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27 July 2010: From Tibet to Peru
Bill Weinberg on new repression against indigenous and ecological struggles in Peru and Tibet. With traditional Tibetan ballads of Tsering Gyurmey.
22 June 2010: Peru & Bolivia: La Lucha Continua
Bill Weinberg with an update on the renewed struggle in the Peruvian Amazon, and the unfolding autonomy process in Bolivia. Music: Tinariwen.
29 June 2010: Michael Jackson & the Secret of the Vegetable
Bill Weinberg examines Manu Dibango's 1973 international hit "Soul Makossa" for clues to the enigmatic lyrics in Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Starting Something"and rants about the politics of copyright laws. More music: Antibalas, Globalista Radio.
1 June 2010: Dionysius in India III
Bill Weinberg continues the discussion. Also: Hail and farewell, Alexei Kondratiev and Peter Orlovsky.
18 May 2010: Dionysius in India II
Bill Weinberg reprises his exploration of Indo-European myths and word-roots for clues to the Asiatic origins of Greco-Roman culture. Also: Excerpts from Peter Lamborn Wilson's 1997 interview with Bhagavan Das. Music: Chants of India from Ravi Shankar
11 May 2010: The Ecological Nuremberg
Bill Weinberg discusses Evo Morales' call for a UN ecological tribunal in light of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Music: Ted Hawkins, Gatemouth Brown
4 May 2010: Report from Cochabamba
Bill Weinberg reports back from the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. With deep indigenous Aymara music from the Altiplano
23 February 2010: The Struggle in Peru III
Jordan Goodman, author of The Devil and Mr. Casement: One Man's Struggle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness, on slavery and genocide in Peru's turn-of-the-century rubber boomand how the campaign against it led to the modern human rights movement. With recent field recordings of Music of the Peruvian Amazon (Special two-part show)
29 December 2009: Travels with Sun Wukong
Bill Weinberg reads selections from the classic Chinese fantasy-folk novel Journey to the West. With monkey songs from Chuck Berry, Peter Gabriel, the Kinks, Ketchak Peliatan (Balinese Monkey Dance), Wu Man on the pipa (Chinese lute)
22 December 2009: Paranoid Hanukkah Party
Bill Weinberg plays festive holiday music from Teslim and Dan Hicks' Christmas Jug Band, but finds his Jewish paranoia grimly vindicated from Moscow to Calgary.
15 December 2009: The Struggle in Iran IV
Kevin B. Anderson, co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution; Kamran Afary, author of Performance and Activism: Grassroots Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992; and Frieda Afary of the website Iranian Progressives in Translation return for a discussion of the continuing upheaval in Iran. Music: Niyaz
8 December 2009: Linguistic Diversity
Ken Gale of Eco-Logic, WBAI's Environmentalism Show, interviews Alexei Kondratiev of the Irish Arts Center on the survival struggle of threatened languages. With traditional music from Iran, Polynesia, Wales and the Mohawks.
1 December 2009: Red Noir
Judith Malina and fellow members of The Living Theatre perform and discuss selections from their new anarchist detective thriller, Anne Waldman's Red Noir.
24 November 2009: What is a Semite?
Bill Weinberg definitively answers the question. Music: Syrian oud master Husain Sabsaby.
17 November 2009: Nazis Occupy Afghanistan? II
As the rest of the world remembers the Velvet Revolution, Bill Weinberg remembers the martyrs of the Czech anti-Nazi resistance and notes the rise of a neo-Nazi underground in the contemporary Czech Republic. Music: Plastic People of the Universe.
10 November 2009: Nazis Occupy Afghanistan?
As the rest of the world remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bill Weinberg (like his neo-Nazi adversaries) remembers Kristallnacht, and asks are Nazis occupying Afghanistan? With traditional and contemporary Turkish music from Talip Ozkan and Mercan Dede.
3 November 2009: The Theory of Listener-Sponsored Radio III
Bill Weinberg continues the discussion, takes listener phone calls. Music: Trance of India with DJ Sohbash
27 October 2009: The Theory of Listener-Sponsored Radio II
Bill Weinberg continues the discusison, rants against the Paranoid Style at Pacifica. Music: spooky Halloween songs from John Lee Hooker, Black Sabbath; more sufi-pop
20 October 2009: The Theory of Listener-Sponsored Radio
Bill Weinberg rants against the creeping comercialization of WBAI, reads Lew Hill. Music: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Reshma, Master Saleem and more Indo-Pakistani sufi-pop
13 October 2009: The Privatization of New York City II
Bill Weinberg continues his perennial rant on the creeping corporate privatization of New York Cityand Obama's Orwellian Peace Prize. Music: bhangra-hip-hop from Jackson Heights, Queens
6 October 2009: Hugo Blanco Speaks
Bill Weinberg presents portions of his interview with longtime Peruvian activist and veteran guerilla fighter Hugo Blanco on the campesino movements of the 1960s and the contemporary struggle in the Amazon. Music: Farewell, Mercedes Sosa
29 September 2009: The Struggle in Peru II
Bill Weinberg with a travelogue and update on the indigenous struggle in Peru. Music: Anoshka (Puerto Maldonado), Los Hermanos del Ande (Huaraz), Armonia Vertientina (Aija)
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15 September 2009
8 September 2009: Homage to Ellie Greenwich
Ann Marie Hendrickson on the legacy of legendary girl-group songwriter Ellie Greenwich.
