Heather Benno of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund on the recently obtained FOIA documents that show part of the FBI’s surveillance of Occupy. Also, so much awesome listener mail we can barely stand it.
Encore episode – first aired Mar 5, 2011. Laura Hillenbrand is a New York Times bestseller known for her famous freshman novel Seasbiscuit. Laura has recently published her second book, Unbroken, and is on Book Talk to discuss the fascinating, true story of Louis Zamperini–Olympic athlete, World War Two Air Force serviceman, Japanese P.O.W. and long-time survivor of one of the most interesting lives ever lived in the twentieth century.
Today we are airing an encore presentation of out first Radio Dispatch Live! Our special guests are Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed journalist Michael Hastings, Yemen and al Qaeda expert Gregory D Johnsen, and drone expert Sarah Knuckey. After this, we’re back to our normal schedule.
Today’s show is another best-of show. We’ve got an essay Molly wrote about balloon salespeople, an essay John wrote about working as a high-end gift wrapper, a field piece about protest music, and a field piece about a dramatic Occupy arrest.
Adam Newman, Anthony Atamanuik, and Michelle Markowitz tell their “Best Presents” stories, with David Martin as host.
It’s our Christmas Day show! Today’s show is a best-of show, which includes Sam Osterhout reading from his book Memos to Ruby, and a strange interview with Fanny Faye, the insecure chef.
Painter Devon Clapp is interested in the bizarre, dark and more disturbing aspects of existence. His new show at et al Projects in Bushwick features images of deviant sex, bodily fluids, alien encounters, and other grotesque scenes rendered in drippy radio-active oranges, pinks and yellows.
Ryan Devereaux on the dangers of Zero Dark Thirty, and the National Review thinks men would have stopped the Sandy Hook shooting.
Timing is everything. And this week on Book Talk I have a conversation with a psychologist turned Young Adult author whose debut novel, Cadillac Chronicles, follows the story of a young male in need of father influence to save him from a psychological downward spiral.
Time names Obama person of the year, the appalling lack of emotion for Muslims killed in the drone program, and the dangers of relying on terms like “criminal” and “mentally ill” when discussing gun control. Also, you guessed it, awesome listener mail.
Megan McArdle bravely suggests that gun rampage victims to gang-rush the shooter, the media is engaged in a lot of mother-blaming, and some FireDogLake bloggers really don’t like how the austerity crisis deal is shaping up.
We spend the hour on the Newtown mass shooting, including Obama’s history of failure on gun control and the way we talk about masculinity.
For more than 10 years German artist Bjoern Schulke has been making interactive kinetic sculptures. His works bring together steel, wood, lights, motors, electronic sensors, solar panels and even theremins into machines that move, see and make noise all on their own.
Matt Lauer really jackasses it up while interviewing Anne Hathaway, a new Guantanamo Bay ruling further censors the courtroom, and we can’t stop reading all this great listener mail.
We invite you into the heart of our homeland. Economic recession defines the landscape of Middle America and the hard-working people of so-called “Main Street.” Surrounded by loss, people throw their lots into Tea Parties, state-sanctioned torture, and the tenuous relationships shared with each other.
More thoughts on the DSM and how it relates to trans people, major blow to unions in Michigan, and a so-called men’s rights group targets a 19 year old activist.
Ten legal tactics cops can use to surveil you, and some thoughts on what you can do to avoid them. Plus, the sweet sweet listener mail keeps coming.
Nick Kristof would like the poor in the US to stop being such leeches, visiting Ahmed Ferhani in Rikers, and some incredible listener mail.
This week on Art Uncovered I speak with artist Allison Sommers. Her new show, Ellipsis, includes videos, an installation and photographs inspired by her travels in Cypress and Tuscany. The exhibition is on view through December 17th at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn.
New DSM 5 still lists some trans people as “disordered”, UN disability treaty gets voted down, and some amazing listener mail.
Books – Richardson vs. Fielding, Garcia Marquez vs. Llorsa, Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald, Eliot vs. Pound & Plath vs. Sexton.
Ahmed Ferhani takes a guilty plea, and Radio Dispatch was in the courtroom for the whole thing. Also, watching the New Jim Crow play out in court, several prominent women recently have refused to identify as feminists, and our thoughts decades of smear campaigns against the word feminism.
Mike Konczal on the poorly named Fiscal Cliff: what it is and where Obama stands on it, both positive and negative. Also, a new study on gender representation in TV and movies.
Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network on Manning’s testimony at Fort Meade, his psychiatrist’s attempts to better Manning’s detainment conditions, and the next steps in the pre-trial phase. Also, audio from NYU’s panel discussion on free speech and whistleblowers, and John spoke at a Jeremy Hammond rally.
Photographer Edmund Clark’s project Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out looks at spaces and objects to tell the ongoing story of confinement and dehumanization at the infamous American prison camp in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Clark photographed the homes of released detainees in the UK and travelled to Guantanamo Bay where he was granted access to the prison camp and the American base where soldiers and interrogators lived. The project also includes a body of work called Letters to Omar, a collection of correspondence sent to a detainee named Omar Deghayes while he was imprisoned in Guantanamo. The letters — all of which have been scanned, redacted, cataloged and stamped — illustrate the extreme levels of control exerted over every aspects of prisoners live. A selection of work from the project is on view now at Flowers Gallery in New York city through January 12th. A monograph of the entire project is available through Dewi Lewis Publishing.
This is the recording of our first Radio Dispatch Live! We talk Petraeus, the kill list, and a decade of US foreign Policy from Iraq and Afghanistan to Pakistan and Yemen. Our guests are Micheal Hastings, Sarah Knuckey, and Gregory D Johnsen.
Whether it is singing, accounting or swimming you are good at, chances are there is a role for you somewhere. This week I look at the art of doing that special think you love and how to make a career out of it. I also look at a book by U.S. Special Forces Navy SEALs member who was part of “Team Six” that killed Osama Bin Laden and a 2010 controversial book called The Big Short that examines the financial crisis of 2008.
A new study sheds light on the harsh working conditions domestic workers face, the judge in Jeremy Hammond’s case has a conflict of interest, and the US Navy assures the Internet that a human will always decide when a robot will kill you. And still more great listener mail.
Revisiting the Runaway General, the Michael Hastings story that ended Stanley McCrystal’s career as a general, a refresher on drones, and a black Florida teenager is gunned down in his car, allegedly after a confrontation with a middle aged white man. Plus, more listener mail than you can shake a stick at.
Join Michelle Markowitz, Anthony Atamanuik, and David Martin for some spooky storm-themed stories!
Fox News declares a War on Men, and we give you your reading list for the first ever Radio Dispatch Live, which we’re recording this week.
Andy Adams is the editor, publisher and producer of This week on Art Uncovered he talks about online photo culture and his exhibition, Looking at the Land.
Walmart workers and activists stage Black Friday strikes in 100 cities and in 46 states, pushing back on Charlie Pierce’s uncharacteristically imperceptive post on the bombardment of Gaza, and thoughts on why our hometown consistently votes Democratic.
What is plagiarism anyhow? Being “Knock-Off Week” here at BreakThru Radio, I wanted to take a look at the difference between copy write infringement, plagiarism, artistic license and influence.
It’s Thanksgiving. Celebrate by listening to one of our favorite shows this year, our hour-long discussion of Communism, featuring Jesse Myerson and Chepe.
Anna Lekas Miller joins us to discuss the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, and The Nation’s Josh Eidelson reports on the upcoming Black Friday strikes that Walmart workers are organizing. Also, Jamel Mims on stop and frisk and mass incarceration.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now joins us to discuss her new book, the Silenced Majority, as well as the Occupy movement, the silencing effect of the corporate media, and finding perspective when reporting on injustices from all over the world. Also, the bombardment of Gaza continues, and city officials continue to find sick people in public housing.
Filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s new documentary, Room 237, is all about the secret meanings hidden in Stanley Kubrick’s horror film The Shining.
Strike Debt raised enough money to abolish over 5 million dollars in debt, Palestinian rights organizations protest Israeli bombardments of Gaza, and Teach For America claims to aspire to reform education through electoral politics.
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Today’s show is all about police repression of Arab and Muslim communities, and activist groups as well.
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the People’s Bailout and the ongoing Rolling Jubilee. Also, slut-shaming in the Petraeus scandal, media worship of the military, and the national security state eats itself alive.
Occupy Sandy establishes an outpost in the still suffering Midland Beach area in Staten Island, and Jezebel shames high schoolers who posted racist tweets after Obama’s reelection. This show is about natural disasters, race, and privilege.
This week, somewhere in Kazakhstan, a satellite called EchoStar XVI will launch into geosynchronous orbit 24,000 miles above the earth. Attached to that satellite is a silicon disk with 100 images etched into it’s surface. The images depict snippets of life on Earth, and they may one day explain to their discoverer the fate of the lost civilization that sent them into space.
Efforts to provide relief to the Rockaways continue, and John was on the ground to witness some of it. Also, Occupy’s effect on the election, and Glenn Beck’s website offers praise for Occupy Sandy.
Dirty Secret is a tell-all memoir about the life of a daughter to a hoarder. Jessie Sholl takes you inside the embarrassment, shame, and adversity to overcome what living with a hoarder is all about.
The election results are in. We’re drinking bloody marys and screwdrivers. Also, Nick Isabella, who runs the twitter account OccuWeather, tells about the coming nor’easter and spending Sandy on a boat.
