Past "RADIO with a VIEW" Show Rundowns

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December 27, 2009

Semi-Annual XMAS SEX Show

Marc and Dave plus guests KIM AIRS of Grand Opening! and PHIL HARVEY of Adam and Eve and DKT International together for our almost annual XMAS SEX program. Irreverent and fun, we'll be discussing the economic impact on the sex toy industry and other seminal issues.

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December 20, 2009

JOHN PERKINS, author of "Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World's Financial Markets Imploded."

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

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December 13, 2009

We're hearing lot's of frustration and disappointment from peace activists these days as the administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan. So what motivates the Commander In Chief and makes the President tick? We discussed this with journalist and author SASHA ABRAMSKY. His new book is called "Inside Obama's Brain."

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra leader MARK HARVEY joined us to discuss the band's 37th annual Christmas concert, including a new composition in tribute to storyteller Brother Blue.

ANTHONY ARNOVE, author, editor, producer, and activist (bottom, right) visited by phone to discuss the premier of Howard Zinn's "The People Speak." [History Channel, 8pm, Sun. 12/13/09]


December 06, 2009

Linda Nathan, author ("The Hardest Questions Aren't On The Test: Lessons From An Innovative Boston School") and Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy.

Sound and fury from anti-war rallies in response to the US troop surge to Afghanistan.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.


November 29, 2009

Marc goes solo for the holidaze...

Activist, author, and Distinguished Research Fellow with the think tank DEMOS, LINDA TARR-WHELAN, (pictured right) joins Marc for a discussion on women and political and social leadership. Her new book is called "Women Lead The Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World."


November 22, 2009

John F. Kennedy assassinated 46 years ago... JAMES DOUGLASS, peace activist and author, "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" joins us by phone. [review]

More of the usual jibber jabber about politics and stuff including Sarah Palin on tour and the meaning of capitalism and democracy in China.



November 15, 2009

Political and human rights activist/analyst and author BARBARA EHRENREICH (right), joined us from her home in Virginia. Her new book is called "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America."

The usual jibber jabber about politics and stuff including Nancy Pelosi at Harvard, the disappointment that is the Democratic Party, and WGBH goes all news...

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.


November 08, 2009

WMBR Cambridge Annual BEG - A - THON! Thanks to everyone who helped and pledged their support to the station and community radio.



November 01, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winning writer, TRACY KIDDER (right, top), author of the new book "Strength In What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness."

Halloween Politics Mix...   <-- stream

[No "Grace Notes" this week as Grace Ross runs for Worcester (MA) City Council]

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Excerpt of MALALAI JOYA (right, bottom) speech - she's an elected member of the Afghan Parliament, suspended from her position for criticizing warlords and drug lords. Plus sounds and voices from the monthly "Critical Mass" gathering in Copley Square and protests against the BU medical Center's Emerging Infectious Diseases Lab (level-4 Bio-Lab).


October 25, 2009

DR. ROBERT MCNULTY, Bentley University, Program Director, Center for Business Ethics, and founder Applied Ethics Group, described his recent trip to Afghanistan.

Recorded excerpts from a symposium at Harvard law School with ZOYA of the Afghan democracy group RAWA, and UNH Professor MARC HEROLD, who has been tracking Afghan casualties since 2001.

Mix of sounds and voices from the Boston Under Water Festival event; part of the Global Day of Climate Action.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.


October 18, 2009

PHILIP SEGO, Political Chair of the MA chapter of the Sierra Club and a supporter of expanding the state "bottle bill."

RAWA member "ZOYA speaks on the human consequences of war in Afghanistan.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.



October 11, 2009

Author and DEMOS Senior Research Fellow RICH BENJAMIN, "Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America." ["In These Times" interview]

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Sounds and voices from the HONK! Fest 2009. Open Media Boston coverage here.


October 04, 2009

Artist, educator, puppeteer, and trombone player JOHN BELL, joined us in the studio to promote this year's upcoming HONK Festival in Somerville and Cambridge, MA. 

Sounds and voices from the "March and Rally for JOBS! Thursday, October 1, 2009 - details here and more here."

Stand-up comic and editor/writer for The Onion, BARATUNDE THURSTON (right, bottom), on politics, tweeting, and who's more dangerous: Sarah Palin or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - More sounds and voices from the JOBS NOT GREED! March and Rally in Boston. Open Media Boston full coverage.

Labor Rally - marchers

AFL-CIO - Bob Haynes


September 27, 2009

ANTHONY FLINT (right, top), author of "Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City." [Publisher's Page]

City Year co-founder, and "Be The Change" CEO, ALAN KHAZEI (right, bottom), declares he's running for the open U.S. Senate seat - following the death of Ted Kennedy - and calls for "big citizenship."

