Program Showcase

Promise of Paradise Episode 25: Leon Springer

May 2, 2019
Leon Springer

Leon Springer moved to Potter Valley in 1974 to build yurts and live communally. Now a successful businessman, he remembers how he discovered what he could become through hard work, lots of fun, and friendships that last for decades. We’ll take a journey from an iconic concert experience in San Francisco to Mothers Day blintzes on the Eel River; double digging in the garden and feeding kids and bears.

 

Promise of Paradise Episode 24: Bill Heil and Zo Abell

Apr 25, 2019
Bill Heil

This is Laura Hamburg with Kate Magruder for Promise of Paradise, Back to the Land oral histories of Mendocino County. Today we’re bringing you the story of Table Mountain Ranch, a commune in Albion, which lasted for 20 years.  We’ll hear from two of the commune’s earliest settlers: Zo Abell and Bill Heil. Bill, who describes himself as an aging hippie, runs a saw mill business, and Zo is a life-long educator.  Zo grew up on the East Coast with her Yiddish-speaking grandmother; Bill was a bible student in a German household in deep south Alabama.

Promise of Paradise Episode 23: John Scharffenberger

Apr 18, 2019
John Scharffenberger

This is Kate Magruder with Promise of Paradise, Back to the Land oral histories of Mendocino County. Today we’ll be hearing from John Scharffenberger of Philo whose name has become synonymous with world-famous sparkling wine and fine chocolate.  But in the early 1970s, John was just one of hundreds of young people who were drawn to Mendocino County for the wide open opportunities it offered.  

Promise of Paradise Episode 23: John Scharffenberger

Apr 18, 2019
John Scharffenberger

  This is Kate Magruder with Promise of Paradise, Back to the Land oral histories of Mendocino County.  Today we’ll be hearing from John Scharffenberger of Philo whose name has become synonymous with world famous sparkling wine and fine chocolate.  But in the early 1970s, John was just one of hundreds of young people who were drawn to Mendocino County for the wide open opportunities it offered.  

For John, the place turned out to be a perfect match to his own ethos:

Click on this link to hear this interview with Ojibwe University of Southern California Professor, David Treuer, about his work and his book, THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE: NATIVE AMERICA FROM 1890 TO THE PRESENT:

https://forthright.media/2019/03/14/david-treuer-the-heartbeat-of-wounded-knee-native-americafrom-1890-present/

To hear this interview with Adam Higginbotham about his book, MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster, click on this link:

https://forthright.media/2019/04/05/adam-higginbotham-midnight-in-chernobyl-the-untold-story-of-the-worlds-greatest-nuclear-disaster/

There are also links to articles and a video about the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.

Live Power Community Farm.

 

April 4, 2019 -- Today we’ll hear from two people in Covelo, who still farm according to the principles of harmony between the garden and the gardener, the buyer and the seller, and the people and animals who use their living power to work the land.

Promise of Paradise Episode 20: Tom Wodetzki

Mar 29, 2019
Tom Wodetzki, aka Moonlight.

March 28, 2019 -- Today we’ll be hearing from Tom Wodetzki of Albion, a long-time political activist. Tom lived on a commune in Albion called Salmon Creek Farm for 15 years, the longest stretch of any of his fellow communards. He’s had a hand in just about every political and environmental movement this county has seen since the 70s. But before he arrived in Albion, Tom cut his political teeth back East in the civil rights movement and demonstrating against the Vietnam War.

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, April 4 when host Blake More continues her “couples who create” series, this time featuring Oakland artists and Ed Holmes and Janet Koike, tthe duo behind the long running Saint Stupid Day Parade, the Rhythmix Cultural Works, Island City Waterways, and so much more.  They’ll be talking about decades of collaborative art and activism, including performance tales, multiple marriages to each other, parading, gorilla theater, cultural enrichment and more.

Promise of Paradise Episode 20: Tom Wodetzki

Mar 28, 2019

Today we’ll be hearing from Tom Wodetzki of Albion, a long-time political activist. 

 

Tom lived on a commune in Albion called Salmon Creek Farm for 15 years, the longest stretch of any of his fellow communards. 

 

He’s had a hand in just about every political and environmental movement this county has seen since the 70s. 

 

But before he arrived in Albion, Tom cut his poiitical teeth back East in the civil rights movement and demonstrating against the Vietnam War.

 

POLITICS: A LOVE STORY PHIL WARF

Mar 25, 2019

PHIL WARF, POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE TALKS ABOUT HIS PAST OCCUPATION AS A POLLSTER AND THE CURRENT POLITICAL ATOMOSPHERE.

POLITICS: A LOVE STORY - ROSS LIBERTY

Mar 22, 2019

ROSS LIBERTY - SUCCESSFUL UKIAH BUSINESS PERSON AND AVOWED LIBERTARIAN. WHAT IS IS TO BE A LIBERTARIAN TODAY.

POLITICS: A LOVE STORY FIRST SHOW - PAUL KEMP

Mar 22, 2019

This is the very first Politics: A Love Story show. It is geared towards a more conversative mind set. Paul Kemp was a fairly conservative person coming from a conservative Sourthern California family.

To hear this interview with Michael Kaufman about his work and his latest book, THE TIME HAS COME: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution, click here:

https://forthright.media/2019/03/21/michael-kaufman-the-time-has-come-why-men-must-join-the-gender-equality-revolution/

Promise of Paradise Episode 19: Donna Montag

Mar 21, 2019

Donna Montag grew up in a wealthy catholic family in upstate New York.  After college she worked as a portfolios analyst on wall street, but was dissappointed with the dishonesty she experienced in that job. Searching for honesty and community she hitchhiked west to a commune in Oregon and never looked back. She arrived in Elk when she was twenty-six, met her husband and begam living off the land. When she gave birth to her daughter the idea of natural childbirth was gaining popularity, and some doctors were advocating for a natural approach to birth in hospitals.

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