On Friday evening, February 28th, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation presents the 2014 “Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future” with special guest Noam Chomsky, 730pm at the Lobero Theatre.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8th, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Metropolitan Theatres’ “Showcase Film Series” presents the area premiere of Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky, by the popular filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), at the Plaza de Oro Theatre, also at 730pm.

Inspired by the confluence of these two special events, Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” saluted Chomsky’s genius.

Producer/host Ted Coe writes:

This past Monday, I was joined by special guest Bruce Wing, an old graduate-school friend and ‘a well-informed Chomsky fan.’ To be honest, I have a hard time imagining anyone in our community being more conversant in the breadth and depth of Noam Chomsky’s life and works.

For those who aren’t already aware, Avram Noam Chomsky is an Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Known not only for his groundbreaking scholarship, Chomsky gained notoriety for being an anti-imperialist dissident, especially for his opposition to the war in Vietnam, while a young professor in the 1960s.

Author of countless books on US foreign policy, corporate capitalism, and propaganda in the media, he’s been a role model for a number of progressives here in the USA, and beyond. In fact, he’s had a remarkable impact on a lot of socially-conscious musicians, filmmakers, artists, etcetera.

During the broadcast, we shed some light on that particular phenomenon, and heard documentary-film trailers, music, and other pop-culture artifacts associated with the good professor. We also share recorded snippets of Noam Chomsky in his own words — and informative dialogue.

An edited podcast of the hourlong program is now available online at the very bottom of this web post. To hear the two brief Chomsky CD tracks omitted due to copyright restrictions, click on the links below. Like those Chomsky tracks, all other music clips from the program are included only as edited samples.

Noam Chomsky – Class War: The Attack On Working People: Track 6 of 17 – “Crime Pays” (CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO)

Noam Chomsky – Class War: The Attack On Working People: Track 7 of 17 – “Economy Up, People Down” (CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO)

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“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays during KCSB’s Fall Quarter from 11am-12noon PST.