Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Kasey Rausch “Guitar in Hand” + Guest DJ Tim Willis

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kasey Rausch – Guitar in Hand
+ MidCoastal and New Releases
+ Guest DJ Tim Willis

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: Kasey Rausch, Royalphonic, Phylshawn, Gardienne, She’s A Keeper, The Conquerors, Mykki Blanco, TV On the Radio, and others.

At 10:00, Tim Willis joins us as “Guest DJ” in our first hour. Tim grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was dazzled as a child by the eclectic mid-60s music scene. He worked part-time in a record store for eight years. Tim will share music from: The Starkweathers, Stew, Moondog, Bob Dylan and the Band, and The Velvet Underground, Richard Thompson, and possibly from: Sun Ra, Amanda Shires, Sam Baker, Donny Hathaway, and The Grateful Dead.

At 11:00 Mark talks with Kasey Rausch, on her birthday, and we’ll share music from her brand new full length recording “Guitar In Hand” being released through Mudstomp Records. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines every Tuesday at CODA. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9:00am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays “Tonight’s the Night” a Tribute to the Music of Neil Young, Wednesday, November 26, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, a benefit for 90.1 KKFI.

Kasey Rausch GUITAR IN HAND cover art by Sonya Andrews

Show #553

Project Censored

Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, joins the program to speak about their annual list of the 25 most censored news stories in the corporate media, specifically the environmental issues.

Race & Caste in the U.S.

A string of shootings of young African Americans has generated national and international attention. While these killings are nothing new, the proliferation of cellphones cameras and social media raised public awareness. Systemic questions are being asked. What is the role of racism? The numbers are depressingly familiar. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Blacks are more likely to go to jail than to college. The Sentencing Project reports, “Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences.” Outside the prison walls is an economy that cannot generate jobs paying decent wages. Affordable housing? What’s that? Programs alleviating poverty are cut back and simultaneously the coercive functions of the state are beefed up. Local police are armed to the teeth with the latest weapons while underfunded schools are crumbling.

Program #ALEM002. Recorded in Columbus, OH on September 14, 2014.

Michelle Alexander is a professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is the author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow.

NEA Heritage Awards Concert 2014, 11/26/2014

American Routes celebrates the 2014 National Heritage Fellows live in concert from George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Nick hosts the evening of music and stories, honoring the nation’s finest practitioners of traditional arts. This year’s honorees include Irish step dancer Kevin Doyle, Tejano singer and musician Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, powerhouse gospel blues trio the Holmes Brothers, Omaha tribal elder and musician Rufus White, and more. We’ll also here music from past recipients in our annual celebration of America’s most treasured artists and tradition bearers.

Tonight’s the Night!

KKFI is hosting a Neil Young tribute at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club tonight.  This was the brainchild of Alexis Barclay, who will be one of the performers.  Alexis drops by at 7am to perform some Neil Young and may bring a friend or two.  Mike Murphy uses the remainder of the program to celebrate Neil’s music as performed by him and others.

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Editors Adam Finkelston, James Meara, and Author, Patrick Dobson

In the first half of ARTSPEAK RADIO, editors, Adam Finkleston and James Meara joins us in the studio to discuss The Hand Magazine, a quarterly publication for artists working in photography, digital, and print media. Our goal is to provide artists an outlet to publish their work and reach a wider audience.

The Hand Magazine is dedicated to being the world’s premier forum for innovative and experimental uses of reproduction-based media. We are interested in how artists include their own hand in the art object while utilizing mechanical or reproduction-based techniques. We are interested in publishing any and all forms of photography and printmaking; whether the work is strictly a photograph or print, or whether the work incorporates these processes in a sculptural, multi-media or collage format.

In the second half of our program, writer, author, Patrick Dobson joins us to discuss his book, Seldom Seen; A Journey Into the Great Plains. Patrick is a freelance writer, former journalist, and working member of Ironworkers Local Union no. 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. He is pursuing his doctorate in U.S. Environmental History and American literature at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains, chronicles a walking trip from Kansas City to Helena, MT. The story, while tracking my search for inner peace, is about the people and places of the Great Plains and how they lead me to lasting and enduring fulfillment. Seldom Seen is published by the University of Nebraska Press and is now available at online retailers and books.

