Episode 10 – TV Sucks

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AMPT explores a few of the many ways that the greatest communications appliance falls short of living up to its potential.

Articles Include:

  • Interview: Musicians from Sarajevo discuss the use of TV to feed hatred
  • Cody Sontagg offers a few words from the Witness Campaign and Powerful Choices.
  • Listen Closely #1:The Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcrasy Television: Drug of the Nation
  • Listen Closely #2: Flipper Sacrifice (by Krist Novoselic)
  • Rant: Jerry Mander on killing TVs


Episode 14: Riot Grrrl Feminism

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Episode 14: Riot Grrrl Feminism

This episode first aired in 1998.

Social change takes many generations. We attempt to define feminism as it was in the 60’s and 70’s and what it is in the 90’s and into the new millennium, notably third-wave feminism and the Riot Grrl movement.Gloria as tat

Gloria as RebelArticles Include:

the riot grrrl manifesto

the riot grrrl manifesto




The Music and Media List:



Episode 9: Who Owns Mexico?

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Episode 9: Who Owns Mexico?

Mexico and the U.S. are neighbors with very little in common culturally. Why does America reach over the border and cherry-pick what it wants to exploit. Why is the PRI so corrupt? Tell me about Zapatistas. What is different about racism towards Latinos?

Articles Include:

  • History of Mexico -Mayans, colonialism, Cinco de Mayo, NAFTA, PRI by Paula Friedrich
  • Interview: El Vez, the Mexican Elvis on the deconstruction of bias against Mexicans
  • Listen Closely #1: Reubén Blades Patrios
  • Listen Closely #2: Los Lobos Is This All There Is?
  • Rant: Coyote by Javier Cabasos

Episode 6: Anatomy of Radical

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Episode 6: Anatomy of Radical

Synopsis: There are a few things that every successful era of change has in common. In this show we look at the two distinct personalities which must be present to bring the masses toward a beautiful new reality: The Radical and the Not-So-Radical. Martin Luther King was very effective because Malcolm X was there defining the outer limits. Gandhi worked well because Nehru was scarring everybody. Gay Rights has a future as long as there are ACT-UP and Stonewall. The right figured this out and used it very effectively in the 80’s and promoted the far right sections of the populace to make the near right seem centrist.

Articles Include:

Eben Eldridge rants on the need for radicals now and forever

Message to the Messengers by Gil Scott-Heron

London Calling by The Clash

History of Radical Behavior

The instigator walks the thin line between survival and radical behavior with two former ACT-UP volunteers.


Episode 12: Give Me Shelter

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Episode 12: Give Me Shelter

Shelter is as basic a need as there is. The desire for a place to call one’s own – reliable, familiar shelter, is deeply personal but is often thwarted by political and economic forces.  This episode of AMPT Radio considers the history of shelter, the work of Stone Gossard and the Red Feather organization in building homes for the native elderly, the solar-powered bus that shelters vagabond Lightning John Daily, living in a Rusty Cage and the occasional disregard for home it’s importance to one’s sense of self.


Episode 2: Criminal Justice

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Ignorance, Fear, Hate, Short-sighted Legislation:
This pattern has been repeated through out history.  Every generation
needs to differentiate itself from the last and music has always played
a role in that redefinition.  Mozart rolled over Beethoven,
Tommy Dorsey was punk,  Richard Wagner’s bombastic opera’s were pre-electric Heavy Metal, and some of your living relatives burned Beatles records.
AMPT Radio illustrates this process with a look at some recent legislation
put forth in the UK called The Criminal Justice Bill that sought to give
the police broad powers to lock-up just about anybody that seemed a little

History of the Criminal Justice Bill

The history of the bill.

Working Class Hero

Eben presents the Screaming Trees remake of the
John Lennon anti-anthem.

Chris Nickson with Mark Chadwick

A talk with a member of the band, The Levellers,
about the unlikely coalition that rose up against the legislation.

Roderick is Paranoid?

Roderick Romero of Sky Cries Mary presents a poem
about the ever-presence of thuggery.


