Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018 (Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The 118 Best Recordings of 2018
(Part 3 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents part-three, of our four-week special: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Based on playlists of this little ole radio show, we’ve compiled representative tracks from our favorite full-length and EP recordings of the year. We realize that these “Best of” lists can seem very subjective, please accept our list as a celebration of the year in music.

In 2018 we’ve played nearly 1000 different songs on the show, and we’ve played from over 400 New Releases. More than 250 of these were New MidCoastal Releases. We also conducted over 117 interviews with over 150 different guests. 75 of the representative recordings in our “Best of” list were MidCoastal Releases. Over 35 of the bands and artists in our “Best of” list have joined us as guests on Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM. It’s all good!

Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, as we present our 4-week series: The 118 Best Recordings of 2018. December 19th, and 26th. We’ll be packing 8-hours of radio with music that represent: The 118 of Best Recordings of 2018!

This Wednesday, we’ll count down #59 to #30 with representative tracks from: Danielle Nicole, Of Tree, Amanda Fish, Second Hand King, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, My Oh My!, FACEFACE, Hi-Lux, Eems, Scruffy & the Janitors, Kian Byrne, The Get Up Kids, Sara Morgan, The Phantastics, Kadesh Flow, Carswell & Hope, Grand Marquis, Dragon Inn 3, Vigil and Thieves, The Big Iron, Yo La Tengo, Soccer Mommy, David Byrne, Fantastic Negreto, Lucy Dacus, Mary Gauthier, Gully Boys, Kississippi, First Aid Kit, and Angélique Kidjo.

Show #765

Guantanamo Diary: Mohamedou Ould Slahi; and Manhattan Neighborhood Network Supreme Court Case

Guantanamo Diary: Mohamedou Ould Slahi

The American offshore prison camp in Guantnamo, Cuba is still operating. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, it was set up as a place where neither American or international law would apply and where prisoners could be brought, tortured, detained forever, and never charged with a crime. Ten years ago, former President Obama promised to close the offshore prison when he ran for office. It remains up and running to this day. Mohamedou Ould Slahi spent 18 years of his life there. He was an electrical engineer from Mauritania in Africa and educated in Germany. He was 32 years old when he was apprehended in his home, taken to Jordan where he was tortured, then to Afghanistan, then to Guantanamo and 16 years later at age 48, he was released. He walked out of Guantanamo Bay Prison in October 2016 without being charged with a crime and returned to his native Mauritania.

While in prison in 2005 he wrote a memoir, in English, one of his four languages. His attorney Nancy Hollander had asked him to do it and she finally got it declassified in 2012 but with heavy redactions. It was made into a book, titled Guantnamo Diary, and published in 2015 and became an international bestseller.

In it, he describes how he was tortured in ways personally approved by then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Torture is a criminal act under both US and international law. As many know, Rumsfeld has yet to be prosecuted.

Guest -Mohamedou Ould Slahi joins hosts from his native country of Mauritania where he is a writer. He is the author of Guantanamo Diary.

Guest – Attorney Nancy Hollander has been a member of the firm Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan, P.A. since 1980 and a partner since 1983. Her practice is largely devoted to criminal cases, including those involving national security issues. She has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander also served as a consultant to the defense in a high profile terrorism case in Ireland, has assisted counsel in other international cases and represents two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Nancy is co-author of WestGroups Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Whartons Criminal Evidence, 15th Edition, and Whartons Criminal Procedure, 14th Edition. She has appeared on national television programs as PBS Now, Burden of Proof, the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, CourtTV, and the MacNeill/Lehrer News Hour.


Manhattan Neighborhood Network Supreme Court Case
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Is a public-access TV channel run by private nonprofit corporation subject to the First Amendment? The Supreme Court will consider that question in a case involving the Manhattan Neighborhood Network or MNN. In 1991 MNN was designated to operate as a public-access channel in New York City. The Manhattan Borough President has no control over MNN but does pick two of its thirteen board members.