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Singer/Songwriter and activist DAVID ROVICS joined us on the phone.


September 20, 2009

University of Delaware Assistant Professor of History and author DAVID SUISMAN spoke to us on his new book, "Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music."

We featured more excerpts from the Open Media Boston / I.B.I.S. Radio sponsored PUBLIC FORUM with the At-Large Candidates for Boston City Council.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - MASS-CARE Executive Director Ben Day on the health care financing debate plus immigrant advocates (right, bottom) push for citizenship reform.

Photo by Jesse Kirdahy, 2009


September 13, 2009

Dr. JILL STEIN (right, top), founder of the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities and former Green-Rainbow candidate for the office of MA Governor (2002) and Secretary of State (2006) joined us in-studio to talk about the "Voter Choice Campaign." [On the Web]

Excerpts from the Open Media Boston / I.B.I.S. Radio sponsored PUBLIC FORUM with the At-Large Candidates for Boston City Council.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Stand-up comics JANET CORMIER and DEB FARRAR-PARKMAN of "Color Struck: Women of Color in Comedy."

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Photo by Jason Pramas. 2009


September 06, 2009

Marc and David ruminate about all those ignorant haters who would like to return the United States to a time in history when men were men, women were women, and children worked in factories from sunrise to sunset...

Happy Labor Day!

GEORGE MANN joined us by phone to talk about the loss of his friend and collaborator, veteran labor organizer, editor, and singer JULIUS MARGOLIN. [website]

HARTLEY PLESHAW, Bread and Roses Festival organizer talked about this year's 25th anniversary music and labor festival in Lawrence, MA, site of the 1912 "Bread and Roses" strike.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Gioia de Cari, actress, singer, and playwright, whose new play opens at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge on Sept. 10th. "TRUTH VALUES: One Girl's Romp Through MIT's Male math Maze."


August 30, 2009

Both Marc and David away...HAITI FOCUS goes 4 hours!!



August 23, 2009

Marc flies solo as David travels...

FRED HERTZ, attorney and author of "Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, and Civil Unions."


August 16, 2009

David reported on the housing foreclosure crisis as activists with City Life/Vida Urbana [site] call on banks to sell distressed properties to non-profit cooperatives.

A report on Venezuelan government attempts to stifle the press in that country... or is it their way of democratizing citizen access to the media? The truth is hard to come by in this situation. We speak with author and scholar, GREG WILPERT, in New York City, and grad student and radio documentarian WHITNEY EULICH, from Caracas.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Part Two of our conversation with peace activist JEFF KLEIN on his trip to Egypt and Gaza with the Viva-Palestina aid convoy.

One opinion...

Melonie Griffiths, City Life


August 09, 2009

Truth and reconciliation and the lack thereof in Uganda was the topic as we spoke with author and journalist ANDREW RICE. His new book is called "The Teeth May Smile, But The Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda."

PAUL KANTNER, of the Jefferson Airplane and Starship, joined us to talk about his music, playing with much younger performers, and yes, that 40 year old dinosaur, "Woodstock!"

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Part One of our conversation with peace activist JEFF KLEIN on his trip to Egypt and Gaza with the Viva-Palestina aid convoy.


August 02, 2009

ROBERT ALVAREZ, Institute for Policy Studies Senior Scholar on nuclear energy, nuclear weapons policy, and North Korea.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Sounds and topics include a Birthday Rally for Medicare and a clip of an interview with Actresses Marla and Angela Gibbs. (Right, Marla gibbs with Dave Goodman)

Photo by Elise Filo. © Elise Filo 2009


July 26, 2009

DICK LEHR, (right, top) journalist and author ("The Fence") joined us in a discussion of race and class and police psychology related to th arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates.

We hosted a discussion on the raise in the federal minimum wage as well as Congressional debate and action on the proposed Employee Free Choice Act. ARIEL JACOBSON joined us in the studio; she's the Associate for Economic Justice, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. While LAURY HAMMEL, businessman and supporter of the organization Business for Shared Prosperity, spoke with us on the phone.

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross

 "Makes W I D E Turns" - Sounds and topics include a Governor's Town Hall Meeting at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury and a reminder of how inarticulate the last U.S. president was.


July 19, 2009

LARRY TYE, journalist and author of the new biography on Leroy "Satchel" Paige, discussed baseball, American history, and arguably the greatest athlete to ever grace a ball field. [Washington Post review here]

News Feature:  Local activists (Paul Brailsford of Vets for Peace and Layla Cable pictured, bottom right) demonstrate support for an aid convoy to Gaza. [Open Media Boston story here]

GRACE NOTES with Grace Ross

"Makes W I D E Turns" - Activists with the Mass Senior Action Council rally to save their state financed prescription drug benefits, on behalf of nurses, and to state that seniors need help! [Open Media Boston story here] Plus a commentary on the pitfalls for journalists of covering partisan and emotionally charged issues; such as abortion and the Middle East...


