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Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 5-23-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Mark Vonnegut about his memoir, “The Heart of Caring: A Life In Pediatrics.” Then, environmental reporter Oliver Milman tells us about the shocking carbon bomb that ...

By |May 23rd, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 5-23-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Ruth Ben Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present,” talks about the recent mass shooting and hate ...

By |May 23rd, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 5-16-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Andrew Perez, senior editor and reporter at The Lever, discusses his recent article, “McCarthy-Era Law Aimed At Pro-Choice Protesters,” and the larger issue of the GOP and right-wing crackdown ...

By |May 16th, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 5-16-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Today, two books on crime in America. First, as meaningful gun safety legislation is perpetually stalled in the US Congress, another approach to preventing gun violence is gaining ground ...

By |May 16th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 5-9-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) BriannaTwofoot, National Organizing Director with Planned Parenthood reacts to the leaked draft Supreme Court ruling that would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion and discusses ...

By |May 9th, 2022|

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 5/8/22

Floating World Pictures (feat. Alabaster DePlume): Fairbairn's Floating World – single (Friendly, 2022)Flore Laurentienne: La fin et le commencement – single (Rvng Intl, 2022)Aldous Harding: Warm Chris – Warm Chris (4AD, 2022)Wilco: Falling Apart (Right ...

By |May 8th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 5-2-2022

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher On Digging in the Dirt host Kevin Gallagher talks to Woody Tasch about his latest project "Beetcoin" which provides 0% loans to the regenerative farming community and sustainable businesses. ...

By |May 2nd, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 5-2-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with world-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal about his new book, "Different: Gender Through The Eyes of a Primatologist." Then we re-air our 2019 conversation with Richard Louv ...

By |May 2nd, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 4-25-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Lumah Mufleh about her spellbinding book, LEARNING AMERICA: One Woman’s Fight for Educational Justice for Refugee Children. The global refugee population has more than doubled in ...

By |April 25th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 4-25-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Jehan Hakim, Chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee discusses her organization’s support for the U.S. Congress to adopt a Yemen War Powers Resolution to end all U.S. military assistance ...

By |April 25th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 4-18-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Richard A. Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University. From 2008-2014 Professor Falk served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation ...

By |April 18th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 4-11-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Alan Zibel, Research Director with Public Citizen talks about his group's new report, "Big Oil's Wartime Bonus," and the call by some in Congress to impose a windfall profits ...

By |April 11th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 4-4-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, talks about Russia’s Ukraine invasion, the threat of nuclear weapons being used in the conflict, and ...

By |April 4th, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-28-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Ali Noorani about his book, “Crossing Borders: The Reconciliation of a Nation of Immigrants.” It goes beyond the hateful polemics of our current immigration debate to ...

By |March 28th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 3-28-2022

Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez Daily — New broadcast time beginning Monday, March 28 is 7:00 PM. Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Mel Goodman, a senior fellow at the ...

By |March 28th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 3-21-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Hassan El-Tayyab, Legislative Director for Middle East Policy with the Friend Committee on National Legislation, considers the importance of current negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to end the war ...

By |March 21st, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-21-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We spend the hour with John Nichols talking about his latest book “Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability For Those Who Caused The Crisis.” It’s long been apparent that ...

By |March 21st, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-14-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca RheannonWe talk with Lee Kravetz about his stunning literary mystery, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.Then, as more states pass laws attacking transgender families, we listen back to a clip from ...

By |March 13th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 3-14-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) William Hartung, Senior Research Fellow Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft examines the urgent issues addressed in his recent article, “Biden is Right to Rule Out a ‘No Fly Zone’ ...

By |March 13th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 3-7-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org, author of a dozen books including, “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,” and, “Made Love, Got War: ...

By |March 6th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 2-28-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Michael Beer, Director of Nonviolence International talks about Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and how civil society and the peace movement internationally can work together to prevent an ...

By |February 28th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 2-21-2022

GM Report to the Listeners with Steve di Costanzo Interview with the Executive Director of the Mary & Elizabeth Freeman Center in Bridgeport and Board Chair Bernicestine McLeod Bailey. Monday, February 21 at 12:00 ...

