musical and topical safari


Aaron SwartzTune in at 2pm Fri CT on's PLANET ERSTWILD as I share Chris Hedges' essay with Gary L. Francione: The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights which posits veganism as a moral choice because all forms of life are sacred, a much stronger stand than simply calling for ethical treatment.

Enjoy a brand new track from Sir Paul McCartney aptly called "Hope for the Future" and words of wisdom from Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit and co-founder of Creative Commons, as well as a short tribute to Kim Fowley, LA rock music legend/impressario of The Runaways and many bands, who just passed awayat the age of 75. [Show is rebroadcast Sun 11pm.]

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Cuba & Panama: New & Old Beginnings with Democracy Now!

American bombs devastate neighborhoods in PanamaEnjoy two segments from Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman looking at the historic developments in Cuba and a look back at Panama inspired by journalist Greg Grandin that appeared in Tom's Dispatch.

Did you know that George W. Bush, who championed America's preemptive strike doctrine in 2003 to take out Saddam Hussein (which he insisted then and insists now had nothing to do with finishing the business his father started in Iraq), was not the first to use the principles of defending our freedoms to launch a preemptive military strike?

Nope. Turns out it was actually his father. G. Herbert Walker Bush invaded Panama 25 years ago claiming it was absolutely necessary to protect our democratic way of life, toppling its leader Manuel Noriega and inflicting a fair amount of collateral damage, including some poor pro-Noriega neighborhoods hit hard by US bombs. This little military adventure named JUST CAUSE took place after the Berlin Wall fell and before Bush Sr invaded Iraq, launching the First Gulf War in January 1991. It helped counter the president's image at the time of being a bit of a wimp.

2pm / Austin Two Hawk, host of KRUU's OUTLAW RADIO SHOW [Fridays 11pm; rebro Wednesdays 11am], talks with James Moore about his life as a Lakota growing up Episcopalian on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It's a fascinating story you don't want to miss. 

3:30pm / Frank Meeink, who talked at the public library this week, shares his experiences growing up in Philly and his life as a skinhead in various gangs that would eventually land him in prison before confronting his demons and learning the value of empathy. He now works as an author, motivational speaker and youth coach for hockey. He resides in Des Moines.

3:30pm, James Moore speaks with Jamie McIntyre, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist at Al Jazeera America, the U.S. cable news channel that covers both domestic and international news. McIntyre, who ia on adjunct faculty teaching journalism atthe University of Maryland, joined from CNN, where he served as Senior Pentagon correspondent. Al Jazeera America can be seen in Iowa on DirecTV Channel 347 and Dish Network Channel 215. If you don’t get Al Jazeera America, you can call your local cable provider to ask for the channel to be added to your system.

Jamie McIntyre, Al Jazeera America

2pm, Israeli Economic Minister Naftali Bennett talks with Martin Indyk from the recent 2014 Saban Forum. A conversation on Israel's future moderated by the vice president for Foreign Policy at Brookings who last year served as U.S. special envoy for Israeli–Palestinian negotiations. The featured speaker was Jewish Home Party chairman Naftali Bennett, who heads the Israeli economy ministry as well as the ministry of religious services.

It's a classic topical and musical safari on PLANET ERSTWILD this Friday.

At 2pm, James Moore interviews Judyth Vary Baker, former lover of Lee Harvey Oswald, whose book "Me & Lee - How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald" will be discussed in some detail.

Judyth asserts that Lee Oswald (the middle name was added after he was accused of assassinating President John F Kennedy in Dallas) was actually a patriot and working on an abort team trying to keep JFK alive. She led a large gathering in Dallas this year that featured numerous JFK speakers.

At 3pm, James goes all over the map with snippets of George W Bush and Don Rumsfeld talking about Iraq as if they actually knew what they were talking about juxtaposed with musical counterpoints; Democracy Now talks about the Mike Brown non-indictment and its aftermath; there's a little ditty on the wacky cracked racket of hydraulic fracking; plus some Edward Snowden, in his own words, thrown in for good measure.

Welcome to PLANET ERSTWILD, where the sun never sets and the moon is a big pizza pie.


Friday at 2:30pm CT on I'm rebroadcasting my interview with Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. We know corporations have the rights of people. But what about local communities? Learn from someone who's spent years on the forefront of helping communities exercise their local rights. We need to stop waiting for others, he says, to come and save us. It's time to stand up for ourselves.

