2014

Fred Gray: Civil Rights Attorney for Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King

Black History Special – ONE self contained 29 min.program
Re-broadcast every two years
Who was the attorney for Rosa Parks and later Martin Luther King at the beginning of the Civil Rights struggle? Fred Gray, just out of law school, had made a commitment to destroy everything segregated in his home state of Alabama when he was in high school. Rosa Parks was only his second case, after Claudette Colvin, a teenager, who nine months earlier had been the first to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus and in turn inspired Rosa Park.
When Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for violating the segregated seating ordinance, 26-year-old Martin Luther King was chosen to lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and [ . . . ]

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ITHACA COMMUNITY MONEY (TWO of TWO)

A radio documentary on the ITHACA HOURS community currency
UPDATE
This is the conclusion of a one hour documentary on the Ithaca Hours, the oldest printed paper community currency in the US. Founded in 1991 by Paul Glover, Ithaca Hours have been in continuous use, their popularity rising and diminishing with fluctuations in the overall economy.
You will hear interviews with an employee of Green Star, the Ithaca food coop, and with a woman who accepts Ithaca Hours for rent and describes traditional New England farm barter. The program ends with a long interview with a banker. Bill Myers was manager of the Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca. He explains why the bank supports the community currency, and accepts Ithaca [ . . . ]

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ITHACA COMMUNITY MONEY (ONE of TWO)

A radio documentary on the ITHACA HOURS community currency
UPDATE
During the Great Depression, when banks were closed so they could be audited, over 400 currencies called SCRIP were used in the US to buy food and services. When the banks reopened, sometimes several months later, SCRIP was replaced with the federal currency. Since the beginning of the financial crisis a resurgence of interest in alternative money systems has led to many new initiatives.
The Ithaca Hours are the oldest printed paper currency in the US. Founded in 1991 by Paul Glover Hours have been in continuous use, their popularity rising and diminishing with fluctuations in the overall economy.
Each paper bill is a small piece of art and a commentary on [ . . . ]

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Rethinking Money: How new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity (TWO of TWO)

with Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne
This is part two of a 2013 global survey of community currencies, grassroots credit clearing and regional mutual aid systems. These are creative attempts to fill a role that the current monopoly system of money that is created by banks not only fails to fill but often undermines.
Bernard Lietaer is a former central banker and fund manager turned university professor and the Irish journalist Jacqui Dunne is CEO of an enterprise that assists entrepreneurs to restore the earth. Published in 2013 their book, Rethinking Money, is the most up to date international overview over complementary currencies and alternative systems of credit.
The real live projects that they describe, fall roughly into two categories, exchange [ . . . ]

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Rethinking Money: How new currencies turn scarcity into prosperity (ONE of TWO)

with Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne
This is a new book by the former Belgian central banker, fund manager and now university professor Bernard Lietaer and the journalist Jacqui Dunne. Published in 2013 the book is the most up to date international overview over complementary currencies and alternative systems of credit. The diversity of these systems is quite staggering, examples come for Poland, Brazil, Japan, the US and even the center of all banking, as some see it, Switzerland. But what they all have in common is their response to and critique of the current system of banking and money management.
Edgar Cahn, the creator of one such complementary system, Time Banking, legal scholar and speech writer to Robert F. [ . . . ]

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The Prospects of War in 2014: Professor Francis Boyle, interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

ONE self-contained 29 min. program
Recorded in the early days of January 2014, the focus, with some urgency, is on the prospects for war in 2014. University of Illinois College of Law Professor Francis Boyle, well known teacher of Constitutional Law, attorney and engaged critic of U.S. Foreign Affairs, was interviewed on January 8 by Takes on the World Radio host Jeff Blankfort. Jeff Blankfort is a veteran journalist and commentator on the Middle East.
Flash-point one is Iran. While negotiations are currently (January 2014) under way to lift sanctions a bill, S. 1881, has been introduced in the US Senate (Dec. 2013), over President Obama’s objections, that could bring these efforts to an end. Even worse, S. 1881 has language imbedded [ . . . ]

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Tom Greco: THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION

Tom Greco demystifies money and banking and explains the destructive power of the current financial system. He says that our dreams of a sane, just and ecologically sound future can become reality only if we change the way in which money is created and used.
THIS IS NOT A DOUBLE PROGRAM BUT ONE self contained 29 minute program)
THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION is Greco’s third book on alternatives to the money that is in use today.