By |February 21st, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 2-14-2022

My Other Music with Joseph Celli Joseph Celli: speeches by Martin Luther King, interviews with writers Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. Monday, February 14 beginning at 9:00 AM. Counterpoint with Scott Harris ...

By |February 14th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 2-7-2022

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Hector Gerado and Liz Guerra are owners of Seamarron Farmstead in Danbury CT. They are community and union organizers and they are BIPOC NYers transplanted from the ...

By |February 7th, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 1-31-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Translator Peter Filkins talks about the third novel in German Jewish writer H.G. Adler’s trilogy about the Holocaust, The Wall. Later, we re-play a previous interview with Filkins about ...

By |January 30th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 1-31-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program with the group People For the American Way discusses President Biden's opportunity to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice after ...

By |January 30th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 1-24-2022

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Kevin Gallagher’s guest on Digging in the Dirt is Linley Dixon, a Colorado organic farmer with a Ph.D. in plant pathology and co-director of the Real Organic ...

By |January 23rd, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 1-17-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Jared A. Ball, Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University, discusses his views on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the nation celebrates what would ...

By |January 16th, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 1-10-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with archeologist David Wengrow about the groundbreaking book he co-authored, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. We’ve all grown up thinking that the trajectory of human ...

By |January 9th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 1-10-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Ashley Dawson, Professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Omar Dahbour, Professor at Hunter College talk about their recent article, “How to Fight the Next ...

By |January 9th, 2022|

News and Public Affairs 1-3-2022

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Stephen Spaulding, Common Cause Senior Counsel for Public Policy and Government Affairs, Senior Advisor to the President of Common Cause, talks about the current mobilization to pressure the U.S. ...

By |January 1st, 2022|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 1-3-2022

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon It’s that time, folks! The time for Ten Best of the year lists. We play excerpts from ten of our favorite episodes in 2021: Hugh Raffles, The Book Of Unconformities; Michael ...

By |January 1st, 2022|

WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2021

Bob Anderson: “A Little Bit Of Everything” Albums The Mommyheads: Age of Isolation (Mommyhead Music) Party For Joey: Sweet Relief Tribute for Joey Spampinato (True North) Amyl and the Sniffers: Comfort To Me (B2B) Joni ...

By |December 28th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 12-27-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Part two of our interview with constitutional scholar Noah Feldman about his new history of Lincoln and the civil war from a constitutional perspective, The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, ...

By |December 27th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 12-27-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Scott Desnoyers, a loving father who lost his son to suicide following a missed $20 premium payment and became a Medicare-for-All activist and a leader in the New York ...

By |December 27th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 12-20-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Dean Baker, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research discusses his recent article, “The Media’s War Against Biden Over Inflation,” examining how media’s dishonest hyping of ...

By |December 20th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 12-13-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Leonard Rubenstein about his book Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War. Military violence against hospitals, patients, and health workers ...

By |December 12th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 12-13-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) David Gibbs, Professor of History at the University of Arizona discusses his views on rising tensions between Russia and the U.S., centered on Vladimir Putin’s military buildup on the ...

By |December 12th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 12-6-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Alison Gash, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and Anne Rumberger, an activist with NYC for Abortion Rights and NYC-DSA, discuss their views on recent ...

By |December 6th, 2021|

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 11/28/21

Benedicte Maurseth: Reinsdyrbjøller – Hárr (Hubro/Grappa, 2022) Chillingsworth Surfingham: Fly Banana – Chillingsworth (Atom, 2021) David Bowie: Can't Help Thinking About Me – Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) (Parlophone, 2021) KUUNATIC: Tītián – Gate of Klüna ...

By |November 29th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 11-29-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Ben Jealous, President of People for the American Way, former CEO of NAACP, discusses PFAW’s efforts, and recent protest actions, pressuring the Biden administration to take urgent action to ...

