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Prof. John Foran on “Che: Part One” and World Revolutions on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, August 15) – UPDATE: Podcast/Audio Now Online!

Throughout the month of August, The UCSB Education Abroad Program Presents the “World Revolutions Film Series” FREE screenings open to the public every Tuesday night at 7pm on the big screen in UCSB’s MultiCultural Center Theater.

On Monday’s broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket,” host Ted Coe and guest host Harry Lawton will speak with UCSB Professor John Foran about the third film in the series, Che: Part One, Steven Soderbergh’s docudrama about the iconic revolutionary figure Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (played by Benicio del Toro) and his role in the struggle to topple Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista during the mid-to-late 1950s. Professor Foran is scheduled as the faculty speaker at the August 23rd event, which marks only the second public screening of the 2008 film (aka The Argentine) in Santa Barbara County.

John Foran, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is also involved with UCSB’s programs in Latin American and Iberian Studies, and Women, Culture, and Development. His current areas of interest include the comparative study of 20th-century revolutions and 21st-century radical social change. In the spirit of the EAP film series, Monday’s interview will link the story represented by Soderbergh’s epic Che to contemporary uprisings around the globe.

The broadcast will also sample music featured in the film soundtrack or inspired by Che Guevara more generally, including songs by the Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodríguez, the proto-punk duo Suicide, Brazilian Tropicália pioneer Caetano Veloso, and the late Argentine nueva canción hero Mercedes Sosa.

For a complete schedule of the World Revolutions Film Series, click on the links in this post.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the summer from 11am-noon.

**Update: A PODCAST of the first half of today’s show, featuring the Foran interview, is now available online here.**