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This week's listings

  • OutCasting — giving voice to LGBTQ youth and the issues they face.  Thursday evening at 6:30, Saturday afternoon at 1:00.
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  • In Focus — in-depth local news and public affairs discussion (northern Westchester communities along the Hudson River).  Monday evening at 6:30, Wednesday morning at 7:30.
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  • For the Greater Good — a look at a different lower Hudson valley nonprofit each week.  Wednesday evening at 6:30, Saturday morning at 9:00.
    Available in ARCHIVES and via PODCAST

  • Recovery Talk — discussion about recovery from illness, trauma, and more.  Friday evening at 6:30, Saturday morning at 9:30.
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  • Democracy Now! — daily independent global news hour.  Weekdays at noon.

  • Free Speech Radio News — daily national and international newsmagazine.  Weekday afternoons at 4:00 and again at 6:00.

  • This Way Out — international gay and lesbian newsmagazine.  Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Saturday morning at 11:30.

  • Making Contact — national and international public affairs.  Monday afternoon at 1:30, Saturday mornings at 10:30.

  • Alternative Radio — national and international public affairs.  Wednesday afternoon at 1:00, Saturday at noon.

  • CounterSpin — media critique.  Monday afternoon at 1:00, Saturday morning at 10:00.

  • Sprouts (Pacifica) — radio from the grassroots — a wide variety of programs from community radio stations and independent producers.  Tuesday afternoon at 1:00, Saturday morning at 11:00.

All airtimes are Eastern Time.


More about OutCasting, including LGBTQ community resources and the Trevor Project suicide hotline...

Related:  Front page article about OutCasting in the October 6, 2011 edition of The Journal News


OutCasting is WDFH's public radio program giving voice to LGBTQ youth issues.

Coming Soon:  LGBTQ ISSUES IN EDUCATION — A reading of the play "Queering History" by Maggie Keenan-Bolger, and an interview with Maggie about how the play came to be.

More info on OutCasting...

Available in ARCHIVES and via PODCAST

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OutCasting this week:

Thursday evening, July 25 — 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Saturday afternoon, July 27 — 1:00-1:30 p.m.

New York's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)


This week, OutCasting returns to our look at transgender issues in a discussions with Richard Gottfried, a member of the New York State Assemblyman who represents Assembly District 75 on the west side of Manhattan.  Assemblyman Gottfried is known for the HIV testing confidentiality law.  He introduced New York's first marriage equality bill in 2003 and co-sponsored the bill that brought marriage equality to New York  in 2011.  He is now sponsoring GENDA, which would add gender identity and expression to the state's anti-discrimination laws concerning housing, employment, and public accommodation.




In Focus

In Focus, an in-depth discussion program on local news and public affairs, features guest reporter Gary Cahill, editor and publisher of The Gazette, based in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Available in ARCHIVES and via PODCAST

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More podcasting info...

In Focus this week:

Monday evening, July 22 — 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning, July 24 — 7:30-8:00 a.m.

hosted this week by Ian Isanberg

The Briarcliff Manor Board of Education had its annual reorganization meeting, at which Paul Wasserman, who opposed the board's budget that was voted down on May 21, was sworn in as a trustee.  Many people blame him and his running-mate for what was the school district's first budget defeat in at least 40 years.  It remains to be seen how he gets along with fellow board members as the school year progresses.

The Town of Cortlandt will have a celebration of its 225th anniversary on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at George's Island Park, Montrose.   It will be an old-fashioned community-style picnic type of event with music, games, crafts fair, and magician, concluding with fireworks.

July 31 is the deadline for applying to be one of the purchasers of 14 two-bedroom "affordable" condominiums at 445 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor.

Ossining schools administrators and teachers agree to salary freezes and minor benefits concessions in new contracts that have been in effect since July 1. 




For the Greater Good

Nonprofit organizations do incredibly important work left undone by the private sector, government, and other forces our society.  For the Greater Good is a half-hour weekly program spotlighting the work being done by nonprofit organizations in our area.  Hosted by Di Morgan, discussion will focus on activities, programs, services, events, and the need for funds and volunteers.

Available in ARCHIVES and via PODCAST

  • Listen online now.

