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August Programs

Harvey Barrison

August 29, 2020

The Invention of Race
from The Center for Documentary Studies

This history special traces the development of racial, and racist, ideas, from the ancient world -- when "there was no notion of race," as historian Nell Irvin Painter puts it -- up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people (despite the "all men are created equal" language of the Declaration of Independence).  Host and reporter John Biewen relates a story that names names and tells us about the construction of race, and racism, as we live with them today.

(This program was produced in 2017, and originally aired on KSFC in November of that year)

August 22, 2020

And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women's Fight for the Vote

In this centennial year of the 19th Amendment, Rosario Dawson and Retta guide us through the fight for women’s voting rights, a history that resonates now more than ever.

"Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.” Written by suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women’s rights activists used this rallying cry to demand voting equality. But the suffrage movement included far more voices and perspectives than these two well-known names: throughout the fight for women’s right to vote, generations of diverse activists demanded full access to the ballot box.

August 15, 2020

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Is Nationalism a Force for Good?

From Brexit to “America First,” Modi in India, Erdo?an in Turkey, and Bolsonaro in Brazil, nationalism – or allegiance to a nation-state over other group affiliations – has been on the rise.  Now, borders around the world are closed and the coronavirus pandemic is sparking staunch debate about the future of global governance and political identity.  The nation-state has been praised for securing the needs of its citizens and serving as the most efficient form of political organization, while also criticized for being insular and inciting anti-immigration policies.  Nationalism has been credited for both uniting disparate communities under a common culture and identity, as well as promoting violence based on race and ethnicity.  As global problems continue to mount, does the 21st century require international leadership, or is nationalism a force for good?

August 8, 2020

Re:sound – The Chicago Show
from the Third Coast International Audio Festival

This hour, a love letter to city of broad shoulders: Chicago. Hogbutcher to the world, jewel of the Midwest, and everything in-between.

Chicago, as all Chicagoans know, means wild onion. Wild, as in feral, unpredictable, fierce, blustery, lunatic. Onion, as in layered, spicy, sometimes stinky, sometimes sweet, and always tear-inducing.


Couple Two Tree by Sean Cole
Studs and Jimmy by Alan Hall
Riding Through the Summer by Katie Mingle
Elevated (Grand Chicago) by Aaron Ximm
Chicago's Gangster by Heather Radke
Beat Street by Chris Sewell
The Big City by Sean Hurley
I've Never Lived in Chicago by Jonathan Mitchell
Tripping the Light Fantastic with Abraham Levitan by Delaney Hall and Jacob Anderson

August 1, 2020

John Lewis: A Profile in Peace
A Peace Talks Radio special

The late 17-term Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis is remembered in this special that includes the memorial ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol when his body laid in state in the Rotunda, a week after his death July 17, 2020. Also included are other tributes, and archival tapes of John Lewis speeches and interviews.  Paul Ingles hosts.

Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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