It’s Word Week on BTR!
On today’s show, John Knefel of Radio Dispatch stops by to tell us stories from Guantanamo Bay.
(NOTE: At 15:25 of today’s podcast, Matt asks John a question about reports that conversations between 9/11 conspiracy suspects and their lawyers had been secretly recorded by U.S. authorities. At the time this interview was recorded, those reports had not been substantiated. This week, as is reported in our independent news segment, Guantanamo Bay chief Colonel John Bogdon testified in a pre-trial hearing that the FBI had in fact recorded those conversations but he was not aware of any listening devices being planted.)
And later, we chat with Christian Reese, a volunteer with The New York Public Library Office of Correctional Services, about the most popular titles among the prison population.
Our spoken word segments today feature the talents of April Blossom Nicotera and Sean Patrick Mulroy.
If you’d like to submit a poem to be featured on the air, please send us an mp3 and the text of the poem to thirdeyeweekly dot gmail dot com. Just keep sound quality and next week’s theme (Marijuana Week!) in mind.
Lastly, to find out more about the stories we discuss on today’s show, check out our Tumblr and Twitter accounts, as well as the following links …
This Week in Independent News:
“Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group” (Feb. 14, 2013, ProPublica)
“GOP Group Says Teachers Unions are Real Bullies (May 8, 2012, NM Telegram)
“Tunisia in search of new government following Prime Minister’s resignation” (Feb. 19, RT)
“Guantanamo commander admits listening devices eavesdropped on lawyer meetings with clients” (Feb. 18, Raw Story/The Guardian)
“FBI hid microphones in Guantánamo, but no one listened, prison commander testifies” (Feb. 13, Miami Herald)
In Case You Missed It – The Week in Under-Reported News
“Chinese Army Unit Tied to Hacking Against US” (Feb. 19, Daily Report, NYTimes)
“The Executive Order The Press Agreed to Keep Secret for Five Hours” (Feb. 12, Buzz Feed)
“Obama’s State of the Union lowest-rated since 2000” (Feb. 13, Politico)
So, without further ado …
(Official Velvet Changes cover art)
February 21 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
February 23 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
February 24 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
February 26 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, Canada
(Official Honeys cover art)
April 12 – Black Cat – Washington D.C.
April 13 – The Bowey Ballroom – New York, NY
April 14 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
(Official News from Nowhere cover art)
February 22 – Dublin, Ireland
February 25 – XOYO – London, UK
March 28 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
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