By |November 29th, 2021|

Memories of Bridgeport

Memories of Bridgeport from the 1950s by Bill Nolan of Bridgeport’s WPKN 89.5 FM Radio (Bill is the host of the popular “Antique Blues” radio show on Sunday evenings from 6:00 PM to 10:00 ...

By |November 29th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 11-22-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University discusses her recent article, "Welcome to the Age of Lawless Masculinity," and her views on the rise of armed white ...

By |November 22nd, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 11-15-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Delger Erdenesanaa, a fellow and reporter with the award-winning publication, Inside Climate News, discusses her recent article titled, "At COP26, Youth Activists From Around the World Call Out Decades ...

By |November 15th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 11-15-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with best-selling author Ken Follett about his new novel, Never. It’s a chilling look about how a small international incident could lead to nuclear annihilation. Ken Follett’s ...

By |November 15th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 11-8-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon First, we talk with graphic artist Joe Lee about his stunningly illustrated book, Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of The Auschwitz Twin Experiments. Then, we talk with ...

By |November 8th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 11-8-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Reynard Loki, Editor/Chief Correspondent with Earth/ Food/ Life at the Independent Media Institute talks about his recent article, “COP26: Will Humanity’s ‘Last and Best Chance’ to Save Earth’s Climate ...

By |November 8th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 11-1-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) A representative of the group Free Speech For People will discuss their views re: the House and DOJ investigation into the pro-Trump January 6th attempted coup, and efforts to ...

By |October 30th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 10-25-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Americans for Tax Fairness Executive Director Frank Clemente talks about the work his group is doing to support President Biden's original blueprint for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans ...

By |October 25th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 10-18-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Evan Feeney, Campaign Director with the group Color Of Change, talks about how AT&T helped build far right-wing TV channel ‘One America News,’ and his group’s call for AT&T ...

By |October 18th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 10-11-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Tiffany Muller, President & Executive Director of the group End Citizens United discusses the debate/negotiations over the two proposed infrastructure bills, with a focus on the role played by ...

By |October 11th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 10-4-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) William Rivers Pitt, senior editor and lead columnist with Truthout.org, discusses his coverage of the debate and current negotiations over the proposed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the ...

By |October 4th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 9-27-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon #ElectrifyEverything! We spend the hour talking with Saul Griffith about his new book, Electrify: An Optimists Playbook For Our Clean Energy Future. It’s about how we can solve the climate ...

By |September 27th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 9-27-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Aaron Scherb, Director of Legislative Affairs with Common Cause, talks about the work his group is doing to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and other measures to protect ...

By |September 27th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 9-20-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Tom Collina, Director of Policy with the Ploughshares Fund talk about an account in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book that Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the ...

By |September 20th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 9-13-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Kristen Breitweiser, who lost her husband Ron, a money manager working on the 94th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, discusses her recent article, “My Husband Died ...

By |September 13th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 9-13-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon This is a special edition of Writer’s Voice produced on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Many questions about the terror attacks remain unanswered for the families of the 9/11 victims. ...

By |September 13th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 9-6-2021

First Voices Indigenous Radio with Tiokasin Ghosthorse Dr. Rosita Worl, an anthropologist, is President of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and for many years served as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska ...

By |September 6th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 9-6-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Jenny Brown, a member of National Women’s Liberation and a leader in the fight to get the morning-after pill over the counter in the US, as a plaintiff in ...

By |September 6th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 8-30-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, award-winning poet and now novelist, about The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois, just out from Harper Collins. Then, two young Black women build ...

By |August 30th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 8-30-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) People For The American Way, Director of Leadership Programs, Markus Batchelor discuss PFAW’s recent "No More Excuses Rally" and direct action protest in support of passage of the John ...

By |August 30th, 2021|

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 8/29/21

Jimmy Cliff: Human Touch – single (UMG, 2021) Billy Nomates: Petrol Fumes – Emergency Telephone EP (Invada, 2021) The Rolling Stones: Connection – Between The Buttons (London, 1967) Gájanas: Čihkkojuvvon – Hidden – Čihkkojuvvon ...

