Comments by Rogi Riverstone

Comment for "Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis"

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How hard did you have to beg to get Marsalis? I've loved Armstrong since I was an itty bitty thing. When I was an adult, I exulted at his nuanced positions on race. And Marsalis is just the cutest genius on the planet, anyway. ok, Einstein's funny, but Marsalis is cute! I'm glad you covered the diff. between the traditionally-inspired, indigenous music and the "tourist" music! Thanks! Keepin' Mr. Armstrong on the air and in the ear is a good, good thing!

Comment for "Votes For Women!" (deleted)

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This is great! (deleted)

We've got to do these interviews while or wise elders can still tell us!

Comment for ""The Cartoon Carnival Valentine Special""

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This is FUN!

This is audio history documentation! Good work!

Comment for "Cairo: Tahrir Square- Audio Diary"

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Man! This is awesome!

you know the technical difficulties, so I won't bother with that. I like your enthusiasm, how animated and breathless, you are. I like how well you speak without script, too. Thank you very much for doing this diary. It takes courage and commitment and, I would think, it may be extra hard for a woman! Good job! In the US, on my facebook wall, at least, we're hungry for news of Egypt and you make us feel we're right there with you!

Comment for "Appalachia Rising"

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what a love letter!

My people are from Appalachia. They escaped debtors' prisons, indentured servitude, slavery and the Trail of Tears to live there. Now, there isn't one episode of SotR that hasn't moved me. But this one on Appalachia was so respectful, so profound, so loving. I grieve for my kin and my heart swells at our courage. Thank you so much.

Comment for "HV033- Political People"

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I did not expect to be so deeply moved by the people in this broadcast. I am heartened to hear such thoughtful, intelligent discussions of democracy and the right and responsibility to vote. I appreciate the historical perspective of the founders, interlaced with contemporary issues, such as spotted owls and family farms. I never paid much attention to Montana before and I value the opportunity to appreciate the argument that, maybe, Montana is what the founders had in mind for informed democracy and democratic representation. I came to care for and respect these people in profound ways, and I wasn't expecting this. The sound mixing is very dynamic and I loved the music, both instrumental and vocal. The songs were much more sophisticated and humorous than I would have expected. I never heard a "Hearing Voices" broadcast from start to finish until today, as I've never lived near a station that carried the show. I have to say, if all your broadcasts are this caring, professional, respectful and engaging as this one, "Hearing Voices" will now be one of my favorite radio shows. This close to a midterm election that seems to require screaming, preposterous claims about theologies and misinterpretations of the US Constitution, this broadcast was like cool water on my parched throat. Thank you and best wishes.

Comment for "The Great Textbook War"

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Really gives meaning to "fair and balanced!"

The opening really grabbed me. The music is wonderful.

I can't believe such "radical" textbooks were available in '74!! I graduated high school in '73 in the San Fernando Valley of California, a very conservative place, but no W. Va, and I only started reading stuff like that in jr. college -- and MOST curricula didn't teach that stuff; it was just a few pretty radical teachers who did!

I was expecting another "narrow minded hillbilly" story. I have people in KY, TN and W Va, and I'm pretty sick of that crap, in spite of the "monkey trials," NASCAR and bubbas.

I wish the piece told me what grade level text books had quotes from Malcom X, et al and Freud.

Parenthetically, I hate Freud; he's a sexist, homophobic, phallocentric jack ass and I wish he wasn't taught in schools, ever, except in historical
context including the damage he did, esp. to women and Queers.

I'd like to know why 4 letter words and sexually I can't remember the word used... but ... language was used. I understand about Ginsberg and, while I know he's literally pun intended a mouth full, again, what grade?

I love that argument: Should Blacks be represented by "the Eldridge Cleavers?" It's a good point, unless the books contain counter balance to racial stereotypes. I have problems with Mr. Cleaver, too. Didn't he say a woman's place in Black Power was spread eagle, on the floor? I only wish the Black minister had addressed that, rather than the "antiChristian" and "unpatriotic" line.

"Words and ideas can never harm me" Love that and the audience's reaction. Thanks for using that.

The background on the miners is wonderful.

More emphasis, please, on out of towners, coming in to exploit the situation. I remember Bob Dornan from California. jees.
They don't want outsiders influencing their schools? Bob Dornan? Nice history of heritage foundation, etc. I never knew that.

The history of the escelllation of violence: that's hard to report in any sort of rational way. Good job. Snipers? Jees.

Did I miss it, or was the violence a direct result of influences by outside agitators? I know they had that rumor of a Black protest, before the agitators. And I know how my people are when they feel threatened.

"Cabal of cultural elitists:" that's such a good phrase. And it's true, I'm afraid. The so called "progressives" are a little too interested in interfering in folks' lives "for their own good," too often. It doesn't teach more conservative people to be more open minded; it teaches them to fear, resent and suspect the motives of these so called "progressives." The phrase is powerful and respectful of the feelings of those who opposed the textbooks. It doesn't describe them as
ignorant, superstitious and small minded. You can tell a West Virginian, even if an affluent one, is involved in this project. Classy.

