Thursday, January 26, 2012

Awopradio Show for Sunday January 29th 6:30-9PM EST Guests Include Denis Campbell and Kyle McCarthy

Welcome to the Awopradio Show Blog, The Show is now 6:30PM EST and runs to 9PM EST on Sunday Evenings. It is now on USTREAM and also if you can't join us, you can now listen to the Show on iTunes ( see the Sidebar for the Link). Please also do check out the Sidebar as there are links to the A World of Progress Video Channel ( great place to see some of the fine Music and Interviews, including John Clark, The HoneyCutters, and Lyric). Also there is the Links to the 99 Report and the blogs of Kim G ( The AWOP Publisher @awop or @awopradio ) and @Mommapolitico ( Perry) , as well as my Blog "Watergate Summer". Kim G. is our fearless leader, she is the person who see on the USTREAM screen and is the one who has been working so hard to improve the audio of our show. At 6:30PM she does the Intro to the Show, and then I follow with the #99Report, and then at 7PM we have @Mommapolitico ( Perry) our resident political wonk brings us the goodness of Kitchen Table Politics. And then our First Guest is at 7:30PM EST and then our second guest is approximately at 8 PM EST. The 99 Report now has it's own blog with information and updates about the 99 Percent and OCCUPY sites and issues, and coming in February it will have a one hour show on Friday Afternoons ( on BlogTalkRadio) So stay Tuned for that.

Our First Guest joins us again from across the Pond, a fine Journalist, Author Denis Campbell, @UKProgressive is another soul who keeps Twitter lively with his political insights and observations. He is known on Twitter as @UKProgressive, but he is also a renowned journalist working with ITN and Al Jezeera and BBC Wales, The Guardian and many other fine UK publications. During the Egypt Uprising he became one of the many to really track the Movement on Twitter. Yet he also was astutely tweeting American Politics. This year he was one of the first to recognize the strength of Twitter during the Egypt Uprising, and it is woven into his book "Egypt Unshackled" that has just come out. And taking it to the next step he has been tweeting and appreciating the Occupy Movement in a global sense. ( Denis was last on our show on 10.23.11 , we are happy to have him during the One Year Celebration of the Egypt Uprising.)

For those that followed the Egypt Uprising Online and especially on Twitter, this book is riveting, and really stunning, and you will immediately appreciate watching the story unfold tweet by tweet. @alikat747 another known twitter soul was also an editor on this project.

Our 2nd Guest is Kyle McCarthy he is known as @Swarmster on Twitter, he calls himself a "People Mobilizer", he also tweets at the @Default Movie and he started the hashtag #OccupyStudentDebt and is also found at @OccupyStudentDebt.Org . His website ,, has a wealth of information, and is also where folks share their Student Loan Debt Stories. Many are starting to appreciate that the Student Loan Crisis is just beginning to come into focus, and may indeed be much more serious and expansive than the Mortgage Crisis.

Kyle McCarthy ( known on Twitter as @swarmster )currently serves as the Director of Community Outreach for Default: The Student Loan Documentary. DEFAULT has appeared in over 200 various media and is now airing on over 150 PBS affiliates and is part of this year's San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Kyle was recently named one of "10 Leaders Who Are Fighting for Student Loan Reform" for establishing Occupy Student Debt. This has been covered by the AP, Forgive Student Loan Debt, The Backbone Campaign.
Video from DEFAULT The Documentary about Student Loan Debt....Learn more at the Default Movie Website about Student Debt and your Rights, as well as the true story about the Debt that so many college grads, college students, grad students, and their families are carrying for debt. The Link for the Default Documentary is here, do try to see it on PBS and also at screenings around the country. ( We also interviewed the Default Film Makers earlier on our show in the fall and their interview is archived as well. )

This Article in Forbes has a great deal of information about the Student Debt Crisis in our Country.

( From Forbes) The statistics around loan debt and the cost of post-secondary education in America are sobering:

(1) Average debt per borrower has risen 18%, from $19 300 to $22 700 since 2000. (The College Board, Trends in Student Aid, 2008)
(2) In 2007–2008, private lenders provided about $17 billion in educational loans. This represents a 592% increase over the last decade. (The College Board, Trends in Student Aid, 2008)
(3) Borrowers who drop out of college are twice as likely to be unemployed as borrowers who receive a degree and ten times as likely to default on their student loans.
(4) As of June 2010, student loan debt currently exceeds consumer credit card debt.
(5) Federal student loan debt outstanding reached approximately $665 billion and private student loan debt reached approximately $168 billion in June 2010. Total student loan debt is increasing at a rate of about $2,853.88 per second.
(6) (Nov2011) This month, Rep. Eric Cantor proposed that students begin paying interest on their student loans while they’re still enrolled in school.

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