Saturday, May 20, 2017

Urgent Appeal from Michael Slate + Carl Dix, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews

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An Urgent Appeal from Michael Slate:
Dear Sisters and Brothers, Friends and Supporters,
I write to you today with an urgent appeal.  This Friday The Michael Slate Show will air at its normal time. The station is in the middle of a fund drive and we will be raising money to support KPFK so that it can continue to carry out the mission of the station in these very dangerous times. However, we have been given a monetary goal that we are required to reach if we are to continue to present the show during the remainder of the fund drive. We need to raise between $2000 and $3000 this Friday if we are going to continue to be on the air for the remainder of the fund drive - however long that may end up being.
This is a terrible dilemma. The times demand that we continue to bring you the kind of shows that you have come to expect from us - the kinds of shows that need to be aired these days on KPFK and many other outlets across the country. Our show is known for the voices and perspectives we bring to you each week. When you tune in to our show you know that you are not going to be hearing an endless remix of Democratic Party Lite. We are committed to airing the voices who can help us understand the world we live in, the crimes of this system, the ideas, art and voices committed to fighting for a better, fundamentally different, liberating world. Yes, we bring you the voices that are so often suppressed in every dimension of human life in this society. The voices and people we need to hear. And most importantly, we bring you the people, ideas and movements committed to getting rid of the hellish conditions billions of people live, suffer and die under all over the world.
There is no show like The Michael Slate Show anywhere else in this country. And as we've learned over the last period of time with the Trump/Pence regime quickly working to consolidate their monstrous Nazi rule, we - and people everywhere - need this show more than ever.
Andy Zee, one of the Initiators of RefuseFascism and a Spokesperson for Revolution Books in New York City, said this recently:
  • "I want to recommend to all of your listeners, how important your show is. It's very, very rare. There's nothing even like it in New York, a show where people can get a tremendous breadth of cultural programming, political programming, from a wide range of people. And at the same time, at the heart of the show is revolution, a new synthesis, a new method for understanding the world and an actual revolution. There are very few places, if any places with the reach of your show, that people can hear all that. It's unique and people should support you and support the show and understand what they've got."
As an example, this Friday we will open the show with Carl Dix speaking about the scene in Chicago. Carl recently wrote, "Black People Killing Each Other in Chicago, Carl Dix Says: Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution."
We will also play excerpts from a recent interview I did with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. We will be offering the book as a thank-you gift as well and every penny of your donation for this book will go directly to The Michael Slate Show, thanks to the generosity of W.W. Norton publishers.
It is in your hands, sisters and brothers. We are committed to continuing to be here and to carry out the mission of the show as long as we can. But again, you, our listeners, have something to say about how long that is. Think of what it would mean if the voice of The Michael Slate Show was silenced over these next few weeks because we were not able to raise the money we have been assigned to raise during this fund drive. Sisters and brothers, we cannot allow this to happen.
Contribute to the KPFK fund drive as generously as you can. Contribute based on your support for our show and our commitment to make the contributions of this show even more important going into the future.
Make a contribution to the show Friday between 10-11 AM PacificTime. Call818.985.5735 and donate to keep this show on the air. You can also go online at Use this link to go to the Michael Slate pledge cart. 

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Carl Dix on Chicago - Black People Killing Each Other While the Fascist Trump Prepares to Bring Down the Hammer

Carl Dix recently wrote, "Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution"

"In South Shore twelve hours, seven people shot to death within four blocks of each other. Chicago goddamn! This is fucking crazy. Stop doing what the enemy wants you to do! This system that has created the conditions and the values that have our people destroying each other. Trump is planning to bring down the hammer on Black people in a way far worse than you can imagine. You are helping that happen." 
But Carl Dix will also talk about the work being done by the Revolution Club and other revolutionaries since this April to turn all this around. He'll be speaking in Chicago this Saturday, May 20. Carl Dix is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. 

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, an Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Michael Slate recently interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, author and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, about his latest book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

The book addresses: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Neil deGrasse Tyson goes from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.