Planet Esrtwild host James Moore speaks with program administrator Tammy Wedjen-Kesterson and Mary Ann Williams of the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children about April Childhood Abuse Prevention Month.
Bill Witherspoon talks about his company Sky Factory at a Fairfield Chamber of Commerce hosted event held at the Pizza Ranch on Burlington.
This Business Before Breakfast monthly event was sponsored by Terry Baker.
[Click on the picture to link to the Sky Factory website.]
The Blue Band will be perform at Fairfield's Second Annual Valentine's Day event at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center to benefit the Jefferson County Health Center Foundation mammography division. That's Saturday February 14 at 8:30pm. For more info: www.jeffersoncountyhealthccenter.org.
Planet Erstwild host James Moore interviews composer and lyricist Charles Bloom about his collaborative efforts with director Randy West and musical director Justin Hill, starring Phantom of the Opera Broadway star Brad Little, for the upcoming Way Off Broadway production of In Full: Bloom. Performances run for two weeks at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa January 15-25.
Bloom discusses growing up in Los Angeles with a father in the business
(screenwriter), his stint as a televison actor, relocating to the Big
Apple, where Broadway lies at his doorstep, his affinity with musical
theater, and some of his compositions, including "To See You Happy,"
that will be featured in the upcoming performances.
[To visit Charles' website, click on his pic.]
James Moore speaks with Sharon Lock of the International Solidarity Movement in Jabaliya, Gaza. On August 23, 2008, along with 44 activists who had gathered in Cyprus, she landed in Gaza in one of the first boats to make it through Israel's sea blockade in 41 years, she told James.
She spent the previous night riding in ambulances helping collect the wounded in and around Jabaliya, a city in the north of Gaza, where heavy fighting has been reported. We spoke with Sharon the day after Israel's Air Force launched its surprise air assault 10 days ago that has now killed over 500 Palestinians and wounded 2500. 5 Israelis have died, 3 civilians and 2 soldiers since Israel launched its offensive.
A post from Sharon's blog: http://talestotell.wordpress.com/
People have asked me if I am frightened. What I am frightened by is the enormity of these events, at how few international eyes there are here to witness them, and that it is hard to imagine how it will end.
Featured on Planet Erstwild this week is a live phone-in interview with Osamah Khalil, a doctoral candidate in US & Middle East History at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on the origins of US foreign policy in the Middle East. He is also a regular contributor to the Electronic Intifada website. We will be discussing his recent piece, "The Dogs of War." Its conclusion:
Caught between this collection of madmen, criminals and fools are the people of Gaza, who have suffered for far too long and have paid an unbelievable price for simply being Palestinian. After more then 30 months of sanctions and siege, many have become desperately poor, living a daily reality of constant terror and deprivation that few can imagine. Yet, in the face of overwhelming cruelty and a conspiracy of silence and indifference they persevere. That they must do so is an
indictment of us all.
Join host James Moore as he attempts to break down this complex subject. Israel is not allowing international journalists into the Gaza Strip.
James Moore speaks with Dr. Eyad Sarraj from his home in Gaza City.
Dr. Sarraj is the founder and president of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program and a commissioner of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights.
Read his recent editorial for the Los Angeles Times titled: Catastrophe in Gaza: An Israeli blockade curtails food, fuel, medicine and travel.
Here's a link to an incredible 1996 NY Times piece on Dr. Sarraj by Anthony Lewis: Darkness in Gaza. His criticism of Yassar Arafat and the Palestinian Authority would land him in jail.
Sharon Lock talks about her arrival in Gaza on a boat from Frankfurt, Germany with 44 activists in the first such landing through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip in 41 years. She reports on the the massive suprise assault by the Israel Air Force which killed over 200 Palestinians and was launched at 11am local time when children we're getting out of school.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is running for the office of prime minister in next month's Israeli national election along with Defense Minister Ehud Barack, said Israel had "no choice" but to mount the assault in response to rocket fire from Hamas into southern Israel, though no Israelis had been killed in the previous six months.
From 2000, when the first rocket was fired from Gaza, to 2008, rocket and mortar fire from Gaza have killed 20 Israelis. [Statistics from the Israel Project (TIP) website, an international non-profit organization, providing journalists and leaders accurate information about the Middle East.]
At 2:15pm, James talks with direct marketing guru Joe Sugarman
from Las Vegas. A top advertising and marketing entrepeneur, Joe will
be in Fairfield Saturday October 4th & 5th at 9am for the launch of
Maui Joe Coffee. He is working in conjunction with local businessman Cliff Rose. James is joined by infomercial indutry pioneer Tim Hawthorne, Chairman and Executive Creative Director of Hawthorne DIrect.
Iowa First Lady Mari Culver talks about her upcoming visit to Fairfield with Around Town host Melinda Arndt. The wife of Governor Chet Culver will keynote a SEVA-sponsored luncheon fundraiser for the Ottumwa Crisis Center and Women's Shelter at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center on Thursday October 2nd.
For reservations, visit SEVA's website at www.sevafairfield.org, or call Coralie at 472-7148.
Donations to the Ottumwa Crisis Center may be sent c/o SEVA, P.O. Box 1564, Fairfield, IA or online at www.sevafairfield.org.
Dave "The Shef" Sheffield speaks with James Moore about his upcoming visit to Fairfield where he will speak at the International Toastmasters 2008 Fall Evaluation & Humorous Contest. "The Shef" cooks up exciting management and motivational recipes for audiences of all sizes. He is the co-author of three books and travels extensively giving motivational speeches and seminars.
[Click on Dave's pic to go to his website.]
Holocaust memoirist, Dr. Vernon Katz, discusses his recently-released book, The Blue Salon and Other Follies, about growing up in the 1930s in rural Lippe in the shadow of Nazi Germany.
Terry Allen, senior health editor for In These Times, discusses the upcoming Supreme Court case of Vermont musician Diana Levine, who lost her arm in a drug-related mishap and won a $6.8 million settlement from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. If the Supreme Court overturns the verdict and accepts a new "preemption" doctrine for FDA-approved pharmaceuticals (slipped into the preamble of a bill in 2006), her case may "immunize Big Pharma" from liability, a trend that has been pushed by pro-corporate tort reform Republican lawmakers.
[Click pic for link to NY Times' feature.]
Civil rights attorney Bill Simpich, who writes for Truthout.org, discusses with Planet Erstwild host James Moore the anthrax investigations in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, finally underway this week, seven years later.
Planet Erstwild host James Moore interviews Thomas Frank on Fri Sept 12th at 2:30pm. Frank is author of The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, and best-sellers What’s the Matter with Kansas? and One Market Under God. A weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank has done recent interviews with Bill Moyers, Terry Gross, and Amy Goodman, among others. He's at Prairie Lights in Iowa City Sunday at 2pm.