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This week's program presents edited audio of a July 13, 2021 Zoom conversation in which
Mickey hosted author Dan Kovalik. Kovalik spoke about his latest work, "Cancel This Book:
The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture." Kovalik warns of the dangers of 'cancel culture'
on the left, and advocates instead for dialogue and tolerance of differing opinions.
 
Dan Kovalik is a law professor and a prolific author; some of his recent books
include "No More War," and "The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela."
 
Host: Mickey Huff 
 
Producer: Anthony Fest
 
How did the dominant corporate media cover Joe Biden's first 100 days as President? And how has media coverage of
Biden differed from that given to Donald Trump?  Mickey is joined by Emil Marmol and Nolan Higdon to discuss a forthcoming article
the three of them wrote on these topics.
Then Jennifer Lyons speaks about her new academic study of left-populist podcasts, and how their perspectives differ from those of
legacy media such as cable TV.
 
 
 
Notes:
Nolan Higdon teaches at California State University, East Bay. He and Emil Marmot are frequent contributors to Project Censored.
Their forthcoming article will be titled, "Returning to Neoliberal Normalcy."
Jennifer Lyons teaches History at Diablo Valley College; her forthcoming article on left-populist media was coauthored with Nolan Higdon.
This week's program presents excerpts from a live online discussion co-produced by Project Censored and the Real News Network.
The first in a series of three programs examining life and media in the modern age of pervasive digital communication,
it examines the question "Is Freedom Possible in the Digital Era?"
The panelists were Andy Lee Roth, Allison Butler and John K. Wilson;
moderators were Maximillian Alvarez and Mickey Huff.

 
Notes:
Andy Lee Roth is Associate Director of Project Censored, and co-editor of the annual Project Censored books.
Alison Butler teaches in the Department of Communications at the University of Massachusetts.
John K. Wilson is Contributing Editor to Academeblog.org, a project of the American Association of University Professors.
Maximillian Alvarez is Editor-in-Chief at the Real News Network

A video of the entire program can be see at www.youtube.com/watch?v=07jht-StlI8  

 

Music-Break information:

1) "Long Red" by Mountain
2) "Pipeline" by the Alan Parsons Project

Mickey's first guest is Shahid Buttar, who in 2020 ran against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her seat
in the House of Representatives; he speaks about prospects for progressive change in 2021.
Then author Dan Kovalik returns to the program to discuss his latest work, "Cancel This Book,"
which warns of the dangers of 'cancel culture.'
 
Notes:
 
Shahid Buttar is a civil-rights lawyer; he's worked at public-interest organizations
including the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In the 2020 election, he challenged long-time incumbent Nancy Pelosi for her seat
in California's 12th District (San Francisco).
Dan Kovalik is a law professor and a prolific author; some of his recent books
include "No More War," and "The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela."
 
 

 
The Project Censored Show:

 

Host: Mickey Huff 
 
Producer: Anthony Fest
 
Music-break information:
1) "What About Me?" by Quicksilver Messenger Service
2) "Let's Work Together" by Canned Heat
3) "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield

Mickey's guest for the first half of this week's show is Jordan Elgrably,
editor of a new publication: the Markaz Review www.themarkaz.org
They explore some of the topics covered in this month's issue, "Why Truth?"
In the second half of the show, Andy Lee Roth explains how
nonhuman censors -- algorithms -- are exerting tremendous, yet unseen,
control over which stories users of online media are able to see.
 
Notes:
 
Jordan Elgrably, editor of the Markaz Review, is a widely-published writer.
He was also the cofounder of the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Andy Lee Roth is Associate Director of Project Censored, and coeditor
of the Project's annual volume of censored stories and other media analysis.
His article on algorithms as media gatekeepers can be found at

 
the Project Censored Show:

 

Host: Mickey Huff 
 
Producer: Anthony Fest
 
Music-break information:
1) "What is Truth?" by Johnny Cash

2) "Gimme Some Truth" by John Lennon

3) "Welcome to the Machine" by Pink Floyd

Archives at 

In the first half of the program, peace organizer Medea Benjamin looks at the
Biden Administration's foreign policy, and finds it mainly a disappointment.
Then Rebecca Grace and John Gray introduce the Complete Picture Project,
an organization that assembles videos of nonviolent offenders facing sentencing,
so that a sentencing judge will learn more about an offender's entire life,
including family and community connections, rather than only the criminal record.

