Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Peter Lance on the 9/11 Cover Up

Peter Lance is the author of 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI, Cover Up: What the Government is Still Hiding About the War on Terror. More info at

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Cynthia Copeland curator of Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery

Cynthia Copeland is an education curator with the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). Ms. Copeland is currently directing a digital learning project featuring NYHS collections that illustrate the story of the American Revolution. She has been in the field for fifteen years and has curated exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Before Central Park: The Life and Death of Seneca Village a significant nineteenth century free black community that once stood within a site, which today is known as Central Park; researched and contributed to books, and has developed and written curricula, programs and walking tours about New York City and American history, with an emphasis on integrating primary sources. Among Ms. Copeland's professional affiliations are local and national organizations working towards the preservation, acknowledgement and dissemination of the significance of history in contemporary society and for museum education advocacy.

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Mark Whitwell on the Heart of Yoga

Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark's teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

Kate Bornstein on her new book Hello Cruel World

KATE BORNSTEIN is an author, playwright and performance artist. Her latest book is Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.

High Times reporter Preston Peet on Ibogaine

See, the main reason, besides simple curiosity, for wanting, needing to try ibogaine, is that I have a major pain problem, for which I'm prescribed 12 Dilaudid 4s and 2 30-mil MS-Contins a day but I'm going through way more than that, having to spend $80 every three weeks to see my pain specialist to refill my prescriptions for years now, steadily increasing the amounts of narcotic opiates I take, spending literally hundreds of dollars every single week on pills, pills, pills, legal heroin in pharmaceutical-grade purities and measurements, knowing exactly what I'm getting and how much of it I'm doing. It's not been a short while that I've been at this point where no matter how many more than prescribed I shovel into myself, I cannot get rid of the pain, nor am I even getting high anymore.

Nicholas Heyward Sr. on the Stolen Lives Project

Housing Officer Brian George, already known in the neighborhood as "Robocop" for his intimidating bravado, was patrolling the Gowanus Houses projects where he encountered several young teenagers in the stairwell playing "cops and robbers" with oversized toy water blasters. His revolver was already drawn as he confronted the youngsters in the stairwell. Upon seeing a cop with a drawn weapon, the kids reacted by declaring, "We�re ONLY playing, we're only playing."

For 13 year old honor student Nicholas Heyward Jr. it was already too late. By then Officer George had already squeezed off several shots from his gun. Nicholas Jr. died on the scene.

A Drag Summit

Bringing together some of drag’s best known names and legends including Storme DeLarverie, Flawless Sabrina, Murray Hill, Sade Pendavis, DIYAA (f.k.a. Dred), and Taylor Mac. This trans-generational congress, moderated by drag historian Joe E. Jeffries, reflects on the legacy of drag in the city as it considers its changing faces, places, fashions and future. A multi-media discussion, performance event, installation and exhibit exploring male and female impersonation in New York City.

Joe E. Jeffrys interviewed on Let Them Talk

Joe E. Jeffries is a drag historian who teaches theater at NYU and Stony Brook University. He moderated "Kings and Queens of New York City," with participants ranging from old-timers like Flawless Sabrina, who began doing her act in the late 50s to drag king Murray Hill. He's also working on an anthology of drag performance plays and texts.

Interview with radical lawyer Stanley Cohen

Stanley Cohen has represented Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, the Mohawks of Kanesatake and is an expert on defending people accused of terrorism. Cohen spoke about his experiences and opinions of the War on Terror and 9/11.

What's the Truth About 9/11?

Paul DeRienzo and Joan Moossy interview Les Jamieson from NY 911 Truth. Was 9/11 an "inside job?" We take viewer calls and present the evidence.

Paul & Joanie open the phones

Let Them Talk live on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Tuesdays at 8 PM eastern Channel 56 or mnn.orf click on 56.

Gilbert Baker -- the gay Betsy Ross & the Rainbow flag

Gilbert Baker, known as the gay Betsy Ross, is the creator of the Rainbow Flag. He designed the flag in San Francisco in 1978 as a positive alternative to the Pink Triangle -- a symbol first used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals. The original Rainbow Flag had eight stripes: fuchsia; red; orange; yellow; green; turquoise; blue; and, purple -- which represent sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic serenity and spirit. The Rainbow Flag first flew during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. Two eight- color Rainbow Flags, each measuring 30 feet by 60 feet, flew from the flagpoles at United Nations Plaza. In 1994 Baker created the history making mile-long Rainbow Flag for Stonewall 25 in New York to mark the 25th anniversary of the gay civil rights movement. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the mile-long Stonewall 25 Rainbow Flag as the world's largest flag.

A tour of Made in Palestine show with contemporary artist Samia Halaby

"Made in Palestine" is a show of contemporary Palestinian art. She'll be discussing the show and the political and artistic situation in Palestine.

Bogdan Denitch on the Balkans

Bogdan Denitch is a Professor Emeritus at City University of NY where he headed the sociology Department for 12 years. He founded and ran the Socialist Scholars Conference held at Cooper Union for a quarter century. He currently runs a NGO based in Zagreb, Croatia fighting for the return of refugees to the region after a decade of war. We spoke with him about the impact of the uncompleted war crimes trial in The Hague of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevich.

Slobodan Milosevich was one of the key figures in the Yugoslav war during the 1990s. He was indicted in May 1999, by the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for crimes against humanity in Kosovo. Milosevich died in custody in The Hague on March 11, 2005 before a final verdict on his case was reached.

Ian Williams Interview

Ian Williams author of RUM: A Social and Sociable History of
the Real Spirit of 1776 and DESERTER: Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past.

Ian Williams on the United Nations

Ian Williams is the United Nations correspondent for The Nation magazine. He spoke with Joanie & Paul about the possibility of a United States attack on Iran, the crisis in Darfur, the UN Oil for Food Scandal and the future of the UN in New York City.

Philip VanAver on the Lower East Side Election Sensation

Phipl VanAver, a long time Lower East Side resident and political leader discusses the campaign finance laws and the Manhattan Borough President candidate Margarita Lopez.