As many of you know, I’m a veteran of the US Marine Corps, who turned around while on active duty (1969-73). I work with some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at our university, Purdue University North Central in Westville, IN, in the northwest part of Indiana, just below Lake Michigan.
One of the young vets I work with, Vince Emanuele, now has a weekly, two hour-long radio show, which he calls Veterans Unplugged. (The program has its own web site at www.veteransunplugged.com). Veterans Unplugged airs 6-8 pm, Central time, each Tuesday, with veterans’ information and news head lines until about 6:45, when the interviews start. He is getting some fascinating guests on every week, and he’s coming from a pro-veteran, pro-labor, and anti-empire point of view. He had Derrick Jensen on last week — one of the most important ecological thinkers anywhere — and has interviews with people like Michael Parenti, Ward Churchill, Dahr Jamail, and Noam Chomsky already scheduled. The show, on WIMS-AM 1420 in Michigan City, IN, can be heard live, and it is also live-streamed over the Internet, so it can be heard around the world, at www.wimsradio.com. (Past shows are archived in the station’s “Audio Vault,” available online: go into the vault and click on “Veterans Unplugged” to listen to past shows.)
Vince asks provocative questions, and then gets out of the way of his interviewee. In other words, he wants each person on the show to talk about their work and their thinking in great detail — no 30 second sound bites here! Listening to his show allows us to hear major thinkers talk about their work at length, prodded by someone who wants that detail.
This week’s guest (Tuesday, September 6) is Gene Bruskin, one of the national co-coordinators of US Labor Against the War (USLAW). USLAW has been doing extremely important work within the labor movement since 2003, and is the major voice within the labor movement against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, working to bring the troops home, along with the money, and demanding that money be reinvested into the US. USLAW is also working with Iraqi trade unions. Listen to Gene update us about their important work, and find out how you can get involved/support their work: Gene’s a solid brother whom I think you’ll find quite interesting.
Kim Scipes is Author of AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage? (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2010 [hardcover]/2011 [paperback]). For more information about AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers, visit faculty.pnc.edu/kscipes/book.htm.
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