  • Subscribe to podcast (free) — enter this address in your podcatching software to have your computer automatically download each news episode (free):

More podcasting info...

For the Greater Good this week:

Wednesday evening, July 24 — 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Saturday morning, July 27 — 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Ossining's Open Door Family Medical Center (encore presentation)
Anita Wilenkin of the Open Door Medical Center in Ossining discusses how her
agency which provides affordable, quality health care for all, regardless of
a patient's ability to pay. Comprehensive medical, dental and social
services and chronic disease management are just a few of the programs
offered. Learn more at


Recovery Talk

Recovery Talk, hosted by veteran journalist Robyn Leary (1950-2011), is WDFH's pioneering half-hour program dedicated to resilience in recovery.  The show focuses on health and medical topics, new science technologies, advances in trauma research, public policy, addiction treatment, recovery advocacy, veterans' affairs, family courts, anti-violent-crime strategies, domestic violence resources, and more.

Robyn died unexpectedly on June 6, 2011.  We are broadcasting encore presentations of Recovery Talk in respectful and loving memory of her.

Available in ARCHIVES and via PODCAST

Recovery Talk this week:

Friday evening, July 26 — 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday morning, July 27 — 9:30-10:00 a.m.

On this edition of Recovery Talk, Jim J. shares some of the peaks and valleys along his road to recovery from alcoholism.  Clean and sober for eleven years, his stories reflect many joys not widely known about or commonly associated with recovery. Tune in!



Democracy Now!

Monday-Friday afternoons — 12:00-1:00 p.m.   

Free Speech Radio News

Monday-Friday afternoons — 4:00-4:30 p.m.   
Monday-Friday evenings — 6:00-6:30 p.m.



This Way Out

This Way Out is the award-winning internationally distributed gay and lesbian radio newsmagazine program.   The half-hour program leads off each week with a brief  summary of some of the major news events in or affecting the lesbian and gay communities, compiled from a variety of publications and broadcasts around the world, and continues with more in-depth reports and features.  More info at

This Way Out this week:

          Tuesday afternoon, July 23 — 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Saturday morning, July 27 — 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • A blog and a book were both "Born This Way"

  • Conan O'Brien heals Pat Robertson's tummy ache

  • an effort to pass ENDA returns to the U.S. Congress

  • a Colombian judge says yes to a gay couple's marriage proposal

  • Kolkata Pride walkers question normalcy

  • the Tel Aviv LGBT Center massacre is redefined as a hate crime

  • and more LGBT news from around the world. 


public affairs documentaries

Making Contact

"An international radio program that links people, vital ideas, and important information."

Making Contact, produced by National Radio Project, is an award-winning half-hour weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on over 180 radio stations in the USA, Canada and South Africa.

Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news.  Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.

  • In-depth reports on political and social issues, trends and events, contributed by journalists from around the globe.

  • Ordinary people talk about how public policy affects their daily lives, families and communities.

  • Speeches by social activists and advocates share a vision of a better world.

Topics include, but are not limited to: Agriculture/Food  ■  Civil Liberties    Global Political Economy     Education    Environment  Gay/Lesbian  ■ Healthcare    Human Rights  ■  Indigenous Peoples  ■  Labor    Latin America    Media  Middle East    Military/War/Peace    Nuclear  ■  Political Activism  ■  Prison/Police    Race  ■  Social Justice  ■  U.S. Foreign Policy    U.S. Domestic Politics    Welfare    Women  ■  Youth

Making Contact this week:

Monday afternoon, July 22 — 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Saturday morning, July 27 — 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Susan Burton
Susan Burton, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project executive director and founder

A new way of life and and the new Underground Railroad

The alternatives to prison are few and far between.  And after serving time, the options for getting back on your feet are even worse.  Finding food, a job, and a place to live with a criminal record can become an almost impossible task.  On this edition, we look at women building their own support network after being released from prison. We’ll hear “A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad,” a documentary by Chris-Moore Backman.

