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RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Interviews with Katya Sabaroff Taylor, Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez & Gregg Barrios, Veterans for Peace, Terry DuBose & Alan Pogue, Tom Cleaver & Alice Embree, Guy Forsyth, Jonathan Lerner, Jim Hightower, Kerry Awn & the Uranium Savages, Bruce Melton, Glenn Smith, Steve Early & Nick Licata

This all-star array of guests includes a populist icon, Vietnam vets reflecting on the war, a climate change scholar, a founder of the Weather Underground, and legendary Austin musicians performing live.

Kerry Awn, center in Astros cap, and the historic Austin band, the Uranium Savages, in the KOOP studios, Sept. 1, 2017. Host Dreyer hovers at the right. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | November 14, 2017

The following podcasts are from recent Rag Radio shows with host Thorne Dreyer. The syndicated Rag Radio program, produced in the studios of Austin’s cooperatively-run KOOP-FM, has an international audience and has become an influential platform for interviews with leading figures in politics, current events, literature, and cutting-edge culture.

The show first airs Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (CT) on KOOP, 91.7-FM in Austin, and streams here: http://www.koop.org/listen-now, and here: http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/show/rag-radio-koop-radio.


Katya Sabaroff Taylor: ‘Prison Wisdom: Writing with Inmates’

Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is Katya Sabaroff Taylor, editor of Prison Wisdom: Writing with Inmates, an impressive collection of writing by prisoners she taught, with some writing of her own mixed in. Dreyer and Nina Sabaroff, then a radical journalist, were colleagues at Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York City in 1968. She became a healer: a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, and then a longtime writing teacher who gave workshops in prisons and helped inmates express themselves in words and in images.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our November 11, 2017 Rag Radio interview with Nina Sabaroff Taylor, here — or listen to it here:


Journalism Prof. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez &
Poet, Playwright & Critic Gregg Barrios

Rag Radio features UT-Austin journalism professor, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, and poet, playwright, and critic Gregg Barrios. They discuss with host Thorne Dreyer the important role played by Latinos and Latinas in history — and how their accomplishments are often ignored or given short shrift. In 2007, Latinos (and others) throughout the country protested Ken Burns’ 14½-hour documentary, World War II, The War, that included no Latino voices.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our October 28, 2017 Rag Radio show with Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Gregg Barrios, here — or listen to it here:


Veterans For Peace: ‘Repression & Resistance from Israel/Palestine to Texas’

A nine-person Veterans for Peace delegation visited Palestine/Israel earlier this year. They met with Palestinian popular resistance leaders as well as members of the Knesset. They participated in nonviolent direct action and witnessed the resiliency, solidarity, creativity, and courage of the Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation and the settlements that steal their land, water, and other resources. Joining host Thorne Dreyer are photographer Ellen Davidson, former State Department official and USMC Capt. Matthew Hoh, former U.S. Army paratrooper Tarak Kauff, and filmmaker Chris Smiley.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our October 20, 2017 Rag Radio show with the delegation from Veterans for Peace, here — or listen to it here:


Terry DuBose & Alan Pogue: Vietnam: The War, the Movement Against It, and the GI Resistance, Part 2

Terry DuBose and Alan Pogue — who, upon returning from serving in Vietnam, organized GIs and Vietnam vets in opposition to the war — are Thorne Dreyer’s guests. They use the Ken Burns documentary as a taking-off point to discuss the war and its place in our history, including subjects that the Burns film, with its attachment to false equivalence, either omits entirely or gets very wrong. Terry founded VVAW in Austin and was active nationally, and Alan, a renowned documentary photographer, was active with Veterans For Peace, SDS, and Austin’s underground newspaper, The Rag.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our October 13, 2017 Rag Radio show with Terry DuBose and Alan Pogue, here — or listen to it here:


Tom Cleaver & Alice Embree: Vietnam: The War, the Movement Against It, and the GI Resistance, Part 1

With all the renewed attention to the Vietnam War generated by the Ken Burns documentary, Rag Radio presents a two-part series about Vietnam. Thorne Dreyer’s guests are author, aviation historian, and Vietnam Vet Thomas Cleaver, and Austin activist and a leader of the ’60s-’70s anti-war movement, Alice Embree. Among topics are the history of Ft. Hood’s Oleo Strut GI coffeehouse; the story of the Ft. Hood 43, when 43 Black GIs stationed at Fort Hood refused to be deployed against protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; and Tom’s revelations about the Tonkin Gulf “incident.”

