26 April 2012

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : David P. Hamilton and Philip L. Russell on the French and Mexican Elections

Philip L. Russell, left, and David P. Hamilton at the KOOP studios in Austin Friday, March 30, 2012. Photo by Tracey Schulz / Rag Radio.

Rag Radio:
Writers David P. Hamilton and Philip L. Russell
discuss the French and Mexican elections

By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / April 26, 2012

David P. Hamilton and Philip L. Russell were Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio, Friday, April 20, 2012, on Austin community radio station KOOP 91-7-FM, and streamed live on the Internet.

Hamilton and Russell are long-time Austin-based writers and activists who have recently written comprehensive analytical articles about the upcoming presidential elections in France and Mexico, respectively, for The Rag Blog.

They discussed those elections, the issues involved, and the potential political ramifications. They also talked about the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, and especially issues related to the drug war and drug legalization that are currently being discussed by Latin Americaan leaders.

You can listen to the show here.

Unabashed Francophile David Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in history and government. He spends part of each year in France and writes about France and politics (and French politics) for The Rag Blog. A retired teacher, David was active with SDS and the movement against the War in Vietnam and wrote for The Rag, Austin’s legendary Sixties underground newspaper.

Read his article, here.

Philip Russell has written six books on Latin America. His latest is The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present (Routledge). His writings on Mexico have appeared in sources ranging from the Austin Chronicle to The New York Times. He is an explorer and an environmental activist with the Sierra Club, has been an interpreter for National Science Foundation expeditions in Mexico, and has served as an official presidential election observer in Mexico.

Read Philip's Rag Blog article on the Mexican elections here.

Rag Radio, which has aired since September 2009 on KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station in Austin, Texas, features hour-long in-depth interviews and discussion about issues of progressive politics, culture, and history.

Hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor and long-time alternative journalist Thorne Dreyer, a pioneer of the Sixties underground press movement, Rag Radio is broadcast every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) on KOOP and streamed live on the web. Rag Radio is also rebroadcast on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EST) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA.

Rag Radio is produced in the KOOP studios, in association with The Rag Blog, a progressive internet newsmagazine, and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Tracey Schulz is the show's engineer and co-producer.

After broadcast, all episodes are posted as podcasts and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.

Coming up on Rag Radio: THIS FRIDAY, April 27, 2012: Theologian and Social Ethicist Gary Dorrien.
May 4, 2012: Chris Mooney, author of The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science, and Reality.

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