Sunday, November 18, 2018

November 19-22

November 19-22, 2018


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Angel Fields, our GM, Introduces our New Program Director
Kevin Fleming

I am delighted to announce that the Program Director search has reached a conclusion. After interviewing the final four candidates submitted to me by the LSB PD Search Committee, I felt Kevin was strong in areas the station needs in its Program operations. I look forward to working with Kevin to improve our communications with programmers, develop an on-boarding process for new programs, annual reviews with programmers, manage content for our web page, help set the bar of excellence, station promotions, develop and make resources available for programmers. Alan will be working with Kevin to help him get acclimated and acquainted with the station. We will announce a few all station meetings for January soon.

Kevin Fleming's entertainment business experience is vast and varied. It includes major market radio programming and operations, record company artist repertoire and development, artist management, entertainment content creation, and internet publishing.

Kevin's radio experience includes operation management, program management, air personality and programming consultant for urban, urban adult, urban oldies and community non-commercial radio. His expertise in the recording industry encompasses directing promotions, executive level management of artist & repertoire, as well as major label assignments as vice president and general manager. Fleming started his record career as West Coast Regional Promotion Manager for Island Records where his executive talent was recognized by Chris Blackwell, and he was rapidly promoted Vice President of Black Music. After a brief stint at Third Stone Records under the direction of Dick Rudolph, Kevin was pursued by super- producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to become Vice President and General Manager of Perspective Records where he was instrumental in achieving gold and platinum-selling results on new and developing artists.
Kevin Fleming

Kevin's early radio career highlights include programming, personality, and operations management stops at WCLK, WAOK and WIGO-Atlanta, WXAG-Athens, Georgia, WWDM-Sumter/Columbia, South Carolina and KGFJ-Los Angeles where he was the youngest major market program director in the country. He later served as PD/OM of KACE/KRTO-Los Angeles, the ground-breaking, award- winning and much beloved urban adult radio outlet. Fleming also consulted radio stations in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. KMOJ-Minneapolis is a listener supported non-commercial station. Kevin overhauled the stations imaging, programming, marketing, sales and fundraising efforts resulting in a significant increase in listenership, sales revenue, and listener donations.

Kevin lectures and shares his knowledge of radio programming and the music industry at schools, conventions, and seminars as a radio, internet, and entertainment industry expert.

"To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr. 'we must use time creatively... The time is always ripe to do right'. This is the perfect time for me to bring my experience to Pacifica's KPFK. I want to thank the KPFK Station Board, Search Committee and General Manager, Anyel Fields for entrusting me with the programming of this institution." - Kevin Fleming

Nov. 18, 8am: "Consciousness & Concentration"
From Pacifica Radio Archives, 1 (800) 735-0230,
Program #BB0527.04


12 -1:30 Pema Chodron, "Awakening Compassion:" Part 6 (concluding)
'Meditation Practice for Difficult Times'
From Sounds True 1 (800) 333-9185,

1:30-3 Robert Thurman, "The Jewel Tree of Tibet" Part 6 (concluding)
'The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism'
Jewel Tree Meditation VI. Living knowledge deeply. Introduction to tantra (continuity). Demolishing the world of ignorance - and rebuilding the world of wisdom. The mind of transcendent renunciation and infinite compassion. Wisdom of the emptiness and relativity of the self. Reimaging the self. The four main types of tantra. Tantric mandalas. The process of death according to the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The mystery of the author of the 'Book of the Dead.' Living in the light of death. Om Mani Padme Hum - the mantra of perfection. A final prayer.