1 September 2009: Politics and the English Language
Bill Weinberg rants about cyber-culture's assault on literacy, language and thought; reads George Orwell. Music: Lena Horne, Gang of Four
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21 July 2009: Solidarity with Honduras
Bill Weinberg with an update on the struggle in Honduras, US geo-strategic designs in the region, and the possible role of Otto Reich. Music: Punta Rock from the Garifuna people.
14 July 2009: Lessons from 1649
Lew Finzel, speaking from Oakland, Calif., looks back on Gerald Winstanley, the Diggers and the English Revolution, to ask "Can We Still Turn The World Upside Down?" Music: English Rebel Songs from Chumbawamba.
7 July 2009: Michael Knight's Islamic Quest II
Michael Muhammad Knight returns to discuss his new book, The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip Hop and the Gods of New York. Music: Wu-Tang Clan, etc.
30 June 2009: The Politics of WBAI IV
Bill Weinberg and Max Schmid analyze (and spar over) the opposed factions struggling to "Take Back WBAI" and "Take Forward WBAI." Music: Manu Dibango in homage to Michael Jackson
23 June 2009: The Struggle in Iran III
Kevin B. Anderson, co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution; Kamran Afary, author of Performance and Activism: Grassroots Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992; and journalist and translator Frieda Afary on the upheaval in Iran. Music: Berber songster Moh Alileche in commemoration of Lounes Matoub
9 June 2009: The Struggle in Peru
Bill Weinberg on the resistance and repression in the Peruvian Amazon. Music: Quechua songster Jaime Guardia's Sangre Andina; Chicha Libre jungle-pop
2 June 2009: From Gaza to Tamil Eelam
Bill Weinberg with a comparison of international reactions to Sri Lanka's war crimes in the Tamil north and Israel's war crimes in Gaza. Music: more Amal Murkus
26 May 2009: The Politics of WBAI III
Bill Weinberg with more on the regime change at WBAI and what it means for the Pacifica Mission. Also: solidarity with Sri Lanka's Tamils. Music: Amal Murkus (Palestine)
19 May 2009: Indigenous Voices
Elaine Benavides of Earth Peoples joins Mohawk activist-musician Laurence Laughing. Music: Seth Tobocman and the World War 3 Illustrated band perform live in the studio again. Also: Lebanese violin virtuoso Georges Lammam
12 May 2009: The Politics of WBAI II
Bill Weinberg discusses the changes at WBAI and elsewhere in the Pacifica network. Music: Wretched Refuse String Band with the late Citizen Kafka, dutar (Afghan lute) master Aziz Herawi
5 May 2009: Resistance Behind Bars
Victoria Law discusses her new book Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. Music: Seth Tobocman and the World War 3 Illustrated house band perform live in the studio.
27 April 2009
Bill Weinberg with more on the Somali pirate crisis, the Afghan civil resistance... and the WBAI crisis. Music: Hossein Behroozi-nia, master of the barbat (Persian lute)
21 April 2009: Free Somaliland
Bill Weinberg interviews Dr. Saad Noor, North American representative of the Republic of Somaliland, on the pirate crisis and the struggle for a Free Somaliland. Music: more from the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers
14 April 2009: The Politics of Piracy
Bill Weinberg on the Somali pirate crisis and its mirror in the early 19th-century Barbary Wars. Music: Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers
7 April 2009: The Politics of WBAI
Bill Weinberg on the latest crises of the global economy and WBAI. Music: classic songs of the Great Depression
1 April 2009: The Groznia Conspiracies
Bill Weinberg interviews conspiracy researcher Dr. James Brent on the the role of Swedish intelligence in the secret war in Groznia. Music: Jane's Addiction covers "Sympathy for the Devil," etc.
24 March 2009: Farewell, Citizen Kafka
Bill Weinberg bids farewell to WBAI legend Richard Shulberg AKA Citizen Kafka with musical samples from the Wretched Refuse String Band and the Secret Museum of Mankind.
17 March 2009: St. Patrick's Day Special on El Salvador
Bill Weinberg spins great Irish tunes, discusses the historic electoral victory for the left in El Salvador. Music: The Chieftains, Solas, Holly Tannen, Robbie Hannan, Paul McGrattan, etc.
10 March 2009: Against the Conspiracy Theory of History II
Bill Weinberg calls out WBAI's latest conspiracy guru as a right-wing charlatan, rants against the populist right's ongoing buy-out of the radical left. With traditional Bedouin music from Oran, Algeria.
