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The Final Straw

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The Final Straw works to bring new music and new ideas to it's audience. A mixed-format show, The Final Straw presents a dynamic mix of music from around the world alongside interviews concerning radical political, social, economic and environmental issues. The hosts, Bursts O'Goodness & William, hope to make radical content more accessible to a wider and wider audience. Content suggestions are always welcome.

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Apr. 20 2014

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3AM EST on Monday, 04/21/2014 for a week, then podcasting later at and airing on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and KXCF in Marshall, CA.

This episode features a conversation on the NATO3 case and the experiences of Mark "Migs" Neiweem as one of those entrapped by the Chicago Police undercovers, alongside Sebastian "Sabi" Senakiewicz, and the NATO3 (Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly & Jared Chase) during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization conference in that city in May of 2012, at the height of the Occupy movement.

Migs talks about interactions with undercover cops, in particular Mehmet Oygun & Nadia Chikko (Mo & Gloves, un-respectively). He then goes on to talk about the protest, the infiltration of peaceful dissent groups and street medics, his time in prison and why he decided to take a non-cooperating plea that would release him with time served even before the NATO3 went to trial. Sabi was deported to Poland after a short stint in prison and 4 month in a bootcamp in the U.S. Migs then goes on to detail what it was like relying on prison support like Anarchist Black Cross after he'd participated in that sort of work prior to the NATO-related arrest.

More on the case at

For an article detailing bits of what Sabi was prosecuted for, check out this article on, for joking about having a bomb hidden in a hollowed out Harry Potter book in his apartment.

The segment of Sean Swain's writings is read this week by anarcho-primitivist author and radio host, John Zerzan. Sean Swain is on his 14th day of refusing meals until his phone and email privileges are turned back on so that he can resume his legal defense, check in with family and friends and record segments for this show. Sean only normally gets one 15 minute phone call a week. If you'd like to hear Sean's voice again, you can give a call to ODRC director Gary Mohr at 614-752-1150, that's 614-752-1150 and you can ask Mr. Mohr to resume Sean Swain's email and phone privileges. More on his case at

Apr. 13 2014

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3AM EST on Monday, 04/14/2014 for a week, then podcasting later at and airing on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and KXCF in Marshall, CA.

On April 6th of 2014, anarchist prisoner Sean Swain, who's been kind enough to allow us to present his audio commentaries (available at had his access to phone calls and email shut down by JPay corporation (which facilitates financial transactions between prisoners and their families and other corporations while skimming profit and also saving and mining the private user data) alongside of Global Tel* Link. This comes just after Sean was able to engage a new lawyer, Richard Kerger, who's done work on the Lucasville Uprising death row prisoners.

This episode, we speak to Ben Turk, a supporter of Sean's about new updates in Sean's case, his silencing and how folks can help pressure the state to give Sean back his access to phones and email.

Prior to that interview, however, a special guest reads a script from Sean for this week's "You Are The Resistance". Take a listen, or find it later at as youaretheresistance04132014 alongside the past segments for download or streaming.

Ben then tells us about his efforts, via Insurgent Theatre, to print a compendium of the plays he's written and his upcoming tour of the play BADGE (formerly known Know Your Enemies and prior to that as ACAB), where Ben play's the part of Officer Friendly, a community liaison officer who slowly realizes that, in fact, all cops are bastards. This play will be touring with D. Jones' film "The Shadow of Lucasville" around numerous parts of the U.S. and Canada. Check out the play intro and the preview of the film at

Ben also suggests taking a moment to call the current Prison Director, Gary Mohr at 614-752-1677 and requesting that Sean Swain be given back access to his email and phone communications so that he can resume more direct contact with lawyer, Rick Kerger.

If you care to apply pressure to Global Tel Link, which controls the private-side of the ability of prisoners and outsiders to communicate via email and phone, Sean says they are headquartered in Reston, VA and has offices in: Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA; Altoon, PA; & Mobile, AL.

More on JPay can be found at

The last half of this episode features the first track fromnew album by the Baton Rouge anarchist metal project, Thou. The album's called Heathen and the track is called Free Will. Next up, we hear the track IV from the album Descent of Man by Vestiges.

Playlist available here

Apr. 6 2014

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3AM EST on Monday, 04/07/2014 for a week, then podcasting later at and airing on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, and KXCF in Marshall, CA.

This week we present quite the variety of consumables. Firstly couple of announcements about KOWA-LP and AshevilleFM and an update on the 5E prisoners from Mexico which includes a description of life and bribery culture in the prison where Carlos is currently held.

Next, the TFS crew's newest member, Neka, interviews Keith Lamar (AKA Bomani Shakur), a defendant in the Lucasville Uprising case, facing the death penalty for allegedly leading a death squad of prisoners who killed snitches in April of 1993, of which he claims innocence. Keith is the author of a new book, Condemned, which he talks about alongside talking about his case and his upcoming final appeal. Find out more about his case and check out his book at his website, and if you're in or around Ohio and can make his hearings, please do show support.

If you're in the line of travel for Black Bird Raum, pick up a copy of Keith's book from their tour.

After that we are happy to present a recently translated interview by comrades from Anarchistisches Radio Berlin with a member of the Anarchist Black Cross of Belarus about a number of topics including prisoner support and anti-repression work the ABC is doing, the confusing nationalist and anarchist alignments occurring in parts of Ukraine, repression in Russia and much more. More from ARB can be found at

Finally, we play two tracks from a recent split by Drom and Moro Moro Land, two metal bands from eastern Europe.

Thanks, bud!

One of the best interviews you've had in my opinion. Zerzan is brilliant. I'm surpised that more global anti-civilaztion actions and insurrection weren't discussed. It was a very tangential show, but what do you talk about when you only have an hour right? It was good.

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