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Reclaim Out History: April 1-15

By • on March 30, 2013 at 7:52 am

Apr. 1, 1932: Five hundred school children with haggard faces and tattered clothes, parade through Chicago’s downtown to Board of Education offices to demand the school system provide them with food. Now Mayor Rahm is taking away their schools. 1949: Untelevised birth of Gil Scott-Heron.

Apr. 2, 1980: Pres. Jimmy Carter signs the “Windfall Profits Oil Tax.” How times have changed… 1982: President Reagan authorizes broad powers for federal government to withhold public information on “national security” grounds. His was the most secretive administration until Li’l George took office; his predilection for hiding shit has been exceeded only by our current Great Leader.

Apr. 4, 1979: Pakistan: Another benevolent US ally, Pres. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, father of Benazir, hanged for ordering murder of three political opponents while in office, Rawalpindi.

Apr. 5, 1981: Stating the Obvious Dept: Pres. Ronald Reagan is declared a public moron, Berkeley, California.

Apr. 6, 1917: US enters World War I, declares war on Germany; 56 Congresspeople oppose US entry. Pres. Woodrow Wilson, re-elected on an antiwar platform, does an about face. Thousands of Americans are suddenly declared “anti-American,” considered “traitors” for opposing US entry into a war that will leave 10 million dead. Thousands are jailed, harassed, tarred and feathered, lynched, forced to get on their knees and kiss the American flag, castrated or killed, etc., by such outstanding icons of “patriotic” virtue as the American Legion–basically for maintaining the original antiwar position which got Wilson elected President. The government, police, and vigilantes across the nation destroy printing presses, labor halls and offices, burn books and papers, all for the “War for Democracy,” a war which was to end all wars. Yep.

Apr. 7, 1927: First televised political demonstration occurs. The revolution, however, is not televised. 1948: World Health Organization (WHO) formed in Geneva, with the stated goal of making health care available to everyone in the world by the year 2000. Keep trying. 1970: California Gov. Ronald Reagan, displaying the empathy and humanism that would later mark him as one of the great political leaders of the 20th century, announces his attitude towards student civil rights activists, dissenters, and Vietnam War protestors: “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with.”

Apr. 8, 1885: Troops invade Panama to “protect US interests.” Heh, heh. 1956: Six recruits at Paris Island Marine Base (South Carolina) drown when their drill instructor, Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon, disciplined them for “minor disorderliness” by marching them into a tidal swamp. The few, the proud, the jarheads.

Apr. 9, 1874: Muckleshoot Indian Reservation established. (The casino and amphitheatre came much later.)

Apr. 11, 1938: Richard Whitney, five-term president of the New York Stock Exchange, sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for grand larceny. Where is that judge today when we need him?

Apr. 12, 1900: American Empire begins in earnest as Puerto Rico is surrendered to the US military authority with the Foraker Law (Organic Act of 1900), establishing civil government and “free” commerce between the island and US.

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KEXP “Eat the Airwaves” Program Notes, March 30, 2013

By • on March 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

Kitchen Notes: Previous ETA program notes are archived below, under “Columns.” Also, due to the new paywall, we are no longer linking to Seattle Times stories in our notes. Miss this week’s show? It’s now archived at http://www.hotpotatomedia.com/eta/033013et.mp3. Each week, you can listen to Eat the Airwaves live, from 8:30-9:00 AM Saturdays on KEXP 90.3 [...]

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The Thin Red Line

By • on March 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The massive rezoning in South Lake Union, necessary to help Paul Allen make his next billion, is telling us a lot about both Seattle City Council and the forces that its members respond to in making their decisions. The upzoning – the largest in Seattle in many years – was already passed in early March; [...]

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KEXP “Eat the Airwaves” Program Notes, March 23, 2013

By • on March 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Kitchen Notes: Previous ETA program notes are archived below, under “Columns.” Also, due to the new paywall, we are no longer linking to Seattle Times stories in our notes. Miss this week’s show? It’s now archived at http://hotpotatomedia.com/eta/032313et.mp3 Each week, you can listen to Eat the Airwaves live, from 8:30-9:00 AM Saturdays on KEXP 90.3 [...]

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Reclaim Our History – March 16-31

By • on March 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Special “Free Tibet” Edition March 16, 2008: In Sichuan province, rioters and police clash in response to March 15 riots in Lhasa which left 18 civilians dead. In Ngawa county, traditionally Tibetan, monks stage protest, kill a policeman and set fire to several police vans. In response, 30 protesters are shot dead. Four hundred protesters [...]

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KEXP “Eat the Airwaves” Program Notes, March 16, 2013

By • on March 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Kitchen Notes: Previous ETA program notes are archived below, under “Columns.” Also, due to the new paywall, we are no longer linking to Seattle Times stories in our notes. Miss the show? It’s now archived at http://www.hotpotatomedia.com/eta/031613et.mp3. Each week, you can listen to Eat the Airwaves live, from 8:30-9:00 AM Saturdays on KEXP 90.3 FM [...]

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KEXP “Eat the Airwaves” Program Notes – March 9, 2013

By • on March 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

Maria and Geov are starting an experiment of combining and posting our program notes from each week’s “Eat the Airwaves” KEXP show here at ETS! (These will include our notes for news items we don’t have time to get to on air.) This requires a certain amount of initiative on our part – and it’s [...]

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Sequestration in WA

By • on March 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Here is the White House summary of impact of sequestration on Washington state. It’s a staggeringly high price to pay for the latest tantrum by our modern-day Know Nothing Party.

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Reclaim Our History Mar. 1-16

By • on March 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Mar. 1, 1847: Michigan becomes first state to abolish death penalty. 1875: Civil Rights Bill enacted by US Congress gives blacks the rights to equal treatment in public places and transport. Yeah, right. 1907: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) strike Portland, Oregon sawmills. 1954: First H-bomb test, Bikini Atoll, South Pacific. Over 7,000 square [...]

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