|Revolutionary TV: "Uprising" on Free Speech TV (freespeech.org/uprisingradio.org)|
|Afghan Buddha, Mes Aynak|
Thanks to a massive fundraising effort through the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, KPFK’s popular talk radio program “Uprising” now airs on both radio and television.
|Save Mes Aynak's Afghan Buddhas, Nazaneen Habib, UCLA|
“Uprising” host Sonali Kolhatkar says the fundraising wasn’t easy. She and her producer, Bipasha Shom, asked
every family member, friend, former colleague, and neighbor they could think of to help raise the money.
|MAP: between Iran/Iraq and India/Pakistan|
“The public media industry is in a funding crisis right now. It’s unheard of that two people with such a small team could raise this much money, and in such a short period of time,” Kolhatkar says.
|World's most famous Afghan (NG)|
Money raised will fund the show’s start-up expenses and operations, including salaries for two sound engineers and TV equipment, such as cameras, lights, and a state-of-the-art audio mixer, which will allow the show to do live-to-tape recording. Half the funds will pay one person who is very experienced with the studio equipment to help Kolhatkar and her small team put the whole show together.
For Kolhatkar, who is of Indian parentage and was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, the expansion of “Uprising” from radio into an additional television broadcast is very exciting, and more than she could have dreamed of early in her radio career.
(FSTV) "Uprising with Sonali" national TV/radio broadcast debuts Oct. 27th, 6:00 pm ET weekdays. Find an FSTV channel.
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While working at Caltech’s Spitzer Science Center in the early 1990s, she learned about the plight of Afghan women and their struggle against [the CIA and OSI's joint creation] the Taliban.
Wanting to more actively make a difference in the world, Kolhatkar quit her lucrative career at Caltech and founded the nonprofit Afghan Women’s Mission (AWM), providing support to Afghan women [supporting RAWA.org]. Her involvement as AWM’s director led to writing, as well as multiple national speaking engagements and media interviews.
(NM) Sonali Kolhatkar, host and producer of Uprising Radio, is also Co-Director of the Afghan Women's Mission supporting the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). This event was organized by the Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA) at CSULB.
A friend suggested that Kolhatkar get a job at Pacifica Radio station KPFK, 90.7 FM. Kolhatkar auditioned for a host position at the station in 2002. And now, years later, she hosts the station’s popular drive-time morning talk [news] show “Uprising,” which she created in July 2003.
In 2006, Kolhatkar, along with her husband Prof. James Ingalls, a Caltech astronomer, wrote Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, with a forward by fellow broadcaster David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio, a Boulder, Colorado-based syndicated weekly talk program.
|Afghan girl (fridaworld/flickr)|
As described by Amazon, “Bleeding Afghanistan boldly critiques the exploitation of Afghan women to justify war by both conservatives and liberals, analyzes uncritical media coverage of US policies, and examines the ways in which the US benefits from being in Afghanistan.” More
(WocomoDOCS) Pro-CIA, pro-U.S., pro-MIC propaganda: "Good Morning, Afghanistan" or "How to Invade and Occupy a Country" (documentary about the Battle of Qala-I-Jangi)