topic: tax havens, including briefly touching upon the Panama Papers
- 2nd topic: Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, author of How the Other Half Banks on predatory banking, such as payday loans and such; the failures of credit unions
Tuesday, 12 APR 2016
La Raza Chronicles
Listened to: none
“Tonight’s program includes a commentary on the international response to the murder of the Honduran indigenous environmental activist, Berta Caseres; an interview about the fightback against immigration raids; the story of a Federico Correa’s journey from a California fieldworker to a Mexican artist with an exhibit at Bellas Artes in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico; a calendar of upcoming events; y mucha musica! Enjoy!”
Thursday, 14 APR 2016
UpFront (hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert), 07:00 PDT
Listened to: min30 to end
- topic: Brazil(?)
- next topic: (c. 31:00) author discusses her book about so-called “puppy mills” or dog breeding industry
Rising Up with Sonali, 08:00 PDT
Listened to: 1st 47 min
- Intro by Sonali: Drug Prohibition and so-called War On Drugs
- News Headlines (read by Alfandary-clone, Christina Anistad(sp?)
- 1st topic: UN role in the so-called War On Drugs
- Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream (JAN 2015), a book on the so-called War On Drugs
- UNGAS? (UN General Assembly on Drugs)
- the rights of addicts; decriminalising drug use
- (c. 26:00) end of segment; brief crappy music break (stock music sample)
- 2nd topic: Ana Teresa Fernandez(sp?), artist is painting sections of the US-Mexico border wall, so as to make it look as if it has disappeared (cf. Banksy painting of an opening in a Palestinian wall)
- (c. 34:00) Sonali mentions the Banksy work delicately, apparently, so as not to accuse her of ripping off his concept
- (c. 41:00) end of segment; music break (stock music sample)
- 3rd topic: On South Asians, Sanjay Kamishra(sp?), author of Bases(?) Divided
- On the immigrant experience of South Asians
Letters and Politics, 10:00 PDT (hosted by Mitch Jeserich)
Listened to: min12 to end
- (c. 12:00) MJ speaking with author, Thomas E. Mann, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How  Collided with  Extremism
- Newt Gingrich’s ‘Conservative Opportunity Society’
- (c. 21:00) “unholy alliance” between blacks wanting congressional redistricting to get into Congress also helped Republicans redistrict other districts in their favor
- back to Newt Gingrich’s time in the Republican spotlight
- (c. 48:00) MJ mentions “the debt ceiling”, but seems to forget his frequent guest and broadcast colleague Dr. Richard Wolff’s long-held analysis of how the ‘debt ceiling’ issue is “political theatre”
- MJ and guest talk over each other quite a bit during this interview
Thursday, 14 APR 2016
One-Day Fund Drive
UpFront (hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert), 07:00 PDT
Listened to: none
Rising Up with Sonali, 08:00 PDT
Listened to: min10 (end of news headlines) to the end
- Intro by Sonali: KPFA’s birthday
- Studs Terkel speech excerpt
- (c. 19:00) Sonali Kolhatkar pitching and selling Studs Terkel speech, entitled Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times from KPFA Allies Pack: 2015-2016(?), “consisting of 180 recordings” (BET said later when he joined in)
- (c. 21:00) BET joins SK
- (c. 25:00) [TW] excerpt of a 2003 UC Berkeley speech by Edward Said (public intellectual and Palestinian refugee) “Thank you. [applause]“
- (c. 37:00) SK pitching…”…every speech KPFA has hosted over the last 15 years.”
- (c. 40:00) BET joins in. He seems to correct SK: ‘…every speech we’ve aired over the last years’: Bell Hooks with Alice Walker, Chomsky speeches, Amy Goodman speeches, Chris Hedges, Gabor Mate, Eduardo Galeano, Jeremy Scahill, et al
- (c. 44:00) next speech excerpt: Eduardo Galeano, Mirrors (2009) reading, 13 April, 2015, I think ‘cos SK said he died “almost a year ago”.
