BroadSpectrumRadio.com http://broadspectrumradio.com an alternative peace-oriented radio service airing on International shortwave, local and internet radio stations Sat, 02 Jun 2018 18:58:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 https://i2.wp.com/broadspectrumradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-bsrlogo-20160227.png?fit=32%2C32 BroadSpectrumRadio.com http://broadspectrumradio.com 32 32 an alternative voice on International Shortwave Radio and Online, topics include: GI Rights, Ham Radio, Aspergers, Neurodiversity, Music and more<br /> --- <br /> Broad Spectrum Radio is a non-commercial project of James M. Branum, a Shortwave radio enthusiast, amateur radio operator (KG5JST), as well as a progressive Mennonite minister, peace activist/attorney, husband and father.<br /> <br /> Much of the programming aired on BSR originates from the Upwave Media Project of the Center for Conscience in Action, including Nappy Roots Radio, Peace Buzz and Exploring Aspergia. BSR also airs the periodic Mennonite Radio Program from Joy Mennonite Church of Oklahoma City.<br /> <br /> Our programs air (as funds permit) on local AM/FM and international shortwave radio stations around the world, as well as online. <br /> <br /> More information can be found at: www.broadspectrumradio.com BroadSpectrumRadio-JamesMBranum Station Director yes BroadSpectrumRadio-JamesMBranum Station Director broadspectrumradio@gmail.com broadspectrumradio@gmail.com (BroadSpectrumRadio-JamesMBranum Station Director) an alternative voice on International Shortwave Radio and Online, topics include: GI Rights, Ham Radio, Aspergers, Neurodiversity, Music and more BroadSpectrumRadio.com http://broadspectrumradio.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/bsr-1400sq.png http://broadspectrumradio.com broadspectrumradio@gmail.com Broad Spectrum Radio is a non-commercial project of James M. Branum, a Shortwave radio enthusiast, amateur radio operator (KG5JST), as well as a progressive Mennonite minister, peace activist/attorney, husband and father. Much of the programming aired on BSR originates from the Upwave Media Project of the Center for Conscience in Action, including Nappy Roots Radio, Peace Buzz and Exploring Aspergia. BSR also airs the periodic Mennonite Radio Program from Joy Mennonite Church of Oklahoma City. Our programs air (as funds permit) on local AM/FM and international shortwave radio stations around the world, as well as online. 110370812 BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com – 1st week of May 2018 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2018/05/14/bsr-international-magazine-show-from-broadspectrumradio-com-1st-week-of-may-2018/ Mon, 14 May 2018 06:15:11 +0000 http://broadspectrumradio.com/?p=687 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2018/05/14/bsr-international-magazine-show-from-broadspectrumradio-com-1st-week-of-may-2018/#respond http://broadspectrumradio.com/2018/05/14/bsr-international-magazine-show-from-broadspectrumradio-com-1st-week-of-may-2018/feed/ 0 BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com for broadcast on the 1st week of May 2018 The first half hour —… BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com

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The first half hour — music all about trains
The second half hour — The BSR Radiogram #8, recorded in MFSK32 mode, centered on 1500 hz.

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The first half hour — music all about trains

The second half hour — The BSR Radiogram #8, recorded in MFSK32 mode, centered on 1500 hz.
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Hosted by James M. Branum, KG5JST
This week for the BSR International Magazine Show…

An all digital format show

1st half hour -BSR Radiogram #6, (scheduled for last week but not aired due to a technical issue) with a few small fixes – featuring pictures of postage stamps on the topic of Oklahoma
2nd half hour – BSR Radiogram #7 – pictures of Cuban postage stamps from the Spanish colonial era to the current revolutionary republic, all taken from my own stamp collection. — In honor of Radio Havana Cuba’s 57th birthday.

Format is MFSK32. To decode use FLDGI (for windows, mac, linux, etc.) or TIVAR (for android). It should be centered on 1500 hz.

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From Broadspectumradio.com
Hosted by James M. Branum, KG5JST

This week for the BSR International Magazine Show…
An all digital format show
1st half hour -BSR Radiogram #6, (scheduled for last week but not aired due to a technical issue) with a few small fixes – featuring pictures of postage stamps on the topic of Oklahoma

2nd half hour – BSR Radiogram #7 – pictures of Cuban postage stamps from the Spanish colonial era to the current revolutionary republic, all taken from my own stamp collection. — In honor of Radio Havana Cuba’s 57th birthday.

Format is MFSK32. To decode use FLDGI (for windows, mac, linux, etc.) or TIVAR (for android). It should be centered on 1500 hz.


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BSR International Radio Magazine Show – 2018 April 3rd week – BroadSpectrumRadio.com

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Publication date 2018-04-16
Usage http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
Topics ShortwaveSWLradio

Language English



Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show
for the 3rd week of April 2018

This program is brought to you by BroadSpectrumRadio.com and is hosted by James Branum.

I’m a little under the weather, so for our first half hour I’ll be replaying two 15 minute programs – one on the Oklahoma Green Corn Rebellion and the second an episode of Mennonite Radio.

For our second half hour, we’ll air our normal BSR Radiogram program, digital mode show, this week in MFSK32 centered on 1500 hz.


So stay tuned.
* Replay: BSR Oklahoma Show – Centennial of the Oklahoma Green Corn Rebellion – from http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/08/04/bsr-magazine-show-the-green-corn-rebellion-centennial-part-1-bsr-203/
* Replay: Mennonite Radio – Let’s be honest about the horrible parts of the sometimes not-so-holy Bible – from  – http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/09/01/mennonite-radio-lets-be-honest-about-the-horrible-parts-of-the-sometimes-not-so-holy-bible/
Our second half hour — BSR Radiogram #5. Use the FLDGI software to decode the program. It is encoded in MFSK32 centered at 1500 hz.









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The following is a working script – minor changes might be made in the final recording…

Welcome to the BSR Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com, for airing on the 2nd week of April 2018, recorded in Oklahoma City on April 8th, on the 7th day of the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout.
Your host for today is James Branum.
This week’s program will focus on the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, an ongoing action to force our state legislature to appropriately fund public education in our state.
But first I need to mention that this and all of our past programs can be found on our website at BroadSpectrumRadio.com as well as your favorite podcast software and apps. And of course we love to hear your comments and QSL’s. Send them to us at BroadSpectrumradio(at)gmail.com.
All successful protest movements are fueled by music, and this one is no exception, so most of the program will focus on these songs, but we’ll also have some of the speeches, as well as marching band music, performed by a combined band of Oklahoma high school band directors and students.
To start off we’ll play some folks songs performed by Jonathan Marshall, Aaron Baker and a new song called “A Teacher’s Prayer To Keep Oklahoma Strong,” written by Jerelyn Atchison and sung by a group of teachers and students from El Reno.
* Jonathan Marshall – Solidarity Forever!
* Aaron Baker – Oklahoma Walkout song (a rewritten version of Woody Guthrie’s Union Maid)
* Jerelyn Achison (with El Reno public school teachers and students) – “A Teacher’s Prayer To Keep Oklahoma Strong,”
By the way I forgot to mention that Aaron Baker, who is playing the second song coming up, is one of the many teachers walking the 110 miles or 177km from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, with their arrival coming on Tuesday of this coming week.
Next we’ll hear from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, with excerpts from her remarks at the rally on the first day of the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, and her singing “We shall not be moved,” and after that we’ll hear from the Oklahoma STARVATION Army Band, with their version of “We ain’t gonna be treated this a way”
* Lily Eskelsen García
Excerpted audio from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7lXfokqJ9Y
* Oklahoma Starvation Army Band: Find link, add here later

Meanwhile in Oklahoma… as you can imagine, some of our lawmakers aren’t too happy about the teacher’s walkout, so I thought I would let a few of these jerks speak for themselves. So… here’s the audio from a video that Oklahoma State Rep. Kevin McDugle put online:

* Kevin McDugle video 

Ladies and gentlemen… that was Oklahoma State Representative Kevin McDugle.

