Monday, March 31, 2008

Actor, Director, Model Edward Gunawan

Irvine -- On the next edition of Subversity, broadcasting Monday, 31 March, 2008, we talk with actor, director and model Edward Gunawan about his career in film and modeling. Gunawan, who was born in Indonesia and grew up in Singapore, lives in southern California. He's graced the cover of Frontiers, a local gay magazine and appeared in print ads for Honda and Nokia as well as TV ads. As a filmmaker, Gunawan is making his directorial debut with Laundromat, a short film he also wrote and produced. His short film Just (as writer, actor & producer) recently won the Top 5 Films Award at the 9th PlanetOut Short Movie Competition. He recently earned an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and completed a filmmaking fellowship at the Film Independent' (formerly IFP West) Project:Involve in 2007, with Academy Award� winner Chris Tashima as his mentor.

His website:
Interview on Fridae:$
Frontiers interview:

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Behind America's Obsession with Sex Scandals

Why the national obsession with sex scandals, most recently in the governor's office, before and after (New York and New Jersey)? And is the stoic wife all that unknowing? Is monogamy doomed for straight couples?

On our next show, 24 March 2008, Subversity talks with activist writer and former sex worker Tony Valenzuela. He worked in the commercial sex industry for about 5 years, including being an escort during that time (1997 to around 2002). A leader of the national Sex Panic activism of the late 1990's, he continues today to be a critic of how mainstream culture, including the gay community, handles matters of sexuality, especially publicly.

A long-time activist based in Southern California, he works on sexual politics, HIV and gay men's health. He writes for LA Weekly, Frontiers, Zyzzyva and is working on a book on gay men and risk.

He last appeared on Subversity in November 1997.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Winter Soldier 2008: Anti-war Veterans Speak Out

As anti-war activists observe the 5th anniversary of the Iraq Invasion by the U.S., more and more veterans are themselves speaking out against the war; this past weekend as many anti-war activists took to the streets, veterans of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and other countries testified at Winter Solder: Iraq and Afghanistan 2008, about what they experienced while supposedly spreading "democracy" abroad.

We listen to the travails of a U.S. permanent resident, who signed up for the Marines, was among the first Marine units to be deployed to Iraq, but when he returned from Iraq, was taken from Camp Pendleton and incarcerated in San Diego, on deportation charges.

Courtesy of Pacific radio KPFA's War Comes Home project, archived testimony is available online and portions will be aired on Subversity this Monday 17 March 2008.

The audio is made available through a creative commons license:


War Comes Home site:
Iraq Veterans Against the War:
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Monday, March 10, 2008

Summer of Love and the Origins of the Counter-Culture

How did the counter-culture and its music get started back in 1967? On our 10 March 2008 of Subversity, courtesy of the Commonwealth Club of California radio program, we look back at the Summer of Love at 40, with a program that the club first aired last August, as we recall the contributions of George "Skip" Gay. Dr. Gay, who died last month, pioneered drug treatment at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, whose founder, Dr. David E. Smith, is featured on the program (and the only one wearing a tie).

Other guests on the program are: Paul Krassner, founder, the Realist Magazine; Wavy Gravy, activist and clown, former Frozen Dessert; Wes "Scoop" Nisker, author, radio commentator, former DJ, KSAN, with moderator Peter Finch, co-host of KFOG Morning Show. Smith is now executive director of the Prometa Center for Addiction.

Subversity thanks Commonwealth Club radio producer Ricardo Esway for permission to air this historic program.

Obituary of Dr. George "Skip" Gay:

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