Michael Tracey on voter disenfranchisement in New Jersey following Superstorm Sandy. Also, Occupy Sandy is getting a lot of well-deserved good press. Our thoughts on why Occupy is so well suited to deliver relief to those affected by the storm.
On the ground interviews from Staten Island and Rockaway Beach, as we take you to some of the places in New York City that have been hardest hit. Today’s show is all about people telling their own stories about how Sandy changed their lives.
In a new exhibition at the RISD Museum of Art called America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, curator Jan Howard takes stock of the history of American landscape images, and the ways that photographers have revealed the complexities of american society, politics and economics through their examinations of the natural and built environments across the united states.
Our coverage of Sandy’s effects on New York City continues, with Chris Robbins of Gothamist reporting on the massive destruction on Staten Island, and Nick Pinto of the Village Voice on continuing power outages in Red Hook. Also, Molly’s got a new essay about structural oppression and education.
This past week, parts of New York City and the surrounding area were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of this storm, hundreds of thousands of people are without water, electricity and Internet, including BreakThru Radio’s broadcast studio. Tune in to Book Talk with Kory for a special episode recorded from his home in Hell’s Kitchen, one of the lucky New York neighborhoods with power, as he looks through some hurricane-inspired literature.
Huge Sandy-themed show today. Activist Michael Premo on InterOccupy mutual aid efforts, journalist Danny Gold on destruction in New Jersey and Staten Island, and defense attorney Gideon Oliver on Rikers, and the effects of shutting down the court system. Also, Molly escaped Manhattan and is back in the studio.
Hurricane Sandy has devastated the Northeast, leaving millions without power, and New York City without subway service for the next several days at least. Molly is stuck in Manhattan, so today is another best-of show. We replay our interview with Greg Palast on his new book Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and my interview of NYU’s Sarah Knuckey on a drone report she co-authored.
The best of the best comedians and writers in New York  get together at the end of every month to share their wild and crazy stories, hosted by David Martin. This month’s theme: SCHOOL STORIES 00:25 Intro with David Martin 08:53 Michelle Markowitz 22:03 David Martin 23:12 Jon Gabrus 38:12 David Martin 39:41 Halle Kiefer 53:32 David Martin 55:49 Adam Wade 68:37 David Martin 70:53 Finish David Martin Follow Jon Gabrus on Twitter Follow Michelle Markowitz on Twitter Follow Halle Kiefer on Twitter Follow Adam Wade on Twitter
Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Northeast! It’s a Frankenstorm-snoreaster-pocalypse! We’re replaying two interviews today, Governor Eliot Spitzer and the ACLU’s Hina Shamsi.
This week on Art Uncovered Italian curator Domenico Quaranta talks about his exhibition Collect the WWWorld: The Artist or Archivist. For Collect the World Domenico has assembled a group of artists who appropriate, re-mix, collect and manipulate the cultural material of the web in an attempt to hold up a mirror up to our always-connected information society. These artists try to figure out what to make of the deluge of data, videos, images, text, social networking, and e-commerce that have reshaped our lives. The question that emerges from this show is whether the flood of information actually leads to knowledge and meaning or confusion, anxiety and identity crisis. The answer I got from the videos, installations, objects and other works in the show was all of the above. Last Sunday I spoke with curator Domenico Quaranta over Skype about Collect the World which is on view through November 4th at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn. Playlist 00:00 Thomas Intro 02:03 Domenico Quaranta Interview pt 1 04:20 Totally Stoked (On You) – Y.A.C.H.T. 06:19 Domenico Quaranta Interview pt 2 08:35 Slow With Horns Run For Your Life – Dan Deacon 11:14 Domenico Quaranta Interview pt 3 13:37 Comfy in Nautica – Panda Bear 16:42 Domenico Quaranta Interview pt 4 21:07 The Entertainment – Max Tundra 24:05 Domenico Quaranta Interview pt 5 27:51 The Struggle Against Unreality – Matmos 30:33 Domenico Quaranta Interview pt 6 34:50 Outro/Luke Vibert  – Thurston Moore 36:23 Finish
Cannibal cop wanted to kidnap, cook, and eat one hundred women, the future of warfare is lethal autonomous robots, and Mitt Romney’s comments as Governor about same-sex parents.
The world’s preeminent word-of-mouth marketing experts demonstrate how in-person social networking, not online marketing, is the secret to soaring revenues. Even in today’s digital world, 90 percent of recommendations that lead to consumer action happen offline. In The Face to Face Book, marketing gurus Ed Keller and Brad Fay reveal the secrets to harnessing this power, showing readers how they can spread the word about their products and brands faster than the speed of Facebook and with far greater impact.
Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, on Manning’s detention, trans identity, and the overlap of foreign policy and mass incarceration. Also, Richard Mourdock’s “God intended that” rape comments, and a new agency that codifies global secret war.
Anne Elizabeth Moore on her new book Hip Hop Apsara, Cambodia, and denationalized trade zones. Also, a listener provided interview about austerity in Greece.
John returns to the show, with more audio from Guantanamo Bay. Also, Greg Basta on the new book by New York Communities for Change, and Nick Espinoza on Occupy Our Homes Minnesota.
Wendy Klemperer makes sculptures of animals. the creatures in her work are amazingly expressive and convey complex movement and emotion that reflects the hours wendy has spent observing animals in the wild, in nature films and in the works of other artists like the painter Eugène Delacroix and photographer Eadward Muybridge.
John’s latest dispatches from Guantanamo Bay, including an interview with Hina Shamsi of the ACLU. Also, an interview with Nelini Stamp, organizer with the Dream Defenders, on the school to prison pipeline, changing the debate, and the importance of organizing Latino and African American youth against their common oppressors. Plus, Jesse and Molly discuss Well Meaning Misogynists and the importance of checking your privilege. is a definitive site for the mature widowed or divorced man. As healing after a breakup, divorce, or a death of a significant other takes time and can be very difficult to overcome, this site provides a positive sense of renewal, as well as offering valuable advice for men on how to move forward into this next exciting chapter of their lives. From condiments to condoms, has you covered!
John’s third dispatch from Guantanamo is an interview with Defense Attorney David Schulz on classified information and updates on the progress of the pre-commission hearing.
Jesse Myerson is back to continue the co-host party and John sends his second dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, including more audio from lawyers discussing presumptive classification. Plus, Jesse’s vision of our impending dystopic future, the outting of a troll by Gawker, more NYPD beatings, and incredible listener mail.
Jesse Myerson is guest co-hosting all week. John sends his first dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, the EU is confusingly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Prime Minister of Australia takes down the sexist leader of the opposition, and updates on the MTA fare hike situation.
Over ten years filmmaker Ben Shapiro followed photographer Gregory Crewdson, documenting his film-sized photo productions in Western Massachusetts. In his new documentary Gregory Crewdson Brief Encounters Shapiro takes us behind the scenes on Crewdson’s obsessively constructed sets and inside the artist’s creative process.
Melissa Gira Grant on a California proposition that would adversely effect sex workers, and the former Facebook executive who’s behind it.
In The Knockoff Economy (Oxford University Press, September 2012), law professors Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman reveal the hidden inner workings of disciplines ranging from fashion to finance to font design, provocatively concluding that the freedom to copy and bring knockoffs to market benefits creators and consumers alike.
Labor reporter Josh Eidelson joins us to discuss the Walmart strikes happening across the country, the possibility of a mass coordinated disruption of Black Friday, and the power and vulnerability of labor in the United States. Plus, John is going to Guantanamo Bay! Also, a listener points out Obama’s condescending language when talking about women’s issues.
Karim El Hakim shares firsthand stories about the Egyptian revolution, including the time the secret police beat and detained him, and discusses his new film shot on the streets of Cairo, ½ Revolution. Also, thoughts on the Geneva Conventions, and we’re pumping our school children full of medication for social justice, or something. Plus, Occupy Our Homes in Atlanta rally’s around a former cop in danger of losing her home.
Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake on 3rd party politics and short-term thinking in the Democratic Party, Patrick Robbins on an anti-Spectra pipeline action full of naked people painted green, and NYC subpoenas Ken Burns’ footage of the Central Park 5.
Over the last 50 years, Arthur Pollock has photographed some of the landmark events in our country’s history, including Vietnam War protests and the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion. He has also documented countless day to day stories and features for some of the country’s top news outlets.
Micah Uetricht on the striking Walmart workers in Illinois and California, the jobs numbers are in and look better than usual, and our take on the first presidential debate, as well as distressing torture acceptance and NDAA updates.
This week we delve deep beneath the surface, coursing through the criminally under-explored arteries of the least estimated stuff we could find.
Tucker Carlson and Drudge discover that President Obama is black, Todd Akin believes women who aren’t pregnant are getting abortions, and the wave of awesome listener mail continues.
Greg Basta of New York Communities for Change discusses the lawsuit brought by Attorney General Eric Schniederman against JP Morgan.
Columbia Law Professor Naureen Shah joins us to discuss a new drone report she co-authored.
This week on the show painter and community advocate Peter Krashes joins me to talk about his new exhibition Make It Work In Brooklyn! He tells me some of the stories behind the paintings in his show, talks about the relationship between painting and community organizing, and explains how to make “seed bombs.” His show is on view at Theodore Art in Bushwick through October 14th.
John isn’t voting for Obama. Molly’s on the fence. We spend the hour on discussing the issue that is dominating the Internet, and the dangers of not acknowledging privilege.
Fairy tales for children. Novels for and about children. And a guide to raising children. On Book Talk this week, I take a look at some classic tales that have survived, now, centuries, a fascinating novel about children on an adult-less island and a new theory on how to raise kids in today’s bubble-wrapped world.
