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- 12/31/95:KPFK Nix-a-Thon. We were pre-empted today as KPFK broadcasts three days of programming about Richard Nixon and his legacy.
- 12/24/95:Peace on the Net. On the day before Christmas, we talked about a few of the peace oriented sites to be found on the Net. One of the best places to start looking is Peacenet, which provides links to many other sites dedicated to spreading peace around the globe.
- 12/17/95:Protecting Your Rights on the Net Our government is working overtime to take away your rights when it comes to the Internet. By legislating the kind of data you can make available, the government is limiting your freedon to express yourself. But how can they do that without breaking the Constitution?
We first talked with David Sobel, the legal counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). In an article in Wired's issue 4.01 he explained how government organizations such as the FBI are vilifying some new technologies in an effort to gain increased access to private information.
For example, by assuming that files encrypted with programs such as PGP are somehow suspect just because they are encrypted, the FBI is able to seize and search encrypted information that passes through a commercial service, just because it's encrypted. Follow? If I send an encrypted (private) message to you, the FBI wants to read it just because it's private.
Mr. Sobel argues that the current fight against child pornographers is just the latest in a long line of attempts (remember commies, terrorists, drug dealers?) to scare Americans into giving up their constitutional rights in order to make law enforcement's job easier.
We followed up by talking with Jim Warren about how Congress is allowing the religious right (and others) to set the current agenda for the Internet, based on the absolute worst that is out there, ignoring the 99.9% that is good.
- 12/10/95:L.A. Free-Net Our in-studio guest today was Phil Mittelman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Los Angeles Free-Net. LAFN offers a really low priced alternative for getting connected to the Internet. They also have extensive information on K-12 education and health & medicine. They are a terrific community resource. Their main modem number is (818) 776-5000 or you can email them at email@example.com for more phone numbers and other information.
We were also visited via the telephone by Winston Steward. He offered us some of his picks for computer software gifts to give this year for the holidays.
We also mentioned new legislation in Congress, battles between Netscape & Microsoft for control of the net and politcal contributions to the campaign of Anne Bingaman's husband.
- 12/3/95: Spot & Spike! We talked with Scott Zakarin, creator of The Spot, and Terry Brandt, the creator of Spike Webb, Net Detective. We talked about the new kinds of Web entertainment that are showing up on the Net.
- 11/26/95: Open Phones. Once again we opened the phones for you to call in. Lots of interest concerning the issues of privacy and computers, a subject we'll return to in the coming weeks. Also several questions regarding Windows 95 and Microsoft's plans for the future. Thanks for the calls!
- 11/19/95: Family Computing. During the first half of the show we interviewed Winston Steward, author of Every Family's Guide to Computers. Doran then gave an overview of some of the things he saw while at Comdex last week.
- 11/12/95: The Wave. Ric interviews Jay Sloatman & Marko Victorino from The Wave Network. Doran also called in at the beginning of the show to report on the beginning of Comdex '95.
- 11/5/95: Pre-empted. Because of events this weekend in Israel, we were pre-empted as part of a three hour news special. We'll be back next week.
- 10/29/95: One hour Pledge Drive Special. For the second week in a row, we thank all of those listeners who took the time to call the station and pledge their support. It's you who keep us on the air. Thank you.
- 10/22/95: Pledge Drive Special. Thanks to all our listeners who called in to pledge their support. We we're Goal-Busters! Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!
- 10/15/95: SafeSurf is near the top of a growing list of groups dedicated to protecting children from inappropriate material on the Net. That they want to do this while protecting everybody else's right to a free Internet caught our attention.
We spoke with SafeSurf's President, Wendy Simpson, who hopes parents will use their Internet Rating Standard, Kid's Wave and Internet Lifeguard to help steer their children past the parts of cyberspace where they shouldn't be.
Wendy promises to hold the hand of any newbie parent who needs some guidance. If you know a Net-challenged parent who needs to learn about getting on-line, they can e-mail Wendy or call SafeSurf at (818) 902-9390.
Another good Web page on the subject is the Cranmer's Child Safety on the Internet page. It has many links to other like-minded pages.
- 10/8/95: Washington Update. Our guest today was Jonah Seiger from the Center for Democracy and Technology. We talked about the current state of the Communications Decency Act and the Cox/Wyden Bill. We also talked about the Clinton Administration's proposals regarding encryption.
Another good place to find out more about these things is the Voters Telecommunications Watch.
