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An exploration on how to hack public policy

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Hosted by Bob Tregilus on 2013-11-25 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
public policy, media, underground press, alternative press, outreach, education, activism, radicalism, community organizing. 1.
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Duration: 01:15:07


In this Hacker Public Radio episode Bob Tregilus continues an exploration on how to hack public policy. Because outreach and education is so critical to building a successful movement, Tregilus talks to Ken Wachsberger of Lansing, Michigan, about the underground press of the late '60s and early '70s. Wachsberger was involved with the "Joint Issue," an underground paper serving southeastern Michigan.

Questions addressed and answered include:

  1. The history of the underground press.
  2. Constraints on leisure time in the '60s vs. the 2000s.
  3. Differences between the underground press, the alternative press, and the corporate press.
  4. Community organizing in the '60s vs. the 2000s.
  5. Social issues of the '60s vs. the 2000s.
  6. And more!

Host: Bob Tregilus

Guest: Ken Wachsberger

Other resources mentioned are:

  • Independent Voices is a four-year project to digitize over 1 million pages from the magazines, journals and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries: <>.


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Comment #1 posted on 2013-11-27 00:39:41 by Quvmoh

great interview

although it was disappointing that the first order of business was to have a meeting on who to exclude from the paper :-( . look forward to the book.

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