Gorilla Radio – with Chris Cook – Charlie Hardy, J9, Peter Edwards – June 4, 2007

Last week, the government agency overseeing Venezuelan broadcasting refused to renew the television license for one of the country's biggest communication corporations. Overnight, one of Hugo Chavez's harshest, and most dangerous critics, is out of the game; but not out of the fight. Charlie Hardy is an American living in Caracas, the Caracas Cowboy in fact. Charlie's lived, loved, and written from the heart of the teeming capital city for decades and he'll join us in the first half.

Gorilla Radio – With Chris Cook – Zoe Blunt, Chalmers Johnson, and J9 May 28, 07

Zoe Blunt is a Victoria-based journalist and champion of B.C.'s wild environment. I paid a visit to the tree-sit yesterday to attend a rallying picnic and speak to some of the forest defenders gathered there. B.C.'s new War in the Woods in the first half.

And; is America at the end of its imperial road? Chalmers Johnson, author and former agent of the government of the United States of America thinks so. Johnson's newly released book, 'Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic,' completes his trilogy chronicling the end days of America's Century, accompanying 'Blowback,' and 'The Sorrows of Empire.' Chalmers Johnson and 'Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?' in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Mickey Z. and Connie Fogal November 28, 2005

Zoe Blunt is a Victoria-based journalist and champion of B.C.'s wild environment. I paid a visit to the tree-sit yesterday to attend a rallying picnic and speak to some of the forest defenders gathered there. B.C.'s new War in the Woods in the first half.

And; is America at the end of its imperial road? Chalmers Johnson, author and former agent of the government of the United States of America thinks so. Johnson's newly released book, 'Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic,' completes his trilogy chronicling the end days of America's Century, accompanying 'Blowback,' and 'The Sorrows of Empire.' Chalmers Johnson and 'Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?' in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Dave Lindorff, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft – May 21, 2007

Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based, award-winning journalist and author of 'This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,' with Barbera Oshansky, 'The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush from Office,' and 'Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,' among others. Dave Lindorff is following the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals hearings in Philadelphia, and he'll join us here in the first segment.

And; the situation in Palestine is dire, and worsening by the moment. Internecine fighting, fomented largely by American weaponry supplied to the opposition Fatah, and enabled by Israeli security control of Gaza's borders, they allowing access of fighters loyal to Fatah. Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Force Air Force is actively assassinating high-ranking members of the governing Hamas Party. Laxt week, I spoke with intrepid Canadian freelance journalist, Jon Elmer about the situation on the ground in Palestine, and in the second half, exerpts of our discussion last week.

And, Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with what's going on in and around Victoria in the coming week; but first, Dave Lindorff and ending Mumia Abu-Jamal's long struggle with American justice.

GorillaRadio with Chris Cook, – Donna J. Thorne, Jon Elmer – May 14, 2007

Today the land once hailed as the home of liberty has for millions around the world become a source of despotic terror. Within the walls of Fortress North America, the citizens are not the hardy, nor wise patriots that once lived there, but fearful and cowering consumer units, devoid of both conscience or curiosity. But how did such a sad day come to dawn? It's simplicity itself, suggests Patrick Henry, one of those long past patriots.

Henry says; "We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not..? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know.. it — now."

Gorilla Radio – Richard Boyce, David Ray Griffin – may 7, 07

This week; Richard Boyce and ensuring Cathedral Grove stands, Dr. David Ray Griffin and Debunking the 9/11 Debunking, and Janine Bandcroft, bringing us up to speed on local events.

Gorilla RAdio with Chris Cook, Bruce Wallace, Shawn Hlookoff, and Janine Bandcroft April 30, 2007

This week on GR; Bruce Wallace of VIPIRG and Victoria's seasonal cruise ship blues; Shawn Hlookoff Standing for Peace; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with some of the good things we can get up to in and around Victoria this week.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Jean Davison, Ken Wu, Jack Etkin April 23, 2007

Jean Davison is a professor of anthropology, lecturer, and international development consultant whose work in Africa spans nearly three decades. Some of her numerous book titles include: 'Agriculture, Women and Land: The African Experience;' 'Voices from Mutira: Change in the Lives of Rural Gikuyu Women, 1910 to 1995;' and 'Gender, Lineage and Ethnicity in Southern Africa.' Her latest book is, 'The Ostrich Wakes: Struggles for Change in Highland Kenya.' Jean Davison in the first half.
And; last weekend was Earth Day, and I took the opportunity to catch up to a few of the local heroes trying to create change here. Can there be a free country without a free press? Today, Canada's media has become so concentrated, the bulk of it controlled by only a few corporate hands, that it threatens the survival of the country's democracy. Jack Etkin is a Victoria-based media activist working to regain the "public airwaves" for the people. And, Ken Wu of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee joined the march and rally for the planet, and has a few suggestions to help the newly minted "Environmental Premier" Gordon Campbell can make his walk more closely resemble his talk. Jack Etkin, Ken Wu, and more in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things you can get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Jean Davison and highlighting Africa.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Greg Palast (r) – Elizabeth de la Vega – April 16th, 2007