By |August 30th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 8-23-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Arash Azizzada, a co-founder of the group Afghans for a Better Tomorrow, talks about his urgent work demanding the Biden administration to “ensure the safety of the most vulnerable ...

By |August 22nd, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 8-16-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Walker Bragman, is a reporter with the Daily Poster and attorney whose work has been featured in Paste Magazine, The Intercept, HuffPost, The Independent, Salon, Truthout, and The Hill. ...

By |August 16th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 8-16-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with historian Elizabeth Hinton about her book, “America on Fire: The Untold History Of Police Violence And Black Rebellion Since The 1960s.” Hinton takes the reader on ...

By |August 16th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 8-9-2021

Spotlight on Arts & Culture with David Green On this week’s Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Spotlight on Arts & Culture: “Fairfield’s Community Theatre Coming Back to Life” with guests Mark Barnhart, Community and ...

By |August 9th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 8-9-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) John Nichols, National-affairs Correspondent with the Nation Magazine, whose latest book is titled, “The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Anti-Fascist, ...

By |August 9th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 8-2-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Basav Sen, Director of the Climate Policy Project talks about his recent article, “Biden should reject the infrastructure plan written by Exxon and invest in saving the climate instead,” ...

By |August 1st, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 7-26-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Amanda Marcotte, a senior politics writer at Salon and the author of “Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself.” She’ll ...

By |July 25th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 7-19-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Nina Burleigh about Trump’s failure on Covid and what that says about our public health system— and capitalism. Her book is Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and The Hijacking ...

By |July 19th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 7-19-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works talks about the exciting developments re: the proposed expansion of Medicare and Medicaid in infrastructure legislation now being negotiated in the ...

By |July 19th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 7-12-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Kim Ives, a journalist and an editor at the weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté, with offices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Brooklyn, NY. He’s written about Haiti for many publications including ...

By |July 10th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 7-5-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Lindsay Meiman, 350.org Senior U.S. Communications Specialist, discusses the recently released video recording revealing a senior ExxonMobil lobbyist describing how the corporation blocks climate action in Congress. She'll also talk about 350.org's ...

By |July 5th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 6-28-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Pam Garrison and Jean Evansmore West Virginia activists with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, discuss the June 23rd Moral March on Manchin & McConnell ...

By |June 28th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 6-21-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Parkinson’s disease. It’s an epidemic—and growing. We talk with one of the world’s leading experts on Parkinson’s, Dr. Robert Okun about the book he co-authored, Ending Parkinson's Disease: A Prescription for Action. ...

By |June 21st, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 6-21-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Branko Marcetic, Staff Writer with Jacobin magazine, co-host @1of200podcast, author of Yesterday’s Man: the Case Against Joe Biden, discusses President Biden’s recent summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his recent ...

By |June 21st, 2021|

WPKN Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Blue

On June 22, 2021, between 1-4 PM EST, host Lisa Sahulka will dedicate her show, Afternoon Jazz with Lisa Sahulka, to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blue by singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell. The anniversary ...

By |June 17th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 6-14-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Matt Gardner, Senior Fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, discusses recent news stories re: IRS tax information revealing that billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and ...

By |June 13th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 6-7-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Philip Weiss, Senior Editor of Mondoweiss.net, an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy, discusses US media coverage of Israel’s new ...

By |June 7th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 5-31-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Sarah Kendzior, author of “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America,” and cohost of Gaslit Nation, a weekly podcast, talks about her ...

By |May 31st, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 5-24-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Jehad Abusalim, Education and Policy Associate with the American Friends Service Committee’s Palestine Activism Program, discusses the violence and loss of life in Gaza and Israel/Palestine, the international community ...

By |May 24th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 5-17-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Josh Ruebner, Adjunct Lecturer of Justice and Peace Studies at Georgetown University and author of “Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” examines the current violence and loss ...

By |May 17th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 5-10-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Amy Hanauer Executive Director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) discusses her group’s assessment of President Biden’s proposals to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and ...

By |May 10th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 5-3-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) William Rivers Pitt, senior editor and lead columnist with Truthout.org, talks about the important issues raised in his recent article, "Biden’s Speech Pointed to a Possible End to Reagan’s ...