I'll also be re-airing one of my favorite interviews I've done over the past 8 years with NY Times magazine chief political correspondent Mark Leibovich talking about his no punches pulled bestselling book THIS TOWN exposing the self-aggrandizing vanities of our nation's capitol and the pomp and circumstances of the inbred privilege seeking of its elected denizens.

Helluva romp lined up for you today.Don't miss a minute. Happy birthday Thelonius Monk. Yesterday John "Say You Want A Revolution" Lennon.

3:30pm -- A feature on one of the most maligned investigative journalists in American history, Gary Webb, whose disheartening life and death story is hitting the silver screen this weekend in a movie called KILL THE MESSENGER, starring Jereemy Renner. We have a clip of Gary describing the critial role of journalism that was made before he took his own life after being chased out of the profession he loved basically by being disgracefully hung out to dry by the jury of his peers at the New York Times, Washington Post & Los Angeles Times. Also, a Sacheen LittlefeatherDemocracy Now! report.

Webb's carefully compiled work uncovered the role the CIA wittingly played in looking the other way while Nicaraguan "freedom figters", lauded by Ronald Reagan, were allowed to sell a new, virulent form of cocaine known as crack, that would plague African-American communities and US cities to this day in order to generate funding for arms, bypassing Congressional approval. CIA and American leadership exhibiting the qualities of the most egregious banana republics. And this man dared reveal it. He thought he was just doing his job.

3pm -- JFAN's Annual Summit Wednesday, October 15th at 7:30pm is presenting Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, is interviewed. Wenonah HauterPeople can make a difference, she says, if they come together. Her national organization & work is testimony to how it's done. Don't miss this discussion.

2:05pm -- Marlon Brando was an amazingly gifted and natural actor. But when he received an Academy Award in 1973 for his performance in "The Godfather", he did something almost unheard of. He said: No, thanks. But I will take this opportunity to put a spotlight on the plight of Native-Americans. Marlon Brando on Dick CavettAmerican Indian civil rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather made a statement on his behalf.It was while Wounded Knee was going on. And a profile in courage.

2:25pm -- Mark Deuitch, founder of, a member-supported online dispute resolution service, designed to allow parties to come together in a neutral setting and solve problems—easily, quickly, and constructively, along with Jeff Kapek, marketing director, talk about their company's unique business model and successes in bringing parties together to resolve complaints.

Emma WatsonActor Emma Watson addresses the UN in an impassioned plea for worldwise gender equality and feminism ideals with the organization.

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, the most highly decorated Marine in history who spent 33 years in service, wrote a book in 1935 called WAR IS A RACKET, bemoaning the role of Big Business, Wall Street and Coporations in profit-making. He fought in the Banana Wars in Central America, ostensibly fought to protect American companies in those regions, i.e. national interests. He fought in Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, the Philippines and later China.

Got a great show planned for you today, PLANET ERSTWILD lovers. Definitely spanning the topical and musical safari gamut.

First up, Dennis Kossow tells us about his love of geode hunting and the 19th Annual Rock & Gem Show coming up September 5-7 at the Convention Center. Sac & Fox Lapidary Club is putting on the gemstone ritz with 11 dealers and fun for the whole family.

Next up, James speaks with Steve Boss, the gifted host of KRUU's GREAT TASTE program [Wednesdays 7pm; rebro Fridays 7am], a weekly foray into all things delectable food, cooking, and cuisine enriching. Learn about his background and what's he's got cooking going forward.

In the second hour, I speak with Amanda Karg, tour manager of the Maietreya Loving Kindness Buddhist Relics Exhibit in Des Moines. This free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display in Des Moines August 15th to 24th at Hoyt Sherman Place. Most of the Relics in this collection resemble beautiful multi-colored pearl-like crystals and are over 2,600 years old. Several of the relics are on loan from the 14th Dalai Lama’s own personal collection. This non-sectarian public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and free to attend.

At 2pm, James Moore has a wide-ranging discussion with Callie Maidhof, Ph.D candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has recently returned to the United States following a year and a half of fieldwork in Israel-Palestine.

During the course of her research, she spent ten months living on a Jewish-Israeli settlement near Qalqilia in Palestine's northern West Bank. She also spent time in Ramallah and is currently writing her dissertation on secularism and the state of Israel's settlements. She is from Kansas City.

Here's a recent interview:

3:15pm, Chris Hedges interviews Noam Chomsky about the American landscape.