Friday, December 30, 2011

The Best of "When You Are Broke"

Dear Family,

In time for the new year, we wanted to thank you for listening to us.  We decided to compile all of the shows from our ongoing and critically acclaimed (by official broke people everywhere) "when you're broke" segments into one big blog.  Check it out.  We also compiled of "Best of the Worst of the 1%" HERE.  Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!

1. Food: Buying, cooking, and eating it when you got no cash

Courtenay Strickland from Common Threads
Alejandro Cantagallo, Chef and Culinary Instructor
Alex Cuevas, Owner of Choices Vegan Cafe
Dr. Marvin Dunn, Founder of Roots in the City, check out their website for Overtown's Farmer's Market hours



2. Fitness when you have no funds

Joseph Phelan, a Miami Crossfit trainer
Beverley Bradley of Underground Physique in Brooklyn
Jitu Sadiki, a community organizer in California working with formerly incarcerated people talking about the "prison work-out"



3. Defending yourself against them damn debt collectors

Herman de Jesus of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) talked about what to do when you get calls from debt collectors: your rights and how to write a dispute letter, the law, resources for free legal assistance, free credit reports and referrals to private consumer law attorneys.



4. Good House"keeping" by fighting eviction and foreclosure

Luis Daniel Caridad, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
Purvi Shah, Florida Legal Services-Community Justice Project
Shannan Reaze, Let's Talk About It!


5. Handling the holidays when you are broke

Bill Losey, financial adviser


Finally, even though Art Basel is over, don't forget our guide "Basel when Broke."

We thank everyone for tuning in this year and can't wait for next year.  Let's Talk About It!

Our Best of the Worst of the 1%

Family, as part of our end of the year appreciation/wrap-up, we compiled all of our segment on the worst of the worst 1%, or as we call them, "America's Original Gangsters," into one blog.  Listen to this (and our blog compilation of the  "Best of 'When You're Broke" series) and look forward to the New Year.

1. Cruise lines companies: The 1% Pirates north of the Caribbean?

Kevin Feeney of 1Miami
Tim Elfrink, reporter for the Miami New Times

Download segment HERE or press play below.


2. Sex crimes of the 1%
Christopher Mallios, former Philadelphia prosecutor now working with AEquitas
Juhu Thukral, New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Claire Potter, Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University   
Download segment HERE or press play below.

3. LPS-Lender Processing Services aka Florida's alleged Original 1% Gangsters 

Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith
Foreclosure Hamlet founder Lisa Epstein
June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, two former investigators with the Florida Attorney General's office that were fired for investigating illegal activity by Lender Processing Services.

Download segment here or press play below.

4.  Private Prisons with no public good 
Bob Libal and Gail Tyree from Grassroots Leadership (check their other blog here)
Silky Shah from Detention Watch Network
Bill Discipio-resident of SW Ranches (check the blog here)
Kathy Bird from the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the CCA Go Away campaign.

Download segment HERE or press play below.

Thank you for listening and we will see you next year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

AFTERMATH: Taking back holidays, homes, and democracy

FAMILY!  The show is up, listen to us talk about Egypt, taking back the land with Max Rameau, and taking back the holiday when you are broke with Bill Losey.  To hear the whole show, download the soundfile HERE or press play below...

To listen to the EGYPT SEGMENT with Egyptian-American activists Nermin Abdel-Wahab and Ayman El Sawa segment click here or press play below...

To listen to how people are fighting FORECLOSURES and keeping houses as HOMES, you can listen to a incredible interview with Miami's own Max Rameau (Take Back the Land, Movement Catalyst), Kevin Feeney (1Miami), Christine Weinbrect and the Bienne-Aime family (Occupy Ft. Lauderdale), and Miami Workers Center activists Mary Trody and Trenise Bryant at a Floridians for a Fair Settlement action by downloading here or pressing play below...

To listen to an helpful interview by Bill Losey about handling the holidays when broke click here or press play...

Having Holidays When You're Broke, Homes When They're Foreclosed, And Democracy When You're Egypt

Wednesday, Dec. 21 @ 7pm EST

How to have happy holidays when you are broke...
As part of our ongoing "when you are broke" series, we will talk with Bill Losey, formerly of CNBC, about spending, saving, avoiding debt, and all of that during Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Solstice, and just "give me presents" day.

But first... Keeping houses occupied as homes over the holidays
Our governments and banks have down about as much to stem the tide of people getting kicked out of their homes as they have finding life on Planet Pandora (if you have to look, it doesn't exist).  But that hasn't stopped everyone from the Occupy movement, to community organizations, to everyday people from taking things into their own hands and taking back their own land.  Well that trend started right here is Miami, with "Take Back The Land" founder Max Rameau.  We will speak to folks that are fighting foreclosures the hard way now.  And we will have a sort of homecoming interview with Max about whether Occupying homes will be the new occupation for 99%-ers (check our first interview with him a year and a half ago here).

