Sunday, August 16, 2009

This Week on WPKN

Starting August 31:

New Programs

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman - award winning investigative reporting, interviews, news summary 10 - 11 pm weekdays

It's not very often that WPKN makes significant schedule changes. But that's what we're doing right now. We are, of course, going to be the same WPKN that you've been enjoying for years. But with some adjustments to the times that our existing programs are on we're able to add some brand new sounds that will expand what we have to offer. We'll feature some of these new shows in each weekly newsletter. Today we introduce two new programs that focus on environmental issues. Enjoy!

Sea Change Radio continues its coverage of the 35th Annual Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Sea Change co-host Bill Baue speaks with Gardening the Community Director Ippy Amatul-Wadud about a Massachusetts project that teaches youth about organic farming in the city, and with Top Sprouts co-founders Alice Leung and Akshay Kolte about their efforts to form a startup company to put greenhouses atop downtown buildings.
Thursday, September 3 at 12:00 PM.

Sierra Club Radio -- Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone visits Sierra Club Radio this week to talk about his new documentary, Earth Days, which explores the history of the environmental movement. In this week's show we also talk with Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, President of the American Security Project, on how climate change impacts our national security, and Darryl Malek-Wiley talks with us from New Orleans about the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and how New Orleans is rebuilding green. Finally, we'll get some green cuisine tips for summer from Annie Somerville, Executive Chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. Thursday, September 3 at 12:30 PM.

And, just in case you didn't know about it, the best way to keep up with what's on each day is through our daily listing at

Public Affairs

History Counts presents "Dumbing Us Down". The early American system of education produced leaders like Washington, Franklin and Lincoln, as well as, a highly literate population. However, in the late 19th century, it was replaced by a new system of compulsory schooling imported from Prussia by American industrialists whose goal was to create a compliant workforce. Our guest is John Taylor Gatto, author of The Underground History of American Education and Dumbing Us Down. Wednesday, September 2 at 12:30 PM, repeated on Sunday, September 6 at 10:00 PM and archived.

This week's guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris:

1) Medea Benjamin co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange, talks about why the peace movement appears to be absent in opposing ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2) Maryland psychiatrist Carol Paris, a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan, talks about where she sees the health care reform debate going across the nation and on Capital Hill.

3) Kim Ives editor with Haiti Progress newspaper, a documentary filmmaker and activist with the Haiti Support Network talks about the emerging Haiti student protest movement and the struggle for an increase in the minimum wage.

4) Anurima Bhargava, Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, talks about a federal district court decision upholding the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in student admissions.
Monday, August 31 at 8:00 PM. There's an archive of Counterpoint programs.

Between The Lines Radio news magazine

This week's under-reported news stories and interviews about the issues of the day. 

NEW TIME: Wednesday, September 2 at 12:00 Noon, repeated Sunday, September 6 at 5:30 PM.