Sunday, November 18, 2012

KPFK Local Station Board Election, Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl'

Pacificans - it's election time in all station areas, and here are my strong recommendations for the KPFK Station Board.
I've loved Pacifica since hearing the McCarthy hearings as a UC Berkeley freshman, and had a strong relationship to KPFK since  its beginning, in 1959 and the forming group's office/station was a few blocks from the Ash Grove (estbl. in '58).   AG music was
a core on their radio, from the beginning, and their guiding principles matched my own. I got directly involved in 1999 in taking back the Network from a gang that evicserated its principles, fired people like Amy Goodman, and the National Board elected itself! After
we won the battle, on the streets and in court, the group I helped found won a majority of seats on KPFK's LSB.  We included
Sonali Kolhatkar and Alan Minsky as station reps, and listener reps, including me.  My experience there convinced me that what the station needs is people not only with Pacifica's principles and dedication, but with non-profit and professional experience in the real world, especially in tough times - like now.  I, the endorsers below and others have selected this roster from among the many applicants we've met and vetted.  I urge you to consider our slate.  The voices of Pacifica are invaluable and unique - unfortunately. 

From: Kim Kaufman []
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 10:20 PM
To: Shawn Casey O'Brien; Grace Aaron; Ken Aaron; Lamont2; Fred Blair; Summer2; Margie Murray; Ed Pearl  
Subject: KPFK Local Station Board Election


Dear Friends -


Below is some information regarding the KPFK elections for Local Station Board.  I am running for a second term with a slate of good people and I am asking for your vote for me and my slate.  If you are a listener-subscriber you will be receiving a ballot any day.  These elections are important for the governance of the station.  Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have and also forward to anyone you know who is a KPFK listener.  Thank you.    


Kim Kaufman

KPFK, Local Station Board, Treasurer



KPFK Local Station Board Election 2012


Please go to to see more on the candidates below and read our Platform about what we stand for in helping KPFK (also below).   Please like our Facebook page:!/pages/Candidate-slate-KPFK-board-election-2012/431421506919155



Re-elect these two current board members - vote #1 and #2: 


Kim Kaufman –                                                       John De Simio –

current board member (Treasurer)                        current board member

Artist, Election Integrity activist                               Professional publicist  


Elect all these new candidates in any order #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8: 


Ali Ahmadpour

      Iran-American, Art History professor, activist for social justice


Roberta Eidman

      IT consultant, teacher, writer, photographer, workshop facilitator.


Dave Johnson

      Economics degree, KPFK events volunteer


Will Ryan

      Musician; experience on other non-profit boards


J B Wagoner

      Occupy activist, works for non-profit that serves people with developmental disabilities


Lauren Windsor

      Multimedia journalist, degree in business/entrepreneurship; Occupy activist and activist to overturn Citizens United


Please vote for all the candidates, ranking them from 1 through 8 on the STV voting ballot.  After that we recommend a vote for John Wenger and John Vollbrecht. 


For any questions, further information, or if you would like to endorse us, please contact me at or call me at 323-650-9860. 




We are a group of listener-sponsors (subscribers) who have come together to help preserve and promote KPFK radio.

KPFK is dedicated to quality, non-commercial, listener-sponsored broadcasting. It is the progressive home of a First Amendment Radio Station, based on the Pacifica Foundation Mission Statement, and governed by the Local Station Board whose representatives are democratically elected.

To better serve the Pacifica mission our objectives are to solidify sound governance, accountable management, and healthy finances, by encouraging and supporting compelling radio that expands listenership and membership.

As communication models and technologies change, KPFK must serve as a bridge between two generations of media and two generations of listeners, as the experienced boomers and seniors pass the baton and the mission to the young who see, listen, communicate, and act differently.

We on this Committee work together to pass on a stronger, healthier, more useful, and more necessary KPFK.



• The original KPFK mission: tapping into the most talented community in the world and using the biggest transmitter west of the Mississippi to bring you fearless free speech that is relevant, reality-based, and community focused.

• Sound, accountable stewardship of the KPFK that YOU own -- radio that informs, empowers and serves you.

• An end to divisive political infighting that paralyzes governance, alienates listeners, and distracts from our shared Pacifica mission.

• Responsible governance that attracts and supports skilled, competent management by engaging in relevant oversight and addressing fiscal reality.

• Efficient operations and financial and organizational transparency.

• Improved and expanded integration of Internet and social media, in order to reach larger audiences at less cost.

• A robust internship program aligned with trade schools and universities.

• Greater outreach to diverse and underserved communities with a particular aim of attracting younger listeners.

• Expanded promotion and marketing to increase listenership and financial support.

• Exploring new ideas to expand fundraising while staying true to the Mission Statement.

