Music legend Frank Zappa would have been 74 years old today. To celebrate the date we’re taking a look at some of the more overlooked (and gleefully weird) albums of his lengthy career. Most people are familiar with the genius of Freak Out!, Hot Rats, and Joe’s Garage, but have probably neglected to travel past. So to rectify that, here are some fascinating Zappa albums that haven’t gotten the same love over the years, but are worth your time nonetheless.
Law Professor Rena Steinzor talks to Ralph about her new book, Why Not Jail? which makes the case for treating corporate criminal like we treat street criminals. We discuss the new opening up to Cuba and Ralph tells us about some of his personal encounters with Fidel Castro.
Ralph Nader stops by to talk about Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in the state of New York. Then we go to Brazil to talk to Human’s Right Watch about Brazil’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission finally coming to terms with the torture that took place under the military dictatorship nearly 30 years ago, and if America will ever come to terms with our own human rights violations.
Guy Pearce, best known for his roles in movies like Memento, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Time Machine has another talent up his sleeve besides acting. He’s also a musician. Now, before you write him off as another actor who wants to be a rock star but sucks at it, you should put your reservations aside and check out his brilliantly conceived video for the song ‘Fly All The Way‘. It’s a tasty slab of glam pop goodness in the vein of The Ark or Silverchair. Guy’s debut album ‘Broken Bones‘ is available now for purchase, and it’s super great.
Rock on, Mr. Pearce. Rock on.
Ralph talks to advocate and writer, David Halperin, about how for profit colleges are ripping you off. We also discuss the Senate report on torture, the demonstrations on police brutality, and the congressional omnibus spending bill that is loaded with a lot of corporate goodies.
The holiday season is upon us, so if you are wanting to get into the spirit of the holiday you should spend an hour with the always hilarious Maria Bamford!