During my time in Shum and thereafter, I was the featured guest on many radio shows both flogging my book and just running my mouth. Among the stations were KMUD in Shum, KHSU in Arcata, KPFA in Berkeley and various other west coast stations from San Cruz to Eugene, OR. Topics ranged from my book on Shum to war, women, Lyme disease and tsunamis. The following radio interview was done on the nationally syndicated program “Social Thought” with host Michael Phillips. I’m chagrined to say that I did not catch Phillips’ weaselly little reference to “going native” in his intro. If I had, I would certainly have provided my standard comeback on that subject, especially in this context, i.e. a nationally syndicated program where people care about your credentials. But, as I say, he didn’t make that reference in the interview, but sneakily, in the intro, knowing I was at that point pretty naive and trusting having not yet encountered The Bigtime interviewers. I did, however. notice that he called me Ms. Anders rather than Dr. Anders, but I didn’t want to waste airtime correcting him, plus I was unsure just how to do it without poisoning our rapport. I would certainly take time to fix both, were that interview to occur now. He did stick to the deal we worked out beforehand, though, which was I refused to answer any questions about the marijuana industry, since the whole point of my book is to counter the media picture of Humboldt County as having nothing at all going for it or happening in it but marijuana. Probably he would not make that deal now, since the marijuana industry is even more synonymous with Humboldt County than it was before.
Above is the flyer for Social Thought shows on which my interview appears. The arrow and the word “Wow!” are my instinctive reaction when I first saw the flyer and saw that I was only two interviews away from Michael Lerner, best known to me from the Free Speech Movement. I was hugely thrilled to show up on any piece of paper with him, given that he was one of my FSM favorites and is still one of my activist favorites in general and without a doubt my favorite rabbi. (Guess the rabbi part happened later? I’ve seen him interviewed lately as Rabbi Michael Lerner.) The pic of me is the same as the one on the flyer I managed to scrawl ink all over, whether on purpose or not, I don’t know. Phillips was nice enough give me the polaroid shot after he photocopied it, looking a little surprised that I’d asked for it. Guess nobody did that before–I told him decent photos of me were rare. I guess I did a few unusual things, asked him for a tape of the show, many other radio hosts had given me a tape of the show, and the man tells me tapes of the show cost x amount of money. So, a bit startled, I pulled out my checkbook and wrote him a check. A week or so later, I received the tape in an envelope with my torn up check and a note from the engineer, “Guests ride free on Social Thought.” Have no idea what that was all about, had no one ever asked for a tape before? Was Phillips being mean to me in particular? Was it a new policy opposed by the engineer? I’ll never know. ———————————————————————————————————- Beth Bosk is the publisher of New Settler, a journal devoted to interviews with back-to-the-land residents of Mendocino and Humboldt Counties. This is an interview I did with her on her radio show on station KZYX in Mendocino, July 9, 1991, discussing my book and the back-to-the-land movement in northern California in general. It should be noted that, although my book covers a specific geographical area in far northern Mendocino and far southern Humboldt Counties, similar communities exist all along the west coast of the U.S. and elsewhere, including in the Mendocino area. I wrote about only one, the one I was in a position to observe closely “on the ground.”
————————————————————————————————————- The following interview is on the Shum radio station, KMUD, with Mary Scott, July 8, 1991 on the subject of war. I notice this date is only a day away from the KZYX interview, so can’t swear as to the accuracy of either date. All of these radio shows are from audio tapes I saved in a box, some I made and some I didn’t and many have no date at all. It is not, however, impossible that I did two radio shows back to back, its only a 3 hour drive from Shum to Mendocino. Although my part in this show ended a few minutes before the end of the whole show, I’m leaving it the last few minutes in to present a little sample of what KMUD is good for.
———————————————————————————————————– KHSU is the radio station of Humboldt State University, for which I taught two courses as adjunct faculty, including one of my own devising called “Preherstory.” The course was cross-listed in the Anthro/Soc, Women’s Studies and Extension departments. Here I am interviewed on the regular show “Through the Eyes of Women,” on the course itself and the connection of the subject matter to women’s experience in general.
———————————————————————————————————— Recent show, 2013, with Anna Hamilton. http://www.kmud.org/programs-mainmenu-11/kmud-audio-archive.html
With Eureka attorney Eric Kirk on KHSU, December 2014 on the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement arrests at UC Berkeley.