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Program Summary:
 
Project Censored's new annual volume will soon be available. "State of the Free Press 2022"
includes the well-known 'Top 25' censored stories of the preceding year, as well as many more chapters of media analysis.
Andy Lee Roth and Steve Macek of Project Censored spend the hour with Mickey to discuss the new book, and also explain
Project Censored's procedures for identifying and compiling under-reported stories.
 
Notes:
 
Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored; he holds a PhD in Sociology from UCLA and has published widely on media issues.
Steve Macek teaches Communications and Media Studies at North Central College in Illinois.
Roth and Macek are co-coordinators of Project Censored's Campus Affiliates Program.
 
Program Summary:
 
Author Chris Hedges also teaches college-level courses for New Jersey state prison inmates. His new book, “Our Class,” explains what happened
when Hedges taught a dramatic-literature course to inmates, then helped them write a play of their own – “Caged” – based on their personal life events.
As well, the inmates' stories illustrate the many cruelties of life in an American prison.  Chris Hedges spoke at a KPFA / Project Censored Zoom event
on November 18; this week's program presents excerpts from that talk.
 

Notes:
 
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist with a long career as a war correspondent around the world. He hosts the program "On Contact"
for RT Television, and writes online at www.scheerpost.com. His previous books include "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," "Death of the Liberal Class,"
and "America: The Farewell Tour."
 
This week we present a rebroadcast of a speech delivered one year ago by journalist Chris Hedges.
In a Zoom speech shortly after the 2020 election, Hedges spoke about the deeper forces of political and economic decay
afflicting the US. This episode contains Hedges' complete speech, titled "The Culture of Despair."
 
Notes:
 
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist with a long career as a foreign correspondent around the world.
He hosts the program "On Contact" for RT Television, and writes online at www.scheerpost.com  His books include
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning,  Death of the Liberal Class, and most recently, America: The Farewell Tour.
Online journalist Kevin Gosztola returns to the program to deliver an update about
the Julian Assange extradition case in the UK, and its disturbing impacts for press freedom.
Then in the second half, Eleanor Goldfield tells about the remarkable range of issues in which
Wikileaks has obtained and published secret documents.
 
Kevin Gosztola is the managing editor of the news web site www.Shadowproof.com 
He has covered the Julian Assange legal proceedings in the UK from the beginning,
as well as other press-freedom and whistleblower cases.
Eleanor Goldfield is a journalist, artist and organizer; her web site is www.artkillingapathy.com  
She also produced a documentary, Hard Road of Hope, about West Virginia communities
confronting pollution from fracking. 
 
Mickey's guest for the full hour is media scholar Victor Pickard of the University of Pennsylvania.
They discuss Pickard's 2019 book, "Democracy Without Journalism?"  Pickard describes the dimensions
of recent years' precipitous drop in the employment of reporters, and its likely consequences for society.
He explains the historical roots of this new crisis, and offers remedies that center on building publicly-supported 
journalism institutions that aren't coupled to commercial values.
 
Program Summary:
With British courts nearing a possible decision on whether to extradite Julian Assange to the U.S., Jeff Mackler speaks to Mickey
about the campaign to free Assange (the founder of the Wikileaks web site). Then we hear a conversation with online journalist
Kevin Gosztola about the Assange case, as well as cases of several U.S. whistleblowers. 
Jeff Mackler is a member of  www.AssangeDefense.org  and a co-organizer of a Oct. 23 free-Assange demonstration in Oakland, CA.
He's also on the board of the United National Antiwar Coalition.
 
Kevin Gosztola is the managing editor of the news web site www.Shadowproof.com   He has covered the Julian Assange legal proceedings
in the UK from the beginning, as well as other press-freedom and whistleblower cases.
Mickey's conversation with Kevin Gosztola is a rebroadcast from a Project Censored Show of this past August
Program Summary:
September 17, 2021 was the tenth anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street. Journalist Michael Levitin was there at its beginning,
and, among other roles, edited the Occupy Wall Street Journal. His new book Generation Occupy, chronicles the history of the Occupy
movement and its ongoing influence. He and Mickey Huff spoke in a Zoom event presented by Diablo Valley College on October 14.
 
Michael Levitin is a widely-published journalist who in 2011 started the Occupy Wall Street Journal. Prior to taking part in Occupy,
he wrote for publications such as the Financial Times and Los Angeles Times. He now teaches journalism at Diablo Valley College.
His web site is www.michaellevitin.com 
 
Program Summary:
In the aftermath of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's testimony to Congress,
Mickey and his guests look at the ongoing issues of social media's social responsibility,
or lack of responsibility. Were most of Haugen's disclosures already known?
And what actions should be taken to reduce the harm caused by the behavior
of Facebook and the other digital media giants?
Alan MacLeod is a media critic, a staff writer at Mint Press News, and a contributor
to many other publications. He's also the author of "Bad News From Venezuela."
Nolan Higdon teaches history and media studies at California State University, East Bay.
He's also the author of "The Anatomy of Fake News"
 
Program Summary:
On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Code Pink, Massachusetts Peace Action, Project Censored
and other organizations held an online seminar on the worldwide toll of the US "War On Terror," and strategies for
resisting militarism in the years to come. This week's Project Censored Show presents excerpts from some of the speeches
at that event. This is the second half of a two-part series; the first was aired in the Project Censored Show of 9-20-21.
 
Notes:
Some of the participants' presentations have been edited due to time constraints or audio quality issues.
The original webinar is over three hours long, and can be viewed in its entirety at

Program Summary:
This week is Banned-Books Week 2021, an annual affirmation of Americans' right to read.
In the first half of the program, Mickey and his guests look at some recent efforts to restrict
students' choice of books in Ohio and Texas.
September 2021 is also the tenth anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street.
Author Michael Levitin joins Mickey to look at Occupy's origins and its ongoing influence.

 

 
Nora Pelizzari is Director of Communications at the National Coalition Against Censorship (www.ncac.org).
Jackie Farmer is Senior Program Officer at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (www.thefire.org).
Michael Levitin is a widely-published journalist who in 2011 started the Occupy Wall Street Journal.
His new book is Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy. His web site is www.michaellevitin.com

Other web sites mentioned on this program:
www.bannedbooksweek.org
www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/oif

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