News and Public Affairs 3-6-2023

News and Public Affairs 3-6-2023

2023-03-06T07:38:58-05:00March 6th, 2023|Blog, Weekly Guests|Comments Off on News and Public Affairs 3-6-2023

Digging in the Dirt with Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher’s guest Louise Washer is returning to Digging in the Dirt “because she is doing great work for us here in the state of Connecticut and for our planet.” She serves on the board of the Pollinator Pathway, a grassroots movement she helped create in 2017 in Wilton, CT which has since spread to over 325 communities across 11 states. The PP helps give pollinators of all kinds more habitats to thrive in. She is also president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, a member of the Norwalk Mayor’s Water Quality Committee, and a member of the steering committee of the Hudson-to-Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership known as (H2H). Monday, March 6 at 5:00 PM

Counterpoint with Scott Harris

1) Victor Pickard, Professor of Media Policy and Political Economy, and Co-Director at the Media, Inequality & Change Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Professor Pickard, author of “Democracy without Journalism: Confronting the Misinformation Society,” and “America’s Battle for Media Democracy,” discusses the revelations and evidence re: Fox News’ on-air lies in the Dominion lawsuit, and the consequences for a media outlet that regularly weaponizes extremist propaganda that provokes political violence.

2) Sarah Rawlins, Program Associate with the Center for Economic and Policy Research talks about the issues covered in her recent article, “Unfair Cap Means Millionaires Stop Contributing to Social Security on February 28, 2023.” This includes a policy known as “Scrap The Cap,” which would subject all income, including unearned income over $250,000, to the Social Security payroll tax.

3) Sharon Chekijian, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine who has led and worked in projects in the Republic of Armenia, Uganda, and Iraq and consulted for the World Bank and the US Department of State. Dr. Chekijian talks about Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor, the humanitarian crisis this has triggered in Nagorno-Karabakh among the region’s ethnic Armenians, and efforts being made to negotiate a return to normal corridor access under a November 9th, 2020 agreement.

4) Shelly Altman of the group Jewish Voices for Peace, discusses the policies of Israel’s extremist government including the escalating attacks on Palestinians, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to weaken Israel’s judiciary, Biden administration policy toward Israel, and the actions of AIPAC and other lobbyists.

Monday, Mar 6 at 8 PM and in the WPKN archive.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio news magazine. An archive of current and past Counterpoint interviews is accessible for free.  The full 2-hour unedited program can be accessed for a 2 week period after the show, at the WPKN Radio archives.

First Voices Indigenous Radio with Tiokasin Ghosthorse

In the first half-hour, host Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks with Charles Lyons and Charlie Espinosa, co-authors of the recent article “For some Colombians, vows of mining reform are just a flash in the pan.” Lyons is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker, recently producing coverage of the 2022 Brazilian election for PBS NewsHour. Espinosa is a researcher and writer, specializing in gold mining in the Amazon basin, who has worked with the Amazon Aid Foundation.

In the second half-hour FVR lead correspondent Anne Keala Kelly presents an update on Thacker Pass, the site of an occupation to stop the construction of a proposed lithium mine. Tuesday, March 7 at 12:00 noon.

First Tuesday Rainy Day Radio with Richard Hill

8:45 PM: As part of WPKN’s observance of Womens’ History Month we will interview Elizabeth Guerra about her work with the United Federation of Teachers (AFT) as well as the SEAMarron Farmstead project she has undertaken with her husband, Freedom Hector Geraldo. Freedom will also join in for the conversation.

9:30: Gary Leupp, professor of History at Tufts University, will discuss the war in Ukraine and offer a perspective seldom heard in the mainstream media.

10:15: A celebration of the music of Wayne Shorter, the great tenor sax player who died March 2.

Tuesday evening, March 7.

Tidings from Hazel Kahan

This month’s guest on Tidings from Hazel Kahan is Steve Muth, co-founder and chairman of NYC Medics, a small, private volunteer organization that rapidly deploys emergency teams to provide medical care, pre-hospital care and training to people in international disaster areas. Muth offers generous insights into how the group operates effectively as a nimble team of 15 or so volunteer New York City paramedics, aides and doctors. Their first deployment was hours after Pakistan’s earthquake in 2005 and again in 2006, followed by other disaster areas that include Haiti, Gaza, Nepal, Vanuatu, the Philippines, Kenya, El Salvador and, most recently, Yemen. Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 AM (repeat at 8:00 PM) and archived.

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