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A semiweekly program about politics, society and culture. Interviews and analysis with host Kris Welch.
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Living Room - Voting Rights challenged; the first 100 days; American Violet. - April 30, 2009 at 12:00pm
The US Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to the Voting Rights Act, in a case that will have enormous implications for minority voters. Plus: racial injustice in Texas goes to Hollywood. PLUS: Obama's first 100 days---good or bad?
Living Room - People's Park; South African elections; AIDS activism in South Africa. - April 24, 2009 at 12:00pm
Control of the parliament, and the future of the constitution, may still be up for grabs in South Africa's election. We hear what's at stake, for whom. PLUS: a remarkable woman who has devoted her life to sufferers of AIDs in her homeland, South Africa.
Living Room - Walden Bello; Sulak Sivaraksa. - April 23, 2009 at 12:00pm
The global crisis of capitalism: a U2 headed for the bottom? That's what our guest has called it. PLUS: Sulak Sivaraksa, Thai Buddhist activist and teacher, on the recent mass protests in Bangkok, and revolutionary non-violence.
Living Room - April 17, 2009 at 12:00pm
Cuba, Venezuela, NAFTA, drugs, bio-fuels: just a few things on the Obama agenda at the Summit of the Americas, starting today. We get an analysis. PLUS: radio theater loonies Firesign Theater, with a reunion gig in Monterey.
Living Room - April 16, 2009 at 12:00pm
We here begin the next and final year in this radio history, inaugurating 1989 by delving into the radio jingle/station ID productions of Century 21 and other companies producing radio promos. The corporate sound takes over. The Exxon Valdese spills it’s guts...
Living Room - April 10, 2009 at 12:00pm
Talk of Israeli preemptive military action against Iran, from Netanyahu and Petraeus, appears to be drowning out the sound of Obama diplomacy. What are the stakes, and the propects? PLUS: a wake-up call to the urgent issue of boys' struggles to learn.
Living Room - The case for nationalizing the banks - April 9, 2009 at 12:00pm
Protesters will hit the nation's street this Saturday to demand a stop to bank bailouts. We get the details. And a book that explains it all, economically speaking, with a powerful argument for nationalization of the banks.
Living Room - April 3, 2009 at 12:00pm
The billion-plus inhabitants of the continent of Africa are among those NOT represented as the G20 meets to determine who should get what. We hear from Africa. PLUS: legendary author Paule Marshall with a luminous memoir.
Living Room - G20 Summit; teen playwright winners - April 2, 2009 at 12:00pm
Obama, labor, climate, economic crisis---it's all gone global, and today it's the G20 in London. We review what's at stake. PLUS: the winners of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's teen playwriting contest.