3 March 2009: Farewell, Fallen Divas
Bill Weinberg pays homage to Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Yma Sumac and Eartha Kitt
24 February 2009: Whither Hugo Chavez? III
Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, joins Bill Weinberg to discuss the Venezuelan synagogue attack. Music: Joe Cuba Sextet, Marco Granados
17 February 2009: The Politics of Media Contraction
Bill Weinberg and journalist Robert Waddell of Virtual Boricua on the evisceration and dumbing down of world media. Music: Al-Nujoom Folklore Debka (NY-Palestinian)
10 February 2009: Presidential Blues
Bill Weinberg raises money for WBAI with his special premium of presidentially themed topical songs, charting American history from from the Lincoln assassination through the Bush debacle. Music: Henry Clay Work, the North Carolina Ramblers, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Howlin' Wolf, Gil Scott Heron, the Ramones and much more.
3 February 2009: Civil Resistance in Iraq VI
Khayal Ibrahim of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) calls in to discuss the anti-woman backlash in Iraqi Kurdistan. Music: New York-based pan-Arab ensemble Zikrayat
27 January 2009: Whither Obama? II
Bill Weinberg continues the discussion, after Obama's first week in office saw deadly air-strikes on both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Music: more Kenge Kenge, Henry Clay Work's "Who Shall Rule This American Nation?" (1866)
20 January 2009: Whither Obama?
Bill Weinberg with an historical comparison of Barack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln from a political-economy perspective. Music: Kenge Kenge, traditional Luo roots from Kenya
13 January 2009: Moorish Orthodox New Year III
Bill Weinberg celebrates Yennayer (Berber New Year, Jan. 12) and Noble Drew Ali's Birthday (Jan. 8), compares the Berber and Palestinian self-determination struggles. Music: Rayssa Fatima Tabaamrant, traditional rwais from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
6 January 2009: Politics of the Gaza Aggression
Bill Weinberg discusses the moral politics of the Israeli assault on Gaza. Music: Amal Murkus (Palestine)
30 December 2008: The Star of the Magi: 2000 Years Later
Courtney Roberts, creator of the Astrological Weather website, discusses her book The Star of the Magi: The Mystery That Heralded the Coming of Christ. Music: Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band
23 December 2008: Sephardic Folk Song
Gloria de Vidas Kirchheimer discusses the musical and linguistic legacy of the Sephardic Jews, from Izmir and Alexandria to Harlem and the Lower East Side. With samples from her ground-breaking 1959 album for Folkways
16 December 2008: How To Rule The World
Mark Engler, author of How To Rule The World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy, on the financial crisis and the end of the "Washington Consensus." Music: Buster Brown's "Fannie Mae," Barrett Strong's "Money"
9 December 2008: Solidarity with Mumbai II
Bill Weinberg with more on the politics of the Mumbai attacks, and the conspiracy theories. Also: the paraxodical anti-imperialism of the new James Bond movie. Music: Shruti Sadolikar-katkar and more classical ragas
2 December 2008: Solidarity with Mumbai
Bill Weinberg dissects the politics of the Mumbai attacks, and the conspiracy theories. Music: Mumbai-born diva Kishore Amonkar and other classical ragas
25 November 2008: Adalah Means Justice
Andrew Muhad El-Kadi on the upcoming gala benefit for the New York chapter of Adalah: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East, and updates on West Bank land theft and the siege in Gaza. Music: oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen
18 November 2008: Yes We Did. Now What? II
Bill Weinberg discusses recent racist attacks, anti-immigrant violence and other ominous signs of a radical-right backlash against the election of Barack Obama. With new new music from Mali, including Bassekou Kouyate, Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore. Also: Farewell, Miriam Makeba
11 November 2008: The Struggle in Mauritania III
Abdarahmane Wone of the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLAM) and the Refugee Defense Alliance discuss the repression of the anti-slavery and pro-democracy struggle since the August military coup. With new political rap music from Mauritania's Jam Min Tekke.