Featuring: Susan Burton, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project executive director and founder; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness author; Alika Savage, Yolanda Brown, Renee Levi, Maisha Bailey, Sabrayiah DeMoss, Samantha Jenkins, A New Way of Life residents.


media critique



Drawing on an international network of experts, analysts, and artists, CounterSpin dissects news coverage of a wide range of issues and current events.  In addition to providing an antidote to the tweedle-dee, tweedle-dum reporting that dominates mainstream media, CounterSpin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news, censored stories, press/state cronyism, disinformation, propaganda and spin control, interference by sponsors and owners, media mergers, gaffes and goofs by America's leading TV pundits, sexist and racist media assumptions, the corporate takeover of public TV, attacks on free speech in music, entertainment, and news industries — tough, independent journalism that cuts against the media grain.  CounterSpin is produced by FAIR — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

More information about CounterSpin and FAIR is available at

CounterSpin this week:

        Monday afternoon, July 22 — 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Saturday morning, July 27 — 10:00-10:30 a.m.

  • Robin Kelley on Trayvon Martin

  • Jodi Jacobson on abortion rights

This week on CounterSpin:  The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict was upsetting to those who campaigned for justice for Trayvon Martin, but it wasn't necessarily surprising to those who have seen too many examples of similar killings of young people of color go unpunished.  We'll speak with UCLA professor Robin Kelley about how the person on trial wasn't Zimmerman — it was Trayvon Martin.

Also on CounterSpin this week:  The state-by-state assault on women's reproductive rights isn't completely ignored by the media; State Sen. Wendy Davis' epic filibuster got a lot of coverage, even is much of is wasn't all that illuminating.  But are media treating the assault as the national story many say it is?  We'll talk to Jodi Jacobson, women's health advocate and the editor of RH Reality


public affairs

Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio is a weekly one-hour public affairs program providing information, analyses, and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. 

Alternative Radio is hosted by David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of the show, which is based in Boulder, Colorado.  One of America's most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, and others.  His most recent books are Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire with Noam Chomsky, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism with Richard Wolff, and a reissue of the classic How the World Works.  His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages.

He is winner of the Media Education Award, the A.C.L.U.'s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation.  The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.

Established in 1986, A.R. is dedicated to the founding principles of public broadcasting, which urge that programming serve as "a forum for controversy and debate," be diverse and "provide a voice for groups that may otherwise be unheard."  The project is entirely independent, sustained solely by individuals who buy transcripts and tapes of programs. 

More information about Alternative Radio, including information about purchasing copies of A.R. programs, is available at

"A.R. is sometimes taken to stand for 'alternative radio.'  A better reading would be 'authentic' or 'autonomous radio,' free from constraints of concentrated power, state or private, responsive to needs and concerns of the communities it reaches and open to their participation."

— Noam Chomsky

Alternative Radio this week:

Wednesday afternoon, July 24 — 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon, July 27  — 12:00-1:00 p.m.

License to kill

Drones represent a new era in warfare.  They are the White House-Pentagon-CIA weapon of choice.  Clean 21st century death from above.  No body bags.  No weeping mothers.  At least not in the homeland.  The President decides who lives and who dies.  It’s a dangerous world.  Enemies are lurking everywhere.  Let’s get them before they get us.

Georgetown Law Professor Rosa Brooks, among others, are ringing alarm bells.  She told a Senate committee, “Right now we have the executive branch making a claim that it has the right to kill anyone anywhere on earth at any time for secret reasons based on secret evidence in a secret process undertaken by unidentified officials.  That’s not the rule of law.  That frightens me.”

As Bob Dylan tells us in License to Kill: “Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please, And if things don’t change soon, he will.”


Jeremy Scahill is the award-winning National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and author of the best-sellers Blackwater and Dirty Wars.  He has reported from war zones around the world.  His work has sparked several congressional investigations.  He is also the subject of the film Dirty Wars, an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


public affairs


Sprouts — radio from the grassroots — is a weekly Pacifica program produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country.

Sprouts this week:

Tuesday afternoon, July 23 — 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Saturday morning, July 27 — 10:00-10:30 p.m.


Star Knowledge Conferences

Star Knowledge Conferences are gatherings of cosmic knowledge, Native American knowledge old and new, and sharing of many other people's visions for the future.  All come together in the interest of supporting Planet Earth.  The founder of the conference and his brother, Chief Golden Light Eagle and Chief Blue Star Eagle, explain.