In 2012 Jesus Melendez, an occasional contributor to MNN, was suspended for trying to attend a board meeting. His associate Deedee Halleck then videoed him outside talking about the situation. MNN banned the video from airing. Melendez and Deedee brought a First Amendment claim against MNN asking if the network is a state actor for purposes of their First Amendment rights.The district court said no, noting that, while it was a close call, other circuits had concluded that privately run public-access networks were not state actors.

The Supreme Court hasnt directly weighed in on this question although Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a 1996 concurrence in a case dealing with laws regulating content on public-access channels, wrote they should be considered state actors who run public fora and thus be subject to the First Amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed in his concurrence, writing that franchising authorities require cable operators to create public access channels, but nothing in the record suggests that local franchising authorities take any formal easement or other property interest in those channels that would permit the government to designate that property as a public forum.

Defenders of MNN claim, that while its possible that some public-access channels could be rightly called state actors, the Court should take the case to clarify the state-actor test and to review the Second Circuits unnecessarily broad opinion.

Guest ” Deedee Halleck one of the plaintiffs in this case and among the top media activists. She’s co-founder of Paper Tiger Television and also the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego.

Guest – Attorney Paul W. Hughes, a partner in the law firm Mayer Browns appellate and Supreme Court practice. Paul has handled more than 200 appellate matters, more than 125 of which were in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2017 The American Lawyer named Hughes Litigator of the Week in connection with his immigration work.

“Best Of Arts Magazine” 2018!

This week on Arts Magazine, it’s one of our “Best Of” programs as author Orson Scott Card joins us to talk about his book and film projects, and later on, a visit with the Fabulous Funk Brothers, the background musicians at Motown.

“Keeping EPA Going Amidst Political Turmoil” with Kerry Herndon

Kerry Herndon worked for the U.S. EPA as an environmental scientist for 34 years and thrived on work protecting the environment and public health. She will discuss current controversies surrounding the agency, challenges faced by career staff, and potential results from roll backs on environmental policies. She is currently chair for the Kanza Sierra Club.

Chaplains: Resilience and Retreat

This week on Interfaith Voices:

The Zen Thing

Koshin Paley Ellison is one of a small but growing number of chaplains in the United States who are Buddhists. In fact, Koshin is a Zen Buddhist monk. He works in hospice, and his goal is to take “the Zen thing” out into the world…and change the very nature of caregiving itself. Produced by Will Coley and KalaLea. Music by LD Brown.

Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care


Mindfulness in Medicine

We speak to a palliative care physician and a Buddhist chaplain about contemplative care — a mindful approach to the patient-caregiver relationship that could even be an antidote to empathy fatigue and doctor burnout.

Craig Blinderman, associate professor, director of Adult Palliative Care Service at Columbia University Medical Center

Tim Ford, fellow at the Transforming Chaplaincy project

This series is supported by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.


The House of Mourning

Kate Braestrup is an unusual chaplain. She ministers to game wardens – people who come to the aid of hunters, fishermen, and hikers who’ve had mishaps in the wilderness. In this story, Braestrup tells the story of a young girl’s unusual request, and how it lead her to believe that the bereaved should be trusted to see the body of their loved one. This story first aired on The Moth.

Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and author of Anchor and Flares

Kate’s story is included in a new book by The Moth called All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown

We also asked Koshin Paley Ellison to read a couple of poems that have taken on special meaning for him in his work as a hospice chaplain. He shares with us “The Gate” and “The Last Time” by Marie Howe

Jorma Kaukonen

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Jorma Kaukonen. In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots and blues music. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a lifetime Grammy recipient, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters and master instrumentalists in music today. He tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues as well as his original tunes. We spoke with Jorma about his memoir, BEEN SO LONG: My Life and Music, which is now available through St. Martin’s Press.

A History of Vibrators

In 1999, historian of technology Rachel Maines published The Technology of Orgasm: ‘Hysteria’, the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction. By 2011, this history had spawned a documentary, a play, and a feature film. Program features a talk by Maines, followed by excerpts from a press conference about the film Hysteria. 


Dr. Rachel Maines, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Canadian film columnist Johanna Schneller, and Tanya Wexler, director of Hysteria.


Recording and update in 2011 by Frieda Werden; original edit and narration from 2000, Mary O’Grady.