- On Robert Carter and mirrors
- (c. 53:00) BET returns to pitch
Democracy Now! (this episode hosted by Amy Goodman), 09:00 PDT
Listened to: all (of live KPFA broadcast)
- Intro by AG:
- school districts with rocket launchers (mentioned during intro, but I didn’t see it in the DN website)
- (c. 20:00) to (c. 25:00), AG mentions that JG got to ask Hillary Clinton about Berta Caseres, but they didn’t air it yet (and I didn’t hear it during the broadcast; maybe it was cut out when AG and KPFA cut away to documentary, KPFA On the Air)
- on the Palestinian question: Bernie Sanders does well, HC sounds like a bully braking about ‘Hamas being aided by some nation or other) ‘maybe Syria)
- (c. 28:00) AG seems to cut away from regular broadcast to play an excerpt of KPFA on the air (narrated by Alice Walker. Sunday evening at 7pm, AG will be in the SF Bay Area
- Matthew Lasar clip
- vintage news clip
- (c. 37:00) Elsa Knight Thompson
- (c. 38:00) [superTW] clip from Elsa Knight Thompson
- radicals, such as Black Panthers symbolise the first split within KPFA. Street activists wanted their voices on the air. Elsa Knight Thompson didn’t, apparently. This internal division seems to have continued to this day.
- (c. 40:00) Mario Savio and the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley
- ‘Pacifica was one of the first news outlets to question US involvement in the Vietnam War’
- Aileen Alfandary and her coverage of Three Mile Island disaster. ()
- Larry Bensky and his coverage of congress(?)
- (c. 46:00) AG pitches again
- Ongoing experiment in democratic media. (notably, according to inside sources, AG doesn’t support democratic governance of KPFA and/or Pacifica)
Economic Update (hosted by Dr. Richard Wolff), 10:00 PDT
Listened to: all
- Intro by Dr. Wolff
- [TW] On the interconnectedness of the global economy [notes: Perhaps, it’s easy to ignore the poor in our town or city limits, or those in other states, or those in other nations. But Dr. Wolff explains clearly how we’re interconnected on a global scale. Since the GFC originated in the USA, as a result of our political decisions and actions or inactions, we have a very real responsibility to inform ourselves and own the consequences of political decisions made in our name.]
- (c. 8:00) Panama papers
- (c. 21:00) Mitch Jeserich cuts in to appeal for listener support
- (c. 25:00) Dr. Richard Wolff ‘pulls over’ to get on the phone and help pitch
- (c. 32:00) On the economics of the (blue collar) Crime Bill signed by Bill Clinton, et al.; facing economic hardship, classes (or “layers” of people) could have banded together; some turned to criminal activity; USA incarcerates at the highest rate in the world;
- (c. 40:00) Mitch Jeserich cuts in to appeal for listener support
- (c. 44:00) back to Economic Update: Dr. Wolff resumes discussing incarceration rates associated with ‘economic downturns’; “the sugar baby phenomenon”…”young college students” having difficulty getting through college payments, so some young people are having trouble and enter into a “sugar baby” relationship. This is agreeing to be a “companion” to a wealthy person who pays for college expenses.
- (c. 49:00) Mitch Jeserich cuts in to appeal for listener support
- (c. 51:00) back to Economic Update: Dr. Wolff discusses worker co-operatives or workers self-directed enterprises; co-ops in other nations, such as Cuba
Fund Drive Special (hosted by Mitch Jeserich and Sasha Lilley), 11:00 PDT
Listened to: all (of live broadcast)
- Mitch Jeserich and Sasha Lilley discuss KPFA event, a debate between Chris Hedges and Christopher Hitchens on religion. (I’ll never forget this. I was rooting for Christopher Hitchens.)
- SL: “both identified as socialists”
- MJ: “wasn’t Christopher Hitchens drinking” throughout this event? Yes, his coffee was spiked
- (c. 5:00) Christopher Hitchens is aired first. (I can’t recall if CH went first or not.)