Photo Copyright: Elizabeth Washburn, 2009


July 12, 2009



In Concert

Recorded at the First Parish UU Church
in Harvard Square, Cambridge, June 19, 2009

FRED SMALL, singer-songwriter, activist, lawyer, and Senior Minister of the First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard Square performs some of his most beloved songs in the Church's annual fundraising concert. He's joined by ROSI and BRIAN AMADOR of Sol Y Canto along with their twin daughters Sonia and Alisa.

This was an exclusive broadcast heard on WMBR 88.1 FM and "RADIO with a VIEW." 


July 05, 2009

2009 Annual "Agit-Prop" / DECLARATION of INTER-dependence program. voices include Cindy Sheehan, Dahr Jamail, and Josh Steiber. Plus lots of great musak...

Grace Notes with Grace Ross.


June 28, 2009

His new book is called "Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home," and Marc and David had the great pleasure of hosting veteran union organizer and journalist STEVE EARLY (right, top).

News reports on efforts to support a "public option" in the health care reform packages before Congress and president Obama, and Boston Globe reporters speak out about their labor situation with the New York Times.

Grace Notes with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - a conversation with National Journal staff correspondent and author PAUL STAROBIN, (right, bottom) whose new book is called "After America: Narratives for The Next Global Age."


June 21, 2009

Marc and David together again... with their guests:

SUZANNE GORDON, (right, top) Journalist, Visiting Professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing, and author of seven books on nursing and healthcare. We discussed the new "Super-Union" of nurses.

DICK LEHR, (right, center) Boston University Journalism professor, former Boston Globe writer, and investigative reporter, DICK LEHR, visited our studio to talk about his new book: "The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide."

WALTER V. ROBINSON, (right, bottom) Northeastern University Journalism professor and former Editor of the Pulitzer winning Globe Spotlight team, joined us on the phone to help evaluate the current labor/ownership negotiations between the New York Times Company and Boston Globe unions and to offer a prognosis for investigative journalism.

Grace Notes with Grace Ross.

"Makes W I D E Turns" - today featuring clips from Hearing of Joint Task Force on Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification including George Noel, Director, MA Dept of Labor, Suzanne Bump, Secretary of Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Alisa Martinez, affected immigrant worker (with translator), and Robert Haynes, President, MA AFL-CIO.


June 14, 2009

Marc still in Europe; David goes solo again...

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, media critic and author, Part two.

Boston Community Reporter's Project Correspondent Chuck U Rosina reported on the Corporation 20/20 "2nd Summit on the Future of the Corporation."

GREG GRANDIN, Professor of History, New York University, Latin America scholar, and author: "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City."

Makes W I D E Turns - today featuring a report on a demonstration held last week by a number of activists from organizations working on economic democracy issues, workers rights, health care, etc., and the international ramifications of the global economic implosion. Plus ALEXA BRADLEY, Associate Director of the Grassroots Policy Project, on "Common Security Clubs."

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June 07, 2009

Marc traveling; David solo... including ruminations about graduations, platitudes from Deval Patrick, and Obama's visit with the Al-Sauds.

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, social and media critic, author, and documentary filmmaker visits to talk about his most recent book: "LIFE, Inc: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back."

Grace Notes with Grace Ross.

How the World Became
a Corporation and How to
Take it Back


May 31, 2009

KIP TIERNAN, for decades of or Boston's most recognizable and persistent anti-poverty activists joined Marc to discuss her "Moral Witness to the Injustice of Poverty and Hunger." Details here

Anthropologist and author, HELENA NORBERG-HODGE, on the consequences of unchecked "globalization" and "capitalist manifest destiny."

Grace Notes with Grace Ross.

Makes W I D E Turns - today featuring part one of our story about the JP Green House and author, activist Bill McKibben.


May 24, 2009



May 17, 2009



May 10, 2009



May 3, 2009



April 26, 2009



April 19, 2009

David traveling; Marc solo...

Labor Activist and author/journalist JANE LATOUR...

CHESTER HARTMAN, urban planner and author on Obama’s first 100 days... Hartman serves as Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C. and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies...

Grace Notes with Grace Ross.



April 12, 2009

This year, Pacifica Radio, the nation's oldest non-commercial broadcast network, celebrates 60 years of news, arts, and culture presented in a sometimes radical, always unconventional manner. But for years, perhaps every year in its existence, there have been power struggles and financial hardships. MITCHELL COHEN, Chair of the Local Station Board at Pacifica's New York City station, WBAI, updates on the situation there.

