Song Makers and Song Takers

Caption: William Bell
This week on American Routes, we hear from great songwriters and performers- and those who emulate them. Original songs can take on new form and meaning when interpreted by different voices, and we’ll hear some of those renditions and transformations this week. We’ll hear the rocking Southern sound of the Drive By Truckers covering Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles doing Hank Williams. Our guest William Bell, from Memphis, will tell us all about his music being played by the Byrds, and bluesman Albert King. And we’ll go live on stage in Northampton Massachusetts with folk- blues guitarist Chris Smither for songs and stories.

Missouri Voter ID Referendum

This November, Missouri voters will decide on Amendment 6, which would require Missouri 
voters to show a state or federal issued ID card for the purpose of voting. 
Ron Berry is coordinating the NO campaign against Amendment 6 and has been organizing
around this issue for years.            


Floods, fires, droughts, and rising temperatures are all on the increase in frequency and intensity. The terms unprecedented and record breaking are now so often used that they are becoming routine. Climate change is generating climate refugees from island nations in the South Pacific to small coastal communities in Alaska and Louisiana. They won’t be the last places to go under water. Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer-prize winning New Yorker writer says large parts of Miami are in danger of being submerged. As many as 200 million people could be displaced by 2050 because of climate change. And watch out for the heat. The Middle East has had recent scorchers of 129 Fahrenheit, that is 54 Centigrade. And India and Pakistan were almost just as hot. Our planet is in distress. Can Eco-Socialism provide a sustainable way out of our collective quandary?

Chris Williams is a longtime environmental activist, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University, and chair of the science department at Packer Collegiate Institute. He is the author of Ecology and Socialism.

Program #WILC003. Recorded in San Luis Obispo, CA on May 15, 2016.

Sep 23 2016 Mario Murillo on Colombian Accord, Kevin Miller on Gender Wage Gap

This week on CounterSpin: After more than a half century of bloody conflict that saw more than 200,000 mostly poor civilians killed, Colombia has a chance at a peace accord between the government and the FARC, the region’s oldest insurgent movement. You aren’t hearing too much about it in the press; we’ll get more from Mario Murillo, author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization.

1984 Part 3

We continue this week on From the Vault with our presentation of one of the most important dystopian novels written in modern history, George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The entire book was read on-air by longtime Pacifica morning show host Charles Morgan in 1975. Morgan was joined by legendary voice over artist June Foray, widely known for her work in Disney and Warner Brothers animated productions – in particular as the voice of Rocky in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon.

Please enjoy part three of this ten-part quintessential Pacifica recording.

Teach a Man to Fish

Dre Taylor of Nile Aquaponics bring us up to date on the trials and tribulations of his talapia project. Also Craig Lubow ha interview on climate and Mike Murphy has a report from this weekend’s Global March on Elephant’s & Rhinos.