Peter Simon – Photographer

Part 1 28:37
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 1
Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun (Rhino)
TRUCKIN’ (9/28/75)

Part 2 26:51
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 2
The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack (Rhino)
Interview with Peter Simon 1975
Jerry Garcia part 3
Chuck Berry, The Definitive Collection (Chess)

All Love Begins with Seeing: Poetry and Justice for All

Shailja Patel’s unique artistry is a provocative smash up of genres. She’s a slam poetry champion and star of her award-winning, one-woman play “Migritude” about the intricate webs of global migration and cultural identity. As an acclaimed poet of South Asian and Kenyan ancestry, through her fearless art she embodies the authentic voices of women, South Asians and Africans who are otherwise seldom heard. For her, the ultimate destination of poetry is justice — too heart-breakingly beautiful to be denied

Musical Works

Rise of the Phoenix Glen Velez Rhythms of the Chakras Vol. 2. Sounds True 2008 :45
Soiridh Leis Baka Beyond Journey Between. Rykodisc 2008 01:40

Additional Credits

Executive Producer: Kenny Ausubel
Written by Catherine Stifter and Kenny Ausubel
Senior Producer: Neil Harvey
Managing Producer: Stephanie Welch
Production Management: Aaron Leventman and Chuck Castleberry
Station Relations by Creative PR
Distribution is by WFMT Radio Network
Interview recording engineer: Jeff Wessman

Waiting for Home: the Refugee and Immigrant Experience

The root causes of migration vary widely. Some people migrate and return to their homes depending on the season. While others migrate and never return. Often, people are forced to leave or flee their homes indefinitely because of poverty, extreme environmental events, armed conflict, social strife, political turmoil, and economic hardships.

On this edition of Making Contact, we hear stories from Central American migrants that take on oppressive debts or face challenges in schools in the U.S. We also hear from Cuban migrants stuck in limbo on the route to the U.S.

NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert 2015, 5/25/2016

Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented the fellowships – America’s most prestigious award for folk & traditional arts. We’ll hear music and conversation from Fellows in years gone by, like Doc Watson, Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Ralph Stanley, B.B. King, Flaco Jimenez and New Orleans’ own Treme Brass Band. Then we present the 2015 Fellows, many performing live from the stage at George Washington University, including the Gee’s Bend quilters, a circus aerialist, Piedmont bluesman, klezmer musicians, mariachis and more.

The War on Whistleblowers

As Voltaire once said, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” States don’t like to be called out on their crimes. Silence is strongly preferred. Fall in line and keep your mouth shut. This is particularly true of the United States because it globally projects a cultivated image of being a beacon of democracy and human rights and crucially, adherence to the rule of law. Instead of encouraging, celebrating and honoring whistleblowers the Obama administration punishes them, setting a record for prosecutions and imprisonments. Individuals like John Kiriakou tried to do the right thing and ended up going to jail. Edward Snowden has his passport cancelled and is forced to live in exile. The government is confusing dissent for disloyalty. What a chilling message this sends to other potential whistleblowers.

John Kiriakou is a former CIA agent who was indicted on three counts of violating the 1917 Espionage Act. He served almost two years in prison. He is featured in the documentary Silenced. He is an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies, and a blogger for Huffington Post. He is a founding member of VIPS, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Program #KIRJ001. Recorded in Boulder, CO on February 13, 2016.

Suyapa Portillo on Central American Refugees, Michael Ratner on Alberto Gonzalez

This week on CounterSpin: In August of last year, El Salvador experienced one murder per hour. With Honduras and Guatemala, it’s among the most violent places in the world, which along with economic insecurity and government failures, spurs thousands of people to try and leave. Why is the US stepping up deportation of Central American families, sending them back to circumstances of hardship and danger? We’ll speak with Suyapa Portillo, who teaches Chicano/a-Latino/a transnational studies at Pitzer College in California about that story.

Jeff Harshbarger

A prolific composer and bandleader in his own right, Jeff has recorded and performed across the globe with such varied artists as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Darol Anger, Allison Miller, Curtis Fuller, Forever Tango, Eugene Chadborne, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Jimmy Carl Black, Krystle Warren, Snuff Jazz, Brad Cox, Nathan Granner, Ghosty, The People’s Liberation Big Band of the Greater Kansas City Area and Forrest Whitlow. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City. Jeff has received numerous grants and awards, including The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship, the Creative Capital Foundation’s Professional Development Grant and the 2015 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award. Jeff also hosts Wednesday’s Jazz in the Afternoon from 1-3 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI.

Guy Clark Tribute on the Tasty Brew with Guest Cohost Joel Weir

It is an impossible task to adequately pay tribute to Texas Songwriting icon Guy Clark who passed away May 17, 2016.  This week’s Tasty Brew Music Show with Diana Linn and Guest CoHost Joel Weir will take a swing for the fences as folks like Tom Russell, Darrell Scott, Jack Ingram and many others have been asked to share a few words.  Songs and words from, about and inspired by Guy as well as a big old Happy 75th Birthday to Bob Dylan!  This will be a very special edition of this Americana Roots radio program!  Tune in 6 am!