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Episode 15: Fairtrade Fortnight 2006
February 15, 2010 05:01 AM PST
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This episode, we talk about the Fairtrade value chain and suggest a way to make Fairtrade Fairer than it already is. We also interview Natasha Shurgar, who used to work for Divine Chocolate Company. www.divinechocolate.com When I caught up with her, she was in the midst of a Fair Trade Fashion Show she had organised featuring clothing from People Tree, Bishopton Clothing and Traidcraft (see www.peopletree.com , www.bishopstontrading.co.uk and www.traidcraft.org.uk respectively ). The Fairtrade Market is now worth over £200 million in Britain alone and is helping secure a sustainable livelihood for around 5 million farmers worldwide. Its not a perfect system and could definitely be improved, however, its a LOT better than unfair trade, often known as conventional trade.... We feature Jazz band Flattstreet from Canada.

Originally published in 2006

Episode 14: Not one but three victories!
February 07, 2010 07:11 AM PST
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This edition, we report not one, not two but three major environmental victories in the battle to save the planet! Two major Ancient Forests have had large areas of them protected; The Great Bear Rainforest in Canada and the Amazon! In addition, Greenpeace got French President to turn a major toxic warship around and head back to France. It was on its way for shipbreaking in India. Also Paula Toledo features with two tracks, 'Joan' and 'Left to Stain'. see www.paulatoledo.com

Originally published 2006

Episode 13: Overworked and Underpaid?
February 01, 2010 04:49 AM PST
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This session, we talk about work/life balance, the role of you in life going to work each day and what you get out of it. In a wider context, I talk about civil society, 'The State' and business and how your working life fits into the bigger scheme of things. The only reason why I've marked this one 'explicit' is due to one of the two bands on this episode using certain types of language to describe the majority of people's lives working and toiling as a wage slave and getting no quality of life out of this daily existence. I want you to log onto the pod report this issue and record a comment online as to what area or sector do you work in, whether you get any job satisfaction out of it and do you feel you're 'living to work' or 'working to live'. Is this daily existence of yours what development is supposed to be all about? Let us know at www.podreport.podomatic.com The two bands featured are Jagaver www.jagaver.co.uk from Brighton UKwith Living to Work and Moral Decline http://www.myspace.com/moraldecline with 'Overworked Underpaid' from the USA.

Episode 12: ASDA Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Victory, US Freedom of the Press?
January 27, 2010 03:56 AM PST
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This week's podcast celebrates a recent Greenpeace Ocean's Campaign Victory in Britain against ASDA - WalMart's Fish Procurement policy. ASDA were regarded as bottom of the 'Seafood Chain' League Table in regards to procurement policy. Greenpeace conducted a campaign over the last 6 months to get ASDA to change its smelly fish buying practices and culminated in a Greenpeace occupation of its Headquarters in Leeds, England. Result, ASDA agreed not only to publish a public policy on sourcing sustainable seafood within the next six weeks, but also to remove skate, dogfish (huss), Dover sole and ling from it's shelves with immediate effect. They've also agreed to look closely at taking similar action on swordfish and marlin within the next six weeks.

See http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/oceans/supermarkets/asdaprice.cfm The 2nd half of the podcast is devoted to how the USA is controlling Freedom of the Press by foreign Journalists to help it to write history in ‘real time’. How far will the US go in this endeavour, killing of foreign journalists and deliberately targeting them appears to be highly likely…along with strict control on foreign journalists entering into and out of the USA. The US Government does not like criticism of its actions globally it seems… See http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=10003 for details. Our two bands featured this week both stem from Germany. They are Kitchen Cowboys www.kitchencowboys.de/ and Simon Saiz http://simonsaiz.de/ respectively.

Episode 11: A Walk in the Countryside
January 21, 2010 08:21 AM PST
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I keep saying, podcasting really needs to 'get out there' get into the field and carry out 'podjournalism'. As a Pod Journalist I believe in getting out and going directly to the issues and this week's episode is no exception... Yeah, I go for a 'Walk in the Countryside'. Out into the wilds of rural Wales I track for hours up and down hills dodging sheep, bracken, gorse, Range Rovers, Dirt Bikes, barbed wire fences and Rubbish! Yeah, lots and lots of Rubbish! We bring the low down on the true nature of the 'rural idyllic' as it stands today, everything from nappies to animal feed to salt grit to coke cans...you can find it out here, in the countryside... Featured artist this week is Pauline Taylor. I couldn't get her website to work but it's www.paulinetaylor.co.uk or download her music from the iTunes music store.

(Originally published 17 Jan 2006.)

