Boston College Radio, Chestnut Hill, MA
Student-run radio station at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. USA
Mar 10, 2019 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM
"Four hours of spirited examination of warmaking, empire, corrupt justice, engineered poverty, lying politicians, jingoism, corporate criminality, media disinformation, and orchestrated chaos."
Host Bob Funke Pre-show music selections
Longtime classics and antiwar themes, wrapping up with "Universal Soldier" (Buffy Sainte Marie, 1964) and "I Ain't Marching Any More" (Phil Ochs, 1965). Our host is a Vietnam War Veteran now devoting his life to ending war, violence, and injustice. 2019
Squeaky Wheel Productions (squeakywheel.net, Trumbull, CT) Weekly edition posted 3-6-2019
Between The Lines (regular weekly feature of TJR) Available at BTL's website btlonline.org 2019
Tim Shorrock: Trump-Kim Summit Fails to Reach Denuclearization Agreement, Talks Continue; Elizabeth Yeampierre: Climate Change Organizers Must Respect the Work Already Underway in Frontline Communities; Timothy Karr: Tax Proposed on Social Media Ads to Fund Endangered Local Journalism; Bob Nixon: This Week’s Under-reported News Summary.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (New York City) Weekly edition posted 3-8-2019: Venezuela in the US Press
Counterspin (regular weekly feature of TJR) Available at FAIR's website fair.org/counterspin 2019
International opinion largely opposes Donald Trump’s current and threatened intervention in Venezuela, but that’s not the impression you get US corporate news media, who appear to be all-in with Trump’s push for the ouster of democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro.
Hosts Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg Gender, Race, and Poverty in America: How the politics of welfare makes us sick and tired of being sick and tired!
Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report (WBAI, NYC), a trusted TJR source Available soon at BB's website buildingbridgesradio.org 2019
Felicia Kornbluh argues that the subject of welfare reform always has been single mothers, the animus always has been race, and the currency always has been inequality. Yet public conversations about poverty and welfare, even today, rarely acknowledge the nexus between racialized gender inequality and the economic vulnerability of single-mother families. In Ensuring Poverty, Felicia Kornbluh and Gwendolyn Mink assess the gendered history of welfare reform and advance the ideas for a welfare policy that would respect single mothers' rights while advancing their opportunities and assuring economic security for their families.
Host Jeff Schechtman interviewing Jennifer Granick How Many Times Has the Government Spied on You Today? Why Privacy Matters
Radio Who What Why (newest entry in TJR's repertoire), posted at https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/02/27/many-times-government-spied-today/ Available, including full transcript, at WWW's website whowhatwhy.org 2017
This 2017 show presages Democracy Now's 3-1-2019 introduction to "surveillance capitalism." Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive new book that argues big tech platforms like Facebook and Google are elephant poachers, and our personal data is ivory tusks. Author Shoshana Zuboff explains this in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.”
Host John Roberts Ahmed Abu Artema and the Great March of Return in Gaza
This Week In Palestine (award-winning exclusive weekly feature of TJR) For a description or download of this or any week's edition of T.W.I.P. truthandjusticeradio.org 2019
Palestinian journalist and peace activist Ahmed Abu Artema is a founder of the Great March of Return. We learn about Israel's continuing siege of Gaza, including IDF soldiers' routine daily shootings, randomly killing hundreds and maiming thousands of nonviolent Gazan protestors. US taxpayers pay and arm the killers.
Speaker Ken Kovalik, commenter Jeanne Gallo The deadly and illegal sanctions against Venezuela, and the legitimacy of Maduro's election
Recorded by Stan 3-5-2019 at Community Church of Boston 2019
The Trump administration has been vigorously trying to overthrow Venezuela's Maduro government with military threats, economic warfare, diplomatic isolation, toxic propaganda, and more. We're told that Maduro's "faulty leadership" (really meaning socialism) is the problem, not the devastating U.S. economic sanctions or U.S. manipulation of oil markets. We're told that Venezuelans are running away from him in droves. Therefore he must go! Could there be something dishonest about this story? Kovalik elaborates in great detail. Longtime activist Jeanne Gallo wraps it all up.
Host Bob Funke (reading/commenting) Here’s why conservative groups are so desperate to kill Democrats’ sweeping H.R. 1 legislation
ThinkProgress article 3-7-2019 by Luke Barnes posted at https://thinkprogress.org/conservative-groups-fighting-hr1-bill-a237accf0139/ 2019
The House of Representatives is set to vote Friday on legislation that would enact a series of electoral reforms, including national automatic voter registration, making Election Day a federal holiday, and requiring dark money groups to disclose their donors. But the Republican-controlled Senate, with the backing of dozens of right-wing groups, looks almost certain to kill the bill. ... “We’re in an agenda-setting moment right now,” Daniel Weiner, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, told ThinkProgress. “For the first time in decades, Congress — or at least one house — is making an overhaul of our legislative process a top Democratic priority.”
Host Bob Funke (reading/commenting) The Manafort sentence is a lesson in white privilege, but the solution isn’t to inflate sentences for wealthy white men—it’s to reduce sentences for poor people of color
The Nation article 3-8-2019 by Elie Mystal, posted at https://www.thenation.com/article/manafort-sentence-mandatory-minimums-racism/ 2019
The sentence handed down by Judge T.S. Ellis to Paul Manafort is shockingly light. Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman was convicted of various financial crimes and could have ended up with 25 years in prison. Instead, Judge Ellis sentenced him to 47 months. To add insult to the overall injury, Ellis opined that Manafort had lived “an otherwise blameless life” as part of the justification for the light sentence. Meanwhile, the same judge sentenced a southern black Congressman to 13 years for [arguably lighter infractions].
Host Bob Funke (reading/commenting) Trump is not stable, and that should be a huge news story
Alternet article 3-5-2019 by Eric Boehlert of Daily Kos, posted at https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/trump-is-not-stable-and-that-should-be-a-huge-news-story/ 2019
If over the weekend you saw a rambling madman give a frighteningly incoherent, sweaty, two-hour shoutfest of a speech at a right-wing summit, then you viewed a president coming unglued on national television in a way that has probably never been seen before in United States history. And that is extraordinary cause for alarm. Meanwhile, the D.C. press reported nothing more than a “fiery” Donald Trump give a “zigzagging,” “wide-ranging,” “campaign-like” address where the Republican really “let loose.” Newsrooms today nearly uniformly refuse to address the mounting, obvious signs that Trump is a deeply unstable man, as the CPAC meltdown so obviously demonstrated.
Host Bob Funke (reading/commenting) What Gun Background Checks Can’t Detect: Stupidity
WhoWhatWhy article 3-6-2019 by Millicent Cranor, posted at https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/03/06/gun-background-checks-cant-detect-stupidity/ 2019
According to a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Survey, 54 percent of gun owners do not lock up their guns or even use trigger locks — and in 34 percent of their homes, there were children under the age of 18. ... The article goes on to report 13 incidents of senseless death or serious injury due to sloppiness, negligence, or absent-mindedness of gun owners. In many, small children got hold of their parent's or grandparent's unsecured guns.