Saturday, January 27, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #06 - DAVID GRINSPOON: EARTH IN HUMAN HANDS



Dr. David Grinspoon. (PHOTO: photosurgeon.net)
Recently, there’s been a conversation rippling through the scientific community that threatens to destroy mankind’s self-perception as a higher order species once and for all: a debate over where and how to mark the official beginning of our species’ influence upon the planet.

It might seem obvious at this point that we’ve been an incredibly potent and dynamic force here for quite some time now, but marking exactly where that influence began is what will best allow us to determine when and if it will ever end, and if so, how.

Dr. David Grinspoon, a senior researcher at the Planetary Science Institute in Washington, DC and the author of Earth In Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future is one of the leading experts in this debate, and he joined me recently to explain what’s currently happening as the scientific community goes over the particulars of the Age of Man. But from here, perhaps we should call it by its proper name: the Anthropocene.

MUSIC:
Michael Helmer – Sunrise
Screw Jack – A Certain Kind Of Strange
ZED – The Mountain
House Band Of The Universe – Trip To The Sun


Dr. David Grinspoon and House Band Of The Universe performing "Trip To The Sun"
at the Denver Museum Of Nature & Science, July 9th, 2011.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

"YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN": THE FIRST PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST EXTRA

Richmond, Missouri - where my father grew up - circa 1950s.
I'm proud to announce the release of the very first Pink Elephants podcast extra, "You Can't Go Home Again." Available exclusively to Patreon subscribers, podcast extras will feature bonus content that you won't find anywhere else.


Some of you might recall that for the very first episode of the show, I interviewed my dad about his experiences fighting for union representation back in the early aughts at the company he worked for, Morgan Crucible.

But, before we had that conversation, we had a whole other conversation about his life growing up in the Midwest during the Civil Rights Movement, and what it’s like there today. And it turns out that the more things change, the more they really do stay the same.

Behind the link below is an abridged version of that conversation, and for as little as a dollar a month, it can be all yours. Become a Patron today, and thank you so much for your support. 


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Friday, January 12, 2018

FEATURE YOUR MUSIC ON THE PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST!

San Jose punk rock band and Pink Elephants collaborator The Roughies, rocking San Jose's Caravan Lounge.
To hear our interview with frontman Patrick Kaufmann, click here.
One of the key parts of making a great podcast is finding the right music to pair with the right stories, in order to make something that isn’t just informative, but is also compelling.

We regularly score Pink Elephants with a wide variety of music by independent bands and musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area, both for our free shows and our paid content. If you’re a band or musician discovering us for the first time, we’d love to make use of your music, too.

If you’re interested, please e-mail us at 100proofpink@gmail.com with the following:
  • Any musical selections that you wish to share, in either MP3, WAV, or FLAC format, with their proper ID3 tags, or;
  • An applicable download code via which we can obtain your music
  • Links to your band’s Internet/social media presence
Given the large amount of submissions we’ve been receiving, e-mails not containing all of this information will not be considered.

Thank your interest. We look forward to making your music a part of our program!

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PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #05: JENNIFER WADSWORTH - REHAB GONE ROGUE

 (PHOTO: Yelp)


Life Choices Treatment Center, a drug rehab clinic in San Jose, California, never did have what you would call a “sterling” reputation. But after the clinic was shut down in 2014, a trove of Department of Health Care Services records surfaced reveal Life Choices to be one of the worst failures of California’s drug rehabilitation network in decades.

Richard Franko. (PHOTO: SV411 Podcast)
In a recent report for San Jose Inside titled “Rehab Gone Rogue,” SJI news editor Jennifer Wadsworth describes what she calls “shocking dysfunction” at Life Choices, a place where authorities investigated hundreds of accusations of “exploitation, sexual harassment, stolen medication and rampant drug use,” while in operation.

For years, Life Choices founder Richard Franko funneled numerous addicts in his recovery program to work as laborers, security, and even as bartenders at a nightclub called the Outcast Bar and Resort in Copperopolis, California, many of them undergoing court-ordered treatment and at risk of violating their parole while doing so. And that’s only the beginning.

I spoke with Jennifer about her report, and how such incredible abuses could be allowed happen in seemingly broad daylight. As a collective failure of numerous agencies across city, county, and state agencies, Life Choices has a great deal to answer for, especially now that Richard Franko and company have been allowed to open a brand new facility less than three years later: Red Road Recovery.

MUSIC:
Screw Jack – Afterthought
Book On VHS – Cheese Beast
Verse – So Hard
Juanita Harris – Autumn Leaves

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