Juan Cole, Leni Sinclair, and the YpsiGlow project …on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack


The Saturday Six Pack will be back on the air this weekend, and it has all the makings of a great show.

Our first guest will be esteemed University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole. An expert on the Middle East, Cole came to be a household name shortly after 9/11, as our nation geared up for war. Hoping to both provide context for the events unfolding across the Middle East, and dispel the myths being shared as fact by the American media, Cole launched the blog Informed Comment in 2002, earning him an enormous following among those on the left who, like me, were unwilling to just accept the narrative being put forward by the likes of George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Cole’s pointed criticism of the United States and Israel over the next several years, however, would also lead to a great many attacks against him from the right, including a coordinated campaign in 2006 that would successfully keep him from a position at Yale. These are all things, I suspect, that Cole I will be discussing once we go live on Saturday evening, along with his thoughts on the current presidential race. [I’m interested to know what he thinks of the policy positions articulated by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump thus far concerning the Middle East.] And, of course, we’ll be talking about his most recent book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East, his thoughts on the evolution of jihadist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and the lasting impact of the Arab Spring… Oh, and if things go well, and if time allows, I might ask how I compare to Stephen Colbert as an interviewer.

Then, during our second segment, we’ll be joined by activist, photographer, and co-founder of the White Panther Party, Leni Sinclair, with whom we’ll be continuing the conversation we began a few weeks back with her former husband, John Sinclair. So, if you’re at all interested in the radical history of Michigan, be sure to tune in as we discuss everything from the founding of the Detroit Artists Workshop to her decision to leave SDS and head out on a more radical path, intent on smashing the system with an army of dropouts, hippies and dope fiends. [Those, by the way, are John Sinclair’s words, and not mine.]

And, in our third and final segment, we’ll be talking with Adriana Zardus and Jeri Rosenberg of WonderFool Productions, the entity that produces FestiFools and FoolMoon each April in Ann Arbor, about their work over the past several months to create an Ypsi-centric public art event that they’re calling YpsiGLOW.


Unless you live inside the AM 1700 studio, chances are you won’t be able to pick the show up on your radio. As that’s the case, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of TuneIn.com.

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

Oh, and if you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about this, our 50th anniversary broadcast, feel free to share the Facebook event listing.

And, here, thanks to AM 1700 senior graphic designer Kate de Fuccio, is this week’s poster, in case any of you want to print copies and leave them at one of the highway rest areas that you frequent.


And do call us if you have a chance. We love phone calls. So please copy down this number and slide it into your sock – 734.217.8624 – and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening. The show, as you know if you listen, gets exponentially better with each phone call.

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  1. Posted September 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    That picture! It took me a minute to find your face. Wow. :)

  2. Kerri Pepperman
    Posted September 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Great lineup!

  3. Kerri Covey
    Posted September 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink


  4. Jack Andrew Gillard
    Posted September 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Should be a great show! Will tune in

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