Citizen Radio

Episode #98

First up, Islam, atheism, and why liberals are afraid to criticize non-Christian extremism.

Next, Citizen Radio reads some sweet, sweet LISTENER MAIL!

Allison and Jamie talk about the benefits (and limits) of internet activism, how different types of people bring different important assets to the activist community (even if you’re an introverted math nerd), and why old people are awesome.

Allison discusses General Stanley McChrystal’s amazing comment: ““We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” and how that is the admission of war crimes. (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/28/mcchrystal-admits-afghan-atrocities-press-yawns/)

The Great Welfare Warriors, including Mike “A thousand little Waco’s” Vanderboegh, take government disability cash, while crying about the dangers of Socialism. (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/27/tea-party-harbors-a-dwindling-confused-demographic/). Citizen Radio discusses this, and other teabagger shenanigans, and how the Republican Party leadership has not properly condemned the death threats and violence emanating from their base (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/25/the-violence-and-lies-post-reform-medley/).

Finally, the Vatican apologists keep covering for child rapist priests, including The New York Times’s own Ross Douthat (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/29/the-vatican-apologists-carry-on/).

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-31-10.mp3
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Edition #97 Interview with PZ Meyers

Direct download: 2010_03_27_PZ_Meyers.mp3
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Episode #96

Act I

Allison and Jamie discuss the healthcare bill, Bart Stupak and the anti-choice crew (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/20/anti-choice-crowd-should-be-cheering-for-healthcare-reform/). 

Citizen Radio discusses the Stupak amendment at length, and a woman’s right to choose versus the Republican pre-cradle, post-grave philosophy. 

Act II

Part 2 of Citizen Radio’s interview with special guest, journalist Johann Hari (http://www.johannhari.com/

Johann is an award-winning journalist who writes twice-weekly for the Independent, one of Britain's leading newspapers, and the Huffington Post. He is a contributing writer for Slate, and regularly appears on the BBC's Newsnight Review.

Johann has won many of the biggest awards in British journalism. In 2008 he became the youngest person to ever win the George Orwell Prize, Britain's leading award for political writing. He was named 'Journalist of the Year' for his reporting on the war in Congo by Amnesty International in 2007. He was named 'Journalist of the Year' for his columns by Stonewall in 2009. He was named 'Cultural Commentator of the Year' for his arts criticism at the Editorial Intelligence awards in 2009. His reporting from Bangladesh was named the 'Story of the Year' at the most recent Environmental Press Awards.

He joins the show to talk about a wide range of issues, including how drones are changing warfare, Palestinian independence, David Cameron’s extensive ties to the financial sector and Evangelicals, class, Haiti, the growing acceptance of openly gay athletes in sports, Utah’s shortening of the work week, and the inspiring rebellion of Ethiopia’s abducted brides.

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-24-10.mp3
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Edition #95 Johann Hari

Direct download: 2010_03_20_Johann_Hari.mp3
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Episode #94

Act I

Allison and Jamie discuss atheism, and how the atheist movement can be used to combat The Crazy, including the Texas Board of Education, which is trying to advance an ultra-conservative agenda (http://www.examiner.com/x-15870-Populist-Examiner~y2010m3d14-Texas-school-board-revising-curriculum-creating-controversy), and the Vatican (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/13/popes-chief-exorcist-claims-the-devil-is-squatting-in-the-vatican/).

Citizen Radio welcomes the newest Church Of The Smiling Vagina convert, biology professor, PZ Myers! (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/). Follow COSV on Twitter (http://twitter.com/cosmilingvag) and join the Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Church-Of-The-Smiling-Vag/278334758256?ref=ts).

Act II

Citizen Radio interviews Peter Singer, the world-renowned ethicist, philosopher, activist, and author!

Peter is author of the new book, The Life You Can Save (http://www.thelifeyoucansave.com/,) in which he argues that individuals making modest donations to charity can help reduce extreme poverty. It seems logical, but millions of people decide to buy new pairs of shoes rather than use that money to save a child’s life every single day.

Outside academic circles, Singer is best known for his book Animal Liberation (http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Liberation-Peter-Singer/dp/0060011572), widely regarded as the book that began the animal liberation movement.

Peter’s views on animal liberation and other issues in bioethics have attracted attention and a degree of controversy. Specifically, his views on euthanasia, abortion, and infanticide have attracted widespread criticism. He joins Citizen Radio to argue that – in some cases – it is not wrong to humanely euthanize a suffering being.

He joins Citizen Radio to talk about how tiny modifications in our lives, and donating in small quantities to charities, can save lives. Peter also discusses the “culture of giving,” the selfish argument for giving, vegetarianism (and its impact on the environment,) religion, morality, healthcare reform, euthanasia, his inspirations, and what makes him happy.

