The first year of the WUSB radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (46 in all) are from 1988. In addition, we have recovered a "lost" episode from 1989 (January 28).
1988 was yet another milestone in history. Relations between the United States and the Soviet Union began to thaw. There were changes in Nicaragua, Burma, Haiti, just to name a few. The presidential campaign went into full swing with George Bush eventually facing Michael Dukakis. Discussion highlights on the show included the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the Jesse Jackson controversy, the fight to shut down the Shoreham nuclear power plant on Long Island, a battle against Tipper Gore's PMRC and music censorship, a preacher speaking out against Satanic influence in the rock world, the Iran-Iraq war, a police riot in New York City, new FCC clampdowns, the changing technology, racial attacks, the ominous situation in South Africa, etc. In addition, there were excerpts from various shortwave stations as news events warranted and special programs featuring a remote broadcast from different payphones in New York City, a concert controversy on campus, a special for train enthusiasts, a marathon Christmas Eve show, and a countdown to 1989 on New Year's Eve. And throughout, there were those unique callers who can never be forgotten, expounding on the issues of the day and sometimes of their minds. This was also the year that another radio show called "Off The Hook" made its debut on another radio station.
Brain Damage aired from 1988 to 1995 on WUSB radio. With this latest batch, the entire series has now been posted online.