Things Get Messy with Sally Jessy
When the operation of the machine becomes so odious ... you've got to throw your body upon the wheels, upon the gears, upon the levers, and upon all the apparatus of the machine, and you've got to make it stop.
—MARIO SAVIO, LEADER, FREE SPEECH MOVEMENT (1964), BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
D U R I N G T H E P E R S I A N G U L F War in 1991, I was on Pacifica radio station WBAI in New York, criticizing bombing the cradle of civilization back to the cradle, when someone ran into the studio to say that a producer from The Sally Jessy Raphael Show was on the phone.
One of the beautiful things about community media is that all kinds of volunteers come in. I figured this one was hallucinating. Sally Jessy Raphael was a popular national TV talk show host— “the queen of tacky TV talk shows, ” as the Houston Chronicle dubbed her—known for dealing with issues such as fad diets and love triangles, but certainly not war.
But when I took the call, a producer from The Sally Jessy Raphael Show was on the other end. She said she was listening to