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Nov. 10 – Human Trafficking

Well you better listen my sisters and brothers,
‘cause if you do you can hear
there are voices still calling across the years.
And they’re all crying across the ocean,
and they’re cryin’ across the land,
and they will ‘til we all come to understand.

None of us are free.(if) one of us are chained
(Solomon Burke – “None of Us Are Free”)

It’s Social Justice Awareness Week here at KUST. As a service project, the station sponsors a week of social justice programming to raise awareness about some of the most pressing social issues in our world. Past topics covered by Great River Radio include employment rights, clean water, health care and criminal rights. Today we will talk about the disturbing increase in human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery primarily for the use of prostitution or forced labor. With estimates of more than 30 million slaves, it is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. And it’s an increasing problem in the United States and even here in Minnesota. According to yesterday’s StarTribune, “Twenty-nine people, mostly from the Twin Cities, are accused of running an interstate human trafficking ring that sold Somali girls — one as young as 12 — into prostitution. In a federal indictment made public in Nashville on Monday, officials accused gang members of running a decade-long prostitution business that included credit card fraud and burglary totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their alleged crimes crossed state lines, as investigators say girls were driven from the Twin Cities to Nashville and Columbus, Ohio. Another victim was allegedly sexually assaulted in Seattle.”

As usual, we’ll be playing a number of songs that address this critical issue. You’ll hear music from Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Suzanne Vega, Tears for Fears, Solomon Burke, Justin Dillon, Five for Fighting, Ben Harper, Switchfoot, The Smiths and the Children of Agape. In between these powerful music selections we will offer a few statistics on human trafficking, talk about pending legislation and point you to a couple of organizations that are doing excellent advocacy work in this field.

While we realize that this may not be the most uplifting topic – few social justice issues are – we promise that the show will be engaging and informative.

Please join us this afternoon.

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Peace.

Brian & Dan

Playlist
None of Us Are Free-Solomon Burke
Awakening-Switchfoot
Thina Simunye (We Are Together)-Children of Agape
Luka-Suzanne Vega
City With No Children-Arcade Fire
Freedom Road-Blind Boys of Alabama
I’ll Rise-Ben Harper
Rise Up-Works Progress Administration
Suffer Little Children-The Smiths
Suffer The Children-Tears For Fears
World-Five For Fighting
Baby Blue -Justin Dillon
Children-Delta Spirit
Save The Children-Marvin Gaye
Chimes of Freedom-Bruce Springsteen

Human Trafficking Resources
HumanTrafficking.org

NotForSale Campaign

End Human Trafficking @ Change.org

Better World Shopper

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March 9 – Please, Please, Please

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man turn bad

So, please, please, please
Let me, Let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time

– The Smiths

Many argue that civil society is dead. As citizens of the world, we now resort to the all-too-easy shortcuts of name-calling, partisan hyperbole and winner-take-all discourse. We seem to collectively suffer from an acute case of NIMBYism. And our lives are increasingly defined by stark contrasts rather than shared values, burdens and successes.

When life gets complicated – when we can no longer hear above the cacophony – society often benefits from taking a step back and listening to what the artists have to say. So, let’s start with something simple. How about, “Please”?

Did you know the word “Please” is found in more than 550 languages? Why are we reluctant to ask for something in a polite way? Isn’t there a saying about catching bees with honey … not vinegar?

So in the spirit of kindness and humility, Great River Radio will focus on artists who have found the value of civility. Our “Confluence” theme is built around the word “Please,” but as always you can expect a Great River Radio twist or two in the playlist. You’ll hear tracks from The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Muddy Waters, Semisonic, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Golden Smog, Mouthful of Bees, Greg Laswell, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

Won’t you please join us this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (CST)? We would be most grateful for your company.

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Please-U2
Please Call Me Baby-Tom Waits
Please Tell My Brother-Golden Smog
Please Baby Please-David Bazan
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want-The Smiths
Please Do Not Go-Violent Femmes
Please Don’t -David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone-Sammy Davis Jr.
Please Send Me Someone To Love-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Come in Please-Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Baby Please Don’t Go-Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men
Baby Please Don’t Go-Muddy Waters
Please Tell Me Now-Billie Holiday
Please Love Me-B.B.King
Pleasure and Pain-Ben Harper
Please and Thank You-Mouthful of Bees
I Will Be Grateful For this Day, I Will Be Grateful for Each Day to Come-Bright Eyes
Please Take Her (She’s Mine)-The Rave Ups
Completely Pleased-Semisonic
Franklin Avenue (Daytrotter Session)- Jeremy Messersmith
Can’t Hardly Wait (Daytrotter Session)-Justin Townes Earle
Say A Little Prayer-Shawn Colvin
Thanks To You-The Deep Vibration
Please Please Me-The Beatles
Comes And Goes In Waves-Greg Laswell
Your Hands Together-The New Pornographers
World Sick-Broken Social Scene

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