Jim Freund, Friend of Fiction
Angela Yuriko Smith
When I first began as a volunteer at WBAI in 1967, Margot was one of the first people I actually befriended. Seven years my senior, she was virtually an older sister to me. WBAI did not broadcast 24 hours a day in those years, and all the free-form live radio shows consisted of a boys club. To squeeze in, a new timeslot had to be created. So Margot made a deal with the station manager: She would allow herself to get fired in order to collect unemployment and would continue being the weekend News Director so long as she could broadcast in the morning twilight. The show was on from 5-7 AM Monday through Friday. (Before anyone rolls their eyes, remember that in New York City, 6 AM is already morning Drive Time — a valuable piece of broadcast real estate with a high listenership in the largest broadcast market in the world.)
Tuesday is “Soylent Green” Day
Daniel M. Kimmel
The term “spoiler alert” supposedly was first used in 1982, in a discussion on Usenet about “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” In the decades since there are people who avoid discussions until they’ve seen the work in question and others who demand that they be coddled and protected from information even for works that have long been absorbed by the popular culture. You may know what Rosebud is without ever having seen “Citizen Kane” (1941), who killed Marion Crane without seeing “Psycho” (1960), or the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader despite ignorance of “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). This essay will “reveal” the mystery at the heart of “Soylent Green” (1973).