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On today's show... * Rustbelt Radio brings you an accurate depiction of the story behind Thanksgiving * We examine the true cost of production and consumption through the short documentary "The Story of Stuff" * plus a new segment of 2.3 Million and Rising and the Radical Day in History
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Rustbelt Radio for Monday December 1, 2008
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 other 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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We turn now to local stories.
Fed Up, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Human Rights Coalition brings us this week's report on the prison industrial complex. This week, we bring you part 2 of the Price of Fear, by Julian Hubris:
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You are listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media. We turn now to news from other independent media sources around the world.
Radio Rootz brings us this radical history lesson for December 1st.
The months of November and December are known as the holiday season in the United States. The 4th Thursday of every November is recognized as Thanksgiving- a holiday that purportedly celebrates the peaceful 17th-century gathering of the Pilgrims and Native Americans with food from the fall harvest. However, the true story behind this holiday has been hidden from the American people, who know little about the mass violence and enslavement that the white settlers brought upon the indigenous people of the Plymouth Colony.
For a real history lesson on Thanksgiving, we bring you a reading of the Mike Ely essay, Native Blood: The Myth of Thanksgiving.
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday--a day for shoppers to get started on their holiday gift buying and to secure good deals at many stores. While the holidays ofChristmas and Hanukkah have their own deep religious meanings behind them, many people feel the celebration of these holidays has turned into an expression of the mass consumerism and greed. In order to propose a new idea, the magazine Adbusters has proposed Black Friday be renamed "Buy Nothing Day".
Others, such as environmentalist Annie Leonard, are asking people to learn more about the origins of the products they buy. Annie is an expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues, with more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and dumps around the world. The problems of extraction, consumption and waste lead her to embark upon a 10 year investigation of the processes of production and consumption of the goods bought and sold in the US.
The result of this investigation is a 20 minute film called "The Story of Stuff" which looks at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The film exposes the connections between a number of environmental and social issues and calls for everyone to create a more sustainable and just world. Annie Leonard begins the film by talking about her i-pod.
And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:
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