This week: Reporting investigator, Greg Palast and taking the Armed Madhouse on the road;

Elizabeth de la Vega and Alberto Gonzales’ desperate danse macabre ;

and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all the good things going in and around Victoria this week.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and streaming live on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, where you can find GR podcasts.
You can also check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Heather Wokusch and Charlotte Kates April 9, 2007

War and rumours of war continue this week as the never blood sated Bush administration, with faithful ally Britain in tow, attempt to spin the latest episode with Iran into a full-blown nuclear confrontation. Last month, 15 British sailors and marines were intercepted by the Iranian navy and taken prisoner. The stand-off seemed destined to lead to a broader conflict in the already war-plagued region, until Iran's surprise release of their captives. But the story for war doesn't end there… Heather Wokusch is a freelance journalist and author of, in two volumes, 'The Progressives' Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now.' Her prolific journalistic works can also be found at Dissident Voice.org. Heather Wolkusch and the facts on the ground in Iran in the first half.

And; before Iraq, before Afghanistan, before the degradation of the United States, and its willing accomplices to the crimes against humanity now regarded as the norm, there was Palestine. Suffering under the boot of a ruthless, fascist regime, the people there are well-used to the shocking inhumanity revealed in America's invasions and occupations. Before the current president abandoned all notions of law and simple human decency there were the few who fell into the widening cracks in the constitution; but it wasn't this time German Jewry who were the first to fall, but America's Muslims. Sami al-Arian was an early victim of George Bush's homeland warriors; arrested and cast into the Magna Carta defying, legal limbo made too familiar in these last years, al-Arian languishes yet in an American prison near death with little recourse to justice. Charlotte Kates is a lawyer, organizer, and activist with NJ Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine, and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She's followed the al-Arian case, and will join us in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. But first, Heather Wokusch, getting the facts on Iran.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Tracy Park on Trey Arrow

Trey Arrow is an American environmental activist currently held in prison in Victoria, B.C., Canada while he awaits an extradition process promising to send him to prison in the United States for the rest of his life, based on spurious "evidence" he committed acts of "eco-terrorism there. To learn more, check out www.trearrow.org

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook – Fernando Gomez – Lee Zaslofsky

It's been almost fifty years since the popular revolution toppled the Batiste regime in Cuba; and, it's been almost as many years that the island nation has suffered an American led embargo, the longest siege in recorded history. Canada has so far refused to enjoin the starvation campaign against the revolution, but recent political developments here could well threaten the friendly relations enjoyed between Cuba and Canada. Fernando Gomez represents the Cuban Institute in Friendship with the People, and its outreach effort, the Che Guevera Work Brigade. He'll be speaking tonight at the BCGEU building tonight at 7pm. Fernando Gomez and the Canada's working relationship with Cuba in the first half.

And; Canada's foreign policy is altering its hue. Fighting its first "insurgency" war from the distant garrisons of Afghanistan is just one of the radical changes to what Canadian's would regard as the country's traditional role in world polity. Not the nation of Pierre Trudeau, hero to a generation of American asylum-seekers fleeing the war against Vietnam, today's conscientious objectors to the extra-legal occupation of Iraq fleeing to Canada face arrest, and expensive legal entaglements, likely ending in extradition rather than refuge; for others, the treatment is of a more sinister nature. Lee Zaslofsky is with the Toronto chapter of Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign, and he'll be here on a disturbing trend in Canadian policing that questions this nation's autonomy. Lee Zaslofsky and Resisting War: A Canadian tradition, in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to get up to in and around Victoria this week.

Gorilla Radio – with Chris Cook – J-9 and Ad Libs Mar. 26, 2007

And; Canada's foreign policy too is altering its hue almost as quickly as sprouting-green Springtemp. Fighting its first "insurgency" war from distant garrisons in the Afghani wilderness is just one of the radical changes to what Canadian's would regard the country's traditional role in world polity. Not the nation of Pierre Trudeau, hero to a generation of American asylum-seekers fleeing America's war in Vietnam, today's military conscientious objectors to the extra-legal occupation of Iraq face arrest, and expensive legal entaglements likely ending in extradition rather than refuge; for others, the treatment is of a more sinister nature. Lee Zaslofsky is with the Toronto chapter of Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign, and he'll be here on a disturbing trend in Canadian policing that questions this nation's autonomy. Lee Zaslofsky and Resisting: A Canadian tradition, in the second half.

And; Janine Bandcroft will join us to bring us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week