Indigo Radio Episodes
Indigo Radio host Mikaela Simms talks with organizers from MOCHA - a movement working to improve the health of men of color in Springfield, MA. Thanks to Hank, Lamont, and David for joining us in our Brattleboro studio and sharing with us all the work you are doing in your community.
For this show, we look at the commodification of natural resources through talking about the history of dams and the current uses of rivers for electricity. We are joined by Kathy Urfer, River Steward for the CT River Conservancy, and Joe Frigo, Science teacher and former Trout Unlimited employee.
Hosts Nik & Anna discuss privatization and mass incarceration - we will be airing interviews with Bianca Tylek from the Corrections Accountability Project at the Urban Justice Center in NYC and Nico Amador at ACLU-Vermont. We cover Vermonters move to a CoreCivic privately owned prison in Mississippi that happened early October, prison slave labor, the criminalization of the poor, and divestment.
hosts Cory & Anna talk Patriarchy, analyze the #metoo movement, and air voices from the men's rally last week organized as a protest against Kavanaugh and in support of survivors. We will also be joined in the studio by local community member Brad Heck who is working to organize local men to action.
The United States continues to legitimize the dominant narrative of the legacy of colonialism. For this Indigenous People's Day weekend Nik and Nina discuss the legacy of colonialism that began with an invasion of the Americas, what it means to betray our ancestors, and resistance against colonialism over time.
Hosts Kelly and Anna take a look at methadone, addiction and recovery for the hour. We are joined by Dr. Rashiah Elam who works in a methadone clinic outside of NYC and local Brattleboro community member, Jed Popp talks about his own process of recovery. We also discuss the private ownership of Methadone clinics by Bain Capital- the Boston based investment firm, profiting off of disease, and what people need for recovery.
We give an update on the nationwide prison strike which has been ongoing since August 21st. August 21st is also the anniversary of the murder of George Jackson in San Quentin prison in Marin County, California. We will get a brief update on the strike from Amani Sawari, who joined us last month on Indigo Radio to talk about the prison strike and prison divestment, and then we will speak with Paul Wright, the Director of Human Rights Defense Center and the Editor of Prison Legal News who will discuss the prison conditions and slavery in the US.
Across the world thousands of people fighting for political freedom are disappeared every year. In this particular show we will be talking about the disappeared in Syria. Dani Qappani, a Syrian from Moadamiyat el Sham in the countryside of Damascus, who now works with the Syria Network for Human Rights, and Mahmoud Nawwar, a Palestinian Syrian writer and journalist, who himself was a prisoner of the Syrian government during this prolonged conflict will be joining us.
Today on Indigo Radio, we replayed a part of the show on panhandling that aired in October 2017. During this show, we discussed the nature of homelessness and panhandling in Brattleboro and the United States. Also on this show was a discussion with Nik and Becca about upcoming community events in Brattleboro, the first being Opposing the Criminalization of Poverty this Wednesday (Aug 29) and Thursday (Aug 30) their will be a film showing of The Prison in 12 Landscapes.
Hosts Maresa and Anna have District 2 Town Reps -HB Lozito and Daniel Quipp in the studio to talk about the structure of our town governance, local politics and why they matter. We discuss what are ways people can get involved locally in pushing for change in their community and how this connects to national and global struggles.
Hosts Cory and Anna air an interview with Amani Sawari, who works on behalf of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak - a group of incarcerated prison rights activists that have called for a national strike Aug 21 - Sept 9th - Hear about why they have called the strike, conditions in US prisons, the legacy of George Jackson, how people on the outside can help and more.
On August 6 seventy-three years ago the US dropped two atomics bombs, one on Hiroshima and another on Nagasaki. What is less known are the criminal testing and human experimentation in the 1960's on the people of the Marshall Islands. The US dropped one Hiroshima atomic bomb PER DAY for 12 years in the 1960's on the Marshall Islands and used the people as guinea pigs to see the effects of radiation on humans. Randy Kehler will talk about his work as a war tax resister and the economic realities of nuclear weapons and nuclear war.
Indigo Radio spends the hour with award-winning poets Martín Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt. Espada, is the 2018 Ruth Lilly Award winner - one of the most prestigious awards given to an American poet, Espada is the first Latino poet to win the award. Espada and Schmidt talk about their work, teaching, and how to use poetry to critically examine and talk about the world.
Nurses are on strike across the nation because they are not paid well and are overworked. Right here in Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Retreat nurses are gearing up for a strike on July 3 for similar reasons. They had an informational picket last Tuesday at the Brattleboro Commons. Today we will speak with Edward Dowd, a nurse at the Brattleboro Retreat and the Vice President of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals and Lu Hawkins, biologist, educator and a nurse's assitant who used to work at the Retreat. We will also tie these struggles to workers in general in the United States and a recent report by Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston who said, “The United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries…. The consequences of neglecting poverty and promoting inequality are clear. The United States has one of the highest poverty and inequality levels among the OECD countries….But in 2018 the United States had over 25 per cent of the world’s 2,208 billionaires. There is thus a dramatic contrast between the immense wealth of the few and the squalor and deprivation in which vast numbers of Americans exist.”
This is a rebroadcast of the show on U.S. imperialism in Central America, a conversation left out of the immigration "debate." U.S. imperialism in Central and South America dates back to the early 1800s and it has continued unabated and perhaps has intensified recently. We have a conversation with Laura Jean Embree-Lowry of Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).
Mikaela Simms and Maresa Nielson interview local parents, educators, and activists Angela Berkfield, Lana Dever, and Bessie Jones about talking to children about difficult topics. They confront the adage, "developmentally appropriate" and discuss teaching whiteness, bringing up issues when they don't arise naturally, and what they wish they had been taught as children.
In this show, we discussed Jewish solidarity with Palestine. Mel Motel, Jewish Brattleboro community member, educator and activist, as well as Joe Levine, UMASS professor of Philosophy and organizer with Western Mass Jewish Voice for Peace. Listen as they share experiences growing up Jewish and how thoughts and actions have been shaped by new experiences. They now stand in solidarity with Palestine.
Today we’re talking about early childhood in Vermont and beyond. And it’s Mother’s Day, so we want to give a shout out to all the mothers out there working nonstop to love and nurture our children. This past Friday, too, was Provider Appreciation Day--- where we, like Mother’s Day, took ONE official DAY to say thank-you to our childcare providers who work tirelessly, often without livable wages, to care for our children. Our two guests on the show, Kay Curtis and Billie Slade, are both mothers and providers and we’re looking forward to talking with them today.