Melinda Bernert hosts a pilot program called "Mediaocrity," which looks at how local media covers or doesn't cover the issues we care about. She'll speak with Eric Boehlert, who writes for Media Matters about the layoff trend of newspapers and other media outlets. Layoffs of the most experienced and expensive employees leaves a huge hole in knowledge, institutional memory and experience. The Oregonian and Columbian have layed off 150 employees in the last nine months
Leonardo Cerda is an Ecuadorian youth climate, energy and sustainability activist. He is part of an organization called FAOICIN that is running a campaign to promote sustainable projects as an alternative for communities, associations, and other indigenous social actors to promote the recovery of ancestral customs.
Host Ed Goldberg interviews David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a meditation on life, living and contemplating death. David Shields is the author of eight books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the Governor's Writers Award.
Words & Pictures travels north to Bellingham, Washington, to visit Canadian comics and animation wizard Michel Gagne, whose work runs the gamut from the abstract jazz-inspired film Sensology to concept design for Disney and Pixar.
Gagne's bewildering take on the Dark Knight for DC Comics (Batman: Spore) infuriated traditional superhero fans, and his recently unveiled project Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet breaks the mold for computer-based gaming. Recorded with the kind assistance of KUGS-FM Western Washington University.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program has discussions of the collapsing economy, the politics of humor and irony in popular entertainment, and the situation in Afghanistan. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.
This show also featured songs with words by Woody Guthrie, set to music by Billy Bragg. Unfortunately copyright limitations require us to limit the length of the clips available on the web. The album is Mermaid Avenue.