WASHINGTON, DC, the belly of the beast of international military and corporate power, is also a place of activism. It is where we come to speak truth to power in the streets and in the halls and assemblies of power. But you won’t hear these voices on corporate media. Even so-called progressive cable news outlets focus instead on the jockeying of electoral politics with a distinct neoliberal bias.
“On the Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital” counters this trend by giving a voice to the voiceless 99 percent at the heart of American empire. The award-winning, weekly hour, produced and hosted by Esther Iverem, covers social justice activism about local, national and international issues, with a special emphasis on militarization and war, the police state, the corporate state, environmental justice and the left edge of culture and media. “On the Ground” premiered on May Day, May 1, 2014 on WPFW 89.3 Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC and is heard on more than a dozen stations across the United States.
The show airs Fridays 10-11am EST on 89.3 FM, WPFW Pacifica Radio, in the Washington, D.C. DMV area and the broadcast signal also reaches into portions of Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Friday time slot began on April 8, 2016 but the show first aired as the Thursday edition of “Community Watch and Comment,” 11 am-noon. In addition, “On the Ground” streams live at wpfwfm.org and is archived there for two weeks. This site, www.onthegroundshow.org, includes a permanent audio archive of the show.
Thank you to these additional stations for airing “On the Ground”:
All times EST unless noted.
WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta, GA – Friday Noon.
WBAI 99.5 New York, NY – Friday 2 PM
KPFT K-2 Stream, Houston, TX – Monday 9 AM.
WKEM 98.5 FM Montgomery, AL – Saturday 10 AM
WXIR 100.9 Rochester, NY, Sunday 5pm
KCPB 95.5 Modesto, CA – Wednesday, 7 AM PST
WPPM 106.5 Philadelphia, PA. Philly Cam
KCEI 90.1 Taos, NM
KBOO 90.7 Portland, OR
WLLP Palenville, NY
KODX Seattle, WA
WXOJ, Florence, MA
KWRK Fairbanks, AK
WRWK Richmond, VA
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and Workforce Rising Radio
On the Ground is grateful for these grant awards:
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for the
five-part series “Black Power at 50 in DC: 1966-2016” and the 2018 series “DC in the Era of Climate Change” For 2018, Esther Iverem was also named a fellow in the humanities.
The Puffin Foundation for our monthly segment, “The F-Word,” which explores fascism today.
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