Monday, August 03, 2009

This Week on WPKN - starting August 3

WPKN BENEFIT CONCERT - THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 IN FAIRFIELD Music history will be made on Thursday, August 6th at 8:00 pm at The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. Join music lovers and WPKN-supporters in an exclusive version of the California ‘66 Tour that pulls into town this Thursday! . For one-night only, L.A.-based bands The Electric Prunes and LOVE with Johnny Echols & Baby Lemonade will take to the stage with New York-based The Blues Magoos for a one-of-a-kind performance. Never before have these bands played together...and it’s unlikely they ever will again! This will be the only U.S. appearance of The Electric Prunes on this tour. They are flying in to do this WPKN benefit; while The Blues Magoos are also coming together to play for only the 4th time in the last 40 years as a group. Both bands have shown their big hearts to help with this WPKN benefit- the Magoos jumping in after the untimely passing of Sky Saxon from The Seeds who was originally on the bill. Thank you Peppy Castro for making this work and bringing your band mates together to help WPKN radio. We have another exclusive. The Pig Light Show will be doing a custom-designed light show for this event. The Pig Light Show was the house show for the Fillmore East in NYC during their final two years, having taken over from The Joshua Light Show. Thank you Marc Rubenstein, founder of The Pig Light Show who is coming to join us from Maine for this special evening. So please contact the box office of The Quick Center via telephone at (203) 254-4010 or online ticketing can be done at NEWS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS Counterpoint with Scott Harris:
This week's guests are: 1) Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter and founder of Single Payer Action talks about the status of health care reform legislation and the battle being waged by the Insurance industry, and their conservative allies in Congress, to prevent the passage of a truly universal national health care system. 2) Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow with the group Media Matters for America and author of "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush" and "Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press," who looks at the media's superficial reporting of the health care debate -- and their saturation coverage of issues like the right wing fringe claim that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. 3) Father Luis Barrios, chair and professor of the Department of Latin America and Latina Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York -- who assesses the post-coup situation in Honduras -- and the Obama administration's response. 4) A representative of the labor coalition, In This Together Connecticut, examines the issues behind the state budget impasse and the effect of proposed cut backs in essential services, like education and care for the elderly, on working families and state pubic service employees. An archive of Counterpoint programs are accessible for free at Some segments of Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio newsmagazine. Visit their web site at for free subscriptions to mp3 - podcast audio files, program summaries and interview transcripts. Monday August 3 at 8 pm
Between The Lines Radio News magazine A review of the week's under-reported news stories and this week's interview segments: 1) Lawsuit Aims to Shine Light on Bush Era Illegal Covert Action. Interview with Nate Cardozo, Open Government Legal Fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, conducted by Scott Harris. 2) Rise in Israeli Violence Against West Bank Palestinians Requires U.S. Response. Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestinian-American activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus. 3) Henry Louis Gates Jr.-Police Incident Reveals America's Unresolved Issues of Race and Class. Interview with David Kairys, professor of constitutional law at Temple Law School, conducted by Scott Harris. Subscribe to free program summaries, interview transcripts, mp3 audio & podcast downloads at Tuesday August 4 at 5:30pm
Tidings From Hazel Kahan: Hazel interviews Susan Nathan, author of "The Other Side of Israel" about the Arab 20% of Israel. Thursday August 6, 12 Noon

History Counts

Overthrowing Governments 101 Have you ever wondered how the CIA overthrows foreign governments? We show how it s done by examining in detail the CIA orchestrated coups in Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, and Chile 1973. Our guest Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times bureau chief, is the author of Overthrow, All the Shah s Men, an American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror and Bitter Fruit: the Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. Thursday, August 6 at 12:30 PM and archived at