Coleman Barks Comes to Wordplay

May 31, 2008 by onair

Sebastian and I are both out of town this Sunday, so I’ve set up a show from a couple weeks back to play again, via the wonders of computer automation.

That show was a real treat, and well worth hearing once more: Coleman Barks reading live at Asheville’s Fine Arts Theater on April 26th, with bassist Eliot Wadopian and percussionist Byron Hedgepeth. It assuredly wasn’t your standard poetry reading.

Barks is well-known, of course, as the premiere translator of the works of the 13th Century Persian mystic poet Jalal al-Din Rumi, but he’s a master poet in his own right, and in this performance gave us both his own work and his translations from Rumi and Hafez.

On an earlier visit to Asheville, Coleman came by the studio to talk about (among many other things) his long relationship with Rumi’s poetry; part of that interview is featured in the show, too.

As always, the show will be available all next week from the Archive page as a stream and free podcast.

Enjoy, and I’ll be back live in the studio (if the sky don’t fall) next week.


Cross-posted at Natures.

Put Your Hand Up On My Hip

May 30, 2008 by onair

When I dip, you dip, we dip.

That’s right, kids. Doctor Awesome sitting in with Simone on Seven Layer Dip tonight. Pop some corn, put down the paperwork, light up.. it’s time to kick back and get your awesome on. We’re gonna take some calls, spin some tunes, get crazy on a beautiful Friday night.

Tune in, rip the knob off. 103.5 FM in your car – at your desk.. Simone and Jason are HERE FOR YOU.

Be there. 8:00 PM

Bullet Technology is Complicated

May 29, 2008 by onair

Indianmeal moths usually feed on the exposed surface of the stored grain mass. Tune in, no, tune way in to The Doctor Awesome Show in the WPVM archives and find out how to destroy them (hint: you cant!).

This week we hear new music from Spires That In The Sunset Rise and Drakkar Sauna, and old music from Pretty Poison and Noel. We also enter the planning phases for the Doctor Awesome Skate-o-tron Mega-Party, discuss what we all had for lunch, our favorite playground equipment, learn about hidden satanic messages in Jay-Z music, and get a special visit from AJ from WPVM’s Sirens’ Muse.

More of the usual phone-calls from listeners, trailers for bad movies, too much talking.. everything you’ve come to expect. Check out the show if you’ve never heard it, we play this one song made out of beehive sounds – that’s something, right?


May 28, 2008 by onair

“…You know when i hear the word ” change ” , i am thinking, first , of a sort of re-Evaluation of our society and then a re – Evolution of our thinking , with changes created by the advance of knowledge , the exposure of crooks and greed . Simply said, the just fixing of what’s wrong without any blood on the kitchen table.
In itself changes can be created by a revolution. but I am talking about the one inside , the one without dogma , constitution , plan or ideologies…”

This week in the PARIS of the South radio hour , you will hear about Revolution , the scientific one , the philosophic and the one that happened in the streets of PARIS in MAY 1968 .Enjoy also my guest Reese reading Wendell Barry .

REVOLUTION IN SCIENCE : 15 years ago, David Servan-Schreiber, a young psychiatrist and researcher working in the United States, discovered that he had a brain tumor. The illness led him to reassess his way of life, and particularly to explore how a healthier lifestyle could help prevent illness, or treat it. Without revealing to the public his own struggle with cancer, he wrote a best-selling book,” Healing without Freud or Prozac ” . He’s back with a second book,” Anti-cancer ” , a new way of life, which suggests cancer can be prevented or one’s chances of recovery can be increased by carefully selecting the food we eat, and by exercise. He talks to RFI and to us , lucky , wpvm’ ers .

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MAY 68 REVOLUTION in France- part 1 .
Like many other countries, France had its share of turbulence in 1968 when students, galvanized by opposition to the war in Vietnam, revolted against the establishment and demanded a more modern, egalitarian society. Unlike other countries, France also had a major workers’ revolt, culminating in its biggest strike ever. Alison Hird reports on how and why France ground to a halt and its impact on society today.

Click here and listen to some ideas about ” YOUR REVOLUTION ”

“To live is not merely to breathe; it is to act; it is to make use of our organs, senses, faculties – of all those parts of ourselves which give us the feeling of existence”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes (French philosopher and writer whose novels inspired the leaders of the French Revolution)

Veterans’ Voices for May 28th, 2008 *Update on Howard Zinn Interview*

May 28, 2008 by onair

This week on Veterans’ Voices we continue our conversation with Ret. Col. Ann Wright while she was on a tour with her book, Dissent Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq.

UPDATE: James Latimore sent a message to Howard Zinn on May 22nd:

Greetings, Howard. The members of Veterans For Peace are stunned and saddened to learn of the death of your wife. We are, of course, prepared to re-schedule the radio interview set for 4:30 PM on May 27. Is it possible for you to let us know of your wishes? If we don’t hear to the contrary, we will cancel the interview and re-schedule later. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family, and my apologies for troubling you at this time. James Latimore

Howard Zinn sent back this reply:

Dear James:

Thanks for your kind words., Let’s do the interview as scheduled. I find that I need to be doing something useful in order not to simply grieve. My wife Roz would have waned me to, I know.


We interviewed him yesterday and will air it in the next couple of weeks. Thanks Howard!

Tune in at 5 pm every Wednesday or stream/podcast here.

Next week we will air Part 1 of our conversation with Howard Zinn. Stay tuned!

Amy Goodman Talk and Interview

May 27, 2008 by onair

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman spoke Friday, May 23 at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College as part of a national tour for her new book, “Standing Up to Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times.” The talk was held in AB-Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus. Proceeds from the event went to the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) and its radio station, WPVM-LP, 103.5 FM.

“Standing Up to Madness” chronicles the achievements of everyday citizens across the United States who have challenged government and corporate power and prevailed.

Goodman co-authored the book with her brother, investigative reporter David Goodman. The book is currently 29th on the New York Times bestseller list.

Goodman hosts the daily, syndicated show, “Democracy Now!“, which is heard on more than 750 public access TV and community radio stations, including WPVM.

“Democracy Now!” is broadcast locally Monday-Friday at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. on WPVM, and it can be streamed live at

Amy also stopped by the WPVM studio Friday afternoon and sat down with Wally Bowen for an interview. We’ve put the audio up on for you to download or stream.


Amy Goodman Interview with Wally Bowen at WPVM


Amy Goodman Talk at AB-Tech 


Afternoon Slacken Special – 2008 War Tax Restistance Conference

May 27, 2008 by onair

(On-air Tuesdays at 2PM — Archived Wednesdays at 2PM)

“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.”
– Henry David Thoreau
(during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848)

This week, Easy Mark produced Clare Hanrahan’s inspired interviews with people who share success stories of how to boycott paying for war. Tune in and learn how you can redirect your tax money to more useful purposes than destruction and needless suffering (for the elite war-profiteer ruling class’ profits). Had enough of this nonsense already? For information on five simple steps you can take to withhold from war and pay for peace, visit:

Then stay tuned for the Last Word commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal – Return To Yesteryear.

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