- 10/1/95: WWWiz Magazine is a new free magazine about people and the Web. We spoke with its editor and founder, Don Hamilton, one of the people who years ago started Microtimes, the hugely popular free computer magazine. Now, with his new magazine, Don is bringing the Web to newsracks throughout Southern California. Be sure and check out the on-line version.
Our "Site of the Week" is devoted to John Gage's NetDay96. On March 9, 1996, thousands of volunteers will descend upon all of California's schools and wire them for computers. You can help make it happen by becoming one of those volunteers. Check out the site for more information about signing up.
- 9/24/95: Beverly Hills Internet is one of a growing number of services that give away Web pages to Net surfers. We spoke with David Bohnett, the founder of BHI about his vision of GeoCities and establishing true virtual neighborhoods on the Net.
- 9/17/95: Making Web Pages. Our guest was Doran L. Barton, author of several books, including the just-released Fozziliny George Moo's Guide to the World Wide Web. We talked about the Web and how people can get on it with their own Web pages.
- 9/10/95: Open Phones. One of our (more or less) regular shows
dedicated to taking calls from listeners.
Our Site of the Week today concerns the creation of a "NII Band", a part of the radio spectrum to be set aside as public domain and used for local, wireless communication. A very compelling idea.
- 9/3/95: IUMA. We talked with Evan Heidtmann, the
Manager of Artist Services and Band Encoding at the Internet
Archives. Started in October of 1993, IUMA makes music from underground
(unsigned) artists available via the Internet. If you haven't discovered it yet, you should check it out.
With some 600 unsigned artists and bands (growing at about 2 a day), and over 300,000 hits a day (up
300% in the last 6 months!), IUMA is working hard on more efficient ways of distributing huge amounts
of data. We talked about issues of bandwidth and how technologies such as MPEG and ISDN are
increasing the data pipe to your home.
In addition to the above link, you can find out more from IUMA by calling (408) 426-4862, or by e-mail
- 8/27/95: Windows95. Well, it's been three
days since the official realease of Windows95 from Microsoft and we take a look at what all the talk is about.
We spoke with John Beck from Los Angeles Valley College, who has been
busy converting many of the PCs at the college to the new operating system. He says he's been surprised
at the ease of installation and of course is very pleased with the increased stability over older versions of
Callers expressed concerns about backwards compatibility. Also, it was pointed out that other operating
systems, such as OS/2 Warp (or
the Macintosh, for that matter), offer
many of the same features as Win95 in a much more mature platform. We didn't get a chance to discuss
increased hardware requirments, questionable marketing strategies or The Microsoft Network. This is obviously a topic that we will have
to return to soon, after the computer-using public has had a chance to road test the product for a while.
- 8/20/95: Plugged In. Started in
September of 1992, Plugged In is a non-profit organization which puts computer technology into the hands
of low-income youth and families in East Palo Alto, California. We spoke with Muki Izora, the Community Outreach and
Support Coordinator and Nathan
Kuriger, the Webmaster for their website.
Plugged In currently serves approximatly 200 individuals each week. In addition to classes, they gives
access to computers and the Internet to the entire community with drop-in time for children, teens and
adults with staff available to help with tasks or special "drop-in projects" which are one-hour activities
designed to teach a skill.
In addition to the work in their own community, they also make resources such as curriculum ideas and
organizational information available to community workers and educators nation-wide. If you are
interested in finding out about starting a program in your communitiy, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (415) 322-1134.
- 8/13/95: The Mac. A long overdue look at the Macintosh
computer with Christian Boyce from the Los Angeles Mac Group (and author of "Your Mac Can Do That"
on Hayden press). Info about LAMG can be found by calling (310)278-LAMG.
Lots of terrific phone calls too, including Scott Young (or was it Jung?), who formed his own users group,
MAGIC (Mac Access Group In California).
They meet in Buena Park, once a month. For more information, call Scott at (310) 944-0023.
- 8/6/95: Pre-empted for special programming on the
50th anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing. The Web project BURN! is presenting "Nagasaki Nightmare", a collection of drawings and photographs
to commemorate the atomic bombings of WW II.
- 7/30/95: Los Angeles Valley College &
the Net with guest John Beck, the Systems Administrator for the Vocational Educational Reasearch
Computer Labs at LAVC.
While our community colleges have had Internet access for some time, it hasn't been available to the
students. That's changing now thanks to Tom Oliver, the Dean of Academic Affairs at LAVC and all those
people in their Computer Lab. Now they even have a The phone
number at LAVC is (818) 781-1200.