4 November 2008: Yes We Did. Now What?
Bill Weinberg and a studio full of activists and scholars including Marisol Ruiz, Kazembe Balagun, Russell Dale, Jana Ridvanova and Bill Koehline of the Brecht Forum and Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory discuss the historic election of Barack Obamawith varying degrees of cynicism. Music: Kenyan homages to the US president-elect, including "Obama Ubarikiwe" (Obama be Blessed) by Samba Mapangala, "Obama for Change" by Kenge Kenge and "Obama be Thy Name" by Makadem. (Special two-part show)
28 October 2008: Worse Than They Want You to Think
Andrew Kliman, author of Reclaiming Marx's "Capital": A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency and a founding member of the Marxist-Humanist Committee, presents his Marxist Analysis of the Economic Crisis. Music: Chicago bluesman John Brim's "Tough Times" (1952)
21 October 2008: The Electoral Farce? III
Bill Weinberg with an exegesis on the contradictions of the American two-party system and a continuation of the on-air listener poll. With samples from Oscar Brand's historical collection of Presidential Campaign Songs
14 October 2008: Witness in Palestine
Anna Baltzer calls in from her national tour to discuss her book Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. Music: Lebanese diva Magida el-Roumi
7 October 2008: The Crimes of Alberto Fujimori
Francisco Soberón of Peru's Associación Pro-Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) on his effort to bring war crimes charges against Alberto Fujimori. Music: Las Campesinas de Cajamarca
30 September 2008: Secret History of the Indian Mutiny
Amaresh Misra discusses his book War of Civilisations: 1857 AD, on Britain's forgotten holocaust in India and its meaning for contemporary anti-imperialist struggle. Music: The Bauls of Bengal
23 September 2008: Whither Conspiracy Theory? III
Max Schmid and Bill Weinberg continue to poke fun at the 9-11 conspiranoids with more UFO-ology and Paul-is-Deadery. Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beatles (of course)
16 September 2008: Whither Conspiracy Theory? II
Max Schmid and Bill Weinberg present classic 1950s UFO-ology broadcasts from Long John Nebel and 1960s "Paul is Dead" wackjobbery, discuss the politics of conspiranoia. Music: Steve Earle's "Conspiracy Theory" (of course)
9 September 2008: The Electoral Farce? III
Bill Times Up and Liane Nikitavitch report back from the RNC protests. Bill Weinberg polls the listeners on how they intend to vote. Music: The Psychedlic Furs' "President Gas"; the New Lost City Ramblers' "Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Back Again"
2 September 2008: Geopolitics of the Great Game
Bill Weinberg on struggles for autonomy and cultural survival from the Balkans, Caucasus and Uighurstan to the Amazon. With traditional Kosovar Albanian music of Rifat Berisha
26 August 2008: Whither Tibet? III
Jacob Blumenfeld, one of several foreigners detained in Beijing for holding Free Tibet protests at the Olympics, speaks. With more contemporary Tibetan pop and protest music. Link: Free Tibet 2008
19 August 2008: Whither Uighurstan? II
Bill Weinberg with more on the ironies of the Uighur struggle, and traditional Uighur music from Xinjiang.
12 August 2008: Whither Abkhazia?
Bill Weinberg discusses the crisis in Georgia, and how South Ossetia and Abkhazia became new Cold War frontlines. Music: traditional Georgian epic songs and hymns from the Rustavi Choir.
5 August 2008: Whither Uighurstan?
Bill Weinberg discusses the Uighur self-determination struggle in Xinjiang, takes calls on the nature of the contemporary Chinese state. Music: traditional Mongol and Buryat song, and (forgive the corniness) the Red Rockers' "China."
29 July 2008: Critical Mass Under Attack V
Bill Weinberg and Bill Times Up on the latest escalation against Critical Mass. Music: new bhangra and Bollywood.
22 July 2008: The Tompkins Square Riot: 20 Years Later
Chris Flash, editor of the Lower East Side underground paper The Shadow, and Frank Morales, co-editor of the anthology Police State America, reflect on the legacy of Tompkins Square Park 20 years after the Aug. 6, 1988 police riot. Music: peroid sounds of Missing Foundation.
15 July 2008: Disaster and Resistance
Seth Tobocman and the Improvised Explosive Devices perform and discuss selections from Seth's new book Disaster and Resistance, with works on Iraq, Palestine, the Niger Delta, post-Katrina New Orleans, the bayou country and more. Also: Karen Marie Fiorito of Yo! What Happened to Peace?; housing activist and defendant Jamie "Bork" Laughner calls in on the struggle in New Orleans. Music: Al-Nujoom Folklore Debka (NY-Palestinian)
8 July 2008: The Struggle for Union Square
Mark Reed of NYC Park Advocates and Geoffrey Croft of the Union Square Community Improvement District (get it?) on the battle for public space in New York City. Also: update on the struggle for 47 East 3rd Street. Music: more third world psychedelia
1 July 2008: Third World Psychedelia
Bill Weinberg spins 1960s psychedelic and garage rock nuggets from Cuba, Mexico and West Africa. Also: Marisol Ruiz and Kazembe Balagun of the Brecht Forum on revolutionary culture in New York City.
17 June 2008: Whither Hugo Chavez? II
Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, returns to ask if isn't enough with the Hugo Chavez hero worship. With more authentic Venezuelan llanero music.
10 June 2008: Spirit of Sepharad
Sephardic songster Gerard Edery performs live in the studio and discusses the legacy of Judeo-Spanish music and culture. With samples from his new album, Two Faiths, One Voice, a collaboration with vocalist and folklorist Maria Krupoves.
3 June 2008: Chris Carlsson's Nowtopia
San Francisco anarchist personality Chris Carlsson discusses his new book Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today. Also: Eric Goodman with music from his performance work Thus Spoke the Spectacle, inspired by the theories of Guy Debord.
