Fancy Broccoli

Since I’ve been working as a house painter I’ve been able to listen to hours of interesting podcasts daily, everything from lectures on the Brothers Karamazov to fanboys talking about comic books.

Last week while listening to wzen.org I came across a new podcast that is worth sharing. The Fancy Broccoli Show combines music and discussion of prison reform. So far I listened to the Ron Hayes interview from 2007. I was very moved by his story, dedication, and wisdom.

One of the important things Mr. Hayes is working on concerns PTSD among people in US prisons. He talks about the link between PTSD and drug use (aka self-medication). And near the end he reads some of his own poetry.

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Montel Williams

I don’t usually blog media news (or even pay attention to it) but this one is deep. My friend Tim Hernandez pointed me to it.

Here’s the exchange on Fox News that led to Montel’s show being canceled.

A little more explanation from wiki:

Shortly before Fox-owned and operated television stations in major markets terminated Montel’s talk-show contract, Montel appeared in an interview on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, and was asked to discuss Heath Ledger’s death. He used the interview to point out that TV networks had continued to extensively cover Mr. Ledger’s death while ignoring the deaths of 28 US soldiers in Iraq since the beginning of the year.

Montel expressed sympathy […]