Tim Pool reports from the streets of Madrid, and the intense police violence he witnessed there.
Human Rights attorney Sarah Knuckey joins us to discuss the new report on the Obama administration’s drone program, which she co-authored.
Love, Lust, and Heartbreak with Halle Kiefer, Adam Wade, John Flynn, and Anthony Atamanuik.
Pussy Riot lawyers discussing their case – we have audio of their talk at NYU, and a new report on drones details the horror and anguish they cause.
Last Tuesday, Steve Sabol, the long-time president, filmmaker and creative force behind NFL Films, passed away. Through artful cinematography and epic orchestral soundtracks Sabol is largely credited with creating the mythology and visual aesthetic of the National Football League, forever changing the way people watch football. This week I speak with writer, professor, filmmaker and former NFL player Michael Oriard about how NFL Films created a new visual language for sports highlight films. I also speak with photography curator David Little about how sports are intertwined with the history of film and photography. He also explains how the artist Alexandr Rodchenko and filmmaker/Nazi propagandist Leni Reifenstal helped invent some of the visual conventions we take for granted in live sports broadcasts
Ali Gharib joins us to discuss Middle East protests and Romney’s secret remarks about Israel and Palestine.
Before we get to the vegan and meat talk, I will preview the upcoming New Yorker festival due to take place in New York from Oct 5 – 7. I also will have a discussion on the David Byrne new book taking the music industry by storm – How Music Works.
The anti-Muslim video and the importance of defending free speech you find abhorrent, the Chicago Teachers strike ending, and some incredible listener mail.
The NYPD arrested John again. Here’s our show about it.
Jesse Myerson joins us for S17, Occupy Wall Street’s one year anniversary. Reports from the day’s actions, as well as thoughts on the significance of the last year.
That’s photographer Andy Freeberg talking about his project called Guardians. It’s one of two exhibitions he has up right now in California. Both of his shows depict people occupying space with works of art, but the worlds Andy documents in these two shows couldn’t be more different.
Greg Palast joins us to discuss his new book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, as well as the Chicago teachers strike.
On a warm June day, Maura Corrigan is walking with her nine-year-old son, James, as he rides his bike to school when the unthinkable happens.  He darts on to the street and is hit by Alex, a 17-year-old neighbor.  What unfolds in the wake of the accident is an intricate web of relationships, secrets, and betrayals that ultimately create a story of resilience.
Iona Craig reports from Yemen on the bomb blast that killed 12 people, how Anwar al-Awlaki was perceived in Yemen, and growing anti-American sentiment throughout the country.
Joe Macare reports on the Chicago Teachers Union strike from the streets of Chicago, and gives context to the charter school movement.
Nona Willis Aronowitz and Aaron Cassara join us to discuss the upcoming film Barista, which they just successfully funded through Kickstarter.
Photographer Emil Hartvig is based in Copenhagen, but recently he came to the United States and traveled through the Midwest to photograph the Prepper movement. Preppers subscribe to an extreme kind of disaster preparedness. They’re not setting aside a few bottles of water or a flashlight in case the power goes out. Preppers are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Whether its economic collapse, civil unrest, or a biological or nuclear attack, the Prepper movement is all about having the means to be self sufficient and protect yourself when the shit hits the fan.
We break down President Obama’s speech to the DNC, as well as Michelle Obama’s and Bill Clinton’s.
“Free” has a lot of definitions. But to BreakThru Radio this week, it stands for a free economy—a society where people, products and labor are all free. On Book Talk, I review a newly launched website by BTR’s own Sam Griswold that scores books for free. I review Nelson Mandela’s fight for freedom, and the state of South Africa in the state of his looming death. Finally, I look at how a Reverend from Brooklyn, NY argues for the morality of a free-market economy.
Day 3 of our DNC coverage, including a direct action by the No Papers, No Fear Ride For Justice group aka the UnDocuBus tour, and audio from the Planned Parenthood Rally.
Our on-the-ground coverage of the DNC in NC continues with the No Papers, No Fear tour, and we infiltrate a Young Democrats for America party.
Radio Dispatch is in Charlotte, North Carolina for the DNC, reporting from the Southern Workers Assembly, and Cat Salonek of Occupy Homes in the Twin Cities.
Brian Rose’s new book of photographs, Time and Space on the Lower East Side, is all about how we experience change, or lack of it, in the urban environment. The book is a collection of large format color photographs taken on the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side in the years 1980 and 2010. Over those 30 years the Lower East Side has gone from being a symbol of urban blight and decay to a poster-child for urban renewal and gentrification. But, Brian’s book is not a collection of side-by-side comparisons contrasting two different eras of the neighborhood, like the books in which a picture from one location is juxtaposed with a picture taken from the same spot many years later. Instead, the photographs in Time and Space on the Lower East Side reveal the year in which they were taken through small details like a pedestrian’s bellbottoms, the design of a parked car, or the typography on a billboard. That is, if the photos reveal their age at all. More often than not you can’t really tell what year any given picture was taken in without a thorough examination.
Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network returns to discuss the on-going pre-trial hearings at Fort Meade, more RNC weirdness.
Everyone should own a bicycle, especially if you live in a major city such as New York. A lot is being done to make cities more bicycle-friendly. This week on Book Talk, I discuss philosophy (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), overcoming great odds (It’s Not About the Bike: My journey Back to Life), and a fictional quest for inner-peace (It’s All Downhill).
Michael Tracey is at the RNC, and we talk to him about the silencing of the Ron Paul delegates, the bizarre social scene and night life, and Ann Romney.
Laurie Penny on rape culture and her own experience with rape, as well as how this conversation relates to the accusations against Assange.
What Virginity means to Christian Capozzoli, Melanie Hamlett, Jon Gabrus, and Adam Wade.
NYPD is responsible for all 9 bystanders shot outside the ESB, Chris Matthews calls out Reince Preibus for race-baiting, and Dan Savage responds to allegations of ableism.
For the last eight months San Francisco based painter Michelle Blade has been working on a project called 366 Days of the Apocalypse. The premise of the project is simple: Each day for all of 2012’s 366 days (it’s a leap year), Michelle is going to make a painting. One painting a day, every day, until the end of the world. If you haven’t heard 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, which some have interpreted as a prophecy that this is the year of the apocalypse. Now, Michelle doesn’t really believe that Earth as we know it is going to be snuffed out at the end of December, but the prophecy provided an interesting structure for a series of painting exploring how we struggle to comprehend cultural shifts in our lives
Matt Fisher talks about Progressive Insurance providing legal counsel to the driver who killed his sister, and the worldwide response to his story.
I take a look at how literature and self-help guides play a role in understanding any generations current economic state.
ProPublica’s Justin Elliott on the false claim that the NYPD foiled 14 terror plots, and the GOP’s anti-woman and anti-gay agendas.
Jeffrey McClain of Iraq Vets Against The War on to discuss Stars Earn Stripes, a facility that recreates the bin Laden raid, and growing militarism in America.
Truthout’s Joe Macare on Occupy Chicago, the Assange embassy controversy, and the Pussy Riot solidarity action in New York City on Friday.
A few weeks ago I was on vacation and I went into a deli to use the ATM. I swiped my card and then the strangest thing happened. When the ATM did it’s “connecting” thing to verify my information, out of nowhere came a loud ping, chime and crackle. It was a sound I hadn’t heard in years, but one that I instantly recognized. The sound of a dial up modem. I guess this ATM still used a 56k modem to do it’s transactions. It was an odd sound to encounter because I didn’t realize having dial-up was even an option in 2012. This got me thinking about all the other sounds that have gone extinct with the advance of technology. Things like analog television static, a metal hammer striking a bell when a telephone rings. All these sounds that were once such an inescapable part of our sonic environment are just vanishing from the world.
Pussy Riot gets 2 years hard labor, London authorities threaten to storm Ecuadorian embassy, Paul Ryan’s bad repro-rights rep, and W Kamau Bell.
There is as much sound in reading as there is in radio. Taking a look at the use of the word of “sound” in literature, we philosophize on sound, the south and depression in this week’s episode of Book Talk.
Alexis Goldstein is on to talk Goldman Sachs, the Progressive Insurance attorney, and NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes.
The Nation’s Liliana Segura on Texas’ execution of an intellectually disabled man, activists in NYC protest the Spectra pipeline, and another mass shooting.
Barrett Brown of Project PM on face-recognition software TrapWire face-recognition, NYPD takes citizen’s camera.
This week i’m joined by photographer Laura Plageman. Earlier this summer she was selected by Jen Bekman gallery here in new york city as the winner of the gallery’s annual Hey Hot Shot competition — a major honor given by the gallery to an emerging photographer.
Meredith Clark on to discuss Paul Ryan, Republicans hate fresh fruit for kids, and Obama on Westboro Baptist.
I couldn’t find much to do on Promo in terms of books, so I took a look at some recent publications. Two books in particular: one based in art and science, the other political. It’s an educations show this episode as I discuss two professorial writers from Columbia University and their recent works. I start off the show reviewing David Remnick’s piece on Bruce Springsteen from the July 30 issue.
Texas executes man with IQ of 61, women sexually intimidated by NYPD S&F, HSBC launders money for Mexican drug cartels, and listener mail.
Sarah Jaffe on Olympics class war, paid sick days in New York, and the upcoming student convergence in Ohio.
Gagan Singh on the mass shooting in Wisconsin, Russell Brand forces woman to show breasts, NYT photographer arrested while shooting in the Bronx.