Next… let’s hear a little bit about what Governor Mary Fallin thinks about Oklahoma public school teachers, from a CBS news interview:

* Mary Fallin, CBS interview excerpt

Of course the teachers will get the last word, as these two teachers show in this catchy little parody…
* Fallin’s Gotta Fix (parody of Pumped up Kicks)
We’ll close out the musical part of the program with some excerpts from the combined Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Marching band, composed of Oklahoma public school band directors, students and alumni. They played several times this week, but this recording is from Friday, day 5 of the walkout.
I should mention the audio is not great, as I was part of a crowd of people gathered around the band, often to the side, which means sometimes the drums or brass will sound louder than it would if one were listening at a distance from the band.
Before we move to the second half of the BSR Magazine Show, I want to mention that if you are listening in other locales via our shortwave broadcasts, there are still things that YOU can do to help to show support for this movement. We’ll have some suggestions and links for more information on the show page for this episode at BroadSpectrumRadio.com.
For the second half of our program, we will be doing our scheduled digital mode transmission. If you are unfamiliar with digital modes, my suggestion is to record the audio and then later use FLDGI or TIVAR to decode the tranmission, which will be sent in MFSK32 format, centered on 1500. Most of the text of this broadcast will discuss the Oklahoma Teachers Walkout and labor issues generally, and the pictures will also be on this theme.
And please don’t forget… your QSL reports and comments are always welcome. Please send them to broadspectrumradio@gmail.com.
And now for the digital broadcast…
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BSR Magazine Show – 2018 April 2nd week – Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Protest Music – BSR Radiogram #4 The following… The following is a working script – minor changes might be made in the final recording…


Welcome to the BSR Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com, for airing on the 2nd week of April 2018, recorded in Oklahoma City on April 8th, on the 7th day of the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout.

Your host for today is James Branum.

This week’s program will focus on the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, an ongoing action to force our state legislature to appropriately fund public education in our state.

But first I need to mention that this and all of our past programs can be found on our website at BroadSpectrumRadio.com as well as your favorite podcast software and apps. And of course we love to hear your comments and QSL’s. Send them to us at BroadSpectrumradio(at)gmail.com.

All successful protest movements are fueled by music, and this one is no exception, so most of the program will focus on these songs, but we’ll also have some of the speeches, as well as marching band music, performed by a combined band of Oklahoma high school band directors and students.

To start off we’ll play some folks songs performed by Jonathan Marshall, Aaron Baker and a new song called “A Teacher’s Prayer To Keep Oklahoma Strong,” written by Jerelyn Atchison and sung by a group of teachers and students from El Reno.

* Jonathan Marshall – Solidarity Forever!
From: https://www.facebook.com/swordreader/videos/10156166197882381/
* Aaron Baker – Oklahoma Walkout song (a rewritten version of Woody Guthrie’s Union Maid)
From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAFcincseUQ
* Jerelyn Achison (with El Reno public school teachers and students) – “A Teacher’s Prayer To Keep Oklahoma Strong,”
From: http://www.news9.com/story/37862024/unfiltered-el-reno-teacher-pens-protest-song-for-oklahoma-walkout

By the way I forgot to mention that Aaron Baker, who is playing the second song coming up, is one of the many teachers walking the 110 miles or 177km from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, with their arrival coming on Tuesday of this coming week.

Next we’ll hear from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, with excerpts from her remarks at the rally on the first day of the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, and her singing “We shall not be moved,” and after that we’ll hear from the Oklahoma STARVATION Army Band, with their version of “We ain’t gonna be treated this a way”

* Lily Eskelsen García
Excerpted audio from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7lXfokqJ9Y
* Oklahoma Starvation Army Band: Find link, add here later


Meanwhile in Oklahoma… as you can imagine, some of our lawmakers aren’t too happy about the teacher’s walkout, so I thought I would let a few of these jerks speak for themselves. So… here’s the audio from a video that Oklahoma State Rep. Kevin McDugle put online:
* Kevin McDugle video 


Ladies and gentlemen… that was Oklahoma State Representative Kevin McDugle.


Next… let’s hear a little bit about what Governor Mary Fallin thinks about Oklahoma public school teachers, from a CBS news interview:
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BSR Magazine Radio Show

for the first week of April 2018
From BroadSpectrumRadio.com
Hosted by James M. Branum

The following is a working script/outline, so some changes may have been in the final recording:

Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com, hosted by James M. Branum.
This program is scheduled for airing in the first week of April 2018.
In this episode…
* A programming note about our move to a weekly schedule
* Discussions about the Oklahoma Teacher’s Walkout — special program coming next week.
* Songs from the holidays of Passover and Easter, both of which are occuring this week.*
* And in the second half of our hour, you’ll hear the BSR Radiogram, a digital mode program, which can be decoded using software such FLDGI, so for digital radio enthusiasts, please get your recording equpiment ready as this will be starting around the the 30 minute mark.
So let’s get started…
* Move to a weekly schedule
– Experimenting with airing weekly programs on WRMI, with the first half being a mix of music and talk, and the second half being a digital mode broadcast.
– Rationale: Two reasons: First, we are getting a huge response from the BSR radiogram broadcasts, but I have a lot to learn through trial and error. A weekly program gives me more chances to experiment and see what works.
Second, there’s a lot of content I want to share and a monthly program just isn’t enough to work with.
As for other stations — I will be airing occasional programs (probably monthly) on WBCQ and Channel 292, but not weekly. Someday maybe, but the finances are only there to do a weekly show on WRMI.
## The Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout ##
The walkout (aka strike) is starting in the morning, listen next week for sounds and music from the walkout, including songs by Oklahoma public school teacher and folk musician Aaron Baker.

 

MUSIC inspired by Passover, Easter and Spring:

1. “Passover Rhapsody” by Aish.com (a parody of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”)
2. “Daiyenu” by The Maccabeats described as a “multi-genre twist on the classic passover song”
3. “Uptown Passover” by Six 13, described as an “Uptown Funk adaptation for Passover”

6. ERROR – looks like I repeated track #3 instead of playing this track from the Ein Prat Fountainheads. Oh well, there’s next year I guess.

BSR Radiogram #3 – A Digital broadcast in MFSK32 centered on 1500 hz.

To decode, use FLDGI (Windows, MacOS, Linux), TIVAR (for Android) or other programs for decoding digital radio transmissions.