- (c. 17:00) Mitch Jeserich cuts in to appeal for listener support
- (c. 21:00) Sasha Lilley joins MJ to appeal for listener support and discuss the debate between Hitchens and Hedges
- (c. 24:00) Chris Hedges responds to Christopher Hitchens’ critique of religion, opening with the charge that Hitchens conflates religion with tribalism. Hedges cites Tillich, King, et al., and their moral analyses. We’ll have to re-listen to this because, at this point, it seems the two are debating apples and oranges. Hedges opened with his disdain for religious fundamentalism, which is certainly something Hitchens opposes. But, then, Hedges moved to cite famous moral leaders who were (or are) religious. But, if memory serves me, Hitchens was opposing organised religion. Indeed, consider the interview which Project Censored broadcast on 25 DEC 2015 with a respected theologian Matthew Fox, who was censored by the Vatican for questioning religious dogma. The same theologian corroborates Hitchens charges against religious leaders, such as the charge that Opus Dei leaders are “card-carrying” fascists. (About the evils of the Opus Dei, also see the Guns and Butter broadcasts from 2012, which covered across seven hours of broadcasting over seven weeks, the MMT Summit in Rimini, Italy. (MMT stands for Modern Money Theory, or Modern Monetary Theory, which I studied, whilst earning a degree in Economics from the heterodox economics department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, UMKC.) I was so impressed with MMT, that I went to UMKC to study MMT and heterodox economics. Two of the most impressive speakers at the MMT Summit in Rimini, Italy would later become two of the professors I enrolled in classes with at UMKC—Dr. Stephanie Kelton (Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis) and Dr. William K. Black (Law and Economics). During one of those broadcasts, Dr. Alain Parguez gives first-hand accounts of the Opus Dei’s role in the drafting of the odious Treaty of Maastricht, which brought the Eurozone together under the Euro, but under terms, which would benefit the European center, especially Germany, at the expense of the periphery, at the expense of what reactionaries call the P.I.I.G.S., Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain.
- (c. 33:00) Sasha Lilley cuts in to appeal for listener support
- (c. 39:00) back to the debate:
- Chris Hedges continues his sermon
- (c. 45:00) Christopher Hitchens responds to Chris Hedges’ retort
- (c. 49:00) Chris Hedges responds to Christopher Hitchens, arguing that despots will always wrap themselves in the cloak of something or other, such as the cloak of religion. “The problem is not religion. The problem is the human heart,” argues Chris Hedges.
- (c. 50:00) Mitch Jeserich cuts in to appeal for listener support
Special KPFA 67th Birthday Programming (hosted by Mitch Jeserich and KPFA General Manager Quincy McCoy), 12:00 PDT
Listened to: 1st 51 min (of live broadcast)
- News Headlines
- (c. 13:00) [TW] Excerpt of Pacifica Radio interview: Elsa Knight Thompson and another unidentified gentleman interview Paul Robeson. (Paul Robeson mentions Oakland, as it’s a KPFA interview.)
- (c. 32:00) Mitch Jeserich and Quincy McCoy get back on the air to appeal for listener support, offering the KPFA Allies Pack of audio archives (seven mp3 CDs)
- Quincy McCoy reads from Words Like Freedom, a poem by an Oakland High School student from 1998
- Mitch Jeserich mentions having started back in the day at WBAI in New York
- (c. 12:40) [TW] Back to the Elsa Knight Thompson interview with Paul Robeson.
- (c. 50:00) [superTW] Paul Robeson notes the unique progressive nature of the San Francisco Bay Area as a standout region, despite his travels around the world.
- In conclusion, Elsa Knight Thompson thanks Paul Robeson for granting KPFA this interview.
- (c. 52:00) Mitch Jeserich and Quincy McCoy get back on the air to appeal for listener support
Project Censored with Special KPFA 67th Birthday Programming (hosted by Dr. Peter Phillips), 13:00 PDT
Listened to: all (of live broadcast)
- Intro by Dr. Peter Phillips: [TW] Interview with Dennis Bernstein on KPFA’s 1999 struggle for survival.
- Susan Stone documentary and archival audio.
- (c. 14:00) Tracy Rosenberg [not identified, but she’s a personal acquaintance, so I recognise her voice]
- (c.15:00) Free Radio Berkeley broadcaster
- (c. 16:00)
- (c. 23:00) Dr. Peter Phillips appeals for listener support and offers the “KPFA History Pack” and the “KPFA Allies Pack”, which features all of the feature speaker events broadcast on KPFA during the last 15 years. Dennis Bernstein joins in appealing for listener support, noting that he was born in the same year KPFA was born.
- (c. 29:00) Dr. Peter Phillips goes through a timeline of historical highlights in the history of KPFA, including its birth on 15 APR 1949.
- Dennis Bernstein notes that even KPFA/Pacifica founder Lew Hill was kicked off KPFA’s board, as an example of the internal challenges, which have confronted free speech radio KPFA.
- (c. 31:00) Audio clip from Camp KPFA circa 1999.
