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On Tue, May 10, 2022, 6:23 PM WRWK <email@example.com> wrote:
“Radio by, for, and of the People”Midlothian, Virginia WRWK Newsletter
Word of the Year at TheWorkFM is Antifragility
“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The future is here now, buried in the din of haters, hawkers, paid actors and anti-hero wannabes. We know we are all vulnerable to our reptilian emotions; the violent events they’ve created litter our history. Luckily, a more progressive thread winds through human history, fed by our better angels. This element scares those fed by fear and anger–those who perceive change as a threat. Mix in politicians who base their messaging on fear and anger to turn-out voters, and you have Virginia in 2022.
Our kids will have to find a future. Let’s help them make a path. Vote, write, engage, protest;
and laugh at, smile at, or just ignore those who rely on fear and anger to deal with uncertainty.
Let’s model and teach antifragility, the power to learn from challenges; to keep cool and carry on.
That is my Work at theworkfm.
A Celebration of Being inappropriate through history in song
Good news on the donation front at the WorkFM!
I just deposited a check for $1,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, and a friend and neighbor is donating a serious, but older road bike to WRWK. Soon, I will have it appraised. In spite of Covid, Big Lies and other naysayers, WRWK is still doing the work of Progressive Community Radio in Midlothian and beyond.
Bring us your donations, cars, boats, airplanes, gently used Audio Equipment, worn dollars, and coins, and we will give you continuous Progressive Community Radio—not trapped or muted by corporate dollars.
A few programs to consider…
While we don’t want to overwhelm with a list of all our programs, each month we’ll try to point out a few programs you might really enjoy – check ‘em out!
Weekdays at 2pm listen for “The Thom Hartmann Show” the #1 progressive news talk show in America. On
Mondays you can enjoy the light-hearted but informative show “When the Biomass Hits the Wind turbine” at 1pm, as Annie and Jay discuss sustainable living and their own experiences with their “Earthship” home. For those interested in experiments with sound, hear “Radio Art Hour” at 3pm from Wave Farm studios, where resident radio artists feature audio collages that include ambient sounds, old shortwave broadcasts, sound effects, phone messages, random conversations, and other sounds, to create a compelling sonic salad.
Tuesdays at 3pm we feature programming for kids with “The Children’s Hour with educational episodes and artist interviews. For the history buff, on
Wednesdays at 1:30 we air “This Way Out” a locally produced news program focused on the LGBT community. We also offer “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” at 4pm with Humanities Scholar Clay Jenkins.
On Thursdays at 1pm, listen to “Green Street Radio” a science-based but accessible discussion of environmental issues. At 3pmget a more local perspective from “Richmond Business Babes” where host Lisa Linnell interviews RVA women about the businesses they own and run.
Fridays you can listen to “Counterspin” at 1:30, a media-analysis discussion by FAIR. “Time with Fred” at 8pm is a local program focused on inspirational interviews with those who have overcome great challenges.
Saturday and Sundays you can hear a progressive take on current events with “The Bradcast” news review at noon and “Attitude with Arnie Arnesen” at 2pm, hosted by the funny and feisty Arnie Arnesen.
Sundays,get your dose of Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping for “Earth Riot Radio” at 1pm and be sure to stay for the hilarious hijinks of “Turn On the News” at 1:30pm, where a collage of news and talk show clips help to put current events into a comic spotlight.
For a specific list and program notes for a specific day, check “Program Notes” at TheWorkFM.com
Three Live programs emanate from the WRWK studios weekly,
Richmond Business Babes when Lisa Linnell interviews successful businesswomen in RVA 3 tp 4 PM on Thursday.
Finding Our Fit discusses wellness in relationships with ourselves, others and our planet, 5 to 6 PM on Thursday with a renowned healing advocate and counselor Susanna Wo-Pong Calvert
Building Better Communities discusses how to build communities in RVA, and the people who make that happen on Saturday 4 till 5 or 6.
Note—kudos to Ann Sykes, Brooke’s widow, who rescued our email list from the bit bucket so we could send this newsletter to our family of Supporters, Hosts and Volunteers at WRWK Progressive Community Radio.
Ann has also helped with the web site and other loose ends, following the sudden loss of her husband, and our board member, a noted local musician and promoter in RVA. We all miss Brooke Saunders.
Misinformation is a #Deathcult,
Commentary from WRWK’s Founder, Chris Maxwell
The deadly impacts of misinformation are dramatically revealed through the election results of 2016 and 2020, the Covid pandemic chaos, and mass exodus from climate damaged area. Such migrations may become localized if Roe v. Wade is overturned, turning some states into a theocratic “Gilead” from Handmaid’s Tale – no longer so fictional.
But the vast majority of Americans across all spectrums favor retaining abortion choice as a woman’s decision. Even among evangelicals, only 45% support overturning Roe v Wade. Since SCOTUS Justice Alito insists on forcing births by compelling us back to 1789, it behooves us to note that abortion was NOT illegal then. It is also relevant to know that abortion was not even a political issue until Nixon flunky, Pat Buchanan, suggested using abortion as a wedge issue to turn evangelicals away from the Democratic Party. This disinformation effect is not new; its first conception boiled up in the cauldron of the Nixon lie factory, from that unholy communion of Nixon and Buchanan.
That rough beast slouching towards us was then birthed, and raised to strength, through thousands of networked radio transmitters, broadcasting syndicated “religious” political content, starting in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan dramatically relaxed FCC rules.
Waves of disinformation flooded the air–the new FCC rules allowed programming to be delivered via satellite, without a local host, and controlled remotely. This allowed Talk-radio entertainers like Rush Limbaugh to play on listeners’ fears of change, and goaded them to anger.
Did the majority push back? No, they let that disinformation continue, as a matter of “free speech”, safely snoozing in their faith that logic would prevail. And the liberals also slept, so sure that logic would win the day.
Now, the beast is huge, hale, hearty and beating the hinges off the civilization.
We comprehend now that WE MUST PUSH BACK ON DISINFORMATION. And since it is from Radio networks that we first saw the birth and development of the “Alt-Facts” broadcasting, it makes sense that it is on Radio we should make the stand against misinformation.
Usque ad finem (English. be true to yourself to the end)
Please remember, even in the midst of all the noisy news, we’ll keep reporting on the authentic reality, and how we can help extricate it from the influence of the con-artists and the confused. This century has been like a final exam for humans seeking genuine progress—the previous president, Covid, Ukraine, are the tests. Faced with challenges, some countries fight for human progress, while others are on the fence, and some leaders look for ways to enrich themselves from human tragedy.
Roe is the latest test—do some Republicans still wonder if women are full citizens or just accessories?… if “all men are created equal” refers only to the males of our species?
Deep bias remains, and body autonomy is still in the chasm. Keep fighting, keep growing.
WRWK LP FM Midlothian, Virginia. Progressive Community Radio in RVA @93.9 FM theworkfm.org
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