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.

What’s more, this coming 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, tomorrow’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” will salute Chomsky’s genius.

Illustration courtesy of the artist.


Producer/host Ted Coe writes: “This Monday, I’ll be joined by my special guest Bruce Wing, an old graduate-school friend who agreed to let me describe him as ‘a well-informed Chomsky fan.’ The truth of the matter is, 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 tomorrow’s broadcast, I’ll shed some light on that particular phenomenon, and we’ll hear documentary-film trailers, music, and other pop-culture artifacts connected to the good professor.

We’ll also share recorded snippets of Noam Chomsky in his own words — and some dialogue. I hope many of you are able to tune in for what should be an engaging hour of radio programming.”

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