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BSR Magazine Radio Show

for the first week of April 2018

From BroadSpectrumRadio.com

Hosted by James M. Branum

The following is a working script/outline, so some changes may have been in the final recording:
Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com, hosted by James M. Branum.

This program is scheduled for airing in the first week of April 2018.

In this episode…

* A programming note about our move to a weekly schedule
* Discussions about the Oklahoma Teacher’s Walkout — special program coming next week.
* Songs from the holidays of Passover and Easter, both of which are occuring this week.*
* And in the second half of our hour, you’ll hear the BSR Radiogram, a digital mode program, which can be decoded using software such FLDGI, so for digital radio enthusiasts, please get your recording equpiment ready as this will be starting around the the 30 minute mark.

So let’s get started…


* Move to a weekly schedule

– Experimenting with airing weekly programs on WRMI, with the first half being a mix of music and talk, and the second half being a digital mode broadcast.

– Rationale: Two reasons: First, we are getting a huge response from the BSR radiogram broadcasts, but I have a lot to learn through trial and error. A weekly program gives me more chances to experiment and see what works.

Second, there’s a lot of content I want to share and a monthly program just isn’t enough to work with.

As for other stations — I will be airing occasional programs (probably monthly) on WBCQ and Channel 292, but not weekly. Someday maybe, but the finances are only there to do a weekly show on WRMI.

## The Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout ##

The walkout (aka strike) is starting in the morning, listen next week for sounds and music from the walkout, including songs by Oklahoma public school teacher and folk musician Aaron Baker.
 

MUSIC inspired by Passover, Easter and Spring:
1. “Passover Rhapsody” by Aish.com (a parody of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”)

2. “Daiyenu” by The Maccabeats described as a “multi-genre twist on the classic passover song”

3. “Uptown Passover” by Six 13, described as an “Uptown Funk adaptation for Passover”
4, “God split the Ocean” by Six 13
5. “Gentle Arms of Eden” by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar
6. ERROR – looks like I repeated track #3 instead of playing this track from the Ein Prat Fountainheads. Oh well, there’s next year I guess.
BSR Radiogram #3 – A Digital broadcast in MFSK32 centered on 1500 hz.
To decode, use FLDGI (Windows, MacOS, Linux), TIVAR (for Android) or other programs for decoding digital radio transmissions.

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Hosted by James M. Branum

WORKING SCRIPT FOLLOWS/SOME MINOR CHANGES MAY APPEAR IN RECORDED VERSION

Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show from Broad Spectrum Radio.com, hosted by James M. Branum.

This program is scheduled for airing in March 2018.

In this episode…

* A programming note about our missing February show

* Jewish and Mennonite, a short podcast about my bireligious experience, which will be also be aired as periodic segments on this program

* A song from the Mexican band Calibre Cinquenta (50 Caliber) entitled Corrido de Juanito with a bit of discussion about the story of this song.

* An update on the case of whistleblower Reality Winner.

* And finally the BSR Radiogram, a digital mode program, which can be decoded using software such FLDGI…  so for any digital radio enthusiasts out there, please get your recorder ready as this will be starting around the the 30 minute mark.

So let’s get started…

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So first… about our February show… well as is obvious by now, we didn’t do one. Life circumstances with family and job stuff just didn’t cooperate. I feel bad about this but the only thing to do is to move forward and get back to creating programming on a consistent basis again.

But to our next segment…

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Intro Music

Jewish and Mennonite, Episode #1

From the start of BSR, Broad Spectrum Radio, I’ve shared bits and pieces of my religious/spiritual journey and have sought to use my programs as a way to promote a more tolerant understandings of faith, because I frankly think it is essential to peace in this world, but I haven’t shared my whole story, and I really haven’t made it clear that my religious identity is bireligious in nature.

So, I think it’s time for me to be more open, to explain how I, like a growing number of people in this country and around the world, find it too confining to be defined and limited by a single faith tradition.

In what I hope will be an ongoing series of programs, I will be sharing about what it is like to be bireligious, including some of the ethical and practical issues at stakes. I also want to share some of my observations from comparing, contrasting and experiencing two traditions, hopefully always from an attitude of respect. And there will be a good bit of discussion about what this looks like in the context of a family.

First though, I want to share a short version of my religious background, as it gives some important context, explaining how I got to this place.

I grew up in a conservative evangelical Christian tradition, the Churches of Christ, but more specifically the acapella-only branch of the Churches of Christ. It was there that I first developed faith, but also it was I first started to question and push back against what others told me to believe, particularly as a teenager and young adult.

In my young adult years, I started to drift from the astere experience of the Churches of Christ and towards the charismatic tradition, yet I didn’t sever all of my ties with the churches of christ,  as I ended up graduating with a bachelor’s degree from a Church of Christ school and I served for about a year as a Church of Christ preacher. I really did not fit well in this tradition any more.

This tension grew after I started to wrestle with the issue of violence from the perspective of the teachings of Jesus, which led me to see a conflict between my religious upbringing, which largely taught that abortion was wrong, but that the death penalty and war was ordained by God. As i dealt more squarely with the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, I was drawn to a pacficist understanding of faith.

As I sought to resolve these issues, I came across the Mennonites, and I found a church community to be a part of, one that was inclusive, open-minded and peace-centric. I joined that church on Easter Sunday, I believe coming up on 14 years ago. This congregation served to not only be my faith community but also became my primary base of peace activism, providing support and encouragement in my work over the years, particularly after I graduated from law school and plunged into working to help US military servicemembers who were seeking to be discharged from the military for reasons of  conscience, politics or other reasons.

But my journey of seeking didn’t end when I found Joy. I had quite a few questions about Christianity itself that troubled me, most notably the idea of hell as a place of eternal torment, as well as the idea that people of non-Christian faith traditions were not right with God. Thankfully my community at Joy was very tolerant for the most part with my faith questions, and they gave me the freedom to seek meaning in other traditions as well, including the Eastern traditions of Buddhism and Taoism, as well later the universalistic strains of the unprogrammed Quaker tradition.

But this searching still left me unsatisfied, and I often felt that I could be better define what I didn’t believe in, than what I could still believe in. There were parts of the Mennonite experienced that still worked well for me — the emphasis on individual conscience tempered by community discernment as well the emphasis on the ethical teachings of Jesus. But other things didn’t work so well for me, especially when it came to my hunger for meaningful rituals and spirituality. So much of Mennonite spirituality seemed tied up in a Christian theology that I no longer believed in.

Then something new came into my life, a rekindling of an old friendship, someone I had known from church and school connections from our teen years. What started off as a series of long email exchanges, led to romance and eventually to marriage and consequently step-parenthood at age 35, which opened new doors of understanding but also new questions. My faith journey was no longer a solitary one, but thankfully I married someone who was a fearless seeker, who had struggled through major life crises— cancer, the ending of a marriage, major career disruptions, and who saw that the shallow faith tradition given to her by well meaning loved ones just wasn’t enough.

It was in our first year of marriage that she shared with me, her interest in Judaism, especially in the family-based rituals of Shabbat and the holidays. And so I wanted to learn more, and so we started experimenting with home-based Jewish practice, so much so, that in time my son saw himself as more Jewish than anything else.

Since then we’ve grappled with the issue of identity, and we still don’t have the answers. We are still part of our Mennonite congregation and find a lot of good things there, but when it comes to our interior family life, we are more and more Jewish, so much so that, I decided a few years ago to go through the process of conversion, through the Society for Humanistic Judaism, one of the few traditions that allows converts to Judaism, who do not want to renounce their old faith traditions. And so today I see myself as Jewish and Mennonite, but also in some ways not very Jewish and not very Mennonite.

Along the way there have been some challenging ethical questions about all of this, particuarly as I was uncomfortable with the way that some Christians had co-opted Jewish practices in not-so-disrespectful ways, most notably in the so-called Messianic Jewish movement. I didn’t want to fall for this trap but I also was not comfortable with the advice some gave me that it was inherently wrong to engage in Jewish spiritual practices, when these practices had brought so much life and joy to our family lives. And of course I also worried about our son. Would he be hurt by not having a clear religious identity?

Thankfully, a few years into this, I received some sage advice, by way a retired Mennonite seminary professor, who I had the chance to talk to, on a long Amtrak train ride. My new friend suggested that I consider the metaphor of religions as languages. He went on to say that even fluent bilingual people do not mix two languages together at the same time (at least if one wants to be understood) but rather treats each language as its own world, with its own vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical structure; hence it was best to experience each religion on its own terms and at its own time.

At the same time, I do think there is value in comparing and contrasting religious traditions, especially in looking for points of commonality. It these points of commonality but also contrast, that I think will be one of the major themes of upcoming shows, particularly in examining some of the following issues:

* The Jewish and Mennonite tradition’s emphasis of orthopraxy over orthodoxy — the idea that it is more important to do the right thing, than to believe the right thing

* The experience of the diaspora experience among both traditions, and how migration shaped each group’s identity.

* The question of identity – are these traditions a matter of ethnicity, personal choice or both?

* The different approaches of hermeneutics in each tradition, or to say it another way — how does each tradition read and interpret its scriptures.

And that’s just the beginning. I think there is a lot more to be gained in looking at these questions, but that’s where i will have to leave it for today. I am creating a special website to share this podcast  JewishandMennonite.faith, but you can also find these programs in the future as segments on the BSR International Magazine Show. And of course I would love to hear your comments. Please send them to me at broadspectrumradio(at)gmail.com.

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Now it’s time for some music from the band, Calibre Cinquenta (50 caliber in English) – “Corrido de Juanito”

But, before we play this song, I’ll share a rough translation/paraphrase of the lyrics of this song, told from the standpoint of “Juanito”

I have been in the US for 14 years without papers. My mom has died back home and my father is old and is dying. I want to go back home to Mexico and see him before it is too late, but my dad says not to come, it’s too dangerous.

I work and work to take care of my kids .They are good kids, but they were born in this country and no longer speak Spanish. They don’t have his fear of ICE, that the immigration police will come and take them away, and that’s a good thing.


The people who drive by, they don’t see me, they just see my boots and hat. To them, I’m just a gardener or cook. We all look the same to them, and they look down at us.

But I’m still their friend, and I’m a Mexican, Mexican all the way to the brim.

Life is not easy and it’s getting harder.
It’s not how they say, that life is easy here, 
I remember the crosses,
The places where thousands died in the desert.

At night I’m can’t stop thinking,

Thinking and remembering those who stayed.
But I’m stuck here,
Growing older and older, 
But I’m grateful to God
That I’m alive,
For all that I’ve been blessed.

I send a greeting
To all my cousins,

My Aunts and uncles, my brothers and my sisters …

With sad and tired eyes,
I, Juanito promises,
And with sad tired eyes,

I vow that

Someday I will visit them,
Someday I will hug them.

The people who drive by, they don’t see me, they just see my boots and hat. To them, I’m just a gardener or cook, we all look the same to them, and they look down at us.

But I’m still their friend, and I’m a Mexican, Mexican all the way to the brim.


So that’s my rough translation…

Let’s now hear this song, Corridos de Juanito by Calibre Cinquenta

(MUSIC) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC7a27zE2fs

Reality Winner Update

Excerpt from Courage to Resist podcast: https://couragetoresist.org/podcast-reality-winner-family/

BSR Radiogram

for March 2018

from BroadSpectrumRadio.com

Includes QSL confirmations, inspirational quotes and readings, pictures etc, but you have to decode it yourself in MFSK32 format using a program like FLDGI

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BSR International Magazine Show – March 2018 from BroadSpectrumRadio.com Hosted by James M. Branum WORKING SCRIPT FOLLOWS/SOME MINOR CHANGES MAY… from BroadSpectrumRadio.com

Hosted by James M. Branum
WORKING SCRIPT FOLLOWS/SOME MINOR CHANGES MAY APPEAR IN RECORDED VERSION
Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show from Broad Spectrum Radio.com, hosted by James M. Branum.
This program is scheduled for airing in March 2018.
In this episode…
* A programming note about our missing February show
* Jewish and Mennonite, a short podcast about my bireligious experience, which will be also be aired as periodic segments on this program
* A song from the Mexican band Calibre Cinquenta (50 Caliber) entitled Corrido de Juanito with a bit of discussion about the story of this song.
* An update on the case of whistleblower Reality Winner.
* And finally the BSR Radiogram, a digital mode program, which can be decoded using software such FLDGI…  so for any digital radio enthusiasts out there, please get your recorder ready as this will be starting around the the 30 minute mark.
So let’s get started…
***********


So first… about our February show… well as is obvious by now, we didn’t do one. Life circumstances with family and job stuff just didn’t cooperate. I feel bad about this but the only thing to do is to move forward and get back to creating programming on a consistent basis again.
But to our next segment…
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Intro Music
Jewish and Mennonite, Episode #1
From the start of BSR, Broad Spectrum Radio, I’ve shared bits and pieces of my religious/spiritual journey and have sought to use my programs as a way to promote a more tolerant understandings of faith, because I frankly think it is essential to peace in this world, but I haven’t shared my whole story, and I really haven’t made it clear that my religious identity is bireligious in nature.
So, I think it’s time for me to be more open, to explain how I, like a growing number of people in this country and around the world, find it too confining to be defined and limited by a single faith tradition.
In what I hope will be an ongoing series of programs, I will be sharing about what it is like to be bireligious, including some of the ethical and practical issues at stakes. I also want to share some of my observations from comparing, contrasting and experiencing two traditions, hopefully always from an attitude of respect. And there will be a good bit of discussion about what this looks like in the context of a family.
First though, I want to share a short version of my religious background, as it gives some important context, explaining how I got to this place.
I grew up in a conservative evangelical Christian tradition, the Churches of Christ, but more specifically the acapella-only branch of the Churches of Christ. It was there that I first developed faith, but also it was I first started to question and push back against what others told me to believe, particularly as a teenager and young adult.
In my young adult years, I started to drift from the astere experience of the Churches of Christ and towards the charismatic tradition, yet I didn’t sever all of my ties with the churches of christ,  as I ended up graduating with a bachelor’s degree from a Church of Christ school and I served for about a year as a Church of Christ preacher. I really did not fit well in this tradition any more.
This tension grew after I started to wrestle with the issue of violence from the perspective of the teachings of Jesus, which led me to see a conflict between my religious upbringing, which largely taught that abortion was wrong, but that the death penalty and war was ordained by God. As i dealt more squarely with the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, I was drawn to a pacficist understanding of faith.
As I sought to resolve these issues, I came across the Mennonites,]]>
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January 2018 – BSR International Magazine Show — Donald Trump, FCC regulations, music from so-called “shithole” countries http://broadspectrumradio.com/2018/03/07/january-2018-bsr-international-magazine-show-donald-trump-fcc-regulations-music-from-so-called-shithole-countries/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 04:08:49 +0000 http://broadspectrumradio.com/?p=648 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2018/03/07/january-2018-bsr-international-magazine-show-donald-trump-fcc-regulations-music-from-so-called-shithole-countries/#respond http://broadspectrumradio.com/2018/03/07/january-2018-bsr-international-magazine-show-donald-trump-fcc-regulations-music-from-so-called-shithole-countries/feed/ 0 BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com Hosted by James M. Branum In this episode: * A response to US President… BSR International Magazine Show
from BroadSpectrumRadio.com
Hosted by James M. Branum

