Please support our programs

radio stories and voices to take action

Spies of Mississippi
Apr19

Spies of Mississippi

Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie. The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade. The Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate some of the largest Black organizations like National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The MSSC was granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests, and compel testimony for a state that, as civil rights activist Lawrence Guyot says in the film, “was committed to an apartheid system that would make South Africa blush.” The film reveals the full scope and impact of the Commission, including its links to private white supremacist organizations, its ties to investigative agencies in other states, and even its program to bankroll the opposition to civil rights legislation in Washington D.C. Weaving in chilling footage of Ku Klux Klan rallies and government propaganda films alongside rare images and interviews from the period, Spies of Mississippi tracks the Commission’s hidden role in many of the most important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the assassination of Medgar Evers, and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here to support our non-profit journalism and be sure to join our newsletter. Thanks! Featuring: Margaret Block Rick Bowers Kenneth Dean Ralph Eubanks Lawrence Guyot Edwin King Robert Luckett Neil McMillen Jerry Mitchell Bob Moses Janet Moses Congressman Bennie Thompson Hollis Watkins Governor William Winter Credits: Filmmakers: Dawn Porter and Rick Bowers Radio Adaptation + Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI aired on Germany’s ARTE and PBS’s Independent Lens series in 2014. The film was directed and produced by Dawn Porter and executive produced by LOOKS TV and Martina Haubrich. The film was inspired by a book written for young adults by Rick Bowers, who was also a writer for the documentary. You can order a DVD of the documentary on shopPBS.com. There is also a free app with bonus footage, unseen interviews, interactive maps...

Read More
The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict
Mar22

The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: George W. Bush, former U.S. President Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Yara Badday, Iraqi-American Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine Barack Obama, former U.S. President Aaron Glantz, journalist Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: KALW News Aaron Glantz Answer Coalition Iraq Veterans Against the War Swords to Plowshares Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans for Peace Civilian-Soldier Alliance War Resisters League Veteran Artists Happy Anniversary, Iraq War Clamor War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Music: Intro by The...

Read More
Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock
Mar08

Women Rising Radio 33: With Healers At Standing Rock

Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician on the faculty of UCSF, and an activist who formed the Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF. Dr. Maria Michael is a Lakota Dine spiritual elder and healer with a Ph.d in psychology. Dr. Revery Barnes is a physician working on HIV/AIDS at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles. All three women went to Standing Rock, to stand with the great Sioux nation in its struggle for sovereignty over its ancestral lands and water. The Sioux water supply comes from the Oahe tributary of the Missouri river, where a fossil fuel giant, Energy Transfer Partners, located the path of their newest oil pipeline. The pipeline was considered too dangerous to the water supply of Bismarck, North Dakota, so it was re-routed south to Sioux reservation lands – in a clear example of environmental racism. Photo Credit: Camille Seaman Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks!  We are now seeking applications for our next Community Storytelling Fellowship, Indigenous Solutions and Climate Crisis. Deadline 3/22/17. Apply here. Please spread the word!  Featuring: Dr. Rupa Marya, physician and faculty, University of California San Francisco Dr. Maria Michael, Lakota Dine spiritual elder and healer, Ph.d in psychology Dr. Revery Barnes, physician, Harbor UCLA Los Angeles On Location Audio, courtesy of Democracy Now! Credits: Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman, Women Rising Radio Host:  Sandina Robbins Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Web Editor: Kwan Booth Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music Credit: Rupa Marya, Rupa and the April Fishes More Information: Do No Harm Coalition VIDEO: Do No Harm Coalition with Standing Rock Dr. Maria Michael Dr. Revery Barnes Indigenous Environmental...

