By Boston Woodard
A highly respected independent progressive recently returned to San Quentin. Peter B. Collins is an American radio host and media consultant from the San Francisco area. Collins spoke at San Quentin to about 30 prisoner writers.
Until 2009, Collins hosted The Peter B. Collins Show, which was “infused with dangerous San Francisco values like compassion, justice, and a living wage.” His show was based at KRXA in Monterey. Collins’ show continues on the Internet by means of listener-supported podcasts. He can also be heard on San Francisco’s KGO-AM intermittently.
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By Eduardo Stanley
On April 2, the Associated Press (AP), perhaps the biggest news agency in the world, announced it would no longer use the term illegal when referring to immigrants without legal residence or working permits.
The announcement was made by Kathleen Carroll, vice president and executive editor of AP, who explained that the change will be reflected in the organization’s influential “manual of style”—a must-have book in any newsroom and for any journalist.
The decision made news. Several articles and opinion pieces were written and different immigrants’ rights advocates and organizations praised the move.
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By Jefferson Beavers
The story of internationally acclaimed Latin American folklorist Violeta Parra comes to the Fresno Film Festival in April in the biopic Violeta Went to Heaven, starring Francisca Gavilán as the Chilean singer, poet and painter.
An underappreciated Chilean folklorist saves the disappearing songs and stories of Latin America. Snow White gets a makeover as a Spanish bullfighter. Beekeepers from Switzerland to Central California plan for the future as the global honeybee population collapses. And a Brazilian filmmaking auteur meticulously interprets an American literary classic.
The ninth annual Fresno Film Festival will explore these themes and …[Read the details]
By Rychard Withers
Randy Stover, one of KFCF’s founders, passed away last month at the age of 71. Randy worked as a contract engineer for almost every radio station in the San Joaquin Valley at one time or another, often handling the engineering needs of a dozen stations at a time.
In the late 1960s, a group had formed to support professors at Fresno State who had been fired for political, cultural and union reasons. That was the Fresno Free College Foundation (FFCF), and much of that battle is detailed in the book …[Read the details]
By David E. Roy
The True and Original Modern Masters of Deceit
Harvard historian Jill Lepore’s article, “The Lie Factory: How Politics Became a Business,” was published in the Sept. 24 issue of the New Yorker Magazine. As I read it, I realized that the couple that was Campaigns, Inc., not only formed the world’s “first political-consulting firm” (Lepore) but also developed all of the key techniques still being used—all guided by an intelligence and a ruthlessness that gives permission to do whatever it takes to win or, rather, to make sure you smash your opponent beyond recognition.
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