US- China Carbon Plan, Environmental Decline, Net Neutrality

New U.S. -China Carbon Targets Fall Short of Reductions Needed to Avert Climate Change Disaster

MP3 Interview with Karen Orenstein, senior international policy analyst with the environmental group Friends of the Earth, conducted by Scott Harris


Just one week after the Democratic Party suffered a string of mid-term election defeats including losing control of the U.S. Senate, President Obama made a joint announcement with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing outlining a plan to reduce the carbon emissions of both nations with the goal of boosting the chances for a successful international climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.

The non-binding agreement, as described by Obama, would aim to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. Xi pledged that China would reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and would build a new generation of green power sources to supply 20 percent of the nation’s energy needs by the year 2030. Just a few days later, while at the G-20 summit meeting in Brisbane, Australia, the president announced that the U.S. would contribute up to $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to assist developing nations adapt to climate change.

Not surprisingly, Republican leaders criticized the U.S.-China agreement, despite the fact that many in the party had long based their opposition to regulating carbon emissions at home as long as major polluters like China and India refused to make similar commitments. Many environmental groups were also critical of the agreement, but for a very different set of reasons. They point out that the carbon reductions outlined are not legally binding and are nowhere near the cuts needed if the world is serious about preventing runaway climate change. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Karen Orenstein, senior international policy analyst with the environmental group Friends of the Earth. Here, she assesses the recently announced U.S.-China carbon reduction agreement and the challenges ahead for the climate movement.

For more information on Friends of the Earth, visit

Related Links:

  • mp3Interview with Karen Orenstein, conducted by Scott Harris, Counterpoint, Nov. 17, 2014 (22:27)
  • “U.S. pledge to Green Climate Fund welcome first step, but much more is needed,” Friends of the Earth, Nov. 14, 2014
  • “One day after U.S.-China climate commitments, green groups urge Obama to protect extant international climate policies,” Friends of the Earth, Nov. 13, 2014
  • “U.S.-China agreement will not fix the climate,” Friends of the Earth, Nov. 12, 2014
  • “BREAKING: The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and It’s a Game Changer,” Mother Jones, Nov. 11, 2014
  • “The Angry GOP Backlash to Obama’s Historic Climate Accord,” The Atlantic, Nov. 12, 2014
  • “Awkward: Watch a Supercut of Republicans Using China As an Excuse to Do Nothing About Climate Change,” Mother Jones, Nov. 12 2014
  • “Obama’s $3bn for climate fund could kickstart action on global warming,” The Guardian, Nov. 14, 2014
  • “U.S./China Emission Targets Should ‘Be Floor, Not Ceiling’ of Climate Action,” Common Dreams, Nov. 12, 2014

    Failed Politics, Runaway Consumerism is Root Cause of Environmental Decline

    Interview with James Gustave “Gus” Speth, environmental movement activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

    environmentJames Gustave “Gus” Speth has been called the ultimate environmental insider for his founding roles in the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute, his chairing of the Council on Environmental Quality under President Jimmy Carter, and his leadership of the United Nations Development Program. He then served as dean of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for ten years. Speth currently teaches at the Vermont Law School.

    In recent years, Speth has been a critic of the large, national environmental groups of which he was such an intrinsic part. Now 74 years old, Speth just published a memoir titled, “Angels By the River,” in which he recalls his many years of activism as well as his childhood in pre-civil rights era South Carolina. He considers his 2011 arrest in front of the White House for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline as one of his proudest accomplishments.

    Speth was in New Haven, Connecticut on Nov. 8 to accept the Thomas Berry Award, given jointly by Yale’s School of Forestry and Divinity School. There, Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with him about his view of what many environmental activists maintain is the incompatibility of laissez-faire capitalism and implementing corporate regulations necessary to protect our ecosystem and ensure the survival of life on planet earth.

