THE CULTURE OF CONTROL
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
The Pentagon has something new: a microwave mounted
on a Humvee that shoots an energy beam cooking everything in its
path. Is this a new weapon in our war on terrorism? No, it's the
Marines' "non-lethal" device for crowd control. In this hour of
To the Best of Our Knowledge, the culture of control. A prison
guard remembers Sing Sing. And surveillance at the ATM, at work,
and even at the supermarket. Also, the view from behind bars.
U.S. Marine Corps Colonel George Fenton tells
Anne Strainchamps about the military's newest "non-lethal" weapon
- active denial technology. It's a microwave mounted on a Humvee
that can be used to generate an impenetrable wall in riot control
situations. Colonel Fenton recalls an incident from Somalia that
shows how this weapon could be used in a "Black Hawk Down" situation.
Also, William Staples, author of ""The Culture of Surveillance:
Discipline and Social Control in the United States," tells
Steve Paulson about the latest in psychographics and biometrics
and why civil libertarians are worried.
Animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell, host
of Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally distributed show "Calling
All Pets," has a new book coming out - "The Other End of the Leash:
Why We Do What We Do around Dogs." Tricia tells Jim Fleming that
dog-owners should be pack leaders but in the leadership style
of Ghandi. She says we should recognize status and accept it,
but not reward dogs for being rude.
Journalist Ted Conover writes about his year
as a prison guard in "New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing." He tells
Steve Paulson that wise guards accept that they rule with the
consent of the prisoners, and recalls a few of his most dramatic
encounters with inmates. Also, Chris Rodriguez is a felon
serving time at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville,
NY. Some of his writing is included in the anthology "Undoing
Time: American Prisoners in their Own Words," edited by Jeff
Evans. Rodriguez reads (via pay phone from inside the prison)
from his essay, "Reunion," and talks with Steve Paulson about
the culture of prison.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-03-17-A.
- William G. Staples, The Culture of Surveillance:
discipline and social control in the United States (St.
- Ted Conover, New Jack: guarding Sing
- Jeff Evans, Undoing Time: American Prisoners
in their own words (Northeastern University)
- Patricia McConnell, The Other End of
the Leash: why we do what we do around dogs (Ballantine)
- ?Otra Vez? by Los Amigos Invisibles on The New
Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera at Warner Bros. Records
- ?7" by Moby on Play at V2 Records
- ?Suffer? by Smashing Pumpkins on Gish at Caroline
- "All in Your Hands" and "Five" by Lamb on Fear
of Fours at Mercury Records
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