- Free Radio Berkeley broadcaster mentions how homeless people came to support KPFA, including creating a “chain gang” of people who chained themselves to the radio station in solidarity
- (c. 33:00) Tracy Rosenberg
- (c. 48:00) Another audio clip from Remembering Camp KPFA
- (c. 51:00) Tracy Rosenberg
- (c. 53:00) Back to Dr. Peter Phillips and Dennis Berstein on-air appeals for listener support
Special KPFA 67th Birthday Programming (hosted by Mitch Jeserich and Richard Wolinsky), 14:00 PDT
Listened to: all (of live broadcast)
- Intro by: Mitch Jeserich and Richard Wolinsky
- Jeserich and Wolinsky remember the life and times of KPFA contributors
- (c. 7:00) Audio archive of Erik Bauersfeld reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” from 1877. Erik Bauersfeld is the former Drama and Literature Director at KPFA, who was succeeded by Susan Stone.
- (c. 21:00) Back to Mitch Jeserich and Richard Wolinsky, KPFA’s resident drama expert. Wolinsky notes Bauersfeld’s website, Bay Area Radio Drama.
- Jeserich and Wolinsky transition to discuss Elsa Knight Thompson
- (c. 22:00) Audio clip of a radio documentary, Elsa Knight Thompson: A Remembrance (1983).
- (c. 37:00) Back to Mitch Jeserich and Richard Wolinsky appealing for listener support of free speech radio KPFA
- Richard Wolinsky recalls first participating at KPFA in “early May of ’76”
- (c. 47:00) Another audio clip of Elsa Knight Thompson: A Remembrance (1983).
- (c. 54:00) Back to Mitch Jeserich and Richard Wolinsky appealing for listener support of free speech radio KPFA
Fund Drive Special (hosted by Mitch Jeserich and Sasha Lilley), 15:00 PDT
Listened to: first 17 minutes (of live broadcast) [This is a rerun from earlier today.]
Hard Knock Radio (this episode hosted by Anita Johnson), 16:00 PDT
Listened to: all (of live broadcast)
- Intro by Anita Johnson
- (c. 2:00) News Headlines (read by Aileen Alfandary)
- George Clooney hosts $350k-per-couple dinner for war criminal Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Trump event: activists arrested, including journalists covering the event for Democracy Now!
- UC Davis spent loads of money to scrub the internet from journalism critical of UC Davis pepper spraying of student activists
- (c. 7:00) Anita Johnson’s opening remarks on KPFA’s 67th Birthday Hard Knock radio special.
- (c. 7:00) [TW] On Lewis Hill and KPFA’s beginnings, and the later birth of the Pacifica Radio Network.
- (c. 10:00) [TW] Audio of Weyland Southon, one of the founders of Hard Knock Radio (audio from “65 Voices Collection” 7-CD set)
- (c. 12:00) [TW] Spoken word (a capella of a Coup song, which I remember, but the name of the song escapes me at the moment) by Boots Riley (of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. If my brother RDM were here, he’d know the name.)
- (c. 17:00) [TW] Amy Goodman takes the stage to major audience applause and cheers (audio from “65 Voices Collection” (7 CD set))
- (c. 27:00) Back to Anita Johnson, appealing for listener support for free speech radio KPFA
- reading Alice Walker on KPFA/Pacifica Radio founder Lewis Hill
- (c. 41:00) [TW] Audio of “African American feminist poet and essayist” June Jordan speech (excerpt)
- (c. 52:00) Back to Anita Johnson, who mentions that June Jordan came into prominence at a time when female voices were just starting to overcome patriarchal repression. June Jordan, notes Anita Johnson, died June 14, 2002 at her home in Berkeley, California.
- (c. 54:00) Anita Johnson mentions that, although she appreciates Amy Goodman, there was a time when Hard Knock Radio was not fully embraced by Pacifica Radio’s old guard. [Indeed, many of us remember that all too well.]
Flashpoints (this episode hosted by Dennis Bernstein and Miguel ‘El Gavilan’ Molina), 17:00 PDT
Listened to: all (of live broadcast)
- Intro by Dennis Bernstein: “Today on Flashpoints, we celebrate the 67th Anniversary, remembering the 1996 church bombings in Alabama, when Trump foreign policy adviser, was a racist Attorney General in Alabama named Jefferson Sessions. Name sound familiar? And we’ll explore the roots of our own Miguel ‘Gavilan’ Molina. I’m Dennis Bernstein. All this, straight ahead on Flashpoints. Stay tuned.” (c. 1:00)
- Opening remarks from Dennis Bernstein and Miguel ‘El Gavilan’ Molina
- Audio from a 1996 investigative report by Dennis Bernstein, interviewed by Amy Goodman, and broadcast on Democracy Now!. The audio archive of the reporting by Amy Goodman, includes audio from a radio documentary produced by Dennis Bernstein (with Ron Nixon, who is now with the New York Times) investigating the 1996 church bombings in Alabama as well as the racist policies .