But first first...Egypt democracy redux...again
We were one of the first radio shows to bring you the fight for democracy in Egypt as it was just beginning.  But it seems like the current temporary/wannabe permanent rulers of the largest country in the Middle East (and Africa's second largest) keep confusing their "d" words (democracy, dictatorship, despotism, doubling down on dissent).  We will talk to Egyptian American activists about the today and tomorrow of the ongoing struggle for democracy.

plus check our last last show here...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

1% Private Prisons, Rapists vs. Men's Mags & Lowe's vs. Muslims

The 1%'s Private Prisons part I:
We have heard request after request from you, our listeners, to do a show on the private prison industry.  Like a lot of 1% bad business practices, the private prison industry has found a special friend in Florida.  GEO, one of the largest private prison companies in the world, is based in South Florida.  CCA, the other big private prison outfit is trying to build the largest private immigration detention center in a ruralesque S. Florida city better known for its horse ranches and famous athletes.  Are private prisons providing needed jobs and keeping communities safe or are they just making money from government bailouts and bad politics? We'll find out. 

But first...
Can you tell the difference between quotes from a men's magazine and a convicted rapist?
We hope you can, but most men surveyed in the UK couldn't. We'll talk about what this means about Men's mags in the US. 
Before that...

An update on the Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa and some real talk on whether Lowe's hates Muslim families, their money, or just controversy from a relatively tame new show on TLC, "All-American Muslim."

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Jewish Agency for Palestine" (from 1930’s) Asks Newt to Stop Saying Stupid Things

Jewish Agency for Palestine (C.1930)

Cent. Jewish Hospitality Committee(C. 1940)

By Subhash Kateel

Paul Krugman, commentator, economist and guy that predicted the economic collapse,  recently stated that Newt Gingrich is “a stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.”  Maybe it is telling that I generally disagree with him about Newt’s intelligence.  But his recent statements on Palestine and Palestinians really highlighted Krugman’s point. 

In an interview last week with the Jewish Channel, Newt Gingrich had this to say about the Palestinian people:

“I think that we have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the Arab community…”

Steven Weiss, the man who conducted the interview, seemed surprised.

"It's a comment I've heard before because I've covered the far right in the Jewish community and the pro-Israel community...but I was surprised to hear a mainstream Republican figure say it."

There are very few foreign policy issues that are more divisive and controversial in American politics than the question of Israel/Palestine.   I won’t rehash the debate now, but I believe that people are entitled to have their controversial opinions, as long as those opinions aren’t completely idiotic. 

I planned on responding to Newt’s comments.  Before I could finish, two ghosts from Jewish/Palestinian history’s past came to me in a dream and told me that they thought Newt was a fool.  They then directed me to their nifty posters from the 1930’s and 1940’s on the website for the Palestine Poster Project Archives. 

The first one above was created by the Tourist Office of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and dates to about 1930 while the second hails from the Central Jewish Hospitality Committee and dates to around 1940, just 8 years before what most Israelis would call Independence Day and most Palestinians would term Al Nakba (the catastrophe)

The posters should indicate to Newt and others that want to make up history for the purpose of a political primary that Palestine not only existed, but there were Jews living there that called it that, and believed in its existence so much that they wanted people to come visit. 

Unfortunately no poster from the past will help resolve the current crisis in the middle east, bring the thousands of dead back to life, ease the tensions or the emotions from the sheer loss people have faced or make it so billions of dollars aren’t spent on conflict.  But hopefully those that are compelled to speak on it in the future will at least try not to make stuff up.

Don't forget to tune in to our show every Wednesday at 7pm EST.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dear Dems, Stop Playing Yourself (on Newt) Because You Still Kinda Suck

By Subhash Kateel

A radio host's worst nightmare, that Herman Cain will suspend his campaign, has apparently made way for a Democrat’s biggest dream, that Republican mad professor Newt Gingrich will become the GOP’s front runner.   Some have even call his candidacy heaven-sent.  But to anyone that cares about policies that affect people's lives more than the politicians who create them (or fail to), the Democratic glee over candidate Newt is sort of pathetic and reminds me how much a lot of Democrats still sort of suck.

To be clear, Newt Gingrich is a jackass.  He has been accused (controversially) of saying that his first  wife (of three) was not “pretty enough to be the wife of the President.”  He hid having an affair with a staffer at the same time he was pushing to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about having an affair with an intern.  In a bizarre mix of Protestant work ethic, Catholic guilt, and nationalist chest thumping he actually blamed his infidelity on loving the country too much and working too hard.

But as Newt’s biggest fan under 30, Juan Gil, admitted on my show, Newt isn’t known for not being an ass, but for being an ideas person.  He was, after all. the man behind the Contract With America.  But even the success of his ideas is more of a testament to how much some Democrats suck than to how great he is. 