27 May 2008: Prince Caspian as Revenge Fantasy
Bill Weinberg discusses the tension between Christian ideology and paganistic atavism in the works of CS Lewis. Music: traditional pipes and fiddles of the Laz, an ancient people of the Caucasus Mountains
20 May 2008: The Struggle in Zimbabwe II
Bill Weinberg presents more excerpts from his 2002 interview with Zimbabwean Afro-pop superstar Thomas Mapfumo to shed light on the current escalation in Zimbabwe. Music: Baly Othmani (Algeria) and Thomas Mapfumo (of course)
13 May 2008: From Darfur to Nubia II
Bill Weinberg presents more excerpts from his 1996 interview with Sheikh Anwar McKeen, exiled King of Nubia, to shed light on the current escalation in Sudan. Music: Nubian oud masters Hamza El Din, Abdel Gadir Salim.
6 May 2008: The Privatization of New York City
Bill Weinberg on the creeping corporate privatization of New York Cityand the resistance. Music: Joe Cuba Sextet, more Nuyorican funk.
29 April 2008: The Struggle for Chinatown
Josephine Lee and Rob Hollander of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown/LES on the super-development of Lower Manhattan and the re-zoning controversy. Music: Antibalas, other classic New York Latin funk.
22 April 2008: Whither Tibet? II
Bill Weinberg with an update on the struggle in Tibet and what it means for the global indigenous struggle. With more Tibetan temple music and contemporary Tibetan ethno-pop.
15 April 2008: The Gastronomic Dilemma III
Ann Marie Hendrickson and Bill Weinberg on the politics of vegetarianism. With more food-themed songs from Professor Louie, Syd Barrett, Dee Dee Sharp, Spike Jones. Link: Veggie Pride Parade
8 April 2008: Anarchist Book Fair
Bill Weinberg discusses the upcoming NYC Anarchist Book Fair and his recent visit to the San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair and Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Oakland. Also: the legacy of the 1946 Oakland General Strike and 1963 Berkeley Free Speech Movement. With new music from Berkeley's legendary world music club Ashkenaz, including Moh Alileche (Algeria), Mamadou & Vanessa (Mali), Nawal (Comoros), Solo Cissokho (Senegal).
11 March 2008: Whither Tibet?
Bill Weinberg discusses the re-emergence of resistance in Tibet and Uighurstan, and peasant struggles in China. With traditional Tibetan temple music and contemporary Tibetan pop and hip-hop of New York's Acho Danny (and others).
25 December 2007: Moorish Orthodox Christmas
Bill Weinberg plays Moorish-influenced Christmas music from Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band
18 December 2007: The Struggle in New Orleans IV
New Orleans resident and activist Sam Jackson calls in from the threatened BW Cooper housing project. Music: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
11 December 2007: The Politics of Immigration
Jane Guskin and David Wilson discuss their new book The Politics of Immigration. Music: Anthems of the undocumented from Los Tigres del Norte
4 December 2007: WBAI Under SiegeAgain?! II
Bill Weinberg and Max Schmid discuss the contested WBAI elections, airing the positions of both Justice & Unity and the dissidents. With Metadomus, Indonesian "metamorfoka" music
27 November 2007
20 November 2007: Gastronomic Resistance II
Bill Weinberg rants about the cultural cleansing of New York's working-class ethnic restaurants and the general deterioration of American cuisine. Music: Malvina Reynolds' "The New Restaurant," Booker T. & MG's' "Green Onions," Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention's "Call Any Vegetable," Woody Guthrie's "Farmer-Labor Train," Leadbelly's "New York City." Links: Alec Baldwin disses New York culture
13 November 2007: Voices of the Amazigh XI
Issouf ag-Maha, spokesman for the Mouvement des Nigériens pour la Justice (MNJ), speaks on the new Tuareg guerilla struggle. Music: Toumast
6 November 2007: Anti-Globalization Struggle in Japan
Anarchist film critic Go Hirasawa and journalist Sabu Kohso, a contributor to the Japan After Japan anthology, discuss the NO G8 protests planned for the upcoming 2008 summit in Hokkaido, Japanese underground cinema, the legacy of the Japanese armed left movement of the '60s and '70s, and the repression that followed in its wake. With Italian radical rap music in memory of Carlo Giuliani
30 October 2007: Harry Houdini's Last Seance
Ann Marie Hendrickson presents an authentic recording of the 1938 live-broadcast seance by the widow of Harry Houdini to contact her late husband. Also: a Gotham Radio Players production of a "lost" episode of classic 1930s horror radio show "Lights Out." Music: the Misfits, the Shaggs
23 October 2007: The Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade's Greatest Hits IV
Max Schmid, covering for the missing Bill and Ann Marie, continues the fund-raising effort, with qawwali music from Pakistan, gnawa music from Morocco, capoeira music from Brazil, and other international samples from the MORC musical archive.