Matt Jones is an artist working in Brooklyn NY. He may not be an particle physicist, but his paintings and drawings are deeply influenced by the big mysteries of the universe — from string theory to ghosts, spirits and the paranormal
Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute on jobs numbers and the “recovery”, Rent Strikers in Sunset Park go to court, and problematic imagery in Batman DKR.
Controversy and scandal in the literary world as Jonah Lehrer, the upcoming star and staff writer for the New Yorker is forces to resign after admitting he had made up Bob Dylan quotes to support his theory on creativity in his most recent publication Imagine. It being Shark Week at BreakThru Radio, I review a collection of shark attack tales from Australian writer Robert Reid. Finally, I revisit an interview from March 2011 with Laura Hillenbrand who writes the harrowing tale of Captain Louie Zamperini, the World War Two bombardier who crashed into the Pacific Ocean and survived weeks at sea, fighting off, and even hunting, sharks.
Nick Pinto on pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters suing the NYPD, Romney doubles down on anti-Palestinian remarks, and House Republicans vote against women’s reproductive rights.
Natasha Lennard on the lack of large-scale Olympic protests, Jazz Hayden and supporters protest outside of courthouse, and Romney’s racist remarks.
The theme is Pathetic, and the storytellers are: Adam Wade, Anthony Atamanuik, Ophira Eisenberg, and Jake Hart.
The New York Post sinks to a new low, Romney’s racist comments in Jerusalem, and VT cops fire on protesters.
Julie Torres is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. She’s known around Brooklyn for her public painting marathons, in which Julie takes over a space and produces dozens of playful, off the cuff abstract paintings over a 12 or even 24 hour period. Often she’ll invite the public to watch her work, even take home a painting.
Professor Sarah Knuckey on the recently released report that claims the NYPD broke international law in suppressing Occupy Wall Street, and Tim Pool on the recent police violence and community response in Anaheim.
Books all around the topic of production
A report by civil and human rights lawyers claims the NYPD broke international law in their suppression of Occupy Wall Street.
Anaheim police shot and killed a man, shot at families, Bloomberg calls for police strike, James Holmes, Batman.
The Aurora mass killing doesn’t result in any renewed calls for gun control by Obama, what violence comedians will joke about and what violence is sacred, and Anaheim police kill a man and then shoot less lethal weapons at families who were protesting. Also, the confused politics of The Dark Knight Rises, but no spoilers.
Tatiana Berg is an abstract painter based in New York City. Her canvases are covered in freeform brushstrokes, drips and sometimes lines and squiggles Tatiana makes with her hands. She works with a pallete of pastel oranges, blues, greens and reds shades inspired by the washed out look of films from the 1970s.
Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network joins us to discuss Manning’s latest pre-trial hearing. Also, tape from the Ramarley Graham memorial action in The Bronx.
What makes a good trilogy or a good sequel? Is it the character development over multiple volumes or is it the gem of a story? During Sequel Week at Breakthru Radio, I take a look at three great trilogies and try to understand what formula works best when writing a sequel to a book.
Alex Pareene on the financialization of the economy, Louis CK on the Daily Show, David Brooks, Con Ed.
Melissa Gira Grant (Alternet, the Guardian) on the Village Voice scandal, how to make sex work safer, and of course Magic Mike. Also, continued coverage of the Libor rate rigging scandal, the Chicago teachers union could go on strike, and Molly may have broken her nose at the beach.
That’s Artist Fernando Orellana and he thinks he just may have a device to help the ghost among us reconnect with the world of the living
Speaking with Jennifer Jajeh on her one woman show I Heart Hamas, plus follow ups on Tosh and NY Post.
We look at a list of books with birthday as their theme. Oddly enough, each one of them is from the UK. A zodiac text, a play, a thriller and a comedy—all with a Birthday theme.
Tabloids smear OWS with unsubstantiated murder link, and Daniel Tosh catches heat for his rape jokes.
Caitlin Kline and Alexis Goldstein are in to discuss the Libor scandal, more ConEd lockout, 1% Tax Dodgers baseball game.
Every year die-hard fans of the horrorcore rap group The Insane Clown Posse, travel to the rural midwest for a four day music festival. These devoted fans call themselves Juggalos, and their annual event is appropriately known as The Gathering of the Juggalos, sort of like the Juggalo Woodstock. Some bring the whole family, some come to drink and take drugs, some come to just hang out and many paint their faces in black and white clown make up, the trademark style of the ICP and other acts on their label Psychopathic Records
Daniele Kohn and Tim “Dicey Troop” Fitzgerald discuss visiting Occupy’s first political prisoner, Mark Adams, in Rikers. Also, a dismal jobs report, the Con Ed lockout continues, and an awful court case in Sweden.
What is the Great American Novel? I would argue it is the author’s ability to capture the spirit and consciousness of an entire society at one particular time and then reflect that spirit back to them through metaphor, journey and resolve. Today on Book Talk I look at five novels from four different moments in American history that best capture that zeitgeist and as a result can be considered part of the Great American Novel canon.
The Con Ed lockout continues, for-profit probation is the new debtors’ prison, the NYPD create a “wanted” poster targeting OWS activists, and Seventeen magazine will stop using photoshopped images after protests from an eighth grader.
Romney’s Bain invested in aborted fetuses disposal company, Mitch McConnell/GOP don’t care about health care.
Liz Neilsen’s photographic experiments draw on images of deep space and the relationship between light and time. Using fiber optic lights, disco balls, multiple exposures and darkroom techniques Liz Neilsen makes a range of colorful abstract photographic images that she says are inspired by everything from the Large Hadron Collider to the streets that she photographs daily on the way to and from work. Liz is fascinated by images of deep space and the relationship between light and time. In her studio she creates her own fictional deep space photographs and long exposure color photographs made with homemade negatives collaged from color gels. This week I visited Liz’s studio above a gym in Bushwick, to find out more about her hybrid photography practice
Explaining the Affordable Care Act, John’s run-in with the AD who served him a subpoena, more.
What is the role that the government should and should not play in the content of mandatory education-system textbooks? Does Texas go too far when they edit theories of evolution and homosexuality? I will then look at a re-release of one of America’s more comical novels about the power and mania of capitalism in Raymond Kennedy’s Rise A Cockhorse. Finally, I will review a newly released book my mass-media personality Glenn Beck called cowards—a book that calls for the voices and leaders of America to stop pursuing their own agenda and start sharing the truth on matters that really affect Americans and their way of life.
RD debuts new segment called Weird Science (about weird science), Bloomberg, and Detroit.
Alexis Goldstein joins RD to discuss the Break up BofA campaign, Jamie Dimon, and her time on Wall Street.
“Coming Clean” with Halle Kiefer, Dan St. Germain, Christian Capozzoli, and Jon Gabrus.
Justin Berry is an artist based in Bushwick Brooklyn. And for his latest project he’s been taking landscape photographs inside war-themed video games. Much like the way landscape photographers like Ansel Adams explored the landscape in search of the perfect scene, Justin navigates the world of first person shooters using the screen has his camera. At first glance these virtual landscapes look just like black and white photos. It’s only when you start to look closely and notice a pixel here, or a gun lying behind a rock, that the fiction becomes clear
Natasha Lennard and Camille Raneem join RD to discuss the theory and practice of anarchism.
Subject – Food Week Books – The Grapes of Wrath, Fried Green Tomatoes & Fast Food Nation A story about the Joad farming family who are displaced from their Oklahoma tenant farm during the Great Depression. Trapped in the dustbowl, they head for California in hopes of a better life. A Story about Evelyn Couch meeting Cleo Threadgoode who tells the story of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Birmingham, AL. in the 1930s. What was once an article on the depressing state of the American diet in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1999, Schlosser looks beyond just the dietary side effects of American fast food in an unveiling of how the fast food nation mindset contributes to the degrading quality of American life. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French 02:17 Fat Girl – Megan Falley 04:19 Boe Money – Galactic  07:29 A reading from The Grapes of Wrath  11:12 Grapefruit Moon – Tom Waits 15:51 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 22:04 Furr – Blitzen Trapper 26:03 Fried Green Tomatoes – Fannie Flagg 31:35 In the Kitchen – The Tough Alliance 35:43 Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser 42:30 Canned Food – Surf City 45:00 Finish The Grapes of Wrath Fried Green Tomatoes Fast Food Nation Galactic Upcoming Shows: July 4 – Milwaukee Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI July 5 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA July 6 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA July 7 – Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR July 9 – Quebec City International Summer Festival – Quebec City, PQ July 14 – Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY July 20 – All Good Music Festival – Thornville, OH July 26 – Floyd Fest – Floyd, VA July 29 – Fuji Rock Festival – Niigata, Japan Tom Waits Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time. Blitzen Trapper Upcoming Shows: June 25 – Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, UT June 26 – Idaho Botanical Gardens – Boise, ID June 27 – Whiskey Jacques – Ketchum, ID The Tough Alliance Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time. Surf City Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time.
The stop stop and frisk march, men pick up the slack on Adam Corolla’s sexism, Spanish 10-year bond yields go above 7%, and we finally get to the unpleasant street encounter.
The thrilling and sad conclusion to the D17 Forgive Us Our Trespasses case.
Meryl Meisler has been taking photos of the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn for the last 30 years. Today the neighborhood is a hot bed for artists in New York City, but in the early 80s when Meryl starting coming to the neighborhood to teach art, Bushwick was in disarray. The neighborhood was hit hard by the riots and looting that followed the 1977 black out and never really recovered. When Meryl took at job teaching at one of Bushwick’s public schools, she was confronted on a daily basis with burned out and abandoned buildings, gangs, drugs, all the things that epitomize urban decay. What stood out among all the destruction were the people who continued to thrive and carve out rich communities for themselves and their families. On her walks between the subway and school, Meryl began taking photos of people going about their lives on the streets of Bushwick and continued the practice until 1994 when she left her teaching job.