• Full compliance with FCC regulations and labor laws, and universal accessibility for the disabled.

• Enhanced journalistic standards in programming, and a restored local news department that delivers essential news and voices. 

• Independent and unbiased radio that is informative, accurate, challenging, stimulating, useful, well produced, and compelling – and that attracts listeners and supporters.



Endorsed by: 


Jan Goodman

Ed Pearl   

Dorothy Reik (President, Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains)(for id purposes only)

Grace Aaron, former Pacifica iED and PNB Chair  

Ken Aaron, LSB Board Member

Ricco Ross, former LSB board member & chair

Lauren Steiner, Occupy Activist

Lamont Yeakey, LSB Board Member

Fred Blair, LSB Board Member

Margie Murray, LSB Vice-Chair, Valley Dems United


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Here's a fine review of what looks like a great film, with the class analysis that is almost always
curtained on television. In the print edition Ken says he's not really political, just honest. Hopefully,  
he'll learn that being perceptive and honest usually includes 'politics,' and keep growing. Watch it.

Review: Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl' a timely, exceptional endeavor

Ken Burns is at his storytelling best in PBS' 'The Dust Bowl,' a moving, four-hour chronicle of the 1930s 'man-made' disaster that has modern-day relevance.

November 17, 2012

Ken Burns, public television's signature chronicler of great American moments, pastimes and inventions, has turned his Ken Burns Effect loose upon "The Dust Bowl." One would say it was almost inevitable that two things so huge were bound to meet.

The four-hour film premieres Sunday and Monday on PBS and tells the story of the great drought that befell the Southern plains in the 1930s and the poor farming practices that made it into something far worse.

Though it has the pokey pace and flat affect of his other films — for Burns, history is elegy — it is also one of his best works: more tightly focused than usual in time and place, with a clear shape, dramatic arcs and a conclusion that is at once cautionary and moving, topical and timeless.

PHOTOS: Images from 'The Dust Bowl'

It is also a kind of monster movie, which, like a lot of monster movies, begins with acts of overweening human ambition, heedlessness and greed: "It was the worst man-made disaster in American history," says narrator Peter Coyote, bearing down on the words "man-made." The conditions for catastrophe, centered in the Oklahoma panhandle and neighboring parts of Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado, were laid down in the conversion of a flat, windy, dry land, "almost wholly unfit for cultivation" in one early estimate, into a sea of wheat.

A number of wet years, plus the encouragements of the federal government, land speculators and bogus science, made all seem well for a while. But then the rain stopped, and the soil, already weakened by mechanical farming techniques — often for absentee "suitcase farmers" with no emotional attachment to the land — turned to dirt. Then the winds that formed the prairie gathered it up into black walls of dust, as much as 10,000 feet high and 200 miles wide, that rolled across the land, blotting out the sun, getting under doors and into the lungs, sometimes causing "dust pneumonia," which could be fatal.

"We lived in a brown world." says Dorothy Kleffman, of Guymon, Okla., one of two dozen Dust Bowl survivors Burns has interviewed. Most were children or teenagers in those years and they are as full of feeling as of fact as they recall dresses made from flour or feed sacks, the joy of precipitation ("we'd ... hold our hands up and let it hit our hand and our face and just almost worship that rain") or the time one woman's brother swallowed two dimes and "my mother made him use a slop jar to go to the bathroom until she dug those dimes out."

PHOTOS: Celebrities by the Times

That's because the story of the Dust Bowl is also a story of the Great Depression. Burns follows some of his subjects down Route 66 to California, the odyssey that gave John Steinbeck "The Grapes of Wrath," but mostly sticks to the panhandle and the farmers who stuck it out: "next-year people," hoping for the best and continually disappointed.

Burns lines up a lot of facts and films and some very fine photos — under the New Deal's Farm Security Administration, hundreds of thousands of images were made by photographers including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and others. Dust Bowl balladeer Woody Guthrie comes on the scene at the close of Part 1 and sets the stage for Part 2, a welcome break from what seems like endless parlor renditions on the soundtrack of "Hard Times" and "Home on the Range."

The film also has relevance to present-day arguments about our effect on the natural world and our responsibility to it, as well as the place of government in regulating these interactions. The people of the panhandle were not at first especially comfortable with the programs that helped keep them (and their livelihood) alive.

The Roosevelt administration itself was divided on whether to let it all go back to grassland or bring farmers to a better way of farming. In the end, they did both.

"People who think only in terms of the moment scoff at our efforts," President Roosevelt said in a 1938 speech in Amarillo, Texas. That the scoffing goes on makes this bit of history feel urgent.


'The Dust Bowl'

KOCE: 8 and 10 pm

Sunday and Monday

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