Category Brooklyn Culture Jam Radio

Demand police accountability!

On my radio show, I had spoken to Danette Chavis on more than one occasion regarding the Eric Garner case and the larger issue of lack of police accountability when people (usually people of color, but not always) die or are severely injured in the course of ‘normal’ events. Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the […]

Greece melts down; the world starts to melt with it

the Eurozone might be short a star soon. Image from Reuters. As I type this, the results have come in and the Greek electorate has voted against the austerity measures demanded by the EU (primarily Germany) that would allow them to pay off the debt they owe. I’m thinking that maybe it would be a […]

How to fight the empire by getting media attention

If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it get on the CNN ticker? You might know the name Marni Halasa–she’s been featured in news stories about Occupy Wall Street and her protest tactics have been written about in the NY Times. I’ve interviewed her twice on radio. She’s a performance […]

Brooklyn Culture Jam welcomes Chris Lowe

I was pleased to get a chance to talk to Chris Lowe, a songwriter and performer here in NYC. Chris studied guitar with the famous Dave Van Ronk, and he has been a resident of downtown NYC for decades. We got to listen to some of his songs, and talk about whether Greenwich Village is […]

93 million out of the workforce

There has been much jubilation over the latest unemployment report, which shows that the economy had grown by 223,000 jobs last month. Market analysts and economists were watching the April numbers closely, after an anemic 126,000 jobs added in March had to be ‘adjusted’ down to 85,000 jobs. Remember that anything below 150,000 new jobs […]

Brooklyn Culture Jam Radio–the E word

This week, people who are following issues with ‘climate change’ were treated to numerous articles reporting that atmospheric levels of c02 seem to be fixed levels of 400 parts per million. But there was almost no reporting on what 400 ppm of carbon means to the atmosphere–or prospects for continued life on the planet. The […]

Calling it what it is–the euphemism of ‘Climate Change’

The story has recently broken through the MSM that we’ve reached 400 parts Per Million of carbon dioxide in Mister atmosphere. The thing we breathe. We’d hit the number before but we hadn’t stayed at it for a month the way we did in April. 400 is the new normal. 350 is so ‘last century’. […]

Brooklyn Culture Jam welcomes Marni Halasa!

So let’s say you’re planning to change the world–how do you get the media to cover you? Especially if your name isn’t ‘David Koch’ or even ‘Russell Brand’. Well, if you’re Marni Halasa, you work your butt off, and you make contacts and you promise the media they’ll get a nice picture or two  or a quote […]

Warning about Freddie Gray discussions

I’m going to piss off many of my FaceBook friends in coming days. Some are even family. Read at your peril. As events have unfolded in Baltimore around Freddie Gray and his death while in police custody, I’ve found myself increasingly out of step with many of my Facebook ‘Friends’. You of the left persuasion know […]

Brooklyn Culture Jam Radio–The BP Human Extinction Bayou Blues

If you didn’t catch my performance on Monday at the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout/Disaster, I have put it up on radio at my Brooklyn Culture Jam gig. The play is titled the BP HUMAN EXTINCTION BAYOU BLUES. I play the part of Lonnie, a Louisiana based musician whose life […]