Archive for August 2016
For the first half of the program, Peter and Mickey speak with author and Code-Pink
cofounder Medea Benjamin; her new book, "Kingdom of the Unjust," examines the
history of U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations, and how the two governments remain close
despite the Saudis' repressing their own population, fighting a war in Yemen,
and promoting the Wahabist version of Islam across the Mideast and beyond.
In the second half-hour, investigative journalist Greg Palast speaks about his
latest investigations into voter disenfranchisement, which is carried out primarily
(but not exclusively) by Republican secretaries of state. Palast has a new article in
the Rolling Stone, and a forthcoming documentary film, "The Best Democracy Money
Mickey speaks with two authors in the new "Hot Books" series. First, Nicholas Schou discusses
"Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood." Then Alexander Zaitchik
describes his study of Trump voters, "Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America."
Also on hand for the hour is author David Talbot, the founder and editorial director of Hot Books;
he explains its mission, and describes some of the other titles in the Hot Books series.
What is Critical Media Literacy, and why is it a vital skill for students and citizens today? Peter and Mickey speak with two Media Literacy scholars,
who explain how the concepts apply to both old and new forms of media, and how they're employing CML in their institutions.
Julie Frechette chairs the Department of Communications at Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
Bill Yousman is director of the graduate program in Media Literacy and Education at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
This program is a rebroadcast of the October 16, 2015 program.
Peter and Mickey spend the hour in conversation with author/educator Henry Giroux. Giroux explains the concept of 'critical pedagogy,'
and the pivotal role that education plays for the whole of society. He warns of the increasing domination of the world by the ultra-rich,
and a new form of anti-intellectualism fostered by a failing corporate media. Among the measures the left must take to resist these forces,
he cites the formation of a broad-based third political party, and more academics taking on the duties of public intellectuals, rather than
limiting themselves to the campus.
This program is a rebroadcast of the October 30, 2015 program.
Henry Giroux teaches at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
More information on his work can be found at www.henryagiroux.com
Peter and Mickey spend the hour in discussion with Mark Crispin Miller, NYU professor, author, and media critic.
Their conversation included both critiques of corporate media's recent performance (such as coverage
of the presidential campaign), and ongoing developments that threaten freedom of the press and of thought
(for example, the engagement of big PR firms by federal agencies).