Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jailed for Breaking the Lunch Counter Taboo: 50 Year Anniversary

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Read the accompanying article, "That Moment People say “No!”

Fifty years ago this month, six people began a 30-day jail sentence for sitting down at the Patterson drugstore lunch counter in Lynchberg, Virginia.
On December 14, 1960, four white and two African American college students— entered the segregated drugstore hoping to convince the owner to let them have coffee together.
The result—the city’s first sit-in—landed the college students in jail, and ignited a firestorm of controversy throughout the city. It also brought the civil rights movement to a head.
We talk with Mary Edith Bentley Abu Saba, one of the Patterson Six.

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People all over the world watched as Tunisian, then Egypt tossed out autocrats. Now the people of Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Gaza are calling for change too.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Low Power Community Radio on the Brink of Expansion

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At the beginning of 2011, President Obama signed into law the Local Community Radio Act that allows for the biggest expansion of community radio stations in U.S. history.
The Local Community Radio Act allows low-power, neighborhood-based stations to broadcast in urban areas for the first time.
It also marks both the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S. and power shifting to grassroots groups and media advocates. Moreover, it invites policymakers to join forces to overcome corporate opposition to media diversity.
We talk with Vanessa Graber, community radio director at the Prometheus Radio Project, about Low Power Radio and we'll learn more about the Local Community Radio Act.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

War Veteran Jason Moon Finds Music is his Lifesaver

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Read the accompanying article, "A Veteran in America: Trying to Find the Way Home"

For the last seven years, since his tour of duty in Iraq, Jason Moon has been fighting for his life. At times he felt he might lose that last battle. Then he returned to writing and playing music...and, now, his life is stabilizing. As he talks about his first CD album, "Trying to Find My Way Home", he shares the story of his on-going journey back to health and how he works with other veterans to reclaim their lives.

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