Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

16 October 2010

C-Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

We open this week with Allie Loush from Sunset Zoo to fill us in on Spooktacular that happens on October 23 - 24 and other events happening at the zoo. Then author Jeff Sharlet returns for a discussion of his new book: C-Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, which features Kansas’ own Senator Sam Brownback and a significant player.  "C-Street" is the sequel to Sharlet's book "The Family." In “C-Street” Sharlet’s undercover research and investigative work answers some of the country’s biggest questions: how political fundamentalism endures in America; why, despite the collapse of the old Christian Right, it is as big a threat to democracy as ever before; and where, in a time of political upheaval and culture wars, fundamentalist politicians really intend to lead the country.

For more information about "The Family" see our November 9, 2009, interview with Sharlet.  In addition, we have previously posted a collection of Sharlet's writings, which are available here.

Sharlet is also the author of "God's Senator" - an in-depth expos√© about Sam Brownback and his extremist fundamentalist beliefs that appeared in Rolling Stone in July 2006.   Unfortunately Rolling Stone has pulled the article from their archive, however it can be read on Thomas Paine's Corner.

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