Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Show on WESU Debuts Today, Produced by Anarchist Radio Collective

Press release from Anarchist Radio Collective
A new radio show, “The Horizontal Power Hour,” will debut on WESU, Middletown, CT (88.1), on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 4-4:55pm. The program will regularly feature interviews, news and commentary about anarchist politics and culture. The show is produced by an anarchist radio collective calling itself The Dream Committee (after a May 1968 graffiti tag “Form Dream Committees!”).

Each episode will be hosted and produced by self-selected members of the collective on a rotating basis, with new shows going on air on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The Dream Committee includes: Diego Glusberg, Mica Taliaferro, Paul Blasenheim, Meggie McGuire, Dan Schniedewind, Zak Kirwood, Michelle García Gutiérrez, Jacob Dinklage, Kevin Hayes, Nick Petrie, Henry Thornhill, and J. Kehaulani Kauanui.

The first episode includes interviews with: Greg Tate and Julia Rosenblatt, founding members and co-artistic directors of Hartbeat Ensemble, an activist-based theater for social change; and Kevin Lamkins who is both a collective member of the Hartford Independent Media Collective—a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that seeks to promote alternative perspectives to mainstream, corporate media—and co-producer of RadioActive, a radio project that seeks to democratize radio as a tool for social justice. Two members of The Dream Committee—Henry Thornhill and Jacob Dinklage—will serve as hosts of the first episode and Mica Taliaferro will serve as its producer.

The rich political tradition of social anarchism deserves air time and the program will explore a diverse spectrum of anarchist thought and political practice in relation to other political struggles. It seems especially fitting that the show emerges and broadcasts from WESU given the roots of the station. In 1939, two Wesleyan students hooked a small transmitter up to a phonograph, broke into Wesleyan University ’s maintenance tunnels through a dorm basement, and hooked the transmitter up to the water pipes. That dorm became an antenna for their broadcast with a very limited transmission range, but the station quickly became more popular, and they met the demand by illicitly running wires to more sections of the maintenance tunnels.

WESU is at 88.1 on the dial. Shows on WESU can also be streamed online.


Anonymous said...

what do you mean by social justice?

Anonymous said...

I dont know what the author of this post meant by social justice but here is what it means according to wikipedia: Social justice generally refers to the idea of creating an egalitarian society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.[1][2] The term and modern concept of "social justice" was coined by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli in 1840 based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and given further exposure in 1848 by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati.[1][3][4][5][2] The idea was elaborated by the moral theologian John A. Ryan, who initiated the concept of a living wage. Father Coughlin also used the term in his publications in the 1930s and the 1940s. It is a part of Catholic social teaching, Social Gospel from Episcopalians and is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by green parties worldwide. Social justice as a secular concept, distinct from religious teachings, emerged mainly in the late twentieth century, influenced primarily by philosopher John Rawls. Some tenets of social justice have been adopted by those on the left of the political spectrum.

Brian said...

And they want to get Glenn Beck off the air!