Media Roots Radio – Nuclear Weapons & Fear, Iran War Propaganda, Party Loyalists

Media Roots Radio – Nuclear Weapons & Fear, Iran War Propaganda, Party Loyalists by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTSAbby and Robbie Martin discuss nuclear weapons: living in a perpetual Cold War mentality, MAD, stockpiling, labs and mismanagement, how nuclear fear and control underpin US imperialism; the manufactured GOP debate on contraception as a distraction from real issues; Obama’s drone warfare and domestic drone surveillance; the complacency of party loyalists and their approval of Obama’s continuation of Bush policies; Iran war propaganda: the political establishment and corporate press trumping up the war drum to instill fear and justify pre-emptive warfare against Iran and Syria.

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Media Roots Radio- News Censorship, US Wars, 9/11 Truth, Be Your Own Leader

Media Roots Radio- Nuclear Energy, War & Revolution, 9/11 Truth, Be Your Own Leader by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTS- This episode covers sensationalism in the corporate media about meaningless issues, media censorship about nuclear energy and the terrifying reality of Fukushima, issues surrounding war and US imperialism, the current global democratic revolution and the need for more artists to get involved in politics, Charlie Veitch’s 180 regarding 9/11 and the importance for us to be our own leaders in our quest for truth.

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Media Roots Radio- Breaking Fukushima Coverage & Break Down of Radiation

Media Roots Radio- Fukushima Coverage & Break Down of Nuclear Energy by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTS- Robbie and Abby Martin host a special 90 minute edition of Media Roots Radio covering Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster with guests Shing02 and Anthony Bisset. Shing02 and Anthony cover the state of the reactors and break down radiation: levels, dangers, breakdown of compounds, government cover ups and media disinformation, the science of nuclear energy and how one can prepare for a nuclear fallout or massive release.

Anthony Bisset is a composer and improviser working in all genres of electronic music who designs his own software and hardware for live use. Since 2007 he has been a part time resident and regular performer in Tokyo and has played shows from Hokkaido to the Southern islands. Having his extended family and friends in Tokyo threatened by nuclear fallout, Anthony has been heavily researching since the March 11th disaster. More about him at www.anthonybisset.com

Shing02 is a rap activist, peace advocate, and inventor. Born in Tokyo 1975, Shing02 landed in the SF Bay Area at the age of 15. He became immersed in the local hip-hop scene that launched dozens of acts worldwide, and in ’96, Shing02’s music made its way back to Japan. He gained a lot of support from his homeland for partnering with Mr. Higo of Mary Joy Recordings. Shing02 has been involved on and off in anti-nuclear activism and research since 2006.

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Listen to last week’s broadcast about Libya, Nuclear Power, Religious Environmentalism, an inerview where Two Active Duty Soldiers Speak Out, or another interview with Kurt Haskell, Eyewitness to the Underwear Bomber Terrorist Attack.

Songwriter John Vanderslice Talks US Politics, Foreign Policy, 9/11

Media Roots Radio – Conversation with Songwriter and Musician John Vanderslice by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTS- A couple of weeks ago, John Vanderslice killed his headlining show at the New Parish in Oakland. As he milled around the merch table enthusiastically greeting dedicated fans, I approached him and asked if he would be willing to conduct an exclusive interview for Media Roots. His response was unexpected- a charismatic and resounding “Yes” that rang with genuine interest.

Even more disarming than his excitement for the interview was his likability. Not only is John an amazingly talented songwriter, musician and producer, but he is also one of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever come across. More than anything though, he is an excellent storyteller.

Throughout his impressive and lengthy discography, three albums stand out as the most politically motivated: 2004’s Cellar Door is a raw, activist rock album with brilliant underpinnings in its lyricism; 2005’s Pixel Revolt is a more refined, beautifully structured album full of the same political angst; and 2007’s Emerald City, named after Baghdad’s fortified “Green Zone,” is a rock solid gem, brilliantly combining both the production quality of Pixel and the dark undertones of Cellar Door.

John’s songs are mostly narratives told through the eyes of different characters, giving him the ability to explore dark and controversial issues in a uniquely perceptive way. The political commentary throughout these albums range from 9/11 foreknowledge in the song Exodus Damage to the story of prostitution in Afghanistan in Trance Manual. The song White Dove explores humanity’s capacity to forgive horrific crimes of war, and Tablespoon of Codeine is about numbing your mind in order to cope with reality.

John Vanderslice’s sound can’t be boxed into any particular genre. It encompasses folk, rock, strings, electronic and experimental sounds. When his unique and amazing lyrics are added into the equation, his music transcends classification.

He runs the all-analog recording study Tiny Telephone in the Mission District of San Francisco, where bands like Deerhoof, Spoon and Death Cab for Cutie have recorded. I was lucky enough to sit down with John at Tiny Telephone for an in depth and candid conversation about the struggles of independent musicians, the US political system and foreign policy, and for some exclusive interpretive insights on a few of my favorite songs.

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