Days 3, 4, and 5 of the Occupy Wall Street D17 trial, and Radio Dispatch has been in the courtroom for every minute of testimony
Writing for men—in today’s literary world, I feel like we are overwhelmed with chick-lit or kid-lit. Harry Potter, True Blood and Fifty Shades of Grey dominate the bestseller lists. Today on Book Talk I celebrate literature for men by looking at two great American authors of the same name: Henry and Arthur Miller; and a third book by David Deida that aims to celebrate and conquer masculinity.
RD is in the courtroom for the D17 Forgive Us Our Trespasses trial, interviews Simon Johnson.
Ryan Devereaux on Stop and Frisk and solitary confinement, D17 trial, more.
This week on Art Uncovered I’m joined by Andrew Shea. He’s the director of a new film called POW: Portrait of Wally. The film tells the story of one family’s efforts to recover a 1912 work by Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally, that was stolen by the Nazis during World War II
An enthralling discussion about Communism and Marx with Jesse Meyerson and Chepe.
The Olympics always provide a lot of material for social scientists to observe the human race, our behavior and the basis for humanity. Three books featured on Book Talk this week look at both history and future of the Olympic games and what they mean to the world and its people.
Think Progress’ Ali Gharib joins us to discuss Iran, national security, and Obama’s so-called “kill list”. Also, lawmakers seek to limit abortion rights because of a constructed sex selection epidemic, and Occupy Wall Street marches in a counter-fundraiser for Schniederman’s task force. More information at and email us at 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 OWS marches on Obama 18:55 Constructed sex selection used to curtain reproductive rights 28:57 Ali Gharib on Iran and Obamas kill list 60:33 “Freefallin’” Atmosphere / Credits 61:11 Finish Fund the task force sign Marching to Obama Obama sign on theater
Sarah Jaffe on the Quebec student protests and the recall effort in Wisconsin, Jack Boyle’s hunger and HIV medication strike directed at Trinity Church, and a Romney advisor refers to women’s issues as “shiny things”. Also, friend of the show Jamie Kilstein offers to fight Jonah Goldberg.
Syd Mead might have one of the coolest jobs on the planet. He’s a visual futurist, and it’s his job is to imagine what the future will look like and to paint it. Companies like Ford and Phillips Electronics have turned to Syd to illustrate future visualizations their products, ones that might not even be possible to build yet. In the 1980s Ridley Scott asked Syd to work on concept designs for his famous sci-fi noir film Blade Runner. And after that film Syd went on to work on designs for TRON, James Cameron’s Aliens, Mission Impossible 3 and more.
Disaster historian and Canada expert Jacob Remes joins us to discuss the continuing student protests in Quebec, New Era workers collective now owns Republic windows and Doors in Chicago, and the job numbers paint a dismal picture of an economy sliding back towards a recession. Plus, media outlets refuse to quote women.
Just about everyone is desirous of some sort of travel. Whether it is a quick one-week vacation while staying local or an extended world journey, travel is in our blood. This week on Book Talk, I take a look at some of the classics in the journeyesque form: Gulliver’s Travels, The Sun Also Rises and On the Road.
Julian Assange is closer to facing extradition to Sweden, more OWS charges get dismissed both in New York and Chicago, Romney releases his long-form birth certificate, and 10 things everyone should know about Quebec’s Student movement.
Right-wing critics misrepresent Chris Hayes’ fairly mild statements, Obama labels all military-age males in a drone strike zone as militants, collateral damage in the NATO 3 arrest. Also, Bloomberg’s budget would leave 47,000 children without after school and childcare programs.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives – those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they’re worth sharing.
This week, I took a trip down to South Brooklyn for an exhibition called Park Space/Play Space, organized by one of my guests, painter Katherine Gressel.
The climate of repression at the No NATO protests in Chicago, the mainstream media mindlessly praises the Chicago Police Department, and the Chicago Tribune is trying to shut down the website of the Occupied Chicago Tribune.
What makes a great entrepreneur? Is one born with it? Or can it be learned? This week on Book Talk I take a look at some of the more classic books that teach the formulas to success.
Our No NATO coverage continues, as we re-cap Saturday’s anti-capitalism march, the Sunday Melee, the temporary detention of Tim Pool & Luke Rudowski, and what we know so far about the NATO 3.
Days 3 and 4 of the No NATO protests, including the full ceremony of over 40 veterans returning their War on Terror medals by ripping them from their uniforms and hurling them towards the building where NATO delegates were meeting. Also, audio of members of Afghans for Peace, who shared the stage with the Vets, and our report on a march on Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago home.
My guest this week is curator Jamie Sterns. She’s put together an exhibition at Interstate Projects in Bushwick called Bad Girls of 2012.
Days 1 and 2 of the No NATO protest in Chicago. We take you through anti-drone actions, environmentalist actions, and an hours long unpermitted march through the streets of downtown Chicago. Also, the police preemptively arrest activists associated with Occupy Chicago before the protest even starts.
Time Travel — you know you wish you could do it. Would you look into the future at spy on the past? This week I take a look at three books themed on time travel. I move from H.G. Wells introductory book The Time Machine through our scientific understanding of the possibilities of time travel and into the limits our minds set when we create and define time in space.
Occupy Wall St celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Indignados movement in Spain, the New York Times engages in rampant transphobia and the language of victim blaming, and even the best coverage of the JPMorgan fiasco misses the larger context. Also, Molly took jiu-jitsu and we’re going to Chicago tomorrow.
Hospitals in the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn are facing possible shut downs, and Radio Dispatch is there to cover the story. Also, more on JP Morgan Chase’s 2 billion mistake, and the RNC chair can’t keep his party’s discriminatory policies straight.
My guest on the show this week is Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurta. Hiro paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve mostly around one character — a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes that he calls the Slugger. His works take the slugger through surreal worlds rendered in vibrant colors and populated by sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and greek gods. Hiro grew up in Japan, but moved to Chicago as a kid. For him baseball was important not so much as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes
Obama’s comes out in favor of gay marriage, JP Morgan Chase’s bad bet, and MSNBC’s lackluster Iran coverage. Also, Twitter sides with Occupy, and a Florida woman gets 20 years for firing a gun in the air.
In the wake of the recent success of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, Book Talk takes a close look at three major female writers from the past who have challenged the conventions of their day. I first look at the life of the Greek poet Sappho, one of the first ever known female writers. I then move stateside and examine the social challenges brought forward in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. I finally, I discuss why so many women today are gobbling up Fifty Shades of Grey.
Joe Sutton joins us to discuss Occupied Stories, a website that collects and posts first-person narratives from Occupies all over the world. Plus, Tom Gabel of Against Me! will begin living as a woman, the Stop and Frisk numbers are in, Amendment 1 passes in North Carolina, and David Brooks pretends to write about the economy.
Occupy marches to Attorney General Eric Schniederman’s office to offer help to his Securities Fraud Task Force, and Radio Dispatch takes you through the entire action. Also, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, sometimes in Florida Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply, and John is fostering 15 day old kittens.
This week on the show I’m joined by artist Raul Vincent Enriquez. Raul has a solo exhibition on view now at Microscope Gallery here in Bushwick. The show is called PRIMP, and it features works centered around obsessive rituals of grooming. The exhibition was inspired by an ancient Mexican manuscript called the Codex Borgia, which depicts deities performing rituals in ornate costumes.
When the mainstream media ignores Occupy, they ignore the issues that Occupy seeks to highlight. Also, Minneapolis cops get activists high, New York cops break a woman’s wrist and grope her, and Radio Dispatch’s own John Knefel explains the conspiracy charges against Bloomberg, the NYPD, and JP Morgan Chase.
An arching range that tries to cover science and technology in literature. I begin with perhaps the most popular science book ever read, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. From there, I look at a recent release in the Science Fiction genre through a collection of short stories by Robert Sheckley titled Store of the Worlds.
May Day in New York City was a huge success. On today’s show, we take you through the entire day, from 8AM in Bryant Park to midnight in Liberty Square, with marches, pickets, and songs along the way.
Occupy Wall Street brings a federal law suit against the NYPD and Radio Dispatch’s own John Knefel is a plaintiff, prominent liberals celebrate Obama as a Warrior President, and the problem with hipster racism. Also, more listeners respond to our show on privilege.
Ralph Pugay’s paintings depict scenes from everyday life that have been turned on their heads, and infused with humor, heavy doses of the absurd, and a general sense of existential dread. He mines ideas from philosophy, pop culture, and conversations with friends to inspire these bizarre scenes that in some ways are reminiscent of Gary Larson’s Far Side comics for their use of both visual and verbal plays on words. However, Ralph’s colorful tableaus seem like they’re most interested in the sincere yet often futile ways that us humans try to control the unpredictable and unforgiving world that we live in.
May Day approaches, and Radio Dispatch gives you all the info you need to get ready. Also, Occupiers list grievances on the steps of Federal Hall, some Republicans vote for the Violence Against Women Act, and a new segment called Anatomy of an Arrest, with guest Nisse Greenberg.
Facebook has impacted just about everyone who is living in this world today. With 800 million active users (and constantly growing) it is hard for anyone to ignore the effects of this company. This week I look at three books on the topic.