As PhD student and Newt hater, Charles Heck, pointed out on the same show, Newt was a big fan of bank de-regulation.  Some would say it was his idea (or the banks that backed him) to repeal key provisions of the Glass-Steagall act.  Several economists say that the repeal of those key provisions helped create banks that became too big to fail and the economic crisis that came with it.  Even Newt admits in retrospect that the repeal was a bad idea.  But like every other bad idea that Newt successfully made into a good idea, the repeal would have never happened had it not received bi-partisan support in Congress and been signed into law by then President and Republican bad-idea executor Bill Clinton (if I have to remind you, he was a Democrat).

Fine that was the past.  But even with Newt’s rare admission, neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to be in a hurry to fix the precise things that screwed our economy in the first place.  More importantly both parties continue to fail miserably at stopping the economic bleeding that is staining each and every one of our non-1%-er streets. 

Don’t get me wrong, this doesn't mean that all Democrats suck all the time at everything.  As I am writing this, I got word that Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson introduced the Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Act to help prevent unfair foreclosures.  But honestly, even if you gloat about barely losing a two-way  "who sucks more?" contest, you are still a loser.

I am often told that I don’t understand the game of politics.  Folks are right, I don’t.  If I wanted to watch a game, it would be a UFC (Ultimate Fighting) match where the stakes aren’t as high as you know, more wars that kill people, higher unemployment, foreclosures that destroy livelihoods and stuff like that.   Even then, the best UFC matches, like the recent Dan Henderson victory over Shogun Rua are the ones where fighters fight their hearts out as if people’s lives depend on it.    

Don't forget to tune into our show, Let's Talk About It!, every Wednesday at 7pm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011



If you missed the show, you missed some of the realest talk on radio.  To listen to the whole show, click here or press play below

If you just wanna check the segment on Florida's alleged Original 1% Gangsters aka LPS-Lender Processing Services (you really don't wanna miss it), click here or press play below

On the show we had a quick check in about some actions in the name of the 99% taking place in Washington DC and Broward County.  We then had a guest commentator on the show, Juan Gil along with Charles Heck to have a quick conversation about President Newt: why or why not?  It was nothing if not entertaining.

In our opinion, the real highlight of the show came as part of our first installment of "Original Gangsters: Are Florida's 1% Screwing America?", we talked in great detail about the not talked about enough Florida-based foreclosure firm, Lender Processing Services.  This true story of what some would call the shadiest foreclosure outfit in the country has every element of a mobster movie, persistent organized illegal behavior, bought off politicians, and a mysterious death of a whistleblower.  Except the allegations are real.  The guests on the segment included Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith, and activist and Foreclosure Hamlet founder Lisa Epstein.  The segment got really interesting when we interviewed June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, two former investigators with the Florida Attorney General's office that were fired for doing their jobs-investigating illegal activity by Lender Processing Services-too well.  Incidentally Florida's new Attorney General, Pam Bondi received campaign contributions from guess who?  Listen to the show to find out.

On the show, we also gave a short tribute to a great human rights warrior, Haitian-Dominican activist Sonia Pierre, who passed away at the age of 48 this week.  Read a great tribute to her here.

If you like what you hear on our show, please spread the word.  If you like it enough, consider contributing so that we may keep bringing real radio that talks about real issues that affect the lives of real people.

Plus we found Lender Processing Services' new theme song (what we think it is anyway).  WARNING: the lyrics in the song are explicit and may be offensive.  Maybe not as offensive as the allegations against Lender Processing Services but still.  The song is from Hip Hop artist Immortal Technique (available for download here)  and it's called "Rich Man's World-1%." 

President Newt and how Florida's 1% are real American Gangsters

President Newt?

For many people old enough to remember the Clinton years, Newt Gingrich was the brains behind a lot of what the right wing convinced America was right with conservative (Contract with America, Welfare Reform, etc.).  But beyond being a mad professor, he actually harnessed the power to make some of those ideas a reality.  Now he wants a chance to be president.   We will chat with some true believers and true people in disbelief about what a President Newt would mean for the country.

Then...Original Gangsters:  Are Florida's 1% Screwing the Country? Part I.

Florida's 1% enclaves have often been a haven for retired mobsters, ponzi schemers, pirates, drug lords and ex-dictators.  Why wouldn't it also be a haven for bad businesses?  As part of a continuing series looking at Florida's 1% we look at one business that has been accused of a bunch of shady foreclosures practices around the country, Florida based Lender Processing Services.  You don't want to miss this.
Also...a special tribute to the life of Haitian Dominican activist Sonia Pierre.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to Basel When Broke

Robert Indiana's "Art" - Photo by Pigalle
On yesterday's show (listen here) we talked about starving artists, Art Basel and how creative work suffers in an economic downturn. We were inspired after the show to put together a "when you're broke" guide to Art Basel, Miami's international art fair, going on right now. Yes, there are VIP events for the mega rich. But there's also plenty of eye-candy to treat, challenge and inspire the 99%, too. Just make sure you say Basel like the city in Switzerland, not the herb in your salad, and you will fit in just fine.

