New episode!

September 30th, 2021

Our latest episode is now available to syndicate from Radio4All, and can be listened to there or on the Archive. It includes a selection of reports and interviews drawn from UN News, The Taylor Report, and Latin Waves.

9-11, twenty years on

September 11th, 2021

On the twentieth anniversary of the terror attacks in the US, and 48 years since the CIA-sponsored coup in Chile, we bring a special issue of our show.

We open with UN News Headlines, followed by Christy Moore with his song about the Chilean songwriter Víctor Jara, who was tortured and killed during the coup against Allende’s government in 1973.

We then have an extended conversation with FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley about the intelligence failures in advance of 9-11, and why those have been largely ignored.

Finally, we close as always with special correspondents Tadhg & Noah.

(In addition to our entry on the A-Infos project, you can find our show on the Internet Archive.)

Summer episode

August 4th, 2021

Our latest episode includes a report from Team Ireland in Tokyo (thanks Heather!), and news features from UN Radio News.

The School Year Ends

July 13th, 2021

For this episode, we invited some schoolmates of Tadhg and Noah to contribute to the show. The result is a joyous and sometimes anarchic celebration of childhood, as we round out a distinctly unusual school year. Noah continues to be fascinated by Pokemon, while Tadhg reflects on schooling during the pandemic.

The show also includes some items from UN News, including an audio bulletin and news of some youth initiatives focused on climate.

As usual, the show is available on the A-Infos Radio Project and the Internet Archive. We are also now broadcast on WRFU-LP in Urbana, Illinois, USA. If you want to join them in syndicating the show on your station, please let us know.

Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan – our latest episode

May 27th, 2021

Our latest episode is now available to download from A-Infos Radio Project and the Internet Archive. It includes an interview with Matthew Hoh of the Center for International Policy. He discusses the announced withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan. With reports that significant numbers of US personnel will stay in the country, is this really an end to the occupation? What are the prospects for Afghanistan after a US withdrawal?

As usual, we also include our regular correspondents Tadhg and Noah in the last 15 minutes – Tadhg talks paradoxes, while Noah enthusiastically explains Pokemon.

Latest episode – updated podcast link

April 30th, 2021

The podcast link for our latest episode should show up here.

Policing in the United States

April 28th, 2021

Our April episode is now available online. Stream it from the Flirt FM Mixcloud feed, or download it from the Internet Archive or the A-Infos Radio Project.

Our guest is Netfa Freeman of the Institute for Policy Studies and Pan-African Community Action. I spoke with him following the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict in his trial for murdering George Floyd. We discussed community control of the police, a topic he recently wrote about for Black Agenda Report.

George Floyd mural in Berlin. Source: WikiCommons (Public Domain)

The show also features an excerpt (a speech by Sydney Wallace, Jewish Council On Urban Affairs) from audio recorded by Dale Lehman/WZRD at a Chicago rally, the day after the Chauvin verdict, on the proposed Empowering Communities for Public Safety Ordinance. We include a news bulletin from UN Radio News. Finally, as always, special correspondents Tadhg and Noah chat with us – this month about playgrounds, anti-matter, and Pokemon.

Producing community radio during a pandemic

April 5th, 2021

Our guest this month is Dr Josephine Coleman of Brunel University, London. She discusses her research on the production of local content in UK community radio – a timely topic given the impact of COVID-19.

We also have our regular correspondents, Tadhg and Noah, talking about the blockage of the Suez Canal, Passover, and Easter.

As usual, the show is available for download from the A-Infos Radio Project and the Internet archive.

Latest episode: interrogating the gig economy

February 24th, 2021

Our guest this month is Prof. Brian Dolber of California State University. He is an editor of The Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence. We talk about the nature of the ‘gig economy’, worker organising, and prospects for worker rights in the aftermath of Proposition 22 in California (where ‘rideshare’ companies spent over $100m on their campaign to strip workers of their rights) and of court rulings in the UK and EU, which have been largely in the workers’ favour.

The discussion is timely, as companies like Uber are currently exerting pressure in the EU for legislative changes that would, as Leïla Chaibi MEP puts it, create a ‘third status’ for platform workers, who would “have to bear the disadvantages of being an employee and the disadvantages of being self-employed”. With a directive on the future of worker rights currently under development, this is a crucial time for European workers, and this issue is one that needs more public attention.

As always, our show is available on the Internet Archive, on the A-Infos Radio Project, and on Flirt FM.

World Radio Day special!

February 13th, 2021

It’s World Radio Day – an annual celebration of radio, established by UNESCO and the UN in 2011. 13th February was chosen because it’s the day in 1946 – 75 years ago today – that the UN set up its Department of Public Information, and UN Radio.

Flirt FM – our home station – is marking the occasion with activities online and on-air (the only Irish body to show up on the global map of official WRD activities!). We’re excited to have a special episode of A Critical Ear to share with you today.

On today’s show, we have:

The show is now archived on the Internet Archive, and available for syndication from the A-Infos Radio Project.