    GUS SPETH: I think we need to ask ourselves now again, afresh, what is an environmental issue? The answer normally is it’s air pollution, climate change, biodiversity. But what if the answer to an environmental issue is really any issue that affects environmental outcomes, any issue that affects whether we succeed. And if you answer it that way then you have to dig deeper and look at the root causes, and certainly our failing politics is a tremendous cause of environmental decline, a perpetual cause of environmental decline. There’s great social inequality, insecurity in the country. Our runaway consumerism, our affluenza, our failure to really change our lifestyles, our very materialistic values and anthropocentric values, and values that focus on now and not tomorrow. These set of values that dominate in our culture, we ought to be challenging them, and there’s a whole list of things. We ought to building new corporate types, new structures for business: public/private hybrids; for profit-not for profit hybrids; all kinds of co-ops; local banking; state banks; and new types of finance that have a lot more democratic governance of the way our investments are going in the country. There’s just a whole host of big deep changes we need to make.

    So what some of us are doing is trying to create new institutions and change old institutions so we are actually promoting deeper systemic change in the country that can lead basically to a new economy, an economy that really does give true and honest priority to people, place and planet. We’re determined to keep building the strength of these institutions and these ideas till the point that we begin to get enough momentum to change the system, to move to a next system. And we don’t have to know everything about it, but we need to know the general directions of change and I think we’re getting a lot of good information and ideas on that.

    BETWEEN THE LINES: So, throughout the book I was reading – and other people talk about this too – you talked about the need for a “transformative change in existing capitalism,” that the capitalism we have now is completely out of control; it’s heading for wealth for fewer and fewer people and poverty for so many more. Can we transform capitalism enough that it would still be capitalism and we could have a sustainable world, or do we need to move to a different system? You quoted Barry Commoner at one point in the book and he was pretty much saying capitalism isn’t the system…I mean, if you change it enough to make it sustainable, it really wouldn’t even be capitalism anymore. Do we even need to go down that road? Does it even matter what we call it? Do you think that capitalism can be reformed enough to get us through this?

    GUS SPETH: Well, it depends on what you mean by capitalism. I think what we need to think about is moving dramatically beyond the rapacious capitalism we have today, this consumerist capitalism that we have. And one of the ways to do that is to really have much more democratic control over where capital is spent. There may still be investors in this world of the future, but the public would be the major part of the steering about where money is spent and where money is invested. We have a system now where the banks make all the decisions with a little bit of influence from government on infrastructure and things, whenever that happens, but by and large, the decisions about making investment decisions are based on high financial returns by banks and the people who are seeking to make investments through the banks. And we need a system where we recognize the tremendously high social and environmental returns that we could get from other investments. So we need a heavy democratic guidance for investment decisions, and that implies that we have to have effective government. We have to have a government that works, that’s deeply democratic.

    Sometimes when I think about these issues, I say we need to save our failing democracy first, because people are not going to trust government to make these decisions if it’s the government we have now. So we need government … and we’re beginning to see a lot of hybrid arrangements of community investment corporations around the country, community development corporations which are public institutions that are steering the development of their cities. So I think in the future, there should be a role for the market. I think we need to take back as citizens a lot of the things that have been commodified and taken away from us as commoners, but I can see a role for the market to do certain things, but it ought to be a heavily regulated market, one that’s really regulated to act in the public interest. Right now, just on environmental issues, the uncompensated damages of corporate actions – this is on a global basis – are estimated to be over a third of corporate profits. So if they really paid for the damages they were causing, it would consume more than a third of corporate profits. So this is not a market that is now managed for current and future generations.

    James Gustave “Gus” Speth, a leading environmentalist and both an architect and critic of the U.S. environmental movement. His memoir, “Angels By the River,” was recently published by Chelsea Green. Read Speth’s views of the urgent need to develop a new, sustainable economy at the New Economy Coalition.

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