"We 'bout made a redneck outta him that night." Brilliant. Thanks for leaving that in. I love Appalachia's humor about herself. The story wouldn't be complete without statements like this. Again, this shows love and respect for these people, humanizes them, doesn't allow the listeners to fall into stereotypical and black/white thinking about the issues.

...followed by that hideous plan to blow up a car full of kids. So, no sentimental covering up of how brutal things can get. Creepy music back not necessary, but I understand it. I think I'd have left it out. The horror of what they contemplated didn't need the extra emotional push of the music, IMO, but what do I know? Still, I don't think that's why this one a Peabody.

The Episcopal minister, the idea of reconciliation, it's wonderful. That's a hero. Another bubba stereotype bites the dust.

"When the textbook war was over..." made me think, I've always believed the Civil War still isn't over. And I doubt the textbook war, which is looking like an argument for my position on the Civil War, isn't over, either.

Finally, I can define myself: I'm a liberal redneck!

Beowolf is a dirty book, so the conservative schools didn't win, either. So's the Bible. Song of Solomon?

The "it's time for us to grow up..." speech is gorgeous.

"Who does own the child?" is the wrong question. THAT is master mentality!

The heritage foundation is scary.

Chicken and apple pie. Salmonella and high fructose corn syrup.

"In 1974, when we got started, there was no Fox News (sic). . . ." I hope this scares the snot out of your listeners. We have GOT to take the concerns of conservative people seriously and figure out some way of having a conversation. This documentary does a lot to help that happen. It's so level headed. It's not some sensationalized depiction of a "hillbilly" freak show.

Me, I think there was condescension, belittling, threats and taunts on both sides, especially with the outsider press, like the Village Voice's take on things.

"...believing the world would be better if the other side just went away."

I came to tears at least six times during this piece. As the closing credits run, I'm crying openly now.

They should teach THIS in schools.

Thank you SO MUCH!

And congratulations on the Peabody Award. They made a good call.

PS: I realize Mr. Kay grew up on The Hill, but NO W. Va. accent, at all? Is there a camp to reprogram hill people to sound like generic news casters? Do they employ water boarding?

Comment for "No Brother of Mine"

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So, what do we do?

This is a well produced and thoughtful documentary.

Because it's such an unpopular and tangled subject, what work do we need to do?

Am I hearing the popular opinion that sex offenders can't be rehabilitated is a myth?

Calm, thoughtful, no apologies for perpetrators.

People need to hear this. That's about my highest recommendation.

Comment for "HARRIET'S RETURN by Karen Jones Meadows"

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Best play yet on Radio Theatre

Linda Lopez McAllister is attracted to the juiciest plays, writers and actors. When it's a Camino Real production, I always listen. I'll find myself digesting what I've heard for months, years, afterward.

This is the most profound and beautiful piece she has produced yet. Karen is amazing.

Personal note: as a person living with a traumatic brain injury, I sometimes experience panic, chaos and futility. Ms. Tubman has been a role model to me for decades: if she could do it, I can, too.

So, when this play came to a local theater, I went. I was deeply moved and laughed in pure joy. Now, two years later, hearing it on radio, it has lost none of its poignancy, moral authority or celebration of life.

Linda, thank you. If you or Karen never produce another piece of theater again, you'll have made a precious contribution to the art form of the play, to radio theater, to remembering our history, to respect for people with behavioral health challenges.

To never forgetting our past and dooming ourselves to repeating it.

It's us. We are the change we seek.

Comment for "Life Stories - Families: Women and Children"

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I like storytelling by regular people. I like head movies. I'm dog tired tonight, but I would NOT pause the audio and come back in the morning. I love the editing on the last piece: the family's opinions. I liked that Margie (don't know if I'm spelling that right) just let her family talk, without imposing her opinions in that montage.

Guess I'll have to rummage around and find the others in the series.

I'm so glad I hardly ever watch TV; this is much more fun!

I was very sad to hear about Schwabb's, though. Native Angelina, here.

Comment for "Jay Allison"

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I knew he had to be a thoughtful man. I mean, look what he does and where he lives.

I'm not special. Yet, he replies to me, when I post at He sent me a Transom/Atlantic Public Media tee shirt, because I offered to volunteer at Transom. He broadcast my piece, "Brainstorm" on WCAI, the station he founded. It's not because I'm special; it's because HE is special. I mean, I know I'm pretty good; I'm not saying that. But most people don't acknowledge or encourage me; they're too busy with their own stuff.

This is a good interview: it's casual and intimate. It's not polemic. It's philosophical. It seems honest. It encourages me, because I know now there's someone out there who shares a lot of my own ideals and aspirations and has managed to be productive at it.

Good questions: not the same ol' stuff of pilgrim bowing to a guru.

I find the music (classical guitar?) ironic, as WCAI doesn't broadcast classical music (heavens! a community radio station that doesn't have time in its programming schedule for classical music!)