- (c. 21:37) Back to Dennis Bernstein in studio at KPFA (in the present day)
- [TW] Commentary by Dennis Bernstein on the racism of then-Attorney General of Alabama Jefferson Sessions. Sessions has been selected by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump to serve as his foreign policy adviser.
- (c. 24:15) [TW] Miguel ‘El Gavilan’ Molina enters the conversation and is asked by Dennis Bernstein to describe his “roots”, as a migrant farmworker in California. Gavilan discusses his introduction to radio as a teenager, including working with former KPFA veteran Jim Bennett, covering MECHA student activism, which “radicalised” him and, eventually, led him to KPFA, covering the Chicano lowrider subculture. Gavilan described constantly being racially profiled whilst cruising with his lowrider comrades, leading to the inception of the 36-year old Friday night lowrider show, La Onda Bajita.
- (c. 41:15) Dennis Bernstein transitions to appeals for listener support for free speech radio KPFA. Bernstein mentions the fact that Flashpoints began broadcasting in 1990.
- (c. 57:00) Dennis Bernstein gets a bit autobiographical.
Listened to: first 32 (of 60) minutes
- “It’s a full hour of musica Latina.” Featured artist is Razteria (aka Renée Asteria, former KPFA worker).
- (c. 13:25) Interview with Renée Asteria aka Razteria.
- Renée Asteria plays a song live, singing in English, Spanish, and French
- Renée Asteria mentioned that she grew up in France, even though she’s “not French at all, and cites Aterciopelados and Nina Simone as influences. Renée Asteria announced that she’ll be playing at a Bernie Sanders benefit at El Rio on June 4, 2016 with further details to be announced.
- End of interview with Razteria
- (c. 26:45) “Once Again” by Razteria from the new album
- (c. 32:00) [TW] “Llorona” by Omar Sosa
Saturday, 16 APR 2016
Saturday Morning Talkies (this episode hosted by Kevin Pina) 
Listened to: first 22 minutes (of 120 minutes)
- Kevin Pina hosted a “freewheelin'” discussion on the commodification of democracy
- First guest (on the telephone): Kai Newkirk, “Campaign Director of Democracy Spring“, also co-founder and organiser of 99 Rise
- Kevin Pina says: ‘It seems no matter who we vote for, nothing changes.’ [But, unfortunately, what this brilliant scholar and educator doesn’t point out is that we have a two-party dictatorship, as Ralph Nader has dubbed it.]
- It’s reported that over 900 people have been arrested so far, as scores of activsts have converged in Washington, D.C. to demand electoral reform.
- Kevin Pina’s guest mentions proportional representation in congressional elections, which is good. Unfortunately, nobody mentions ranked-choice voting, particularly in the context of presidential elections. One understands his frustration, but the problem seems to be that activist groups do not magnify the more meaningful electoral reforms, such as ranked choice voting and opening the presidential debates to more than the top two political parties.
 Kevin Pina is a filmmaker, journalist, lecturer, and media consultant.
Pina is currently producer/director at Long Memory Productions, a media consultant for several projects and a Broadcast Lecturer for the Department of Communication at California State University East Bay (CSUEB) in Hayward, CA.
Pina is also a Senior Producer for the program Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio and is a frequent guest host for other programs on KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley, CA. He is the founding editor of the Haiti Information Project (HIP), an independent news source in Haiti, and serves as a Country Expert on Haiti for the Varieties of Democracy project sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Specialties: TV production, TV programming, media project development, media project management, live streaming, multi-cam studio/field production, online video content distribution, HD & SD production for live streaming, custom coding RTMP responsive players, digital video project management, media campaign development, analytic research & video campaign development, radio production, radio programming, radio project development, film production, convergence journalism, alternative journalism, independent journalism, documentary film making, media instruction, syllabi writing, fulfillment of student learning outcomes, research and implementation of new technology for use in media instruction to enhance academic program relevancy.
[14 APR 2016]
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