Read More
Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité
Mar01

Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité

For this episode, we jump across the Atlantic to Paris, France–a city whose identity is a long held archetype of beauty and romance. Conversely, Paris has also long been the site of historical protest and legacies of colonialism whose spectres are still coming to fore. Jessica Myers and Adelie Pojzman-Pontay with the Here There Be Dragons podcast feature Paris and explore Parisian sentiment–both native and immigrant–about the post-terrorists attacks at the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo. We learn how the state has responded, but also, how the attacks have revived historical and cultural tensions. Les Grands Voisins translates into the ‘great neighbors,’ it’s a space and a social experiment into mixite, or social mixing. Gregoire Molle takes his microphone this former hospital, now turned to mixed use space with emergency housing, to established businesses, to art studios–all run by a group of direct service organizations. How can mixite drive diversity, and what does it encourage? Special Thanks: CoLab Radio; Here There Be Dragons — Jessica Myers, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay; Grégoire Molle; Making Contact organizational advisors Makani Themba, Bill Creighton and Michael Stein. Photo of Muslim family condemning attacks in Paris, photo by Albert Llop, Getty Images. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: François Glory,  co-founder of Hapax Architectures Aurelie Cordier, member of Aurore Jean-Louis Missika, Legislative Aid to Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris Pascale Dubois, Coordinator, Aurore Thomas Aguilera, Researcher Alison Culliford Steffi Njoh Monny Tiffany Ferguson Franck Faucheux Joseph Swerdlin Jacqueline Houdart Rosemary Booth Dania Kawar Yassine Khorta Ahmed Omran Mawena Yehouessi Amah Edoh Frank Zschiegner Thomas Bergeron Saïda Laurore Mirette Khorshed Jean-Claude Driant Lawrence Vale Grégoire Molle Mona Pierre Bienaimé Zineb Alami Credits: Contributing Producers: Jessica Carolyn Myers, Adelie Pontay-Pozman, Gregoire Molle, R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Bensound, “Memories” More Information: Here Be The Dragons Colab Radio Aurore Les Grands Voisins...

Read More
Long Distance Revolutionary
Feb22

Long Distance Revolutionary

Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal ⌠Documentary : 2Ol2⌡ Unlike any other film, book, or article produced about Mumia Abu-Jamal, “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” focuses on his career as a prolific author and broadcaster from Pennsylvania’s Death Row. In fact, the film does not deal with Abu-Jamal’s case, but rather chronicles his life and work as a journalist and revolutionary – both prior and post incarceration. After Abu-Jamal is convicted for the murder of of Philadelphia patrolman Daniel Faulkner, the story then exposes Abu-Jamal’s battles with the American court system to continue his work from prison- a battle he continues to wage to this very day. The film was written, produced and directed by Stephen Vittoria. Featuring: Stephen Vittoria, Writer, Editor, Producer, and Director Katyana Farzanrad, Producer Noelle Hanrahan, Producer Mumia Abu-Jamal, is an activist, former Black Panther and radical journalist. Mumia has been imprisoned for 35 years. He spent the first 28.5 years of his imprisonment on Pennsylvania’s death row. In 2011, his death sentence was confirmed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and he is now serving a sentence of “life in prison” without parole. He is charged with the 1981 murder, in Philadelphia, of police officer Daniel Faulkner. Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: From Mumia to Peltier Demand Treatment For Mumia Mumia The Movie Prison Radio The Feminist Wire Mumia Wins Federal Court Victory On Hep-C Treatment Live From Death Row We Want Freedom All Things Censored All Things Censored Vol. 1 The Classroom and the Cell Jailhouse Lawyers Lucasville Faith of Our Fathers Hardknock Radio Spoken...

Read More
Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Feb14

Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment.  And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at  similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves  to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices.  So, what can we learn from our history?  And how do we fight back?  Photo Credit: Tomorrow, Inshallah Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Satsuki Ina, Documentarian Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, Survivors Joseph Arsinoe, US Soldier War Relocation Authority Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, Attorney Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech Credits: Host and Contributing Producer: Salima Hamirani Making Contact Producer for this episode: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Linda Kako Caplan 2008 Anniversary Concert – Aoi umi SFPL Shoko Hikage Koto Studio – Ame Mizu Shizuku Pablo GBeats Star Wars Imperial March Rap Beat Just A Tune – Star Wars Istanbul Film Music Orchestra – Star Wars Duel of the Fates Rameses B – Star Wars More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center Alliance of South Asians Taking Action DoBetter.Tech Densho Archives FILM Whose Children Are These Suyama Project Gary Okihiro, “Japanese Resistance in America’s Concentration Camps, A Re-evaluation” CAIR Arab American Association of NY DRUM NYC Sikh Coalition New York Immigration Coalition Families for Freedom AALDEF Arab American Action Network MPower Change Asian Americans Advancing Justice National Network of Arab American Communities Never...

Read More