Kat's "Kat's Korner: 2010 in music" Ruth's "Ruth's Radio Report: 2010," Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "2010: The Urkel Moment," "2010 in books (Martha & Shirley)," "2010: The Year of Enough," Marcia's "2010 in Page Turners" and Rebecca's "2010 in page turners" and Ann's "10 Best DVDs of 2010" and Stan's "10 Best DVDs of 2010" -- year in review pieces in the community. Also "Terry Gross' new low (Ann, Ava and C.I.)" which documents the fact that women made up only 18% of Terry Gross' guests on Fresh Air in 2010. In addition Kat got in one more review for 2010, "Kat's Korner: Mystic Melanie" -- Kat reviews Melanie's brand new album Ever Since You Never Heard of Me. And Isaiah's comic is below.
Now I want to focus on KPFA's New Morning Show.
First, can Aileen Alfandary be taken off the air? I am tired of it. The New Morning Show has been airing for about three weeks now and we cannot get through the first ten minutes each Monday through Friday episode without Ms. Alfandary being tossed to to do the news and her ending her news segment with a degrading and insulting comment that is not news, that you could stretch and call "editorializing," but that is 100%, absolutely insulting to the people working on the show.
That includes the young man today he read this amazing poem. I will listen again tomorrow and include his name. I was hoping that when it moved to the archives there would be a run down of the guests but there is not one for today. It is here if you would like to listen.
This was a great broadcast. We had that wonderful poem -- and you really need to hear it, the young man is not only an artist with the written word, he did an amazing job reading it -- performing it, in fact.
They did a great segment (recorded) which was they went out on the street and got various opinions on WikiLeaks. On that, I need to own to some prejudice. The first person to speak had a southern twang and I immediately thought, "He is about to rip WikiLeaks apart." He did not. He was one of their strongest defenders. My apologies for my prejudice. I am ashamed of it and embarrassed. But I will be honest and admit to it.
There were so many strong and great segments. It was an hour long -- as opposed to the old two-hour format -- and they had more guests and much, much more diversity in guests and in topics.
I think they are doing an amazing job.
Ms. Alfandary ridicules them as "unpaid staff" and I just think someone needs to tell her, "They are doing a better job than you ever have." I also hope that when the money crisis is over that they are able to pay the rotating hosts they now have because this really is the most interesting program on the radio today.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: