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Interview 97: Danny Ledonne

On this edition James speaks with Colorado-based filmmaker, educator and activist Danny Ledonne. Mr. Ledonne is a former media arts professor at Adams State University in ledonne-photo3Alamosa Colorado whose investigation and online exposés of Adams State’s managerial and personnel practices put him in the crosshairs of the school’s top administrators.

When the highly-credentialed filmmaker was glossed over for a tenure-track teaching position in the university’s modest communications department and subsequently terminated from his adjunct instructor position there he made public records requests that revealed a number of administrative problems and efforts at non-transparency. Leone began a blog to publish these, WatchingAdams.org, and a lá Julian Assange invited other faculty to leak information that might aid in keeping Adams State’s pooh-bahs fair and above-the-board.

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Interview 94: Prof. Jim Fetzer

Jim Fetzer joins the program this week to discuss current false flag terror events, the 2016 US Presidential Campaign, and new edited volumes he has recently edited on the Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, the 9/11 terror attacks, and academic freedom.

fetzerFetzer is the Knight emeritus professor of philosophy at University of Minnesota Duluth. A founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, he has authored and edited over 30 books on the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, and analyses of American political conspiracies, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the plane crash of Senator Paul Wellstone, and the events of September 11, 2001.

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Interview 91: M.S. King

Americans today have an almost identical recollection of World War Two as the “good war”, fought by their forebears against maniacally evil “Nazis” and “Japs”. Yet how much do we really know about that crucial event and the decades of complex European history preceding it? Why, and for whom, were the twentieth century’s world wars actually waged?

badwarM.S. “Mike” King joins James to discuss his book The Bad War: The Truth Never Taught About World War 2. Mike is a private investigative journalist, researcher, and political analyst based in the New York City area. A 1987 graduate of Rutgers University, he spent 30 years in marketing and advertising–areas of expertise that have equipped him with a unique perspective when it comes to understanding how “public opinion” on decisive issues and events has been scientifically manufactured for at least a century. 

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Interview 90: Joanna Williams

jwOn this edition author, academic and journalist Joanna Williams joins James from the UK to discuss her new work, Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).  The volume provides a carefully researched historical examination of the highly politicized anti-free speech movements that have developed at university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Joanna Williams is the education editor of Spiked Online and was recently profiled in the Times Higher EducationShe began her career teaching English in secondary schools and Further Education. For close to a decade she was a lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent. Joanna is also the author of Consuming Higher Education Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012).

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Interview 87: Darrell Hamamoto

On this edition public intellectual and academic iconoclast Darrell Hamamoto joins James to address an array of issues including the foundation-funded identity politics movement characterizing US college campuses in 2016. Hamamoto’s incisive socio-political research lgbt-figureand commentary revealing the machinations of the modern power elite and knowledge machine have made him a significant force for meaningful awareness and change. Such efforts have been met with major resistance by his university employer and the larger forces governing today’s philanthropic and federally-dependent academic institutions.

Darrell Hamamoto is ranking professor Asian American Studies at University of California Davis. He holds degrees in political science, popular culture, and sociology, and is a graduate of University of California at Irvine’s Comparative Cultures doctoral program. A Fullbright Scholar (Japan) Hamamoto is presently the senior ranking professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. Throughout his 30 year academic career he has become a major figure in the study of media, race, and popular culture. Professor Hamamoto’s latest book is Servitors of Empire: Studies in the Dark Side of Asian America (TrineDay 2014). He is also the author of Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Politics of TV Representation and Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology.