Back of the Book — May 5, 2018


Well, we hope to get to the below topics and more on this radio program. We will have to pitch, however. So we'll certainly get to some of the below stuff, and we hope that our regular listeners will call in pledges and show that we have listeners. I am hoping to update this Web page some time soon.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings?

The LSB met on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. I made a written Treasurer's Report for that meeting, and was able to actually give a verbal one as well. You can read the written Treasurer's Report for April 11, 2018.

I have also posted a whole lot of the minutes of the Pacifica National Finance Committee. I'm a member of that committee because I'm the WBAI LSB Treasurer.

The next WBAI LSB meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 11, at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Ave, New York, NY. The meeting is supposed to start at 7:00 PM.

Some years ago the WBAI LSB voted to hold its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of every month, subject to change by the LSB, which gives us the following schedule:

All of these meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM.

WBAI has a program schedule up on its Web site. The site has gotten many of the individual program pages together to provide links and such, so check it out.

Here is WBAI's current Internet stream. We can no longer tell if the stream is working without testing every possible stream. Good luck.

WBAI is archiving the programs! WBAI has permanently switched to yet another new archive Web page! This one is more baffling than the previous one. We have to put archive blurb copy in before the program airs. The person in charge of the WBAI Web site says, “If you fail to create a playlist, your show may not show up in the archives at all.” So we made an archive blurb long before the program.

This is a link to the latest version of the official WBAI archive To get to this program you'll have to click on the drop-down menu, which says “Display,” and find Back of the Book on that menu. We're pretty early in the list, so it shouldn't be too difficult. Once you find the program name click “GO” and you'll see a list of programs, most of which are Back of the Book programs. Good luck.

Since the General Manager has banned Sidney Smith from WBAI there's no telling what's on in the alternate week's time slot anymore.

Things have improved this year on the PNB. I'll be trying to update my pages about all of this in the near future.

Bring Back Uncle Sidney!

Our friend, fellow WBAI producer and Saddle Pal Uncle Sidney Smith has been banned from WBAI by General Manager Berthold Reimers. The General Manager will not say why. He won't even tell Sidney why he's banned! This is grossly unfair to Sidney and constitutes abuse of Staff. Why did Berthold ban Sidney?

There's a posting here about it. More to come.

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The WBAI Spring 2018, 'thon is on. Management recently moved some programs around based on their evidence of having listeners, which is accomplished in the WBAI Managerial mind by how much the programs raise during these on-air fund raisers. I hope we raise some money for the station this time.

So for this WBAI Spring 'thon, if you can, please call 1-516-620-3602 during the radio program and pledge some amount of money to help keep Back of the Book on WBAI and help keep WBAI on the air. Remember, the phone pledge needs to come in while we're on the air for it to count, otherwise use the on-line method below.

If you want to pledge to the program via the Web while we're on the air, you need to go here and pick the amount you want to donate, then click on “Add to cart,” and then be sure to pick Back of the Book as the favorite show from the drop down menu. Otherwise your pledge won't be counted towards the program.

Now you can also go here and donate to the program. It brings you to the same Web page as above. Under the Support this show line there are options to become a BAI Buddy for this program, or to make a one time donation. Give it a try!

WBAI and Pacifica have been given a chance to survive because of a negotiated settlement with the Empire State Building, and the amount of money raised in this 'thon will be crucial for the station's survival.

Management tells us that any donations made either one time or as a BAI Buddy on this page will count towards the program. Please try pledging to that page if you're listening on the archive. Let's see what the folks who don't listen in real time can do!

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Jeez, that hush money payment is a current topic again? We plan to talk about Trump's lies, he's said opposite things at different times so he has to be lying about it, and we will relate that to other things, like his forthcoming negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Can the guy who can't control himself with women and who can't even keep his lies straight successfully negotiate with a guy who needs to look like a strong dictator or else he may get deposed? One will be there with his ego on the line, the other may well be there with his life on the line. Trump talks about his great business deals, but he goes bankrupt so often that it's hard to know what's going on with his secret finances. The world cannot afford for these talks to end in nuclear bankruptcy.

NASA InSight lander.
Artist's conception of the InSight lander on Mars credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

At about 7:00 AM (EDT) today NASA should be launching the Mars InSight mission, which will attempt to gather information so that scientists can figure out what's going on in the interior of the planet Mars. Here's the NASA Web page on the mission, they have a link on that page which will allow you to watch the launch on-line. Some of us will probably not get home in time for this one.

There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even though the gag rule was lifted in 2002. However, there is the Internet! There are mailing lists which you can subscribe to and Web based message boards devoted to WBAI and Pacifica issues. Many controversial WBAI/Pacifica issues are discussed on these lists.

One open list is the WBAI specific “Goodlight” Web based message board. It is sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as “the bleepin' blue board,” owing to the blue background used on its Web pages. This one has many people posting anonymously and there's also an ancillary “WBAI people” board that's just totally out of hand. The bleepin' blue board had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it was under attack by spambots. When you click on the above link you may be asked for a username and password. Type in Username: poster Password: enternow

UPDATE: In of June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I'm the moderator on it now.

When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.

Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Saturday Morning With the Radio On used to alternate with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.

Sidney is also posting occasional podcasts these days at the Web site he's established.

One formerly popular mailing list is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list has been moribund for a couple of years due to de facto censorship by the group owner. As of February 2018, it had 696 subscribers coast to coast, but postings on it are very infrequent now.

Back in the day it sometimes also got a bit nasty. All sorts of things used to happen on this list and official announcements were frequently posted there.

You can look at the NewPacifica list here, and you can join the list from that Web page too. If you subscribe to the “NewPacifica” mailing list you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list.

There is the option to receive a “digest” version of the list, which means that a bunch of messages are bundled into one E-mail and sent to you at regular intervals, this cuts down on the number of E-mails you get from the list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.

This list also has a Web based interface where you can read messages and from which you can post your own messages.

We like to stay interactive with our listeners. Here are the various options for you to get in touch with us.

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