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Rustbelt Radio for April 7, 2008
by Pittsburgh IMC: Rustbelt Radio collective Monday, Apr. 07, 2008 at 11:50 PM (email address validated) 412-923-3000 WRCT 88.3 FM

On this week's show... * Election Unspun looks at Democratic Presidential Candidates' Stance on the Prison Industrial Complex * Van Jones speaks about Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy as it relates to Environmental Justice * Canadian Parliament member Libby Davies speaks about continuing opposition to the Iraq war * And a look at the psychology behind addictions

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Rustbelt Radio for April 7, 2008

[1:00] Intro

Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media.

On today's show...

Rustbelt Radio is broadcast live from WRCT studios every Monday at 6 PM on 88.3 FM in Pittsburgh, and the program airs again on WRCT every Tuesday morning at 9AM.

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[1:20] Radical Day in History

Radio Rootz brings us this radical history lesson for April 7th:

[5:00] Weekly Radio Spin

And now we bring you the Weekly Radio Spin:

[8:00] Election Unspun

With the Pennsylvania primaries two weeks away, the hopeful Presidential candidates have been campaigning across the state addressing a range of issues. However, discussion of prison expansion and Pennsylvania's high rate of incarceration has been a low priority for the candidates. Election Unspun delved into this issue of Prisons and Presidents:

That was just Election Unspun. Visit for daily episodes.

[7:30] Canada-US War Relations

In 2003, Canada opposed the invasion of Iraq, but chose to deploy troops to Afghanistan. Libby Davies, a member of the Canadian Parliament, speaks about the continuing Canadian opposition to the Iraq war. Between The Line’s reporter Melinda Tuhus interviews Davies about Canadian efforts to strengthen contacts between legislators and progressive activists from both nations.



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[14:30] Addiction Exploration

Bruce Alexander is a psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University located in British Colombia, Canada. Since 1970 he has worked to research the psychology of addiction. He has been a well-known critic of the War on Drugs for decades. His most recent work has investigated the causes of the current worldwide proliferation of addiction, not only to drugs, but to a great variety of other habits and pursuits that are available in what he calls a "hyper-capitalist" society. Red Eye, a program on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, interviewed Bruce about the causes of addiction and the new trends that are appearing in today's world.

That was professor Bruce Alexander speaking on addiction. His new book, The Globalisation of Addiction will be released in August of this year.

[3:45] Musical Break

[16:30] Van Jones Interview: Dream Reborn

Thousands of people gathered in Memphis, Tennessee this past weekend to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, while continuing his legacy. Dr King was assassinated in front of the Lorraine Motel on April 4th 1968 after he had spoken in support of striking sanitation worker in Memphis. Of the thousands who met in Tennessee over the weekend, many came for “The Dream Reborn.” a conference designed to “create ecological solutions to heal the earth while bringing jobs, justice, wealth and health to all our communities.” Speakers include Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Winona LaDuke, Paul Hawken, Makani Themba-Nixon, and, Van Jones, founder and president of Green For All, who organized the conference. We will now hear a segment from Uprising Radio in which Sonali Kolhatkar interviews Van Jones about this cross section of environmental issues and civil rights.

That was just Sonali Kolhatkar interviewing Van Jones for Uprising Radio. Visit to hear more.


Calendar of Events

And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:

[1:00] Outro

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Thanks for tuning in to Rustbelt Radio here on WRCT Pittsburgh, WPTS Pittsburgh, WNJR Washington, WVJW Benwood, WIUP Indiana and WKCO Gambier.

Our hosts and contributors this week are Carlin Christy and Juliana Stricklen with additional contributions from Andalusia Knoll. This week's show was produced by Matt Toups. Special thanks to all of our hosts, producers, and contributors.

You can get involved with Rustbelt Radio! To contact us, or to send us your comments, email RADIO at I-N-D-Y-P-G-H dot ORG. All of our shows are available for download or podcast on our website at RADIO dot INDY-P-G-H dot ORG and this show can be heard again Tuesday morning on WRCT at 9 AM after Democracy Now!

Tune in next week at this time for another edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.

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