3-3:30 The Bioneers - Revolution from the Heart of Nature
Info: 1 (877) BIONEER,

3:40- 5:55 The Thom Hartmann Program
Thom's Website:

5:55-6 KPFK Community Calendar
KPFK Switchboard has written copy at hand - M - F 9am-5pm, 1 (818) 985-2711


12-1 Live with Z. Budapest (phone)
Our recent rebroadcast of our initial interview with 'Witch' Z. Budapest (from 1978) created a large response, so we asked her to stay up late to talk with us. Zsuzanna Budapest broke into the news some decades ago by being arrested for reading the Tarot, which case eliminated the law, making her the last person to be so victimized. As a radical feminist, she formed the non-profit Susan B. Anthony Coven Number 1 of the Dianic Women's Tradition to help promote the Goddess' sacred work and includes the Dianic University Online, the Goddess Festivals, other events and retreats, books, videos, lectures, and CDs, a cable television program, a monthy Goddess magazine and more. Still very active, she has written many books, including 'The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries,' 'The Goddess in the Office,' 'The Goddess in the Bedroom,' 'The Grandmother of Time,' 'Summoning the Fates,' 'Grandmother Moon,' and an 'Autobiography' - some translated into Spanish. The second volume of her Autobiography, "Z's Second Destiny" is due to be published this year. She has spent much time eliminating the ignorant stereotype of witches as hags in pointed black hats and flying brooms worshipping horned devils. Recently it was found that there are now more witches or pagans in the USA than Presbyterians!

1-3:45 Clarissa Pinkola Estes, "Women Who Run With the Wolves"
''Myths and Stories About the Wild Woman Archetype'
First published three years before the print edition of Women Who Run With the Wolves made publishing history, this original audio edition quickly became an underground bestseller. For its insights into the inner life of women, it established Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés as one of the most important voices of our time in the fields of Jungian psychology, myth, and women's mysteries.
Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora ("keeper of the old stories"), Dr. Estés uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estés helps listeners rediscover and free their own wild nature.
The magical storytelling, myths, and commentary on Women Who Run With the Wolves continue to inspire a new level of self-knowledge among listeners young and old.
From Sounds True, 1 (800) 333-9185,

3:45-5:55 The Thom Hartmann Program
Thom's Website:

5:55-6 KPFK Community Calendar
KPFK Switchboard has written copy at hand - M - F 9am-5pm, 1 (818) 985-2711


12-1 Dave Emory, "For the Record - "Send in the Clowns: Reflections on the Kavanaugh Circus"

"A frivolous society can only achieve dramatic significance through what its frivolity destroys." - Edith Wharton

The largely inept questioning of Brett Kavanaugh about his youthful, drunken sexual behavior eclipsed Kavanaugh's participation in far more serious, and altogether lethal activities during his pivotal role with the Bush administrations, primarily that of George W. Bush: " . . . . Kavanaugh, now President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, had an ordinary-sounding title: staff secretary. But he wielded extraordinary influence as the adviser responsible for screening, reviewing and editing documents delivered to Bush, interviews and documents show. . . . But no justice in recent memory has worked as intently as Kavanaugh at the highest levels of the nation's political machinery, scholars said. . . . Documents and interviews show that while Kavanaugh was not a policymaker, he was directly involved in helping the White House manage a wide array of sensitive matters, including the war on terrorism . . . . 'It put Kavanaugh at the center of every political and policy decision at the Bush White House,' said Peter Irons, professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego and author of several books about the Supreme Court. 'He is exactly the kind of person that the legal conservative movement wants on the court.' . . . . Kavanaugh was responsible for managing the process that helped shape the president's thinking and fueled the Bush administration agenda. 'He was everywhere,' said Michael Gerson, a speechwriter in the Bush administration and now a syndicated columnist at The Post. . . . 'Virtually every piece of paper had to pass through the staff secretary's hands,' Rove said. . . ."
Kavanaugh's wife also had deep ties to the George W. Bush administration. " . . . . Ashley Estes Kavanaugh worked as media relations coordinator for the George W. Bush Presidential Center from 2009-2010; worked as Director of Special Projects for the George W. Bush presidential Foundation from 2005 to 2009; was President George W. Bush's personal secretary from 2001 to 2005; was an assistant in the White House from 2001 to 2005; and worked on the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign from 1996 to 2000. Her time with Bush dates to his work in Texas as governor there. She was assistant to Governor George W. Bush from 1996 to 1999. She attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1994 to 1997. . . ."
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1-2 Benjamin Hett, "How Hitler Happened"
Program #HETB001. Recorded in New York, NY on October 19, 2018.