On Act Up’s 25th anniversary, they join with Occupy Wall Street in demanding a financial transaction tax and Radio Dispatch is there to see it all. Also, student debt has hit 1 trillion dollars, the violence against women act reaches the Senate floor, and we both take Muay Thai classes.
We are back from vacation, ready to recap last Monday night on the steps of Federal Hall, ready for the ramp up to May Day, plus following up on UC Davis and your responses to our show on privilege. Plus, John’s charges got dropped!
Nights of Our Lives got mainstream press coverage! Check out the NY Times piece on the comedic art of storytelling.
That’s Jenny Vogel, she’s a new media artist working in video, photography, printmaking, performance and installation. Jenny is interested in the world as seen through communication technology — web cameras, morse code, fax machines — and the way we use these technologies to overcome distance, alienation and loneliness. The work exposes the glitches and limitations of these technologies as well as the resulting misrepresentations and miscommunications between the individuals who use them. Jenny is especially interested in the video feeds from web cameras that are placed in city centers and people homes all around the world. They broadcast ghostly pictures of places that seem to be devoid of human activity, and Jenny uses images from these broadcasts to construct her own narratives in her videos and prints. Jenny also has an ongoing interest in Sibera, a place she says, “does not officially exist.” Her experimental documentary called in Search of the Silent Land, takes us on a trip along the Trans Siberian Railroad, and explores the myths and mental geography of the vast and remote landmass. Jenny Vogel grew up in Germany, and came to the US to study art and has been living here ever since. She is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, and her work is on view now at the Schneider Museum of Art, at Southern Oregon University. This week I spoke with Jenny over the phone about her interest in web cams, her trip through Siberia, and a new piece involving a chandelier and morse code.
The semi-vacation continues for Radio Dispatch. Here’s a new show, recorded about a week early. On today’s show, Charlotte joins Molly (and takes over for John) for a very special installment of Molly and Charlotte Fix Your Life.
Levon Helm was one of America’s greatest musicians. Whether you want to classify him as an R&B man, Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll, drummer, singer, guitar player or all round song and dance man, we lost a legend this week. Book Talk takes a close look at Levon Helm’s life through the written word that has honored him.
Radio Dispatch is on partial vacation, which means this is a new show but recorded a week early. So instead of news and protest politics, we spend the hour on our advice segment, John and Molly Fix Your Life. We’ll be back to usual on April 25th. Until then, enjoy the advice!
Michael Premo on singing auction blockades, an upcoming week of action in New York City courthouses, and Bank of America’s role in the foreclosure crisis. Also, John reports on last week’s Break up Bank of America actions, and our friend Nisse got arrested outside the New York Stock Exchange.
Meg Hitchcock makes intricate large scale text drawings, by cutting out letters from holy books — the bible, the torah, the Koran — and using them to spell out passages of other holy books. The painstaking compositions are made over hundreds of hours by meticulously cutting individual letters from her source material, and then pasting them, one by one, onto paper in a continuous line of type. Meg forgoes spaces and punctuation, so her pieces read like epic run-on sentences and the words from one holy text blend into another, challenging the idea that a single text can be the true word of God.
The Occupy movement continues to sleep on Wall Street and Radio Dispatch is there to document it, Ann Romney and Hilary Rosen have taken over the media, and we do our best to talk about what privilege means, at a listener’s request.
Video Games! Personally, I was never allowed to play them as a kid, so I never got into them that much. I think a true gamer is fostered from the point he/she is a child. Video games are a cultural phenomenon, no doubt. This week on Book Talk I look at three different books around video gaming, First, a history; then a sociological study; and finally a fun young-adult fiction about a young girl who becomes trapped inside a video game.
Alternet’s Sarah Jaffe on the war on Unions, the Bank of America deathwatch, and the 1 trillion dollars of student debt hanging over the economy. Also, Obama signs the deplorable JOBS Act, and in Wisconsin women get paid less because they don’t care about money. Also, listener requests!
Alternet’s Sarah Seltzer joins us to discuss right wing bullies, the war on women, and Mad Men. Plus, John Derbyshire is too racist for the National review, and a department of homeland security magazine compares Occupy and the Black Hand. Also, a pillow fight!
My guest on the show this week is painter Jane Dickson. Jane has a show up at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood Queens called Eat Slots, Play Free. The paintings are based on photographs Jane took during a visit to Las Vegas in 2009, right at the height of the housing bust. Instead of packed casino floors, Jane found desolate rows of video slots and gaming table. Her paintings juxtapose the hyper-saturated casino interiors with lone figures feeding change into slots.
Police continue to harass the Occupy camp in Union Square, March’s dismal jobs number, and Barbara Walters interviews Jenna Talackova, the transgender Miss Universe contestant.
This week on Book Talk, in honor of the Masters, I take a look at one of the greatest golf novels ever written – The Legend of Baggar Vance. Being collaboration week on Breakthru Radio, I will also take a look at the art of collaborative writing, focusing on two co-authored books Freakonomics and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
Ryan Devereaux of The Guardian on vigils for Ramarley Graham, so-called “clean halls” bills that allow the NYPD to enter apartment buildings, and the trick that cops use on kids carrying weed to arrest them. Plus Obama positions himself as the one true centrist, and state legislators compare women to cattle. Also more listener mail!
6 month anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge arrests, more on MTA bonds and the ways bankers are taking commuters’ money, and Molly attends Women and Action in the Media.
My guest on the show this week is Alex Handy. He is the founder of the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, a non-profit based in Oakland, California.The museum houses a growing collection of historic video games and digital ephemera. It’s mission is to preserve these games and educate the public about how video games are made and why they deserve the same artistic status as films or painting.
16,000 readers of Free Press respond to arrests and intimidation of journalists, Scalia rants about Broccoli from the bench of the Supreme Court, and the worst Vodka ad Molly has ever seen.
I take a detailed look at three books with protest as subject. Saturday by Ian McKewan takes a look at a day in London in 2005 when the UK protests its involvement in the Iraqi War. Occupy is a series of collected pamphlets by Noam Chomsky that takes a look at the uprising season of occupation that was 2011. Strange Fruit is a detailed history by David Margolick that examines one of the most famous and well-known protest songs of all time.
Chloe Angyal joins us to discuss her tumblr Men Who Trust Women, and a round up of the last two months of the war on women. Plus, Occupy-related groups open up subway stops as apart of a fare strike, and Molly’s new essay about why men should be feminists. Also, listener mail!
What does Trayvon Martin have to do with bailing out Bank of America, This American Life’s leaves out union voices, and suggestions for doctors to protest the transvaginal probing procedure.
It’s Nights of Our Lives’ 6th year anniversary!!! That’s whatever 12 times 6 is amount of shows and stories with David Martin, John Flynn and guests! How much is 12 times 6?
This week on Art Uncovered, artist and curator Rachael Morrison. Rachael works as a librarian at the Museum of Modern Art, and right now she’s got two ongoing projects that draw from the Museum’s collection. The first is an exhibition called Millennium Magazines that looks at the ways artists and designers are using the form of magazines, newspapers and zines to make innovative work in print. The show features publications from all over the world covering topics from food to architecture and includes New York based publications like Cabinet, Esopus and Showpaper.
Natasha Lennard on the Million Hoodies March, Lech Harris on the destructive logic of capitalism, and a list of all the states with awful women’s rights bills.
Kids need travel guides too, as do stuffed animals. The team at Cooper’s Pack Publishing have created a series of travel books written for the young, and young at heart. Whether you want to visit Seattle and see Pike Place Market, or head off to Alaska and see why you should take a helicopter tour, Cooper’s Pack guides are fun, entertaining and memorable.
Kambri Crews, author of the memoir Burn Down the Ground, on growing up with deaf parents, her dad’s attempted murder charge, and Mike Daisey’s unpersuasive self-defense. Also, Guy Steward tells us more about the police riot on M17, and John reports from the ousting of the Union Square encampment.
Zach D Roberts on the violent raid of Liberty Sq on M17 and his account of being beaten by a police baton, plus a full round up of the 6 month Occupy anniversary actions. Also, the awful case of Trayvon Martin.
My guest this week is painter and street artist Criminy Johnson. He has a new show of paintings up at The Active Space here in Bushwick called Dreaming Without Sleeping, curated by Robin Gearson. Criminy’s figurative paintings depict scenes of people and animals taken from his everyday experience and childhood memories. Human and animal characters are given equal weight in these paintings, and both are often rendered with unusually large, expressive eyes. In one painting a group of frogs stares at us from behind the glass of a tank. The signage in the corner of the painting reveals that the amphibians are being sold as food, rather than pets. Another painting called, Formative Years, shows a young boy in ferocious hand to hand combat with a chicken. The boy chokes the bird as he’s held in its yellow talons. Dreaming Without Sleeping also features an eight-foot-tall wall mural in the style of Criminy’s wheatpasted street posters, which he makes under the name QRST
Disaster historian Jacob Remes on Fukishima, the myth of natural disasters, and the anarchist ideals of mutual aid that emerge immediately following disasters. Plus, a visit to the American Girl store, John gets fought, and Republicans in Congress are not against violence against women.
If you’ve ever become irritated with the willful misuse or redefinition of important words in 21st-century politically correct discussions of religion, politics, economics, or philosophy, then this is a book for you. Authors Cipher and Nassivera confront the contradictions of sloppy speech and sloppy thinking head on, in this updated re-do of the humorous American classic by Ambrose Bierce. This book will make you laugh, make you think, make you argue, and make you mad. It will give you plenty to talk about with your friends–and with your enemies.