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-17-10.mp3
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Episode #93

First up, Allison and Jamie "welcome" back a very special friend (www.ihatecomedy.com,) who somehow forced his way into doing the traffic report after a disastrous stint at Citizen Radio's weatherman.

Also, Jamie reads some LISTENER MAIL!

Next, Citizen Radio welcomes special guest, comic W. Kamau Bell (www.wkamaubell.com)! Kamau joins Citizen Radio to discuss Lost, race, racism in stand-up comedy, Obama, teabaggers, and what makes him happy.

His CD is called "Face Full of Flour." It's awesome, and lucky for you, it’s also available on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/face-full-of-flour-live/id355594566), from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Face-Full-Flour-Kamau-Bell/dp/B003BGKOE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1268285843&sr=8-1), and at www.rooftopcomedy.com (http://shop.rooftopcomedy.com/p-133-w-kamau-bell-cd-face-full-of-flour.aspx). Buy, buy, buy!

To wet your appetite, listen to this episode, which features a couple hilarious tracks from the CD.

According to Margaret Cho herself, "W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. Do yourself a favor and go see him. He's got the most astute, hilarious and completely righteous material going and he's going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. Think Bill Hicks but slightly taller."

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-13-10.mp3
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Episode #92

Allison and Jamie talk about tasers, and how they've become an acceptable tool for citizen suppression. (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/03/07/normalizing-the-police-state-and-how-it-ends-with-taser-firing-drones/).

Specifically, they talk about Harper's Magazine latest feature on how the government and police handle protesters. (http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/03/0082866). Additionally, Taser's distributor has announced plans for a flying drone that fires stun darts at criminal suspects or rioters. Have fun exercising your freedom to assemble and protest your government!

The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act passed with a wide majority, 262-153. However, 145 Republicans and 8 conservative Democrats voted against this bill, which bans child torture. (http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2010/03/republican-party-love-of-torture-would.html)

It's the triumphant return of the ONE-MINUTE FUCK YOUS! Allison and Jamie tee off on some much-hated enemies.

Students across the country recently protested tuition hikes. Allison reads an e-mail from a student protester who witnessed police brutality at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-10-10.mp3
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Episode #91

Citizen Radio reports from the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia!

First up, Utah is trying to make miscarriages illegal (http://citypaper.net/blogs/clog/2010/02/23/dont-fall-down-the-stairs-ladies-in-utah-miscarriages-will-soon-be-illegal/).

Next, it’s time for LISTENER MAIL! Allison and Jamie field your questions about Conservative family members and Israel.

Allison talks about the Compton Cookout debacle at the University of California San Diego (http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-compton-cookout,0,2673438.story), and the subsequent protests and racial tensions, including the discoveries of a lynch in the school library and a KKK hood fashioned from a pillow case.

Then, it’s time for part 2 of Citizen’s Radio interview with DC Pierson (http://www.dcpierson.com/), author of the excellent book, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To (http://www.amazon.com/Couldnt-Sleep-Never-Vintage-Contemporaries/dp/0307474615).

DC is a member of Derrick Comedy (http://www.derrickcomedy.com/) and can be seen in the film Mystery Team, which is now available for pre-order on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Team-Donald-Glover/dp/B0035LCV12/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1264465276&sr=8-1).

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To is an amazing book – hilarious, wildly creative, and refreshingly honest. It perfectly (and sweetly) captures the frightening vulnerability of youth. Also, there are mutant creatures from other galaxies. Did we mention it’s awesome?

DC joins the show to talk about the writing process (and cutting ties with the internet,) the concept of a “culture factory,” pushing back against stupid industry demands, how nerds are the only interesting type of people in the world, and DC offers some final words of advice for young artists.

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-06-10.mp3
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Episode #90

Citizen Radio welcomes special guest Frankie T (of the infamous “Frankie T and The Bean Show” from WRJR The Ranger. Frankie inadvertently stumbled into Citizen Radio’s studio; Allison and Jamie try to make the best of a weird situation.

First up, Frankie offers his two cents while Allison and Jamie answer Listener Mail, including questions about religion and drugs.

Next, Allison and Jamie talk with DC Pierson (http://www.dcpierson.com/), author of the excellent book, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To (http://www.amazon.com/Couldnt-Sleep-Never-Vintage-Contemporaries/dp/0307474615).

DC is a member of Derrick Comedy (http://www.derrickcomedy.com/) and can be seen in the film Mystery Team, which is now available for pre-order on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Team-Donald-Glover/dp/B0035LCV12/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1264465276&sr=8-1).

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To is an amazing book – hilarious, wildly creative, and refreshingly honest. It perfectly (and sweetly) captures the frightening vulnerability of youth. Also, there are mutant creatures from other galaxies. Did we mention it’s awesome?

DC joins the show to talk about adolescence, writing, the challenges of writing a book, and sacrificing everything (including stability) for art.

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Direct download: Citizen_Radio_03-03-10.mp3
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