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Hate Watch Report

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“There used to be a time when retirement for seniors meant moving to Costa Rica to spend the rest of your days relaxing by the beach.” The words of our special guest this week, Michael Richardson, who at seventy, chooses instead to serve as a peaceful activist for our country and a world that the Hopi Indians call Koyaanisqatsi meaning “Life out of Balance.”


A retired consultant to municipalities for workforce planning and operating budgets, Michael now spends his days producing Hate-Watch Report which monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the Upper Hudson Valley and exposes their activities to the public and the media. Michael also teaches workshops in climate and environmental action through the Rivers & Mountains Green Faith Circle in the Upper Hudson Valley watershed. All of Michael’s endeavors are without compensation. 


Michael’s activism began in the 1970’s fighting for war-resistance and economic justice and, as an active member of the Zen Peacemaker Order, he brings fifty years of experience studying Buddhism to his social action for peaceful change. If we are to have any chance of surviving the lies that spread hate, global warming, and the Christofascism that threatens our right to worship or not freely, we have to act now.


Michael Richardson gives a master-class on how we can create a better future for our world.  I can tell you that Michael’s sage wisdom opened my eyes and raised my awareness so much so it shifted my entire outlook on life. I recognized that I was going about my activism all wrong. If you are struggling with the hate that is polarizing our country and the world, this show is a utility belt geared to open your heart and elevate your awareness as an activist for social change.  Tune in to Behind The Curtain to meet the extraordinary and inspiring Michael Richardson and buckle up because you’re destined for a life shift.

We cant change the karma of our past or of the present but we
CAN alter our future karma with the peaceful actions we take today.


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Anti- Hate Group Resources 
Links below


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Before I Leave You

A Memoir on Suicide, Addiction and Healing


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Every forty seconds around the globe a person commits suicide.


Robert Imbeault’s Before I Leave You: A Memoir on Suicide, Addiction and Healing is a book for our time. If you have a problem with addiction, whether it's origins derive from work, sex, alcohol, or are drug-related, if you are feeling suicidal, if you have been sexually abused and are struggling or if you have lost a loved one to suicide, this book is a must-read.


Robert Imbeault is a successful entrepreneur and childhood sexual abuse survivor. At the height of his phenomenal career, repressed memories of a sexual assault trigger a five-year suicidal drug and alcohol binge. Robert was on a mission to end his pain and his life. Luckily for us, Robert finds sobriety on a road less traveled and he rewrites the ending of his life story. Robert Imbeault’s memoir is POWERFUL because he doesn't skip over the ugly truths to arrive at his happy ending. His authentic voice is a beacon of light for anyone struggling and especially if you are contemplating suicide.


One in five women and one in thirteen men report being sexual abused as a child.

This show is dedicated to the memory of my brother, John Harold McGinley Jr.


If you are thinking about suicide or know someone who is please reach out to one of these hotlines for help.




Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7)

For residents of Québec, call 1 866 APPELLE (1.866.277.3553)

Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centers and crisis organizations near you


Stand With Ukraine

Guest: Award Winning Ukrainian Filmmaker Olha Onyshko

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KATHY BARRETT Host of BEHIND THE CURTAIN, Interviews award winning Ukrainian director and multi-media producer OLHA ONYSHKO of OLIA FILM about the universal impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Olha Onyshko's career began as a broadcast journalist in her hometown of Lviv, Ukraine and was active in supporting free and fair elections in her newly independent country, and advocated through nationwide educational campaigns for democracy and human rights in Ukraine. Living in Bethesda, Maryland since 2002 Olha worked as an anchor, writer and producer for Voice of America while attaining her MFA at American University.
Olha's first film, "Three Stories of Galicia," is a story of humanism in the midst of atrocities during and after World War II which sparked great debate over historic memory and its role in current events. Her second feature, "The Women of Maidam," is about the "The Revolution of Dignity," a spontaneous revolution that took place in 2013 when women of Ukraine courageously defended young students who were beaten by Russian backed government special police forces as they peacefully protested in the town square.

Woman Of Maidan

Three Stories of Galicia

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Women of Maidan tells the story of women in the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity. Called to action after witnessing students beaten by special police forces, women brought energy, courage and support to the front lines of the revolution. As they worked for the dignity of their nation, and a new future for their country, their combined power helped dislodge an entrenched political system.

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Three Stories of Galicia, portrays three stories in multicultural Galicia of present Poland and Ukraine trapped

between two evils of Nazi Germany and Stalin Russia.

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The Calling Of Our Time

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Dr. Kitty Oliver is a journalist. author, oral historian, and media producer whose Ph.D. focuses on race and ethnic communication. Dr. Oliver is founder of  the "Race and Change Oral Histories Archive," which holds life stories of the race and ethnic experiences of people from a variety of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It's the largest archive of its kind and scope in our country.


Dr. Oliver uses her historical work and creative talents to bridge generations in her presentations. Her public television documentaries on Race and Change are used in schools, libraries and national broadcasts. The Apple podcast “Voices of Race and Change: The Younger Generation” features stories by college students and immigrant teenagers. Dr. Oliver has been featured on CNN and has shared her historical reflections in the Ron Howard Beatles documentary “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years.”  She is one of this year’s "Encore Public Voices Fellows."

For more information
about Dr. Kitty Oliver

Eight Days A Week 
The Touring Years

Encore Public Voices Fellow

Michael Fitzpatrick
Compassion Rising

Michael Fitzpatrick is a recipient of the Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship bestowed by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.  He conceived and produced the groundbreaking COMPASSION recording and film project inspired by the friendship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Thomas Merton.

Restorative Justice


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Jacob Dunne was a 19-year-old high school dropout serving a 13month sentence for manslaughter after throwing one unsolicited punch which took the life of 28-year-old James Hodgkinson, a paramedic trainee.

The parents of James Hodgkinson (Joan Scourfield and David Hodgkinson) were devastated. How could Jacob receive such a light sentence committing manslaughter? What  lead Jacob to take the life of their precious son and what was preventing Jacob from repeating such a heinous act in the future? 


Remedi UK, a charitable organization in the U.K. specializing in restorative justice, stepped in and facilitated a meeting between the two parties. BTC HOST KATHY BARRETT interviews NICOLA BANCROFT - Assistant Director of Remedi UK, Joan Scourfield and David Hodgkinson (parents of deceased James Hodgkinson) and Jacob Dunne, about how restorative justice is transforming lives in the United Kingdom.

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