NO AGENDA with Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak
"Your Gitmo Nation Audio Publication"
Sunday, 20 September 2009
The usual eclectic mix of politics and culture news and commentary.
Plus: fun with backward masking -- "yes we can" = "thank you satan"?
--[from the "official notes" for the show of stories discussed]--
First 3 million U.S. H1N1 vaccines will be nasal spray
Univ. of Chicago researcher dies after exposure to plague bacteria
Mosquito-borne African virus a new threat to West
IMF approves $13 billion gold sale to raise cash to replenish its coffers for lending to low-income countries.
Possible buyers for some of the gold include China, Russia and India, which are keen to reduce their holdings of US dollars, wary of the size of America's burgeoning budget deficit.
CIA launching 'surge' of spies into Afghanistan that will make the agency's station there among the largest in CIA history
7 ex-CIA-chiefs ask Obama to pull the plug on Justice Department's investigation
EPA gives approval to German company for new, more-deadly-than-Roundup herbicide
Pot calls kettle "black" -- Monsanto vs. DuPont
It is my opinion that in this time it is virtually
essential to seek information from a variety of sources,
to listen to a spectrum of voices in order to better
understand the "big picture." A reliance solely upon
mainstream corporate media for news and info is a
prescription for ignorance. I try to share information
that counters the monotone of mainstream corporate media.
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What started as a simple conversation between friends has now become one of the most intriguing alternative news sources on the Web. No Agenda began simply enough, in late 2007, as an unscripted, unrehearsed and unedited dialog between MEVIO President and Co-Founder Adam Curry, and MEVIO VP John C. Dvorak. Sometimes recorded over a meal, sometimes over the Net, their premise was to create a stripped-down show with "no sponsors, no jingles and no agenda." Initially they talked about the news of the day, tech developments, and Silicon Valley scuttlebutt - and even included restaurant reviews, wine ratings and things that were going on in their personal lives. Although those subjects are certainly still on the table, the focus of the program has shifted more toward global politics and other topics from perspectives not usually found in so called "mainstream" media. In fact, Dvorak and Curry lambaste big media, drawing attention to its endless fascination with insignificant drivel (celebrity gossip, etc.) and its hesitance to cover important stories with any depth or insight.
"Crackpot" (Curry) and "Buzzkill" (Dvorak) focus on stories that you might not hear about otherwise, from sometimes opposing, but always complementary, points of view - with Curry playing the outlandish conspiracy theorist and Dvorak the hard-nosed pragmatist - though surprisingly they sometimes switch roles depending on the topic and their individual depth of knowledge on a particular subject.
To this day No Agenda remains unscripted and unfiltered. Wherever the discussion may go, you'll be enlightened, informed, entertained, and perhaps sometimes incensed - but you'll never listen to the news in quite the same way again.