When looking through Art Basel listings, look for public events and "free with RSVP" listings. Many galleries and private collections are open to the public with extended hours to show off  their most ambitious shows of the year. This is not a comprehensive list of everything going on this weekend, so please tell us about more free events you know about in the comments section.

NOT FREE, BUT DISCOUNTED: The main Art Basel fair is at the Miami Beach Convention Center. More than 250 galleries pack up their best, most controversial and eye-catching works and bring them together for an intense, impressive show. General admission is pricey, at $40, but if you go after 4 p.m. there is a reduced rate "evening ticket" for $28. That's when all the fancy folks are going back to the hotel to change for their parties. For $23, you can get a reduced One-Day Ticket with a student ID or for senior citizens aged 62 and above.
  • FREE: Art Public - Transforming Collins Park with 24 art works. ARTivism Basel: Immigrant Youth DREAM for a Better Florida will be featured at Collins Park!
  • FREE: Art Video Night - Friday night, Saturday night - see link for films and times. Art Video features film and video works by international artists, presented by the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach. Organized in association with London's Artprojx, Art Video will be screened for the first time in the SoundScape Park, on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World CenterBring a blanket! Seating is in the park.
  • FREE: Art Film - Friday night, 8:30 p.m. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011) by Corinna Belz. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Corinna Belz. Free public access, but seating is limited.
Many artist studios will feature FREE tours during Art Basel. Two of our favorite non-profit arts organizations, LegalArt and BAC, both mentioned on our 11/30 show are listed -- visit their FREE open hours and events.

You may have heard of private collections like the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, the Rubell Family Collection, the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, or the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, known as CIFO. These museum-quality private collections are open to the public and FREE during Art Basel. The list of official Art Basel hours of many private collections is here.

  • Occupy Art Basel - Performance pieces scheduled throughout the weekend at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street on South Beach.
  • Occupy and Liberate Art BaselA full-scale replica of an Umoja Village shanty will be built on Miami Beach at Collins and 21st St. EVENT IS TONIGHT - Thursday, 6pm-10pm honoring community organizations including Take Back the Land, the Miami Workers Center, Fanm Ayisyen nan Miami, (FANM), Student Towards a New Democracy (STAND), Power U, Kijani Collectives & One Miami. It will be on display through Sunday.
  • Shop the Walls Pop Up Shop at Wynwood Walls - You can afford something at Art Basel: t-shirts and prints by Wynwood Wall muralists will be for sale during Art Basel only.
  • Giants in the City - Outdoor sculptures in Bayfront Park, Downtown
  • It Ain't Fair: Materialism - Presented by OH WOW - Opening TONIGHT (Wednesday) is FREE.
  • NADA Art Fair - The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Founded in 2002, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a not-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art. Don’t miss ADA @ NADA - featuring Miami graffiti artist Jimmy Trotter.
  • INK Miami Art Fair Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
  • Art Now Fair Catalina Hotel1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
  • Cushy 146 NW 37 St, Miami Kreepy Tiki Invades Miami - Featuring work by local Miami graffiti artists 
  • Maor Gallery Friday 12/02, 5pm–7pm “A Taste of Shabbat” at Maor Gallery, just a block from Midtown’s Art Miami Pavilion. Savor traditional Shabbat dishes and a serene Shabbat spirit as you experience Maor’s ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT exhibition, a multi-media group exhibition exploring five artists’ interpretation of different qualities of light. “A Taste of Shabbat” is free and open to the public. Saturday 12/03, 6:30pm – 10pm: Experience a free reception and viewing of ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT at Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue). Free parking.
Check out these Art Basel guides for more ideas. They all list free and low-cost events.
Parking may be your only expense if you are attending Art Basel events on Miami Beach, so this is an easy place to save money. First, if you don't come to South Beach often, learn a little bit about parking options so you don't end up paying $20 in a private lot. The cheapest option is to call a friend who lives on South Beach and see if they have any city-issued guest parking pass you can use. Then try city garages, which usually charge $1 per hour, unless they have special event pricing. The closer you are to the Miami Beach Convention Center during Art Basel, the less likely you will find a spot. Leave a little extra time to get there so you don't waste money on a place to put your car.
South Beach Local - circulates around South Beach for just a quarter a ride!
Free Downtown Shuttle - connecting downtown Miami, Wynwood and Midtown, more details here
Official Art Basel Shuttle Service - leaving from the Miami Beach Convention Center

What are you going to see? Add free events you know about in the comments section.