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VBB’s Open Journal: Think Global - Act Local!

patty smith on kpft 90.1

Voices Breaking Boundaries’ Artistic/Founding Director Sehba Sarwar has been co-producing radio shows on KPFT 90.1 FM for nearly a decade. In 2011-12, VBB started our own monthly radio show, Think Global - Act Local!, a regular feature on KPFT’s Open Journal. Hosts will include members of VBB’s artistic team including Sehba Sarwar, Yunuen Perez Vertti, Autumn Knight, Marcela Descalzi and others.

Past guests have included Patti Smith, Cesar Espinosa, Cameron Armstrong, and many more. See below to listen to archived programs.


Fall 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00-6:30 pm:
Michael Woodson, host of Living Art, interviews Diana Barrera and Ana Laurel on 90.1 FM KPFT to talk about living room art and Close Together. Listen here

Spring 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar interviews David Barsamian Host of Alternative Radio on 90.1 FM KPFT. Listen here

Fall 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 9:30-10:00 am:
Guests Zeb & Haniya. Listen here

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar interviews Catherine Roberts Board Member of the Rutherford B.H. Museum in Freedmen’s Town.
Lue A. Williams, Pastoral Coalition of Leaders and Church Clerk and Trustee of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church also in Freedmen’s Town – also Education Program Advisor of the Rutherford B.H. Museum Listen here.

Spring 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar interviews Kafah Bachari Manna, co-curator for our 2/12/12 East End Live Art program, "What's Color Got to Do with It?" about the upcoming show. Sarwar also played a brief previously recorded interview with Tasneem Ahmar, founder of Uks (Islamabad, Pakistan), a research, resource and publication center dedicated to the cause of gender equality and women's development.
Listen here.

Monday,March 6, 2012, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar
talks with Melaney Linton, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. At a time when women's healthcare in Texas is in need of urgent reform Melaney Linton will share insight into some of the issues that women face today. Listen here.

Monday, April 2, 2012, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar
talks with VBB co-founders Marcela Descalzi and Jacsun Shah about art, education and health and how each of these issues is affecting women and society today. Also included in the conversation will be a sound clip of a conversation that Sarwar recorded with artist and educator Salima Hashmi, who is based in Lahore, Pakistan. Listen here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar talks with Claudia Kolker, contributing editor at the Houston Chronicle and author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn From Newcomers To America About Health, Happiness, and Hope. The conversation explores issues explored at VBB's living room art production, Women Under Siege, as well as Kolker's experiences and research about women, their bodies and health. Listen here.

Fall 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 9:30-10:00 am:
Sehba Sarwar
talks to artist Nathaniel Donnett about VBB's season opener in the Third Ward, and ways that listeners from Houston's Third Ward and Karachi, Pakistan can actively participate in VBB's exciting new living room art shows on October 22 and November 5, 2011. Listen here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 9:30-10:00 am: Sehba Sarwar talks to artist M'Kina Tapscott about upcoming living room art production. Listen here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 9:30-10:00 am: Sehba Sarwar talks to filmmakers Ford Gunter and Carlton Ahrens about the premiere of their documentary, Art Car: The Movie, Listen here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 9:30-10:00 am: VBB co-founders Marcela Descalzi and Jacsun Shah discuss upcoming VBB teacher and youth arts education programs. Listen here.

Spring - Summer 2011

Tuesday, August 10, 2011, 9:30 – 10:00 am: VBB past Board President Nusrat Malik and current Board Member Jaspal Subhlok talk with Sehba Sarwar about VBB's history and their own roles in the organization over the past decade. The multi-generational show includes poetry by Minal Saldivar and a guest appearance by Zidane. Listen here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 9:30 – 10:00 am: Sehba Sarwar shares updates from Karachi, Pakistan with host Autumn Knight.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 9:30 – 10:00 am: Guest Cameron Armstrong, a Houston-based architect, talks about issues related to no-zoning, history and new structures in Houston and beyond. Listen here.

Monday, May 9, 2011, 9:30 – 10:00 am:
Guest Joe Wilson, President of the volunteer lobby group Texans for the Arts, talks about budget cuts that will impact arts production in Houston and around the state of Texas. The conversation also includes a discussion about the connec tions between education and immigration issues. Listen here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 9:30 – 10:00 am:
Guests student/immigrant rights activist Cesar Espinosa and VBB co-founder/workshop facilitator Marcela Descalzi talk about the impact of pending state budget cuts on immigrant rights, labor issues and public education. Listen here.

Spring 2010

Patti Smith Interview on KPFT 90.1 FM

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On April 19, VBB brought punk rock star and writer Patti Smith to Houston for a performance and reading from her award-winning memoir Just Kids. As part of her special Houston visit, Patti spent an hour on KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM talking with Sehba Sarwar and Michael Woodson about art and activism, motherhood, the process of creating art and much more. Listen here.

View images of Patti Smith visit to Houston here; to purchase a DVD of Patti Smith's 2010 Houston performance, click here.


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