 

 
Notes:
 
Medea Benjamin is co-founder of the women's peace organization Code Pink;
she's also written eight books, including "Inside Iran" and "Kingdom of the Unjust."
Her recent article on Biden's foreign policy can be found at
 
Rebecca Grace and John Gray are the founders of the Complete Picture Project.
Gray himself served a prison term for crimes related to an old drug habit.
The organization's web site is www.completepicture.org 
Aaron Good teaches at a Quaker high school in Pennsylvania. He invited Daniel Ellsberg to speak to his class via Zoom, and also secretly invited
several of Ellsberg's fellow authors or whistleblowers, making the event a surprise tribute to Ellsberg, and a panel discussion of both historic and
recent events in the peace movement.
 
Notes:
 
Daniel Ellsberg is best-known as the whistleblower who leaked the “Pentagon Papers” to the press, but has also written on the threat posed by nuclear weapons,
and on other issues of war and peace.  Peter Kuznick is Professor of History at American University in Washington, DC, and co-author of
“The Untold History of the United States.” 
Katherine Gun is a British whistleblower who exposed U-S efforts to browbeat other nations into supporting George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq. 
Peter Dale Scott is a retired professor, a former Canadian diplomat, and a prolific author on the 'deep state.'  James Galbraith is Professor of Government
at the University of Texas, and a son of the late author John Kenneth Galbraith.  Aaron Good teaches at a Quaker high school in Pennsylvania,
holds a doctorate from Temple University, and is a frequent contributor to Project Censored.
Today's guests say that the National Park Service is betraying its mission at California's Point Reyes National Seashore by favoring legacy cattle ranches and dairies
over preservation of the land and the survival of the native Tule Elk. Peter Byrne and Will Carruthers also present examples of the local ranch and dairy businesses wielding
undue influence in the region's  politics, and corrupting a local land-preservation nonprofit. They add that only the presence of an independent weekly newspaper
has enabled the public to be aware of these problems.
 
Notes:
 
Peter Byrne is an investigative journalist who has written on a wide array of topics, from science and medicine to public finance.
His article “Apocalypse Cow” can be read at www.pacificsun.com. All of Byrne's work can be found at www.PeterByrne.info
Will Carruthers is the staff reporter for the Pacific Sun and North Bay Bohemian weekly newspapers, serving California's Marin,
Sonoma and Napa counties.
Mickey's guest for the hour is John K. Wilson, author of a recent report about freedom of the press on US college campuses. They speak about the findings of Wilson's report,
as well as the multiple threats to journalism and freedom of speech on campuses. Wilson also revisits some of the landmark events of the past generation's media history,
including the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and the rise of right-wing talk radio.

Notes:
 
John K. Wilson writes for the Academe Blog, a web page of the American Association of University Professors. His report on press freedom on campus can be found at freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/fellows-19-20/wilson-research   Wilson has also written eight books, including "The Most Dangerous Man In America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason."

 
Music-break information:

1) “Chord Change” by Camel

2) “Salamander” by Jethro Tull

3) “Arriving Somewhere But Not Here” by Porcupine Tree

Although a new administration has taken office in Washington, the administrators of the world's wealth have not changed.
Project Censored presents a rebroadcast of "Giants: The Global Power Elite." Project Censored Show cofounder Peter Phillips returned to the show
as a guest in August 2018 to discuss his book about the 'transnational corporate class.' The product of years of research, "Giants" identifies
the institutions and individuals who manage trillions of dollars of assets, and wield the political might that such riches confer.
As the Biden administration takes charge, observers of politics might watch for representatives of the 'Giants' on the Biden team.

Notes:
 
Peter Phillips is Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University in California.
He's also the retired director of Project Censored, and cofounder of the Project Censored radio show.
"Giants" is his 18th book, and is published by Seven Stories Press.
 
Music-break information:
1) "Lucifer" by the Alan Parsons Project
2) "Lunar Sea" by Camel
3) "The Watcher" by Dave Holland

 

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