Episode 10: The New York Photo League, Magnum, The Surrealists in the 1930s
January 12, 2010 03:57 AM PST
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The 1930s, 40s and 50s saw various Social Movements of the Left in the Western World seek to smash facism, fight for Social Justice and Workers rights and document and publish to the world's media, the plight of the poor. This espisode explores the New York Photo League ( http://photography.about.com/library/weekly/aa100801a.htm ) and Magnum Photo Agency (www.magnumphotos.com). We also broadcast the Pod Report for the first time directly on location in Paris Montparnasse Cemetary. We explore the neighbourhood as it was in the 1930s where it was a hang-out of the Surrealist Movement to modern day Montparnasse where the same familiar landmarks remain but it is now inhabited by an entirely different sub-culture, that of the rich Parisians...The modern day Surrealist Movement still goes strong in Paris (see http://surrealisme.ouvaton.org/ ) For some hot Reggae see Jammin INC ( www.jammin-inc.de ) and for some cool Jazz see The Core ( http://thecoremusic.blogspot.com/ ) I feature 'Propoganda' and 'Mobius Triplet' respectively.

This episode was partly recorded on location, in Paris. Originally Published 8th Jan 2006.

Episode 9: Reflecting upon 2005, Anti-social Behaviour Orders and Development, Predictions 2006
January 08, 2010 07:33 PM PST
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It's the end of the year for 2005 so we reflect on world events and disasters that occurred in 2005. From Katrina, to Dafur, to the Pakistan earthquake to the Tsunami to the war in Iraq… and make a few predictions for 2006... 2005 was also the year of the Anti-Social Behaviour Order and we interview Keith Parkins who has been threatened with an ASBO by the corrupt Council of Farnborough in the UK. What for? For trying to stop a major town centre development to make way for a major supermarket that will clear half the town centre and many businesses and poor council estates in the process!

Originally published in Dec 2005.

Episode 8: Deep in Inner Space: Reclaiming the Public Space
December 25, 2009 07:31 PM PST
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Welcome to a most strange edition of The Pod Report...this week we go on a journey to innerspace and explore Surrealism, our right to be free and the big brother creep of our freedom being taken away from us in the name of the 'War on Terror'. Stranger than science fiction, slowly but surely, drip by drip, the authoritarian nature of society closes our right to be free in both our public worlds and our private ones... Surrealism challenges us to lead a life that is quite different where we merge our unconscious mind and the poetic with the outer reality of everyday life to regain our freedom despite the enclosure of public spaces and the creepy voyerism of CCTV land...See www.londonsurrealistgroup.org.uk for more details about Surrealism. We also have an exclusive interview outside 'Podlab 9' with an artistic group in Wales that spends its time turning up to a random place and creating public art to increase people's quality of life...only to be arrested and their right to freedom of expression harshly curtailed! Reclaim the streets do a good job of gaining back our freedom. See www.reclaimthestreets.net and you to can join in the festive fun! Finally, Paula Toledo from Canada gets to 'Break it Down' (see www.paulatoledo.com for details) and Jammin INC from Germany take us into System Overload (see www.jammin-inc.de ).

Dec 2005

Episode 7: WTO Ministerial, Interview with Camcorder Guerilla
December 22, 2009 04:37 PM PST
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This week, I talk about the WTO 6th Ministerial Conference to be held on the 13th to the 18th December 2005 and explain to the listener the low down on what's on the table for negotiations. Sadly, its the usual 'divide and rule' style tactics coming out from the EU to arm twist developing countries into bending to their will. This time around, they're trying to drive a wedge between the newly industrialising countries (e.g., Brazil, India, China) and the agriculturally dependent ones it seems...See www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/FreeTrade/HongKong.asp Then, we have yet another exclusive interview this time with Camcorder Guerillas from Scotland. The interview is with one of the Media Activists (Indigo) of this 30 strong video activist group. I apologise to listeners due to the soundquality of this episode in advance. However, the essence of this espisode is a 'must have' and I hope you enjoy it! See www.camcorderguerillas.net for details. We feature two songs from Anne Davis this podcast. See www.annedavismusic.com for more! Yes, the world is watching!

Originally produced: December 2005

Episode 6 - Stopping Airport Expansion
September 24, 2009 05:37 PM PDT
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Airport Expansion is going on unabated and many of us don't realise the speed and rate that they're expanding at...this ediition focuses on Airport Expansion in Britain and what you can do to stop it. We're likely to double air traffic in Britian by 2015 from 1995 levels.

This is being driven by such things as cheap flights and various tax breaks on things like aviation fuel amongst other forms of corporate welfare. For a good overview check out www.airportwatch.org.uk and for facts go to www.transport2000.org.uk You can take action online by going to www.airportpledge.org.uk and sign the pledge to help stop Airport Expansion in Britain. Undercurrents have also produced a good documentary on stopping Swansea Airport Expansion plans which they managed to do! See www.undercurrents.org/reachforthesky/ We have a special interview with Farnborough Stop Airport Expansion Activist Keith Parkins on with a key examination of what's going on on the ground to stop the skies being littered with jets. See http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/11/327534.html and http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/11/328072.html for full details.

We feature Adrina Thorpe (www.adrinathorpe.com ) "Fly Fly Fly" and the lovely French Canadian artist Paula Toledo ( www.paulatoledo.com ) with "Fly Away" in keeping with the theme. Finally, check out Russel'ss site on activist posters at www.endofprint.org

This Podcast was created Back in late 2005

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