16 October 2007: The Struggle in Oaxaca IV
Miguel Angel Vasquez of Oaxaca's Servicios para una Educación Alternativa (EDUCA) speaks on the state of the struggle one year after the federal crackdown. With folkloric music from the region.
9 October 2007: The Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade's Greatest Hits III
Bill Weinberg and Ann Marie Hendrickson spin classics from the MORC's famed international music library in a stunningly successful fund-raising show. With samples from the Sahara Desert of Mali, Miskito Coast of Honduras, Resian Alps of Italy and more. Also: Ann Marie on the politics of Columbus Day.
2 October 2007: From Gene Autry to 3:10 to Yuma
Ann Marie Hendrickson on the evolution of Hollywood's portrayal of Old West. Music: baseball songs to commemorate the Mets debacle
25 September 2007: Happy Birthday, Maxwell J. Schmid
An on-air party as WBAI producers Ann Marie Hendrickson, Bill Weinberg, Sharon Gregory, R. Paul Martin, "Uncle" Sidney Smith and Kathy Davis wish a happy birthday to Max Schmid of the Golden Age of Radio. Also: the politics of listener phone calls. Music: Camper Van Beethoven
18 September 2007: The Bonzo Detectives
Ann Marie Hendrickson on Roberto Bolaño and the Bonzo Dog Band.
17 July 2007: The End of the World As We Know It II
Chip Berlet of Political Research Associates calls in to discuss premillenial dispensationalism, conspiracy theory and the secret wars for the Temple Mount. Music: Ishtar & Los Niños de Sara, Reines de Saba (Moorish flamenco fusion)
26 June 2007: From Darfur to Loisaida
Bill Weinberg on genocide in Darfur and cultural repression on the Lower East Side. Music: Abdoulaye Alhassan (Niger), Djelimady Tounkara (Mali), Corey Harris with Ali Farka Toure
3 April 2007: Ahmadiyya Passover Special
Bill Weinberg examines cognate Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Afghan folk songs ("Chad Gadya," "La Mora y la Moxca," "Morghak," respectively) for ethnographic evidence in support of the Ahmadiyya Muslim belief that the Pashtuns are the Lost Tribes of Israel. (Sequel to "Who Is a Jew?" of 2 Oct. 2001) Bonus link: Ahmadiyya on Vedanta.
23 October 2006: The Hungarian Revolution Remembered
Bill Weinberg on the revolutionary tradition from Budapest 1956 to Oaxaca 2006. With Hungarian folk dances and Mexican revolutionary corridos. Link: Raya Dunayevskaya on the Hungarian Revolution.
8 August 2006: The Jews of Yemen II
Bill Weinberg with the conclusion of his exploration on the history of the Yemeni Jews, and a Tisha b'Av meditation on the Lebanon crisis. Also: Bluesman Markus James calls in to promote the upcoming New York screening of his film Timbuktoubab, on his collaborations with the master musicians of Mali. Music: Ofra Haza, the Human League
4 July 2006: The Jews of Yemen
Bill Weinberg on the secret history of the Yemeni Jews and their connection to the Queen of Sheba. With indigenous musical samples.
16 May 2006: From Colombia to Palestine II
Bill Weinberg with updates on struggles for land, freedom and cultural survival in Cauca and the West Bank. Music: Bustan Abraham, U2
4 April 2006: Frogs Matter
Bill Weinberg ruminates on the ecological implications of the global frog die-back, reads Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Music: Ali Farka Toure, Dave Van Ronk. Note: A half-hour alternative version of this show was produced for Pacifica's nationally-syndicated Sprouts, online at AudioPort.org
17 January 2006: From China to Bolivia
As Evo Morales extends solidarity to Mexico's Zapatistas, will his anti-imperialist program mean betraying the rebel peasants of China? Bill Weinberg explores. Music: Bolivian folklorica masters Awatiñas, more Yasmin Levy. Link: East Asian Class Struggle in World Perspective
10 January 2006: The Struggle in Bolivia II
Bill Weinberg on the historic election of Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, and what it means for the struggle for the country's hydrocarbon resources. Also: Who are the Naxalites?, Happy Berber New Year! Music: More Yasmin Levy
22 November 2005: Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia II
Bill Weinberg and Mario Murillo interview Renato Areiza of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community and independent Colombian legislator Pedro Arenas. Music: Calixto Ochoa. Links: Another killing at Colombian Peace Community; Paras kill Afro-Colombian leader.
15 November 2005: Indigenous Struggle in Colombia
Manuel Rozental of Association of Indigenous Councils of North Cauca (ACIN) with an update on the Nasa and Guambiano struggle to reclaim the land from the oligarchs and their paramilitary allies. Music: Colombia's reigning vallenata giants, Binomio de Oro de America; Caetano Veloso (Brazil) interprets Simon Diaz (Venezuela)
25 October 2005: Rap Napolitano
Polo from Naples' hottest rap group, La Famiglia, on southern Italy's regional lingo and culture, and keeping it real in the face of globalization.
