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Hello, my name is Eric Klein and I loved this radio show of mine. It aired from fall of 2010 to fall of 2011 in the Bay Area of Northern California on KPFA. It was a story telling radio show. It was also a live call in show. It was a creative experiment.
For a purely experimental live show, take a listen to this episode first: “The Ballad of Mr Fantiso” because it combines live music, story telling, and listener calls.
Or just pick a show below and give it a listen. We did a series of shows called “Unemployed” and another called “Our Dead Friends and Facebook,” both using recorded stories and live listener calls.
I love the first episode “Sascha’s Dangerous Gifts” and the last one The Censored Climate Change Streetscapes of Anthony Holdsworth. I love all the ones in between.
Greetings. I have moved to Portland, leaving my life in the Bay Area and my job at the radio station behind me.
Someday I will make a new story telling radio show that belongs under the Crowsnest banner. Meanwhile…
I am working on this program with a good friend of mine: The Lost Generation Podcast. The above episode is the second in the series. We are covering news and politics from inside of the Great Recession.
I hosted ‘Letters and Politics” on April 22, 2011 – which was the day President Obama concluded three days of fund raising in the San Francisco Bay Area, which he kicked off with a “Facebook Town Hall.” As I was producing coverage of the president’s trip, I was surprised to learn about Facebook’s growing political foot print. We spoke with Dave Levinthal, editor with OpenSecrets.org at the Center for Responsive Politics; as well as Carla Maranuci, the political writer with the San Francisco Chronicle.Maranucci was reporting from Obama’s fund raising breakfast in San Francisco when a group of ticket holding donors stood up and sang the president a song against his will: “…we payed our dues, where’s our change?” Finally, I spoke with Heidi Shierholz, an Economist with the Economic Policy Institute about the dismal state of employment for young people during this Great Recession. America’s Lost Decade?
I hosted and produced "Letters and Politics" on April 20, 2011. The first part of the show covered the State of Vermont's ongoing legal battle with the Corporation that owns the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.Guests were:
Professor Richard Stewart, Director, Center for Environmental and Land Use Law at NYU
James Moore, Clean Energy Program Director and Co-Director VPIRG Energy
Thanks to Liz Culley, Sharif Ali, and Rev. Sharon P. Burch, Ph.D.
as well as Kirsten Thomas and each of the listeners who called in.
Check out past episodes on the same topic:
“Our Dead Friends and Facebook” part two
Stay tuned to this frequency for the forthcoming “Our Dead Friends and Facebook” documentary, which will borrow bits from the above three programs and include a few unheard bits as well.
Ambrose Desmond took a trip to South Africa where he made a new friend who took him to Ecotopia, on a small island off the coast of Finland. Later, he meets a hermit who lives on an oasis in the New Mexico dessert. Ambrose also shared a story on the previous episode.
Anthony Holdsworth called the live show to share a true story about his very censored painting.
Awesome paintings Mr. Holdsworth. Thanks for sharing.
MUSIC from the show:
If we can’t change the world by marching in the streets, then why is Ambrose so happy?
Ambrose Desmond, and a few other folks, share their tales. Mere seconds before this podcast file begins I asked the radio listeners to share their true stories of street protest, but that’s not what I got.
One Listener’s Story involved serendipity and the sculptures of Beniamino “”Benny” Bufano. This one is on display at San Francisco State University. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Sascha’s bilpolar diagnoses landed him in the hospital 3 times.
It also gave him super powers to change the world.
Click to download “Dangerous Gifts”
Sascha Altman DuBrul’s old story, which he mentions in the radio show, is here.
The pretty song in this radio show was downloaded for free and shared without breaking the law. It’s called”Lullaby” by _ghost. More info:
The other music for this episode was composed by the greatest human being in the world, my pal Scott Bruzenak.
If you want the latest that Sasha has to share, here is his blog
This episode originally aired last year as an hour long show.
Bloggers, Reporters and Cartoonists share stories about their most popular creations of the year 2010.
Click to download
The following is the long list of links to the stories, posts and images described during the show:
Kate Sheppard on “Why We’re Doomed”
Click the image to order a copy or see more of Matt Bor’s stuff.
Tim Redmond told of “Civil Sidewalks, Lewis Lapham, and the struggle for the soul of cities”
Lance Knobel on Berkeley’s Mountain Lion shooting.
Ben Trefny’s interview with filmmaker Charles Ferguson.
Eric of Transbay Blog says this BART story was the year’s most viewed/commented.
Tony Millionaire’s Maakies website as well as the valentine he described on the show:
Most music from the show, as always, is from the Free Music Archive. The FMA is heroically supplying creators and connoisseur’s with music that likes being shared!
Scott Bruzenak’s “melting song” (not on the FMA)
I failed to mention during the show that I stole the idea for this episode from Benjamin Walker’s “Too Much Information” on WFMU. Highly recommended.