14 July 2011

VIDEO / Jeff Zavala and Thorne Dreyer : Educator and Activist Robert Jensen on Rag Radio

Educator, author, and activist
Robert Jensen on Rag Radio

Video by Jeff Zavala / Interview by Thorne Dreyer / The Rag Blog / July 14, 2011

Robert Jensen -- University of Texas journalism professor, widely-published author, Austin-based political activist, and leading radical thinker -- was Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio, Friday, July 8, 2011. And Austin documentary videographer Jeff Zavala produced a video of the interesting and enlightening interview. (Watch it above.) On the show, Jensen discusses his recent essay, “The Anguish in the American Dream,” posted on The Rag Blog, as well as the current ecological crisis and the key role he believes it must play in our political thinking.

Robert Jensen teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. He is also a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade. His most recent books are All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice; Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity; and The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege. Jensen also writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream.

Jeff Zavala also produced an exciting video of Dreyer's June 24, 2011 interview with Texas shrimper, environmental activist, and "Eco-Outlaw" Diane Wilson. Zavala is the creator of ZGraphix Productions and posts videos at zgraphix.blip.tv and at Austin Indymedia. Zavala is also the founder of the Austin Activist Archive, a virtual collective dedicated to broadcasting citizen journalism.

Rag Radio -- hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer -- is broadcast every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CDT) on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, and streamed live on the web. The show, which has been aired since September 2009, features hour-long in-depth interviews and discussion about issues of progressive politics, culture, and history. After broadcast, all episodes are posted as podcasts and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.

Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio this Friday, July 15, 2-3 p.m. (CDT), will be Linda Stout. Stout is the founder and director of Spirit in Action and was the winner of the National Grassroots Peace Award. Her new book is Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.

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