Thursday, 30 August 2012

This week's show has a lengthy extract from Tony Benn's diaries - Years of Hope, starting in the late 1950s and going into the early sixties. He even speaks of the days when Enoch Powell seems to have been vaguely human.....
2 September is the 84th birthday of pianist Horace Silver.... on his song To Whom it May Concern, we hear Adrian Mitchell's poem of the same name.

 The show goes out on Catalyst Radio on Saturday 1 September at 5pm BST

Here are some links to documentary films mentioned:

What in the World are they Spraying?

American Holocaust of Native American Indians

Russell Means - Welcome to the Reservation


Films for Action

Friday, 17 August 2012

Black August

This week's programme speaks of Jonathan and George Jackson, Huey P Newton and Kerwin Lucas (Duinmeijer) who all died in August.... and Marcus Garvey who was born on August 17th.

There's poetry from the Last Poets, Wanda Coleman, Mutabaruka and music from Serious Bizniss, Elaine Brown, Primal Scream and Richie Havens.

We finally got the turntable up and running, so there's some nice scratchy vinyl going on - not because I'm scratching or itching, but because these old albums have knocked about for a long time.

After it goes out on Catalyst Radio at 5pm on Saturday 18th, it will be posted on podomatic

For more about Kerwin see  the story is there in English as well as Dutch. He was only 15 when he was stabbed by a racist skinhead who had '100% white' tatooed on his arm. In spite of the fact that the killer also called him a 'dirty n*****' and told him he had no right to walk on the streets of Amsterdam, he claimed that the killing was not a racist act.....
A poem was written to commemorate his death and is now translated in 63 languages. We're still looking for Irish and Scots Gaelic and a bunch more.... get in touch if you want to know if your language is available. The original English poem is on the website.