By |May 3rd, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 4-26-2021

Writer's Voice with Francesca Rheannon Host Francesca Rheannon talks with Eliot Peper about his Cli-Fi novel, Veil. It’s about what happens when a tech CEO decides to geo-engineer the climate—in secret. Then, we catch up ...

By |April 26th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 4-26-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Luke Savage a staff writer at Jacobin Magazine and a contributor to Current Affairs, The Atlantic, The Guardian, New Statesman and others, talks about his recent article, “Democrats Can’t ...

By |April 26th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 4-19-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris 1) Dr. Yohuru Williams, Distinguished University Chair Professor and the Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas examines the crisis in U.S. policing, reflecting ...

By |April 19th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 4-12-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris Marge Baker, People for the American Way’s Executive Vice President for Policy and Program, talks about the critical battle against proposed GOP voter suppression bills across the U.S., and the ...

By |April 12th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 4-5-2021

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Kevin Gallagher's guests today on Digging in the Dirt are the new executive director of Bridgeport's The Green Village Initiative Ellie Angerame and GVI'S Youth Leadership program ...

By |April 3rd, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 4-5-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst, Institute for New Economic Thinking, talks about her important recent article, “Meet the New Koch Brothers — the Hedge Fund Activists Wrecking America’s Green New ...

By |April 3rd, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 3-29-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Todd Miller is a journalist who has written on border and immigration issues for The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, ...

By |March 29th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-29-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Elizabeth Kolbert talks about her new book Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future. Then, wildlife photographer extraordinaire Ian Shive goes to the volcanic Aleutian Islands of ...

By |March 29th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-22-2021

Afternoon Jazz with Lisa Sahulka Lisa Sahulka speaks with Attilio, a musician, composer and music collector from Barcelona, sharing his special collection of detective noir soundtracks thoughout the show. Tuesday, March 23 at 1:00 ...

By |March 22nd, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 3-22-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance and Newtown Action Alliance Foundation, talks about her group's response to the mass shooting ...

By |March 22nd, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-15-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Dr. Micah Johnson and Dr. Abdul El Sayed about their book, “Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide.” NEWSFLASH! Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell will reintroduce ...

By |March 15th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 3-15-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Ben Anderson, Director of Health Policy at the Children’s Defense Fund will assess the importance of Congressional passage of the American ...

By |March 15th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 3-8-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen’s executive vice president talks about the recent House passage of the “For The People Act,” H.R. 1 ...

By |March 8th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 3-1-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Jenny Offill about her acclaimed cli-fi novel, “Weather.” Then, Ben Ehrenreich tells us about “Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time.” Monday, March ...

By |March 1st, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 3-1-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Loretta J. Ross, activist and Visiting Associate Professor of the Study of Women & Gender at Smith College, discusses her recent article, ...

By |March 1st, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 2-22-2021

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Kevin’s guests on Digging in the Dirt at 5 pm are the CEO of Chabaso wholesale bakers Charlie Negaro Jr. and Communications Director of CHABASO Reed Immer. ...

By |February 22nd, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 2-15-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Rebecca Sacks about her powerful debut novel, “City of a Thousand Gates.” It’s about the intersecting stories of the peoples of Israel and Palestine, and how ...

By |February 15th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 2-15-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Greg Palast, known for his investigative reports for Democracy Now, The Guardian and Consortium News — and his bestsellers including “The ...

By |February 15th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 2-8-2021

Tidings from Hazel Kahan This month my guest on Tidings is noted Jungian analyst and scholar Dr. George Elder. He answers the question: how does Jungian-oriented psychology analyse the terms “apocalypse” and “pandemic” to ...

By |February 8th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 2-8-2021

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Kevin Gallagher’s guest is Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, who has come back for another visit to DITD to talk about ...

By |February 8th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 2-1-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: US 350.org Communications Director Thanu Yakupitiyage discusses his group’s response to President Joe Biden’s recently announced initiatives to address climate change, ...

