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Time Of Useful ConsciousnessMaria Gilardin learned radio in the KPFA news department in 1980 and was one of the founders of the women's department.

She co-wrote the GATT Guide for the Earth Summit in Rio, was founding producer of the national weekly public-affairs show 'Making Contact', and is a member of the International Forum on Globalization.

Maria GilardinSince 1993, Maria has written and produced radio on global trade and great ideas of local resistance to globalization.

Founder and director of TUC Radio (Time of Useful Consciousness), an independent radio production and distribution organization (1992-present).

Founding producer, “Making Contact,” a weekly public affairs program on 125 stations via satellite (1994).

TUC's homepage is here: http://www.tucradio.org/


TUC Radio Show Archive:

Listen to the Children of Gaza, Amira Hass

Wednesday 15th May 2019

When the Israeli Journalist and columnist for Haaretz gave this talk in Chicago on May 5, 2019, the most recent bombing of the Gaza Strip had entered its third day. Israeli warplanes and artillery had struck more than 100 sites across Gaza, killing 23 people. At the same time home-made rockets from Gaza struck southern Israel and killed 4 Israelis. Amira Hass is the only Jewish Israeli correspondent on Palestinian affairs who is living on the West Bank among the people she reports on. She was born in 1956 in Israel to Holocaust survivors. She is the author of: Reporting from Ramallah – An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land and Drinking the Sea at Gaza. Amira Hass spoke at the Broadway [ . . . ] Read More


Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda, Part TWO of TWO

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Archive: This is TUC Radio’s all time most popular program. Journalist John Pilger has called Carey “a second Orwell in his prophesies”. This segment covers the little known role of the US Chamber of Commerce in the McCarthy witch hunts of post WWII. Carey also shows how the continued campaign against “Big Government” plays an important role in bringing Reagan to power. Also mentioned the famous secret memo by Lewis Powell, later Supreme Court Justice, that set in motion what Bill Moyers today calls “the revolt of the rich.” Alex Carey said that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the [ . . . ] Read More


Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda, Part ONE of TWO

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Archive: This is TUC Radio’s all time most popular program.
 Alex Carey wrote that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the unions. The 20th century, he wrote, is marked by three historic developments: the growth of democracy via the expansion of the franchise, the growth of corporations, and the growth of propaganda to protect corporations from democracy. Carey’s unique view of US history goes back to World War I and ends with the Reagan era. Noam Chomsky dedicated his book “Manufacturing Consent” to the memory of Alex Carey. Chomsky says that the Australian sociologist would have written the definitive history of [ . . . ] Read More


Yanis Varoufakis: The Green New Deal for Europe

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Yanis Varoufakis was already an internationally known economist and academic when he was elected to the Greek parliament as a member of the Syriza party. He served as Minister of Finance from January to July 2015. He resigned when Syriza broke its campaign promise to re-negotiate Greece’s debt and significantly curtail the austerity measures imposed on Greece. Varoufakis has become one of the eloquent and best known critics of the unlimited economic growth systems in Europe and the US – that make the largest corporations and financial institutions major drivers of climate change. Yanis Varoufakis is answering the question: What’s wrong in Europe today and how to fix it tomorrow morning and presents the Green New Deal for Europe and how it [ . . . ] Read More


The Authoritarian Absurdity of the U.S. Constitution TWO of TWO

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Paul Street on Why it Matters Today  This is the conclusion of Part ONE of the talk by Paul Street, an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, teacher, journalist, historian, and author of seven books. In this talk, that he gave at the Open University of the Left in Chicago in March 2019, he offered arguments and proof that the US constitution is not the sacred document protecting the “Peoples Rights”, but on the contrary is authoritarian and anti-democratic by design. After a summary from Part ONE the topics in this part TWO range from problems with impeachment, the Supreme Court decisions equating money with speech and with the Democratic Party neo-liberal tendencies. Conversely the formation of a third party is also made [ . . . ] Read More


The Authoritarian Absurdity of the U.S. Constitution ONE of TWO

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Paul Street on Why it Matters Today – Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, teacher, journalist, historian, and author of seven books. In this talk, that he gave at the Open University of the Left in Chicago in March 2019, he offered arguments and proof that the US constitution is not the sacred document protecting the “Peoples Rights”, but on the contrary is authoritarian and anti-democratic by design. For the 18th Century slaveholders and merchants popular sovereignty was the ultimate nightmare and they embedded safety mechanisms into the constitution that remain in force today via the Senate, Supreme Court and Electoral College. Street details how U.S. politics and policy are badly distorted by the nation’s exceptionally durable charter and [ . . . ] Read More


Vandana Shiva: Oneness VS. The 1%– An Interview by Chris Hedges

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Vandana Shiva came to the US in the early 1990s in the campaigns against the World Trade Organization and globalization. She was well known as protector of seeds and a brilliant critic of biotechnology. Her most recent 2019 book: Oneness VS. The 1%, culminates that work in an amazing indictment of a new world-wide power center reaching from Monsanto to Artificial intelligence. Vandana Shiva describes what she calls a poison cartel comprising of Bayer that just took over Monsanto, to Dow that has merged with Dupont; and Syngenta that has merged with ChemChina. What these corporations have in common is the control of our foods and the chemicals used on them. They are defining industrial agriculture and have enormous impacts [ . . . ] Read More


Arnie Gundersen– Fukushima at Eight

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Interview by Michael Welch on the Ongoing Cover-Up of Nuclear Hazards in Japan and Abroad – Michael Welch is host and producer of the Global Research News Hour in Canada. His guest, Arnie Gundersen, holds an MA in nuclear engineering and once worked for the nuclear industry. Gundersen was a licensed reactor operator and managed and coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants in the US. However he became increasingly more aware of the high risks while at the same time observing serious safety breaches. He spoke out and became a whistle blower. After 20 years as nuclear engineer and executive, Gundersen was fired from his job in 1990. He was an expert witness on the Three Mile Island partial melt-down, [ . . . ] Read More


Extinction Rebellion– Rupert Read and Alison Green TWO of TWO

Wednesday 20th March 2019

In an open letter signed by Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben and many more Extinction Rebellion states: “The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. Every single day 200 species are becoming extinct … Political leaders worldwide are failing to address the environmental crisis … International political organisations and national governments must … urgently draw up comprehensive policies to address it.” Dr. Rupert Read is an academic teaching Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is a long time Green Party politician and a former Green Party spokesperson for transport. Dr. Alison Green has held many senior academic positions in UK universities. Last year she resigned from academia to become a full time activist. She co-wrote [ . . . ] Read More


Extinction Rebellion ONE of TWO– Dr. Rupert Read

Tuesday 12th March 2019

In October 2018 about one hundred academics signed a call to action. They established Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom. The movement has become international with Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva and Noam Chomsky signing their support to the second letter. The goal of Extinction Rebellion is to use non-violent resistance to bring about radical change to prevent climate collapse, loss of biodiversity and to reduce the risk of human extinction. Dr. Rupert Read is teaching Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is a long time Green Party politician and a former Green Party spokesperson for transport. He spoke on February 6, 2019 at the University of East Anglia.