In this episode:

* A response to US President Donald Trump’s offensive remarks about “shithole” countries
* A discussion of why it is legal for me to quote the President’s use of the word “shithole” on US radio stations.
* A selection of music from so-called “shithole” countries, played in solidarity with those resisting the US American empire in these countries.
* The BSR Radiogram — a digital broadcast in MFSK16 format (which can be decoded with the FLDGI program)

What follows is an computer-generated transcript of this mostly unscripted show (courtesy of the computers at Youtube). Errors abound, but I likely won’t have time to go back and fix them:

 

Welcome to the BSR international
00:02
magazine show from BroadSpectrum
00:04
Radio.com for January 2018. Your host for
00:09
this program is James Branum. we
00:12
broadcast this program on a monthly
00:14
basis for international shortwave radio
00:16
and online listeners out of our mission
00:19
to promote the values of solidarity,
00:22
socialism, science and spirituality. Our
00:27
plans for the January show, our first of
00:29
2018, had to be thrown out the window
00:30
this week as we felt it was necessary to
00:33
respond to president Trump’s remarks
00:35
about what he called quote unquote
00:38
shithole countries but before I go
00:42
further I should say that I do my best
00:44
to abide by the FCC regulations
00:46
regarding profanity and hence avoid
00:48
using bad words but there are some
00:51
exception these are exceptions to these
00:53
regulations and so before I get
00:56
complaints and right now I’m gonna read
00:58
an excerpt from the FCC website that
01:01
deals with this question but you can
01:03
also find a link to this page on the FCC
01:05
website via our show page and our
01:08
website at broad spectrum radio dot-com
01:11
so now here’s the excerpt from the FCC
01:13
website bold typeface what are the
01:16
statutes and rules regarding the
01:18
broadcast of obscene indecent and
01:20
profane programming the answer tile 18
01:24
of US Code section 1 464 prohibits the
01:27
utterance of any obscene indecent or
01:29
profane language by means of radio
01:31
communication consistent with a
01:34
subsequent statute in court case the
01:36
Commission’s rules prohibit the
01:37
broadcast of indecent material during
01:40
the period of 6 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. a
01:43
FCC decisions also prohibit the
01:46
broadcast of profane material between 6
01:48
a.m. and 10 p.m.
01:50
several enforcement’s of these
01:52
regulations rested with the FCC and is
01:54
an important part of the FCC’s overall
01:56
responsibilities at the same time the
02:00
FCC must be mindful of the First
02:01
Amendment of the United States
02:02
Constitution in Section three to six of
02:05
the Communications Act which prohibit
02:08
the FCC from censoring program material
02:11
or interfering with broadcasters
02:13
free speech rights question what makes
02:18
material obscene the answer according to
02:21
the FCC is this obscene speech is not
02:25
protected by the First Amendment and
02:26
broadcasters are prohibited by statue
02:28
and regulation from airing obscene
02:30
material at any time according to the US
02:34
Supreme Court to be obscene material
02:36
must meet a three prong test one an
02:38
average person applying contemporary
02:40
community standards must find the
02:42
material as a whole if he also the
02:46
create interest ie material having a
02:48
tendency to excite lustful thoughts to
02:52
the material must depict or described in
02:55
a patently offensive way sexual conduct
02:57
specifically defined by applicable law
02:59
and three the material taken as a whole
03:04
must lack serious literary artistic
03:05
political or scientific value the
03:10
Supreme Court has indicated that this
03:11
test is designed to cover hardcore
03:13
pornography question what makes material
03:18
indecent indecent material contain
03:23
sexual or excretory material that is not
03:26
rise to the level of the vicinity for
03:27
this reason the courts have held that
03:30
indecent material is protected by the
03:32
First Amendment and cannot be banned
03:33
entirely it may however be restricted to
03:36
avoid ass broadcast during times the day
03:38
when there is a reasonable risk that
03:40
children may be in the audience the FCC
03:42
is determined with the approval of the
03:44
court so there’s a reasonable risk that
03:45
children will be in the audience from 6
03:47
and 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time
03:51
therefore the FCC prohibits station
03:54
licenses from broadcasting indecent
03:56
material during that period material is
04:00
indecent if in context it depicts to
04:03
describe sexual extruded Tori organs or
04:05
activities in terms patently offensive
04:07
as measured by contemporary community
04:09
standards for the broadcast medium in
04:12
each case the FCC must determine whether
04:14
the material describes or depicts sexual
04:17
or excretory organs or activities and if
04:20
so whether the material is patently
04:23
offensive okay
04:26
Oh be going here more from the FCC in
04:29
our assessment of whether material is
04:31
patently offensive context is critical
04:33
the FCC looks at three primary factors
04:36
when analyzing broadcast material one
04:39
whether the description or depiction is
04:41
explicit or graphic – whether material
04:45
drowse on or Peet’s at link to
04:47
descriptions or depictions of sexual or
04:50
excretory organs and three whether the
04:53
material appears to pander or is used to
04:56
titillate or shock no single factor is
05:00
determinative the FCC weighs and
05:02
balances these factors because each case
05:04
presents its own mix of these and
05:05
possibly other factors question what
05:09
makes material profane perfect answer
05:13
profane language includes those words
05:15
that are so highly offensive that their
05:17
mere utterance in the context presented
05:19
may in legal terms amount to a nuisance
05:21
in as Golden Globes Awards order the FCC
05:25
warned broadcasters that depending on
05:27
the context he would consider the f-word
05:30
and those words or variants thereof that
05:32
are is highly offensive as the f-word to
05:35
be profane language that cannot be
05:37
broadcast between 6 a.m. and Tim p.m.
05:42
question what is the safe harbor answer
05:45
the safe harbor return refers to the
05:47
time period between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00
05:48
a.m. local time during this time period
05:51
a station may air indecent and or
05:53
profane material in contrast there is no
05:56
safe harbor for the broadcast of obscene
05:58
material obscene material is entitled to
06:01
no First Amendment protection and may
06:03
not be broadcast at any time question
06:06
are there certain words that are always
06:08
unlawful answer no offensive words may
06:11
be profane and or indecent depending on
06:13
the context in the Golden Globe Awards
06:15
order the FCC stated that it would
06:17
address the legality a broadcast
06:19
language on a case-by-case basis
06:22
depending on the context presented use
06:25
of the f-word or other words is highly
06:27
offensive as the f-word may be both
06:29
indecent and profane if aired between 6
06:31
a.m. and 10 p.m.
06:35
anyway that’s the good stuff let’s see
06:38
anything else here
06:39
so my rate of all this is that the word
06:43
shithole
06:44
when quoting the offensive and racist
06:46
remarks of a sitting US president when
06:49
used as part of political discussion he
06:53
is constitutionally protected free
06:55
speech and can be said on the radio
06:59
weather is made clear here and what the
07:01
FCC itself says there are some words
07:04
that that may be by their nature
07:06
patently offensive but even then you
07:10
have to look at does it meet the three
07:12
prong tests for obscenity to say nothing
07:14
of would you dealing with the lesser
07:16
issues of indecency and profanity so
07:20
want to make that clear and I want to
07:22
have the issue of bad words dealt with
07:24
ahead of time because I need to talk for
07:27
a moment about something that is much
07:28
more offensive than quote-unquote bad
07:31
words which is the offensive racist
07:34
beliefs and proposed policies of the US
07:38
government it’s not just what Trump says
07:40
it’s the fact that he is lobbying that
07:42
he is pushing Congress to pass laws
07:44
based upon his racist beliefs
07:46
hence it is of course time for Trump
07:50
removed to be removed from office I hope
07:53
and pray by nonviolent political means
07:55
but it must be done our nation in the
07:58
world is in danger as long as a man with
08:00
his beliefs holds this office in the
08:03
meantime though one of the best ways we
08:06
as the people of the world can respond
08:08
to Trump’s remarks about so-called
08:10
shithole countries is to instead show
08:14
our loyalty and solidarity with the
08:16
peoples of these countries we need to be
08:19
on their side in this struggle and not
08:22
on the side of the Empire and part of
08:24
that struggle includes the work of
08:26
culture and arts and so for the rest of
08:29
the first half of this program I will be
08:31
playing music from what Trump calls
08:33
shithole countries but what I call proud
08:36
countries who have been abused and
08:38
insulted by the USA Empire for far too
08:41
long and by the way you can find out
08:44
information I’m not going to stop in the
08:46
descriptions of the songs but I’ll have
08:48
show notes and everything at our website
08:50
broad spectrum radio
08:51
just so we can get in as much music as
08:53
possible and in our second half hour we
08:58
will be broadcasting episode number two
08:59
of the BS our radiogram a digital
09:02
program this time broadcast in the m FS
09:05
K 16 mode via analogue radio those
09:08
digital broadcasts to the N via analog
09:11
so my suggestion is for hobbyist out
09:13
there to have your recorder handy and
09:15
then be ready to record the audio and
09:17
then later decode it using programs like
09:19
f LD GI so we hope you enjoyed the
09:22
program and don’t forget to send us your
09:24
qsl report and of course if you had come
09:26
comments complaints about bad language
09:29
you can send that to us too our contact
09:31
info is on our website broad spectrum
09:33
radio comm and now time for the music
09:37
[Music]

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BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com Hosted by James M. Branum In this episode: * A response to US President…
from BroadSpectrumRadio.com

Hosted by James M. Branum
In this episode:
* A response to US President Donald Trump’s offensive remarks about “shithole” countries

* A discussion of why it is legal for me to quote the President’s use of the word “shithole” on US radio stations.

* A selection of music from so-called “shithole” countries, played in solidarity with those resisting the US American empire in these countries.

* The BSR Radiogram — a digital broadcast in MFSK16 format (which can be decoded with the FLDGI program)
What follows is an computer-generated transcript of this mostly unscripted show (courtesy of the computers at Youtube). Errors abound, but I likely won’t have time to go back and fix them:
 
Welcome to the BSR international

00:02

magazine show from BroadSpectrum

00:04

Radio.com for January 2018. Your host for

00:09

this program is James Branum. we

00:12

broadcast this program on a monthly

00:14

basis for international shortwave radio

00:16

and online listeners out of our mission

00:19

to promote the values of solidarity,

00:22

socialism, science and spirituality. Our

00:27

plans for the January show, our first of

00:29

2018, had to be thrown out the window

00:30

this week as we felt it was necessary to

00:33

respond to president Trump’s remarks

00:35

about what he called quote unquote

00:38

shithole countries but before I go

00:42

further I should say that I do my best

00:44

to abide by the FCC regulations

00:46

regarding profanity and hence avoid

00:48

using bad words but there are some

00:51

exception these are exceptions to these

00:53

regulations and so before I get

00:56

complaints and right now I’m gonna read

00:58

an excerpt from the FCC website that

01:01

deals with this question but you can

01:03

also find a link to this page on the FCC

01:05

website via our show page and our

01:08

website at broad spectrum radio dot-com

01:11

so now here’s the excerpt from the FCC

01:13

website bold typeface what are the

01:16

statutes and rules regarding the

01:18

broadcast of obscene indecent and

01:20

profane programming the answer tile 18

01:24

of US Code section 1 464 prohibits the

01:27

utterance of any obscene indecent or

01:29

profane language by means of radio

01:31

communication consistent with a

01:34

subsequent statute in court case the

01:36

Commission’s rules prohibit the

01:37

broadcast of indecent material during

01:40

the period of 6 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. a

01:43

FCC decisions also prohibit the

01:46

broadcast of profane material between 6

01:48

a.m. and 10 p.m.

01:50

several enforcement’s of these

01:52

regulations rested with the FCC and is

01:54

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December 2017 BSR International Magazine Show – Winter Holiday Music Mashup http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/12/09/december-2017-bsr-international-magazine-show-winter-holiday-music-mashup/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:29:31 +0000 http://broadspectrumradio.com/?p=641 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/12/09/december-2017-bsr-international-magazine-show-winter-holiday-music-mashup/#respond http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/12/09/december-2017-bsr-international-magazine-show-winter-holiday-music-mashup/feed/ 0 December 2017 BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com Hosted by James M. Branum Theme: Winter Holiday Music Mashup   The following… December 2017

BSR International Magazine Show

from BroadSpectrumRadio.com
Hosted by James M. Branum

Theme: Winter Holiday Music Mashup

 

The following is a working script of the program, but some minor changes may exist in the final version as recorded.

Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com, for December 2017.

Your host for tonight is James Branum.

We broadcast this program on a monthly basis for international shortwave radio and online listeners out of our mission to promote the values of solidarity, socialism, science and spirituality.

Tonight’s program will mostly focus on two of those values: solidarity and spirituality, as we will be playing some of the music of this season — the winter holidays of Advent and Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Eid al-Adha, Winter Solstice, kwanzaa and New Years. These holidays don’t always fit in the month of December, but they do celebrate many of the same themes — the idea of hope and light during dark times.

We are sharing this music because we think it is important to remember than human beings are more alike than we are different, and that whether one says Merry Christmas, Eid Mubarak or just Happy Holidays, the sentiment expressed is that of love and hope.

So let’s get started… for fun I decided to organize the musical selections roughly by where these various holidays fall in 2017, at least to some extent…

 

So the first set of songs will be songs that celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adhah, the Feast of Sacrfice (this year falling early Sept 1-2) and the Hindu festival lights, Diwali, happening on Oct 18 or 19, depending on what part of the world you live in.

 

 

The next set of songs come from the dark side of the winter season — the Christian season of Advent. a time of expectant hope in the midst of darkness, as well as the Winter Solstice, quite literally the darkness night of the year.

 

Moving in a more jubilant direction, we come to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year happens from Dec 12-20, an eight day celebration of liberation and cultural survival in the midst of oppression.

My favorite…

 

Starting off with the classic Adam Sandler “Happy Hanukkah” followed by Woody Guthrie and then two songs written by Woody Guthrie by sung by Nefesh Mountain and then the second song by The Klezmatics.

The next song is Hasmonean, a Hamilton Hanukkah Parody by The Maccabeats, and then we’ll close out our Hanukah awesomeness with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings…

Here in the USA, our airwaves are assaulted by a barage of crappy Christmas songs, so I’m not going to give you any of those songs, but instead will go a different direction, with two songs in Spanish, first by Banda la Atraktiva de Monterrey “Noche de Paz” followed by Los Tigres del Norte with “Navidad de los pobres” or Christmas of the poor. After that we’ll hear John Lenon’s Happy Christmas: War is Over.

Our next holiday is Kwanzaa, a celebration of African-American heritage. I picked two songs, both really good, that tell what this holiday is all about.

And finally we come to New Years, a holiday celebrated around the world, but with special significance in Cuba, as the victory of the Cuban revolution and Bautista’s departure came on January 1, 1959.

But I’m not feeling so jubilant, so the song I picked, which seems pretty appropriate for this year, is Jim’s Big Ego “New Lang Syne, aka Thank God its over”

Closing remarks

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December 2017 BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com Hosted by James M. Branum Theme: Winter Holiday Music Mashup   The following… BSR International Magazine Show
from BroadSpectrumRadio.com

Hosted by James M. Branum
Theme: Winter Holiday Music Mashup
 
The following is a working script of the program, but some minor changes may exist in the final version as recorded.
Welcome to the BSR International Magazine Show from BroadSpectrumRadio.com, for December 2017.



Your host for tonight is James Branum.



We broadcast this program on a monthly basis for international shortwave radio and online listeners out of our mission to promote the values of solidarity, socialism, science and spirituality.
Tonight’s program will mostly focus on two of those values: solidarity and spirituality, as we will be playing some of the music of this season — the winter holidays of Advent and Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Eid al-Adha, Winter Solstice, kwanzaa and New Years. These holidays don’t always fit in the month of December, but they do celebrate many of the same themes — the idea of hope and light during dark times.
We are sharing this music because we think it is important to remember than human beings are more alike than we are different, and that whether one says Merry Christmas, Eid Mubarak or just Happy Holidays, the sentiment expressed is that of love and hope.
So let’s get started… for fun I decided to organize the musical selections roughly by where these various holidays fall in 2017, at least to some extent…
 
So the first set of songs will be songs that celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adhah, the Feast of Sacrfice (this year falling early Sept 1-2) and the Hindu festival lights, Diwali, happening on Oct 18 or 19, depending on what part of the world you live in.
 

* Beats of Happiness “Eid Nasheed”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suvMCBb_ELM&t=6s
* Shankar Mahadevan “Dil wali Diwali” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIi9_fxjgGY

 
The next set of songs come from the dark side of the winter season — the Christian season of Advent. a time of expectant hope in the midst of darkness, as well as the Winter Solstice, quite literally the darkness night of the year.
 

The Crossing – “O Come, O come, Emmanuel” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E95Jgp27iO8


Mary Chapin Carpenter – “The Darkest Night of the year” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IKcaP6wKG8



Moving in a more jubilant direction, we come to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year happens from Dec 12-20, an eight day celebration of liberation and cultural survival in the midst of oppression.
My favorite…
 
Starting off with the classic Adam Sandler “Happy Hanukkah” followed by Woody Guthrie and then two songs written by Woody Guthrie by sung by Nefesh Mountain and then the second song by The Klezmatics.

* Adam Sandler “Happy Hanukkah” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDV_reO930A
* Excerpt from Woody Guthrie “Hanukkah Dance” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db-4ih0_0No
* Nefesh Mountain – “Hanukkah Dance” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBbTj86UCxA
* The Klezmatics – “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” – https://www.youtube.]]>
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BSR International Radio Magazine Show – November 2017 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/11/10/bsr-international-radio-magazine-show-november-2017/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:03:10 +0000 http://broadspectrumradio.com/?p=634 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/11/10/bsr-international-radio-magazine-show-november-2017/#respond http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/11/10/bsr-international-radio-magazine-show-november-2017/feed/ 0 Our first shortwave broadcast since January! The show will air at the following days and times: For Eastern North America,… Our first shortwave broadcast since January!

The show will air at the following days and times:

For Eastern North America, the Caribbean, Central America and beyond:
Listen via
WBCQ, 7490 kHz.
Saturday November 12, 2017, 04-05:00 UTC (Friday Nov. 11th, 22-23:00 CST)

For Western North America, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Oceania:
Listen via WRMI, 7730 kHz.
Monday November 13, 2017, 07-8:00 UTC (01-2:00 CST)

For Most of North America, Alaska and far Eastern Russia:
Listen via WRMI, 5850 kHz.
Monday November 13, 2017, 07-8:00 UTC (01-2:00 CST)

For Europe (as far east as Russia), the Middle East, North Africa and Atlantic Canada:
Listen via Channel 292, 6070 khz.
Saturday November 18, 16-17:00 UTC (10-11:00 CST)

I will post detailed show notes soon, but for now I should mention that there are two versions of this show, due to different regulations governing shortwave broadcasts in different countries.

For listeners hearing WBCQ and WRMI, you’ll hear the “withdigital” version of the broadcast, which means the last 3 minutes or so will include a special message in CW (morse code) as well as MFSK16 (text and a picture), with 1920’s jazz music playing in the background.

For listeners hearing Channel292 (from Rohrbach, Bavaria, Germany), you’ll hear the “nodigital” version of the broadcast, with only music at the end of the show and no digital content. (but you can download the mp3 version of the “withdigital” broadcast if you want to decode the digital version).

 

 

]]> Our first shortwave broadcast since January! The show will air at the following days and times: For Eastern North America,… The show will air at the following days and times:
For Eastern North America, the Caribbean, Central America and beyond:

Listen via WBCQ, 7490 kHz.

Saturday November 12, 2017, 04-05:00 UTC (Friday Nov. 11th, 22-23:00 CST)
For Western North America, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Oceania:

Listen via WRMI, 7730 kHz.

Monday November 13, 2017, 07-8:00 UTC (01-2:00 CST)
For Most of North America, Alaska and far Eastern Russia:

Listen via WRMI, 5850 kHz.

Monday November 13, 2017, 07-8:00 UTC (01-2:00 CST)
For Europe (as far east as Russia), the Middle East, North Africa and Atlantic Canada:

Listen via Channel 292, 6070 khz.