The post-WW1 Weimar Republic in Germany was the height of European civilization. Its scientists and scholars led the world. Its Bauhaus architecture was the rage. Its arts featured such luminaries as Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Thomas Mann. Yet, out of this modern democracy sprang Nazism, German fascism, and one of the most barbaric regimes ever. How did Hitler happened? It is one of the most important questions of history. What happened in Germany has disturbing resonances for our own time. Fascist-like regimes are taking power in many countries. We ignore disturbing signs at our peril from torchlight parades in Charlottesville with crowds chanting, "Jews Will Not Replace Us" to a synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh to the murder of African-Americans in a church in Charleston. What can we learn from the past to insure it doesn't happen again?

Benjamin Hett is the author of Burning the Reichstag, Crossing Hitler and The Death of Democracy. He is a professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives in New York City.

2-3 The Ralph Nader Radio Hour
Initially heard on KPFK Mondays 2 pm

3-3:30 Dennis Martinez, "Restoring the Forest - The Indian Way"
Edited Archival - Re-released on Nov. 13, 2018 - on day six of the fire that destroyed Paradise

Even though the so far most deadly fire of Northern California is over 100 miles away it fills the air with an acrid smoke that has obscured the sun for days now. The town of Paradise went up in flames.
It's a little over 20 years ago that I recorded the documentary that you will hear again. My visit to Mountain Grove, Oregon, opened up a part of Native American history and culture and forest practice. That gave me hope that maybe we could undo and heal the damage that Western European settlement and industrial forest practice had done to the peoples and the lands of what is now California.
In Washington, DC, Trump is sending out tweets that the fires are due to poor forest management and he threatens to cut federal aid, implying that all would be OK if there was more logging and mining and drilling going on. Trump has that power and may yet exercise it since nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control.
When Spanish Conquistadors rode up the West Coast they were astonished to see that they entered forests that looked like parks with widely spaced trees. Church and military records show that in the early 19th century California's forests were carefully tended.
The catastrophic wildfires of today were extremely rare. California Natives used controlled fires to create these parks but the use of fire was outlawed by the Settlers from 1850 on. There is now talk about bringing back controlled burns - but how complex, interwoven with intimate knowledge of the web of life that practice is, was beginning to dawn on me when I set out to Mountain Grove for a three day visit with Dennis Martinez.
Dennis Martinez is of O'odham/Chicano heritage, and helps traditional communities with the restoration of ancestral lands. He is well loved writer and lecturer. He is a seed collector, vegetation surveyor, restoration tree thinner and ethno-botanist.
From Maria Gilardin, TUC Radio,

3:40-5:55 The Thom Hartmann Program

5:55-6 KPFK Community Calendar


12-1 Alan Watts,
"The Diamond and the Web" Part 3 of 4
(Vajrayana) "The spiritual materialism of the Vajrayana and Tantric interpretations of Buddhism and their 'esoteric neurology.' (AW)
All info:

1-2:00 Jack Gariss, "Bio-Meditation"
"Hypnogogic State of Mind"

2:00-3:00 Caroline Casey, "Visionary Activist Show:"
The wedding of spiritual magic and compassionate social activism with host Caroline Casey.
From KPFA. Caroline's Website:

3-3:30 Science Fiction Break

3:40-5:55 The Thom Hartmann Program
Thom's Website:

5:55-6 KPFK Community Calendar KPFK Switchboard has written copy at hand - M - F 9am-5pm, 1 (818) 985-2711

That's All Folks!

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