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As explained in the letter below, tomorrow is a critical fund drive day for the Michael Slate Show. Call 818-985-5735 during the show, or go online at kpfk.org. Get your friends to do the same. Share this by clicking on the icons.
KPFK FM has entered its winter fund drive and it’s happening at a time when the character and content of programming at the station is being assessed and reassessed as part of the station’s effort to keep its programming in line with what the listeners support.
The Michael Slate Show, on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, has shown time and again that it has a very substantial and broad audience both live and online. In fact, this show has one of the largest podcast audiences at KPFK. Still, one of the concrete measures of this support is financial contributions during the fund drives and this one now is especially important. We aim to raise a minimum of $3000, and hopefully more.
The Michael Slate Show is a rare and unique voice on the air today. No other show in the country brings the analysis and voices heard on this show, including the voice of Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party and his re-envisioned new synthesis of communism that brings the world we dream of into the realm of possible.
Where else will you hear the voices of families whose loved ones have been murdered by the police or banished into the concrete slave ships called prisons, hear from scientists about world shaking developments in human understanding of the universe, listen to a major philanthropist discuss his concerns about the role of philanthropy in the world today and how the world can actually be changed? Where else will you hear about the fight to close Guantánamo side by side with progressive artists discussing their latest work, alongside interviews with revolutionaries about the critical and faultline issues of our times?
Yes, The Michael Slate Show is unique and it is very much needed in the world today. You, as a listener, know this well. But, truth be told, The Michael Slate Show must have very significant and measurable financial support in order to continue and to thrive. And this will only come from all of you – those who know and value what this show brings to you each and every week (including those of you who listen to the show online, via podcast or in one of the other cities where it is aired).
Now is the time for all of you – whether you can contribute $1000, $500, $250, $120, $50 of $10 – to throw in with your support for the Michael Slate Show and KPFK. In a very real sense, the future of the show rests on you.
This Friday, February 7, from 10 – 11 AM Pacific Time, we need people to call 818-985-5735, or go online at http://www.kpfk.org, to make a contribution. Contributions can take the form of a pledge, or immediate payment with a bank card or credit card. Payments can be spaced out over a number of months. And any amount you can pledge will be most appreciated. For those of you who can afford a little extra – call in with a pledge for $500 or more and challenge others to help double that pledge by contributing what they can towards matching it.
We need you to make a donation, and to spread the word to your friends and contacts. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, join the event and invite your friends. Or send an old-fashioned email to everyone in your address book.
“Doctors of the Dark Side,” will be available as a thank-you gift for a contribution of $120 or more. A documentary film by Martha Davis, “Doctors of the Dark Side” addresses the critical role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of people imprisoned, often arbitrarily, by the US in its world-wide system of torture chambers. The film exposes how essential psychologists and physicians have been in implementing and covering up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons, featuring the stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse.
Martha Davis, who spent four years researching and producing this film, will be on the show.
We’ll also talk with one of the participants, Dr. Steven H. Miles, Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a member of its Center for Bioethics. Dr. Miles is the author of several books, including Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors.
So think of how you can support the Michael Slate Show, and keep it on the air.