Nona Willis Aronowitz, associate editor at GOOD Magazine, on the downwardly mobil service sector and the plight of young college graduates. Plus, n+1 rounds up ladyblogs, and a listener requests that we talk about the Post Office!
Gunner Scott on trans organizing in Occupy, digging into Occupy theory, and Go to trial, crash the system – how demanding a jury trial could bring the criminal justice system to its knees.
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Football Kick, 1938 Today on the show we are going to be talking about sports. My guest, curator David Little, has just put together an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts called The Sports Show: Athletics As Image and Spectacle. The show charts the cultural significance of sports media from the early days of photography to the present day. It includes work from well known artists like Andy Warhol, Andreas Gursky and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as  news photographs, television footage, film and video. This range of media sheds light on the myriad ways that our politics, racial tensions, national identities and cultural values are reflected in sports. The Sports Show also reveals some of the surprising artistic per-cursors to the way we visually experience sports today. For example, the concept behind instant replay, David suggests, was developed back in the 1890s by a photographer named Eadweard Muybridge who made stop-action photographs of bodies in motion. Other visual conventions that we take for granted in modern sports broadcasts — telephoto close ups, on the field shots, aerial views from the Goodyear blimp — were pioneered in photographs and films by artists Alexander Rodchenko and Leni Reifenstahl, Hitler’s infamous propagandist. David recently spoke with me over the phone from Minneapolis about the history of sports images and why he thinks sports have been largely absent from critical discussion in visual art. `Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion Plate 344, 1887 Paul Pfeiffer, The Saints, 2007 Martin Munkacsi, Spectators at a Sports Event, from the series “Crowd,” 1933 Unknown photographer, Babe Ruth, 1919 Alexander Rodchenko, Horse Race, 1935 Leni Riefenstahl, Jesse Owens, 1936 Roger Welch, O.J. Simpson Project, 1977 Kota Ezawa, Brawl, 2008 Frank Lloyd Wright, Girls Gym Class, 1900 Playlist: 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:49 David Little Interview pt. 1 04:32 Final Day – Young Marble Giants 05:36 David Little Interview pt. 2 10:22 Take a Trip – Utah Smith 13:02 David Little Interview pt. 3 17:27 Telephoto Lens – The Bongos 19:43 David Little Interview pt. 4 23:40 Cheerleader – St. Vincent 25:18 David Little Interview pt. 5 34:16 Bass Drum Dream – The Microphones 34:50 David Little Interview pt. 6 38:02 Wrong Time Capsule – Deerhoof 39:26 David Little Interview pt. 7 42:55 I Don’t Want to Play Football – Belle and Sebastian 43:49 David Little Interview pt. 8 47:07 Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop – Yo La Tengo 47:38 Finish
Emma Lillian and E-Rock from Occupy Vermont join us to discuss upcoming March demonstrations at Entergy Nuclear Power Plant, plus, we’re at an Occupy conference in Vermont, and Les Leopold was the keynote speaker.
This is an encore episode, first aired Aug 13, 2011. Equal parts hip-hop memoir, razor-sharp analysis of the current political climate, and self-help manual for the progressive movement, Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement (Akashic) hits bookstores this fall. Considering the author is venerated political organizer Billy Wimsatt, it’s no surprise that the release date is just ahead of the November 2 midterm election.
Rush’s advertisers pull out, John and Molly get riot training, Holder tells us when the government can kill civilians, and 6 Anonymous hackers are arrested.
Salon’s Alex Pareene joins us to discuss Breitbart’s death and the political Internet he helped to create, the bizarre and fascinating ancestors of Mitt Romney, and a new round of Who’s More Objectionable? Plus, increasing wealth disparity back to pre-Crash rates, the Virginia statehouse protest, and the vegetarian food fest in NYC.
My guest this week is Antwerp based-photographer Jan Kempenaers. Jan broke out on the photography scene in 2010 when he published a book called Spomenik. The book documents the giant geometric sculptures that were built across the countryside of the former Yugoslavia in the 60s and 70 as monuments to various sites and battles from World War Two. Jan traveled to these isolated sites to photograph these alien-looking sculptures. Before Jan’s project these monuments were largely unknown except to the people in the small towns where they’re located.
Dustin Luke Nelson interviews Andrey Kurkov a Ukranian author (journalist / dissident / screenwriter / children’s book author / international man of mystery) who is in the US for five days. Plus, more on ALEC and F29, plus the Blunt amendment is defeated, and David Albo and Rush are the worst.
Absurdist Fiction. This week I take a look at the style that focuses on the absurd world we live in. There will be discussions and reading from playwrights Edward Albee and Tom Stoppard and novelists Joseph Heller and Tom Robbins.
Matt Taibbi on the crimes of Bank of America, and Laura Yasinitsky (Lara Yaz) on veganism and writing fashion police jokes for US Weekly. Plus, we report live from F29, the day OWS called Shut down the Corporations.
Alternet’s Kristen Gywnne joins us to discuss police brutality in the Bronx, the school to prison pipeline, and why you should smoke weed instead of drink booze. Plus, Santorum is no Jack Kennedy, and a brief history of using women’s bodies for science without their consent.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives – those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they’re worth sharing. This performance was recorded on January 25, 2012 at the UCB Theater in NYC. Hosted by David Martin. Theme: “Body Issues”.
Photographer Thilde Jensen’s story starts rather typically. She moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue a career as a photographer, and for while things were going pretty well. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, fell in love, got married and was getting editorial work with Newsweek and other Magazines. Then, something very strange happened: she started getting sick. “I started to just not feel totally right,” she says. “I would have fevers in the summer… and I would get sore throats, and have constant sinus infections.”
Sam Osterhout reads selections from Memos to Ruby, soon-to-be-published short pieces of advice for his daughter, plus Our Man In Greece, Guy Steward, interviews activists about the economic turmoil. Also, as OWS fades from media spotlight, so does income inequality and corporate greed, and following up on Virginia ultrasound bill.
“Poker is the new golf,” says Ellen Leikind, founder of PokerPrimaDivas™, a company dedicated to teaching professional women how to play poker. “Every guy in America is playing poker and the skills they hone at the poker table give them a big advantage in business.” Women need to get in the game. “PokerPrimaDivas gives women the opportunity, confidence and forum they need to learn poker to improve their business and social life.”
Comedian Ted Alexandro joins us to discuss his arrest at OWS, a near mauling by a lion cub, and the terror of waiting in the wings before his first David Letterman appearance. Also, HuffPo blames Occupy for a death that was the result of OPD negligence, and the NYPD’s massive apparatus to spy on Muslims throughout the Northeast.
Jeffrey McClain of Iraq Veterans Against the War on his time in Iraq and his involvement in the anti-war and Occupy movements. Plus, John visits an Occupier in Rikers and Molly teaches another elementary school girls club.
Hi Everyone welcome to Art Uncovered. My guest this week is filmmaker Julia Haslett. She is the director of the new documentary An Encounter with Simone Weil. The film tells the story of French Philosopher and activist Simone Weil, who spent her short yet prolific life grappling with a single question: What response does seeing human suffering demand of us? Before making this film, Julia had never heard of Simone Weil, but she was familiar with this question. She grew up watching her father struggle with mental illness, and when Julia was 17 he took his own life. The suicide left her acutely sensitive to people in pain. Many years later, Julia read Simone Weil’s famous line, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” These words lead to Julia’s film and a journey to understand Simone through the people who knew her, scholars who have studied her and the personal experiences that drew her to Simone’s philosophy.
Baratunde Thurston joins us to discuss his new NYT bestselling book How To Be Black. We talk about the insanity of his book tour, the insanity of the GOP, and the calming voice of Terry Gross. Plus, gals should asprin between the knees and Iran has probably already bombed America.
Some of the greatest American literature centers on place. This week on Book Talk, I celebrate the great writing inspired by New York City. Excerpts include: Elizabeth Hardwick, Tom Wolfe and E.B. White.
Truthout’s Jesse Meyerson and Guy Steward join us to discuss black bloc tactics, provoking the wrath of the state, predictions for the American Spring and Summer. Also, part 2 of our interview with Ryan Deveraux. Plus, John’s report on Occupy the SEC.
The Guardian’s Ryan Deveraux on transparency and privacy, police brutality in the Bronx regarding Ramarley Graham and Jateik Reed, and drinking tea in the office of The Guardian. Also, Chris Brown “can beat me”, Greece is on fire, and Obama’s war on whistleblowers.
My guest this week, London-based photographer Kurt Tong, has been documenting the modern day Chinese tradition of burning Joss paper offerings to the dead. Kurt explains that, “many Chinese believe that when a person dies he leaves with no earthly possessions.” It’s therefore up to relatives to provide the material objects the deceased will need in the afterlife.
Natasha Lennard – freelance journalist covering OWS and other protest movements who was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge while working for the NYT – joins us to discuss the upcoming G8 summit in Chicago, Hedges anti-Black Bloc article, and what it’s like to report from the field for the NYT.
Encore episode – first aired Mar 5, 2011. Laura Hillenbrand is a New York Times bestseller known for her famous freshman novel Seasbiscuit. Laura has recently published her second book, Unbroken, and is on Book Talk to discuss the fascinating, true story of Louis Zamperini–Olympic athlete, World War Two Air Force serviceman, Japanese P.O.W. and long-time survivor of one of the most interesting lives ever lived in the twentieth century.
Leighann Lord joins us to discuss African Americans for Humanism, an outreach organization for black atheists. Plus, Prop 8 defeated, Santorum’s weird sweep, and the bill that would convert tweets into felonies goes down in flames in Oregon.