- 7/23/95: Open Phones. More terrific calls. Mention was made of the Los Angeles
Macintosh Group, (310)278-5264, and the importance of users groups (Note: The L.A. Mac Group will
be our guests on Aug 13th). One caller mentioned some used computer books available at very
low cost. E-mail Doran if you'd like his phone number. Doran's site of the week was Critical Mass Communications. He very much likes the right
side of their brain.
- 7/16/95: Video Toaster. Ric went to the Digital
Evolution Expo to interview Ken Wilder, president of the Video Toaster Group. Also interviewed was
Matthew Imhoff, from a software company whose product shows just how far desktop video editing has
come in recent years. Mr.Imhoff spoke about a video that is available from his company which shows just
what his product can do. More information about the video can be had by calling 1-(800)-2SOUND2
At the beginning of the show, Doran gave out the URL for Audioweb since the audio/video show which airs before
Digital Village, In Fidelity, had been talking about audio resources available online.
After Ric's interviews, Doran also gave out the URL for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility & the email
address of theVoter's Telecommunications Watch.
- 7/9/95: The Communications Decency Act. We spoke with
Jonah Seiger from the Center for Democracy and Technology about the Communications
Decency Act. This proposed legislation seeks to make certain kinds of communication illegal over the
Internet. Critics point to its questionable legality under
the Constitution. Proponents feel some censorship is a small price to pay to protect their children from
the smut they fear is available on the Net. Passed in the Senate by an 85-15 margin, it now moves to the
House as HR1004. A vote is expected in late July.
- 7/2/95: Pre-empted for special programming
- 6/25/95: PGP & Privacy. We spoke with Phil Zimmerman, author of the encryption software Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). We
talked about the need for encryption by everyday computer users, Phil's problems with the U.S.
Government and his upcoming product PGPFONE, which allows encrypted voice communication
over modems & the Internet.
- 6/18/95: Open Phones, Thanks for the calls!!
- 6/11/95: One hour fund drive special. While we urged you to call (818) 985-5735 and
pledge your finacial support, we also spoke to former CIA agent Ralph McGehee, author of CIABASE, a database of
information about CIA activity and a thank-you gift for a $250.00 donation to the station.
- 6/4/95: Pre-empted for fund-drive special
- 5/28/95: Students & Computers. Doran spoke with students Laura Snider & Jason Orta
and teacher Chris Davis from Crescenta Valley High School about the state of computers in schools today.
- 5/21/95: Women in today's computer industry. Ric & his guest discussed issues
regarding women who choose a career in today's computer industry.
- 5/14/95: Jim
Warren was our guest. One of the first winners of EFF's Pioneer Award, as well as many others, Mr. Warren is a
long-time advocate for public access to government records and led a successful 1993 effort to make California's state legislation & statutes available via the Net. He is
also well known for his "Realizable Fantasies" column that he writes for Microtimes, the computer magazine.
- 5/7/95: Users Groups. Steve Bass, founder of the
Pasadena (California) IBM Users Group was our guest. We talked about users groups and how they are
one of the best sources of information for newcomers to computing. The Pasadena UG is a particularly
large group and we talked about it, as well as its smaller Special Interest Groups.
- 4/30/95: Internet as Weapon. In the wake of the bombing in Oklahoma City, Elizabeth Harvey produced this program on militias and the
Internet. We spoke to Dr. Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, who
has been monitoring militia activity on the Internet, and Jason Steiner, a member of the Arizona Militia
called SAFE (Second Amendment is For Everyone) to
get their views about how the Net is used to both co-ordinate the militias' efforts and promote their
- 4/23/95: The state of computing. Robert
Luhn, editor-in-chief of Computer Currents joined us. We took lots of phone calls. And because
of a technical problem with the scheduled 11am program, we were able to go on for an additional
- 4/16/95 (Easter Sunday): Multi-Media Computing. Ric spoke to several of the people
responsable for the highly successful software package, The Director. They discussed the nature of
Multi-Media and its impact on the future of computing.
- 4/9/95: Computers in the library. We spoke with Dean Rowen and Cindy Birt from the
Whittier Public Library. We discussed how today's library is using computer technology. A special point
was the InFoPeople project which has become an important way for people to learn about the Internet
and what it has to offer.
- 4/2/95: Free Access to the Net. Dr. Avrum Bluming and Mildred Bluming were our
guests. We talked about the Los Angeles FreeNet and what it has
to offer. For more information about the L.A. Freenet you can call (818) 954-0080 (voice) or (818)
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