GDPR: New Weekend Service Program Schedule

If you’re a regular listener, you know that weekends from 8 am ’til 1 pm Eastern Time, Grateful Dread Public Radio airs its Community Service Block. Well, we have some new additions to the block, and hence some schedule changes for Saturday and Sunday (and more is coming!) We’ll unveil our kicky new schedule in full very soon, but to see where my addled brain is taking me so far, do check out this prototype (the times don’t sync with the new changes).

The welcome mat is out for The Basham and Cornell Show, liberal talk with brains, heart and a little spleen… the National Radio Project’s Making Contact (which we’ve aired before, but this is the official launch)… the great, diversity-embracing show Parents’ Perspective… the impreachment-related A Nation Deceived… The Shortwave Report, which takes us on an old-school tour around the world of news… the legendary TUC RAdio… notorious community and labor report Building Bridges and the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Details and links are provided. Be sure to tune in! And remember, any contribution you make or new/renewed GDPR membership enables us to produce original programming, keep current syndicated programs on the air and acquire fresh, new shows. Please support independent, noncorporate community-service public radio: give generously and join us in our mission to make a better, more informed world.

GDPR Weekend Cmty. Service Block Lineup

SATURDAY BLOCK 8am-1pm ET

8:00am ET – Democracy Now – The War and Peace Report

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 450 stations in North America. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, Internet and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite TV, and via podcastt. The program is hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez and produced out of the Downtown Community Television Center, a community media center in New York City’s Chinatown. Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, the War and Peace Report hosts real debates – debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.

9:00am ET – Progressive Radio

Progressive Radio is a weekly half-hour interview show presented by The Progressive magazine, since 1909 one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in the US. At the helm is Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive and former host of “Second Opinion.” Recent guests have included Al Franken, Robert Fisk, Grace Paley, Jim Hightower, Sam Hamill, Lois Gibbs, and Alix Olson.

9:30am ET – Free Speech Radio News

Free Speech Radio News, the Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship’s daily half-hour long newscast presents uncensored news from the US around the world. Produced FSRN’s acclaimed news team covers issues and events from the communities effected and involved in the day’s major happenings and presents many human-rights stories you won’t hear on corporate and mainstream media.

10:00am ET – War News Radio

War News Radio is a production of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. This engaging, inspiring and humanely reported weekly half-hour show fills the gaps in the media’s coverage of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan by providing balanced and in-depth news, historical perspective, and personal stories.

10:30am ET – CounterSpin

CounterSpin is FAIR’s weekly radio show hosted by Janine Jackson, Steve Rendall and Peter Hart. The half-hour program provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. Combining lively discussion and a thoughtful media critique, CounterSpin is unlike any other show on the dial. CounterSpin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news’ narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more. CounterSpin, says Ben Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly, “says things about the media you’ll see no place else.”

11:00am ET – Between the Lines

A four-time winner of the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcast Award for Best Feature in the non-commercial category, this syndicated, half-hour program provides a platform for individuals and spokespersons from progressive organizations generally ignored or marginalized by the mainstream media. Between the Lines covers a wide range of political, economic and social topics.

11:30am ET – This Way Out

This Way Out is the award-winning internationally distributed weekly GLBT radio program, currently airing on over 150 local commmunity radio stations around the world. The half-hour magazine-style program is hosted by Greg Gordon and Lucia Chappelle, on-air since 1988, is produced in Los Angeles. Despite the limitations of a “tattered shoestring budget,” This Way Out has been honored with multiple awards from the U.S. National Federation Of Community Broadcasters and the Radio and Television News Association, by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents, Families and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and internationally by Tupilak (the organization of lesbian and gay cultural workers in the Nordic area).

12:00pm ET – Media Minutes

Media Minutes is the longest-running syndicated radio program of its kind focused on media policy and reform. The five-minute report tracks the latest industry developments, keeps an eye on Washington policy-makers, and talks to the experts and activists dedicated to changing our media environment for the better. Media Minutes is produced by Free Press, a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector.

12:15pm ET – NORML Weekly News

This weekly newscast from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws provides the latest headlines from the front lines of the war on cannabis. Hosted by veteran broadcaster Chris Goldstein, this unabashedly pro-pot program seeks to separate truth from rumor by presenting fact-based, up-to-the-minute information about marijuana and the movement to reform and repeal related laws.