27 September 2005: Politics of the Anti-War Movement
Bill Weinberg on why he is a conscientious objector from the "actually-existing" anti-war movement. Music: Neapolitan rap from La Famiglia. Link: Iraq's secular left betrayed
8 March 2005: The Struggle in Bolivia
Bill Weinberg on indigenous and separatist struggles in Bolivia, and the role of US energy interests. With traditional Aymara music from the Altiplano. Link: Struggle in Bolivia
15 February 2005: Dionysius in India
Bill Weinberg explores Indo-European myths and word-roots for clues to the Asiatic origins of Greco-Roman culture. Music: Karnatic nadaswaram (oboe) instrumentals from southern India. Link: Structural nucleus of Indo-European mythology
8 February 2005: Helen in Egypt III
Bill Weinberg on gnosticism, hermeticism, monophysism, sufism and the secret survival of Khemetic wisdom in the Hellenistic, Roman and Islamic ages. Music: Berber Sufi ritual recordings from Morocco. Link: Monophysites in the news
25 January 2005: Helen in Egypt II
Bill Weinberg documents the African origins of Greco-Roman civilization by going to Apuleius and other primary sources. Music: Greek island & mountain songs. Link: Apuleius on Isis
18 January 2005: Helen in Egypt
Bill Weinberg on the secret history of the Trojan War. Music: Traditional Berber sounds of Moh Alileche, psychedelic soul of Rotary Connection. Link: Helen in Egypt
11 January 2005: Was Alexander so Great?
Bill Weinberg on the legacy of Alexander the Great, the new Oliver Stone movie, and the contemporary Western conquest of Babylon (Iraq) and Bactria (Afghanistan). Music: More Shahram Nazeri. (Special two-part show)
23 November 2004: The Book of Thoth
Three weeks late, Bill Weinberg reads an ancient Egyptian ghost story for Halloween. Music: Material's Seven Souls (with Bill Burroughs). Link: The Book of Thoth
12 October 2004: From Colombia to Palestine
Bill Weinberg notes Dia de La Raza with a comparative analysis of indigenous struggles in the Andes and the Middle East. Music: El Danzon de Moises, Judeo-Cuban jazz by Roberto J. Rodriguez. Link: Indigenous March on Cali
5 October 2004: Colombia War Report II
Bill Weinberg with an update on the indigenous autonomy struggle in Cauca. Music: Alerta, revolutionary reggae from Bogota. Link: Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN)
28 September 2004: Colombia Music Special IV
Carlos Moreno of the Bogota punk band El Furibundo Serna with a selection of new political punk, ska and reggae from Colombia. Also: Bill Weinberg with a Critical Mass update.
24 August 2004: Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia
With Leonardo Jimenez, Colombian draft resister and an activist with the Medellin anti-militarist group Red Juvenil (Youth Network). Music: new political rock, reggae and rap from Colombia. Link: Red Juvenil
13 July 2004: Global Climate Shift & the Struggle in Antarctica
Robbie Liben, blacklisted from Antarctica's McMurdo Station for his anti-war activism, on the impending ice age. Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica. Link: Antarctic Storm
9 March 2004: The Black Madonna
Italian musician and folklorist Alessandra Belloni on the secret history of goddess worship in southern Italy. Also: music of the late Italian political folk singer Fabrizio de Andre. Link: Alessandra Belloni
27 January 2004: The Black Celts
Bill Weinberg on ancient links between the Moorish and Celtic worlds. (Also, lots of annoying pitching for the station marathon.) Music: Christie Moore, traditional Libyan pipes. Link: The Black Celts
16 December 2003: Colombian Music Special III
Bill Weinberg plays Colombian political songsters Ana y Jaime, vallenata legend Miguel Duran Jr., narco-corrido group Los Tigres del Sur, and Bogota punk-rockers El Furibundo Serna. Link: Ricardo Semillas lyrics
9 December 2003: Colombian Music Special II
Bill Weinberg plays llanera masters Alfredo Rolando Otriz and Arnulfo Briceño, reports on repression and paramilitary terror on the plains of Colombia's Orinoco basin. Link: State of Siege in Arauca
2 December 2003: Colombian Music Special
Bill Weinberg plays mapalé queens Petrona Martinez and Totó la Momposina, reports on the Afro-Colombian autonomy struggle. Link: Afro-Colombian Renaissance
22 October 2002: Moorish Mysteries of Catalonia
Bill Weinberg on the Moorish role in the Spanish Civil War, and lessons for contemporary Iraq. Music: Medieval pilgrim songs from Catalonia.
17 June 2002: From Pax Romana to Globalization
Bill Weinberg and Sidney Smith on Italian peasant culture, the Roman Empire, bioregionalism and globalization. Music: Tarantellas and prison songs from Calabria.
