Britsh Politician, Repect Member of Parliament
Previously Aired On: June 28, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
George Galloway is a British politician noted for his left-wing views, confrontational style, and rhetorical skill. He is currently the Respect Member of Parliament (MP) for Bethnal Green and Bow, and was previously elected as a Labour Party MP for Glasgow Hillhead and Glasgow Kelvin.
Campaigning against sanctions on Iraq, he made several visits to that country and met Saddam Hussein in 1994 and 2002; he was expelled from the Labour Party in October 2003 after controversial statements against the 2003 invasion of Iraq including “Iraq is fighting for all the Arabs. Where are the Arab armies?”
In January 2004 he formed RESPECT The Unity Coalition as a new socialist political party to the left of Labour, made up of opponents of UK participation in the Iraq war including the Socialist Workers Party and several leading members of the Muslim Association of Britain. He was returned to Parliament as its candidate in the 2005 general election.
Mr. Galloway’ book Mr. Galloway Goes To Washington brought him to the United States on a whirlwind tour that also included a stop at Washington DC where he told Congress and the Senate his point of views on Iraq.
Previously Aired On: June 26, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
For five years, Hannah Sassaman has led campaigns against Clear Channel, the National Association of Broadcasters, and for responsible limits on media consolidation in the United States. A key organizer of major FCC localism hearings in San Antonio and Rapid City in 2004, as well as in Nashville in 2006, Hannah is just back from building 3 radio stations across Kenya with independent African journalists, community organizations and educational groups.
In 2005, she helped coordinate the successful building of an FCC-licensed emergency radio station used by families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She has been featured in segments on NPR’s On the Media, Democracy Now, CNN, C-Span, and a variety of other TV, radio, and print sources. Fresh to Prometheus from the Philadelphia IMC and the University of Pennsylvania, Hannah is banned from all official National Association of Broadcasters events.
Previously Aired On: June 25, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
Rae Dawn Chong is a Canadian born actress and daughter of Tommy Chong. She is of African, First Nations, Chinese and Irish ancestry. Her half-sister Robbi Chong is a model and actress.
She is best known for appearing in the films Quest for Fire (1981), The Color Purple (1985), Choose Me (1984), Commando (1985), Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers (1984), and Far Out Man (1990), in the latter two appearing with her father. Her latest film is The Constellation (2007).
As a strong, modern woman, Chong describes herself as a civil activist, concerned with contributing to the betterment of mankind. She has an active schedule volunteering for various projects including A Place Called Home, where she taught acting and creative writing to children at risk in South Central Los Angeles. She has also been a volunteer and supporter for Habitat for Humanity and Byron Katie’s work with prison inmates as well as hosting a series of “safe sex” cautionary videos aimed at teens.
Iraqi Labor Leaders
Previously Aired On: June 21, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
Faleh Abood Umara is a founding member of the oil workers union and worked for the Southern Oil Company in Basra for 28 years. In 1998, he was detained by the Hussein regime for his activities on behalf of his coworkers. He has served on the union’s negotiating team with both the Oil Ministry and British occupation authorities to defend the rights and interests of oil industry workers in the post Saddam era. The Southern Oil Workers Union has conducted strikes against outsourcing to foreign workers and schemes to privatize the oil sector.
Hashmeya Muhsin al Hussein is the first woman to head a national high school, she went to work at the Southern Company for Electricity, in the labor movement. She rose to leadership of the Electricity Workers Union in Basra and recently was elected its national president. She serves on the executive committee of the Basra Work Unions Coalition. She is head of the Women Workers’ Bureau and is a leader in the Iraqi Women’s Association. She and her 7-year old son have received death threats as a result of her activism.
If Americans Knew Organization
Previously Aired On: June 19, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
If Americans Knew was originally founded by an American freelance journalist, Alison Weir, who traveled independently throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip in February and March of 2001. Ms. Weir found a situation largely the reverse of what was being reported by the American media. Upon further examination of this issue – she read dozens of books on the topic – she found that the U.S. press portrayal was significantly at odds with information being reported by media throughout the rest of the world.
Disturbed that American citizens were being misinformed and uninformed on one of the most significant issues affecting them today, and discovering the problem to be systemic, she founded an organization to be directed by Americans without bias and ethnic ties to the region who would research and actively disseminate accurate information to the American public.
Astronaut, Scientist, Author
Previously Aired On: June 12, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
If Dr. Edgar Mitchell is a scientist, naval officer, astronaut, and author. He is best known for his life-changing experience seeing the planet Earth from space on his Apollo XIV mission in 1971. He was the sixth man to walk on the moon.
Dr. Mitchell is the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), a nonprofit organization sponsoring research on the nature of consciousness. He is also the cofounder of the Association of Space Explorers. Both are educational organizations developed to provide new understanding of the human condition in the epoch of space exploration. He lectures regularly on cosmology, human potential, and the implications of recent discoveries in science as they affect our individual lives.
Singer, Recording Artist
Previously Aired On: May 8, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
Born in 1933 in the tiny Central Texas farming community of Abbott, Willie Nelson grew up in a world permeated with music: The gospel songs of the grandparents who raised him; the blues and Mexican corridas that eased the labor of the cotton fields; the country and Western Swing hits filling the airwaves from Nashville and Fort Worth…and the inner music was inside of him.
Since releasing his first single in 1957, he has given birth to concept albums (his first, Yesterday¹s Wine, was recorded in 1971), gospel albums, jazz albums, movie soundtracks, myriad duet projects, Christmas albums, live albums, and an album of standards (1978′s Stardust), which has become a standard in itself.
Iraq War Mortality
Previously Aired On: June 6, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
Dr. Les Roberts has a B.S. degree in physics, a Masters degree in public health from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins. He did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years.
In 1994, Roberts worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. He was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. He now is an Associate Professor with the Columbia University Program on Forced Migration and Health. Dr. Roberts has led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war.
The photo shows Dr. Roberts in the background with his research team in Iraq doing the actual survey for the Iraq war body count.
Previously Aired On: January 16, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
Second Show Previously Aired On: June 5, 2007 – Listen to this Show!
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, United States House of Representatives, 35th Congressional District, California. Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor.
Congresswoman Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles, the communities of Westchester and Playa Del Ray as well as the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.
She continues to be a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the ranking member of its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. She also serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, Technology.