12:30pm ET – America the Green

Each week, Carolyn Parrs, Irv Weinberg and John Biethan share what’s new in the green movement near and far. They talk with forward thinkers, green business leaders and everyday people. The plan: to discuss and pass on ideas and innovations in order to create and encourage permanent, positive change in our country and our world. ATG posits that green is the new red, white and blue — and makes its case each week.


SUNDAY BLOCK 8am-1pm ET

8:00am ET – Basham & Cornell

Innovative, captivating and entertaining progressive talk radio from two voices of logic and reason: Lydia Cornell (TV’s “Too Close for Comfort”) and veteran broadcaster and liberal gadfly Doug Basham. The hosts’ challenge to you: If you really want to take your country back – join us in taking your media back first. Produced at KLAV-AM in
Las Vegas, you can Call in during the show’s live recording Saturdays at noon ET / 9 am PT via 1-888-898-DOUG (898-3684) or 1-888-28-LYDIA (285-9342).

8:55am ET – The UpBeet Gardener

The UpBeet Gardener is a lifestyle series produced in Kodiak, Alaska. The host is enthusiastic and green-thumbed Marian Owen, bestselling coauthor of “Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul.” Owen mixes fun with science to present entertaining three-minute long pieces celebrating the wonders of plants, offering tips to amateur growers, and promoting the benefits of organic gardening and healthy eating.

9:00am ET – Parents’ Perspective

Parents’ Perspective is an award-winning weekly radio program that focuses on the notion that children are not only everyone’s business; they are everyone’s future. The acclaimed half-hour show features topics as diverse as schools in a stressful time, parents as advocates, stepfamilies, playground safety, risk-taking behavior, toddlers and media, helping children learn to manage money, and what teens want their parents to know and world-renowned, often entertaining experts in such fields as child development, medicine, nutrition, psychiatry, education, sports, social work, child care, and law enforcement provide up to date information and resources. Call the toll-free voice mail phone number (1-800-791-8573) to request copies of shows or lists of further resources.

9:25am ET – Media Minutes

Media Minutes is the longest-running syndicated radio program of its kind focused on media policy and reform. The five-minute report tracks the latest industry
developments, keeps an eye on Washington policy-makers, and talks to the experts and activists dedicated to changing our media environment for the better. Media Minutes is produced by Free Press, a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector.

9:30am ET – The Progressive POV

From the elder statesperson of liberal publishing, The Progressive: current-events commentary on the day’s breaking political news from opinionated and outspoken editor Matthew Rothschild.

9:31am ET – Making Contact

A 29-minute weekly program from the National Radio Project committed to investigative journalism and in-depth critical analysis which goes beyond the breaking news. Utilizing voices and perspectives rarely heard in media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics, the connections between local and global events, and creative possibilities for people to engage in hopeful democratic change.

10:00am ET – Building Bridges

Building Bridges, billed as your community and labor report, is produced and hosted by veteran journalists Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash. The fearless duo presents conversations and interviews featuring newsmakers, activists, politicians and working folks and addressing international labor-related issues from a progressive perspective.

10:30am ET – The Shortwave Report

A weekly half-hour global sampling of news and opinion recorded via shortwave radio and presented by host/producer Dan Roberts of OutFarPress. The informative world-citizen-oriented show features reports from China Radio International, Radio Netherlands, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia and other nations and presents viewpoints and perspectives often missing from US news media.

11:00am ET – TUC Radio

Since 1980, Maria Gilardin’s Time of Useful Consciousness Radio has generated groundbreaking programs on a range of issues spanning the so-called “third-world” debt crisis, Wal-Mart, food distribution, biotechnology, and NAFTA. In recent years this thought-provoking show’s focus is global trade, economics, and democracy with programs showcasing thinkers such as Michael Parenti, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, and Jeremy Rifkin. Gilardin’s TUC Radio continues to report on the untold story: the impact of big corporations on society.

11:27am ET – 420 News

The Drug Truth Network’s daily report shares what it calls “the unvarnished truth” about the nearly 90-year-old drug war as it is waged around the globe. Hosted by DTN producer and reporter Dean Becker, 420 News comes from the studios of KPFT – Radio for Peace in Houston, TX.

11:30am ET – A Nation Deceived

A Nation Deceived is a weekly 30-minute program that presents conversations and updates on the growing movement to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Hosted by Sanjiv Manifest, AND offers news and viewpoints often overlooked by the mainstream media and encourages citizen action.

12:00pm ET – The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, folksinger Michael Johnathon’s Live Audience Program on Grassroots, Folk, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass Artists and more is all about celebrating music and musicians. The sonically sumptuous weekly program features live performances from Lexington, KY, that spotlight established and rising players.

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