Uneasy Listening: Pacifica's Civil War

Uneasy Listening: Pacifica Radio's Civil War
by Matthew Lasar [Black Apollo]

If you're a community media nerd or would like to become one, you'll be enchanted by the second of Matthew Lasar's chronicles of Pacifica Radio. In 1999, when Pacifica's national leadership pulled the network into a protracted crisis, Lasar had just published his first book, covering Pacifica's first decades. Uneasy Listening picks up the story with an insightful look at the dysfunction, devilry and devotion evident among participants in events leading up to the crisis years themselves. Insider looks at the roles played by prominent Pacifica workers (including Amy Goodman, Peter Franck and KPFA's Larry Bensky) are paired with a broadly informed narrative of how thousands of uppity listener activists successfully forced the network to walk its democratic media talk. -jl

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