Greg Bishop hosts Saturday Session each and every Saturday from 3 to 7p CST on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. After taking last week off, we'll get our fill of provocative and educational talk that you can't find anywhere else in Central Illinois. In the area? Listen on 970 AM. Out of the listening area? Stream WMAY online or find "WMAY" on the Tunein Radio App available for Android and iPhones.
|Coke or Pepsi? Choosing the next president, you're still gonna get a concoction that may make you feel better but really is damaging to your gutty works|
If you're like me, you're fed up with the current state of Presidential Politics. The debates start next week with just a handful of weeks left before everyone (we'll see how poor voter turn out really is) heads to the ballot box (or shall we call it the rigged electronic voting machines?). We'll break down the right-left paradigm to get a better understanding of where your vote really counts. Also, we'll continue our criticism of the national debates between the Democratic President and his Republican opponent. What are the issues that should be addressed in the debates? You should be asking why certain things are not brought up. Let's predict was some of those things will be tonight with Saturday Session.
Henry Rollins Redux
After 4pm we'll re-air our interview with Henry Rollins for those in the listening audience who missed out on his profound vision of reality. Rollins was a founding member of the influential punk band Black Flag. He later fronted the Rollins Band with classic tunes like "Liar". Tonight we'll hear about Henry's time traveling around the world and how that fostered a greater sense of brotherhood with his fellow Americans. We'll also hear his frustration with mainstream politics, his Capitalism tour (where he is traveling to every state capital in the US) and his passion for Springfield's own Abraham Lincoln. See Henry Rollins at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, October 11th. Get Details online here.
Last week's visit from NATO's Rasmussen
|QnA with NATO Sec. Gen. Rasmussen|
It was an invite only affair for the Springfield Commission on International Visitors last Friday, and being part of the media we were able to attend the speech and also talk for 10 minutes with NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen. Rasmussen is the former Belgium Prime Minister and also has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren right here in Springfield. He shook hands with Springfield's top names in politics, business, and non-profit. He also talked about protecting freedom around the world. We'll air some of his comments from the speech and also the entire QnA afterwards. Watch that video to the right or follow this link.
Occupy Springfield at City Council
During last Friday's visit from Mr. Rasmussen, Occupy Springfield found themselves faced with intimidating police tactics to get them out of the public park and also one member was handcuffed. Not liking his free speech threatened in any way, local activist Drew Duzinskas decided to take his complaint directly to the Springfield City Council Tuesday. As WMAY covers the council meetings each week for the Council Roundup, we were there to grab the entire address. We'll air the whole thing, the reaction from several Springfield aldermen and we'll analyze just how distracted people can be regardless of being told the demonstrable limits placed on our freedom of speech and assembly.
News on the March
We'll recap the one year of Occupy Wall Street with news of hundreds of arrests. Also more drone strikes in Pakistan, more documents about James Holmes (the accused Colorado theater shooter), the unrest in Europe, foreknowledge of the attack on the US embassy in Libya, stories of past corruption snuffed out in the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk's office and so much more!
Music for Manning
Coming up October 20th (put it in your calendar), there's a music festival taking place in Springfield at Douglas Park to raise awareness for Pfc. Bradley Manning--the young man accused of leaking tons of "sensitive" information to Wikileaks that was later published in newspapers around the world. We'll be there speaking to the crowd about the importance of transparency and we'll provide examples about how more transparency could lead to a more free people. Get more details about the festival here.
Is there a past Saturday Session you missed? Be sure to check out the recent archives. Want to get some classic Saturday Session podcasts? Contact Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out Bishop's video work on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, connect with him on Facebook.