By |February 1st, 2021|

WPKN Celebrates Black History Month

WPKN acknowledges and joins forces to celebrate Black History Month. During this time of a global pandemic and civil unrest, our programmers are collectively creating an inspirational platform of great music, profound poetry, daily ...

By |January 31st, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 1-25-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, MALDEF, discusses his group’s response to ...

By |January 25th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 1-18-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. She’ll examine the Jan. 6th terrorist attack on ...

By |January 18th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 1-18-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca RheannonWe spend the hour talking with Hugh Raffles about his new book, “The Book Of Unconformities: Speculations On Lost Time.” It’s part natural history, part memoir, part meditation on the relationships ...

By |January 18th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 1-11-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with veterinary behaviorist Meghan Herron, editor of “Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors And Reveal How To Prevent Or Change Unwanted Ones.” It’s ...

By |January 11th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 1-11-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Jason Stanley, the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of five books including “How Fascism Works: The ...

By |January 11th, 2021|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 1-4-2021

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Rabbi Michael Lerner about his book “Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World.” Then we look deeper into how to build solidarity ...

By |January 4th, 2021|

News and Public Affairs 1-4-2021

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School discuss her recent New Yorker article, “Trump’s ...

By |January 4th, 2021|

WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2020

Bob Anderson: “A Little Bit Of Everything” Albums Redman, Meldhau, McBride, Blade: RoundAgain (Nonesuch) Dave Alvin: From An Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings (Yep Roc) The Mavericks: En Español (Mono Mundo) Johnny Cash: Forever ...

By |December 30th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 12-28-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Julio Lopez, the Center for Popular Democracy’s Co-Director for Community Dignity Campaigns, discusses CPD’s view of the COVID relief package of ...

By |December 28th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 12-21-2020

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Victoria Bond, author of the middle-grade reader novel “Zora And Me: The Summoner” and Irene Butter, author of the memoir, “Shores Beyond Shores.” Monday, December 21 at 10:00 PM ...

By |December 21st, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 12-21-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Zachary Roth, a fellow and former editorial director of the Brennan Center for Justice at Columbia University, and author of “The ...

By |December 21st, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 12-14-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Kate Elder, senior vaccines policy advisor with Doctors Without Borders Access Campaign and Michelle Mahon, a Registered Nurse and the National Nurses ...

By |December 14th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 12-07-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of Italian and History at New York University and author, “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present,” talks about her ...

By |December 8th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 11-30-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Mark Green is a former New York City Public Advocate. former director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, and president of Air ...

By |November 30th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 11-23-2020

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We spend the hour talking with Elisa Gabbert about her terrific collection of essays, “The Unreality of Memory.” It’s a contemplation of life in the pre-apocalypse, with profound and ...

By |November 23rd, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 11-23-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Caroline Fredrickson is the former President of the American Constitution Society, Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law School and Senior ...

By |November 23rd, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 11-16-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Paul Street, an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist and historian. Street, author of the recently published book, “Hollow Resistance: Obama, ...

By |November 16th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 11-09-2020

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with translator Stephen Snyder about his translation of Yoko Ozawa’s acclaimed novel “The Memory Police.” It’s an allegory for our age. Then we hear from Marian Lindberg ...

By |November 9th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 11-09-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Vijay Prashad, executive-director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, is an Indian historian and journalist who is the author of thirty ...

By |November 9th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 11-02-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Sylvia Albert, Director of the Voting and Elections program at Common Cause discusses the work she and a national coalition of ...

By |November 2nd, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 10-26-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Ben Clements, Board Chair of Free Speech For People and attorney, discusses the lawsuit his group has filed on behalf of ...

By |October 26th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 10-19-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Lisa Graves, founder, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief at True North Research, talks about her recent article, “Dark Money for Supreme Court ...

By |October 19th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 10-12-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Steven Gardiner, Assistant Research Director with Political Research Associates talks about the recently uncovered militia plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen ...

By |October 12th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 10-05-2020

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Kevin Gallagher’s guest Ryland Engelhart Executive Director Kiss the Ground. Monday, October 5 at 5:00 PM. Writer’s Voice: with Francesca Rheannon Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon ...