Super Bowl ad scrubs union sign, why the Komen split was good for feminism, interviews from High School Walk Out Day, and an activist just back from West Papau. This show is everywhere you need it to be.
View more photos from the exhibition At night In the 30s, 40s and 50s, Arthur Fellig, could be found, on the streets of New York, photographing murder. He called himself Weegee and each night would take his speed graphic camera and take to the streets of New York City to photograph car accidents, tenement fires, the victims of mob hits and the crowds that would come to gawk at the lurid drama. Weegee, who often arrived at crime scenes before the police sold his crime scene photographs to the many daily newspapers in new york city at the time. His keen ability to capture the drama and spectacle of urban violence made him one of the pioneers of tabloid journalism. Weegee also cultivated an image for himself among cops and gangsters alike, with his fedora pulled down over his forehead and his trademark cigar hanging from his mouth, he became an unforgettable character of the underbelly he obsessively documented. A new exhibition at the International Center of Photography, called Weegee: Murder is My Business, examines the first decade of Weegee’s career as a crime scene photographer on the streets of New York. The exhibition has all the requisite images of blood splattered crime scenes you’d expect from a man who dubbed himself the “official photographer of Murder Inc.” But the show put’s these pictures in the larger context of Weegee the man, and includes a partial reconstruction of the studio apartment Weegee rented across the street from police headquarters. Playlist 00:00 Intro 03:35 Brian Wallis interview pt. 1 06:23 All the World is Green – Tom Waits 09:52 Brian Wallis interview pt. 2 16:52 Instrumental (Thrown Bottle) – Wire 18:33 Brian Wallis interview pt. 3 21:54 It Could Happen to You – Bud Powell 24:48 Brian Wallis interview pt. 4 29:50 Lullaby – Tom Waits 31:48 Brian Wallis interview pt. 5 34:03 Mu – Sun Ra 35:42 Brian Wallis interview pt. 6 37:26 Goose Geese – Drums and Tuba 39:00 Brian Wallis interview pt. 7 44:58 Finish
Chloe Angyal of Feministing joins us to discuss how Komen cowardly backed away from Planned Parenthood, a bill that would make men get rectal exams before they are eligible for Viagra, and the dangers of traveling alone as a woman.
This week, Kory talks to the author of A Saint In The City: Coaching At Risk Kids To Be Champions, Coach Scott Glabb.
John goes to court, DA subpoena’s twitter, and Komen for the cure cuts out of planned parenthood.
Gov Eliot Spitzer joins us to discuss OWS, ways of solving the mortgage crisis, and back room deals would make people revolt if they knew about them. Also, coverage of Occupy Oakland’s attempt to take a building and the OPD’s brutal crackdown, and the OWS solidarity march the following day.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives – those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they’re worth sharing.
In a new exhibition, up now at On Stellar Rays Gallery in New York, curator Toke Lykkeberg, has assembled an international group of artists who explore the”state of the face today.” In the 21st century, Toke says, the face has become something “we avidly manipulate, perform, display, distort, detect, scan, enhance, blur, veil and avoid.”
Justin Elliott of Salon on Wall Street’s fundraising for the Democrats and Newt’s bizarre “anti-poverty” stance in the late 90s. Also, on-the-ground at an OWS foreclosed homes blockade, and we finally get to talk about means girls, in real life.
Subject – The New Inquiry Guest – Atossa Abrahamian Thinkers and writers of our generation face an unprecedented set of cultural realities. The growing supply of career academics has flooded the university job market, and 21st century technologies have thrown traditional media into crisis. Although the future of higher education and print remains obscure, these cultural sea changes have yielded one definite side effect: an abundance of young writers and thinkers resolved to pursue a public intellectual life for its own sake–a pursuit ordered and enabled by Internet technology. The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources–both digital and material–toward the promotion and exploration of ideas. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French 01:40 When They Fight, They Fight – The Generationals 04:55 Interview with Atossa Abrahamian Part 1 18:17 Girls – The Stumblebums 21:12 Going Lebron by Atossa Abrahamian – A reading by Kory French 26:38 Oh You, Oh Thing – Wolf Parade 32:22 Interview with Atossa Abrahamian Part 1 44:24 Say For Certain – The Generationals 48:25 Finish Web site: Atossa Abrahamian The New Inquiry The Generationals The Stumblebums Wolf Parade
Ali Gharib, ThinkProgress National Security reporter, joins us to discuss the NYPD’s showing of anti-Muslim propaganda, the covert war with Iran, and explains what’s happening in the straits of Hormuz.
Newtmentum is fueled by barely-coded racism and outright lies, Todd Glass comes out on Marc Marron’s podcast, and the US Government shuts down MegaUpload.
My guest on the show this week is British artist Christina Corfield. She has a new show opening this month at Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA. The show is called Follies of the Digital Arcade and it focuses on the United States at the turn of the 20th century, a time when the U.S. and much of the Western world were in the midst of an electric revolution. It was the time of dazzling world’s fairs, Tesla and Edition, a time when people were fascinated, amazed and terrified by the wonder of electricity. It seemed that there were no problems that could not be solved, mysteries whose answers couldn’t be uncovered or explained by the newest technological marvel. In her show, Christina explores this strange time in history through a video installation and watercolor illustrations. The works examine the ways that history and fiction, fact and myth, science and magic can all became intertwined.
Newt doubles down on food-stamp president comments, Mitt’s lessons from his father, and Occupy Harlem protests an Obama fundraiser. And Molly’s essay about life as a balloon salesperson, on roller blades, complete with music and sound effects.
Not long ago we were spectators, passive consumers of mass media. Now, on YouTube and blogs and Facebook and Twitter, we are media. And while we may be watching more television than ever before, how we watch it is changing in ways we have barely slowed down to register. No longer content in our traditional role as couch potatoes, we approach television shows, movies, even advertising as invitations to participate–as experiences to immerse ourselves in at will. In THE ART OF IMMERSION, longtime Wired contributing editor Frank Rose talks to the people who are reshaping media for a two-way world–people like Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Lost), James Cameron (Avatar), Will Wright (The Sims), and dozens of others whose ideas are changing how we play, how we communicate, how we think.
On the ground at Occupy Congress, the Late Show fires Eddie Brill after NYT profile firestorm, and SOPA/PIPA Internet protest round up.
Rich Benjamin on deification of MLK JR, Eddie Brill responds to his critics, and truth vigilantes fact check Mitt Romney’s never-ending lies.
Today I speak with artist Perry Bard about her participatory crowd-sourced film: Man With a Movie Camera, The Global Remake. The piece is exactly what the title suggests — a re-imagining of Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov’s 1929 experimental documentary: Man With a Movie Camera. Vertov conceived of his film as an attempt to use, what was then the relatively new medium of cinema, to communicate real life events without the help of intertitles, a story, or theater of any kind.
Interviews from Occupy Nigeria solidarity protest at the Nigerian consulate in Manhattan, NYT profile of Letterman’s comedy booker reveals deep seeded sexism, should the NYT report facts or lies, and Romney put his dog on the roof of his car, like a sociopath.
This week on Book Talk guest Sam Griswold joins me in the studio to discuss the secret effect of listening to music in public space, the effects of listening to music while reading and if genres of music can say something about intelligence.
Collier Meyerson, creator of Carefree White Girl, joins us to discuss race in popular culture, and tells us that Zooey Deschanel is probably the ultimate CFWG. Also, sounds from Zuccotti Park from minutes after the barricades came down.
Round up of Occupy NH primary, Two GOP debates in 10 hellish hours, and No, saying “tranny” in a joke is not always acceptable. Also, this is our first show with our new microphones!
We’ve all been on Google Earth and used it’s satellite view or street view tools to get directions, find our way around a new city or just explore. My guest, artist Jenny Odell, has taken these tools a step further to use them as the subject of her work. Jenny scrolls around Google Satellite View collecting images of uniquely man-made structures — like swimming pools, parking lots and landfills — and arranges them on large prints, a way of re-examining the human-built landscape from the very inhuman perspective of a satellite’s remote camera.
We report from the protest at Lord Bloomberg’s manor, Rick Santorum doubles down on “bleech” people, and Gingrich thinks all black people are on food stamps.
Here, then, is a dictionary of the dead, an encyclopedia of the embalmed. Ludicrous in scope, whimsical in its arrangement, this wildly entertaining tome presents pithy and provocative biographies of the no-longer-living from the famous to the undeservedly and – until now – permanently obscure. Spades in hand, Lloyd and Mitchinson have dug up everything embarrassing, fascinating, and downright weird about their subjects’ lives and added their own uniquely irreverent observations. Jessie Sholl bravely throws herself (and her family) into her haunting and amusing memoir. The best thing about this book is that it’s 100% readable, a page-turner really, and it’s also extremely informative about hoarding and having someone with a mental disorder entwined in your life.
On the ground coverage of the anti-NDAA mic check in Grand Central and other J3 actions – including Andrew Stepanian’s account of spending time in prison on terrorism charges, Romney and Santorum tie in Iowa, and the NYPD evicts Global Revolution livestreamers.
Occupy New Years Eve faces police aggression, indefinite detention for American citizens is now the law of the land, and looking forward to a busy January.
My Guest this week is Ethan Gould. In his work Ethan’s employs hypothetical science, the erudite tone of academia and imagery from popular culture. His work takes many forms including performative lectures — he recently gave on on the aesthetics of cyborgs — illustrations, as well as prints that explore the imagery of conspiracy throes, the body and the occult.