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Community radio station KPFT endures through bombings and hate

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"Pacifica Station Bombed Off Air," read the Houston Chronicle's banner headline on May 13, 1970. KPFT, Houston's fledgling community radio station, had been on the air for just two months when its transmitter was blown to smithereens. "An explosion which demolished the transmitter of Houston station KPFT-FM (Pacifica Radio) was no accident and apparently the work of experts, authorities said today," George Rosenblatt of the Chronicle wrote. "The blast occurred at 11 p.m. Tuesday. The station was playing 'Alice's Restaurant' and at the precise moment of the explosion, Arlo Guthrie was singing, 'Kill, kill, kill' as he spoofed the draft."

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Mark Vander Vennen on mental health, despair and social Justice

May 4, 2015
| Mark Vander Vennen discusses shame versus guilt, mental health, how we’re all wired for relationships, how we reflect on despair and why we need to listen more look beyond ourselves.
Length: 46:19 minutes (53.01 MB)

What is the fate of refugees in Israel?

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Thousands of refugees from Eritrea and Sudan are being detained in a desert prison, and their fate is unclear.

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| April 27, 2015
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Robert Shirkey on the environment, social justice and global change

April 12, 2015
| Today's conversation is about thinking local and global change. Robert talks about his approach to the environment and why altering the chemistry of our planet is essential to our future.
Length: 49:34 minutes (56.73 MB)

10 things you need to know about homelessness in Canada's North

Photo: flickr/Alan Sim

On March 5, I gave a presentation on homelessness in Canada's North at a panel at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association.

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Radical Brownies of East Oakland

March 19, 2015
| The Radical Brownies are a troop of 8- to 12-year-old girls in the Bay Area who earn badges for units like radical beauty and environmental justice. Anayvette Martinez is one of the founders.
Length: 16:53 minutes (15.46 MB)
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Film: One River, Many Relations

March 15, 2015
| The Mikesew Cree and Athabasca Chipewan First Nations live along the Athabaska River, downstream from the Alberta tar sands, a project which affects almost every aspect of their daily lives.
Length: 19:15 minutes (17.63 MB)
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Race and revolution: Reckoning with racial injustice past and present

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March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary. On a winter's day 245 years ago, in the year 1770, an angry crowd formed in Boston, then the capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. People were enraged by the extortionate taxes imposed by the British Parliament. In order to quell the public furor, the British sent troops, who violently quashed dissent. On that cold day, people had had enough. Word spread after a British private beat a young man with the butt of his musket. By late day, hundreds of Bostonians gathered, jeering the small crowd of redcoat soldiers arrayed with muskets loaded. The soldiers fired into the crowd, instantly killing Crispus Attucks and two others.

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| February 20, 2015
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