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our October 6, 2017 Rag Radio show with Tom Cleaver and Alice Embree, here — or listen to it here:


Austin Singer/Songwriter Guy Forsyth in Conversation & Performance

Austin-based Americana roots and blues-rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Guy Forsyth is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. Guy, who has been a big part of the Austin music scene for 25 years and has won numerous Austin Music Awards, including best male vocalist, performs several songs and joins us in discussion of his music, his life, and the crazy world we’re living in. Guy is known for his “gripping, powerful vocals that deliver energetic yarns about love, the government and the apocalypse.”

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our September 9, 2017 Rag Radio show with Jack A. Smith, here — or listen to it here:


Jonathan Lerner, Author of ‘Swords in the Hands of Children’

Thorne Dreyer’s guest is Jonathan Lerner, author of Swords in the Hands of Children: Reflections of an American Revolutionary. Jonathan is a veteran of SDS in the late Sixties and was a founder of the Weather Underground. He offers a critical reflection on the militant group that bombed buildings across the country, including the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the U.S, State Department. His memoir also deals with the difficult reality of his life as a closeted gay man working within a very macho group.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our September 15, 2017 Rag Radio show with Jonathan Lerner, here — or listen to it here:


Jim Hightower on the ‘Tweeter-in-Chief’ & other ‘Thieves in High Places’

Jim Hightower, America’s best-known populist writer, author, and radio commentator — and progressive political activist — joins Thorne Dreyer this week. We address the top of the political news — including Trump’s bizarre political acrobatics — with homespun humor. We look at the prospects for progressive candidates in upcoming elections. We talk about the hypocrisy of Ted Cruz, who voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy and now is demanding aid for Hurricane Harvey victims, and we’ll visit some Wall Street thieves and Trump’s Wall.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our September 9, 2017 Rag Radio show with Jim Hightower, here — or listen to it here:


Comedian/Artist Kerry Awn with Historic Austin Band, the Uranium Savages

Thorne Dreyer is joined by artist, comedian, and musician (and former “Funniest Person in Austin”) Kerry Awn — with the Uranium Savages, the historic Austin band that mixes in satirical and slapstick performance art with its rock ‘n roll. Leader (and lead singer) Kerry and the band (eight-strong) perform several songs live and tell great stories about the early days of the Savages (more than one tale involving the police!) and the Austin music scene in the ’70s and beyond.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our September 1, 2017 Rag Radio show with Kerry Awn and the Uranium Savages, here — or listen to it here:


Hurricane Harvey Special with Climate Change Researcher & Activist Bruce Melton

This interview with climate change researcher and activist Bruce Melton was first broadcast as Hurricane Harvey was approaching landfall. On the show, Melton discusses with host Thorne Dreyer the past, present, and future of hurricanes — in the context of global warming. Bruce Melton is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, author, and director of the Austin nonprofit, the Climate Change Now Initiative. Founded in 2005, the Initiative is the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our August 25, 2017 Rag Radio interview with Bruce Melton here — or listen to it here:


The ‘Political Horror Show’ with Tour Guides Glenn Smith & Thorne Dreyer

Noted Democratic strategist and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn Smith once again joins host Thorne Dreyer to take on the political horror show — from our president’s enabling bromance with Nazis and Klansmen — to the parallel craziness of the Texas legislature, where ultracon Gov. Abbott has been engaged in a duel-to-the-death with moderate House Speaker Joe Straus over who can go to the bathroom and how to manhandle the state’s cities that have gone astray.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our August 18, 2017 Rag Radio interview with Glenn W. Smith and Thorne Dreyer here — or listen to it here:


Steve Early & Nick Licata: Rebel Cities in the Era of Trump

Steve Early and Nick Licata are Thorne Dreyer’s guests. Their topic: “Rebel Cities in the Era of Trump.” Early’s latest book is Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City. The book describes the unusual electoral success of a multi-racial municipal reform movement in Richmond, California. Nick Licata, who served five terms as a progressive city councilor in Seattle, wrote Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our July 28, 2017 Rag Radio interview with Steve Early and Nick Licata here — or listen to it here:


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[Thorne Dreyer is an Austin-based writer, editor, broadcaster, and activist. A pioneering alternative journalist, Dreyer was a founding editor of the original Rag in 1966 Austin and Space City! in Houston, and managed KPFT-FM, Houston’s Pacifica radio station. Dreyer now edits The Rag Blog, hosts Rag Radio, is a director of the New Journalism Project, and is an editor of the critically-acclaimed new book, Celebrating The Rag. Contact Dreyer at editor@theragblog.com.]

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