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Dear listeners to my monthly radio show "Down in the Valley." I will be off the air until early next year while I tend to some health problems. I hope all have a happy holiday season. Lloyd G Carter

HOLIDAY Pledge Drive

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Alternative Radio

Wednesdays at 11 AM

Justin Lewis - Media & Consumer Capitalism

Rene Descartes, the 17th century French philosopher once said, "I think therefore I am." In today's context it may be more like, I buy therefore I am. Orchestrated wants driven by sophisticated advertising techniques have created a culture of consumption. Appetites for the latest hot thing are engineered. Media campaigns sell cool and sexy. Marketing is key. Data are collected. People are profiled, then targeted. Cell phones. Have to get the latest one with all new features, faster processor and design. We can't be left behind. More sales means more profits. The capitalist economic system is predicated on making money and barely considers the environmental effects down the road. That's somebody else's problem. In the U.S., consumerism is connected to ideology. Freedom is equated with the ability to buy things. But the pattern of endless consumption is not sustainable.


Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Cardiff University in the UK. He has written widely about media, culture and politics. His books include Constructing Public Opinion, Shoot First and Ask Questions Later, Climate Change and the Media, The World of 24 Hour News, and Beyond Consumer Capitalism.

  • Dec 24 Justin Lewis - Media & Consumer Capitalism
  • Dec 31 Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East
  • AlternativeRadio

    [Michael Brune] Clean Energy Victories

    Many people see the crisis posed by climate change clearly but governments, largely influenced by money coming from coal, oil and natural gas corporations, do not act. Huge demonstrations from New York to more than 150 cities all over the world indicate that people want action on climate change now. Germany is leading the way with solar technology. Prices are coming way down. China is investing more in renewable energy than the U.S. And in an extraordinary development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The historical significance can’t be missed. It was John D. Rockefeller who, a century ago, began Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon Mobil. In addition to the Rockefeller move more than 800 big investors have pledged to withdraw $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. It’s a symbolic and substantive victory.

    12/18/14 1:04 pm

    Democracy Now! Newsfeed

    Democracy Now! is heard Weekdays at 6 and 9 AM on KFCF

    Pacifica Evening News Newsfeed

    The Pacifica Evening News can be heard at 6 PM nightly on KFCF

    Uprising Radio Newsfeed

    Uprising Radio can be heard weekdays at 8 AM on KFCF

    Free Speech Radio News Newsfeed

    Free Speech Radio News contributes to newscasts on KFCF


    NY mayor calls for protest pause; Milwaukee clears ex-officer of charges in fatal shooting

    Protesters took to the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin today after the county district attorney’s office announced that a white police officer there will not be charged in the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton, a...

    FSRN Weekly Edition – December 19, 2014

    US and Cuban leaders announce thaw in Cold War-era diplomatic relations More mass kidnapping in northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected Taliban militants slaughter almost 150 children at a Peshawar school Israel showcases drone technology...

    Israel showcases drone technology as the world’s top exporter

    Wikileaks this week published a CIA assessment of its program to assassinate so-called “high value targets.”  In the internal secret report from 2009, the CIA recognized the program could be counterproductive in that targeted...

    More mass kidnapping in Northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected

    The jihadist group Boko Haram has allegedly abducted about two hundred women and girls from a remote village in northeastern Nigeria. The same group is responsible for the kidnapping of more than 200 school...

    New York environmentalists celebrate first-ever statewide fracking ban

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a year-end cabinet meeting Wednesday that the state will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – for natural gas. This makes New York...


    Counterspin is heard Friday afternoons on KFCF


    David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control

    Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake. Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We'll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

    12/19/14 6:42 am

    Baher Azmy on Torture, Mel Goodman on Ashton Carter

    This week on CounterSpin: It's hard to think of a time when a free press is more necessary than when the public needs to know about crimes committed in our name. So the release of a Senate report on CIA torture is a test for US media. We'll talk about the report and the media response with Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Also this week: Ashton Carter will likely be the next Secretary of Defense. Press coverage tells us he's a Rhodes Scholar, a physicist, and an 'uber wonk.' But else should we know about him, and what does his selection mean for US military policy? Author and military analyst Mel Goodman will join us to discuss that.

    12/12/14 6:33 am

    Estates, Trusts and Wills Workshop

    Thanks to all who attended the workshop on Sat. July 26th. The Audio is at :

    KFCF Volunteer Opportunities

    KFCF is looking for the following: a webmaster to update and maintain the KFCF website; and someone to help with light janitorial services at our studios. We also can occasionally use volunteers for other things, too. If you can help, send an email to or call the station at 559-233-2221.

    LA Theatre Works

    Sundays at 7 PM


    FFCF Board of Directors Meeting

    The Board of Directors of the Fresno Free College Foundation holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Fresno Center For Non Violence/Peace Fresno at 1584 N Van Ness Avenue Avenue in Fresno.

    The next meeting is scheduled for

    Holiday 2014 Pledge Drive
    Dec 8 to Dec 19

    A number of people have contacted KFCF saying they want to directly donate to KFCF. If you want to donate, you can send your contribution to KFCF, PO Box 4364, Fresno, CA 93744-4364, or donate/pledge online by clicking one of the buttons below. If you're interested in a premium, you can donate via KPFA's web page or during a pledge drive call their toll free number, 1-800-439-5732.

    If you wish to enter a recurring monthly pledge, click the "Monthly Pledge" button.

    To make a single payment, click the "One Time Payment" button.

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