Regeneration: Wisdom of the Wild, Generosity of the Heart

“For the first time in history, a civilization — its people, companies and governments — is trying to arrest the downspin and understand how to live on Earth, a watershed in human existence.” Globally renowned social entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken eloquently portrays how we will win a sustainable future by losing the delusion that we’re here on Earth for ourselves alone.

The Life of Arthur Ashe

Tennis great Arthur Ashe first emerged as a world-class athlete with his win over Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon, but his contributions as an activist, author, and humanitarian eventually transcended his sporting success. Whit Sheppard is working on a biography of Arthur Ashe, who died at age 49 of AIDS related pneumonia. And: Philanthropist Doris Buffett, sister of Warren Buffett, has funded a new program that helps first generation college students earn associates degrees in high school. Ann Woolford and Antwan Perry say the initiative is especially helpful for young African American males, who have the lowest national graduation rate.

Later in the show: Joseph Roane, an agronomist trained at Virginia State University, was part of a group of African American expatriates who were encouraged by the Stalinist government in the 1930s to work in the Soviet Union building a society free of class and racism. Jon Bachman and Marian Veney Ashton are making a film on how Roane survived Stalins purges and returned to the United States to become a mentor to young African American agricultural students. Also: A new book tells the story of American prisoners of war in Korea, who defected to North Korea and what happened to them when they decided to return to the United States. Brian McKnight is the author of We Fight for Peace.

The Solidarity Economy

In this episode we explore a phenomenon that has existed throughout centuries both within and alongside Capitalism. Wherever relationships have been based on reciprocity, sustainability, and democratic governance you’ll find the Solidarity Economy. We learn of it’s origin and about how it is strengthened by countermovements and during times of crisis. We follow its presence throughout the history of a particular marginalized community in the U.S., celebrating the courage of African American cooperative thought and practice. We then paint a picture of a modern solidarity response to economic austerity. And finally, we dream about it’s potential in the face of ecological peril and plan for what it will take to grow the Solidarity Economy to serve as a movement of movements.

Featuring:

Michael Ventura – Co-author with James Hillman of We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy ” And the World’s Getting Worse, columnist of Letters at 3AM with the Austin Chronicle

Caroline Woolard – Artist & organizer whose work explores intersections between art and the solidarity economy

Michael Lewis – Soildarity economy researcher; Co-author of The Resilience Imperative

Pat Conaty – Research associate Cooperatives UK, Co-author of The Resilience Imperative

Jessica Gordon Nembard – Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, author of Collective Courage: A history of African-American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice

Biba Schoenmaker – Co-Founder of Broodfonds Makers

Stuart Field – Founder of Breadfunds UK

Jos Veldhuizen – Member of Broodfunds, Amsterdam

Carnival Knowledge: Monk Boudreaux, Southern France, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2/22/2017

For our annual pre-Lenten bacchanal, we bring you classic Mardi Gras songs from the Crescent City and beyond. We travel to Nice, France – grand city on the Cote d’Azure – for a float parade that parodies American fast food assembly lines and French political scandals as stinky as local cheese; From there, on to the vintners village of Limoux, where free glasses of blanchette are never empty. We end our journey in Coney Island NY, where we hear of carnivalesque revelry at America’s great amusement park by the sea and walk with the fishes in the Mermaid Parade. Finally, New Orleans’ own Monk Boudreaux walks us through the sites and sounds of Mardi Gras Day. Big Chief of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, Boudreaux has sewed suits, performed music with the Wild Magnolias and masked on Mardi Gras for over 50 years.

Folk Alliance Fallout

Mike Murphy features music from the 2017 Folk Alliance Conference, recorded live as well as commercial cds. David G. Smith performs live. Also, a sneak preview into the Irish Center’s Winterfest this weekend.

Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai

This week on CounterSpin: “T-Mobile Very Pleased with Direction of Change under Trump Administration, CEO Says.” That headline tells you pretty much what you need to know about Ajit Pai, Trump’s choice of chair for the FCC—the entity charged with representing the public interest in the communications industry. The phone company exec is pleased, he says, because Pai’s appointment signals “an air of less regulation.”

The idea that the media industry hates regulation is fiction, given that it’s government that grants licenses to companies to use the public airwaves and monopoly franchises to cable companies. In so doing, as media scholar Bob McChesney has said, government isn’t so much setting the terms of competition as picking the winners. What’s objected to, of course, are public interest regulations—including the net neutrality rules that allow for a democratic and diverse internet. What’s ahead for the public interest under Ajit Pai’s FCC? We talk with Jessica Gonzalez, deputy director and senior counsel at the group Free Press.

Pipeline Updates

KC Stands up for Standing Rock activists, Kit Kat (on the phone from North Dakota) and Mary Benrud-Gachie join Monique Gabrielle Salazar, author of the new Stand Up: Poems From Standing Rock to discuss all things pipeline. Also, reports from sister community radio stations in Berkley and Ames.

Wednesday MidDay Medley Spins Records with Merritt + Momma’s Boy

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Members of the band, Momma’s Boy

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood, Stevie Wonder, Saint Etienne, Champion Jack Dupree, Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop, Meatbodies, Fuzz II, Valet, Radical Face, Julien Baker, and more. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: www.recordswithmerritt.com.

At 11:30 Mark talks with Shaun Crowley and members of the band Momma’s Boy, an Indie Surf Pop 4-piece band from Kansas City, Missouri, formed in December 2015, and made up of former members of Rev Gusto: Peter Beatty on guitar & vocals, Shaun Crowley on guitar & vocals, Quinn Hernandez on drums, and Jared Bajkowski on bass. Momma’s Boy are set to released their debut EP, “Liquid Courage” with an EP Release Show, Saturday, February 25, at 7:00 PM at The Tank Room, 1813 Grand Blvd, KCMO, with Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, and Scruffy & the Janitors. More information at www.mommasboy.co

Show #670