Chumbawamba offer some foot tapping thoughts on legal irony.

LINKS from the show

The Songs used in the show:

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Justice/InJustice by Chumbawamba

The Disagreement of the People

Cooking Vinyl


Working Class Hero by The Screaming

Class Hero: A Tribute To John Lennon
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Hollywood Records

various tracks by Critters Buggin’


Moving Like Water by Sky Cries

Return To The Inner Experience

One Way by The Levellers

Levelling The Land



Criminal Justice by Satchel

The Family;
Audio CD;

Pastor Niemoler’s Lament by Kitchens of Distiction

The Disagreement of the People

Cooking Vinyl


The AMPT Theme was performed by Sweet

Books used to get info for this show:

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Episode 1: Censorship

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This episode fist aired on KNDD, The End 107.7 in Seattle, WA in January 1997.

There are maybe a half dozen clear historical gaffes, but otherwise the show is absolutely evergreen.

There is an inherent conflict between order and freedom. While we hold our government responsible for maintaining order and insuring our safety we often recoil at the thought that our own actions might be restricted by an act of law or law enforcement. This edition of AMPT Radio explores one of the expedient but rarely effective tools employed in the name of public safety.

History of Lewd Behavior
We explore the ever changing nature of what is acceptable in speech and in mass media.

Hand of the Dead Body
Our Poet Laureate, Eben Eldridge presents a rap number illustrating the hypocrisy of censoring rap lyrics.

The News Stand International
Poet and World Renown Barkeep Hamish Todd tells the story of a quiet book store that almost got a lot quieter. The News Stand in Bellingham, WA was cited in a suit for carrying a (at the time) little read magazine that describes rape scenes in graphic detail. Many agendas were served in the prosecution of an obviously innocent party. They were found innocent, but the hell they went through shows the undemocratic nature of our censorship laws.

Krist Novaselic on Harmful to Minors Legislation
Krist Novoselic illustrates the insidious chilling effect caused by efforts to restrict the availability of music and literature.

The Songs used in the show:

“Hand of the Dead Body”
by Scarface from the album The Diary, Rap-a-lot Records/Noo Trybe Records

“Dirty Old Man”
by The Fugs from Second Album, Fugs Records

“Group Grope”
by The Fugs from Second Album, Fugs Records

by buddha loves jesus from the album Tolerate, Sound Vices

“Sex Doily”
by Critters Buggin, from the album Host, Loosegroove

Various tracks from the band, Hell Upside Down, from the record Bovine Years, Y Records

“Waiting for Kurt”
by Nirvana from session tapes – NOT RELEASED

The AMPT Theme was performed by Sweet 75.

The Books used to research this show were:

Tropic of CancerHenry Miller

Tropic of CapricornHenry Miller

Banned in the U.S.A. :

A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries

Herbert N. Foerstel

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations:

A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature
John Bartlett, Justin Kaplan (Editor)

Daddy’s Roommate

Michael Willhoite

The Diary


The Fugs Second Album

The Fugs; Audio CD

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1997

Robert Famighetti (Editor)


Critters Buggin

Pist ils

Robert Mapplethorpe

Blac k Book

Robert Mapplethorpe, Ntozake Shange

Related Items List:

Following is a list of media that is related, loosely or otherwise, and in some construct, to Censorship.

1) The Utne Reader – “1997’s Top Censored Stories”

2) The Catcher In The Rye , novel, by J.D. Salinge

3) The People Vs. Larry Flynt – film, directed by Milos Foreman, starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton

4) Black Book or Pistols, photography, by Robert Mapplethorpe

5) The Censorhip & Intellectual Freedom Page

6) The Blue Ribbon Campaign for Online Free Speech

7) Banned In The USA , non-fiction, by Herbert Foerstel

8) Daddy’s Roommate , children’s fiction, by Michael Willhoite

9) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , novel, by Maya Angelou

10) The Constitution (like I said, it’s my page!)

11) “God Save The Queen”, song, by the Sex Pistols