10 June 2002: Moorish Mysteries of Southern Italy
Bill Weinberg reports back on his search for Moorish roots in Naples, Sicily and Calabria. Music: Tarantellas from Alessandra Belloni and Alan Lomax's rare Italian field recordings.
Link: Struggle in Calabria
18 December 2001: George Harrison and the Journey to the East
Bill Weinberg and Ann-Marie Hendrickson on the music and cultural politics of when Krishna was Fab. Also: the flawed Pacifica settlement and the suspension of Bob Fass' Radio Unnameable." Link: George on Krishna or audio clip
11 December 2001: Moorish Orthodoxy Explained III
Bill Weinberg discusses Moorish Orthodoxy, Islamic heresy and the actually-existing jihad," with musical samples from Hakim Bey's Hashisheen: The End of Law. Ann-Marie Hendrickson with reviews and satirical Christmas music.
27 November 2001: Forgotten Nations of Central Asia
Bill Weinberg hosts a musical and cultural-political tour through Hunza, Gilgit and Kafiristan. Link: Free Balawaristan Movement
2 October 2001: Who is a Jew?
Bill Weinberg searches for the Lost Tribes of Israel in South Africa, Afghanistan and China. Music: Alhambra, Elias Ladino Ensemble (Sephardic), Bukharan hymns, Hebrew and Herati folk music. Link: Ahmadiyya Islam on the Lost Tribes of Israel
8 May 2001: Free Vieques! III
Carmelo Ruiz of San Juan's pro-independence Claridad returns via telephone with an update on the Vieques protests. Music: Guatemala's Alux Nahual, Mercedes Sosa live in revolutionary Managua, 1985. Links: Carmelo on Vieques & Carmelo's blog
17 October 2000: Colombia War Report
Bill Weinberg on hidden corporate agendas behind the Colombia aid package. Music: Jacques Brel, Chuchumbe (Veracruz huapango), Manu Chao, Leon Rosselson.
10 October 2000: From Guerrero to Palestine
Bill Weinberg on the eco-guerilla resistance in Mexico, and a Yom Kippur meditation on the West Bank violence. With indigenous Mexican music, and Ruth Wieder Magan's Songs to the Invisible God.
4 July 2000: Free Vieques! II
Carmelo Ruiz of San Juan's pro-independence Claridad returns with an update on the movement to get the US Navy off Vieques, as well as samples of new political rock and salsa from Puerto Rico.
(Special two-part show) Link: Carmelo's blog
6 June 2000: From Colombia to Kosova
Bill Weinberg leads a comparative discussion on ethnic cleansing in the Andes and the Balkans. Musical samples from Oakland's feminist klezmer pioneers Charming Hostess. Link: Charming Hostess
18 January 2000: Revolution in Ecuador
Bill Weinberg on the indigenous movement against neoliberalism in the Andean nation. With traditional indigenous music from the region. Link: Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador
28 December 1999: Viva Esperanza!
Aresh, Citizen and Bill Times Up on the struggle to save the Esperanza Garden in Loisaida. Music: Australian hurdy-gurdy artist Barb Dwyer's "Riding the Gurdy Gander"
26 October 1999: KKK in NYC
Bill Weinberg analyzes the politics of the Klan rally in Foley Square and takes listener calls.
Music: Darryl Cherney's "White Tribal Music," A to the D's "The Renegade Jew". Link: New Yorkers Repudiate Ku Klux Klan
30 June 1999: Free Vieques!
Bill Weinberg interviews Carmelo Ruiz of San Juan's pro-independence Claridad on the movement to get the US Navy off Vieques. With new music from Puerto Rico. Link: Carmelo's blog
16 September 1997: Free Scotland! Free Nagaland!
Peter Lamborn Wilson discusses the vote for home rule in Scotland, and updates listeners on the Naga liberation struggle in northeast India. With Celtic "mouth music" and pipes. Link: The Celtic League
2 September 1997: The Alternative in Italy
Peter Lamborn Wilson reports on the squatter scene in Rome and left-versus-right separatist movements in Venice and the north. Music: Bill Laswell interprets William Burroughs.
19 March 1996: The New Fascism in Russia
Russian anarcho-syndicalist Vadim Damier speaks with ex-East German opposition activist Marcus Mathyl and NYC-based Russian journalist Misha Gutkin
on the cooptation of anarchist, punk and youth counter-culture by the new "Red-Brown" ultra-nationalist alliance.
26 July 1994: Amazon Shamanism in the New World Order
Cultural survival and ethnobotany in the world of corporate exploitation. With Peter Gorman of High Times magazine; Zeze Weiss and Christine Halvorson of Amanaka'a Amazon Network. With field recordings of ayahuasca chants from the Peruvian rainforest. Link: Rainforest Foundation (Christine's new gig)
28 June 1994: The Bogomils
Scholar Johana Bjorken explores Bosnia's medieval heresy.
With field recordings of Bosnian Muslim folk music. Link: Bogomils of Bulgaria and Bosnia