JOE GERSON and RACHEL WILLIAMS joined us to discuss U.S. foreign policy and the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. They will join BU Professor Andrew Bacevich on April 30th in Milton, MA for a public forum on these subjects.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


April 05, 2009

This month the Dramashop at MIT presents "Antiretrovirals and Water Refugees: A Living Newspaper On Haiti." We spoke with MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies scholar, lecturer and "Antiretrovirals" Director JOHN BELL.

Art is political, so we continud the show with visual artist and feminist writer KATE MILLETT, (right, bottom) whose show "Oppression and Pleasure" at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, MA has been called "nuanced and provocative."

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.

Photo: Jason Pramas


March 29, 2009

The world premiere of the one-man play “The Buddha In His Own Words” debuts in Boston at the Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, before moving to the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre in Central Square. We had playwright and actor EVAN BRENNER in the studio. (right, top)

Again helping us take an accounting of the economy and the Obama administration policy towards same, was SUNY Stonybrook Professor of Economics and Center for the Study of Working Class Life Director MICHAEL ZWEIG. (right, bottom)

--> In this week's Makes W I D E Turns, Bolivian democracy activist JIM SHULTZ on globalization and the South American water wars. (speech recorded 3.13.09 at Jamaica Plain Forum)

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


March 22, 2009

RICK WEISSBOURD, Psychologist, Harvard Grad. School of Education, and author, "The Parents We Mean To Be: how well-intentioned adults undermine children's moral and emotional development.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


March 15, 2009

Interfaith Worker Justice, based in Chicago, has launched a new website that should interest all workers: "Can My Boss Do That?" dot com. We spoke to ANNE JANKS, the coordinator of this new clearinghouse for labor and workplace rights information.

FAHIMA VORGETTS (right, middle), Director of the Afghan Women's Fund of the Women for Afghan Women organization on the social, political, and human rights status of women (and their families) in Afghanistan.

DONNA BARANSKI-WALKER (right, bottom), Rebuilding Alliance Executive Director and host for Combatants for Peace "Courage of Conscience" Tour of the U.S., on the challenge of convincing Americans to view reconciliation as an alternative to taking sides in the Palestinian - Israeli conflict.

PhotoCredit: Samantha Chalmers


March 08, 2009

Independent Journalist DAHR JAMAIL (right, top), author of the 2007 book, "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq," joined Marc and David in the studio. He was in the Boston area to talk about his latest trip to Iraq, where conditions for the Iraqi people, he found, are "apocalyptic."

David reported on the "Combatants for Peace" Tour featuring former Palestinian fighter, BASSAM ARAMIN (right, bottom), and former Israeli Army Commando, YANIV RASHEF (right, middle). Their speaking tour culminated in Sherborn, MA, where they received the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


[Photos by David Goodman for I.B.I.S. Radio and Open Media Boston dot org ]


March 01, 2009




February 08, 2009



February 01, 2009

Economics, Quaker spirituality, and the environment blend into a sustainable solution in PETER BROWN's (right) book, "Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy." The McGill University Professor joined us by phone.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


January 25, 2009

Economics and the inauguration of Barack Obama dominated the show this week.

Guests included: Author and Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director KIM BOBO (right). Her new book is called "Wage Theft in America."

Activists and organizers MEIZHU LUI, DEDRICK MUHAMMAD, and AMAAD RIVERA discuss the racial wealth divide (recorded Jan. 23, 2009 at Jamaica Plain Forum).

And Cambridge, MA teacher's aide (and NEA union member) BOBBY TRAVERS live in the studio to discuss his trip to D.C. for the inauguration ceremonies.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


January 18, 2009

PETER SCHUMANN, artist, puppeteer, baker, founder and impresario of the Bread and Puppet Theater, joined us via phone from Vermont. Publicist Mary Curtin helped us give away tickets to listeners for the 2009 Bread and Puppet Sourdough Philosophy Spectacle and Circus.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.

[Photo by David Goodman for I.B.I.S. Radio and Open Media Boston dot org ]


January 11, 2009

Israel's invasion of Gaza and onslaught against Hamas continues to lead to a devastating humanitarian crisis there. Israel justifies the war and occupation, in part, as a response to mortar shells fired on settlements from the Gazan side. Israeli historian and MIT Fellow, Prof. ANAT BILETZKI joined us in the studio along with Swiss researcher JOHANNES HAUSHOFER (on the phone) to discuss findings from a study they conducted looking at the frequency of mortar attacks and and whichj side fires first following lulls in the fighting.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.


January 04, 2009

David solo...

NANCY MURRAY (right), Director of Education, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, joins the show by phone to discuss the campaign to educate the public about government surveillance technologies and its implications for privacy and civil rights.

"Grace Notes" with Grace Ross.