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August 2002

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Conscious Planet: Our New Monthly Media Guide

I started off last month’s newsletter with the observation that life seems to slow down during the hot summer days. Well, that isn’t exactly happening as this summer unfolds: We are experiencing a crisis in the financial markets comparable to the crash of 1929. Bankruptcy and fraud seem to be ubiquitous. Confidence in CEOs, the economy, and even the ever-so-popular George W. Bush are falling rapidly.

I am not sure where the economy or the stock market are heading. What I do know is that Paraview has collected some interesting people whose views can enlighten you on some very pressing issues.

In his essay “The Toxic Economy,” Assistant Professor of History of Religion Rick Jarow describes the current economy as “a world-wide roulette wheel spun off center. . . with markets motivated by fear and moved by panic.” However, he also offers hope for a more humane and rewarding way of connecting with each other instead of merely producing and selling things. In line with this more creative view of life, Paraview will be publishing later this year a book by entrepreneur Daryl S. Paulson, Competitive Business, Caring Business, about doing business in a different way.

Whatever is happening in our economy or society, no one can deny the increasing power of the media we watch, read, or listen to. In my interview with Paraview Literary Agency client, award-winning journalist, and editor of Into the Buzzsaw, Kristina Borjesson, she will shed light on what she calls the “black box of journalism” and also disentangle the myth of a free press. Don’t forget to click on the video clip by renowned author Jim Marrs, who gives us his views on who is really controlling our media.

Finally, have a look at our media guide, which again will give you sources for different voices and views in our media landscape. Last but not least, I want to thank the readers of this newsletter for your suggestions on new media sources, from favorite websites to favorite TV programs. As always, please continue to do so.

Alexander M. Dake

Lux Mentis, Lux Orbis
Light of the Mind, Light of the World

Conscious TV

Wide Angle (PBS)
Check local listings for dates and times.
This new weekly series of one-hour documentaries focuses on what’s not provided by the nightly news – in-depth reporting on international affairs, such as Saddam’s war on the Kurds and the WTO’s effect on the rich and poor in China. Hosted by Daljit Dhaliwal and James P. Rubin, Wide Angle is produced by Thirteen/WNET New York.

Check website for videos.
WITNESS empowers activists by handing them video cameras so they can document their experiences. Founded by Peter Gabriel, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation, WITNESS is one part human rights organization, one part documentary film producer and distributor.

The FBI Files (Discovery)
Tuesdays at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET/PT, and Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT
True life is always more fascinating than fiction. This popular program details the FBI’s investigations, right down to how it conducts forensic work. August shows include tracking down kidnappers and their victim (August 6) and finding the murderer of a successful television producer (August 13).

Minute by Minute (A&E)
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET
Relive dramatic events in real time with this intense program. Minute by Minute reconstructs contemporary events in present tense through the eyes of the people who were there. Recent topics include the Mt. St. Helen’s eruption, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Reagan’s assassination attempt, and the crash of TWA Flight 800.

Conscious Radio

Expertwitness Show (WBAI)
Check the website for dates and times
This weekly radio program is by investigative reporters Kristina Borjesson and Mike Levine.

Public Interest With Kojo Nnamdi (WAMU/NPR)
Check the website for dates and times.
This daily talk show from Washington, D.C., expands its parameters and takes on topics that affect all of us, such as its regular “Tech Tuesday” feature and book discussions. Politics, of course, is always a staple.

“Imagination” (The Infinite Mind)
Beginning August 21; check website for time.
We’ve all got a bit of it, hopefully. But what, exactly, is imagination? Guest experts include Dr. Jerome Singer, a professor of psychology at Yale University and one of the pioneers in the field, and Dr. Marjorie Taylor, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and author of Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them.

Talk of the Nation (NPR)
Check the website for dates and times.
Neal Conan hosts this perennial favorite that examines everything from the day’s hot topic to how to create a great barbeque. Ira Flatow helms “Science Friday,” which covers intriguing science, health, and technology stories.

Earth & Sky
Check the website for dates and times.
Earth science, astronomy, and environmental science are usually only covered in depth by the science press, but they’re the focus of this award-winning daily radio program that can be heard throughout the world. Recent topics include how genetically engineered food can aid people with allergies and “Good Ozone, Bad Ozone.”

Conscious Internet
This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping journalists who are up against the “buzzsaw.”
A non-profit website responding to a breakdown in decision making and understanding. (Click on “media” and read about media ownership.)
A well-respected site for independent journalism.
The website for a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.
A website campaigning for the voice of the public to balance the power of the media conglomerates.

News from Paraview 

Visit and get the latest news about our intriguing list of books, clients, and videos.

Interview: Q&A with Kristina Borjesson
Paraview Literary Agency client and investigative reporter Kristina Borjesson answers questions about the media, censorship, and her book Into the Buzzsaw in this Q&A with Paraview’s Alexander Dake.

Video Clip of the Month: Who Is Really Controlling Our Media?
If you understand economics, you’ll understand who’s controlling our media, according to Paraview Literary Agency client Jim Marrs, author of Rule by Secrecy.

Feature: The Toxic Economy
Alternative career counselor Rick Jarow, Ph.D., examines the transactions we make in our everyday lives and wonders if they can be more humane and rewarding.

Client of the Month: Stacey Wolf
Why glide along the surface of life? In Get Psychic! Stacey Wolf helps teens discover their psychic talents. Wolf uses a playful but direct approach to take the mystery out of psychic phenomena, helping readers to tap into their hidden powers.

Paraview Press News: A First Look

Take a first look at two forthcoming titles from Paraview Press. The Sonic Thread by Cynthia Snodgrass weaves together music and spirituality. Competitive Business, Caring Business by Daryl S. Paulson offers insights for business and industry by demonstrating in practical terms what "integral business" really means.

See you next month!

If you miss anything described above that you wanted to see or hear, more information about the media providers, programming, and air times is always available through links at our Conscious TV and Conscious Radio index pages.

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