Saturday November 18, 16-17:00 UTC (10-11:00 CST)
I will post detailed show notes soon, but for now I should mention that there are two versions of this show, due to different regulations governing shortwave broadcasts in different countries.
For listeners hearing WBCQ and WRMI, you’ll hear the “withdigital” version of the broadcast, which means the last 3 minutes or so will include a special message in CW (morse code) as well as MFSK16 (text and a picture), with 1920’s jazz music playing in the background.
For listeners hearing Channel292 (from Rohrbach, Bavaria, Germany), you’ll hear the “nodigital” version of the broadcast, with only music at the end of the show and no digital content. (but you can download the mp3 version of the “withdigital” broadcast if you want to decode the digital version).
 
 
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BroadSpectrumRadio-JamesMBranum Station Director yes 1:00:00 634 BSR Magazine Show #209 – Music for the Anti-Trump Resistance http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/10/27/bsr-magazine-show-209-music-for-the-anti-trump-resistance/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:31:03 +0000 http://broadspectrumradio.com/?p=630 http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/10/27/bsr-magazine-show-209-music-for-the-anti-trump-resistance/#respond http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/10/27/bsr-magazine-show-209-music-for-the-anti-trump-resistance/feed/ 0 BSR Magazine Show #209 with James M. Branum from Broad SpectrumRadio.com October 27, 2017 (This is a working script, slight… BSR Magazine Show #209

with James M. Branum

from Broad SpectrumRadio.com

October 27, 2017
(This is a working script, slight variations may be present in the recorded version)
On today’s episode of the BSR Magazine Show — we will mostly be playing some music.
But first a bit of background about the theme of this music…
And I need to give my standard disclaimer that since this commentary deals with electoral politics, it represents my views alone and not the views of any one else, or any other organization, includin my employers.
One year ago… the United States was in the midst of the final days of the election of a new President and a little more than a week after that came the terrible reality — the USA’s unfair and undemocratic electoral process had chosen Donald Trump to be our next President.
I was one of the millions of Americans who were horrified by this turn of events. I was no fan of Hillary Clinton either, as I saw her a pro-corporate pro-war establishment candidate, but Trump? How could a fascist be elected President in 2017?
The good news in the midst of the darkness was that a movement started to take root, a movement of resistance to the Trump neo-fascist agenda. Many people took to the streets in protest, but they also went to airports and ICE detention centers to protest Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration laws. National Park Rangers and other federal workers, having to use the cloak of anonymity, took action to speak out. And many, many other acts of resistance took place and are still taking place.
The struggle is not over by a long shot. Trump is still the President, the emperor, but he does not have the loyalty of many, many people… including many artists and musicians.
So today’s program will feature music of resistance, some from the past, but most from the contemporary moment. There will be music of anger, of sadness, but also of hope and resistance.
I’m playing this music today because we are nearing the one year mark of this nightmare and the struggle is not over. We need to find new resouvoirs of strength and courage to continue to work for what is right.
The first song I’ll be playing is from the Puerto Rican American Taina Asili. The song is called “No Es mi Presidente” — He is not my President. It’s a bilingual English-Spanish song, which seems so appropriate for this moment in history. (http://tainaasili.com/2017/06/07/activists-of-no-es-mi-presidente/)
And speaking of that… one of the best ways we can resist Trump is to learn and speak languages other than English, even if we start off doing it badly. So in that spirit…
Mi español esta muy malo, pero lo voy a hablar de todos modos. Usaré mi español para decir que Trump no es mi presidente y que él no representa lo que es correcto y bueno. Debemos hacer todo lo posible para resistir a él y su administración inmoral, y debemos hacer todo lo posible para apoyar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas latinos en su lucha por la justicia.
Sometimes in the midst of tyranny… we need to laugh, we need to say that the president is a phony, that the emperor has no clothes. In that spirit, we’ll next play excerpts from Green Day’s American Idiot, Death Cab for Cuties’ song “Million Dollar Loan” (0:45-1:30)and, Pussy Riot’s Make America Great Again (1:20-1:51) and Fiona Apple’s “Tiny Hands chant” (15 secs)
(Music excerpts)
Yes, resistance needs humor, satire, mockery. Because these things can tell the truth in ways that the news won’t. We need to understand something very important…
(MUSIC) -There is war going on for your mind… Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our mind.
It is with an emancipated mind that we can see…
Things change NOW.
SONG: Steve Earle – The Revolution is now
Closing credits at the end while song is wrapping up.
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BSR Magazine Show #209 with James M. Branum from Broad SpectrumRadio.com October 27, 2017 (This is a working script, slight… with James M. Branum

from Broad SpectrumRadio.com
October 27, 2017

(This is a working script, slight variations may be present in the recorded version)


On today’s episode of the BSR Magazine Show — we will mostly be playing some music.

But first a bit of background about the theme of this music…

And I need to give my standard disclaimer that since this commentary deals with electoral politics, it represents my views alone and not the views of any one else, or any other organization, includin my employers.

One year ago… the United States was in the midst of the final days of the election of a new President and a little more than a week after that came the terrible reality — the USA’s unfair and undemocratic electoral process had chosen Donald Trump to be our next President.

I was one of the millions of Americans who were horrified by this turn of events. I was no fan of Hillary Clinton either, as I saw her a pro-corporate pro-war establishment candidate, but Trump? How could a fascist be elected President in 2017?

The good news in the midst of the darkness was that a movement started to take root, a movement of resistance to the Trump neo-fascist agenda. Many people took to the streets in protest, but they also went to airports and ICE detention centers to protest Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration laws. National Park Rangers and other federal workers, having to use the cloak of anonymity, took action to speak out. And many, many other acts of resistance took place and are still taking place.

The struggle is not over by a long shot. Trump is still the President, the emperor, but he does not have the loyalty of many, many people… including many artists and musicians.

So today’s program will feature music of resistance, some from the past, but most from the contemporary moment. There will be music of anger, of sadness, but also of hope and resistance.

I’m playing this music today because we are nearing the one year mark of this nightmare and the struggle is not over. We need to find new resouvoirs of strength and courage to continue to work for what is right.

The first song I’ll be playing is from the Puerto Rican American Taina Asili. The song is called “No Es mi Presidente” — He is not my President. It’s a bilingual English-Spanish song, which seems so appropriate for this moment in history. (http://tainaasili.com/2017/06/07/activists-of-no-es-mi-presidente/)

And speaking of that… one of the best ways we can resist Trump is to learn and speak languages other than English, even if we start off doing it badly. So in that spirit…

Mi español esta muy malo, pero lo voy a hablar de todos modos. Usaré mi español para decir que Trump no es mi presidente y que él no representa lo que es correcto y bueno. Debemos hacer todo lo posible para resistir a él y su administración inmoral, y debemos hacer todo lo posible para apoyar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas latinos en su lucha por la justicia.

(song –  http://tainaasili.com/2017/06/07/activists-of-no-es-mi-presidente/)

Sometimes in the midst of tyranny… we need to laugh, we need to say that the president is a phony, that the emperor has no clothes. In that spirit,]]>
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