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Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio this Friday will be Dr. Leon McNealy. Dr. McNealy, a radiation oncologist now living in Wisconsin, was heavily involved in the early civil rights movement in Houston and Austin -- including the "stand-ins" and other direct action against segregation in Austin in the early 1960's. McNealy is highly entertaining and a fount of rich and little-known history. Friday, May 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreye’s guests on Rag Radio Friday will be musicians Cleve and Sweet Mary Hattersley of Austin’s historic Greezy Wheels. Greezy Wheels was a pioneer in the progressive country genre and served as the unofficial house band at the Armadillo World Headquarters in the '70s. They will discuss Austin music history, the controversy at KUT and the changing face of radio, and will perform live during the show. Friday, 4/29, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio this Friday is Austin musician, author, and artist Jesse Sublett. Jesse's pioneering punk band, The Skunks, is in the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Jesse Sublett's 2004 memoir is Never the Same Again: A Rock and Roll Gothic, and his mystery novels feature a bass-playing sleuth named Martin Fender. Jesse will perform during the show. Friday, 4/8, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Legendary satirist, stand-up comic, and political activist Paul Krassner joins Thorne Dreyer Friday on Rag Radio for an April Fool's Special. Krassner, former editor of The Realist and a founder of the Yippies, makes his third appearance on Rag Radio. Also: writer, actor, and filmmaker Turk Pipkin will discuss his documentary Building Hope -- winner of the Lone Star Audience award at SXSW -- that premieres April 6 at the Paramount in Austin. Friday, 4/1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio Friday will be Martin Duberman and David McReynolds. Duberman, known as the father of gay studies, is a historian and author of the critically-acclaimed book, A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds. McReynolds, who is openly gay, has been a leader in the pacifist movement for five decades. The former chairman of War Resisters International, McReynolds was twice the Socialist Party’s candidate for president. Friday, 3/25, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.

Acclaimed journalist, author, and rock historian Joe Nick Patoski will be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio this Friday. Patoski has written about Willie Nelson, Selena, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and about Texas geography and nature. He is working on a cultural history of the Dallas Cowboys. The SXSW-related show will include live performance by Hector Saldaña of San Antonio's The Krayolas. Friday, 3/18, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

Tim Hamblin will be Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio this Friday. Hamblin is the video archivist for the Austin History Center and is the curator of the center's newly opened exhibit, "5X5Y: 25 Years of SXSW Music." Hamblin has worked in the music business in Austin for more than 30 years and is an award-winning music video producer. Friday, 3/11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer's guest Friday on Rag Radio is historian John McMillian, author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America. released last month by Oxford University Press. Smoking Typewriters may be the definitive work on the subject, and it highlights the seminal role of The Rag and of Austin's Sixties activist community. McMillian teaches at Georgia State University. Friday, March 4, 3/4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio will be Rev. Jim Rigby, pastor at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Austin. Rev. Rigby has been active in the fight for peace and social justice, for human rights, women's reproductive rights, gay rights, and other progressive issues. We will discuss those issues, and the larger question of spirituality and social conscience. Friday, 2/25, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer's guest Friday on Rag Radio will be Austin sculptor and social activist Barry George. George, who founded Bikes not Bombs, a project that collected bikes and sent them to Nicaragua, will discuss the role of the artist in society. Barry also recently visited Palestine, where he met with a number of people active in the struggle there, and he will share some of their stories. Friday, 2/18, 2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio Friday is noted media critic and scholar Robert W. McChesney. Also a communications professor and radio show host, Bob McChesney was a founder of Free Press, the largest media reform organization in the country. He is the author, with John Nichols, of The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again. Friday, 2/11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio Friday will be education reform activists Rick Ayers and William Ayers, authors of Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom. Both are distinguished academics and educational innovators. Bill Ayers was also a leader in the 60’s New Left and a founder of Weathermen. Friday, 2/4, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio this Friday are Bob Moser, editor of the Texas Observer and author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority, and poet/playwright Gregg Barrios of San Antonio, author of "Risqué Business," a feature story in the Texas Observer about famed Texas stripper Candy Barr. Friday, 1/28, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio Friday will be musicians Patricia Vonne and Gina Chavez. Patricia Vonne is a Latin-roots rocker and song stylist. The Austin Chronicle has said she “is quickly taking her place among Texas’ musical treasures.” She is also a screen actress and the sister of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Gina Chavez is an indie folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style has been called a cross between Sheryl Crow and Selena. Chavez is also an activist who established Austin 4 El Salvador, a college scholarship fund for girls from a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador. The show will include performance by both artists. (Vonne and Chavez will also headline a Rag Blog benefit concert at Jovita's this Sunday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-10 pm.) Friday, 1/21, 2-3 pm.
Rag Radio has an encore presentation of Thorne Dreyer's April 20, 2010, interview with Austin's legendary surrealist graphic artist Jim Franklin. Franklin was a pioneer of 60's psychedelic poster art and was personally responsible for transforming the lowly armadillo into an international symbol for the State of Texas. Friday, 12/24/10, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CST)

Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is Bo McCarver. A Vietnam Vet born in Slaton, Texas, McCarver has worked as a community organizer since 1985 and is chair of the Blackland Community Development Corporation in Austin. Blackland has for 25 years provided housing to diverse low-income households and it hosts the only neighborhood-created program for homeless families in Texas. McCarver has been in the forefront of the struggle against gentrification in East Austin. Friday, 12/17, 2:00 p.m .- 3:00 p.m.

Activist, author, investigative journalist, editor, talk show host, and educator Harvey Wasserman will be Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio this Friday. With Bob Fitrakis, Harvey helped break many of the major stories surrounding the theft of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. The author or co-author of six books, including SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth, he was a founder of the legendary Liberation News Service in 1968, and was a pioneer in the environmental movement and the movement against nuclear power in this country. Harvey Wasserman is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog. Friday, 12/10, 2 p.m - 3 p.m.

Bruce Melton discusses the new paradigm of climate science with Thorne Dreyer on RAG RADIO this Friday. Melton is an Austin-based civil engineer and a student of climate science. He was one of eight Austinites named as a "Hero of Climate Change" by Good Life Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog -- see his article, "Climate Change and Global Economic Dysfunction" -- and is a community and environmental activist, a green builder, and a rock musician (his band is called Climate Change). Friday, 12/3, 2:00 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe with be Thorne Dreyer's guests this Friday, Nov. 26, 2-3 p.m. (CST) on Rag Radio.

They will celebrate the musical and mystical traditions of the Mediterranean -- from ancient Judaism and Paganism, to medieval Christianity and Islam -- with discussion and performance of ancient and original music and reading of poetic and narrative texts. They will sing, chant, play musical instruments (such as the oud, dulcimer, Tibetan bowls, Indian tampura, and African mbira), recite text – and we will discuss their work and the traditions they celebrate.

Catherine and Joseph will be in Austin for a seasonal event called "From Jerusalem to Cordoba: A Voyage in Time, Space, and Religion," at St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall, on December 3, at 7 p.m.

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Sidney Brammer will be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on RAG RADIO this Friday, Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m. (CST).

Sidney Brammer is a screenwriter, playwright, director, performer, and educator, who teaches screenwriting/playwriting at Austin Community College. Sidney was involved with the award-winning regional theater company, Big State Productions and its touring production of In the West. She was drama critic for The Austin Chronicle and a feature writer for New York’s Amsterdam News, The Texas Observer, and the Austin American-Statesman. She was one of the founders of SoCo’s Alleywood Studios and is on the Advisory Board of Austin’s Reel Women.

Sidney’s father was the legendary Texas novelist Billy Lee Brammer, author of The Gay Place, and her stepfather was maverick progressive Democratic Congressman Bob Eckhardt of Houston.

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