On this very special edition of Barry Lee‘s Signal To Noise, Jeff Porter, solo artist and The Rainmakers’ lead guitarist, regales us with two eclectic hours of his favorite music as Signal To Noise continues its ongoing series with musicians as DJs. Be prepared to be surprised!
Global Roots Radio celebrates Nowruz, Persian for New Dayand the name of the Iranian New Year. Nowruz marks the first day of spring or Equinox and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. the beginning of 1394 and springtime, in a musical multi-language special this Sunday 3-5 PM!
This week on CounterSpin: Is Venezuela really a threat to the security of the United States, as the White House has declared? And if not, what can be the point of such a statement? We’ll get an accounting about what seems to be threatening Washington from activist and author Alfredo Lopez, of May First/People Link.
Also on the show: “Coal is an outlaw enterprise,” declared Robert Kennedy Jr. in a New York Times op-ed last December. Apart from that forceful opinion piece, though, you probably haven’t seen very much about one of the most damaging — to people and the environment — aspects of that enterprise: mountaintop removal. After years of activism, are we about to see an end to that harmful process? We’ll hear from Jeff Biggers, author ofReckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland.
–”Venezuela’s Continuous Coup,” by Alfredo Lopez (This Can’t Be Happening!, 3/2/15)
–”Mountaintop Removal on the Ropes,” by Jeff Biggers (Huffington Post,3/13/15)
ISIS: Drive by Revenge or Theology?
A recent article called “What ISIS Really Wants” has become the most read story ever published in the history of The Atlantic. In it, Graeme Wood says that pretending that the so-called Islamic State isn’t actually a religious group, with a coherent theology, has led the rest of the world to underestimate its power. But it has caused an uproar online. One of Wood’s most thoughtful critics is Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi, who says the problem with Wood’s analysis is not what he says, but what he doesn”t say: that the root causes of ISIS are “the hellish conditions Western powers created in the region.” Featuring Graeme Wood, lecturer in political science at Yale University and a contributing editor to The Atlantic and Yasir Qadhi, Muslim cleric and assistant professor of religion at Rhodes College
A Terrible Choice for the Jews in Europe?
To Jeffery Goldberg, the Jews of Europe are facing a revolting choice: the coffin or the suitcase. After 15 years of violent, anti-Semitic attacks in France, Britain, Germany and elsewhere, thousands of Jews are already fleeing for Israel and the United States. As Goldberg explains in the April cover story for The Atlantic, the perpetrators are often disenfranchised Muslim immigrants, looking for a simple explanation for their own anxieties.
Featuring Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic.
The Church of TED
Megan Hustad can recognize “the cadence of missionary zeal” when she hears it. And this time, it’s coming from the TED Talks, the widely popular, NPR-approved lectures that impart “ideas worth spreading.” But for Hustad, the daughter of Christian Evangelicals, TED’s airy promises delivered in darkened rooms across the country remind her a bit too much of tent revival sermons. Hustad’s essay, “The Church of TED,” which first appeared in The New York Times. Megan Hustad, author of More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments
Veterans Voices – Writing From The Soul For The Soul
Hospitalized Veterans’ Writing Project (HVWP) utilizes therapeutic writing to rehabilitate veterans. Their Mission is to enable military veterans to experience solace and satisfaction through our writing program.
The project encourages veterans to express their thoughts and feelings in writing and to send their stories, essays and poems to the HVWP headquarters for potential publication in Veterans’ Voices magazine. HVWP publishes Veterans’ Voices three times a year. The magazine is made possible by ongoing contributions to HVWP and with the support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Today’s host is Beth Pike, Beth is our regular engineer for JoJR and this is the first show she is producing for us. Her guests are Margaret Clark, Editor in Chief of Veterans’ Voices, Tina Hacker, Poetry Editor of Veterans’ Voices and Perry Puccetti, President and Chief officer of Triple-I Corporation. They will talk about Veteran’s Voices Magazine, how veterans can submit their writing and share some of their own writing. They will also let you know how you can show your support for the magazine and the Hospitalized Veterans writing Project.
Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Steve Tulipana & Sie Lieben Maschinen
+ Nathan Reusch & Middle of the Map Fest +
Phil Neal & The Wornalls +
Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Westerners, The Grisly Hand, Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits, Good Time Charley, Janet The Planet, Monta At Odds, The Bad Ideas, Phil Neal and The Wornalls, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens, Bad Religion, and Fleetwood Mac.
At 10:30 Mark talks with veteran rock & roller, Phil Neal who has written over four dozen, what he calls “Midwestern Rock” songs. Phil was the first KC singer to have a song on MTV (March 23, 1982). Phil Neal’s band, The Artists, had a video in rotation on MTV, critical acclaim, and national management. When the band fell apart, Phil continued on, writing songs, and playing for over three decades, with several different bands, including, The Rockhills, all while making a home and raising a family. For the last four years The Wornalls have joined Neal, to bring his songs to life, and record two critically acclaimed albums. Phil Neal & The Wornalls play recordBar, Saturday, March 28, at 7:00pm. More info at: http://www.reverbnation.com/philnealandthewornalls
At 11:00 Nathan Reusch and Steven Ervay of The Record Machine join us to share more details about Ink’s Middle of The Map Film Fest, April 8-12, Ink’s Middle of The Map Forum, April 15-17, and Ink’s Middle of The Map Music Fest, April 22-25. More info at: www.therecordmachine.net and www.middleofthemapfest.com
At 11:15, Steve Tulipana joins us for a conversation about his new musical adventure, Sie Lieben Maschinen. Steve Tulipana has been a part of many influential Kansas City based bands: Season To Risk, Pornhuskers, Unknown Pleasures, Roman Numerals, and Thee Water MoccaSins. Steve is also the creator and co-owner of recordBar and miniBar. For Sie Lieben Maschinen, Steve has reunited with his Season To Risk band mate, Josh Newton. Sie Lieben Maschinen will play Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, April 25, at 7:45 at Ernie Biggs. More info at: http://sieliebenmaschinen.tumblr.com.