There are competing claims as to the beginning of the nuclear age but more important than a specific date is the fact that the unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our modes of thinking. Albert Einstein said these words and concluded: “thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”
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George Monbiot is a British political activist and author. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian of London. Monbiot is currently visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University. He is the recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement presented by Nelson Mandela.
George Monbiot has written a new book, The Age of Consent, published by Harper Collins in London. In it he lays out the problems of globalization, the dictatorship of institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade Organization and the UN Security Council and he comes up with a surprising solution.
George Monbiot was interviewed by Jeff Blankfort on KZYX radio in November 2003.
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On a windy evening in the summer of 1988 two of the great environmentalists of our time had their first and only meeting on the Marin Headlands. Their paths should have crossed many times; both mountain climbers, they trekked in the Himalayan mountains, both are almost cult figures with their followers. When they finally met they
discovered that they were the same age, 86. This is the only recording, and the first broadcast, of that meeting.
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With Will Durst, Rene Hicks, Bill Santiago, David Rovics and Drew Dellinger
Recorded LIVE at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on 2/1/04 at a benefit for the International Inquiry into 9-11. Bill Santiago called this event “The first ever Bush bashing super-bowl party”. He felt honored to attend. Humor can be more radical than “straight” talk. David Rovics sings: Who would Jesus bomb? The theme of 9/11 comes up throughout. http://www.deceptiondollar.com
Comedienne Rene Hicks was the MC for the Comedy Special. She is comfortable in tiny clubs and on national TV. She was the first African American woman ever nominated for the American Comedy Awards. Drew Dellinger is a poet, rap artist and activist; Amy Goodman called David [ . . . ]
Youth Speaks is a Bay Area nonprofit, with satellite workshops around the country. They are providing a safe space for high school students to put their thoughts and emotions on paper and on the stage. Since the founding of Youth Speaks in 1996 the youth poetry movement has spread to many places, including Seattle, New York City and even abroad.
Places to hear the young poets are the Teen Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices and the Bringing the Noise Reading Series. Every event inspires many more teens to join workshops where they learn from each other honest writing and critical thought. You will be amazed at the youth of the speakers on this program, most are just 16, the range of [ . . . ]
Utah talks about his life and how he became an activist
Utah Phillips said he never put it all together quite like this. From his childhood to Korea, his work with transients and migrants, his discovery of anarchism and pacifism and how to use music as a weapon, this is a moving, honest account of an extraordinary life.
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Brecht had to escape from Germany when Hitler came to power. His exile in the US was cut short when he was called before HUAC, the House Unamerican Activities Committee. Di Travis said: “He brought onto the stage of Europe the most pressing political issues facing anyone alive. And he forged a new kind of theater which was vivid, funny, ringing with music and full of questions for the audience to answer. All over the world theater has been changed by his work.”
All but two songs, that sound eerily up to date, were composed by Brecht’s friend and collaborator Hans Eisler. The collection of songs and poems had premiered at the Royal National Theater in London and was recorded during [ . . . ]
Burning Man is four stories tall and glows neon at night: a wooden man-sculpture which is burned each year in the vast expanse of the Black Rock desert of Nevada. This sound collage is part of a post-modern carnival of the absurd. Also: What would America have been without the Caucasian-Americans, with their magnificent shopping malls, their colorful polyesters, and their landfills? This anthropological comedy is based on Beverly Slapin’s workbook for children. 60 minutes
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On Sunday, April 20, 1997, the huge synagogue Emanu-El in San Francisco was filled with fellow poets and friends remembering the life of the Beat/Buddhist/Rebel poet Allen Ginsberg. Among the speakers were Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joanne Kyger, Anne Waldman, Robert Haas, and Gary Snyder.
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