Jenny, I have only one, nit-picky criticism, and it's only because I liked this piece. Please consider a windsock on your mic. You have a syllabant voice, which is fine and musical. But "s," "f" and "th" sounds come out very high treble when the mic's really close. It sounds like a dog whistle. I don't mean that as an insult. As I was listening, my dogs would raise their heads and cock an ear. Also, when you laugh through your nose (because you don't want to interrupt your guest with a laugh from your throat, which is thoughtful), it pops on the mic. Again, this is really minor stuff. My PC speakers really latch on to high treble sounds and my ears are very sensitive to them, that's all.

I'm going to rummage around your stuff and see what else you've been doing.

"Thoughtcast:" I like that.

Comment for "hugging birds"

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Audio is very low

It sounds like it's being read. At 2 mins,has dead air. It's very intimate, too quickly. Listeners need more introduction, otherwise we feel like voyeurs and just want to look away from a private moment. I'm not saying it's not good writing; I'm too distracted by trying to hear it, yet not wanting to hear it because it's too intimate. It sounds more like a journal entry than a radio piece. It's like YouTube.

Comment for "Queer Queers"

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Consciousness raising

I love hearing people, especially women, who live thoughtful lives. It's good to hear how clearly they perceive their lives. I'm sorry, 30+ years after the 2nd wave of feminism and "Gay" rights, to know we must continue to struggle with definitions of what should just be natural self expressions, accepted by the communities in which we live. You must be a good interviewer, because these women spoke to you with such intimacy and immediacy. It felt good to walk in to their experiences. Good music choices.

Comment for "This I Believe - Gloria Steinem"

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One has to write slowly to write that well

I've long said: if all our political, spiritual, social, economic and community decisions and goals were made with one, simple but profound idea in mind, almost all the pain and struggle we've created for ourselves and each other would have disolved long ago. If what we're doing is not healthy for the growth of children, we ought not do it.

Comment for "Portraits of our Elders"

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I would LOVE to hear this!

Where's the AUDIO?

Comment for "I've Got A Question For You (Dollar Story)"

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The things we do for radio!

What about the feminist mug? I want one! Used to work as a telemarketer. Ah, yes: the cold call. This is tight editing and mixing. To quote Homer Simpson, "It's funny, 'cause it's true!"

Whoever came up with the concept of Dollar Stories, I'm jealous!

Comment for "Saffire's Final Album"

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Utterly Cool!

Why don't I know about these women? NICELY produced! If you don't have anything else to do, check in with AARP radio. They'd love this! Goin' off to Google to check out Sapphire's discography.

Comment for "The Obama Speech Suite [Obama 2008 Speech and Music Mix-28:00]"

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I'm glad you posted this

When ever I start to feel depressed, resentful, frustrated and lethally misunderstood, I put on the CD of this mix that you mailed me and start doing chores. By the time the dish water's hot, my foot is tapping. By the time the lyrics say, "The revolution starts . . . now!" I've got my priorities lined up again. The personal is political: I'm the change I've been waiting for. Thanks, Paul. Really, thanks. I'm a tough grader, though. Don't count your stars. LOL :)

Comment for "Barack Obama-The Remix"

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I'm worried

Yes, this is well mixed and sound rich. Is this the beginning of a new religion? I hear slogans; I don't hear policies. I voted for Obama over other candidates because I went to their websites and read their PLATFORMS! Obama's was unique. The emphasis wasn't on the sexy issues. He started with REAL prison reform, REAL lobbiest reform, REAL infrastruture changes that included internet and green technologies. He outlined a POSITIVE, diplomacy-based foreign policy. I heard little of that in the campaign propoganda. "Obama Girl?" That's an insult to Michelle! I worry about the cult of Obama. Let's get to work and BE the change.


Comment for "Living on the Fringe"

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Where is it?

No audio posted, apparently. Hey, you're talkin' about Albuquerque, try being a Queer in Fort Sumner, NM. Prayz Jebus! I AM the fringe.

Comment for "Gays and the generation gap"

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WRONG AUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude, read your comments. Oy, vey!

Comment for "Commentary: Gender Roles and Poultry"

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My Grandma used to say that!

Grandma was a country woman, from Eastern Kentucky. She SWORE to me once she's seen chickens turn to roosters. She said she'd never seen a rooster turn to a chicken, though. Thanks for clearing up a life long mystery and family story. Grandma was -- um -- colorful and imaginative, so I wasn't sure if she was pullin' my leg. She told me this story, for some reason, after I'd come out to her -- the finer points of gender identity and sexual orientation not relevent in Grandma's universe, I guess she was just trying to "share," to let me know she didn't think I was unnatural. I've had an affinity for chickens, ever since.

Comment for "60 Years of Reporter Notes"

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I hope there are more of these!

I'm researching a documentary on the Lesbian & Gay (as we called them back then) movements of the 1960s and '70s in Los Angeles. Gratified to see old friends' papers, correspondence, publications, art, etc. are being preserved at the ONE Archives.

Urban areas can, pretty much, cover older GLBT folk. What are we rural folks doing?

Thanks for your work!