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Update from the U.S. Mexico Border
Update from the U.S. Mexico Border
Kelly Juno just came back from the U.S.-Mexico border where she volunteered on the Mexico side to support migrants. Joining Indigo Radio is Jonathan Donald Jenner, who works with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and other organizations around Western Massachusetts. He also just returned from the border.
Children's Play and the Construction of Gender
Children's Play and the Construction of Gender
Today we discuss gender. As human beings, we are assigned a gender, most of the time before we are even born. The gender that we are assigned at birth has real social implications as we grow up with increasing pressure to fit into the boxes created for both men and women, girls and boys, and for what? What is the purpose of the construction of gender, how is gender enforced, how do we learn and teach about gender in order to build a better world? We spoke with, Afsaneh Moradian, an author and educator in Oaxaca, Mexico. We were also joined in studio by educator and activist Carly Fox.
From the SOA Watch Border Encuentro
From the SOA Watch Border Encuentro
Report back from the School of America's Border Encuentro, November 16-18, in solidarity with those disappeared, murdered and imprisoned by border patrol and ICE. To learn more about US militarization and struggles along the US/Mexico border, we interviewed SOA Watch organizers Dévora Gonzalez and María Luisa.
49th National Day of Mourning
49th National Day of Mourning
Indigo Radio attended National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, MA, organized by United American Indians of New England. This show presents Indigenous Speakers from the 49th National Day of Mourning event, including a letter written by political prisoner Leonard Peltier, read by Indigenous Elder Bert Waters.
Yemen - the US backed Saudi war & humanitarian crisis
Yemen - the US backed Saudi war & humanitarian crisis
"What I want to say to America..They have the power to stop Saudi Arabia" - Somia Elrowmeim We spend the hour on Yemen - we are joined by activists Somia Elrowmeim and Isaac Evans-Franz in NYC to discuss the humanitarian crisis and the US backed Saudi war in Yemen. Image by Ahmed Jahaf - Yemeni graphic designer and artist
Veterans Day 2018
Veterans Day 2018
In the tradition of Armistice Day, we interviewed Kourtney Andar from Veterans for Peace to discuss soldiers resistance to imperialist wars and the militarization of society.
MOCHA Springfield
MOCHA Springfield
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.
Dams and Commodification of Rivers: Part 1
Dams and Commodification of Rivers: Part 1
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.
Prison Privatization, Prison Labor, and Divestment
Prison Privatization, Prison Labor, and Divestment
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.
Patriarchy, Capitalism, and the #metoo Movement
Patriarchy, Capitalism, and the #metoo Movement
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 Legacy of Colonialism and Resistance
The Legacy of Colonialism and Resistance
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.
Conversation on Methadone, Addiction and Recovery
Conversation on Methadone, Addiction and Recovery
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.
National Prison Strike Update and Attica
National Prison Strike Update and Attica
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.
The Disappeared: Syria's Prisons and US Imperialism
The Disappeared: Syria's Prisons and US Imperialism
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.
Opposing The Criminalization Of Poverty
Opposing The Criminalization Of Poverty
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.
Local Politics, Town Hall Meeting
Local Politics, Town Hall Meeting
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.
National Prison Strike
National Prison Strike
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.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Marshall Islands and Resistance
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Marshall Islands and Resistance
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.
Poetry, Teaching and Resistance
Poetry, Teaching and Resistance
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.
Amazon Strike and Boycott
Amazon Strike and Boycott
Amazon Strike and Boycott by Indigo Radio
Foster Care, Eugenics, and Separation of Families - Part 2
Foster Care, Eugenics, and Separation of Families - Part 2
Nik and Maresa discuss the connections among the foster care system, eugenics, criminalization of the poor, and separation of migrant families.
Nurses on Strike
Nurses on Strike
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.”
REBROADCAST: US Imperialism Central America
REBROADCAST: US Imperialism Central America
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).
Indigo Radio - Identity 6.17
Indigo Radio - Identity 6.17
Today on the show, we discussed the ways in which we have been taught individualism and how do we see ourselves and our "identities" as historical. Can our identity be used as a tool of liberation and where do we go from here?
Age Appropriateness
Age Appropriateness
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.
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Started
Jun 23rd, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 9th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
68
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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