By |October 5th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 10-05-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Adele Stan, Director of People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch project, talks about Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn White ...

By |October 5th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 09-28-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Arisha Hatch, Vice President of Color Of Change talks about her group’s response to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s decision not ...

By |September 28th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 09-21-2020

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Kevin Gallagher’s guest is Jon Stokes of the web site Theprepared.com who will be talking about emergency preparedness and prepping checklists for everyone. The Prepared is a ...

By |September 21st, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 09-14-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Stand Up America Founder and President Sean Eldridge discusses the organizing and preparations now being made partner group Indivisible and more ...

By |September 14th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 08-31-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon who covers American politics, feminism and culture. Her new book is titled, “Troll ...

By |August 31st, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 08-24-2020

Counterpoint with guest host Ebong Eudoma Monday, August 24 at 8:00 PM and in the WPKN archive. Writer's Voice with Francesca Rheannon We talk with Max Elbaum about the debate over whether the Left should ...

By |August 24th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 08-24-2020

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher Special guest Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Since 2016, she has written and hosted the national award-winning, weekly public radio ...

By |August 24th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment 08-17-2020

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Is the 2020 Presidential election being rigged, like Donald Trump claims? Yes, says investigative reporter Greg Palast — it’s being rigged by Trump himself, in collusion with the GOP. ...

By |August 17th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs 08-17-2020

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Sarah Kendzior author of, “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America,” and co-host of Gaslit ...

By |August 17th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, talks about the recent effort in Congress to transfer ...

By |August 10th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon Shaun King tells us about his life as a Black Lives Matter activist, what he’s learned about making change happen and how you can make change happen too. His ...

By |August 10th, 2020|

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 6/28/20

Bad Moves: Local Radio – Untenable (Don Giovanni, 2020) Bettye Lavette: Strange Fruit – Blackbirds (Verve, 2020) Rudresh Mahanthappa: The Windup – Hero Trio (Whirlwind, 2020) Jon Hassell: Fearless – Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento ...

By |June 28th, 2020|

WPKNs Favorite Tracks of the Week – 5/25/20

Arlo Parks: Black Dog – single (Transgressive, 2020) Martha Wainwright: Wolves (feat. Rufus Wainwright) – single (Cooking Vinyl, 2020) Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads: Boom Flick (The Naked Truth) – Boom Flick (The Naked Truth) EP (Mystic Bowie, ...

By |May 25th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon We spend most of the hour with Scott Turow, talking not only about the fictional case in "The Last Trial," but also about some very real cases going on ...

By |May 25th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Dr. James G. Kahn, emeritus professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, at the Department of Epidemiology ...

By |May 25th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs

Counterpoint with Scott Harris This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program with People For the American Way assesses the testimony of Rick Bright, ...

By |May 18th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment

Writer’s Voice with Francesca Rheannon The 2020 presidential election is looming on the horizon. Many fear the outcome will be hotly disputed. And the U.S. Constitution probably won’t help us out of the mess. ...

By |May 18th, 2020|

WPKNs Favorite Tracks of the Week – 5/17/20

Lucy Dacus: In The Air Tonight – 2019 (Matador, 2019) Butch Walker: Gridlock – American Love Story (Ruby Red, 2020) HoodCelebrityy: Run Di Road – single (Female Shotta, 2020) Ashley McBryde: Never Will – Never Will (Warner Music ...

By |May 17th, 2020|

WPKN May 2020 News from Our GM

Note from the WPKN General Manager We are a community, non-profit radio station, dedicated to providing you with music and other entertainment, public affairs, news and some companionship during this time of disruption. ...

By |May 7th, 2020|

Music, Culture, Arts and Entertainment

Writer's Voice with Francesca Rheannon: We’re all used to narrative that’s told with words. But what about narrative that’s told through art? Book art? We talk with book artist Barry McCallion about book art ...

By |April 6th, 2020|

News and Public Affairs

This week's guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris: Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div, Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and author of the book, "The Dangerous ...

By |April 6th, 2020|

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