Earth 101: The Power of Listener Sponsored Radio
The mission of Earth 101 is to present a dynamic, compassionate, and powerful live radio presentation, promoting all aspects of planetary liberation and respect for all life forms. It is our mission to create and cover all formats of the human experience: political, environmental, wellness, emotional, and spiritual.
Earth 101 can be heard anywhere in the world from 3 to 4 PM Houston time on Tuesday at 90.1FM. We are one of five stations that comprise what is called the Pacifica Foundation. Nearly 90 percent of our funding comes from individual listener-members. We have no large corporate sponsor which means we have more control about what we broadcast.
Hitaji is a veteran programmer at KPFT and has been producing radio for thirty plus years in various formats. She has been active in the healing of communities since the age of 13, and she brings this experience to the airwaves. Earth 101 is a live call-in talk show. It’s a program about social healing, justice, spiritual insight, emotional intelligence, politics, and cultural awareness. It’s a program about reconciliation of the self, finding common ground, respect for the environment, and respect for all life forms. It can sometimes be metaphysical, yet also practical, one step at a time and not always in a straight line.
Taking It to the People
Hitaji’s first experience with radio and speaking started in Pittsburgh at WAMO as a teenager talking about race and conflict in the school system while organizing to hire the first Black teacher in her school district. Never would she have guessed that her journey with KPFT radio would begin with a phone call in 1982 while in the midst of domestic violence as a desperate caller to talk show host Cliff Smith, producer of “Community Dialogue.” It was her lifeline to stay alive.
After becoming a regular caller, Hitaji was invited by Cliff to do a show with him and then by herself. From that point on, Hitaji’s involvement with KPFT took off. First, there was the show “Al-Nisa,” followed by “Women in Revolution,” later followed by “Speak Easy.” In the early ’90s, she hosted “Hour of the Peacemaker,” and like many KPFT programmers, she took a little leave in the latter part of the ’90s while the station regained its sanity.
Long Day’s Journey into Light
Hitaji’s enlightenment about the strength of the inner voice isn’t something she clipped out of a feel-good book. All during her life from a child in a volatile family environment to her imprisonment in a violent marriage and then through homelessness and the welfare trap, she knew she could do better. She spent 15 years under the veil (face covered) as a good Muslim wife living in Muslim communes from the east coast to the southwest, with violence being a part of the fabric of how battered women lived underneath the veil. After joining KPFT, she entered the Houston Area Women’s Center Shelter for Domestic Violence subsequent to hearing about domestic violence at KPFT. “No one at the station knew I was battered until I came out of the closet on air”.
Reflections on Radio
KPFT is a place of vision, of possibilities, open-ended; a place that, with all its human flaws, still works to become better and better. As for the station’s importance to the community, Hitaji observes, “Houston is an extremely diverse community, and KPFT has a role in representing that diversity. It’s the only radio station in Houston that will represent viewpoints that are overlooked by commercial stations. KPFT looks at diversity as part of humanity. Other radio stations will look at it as a promotional marketing tool; for them, diversity is about money not peace”.
My life is a life of tenacity, faith, and victory. I was once homeless and on welfare. Once terrified and beaten, living with profound depression and the lowest of low self-esteem; throughout all of this I have been and will continue to be the best social change agent that I can be. Today I have my own business doing what I have been called to do. I completed my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2010. I live with intention and a purpose filled life. I am on a mission. I AM the mission and I know that the Universe will always work in my favor.
Sample Radio Interviews
- James Van Praagh: An Evening of Spirit
- Krishna Das :Sacred Music
- Dr. John Demartini: Achieving Goals
- Dr. Linda White: Restorative Justice
- Donald Walsh: Author of Conversations with God
- Rev. Howard Caesar: Unity Church: New Thought
- Marian Morrissey: Spiritual Empowerment
- Debra King: Author of Truth Heals
- Byron Katie: What Would You Be Without Your Story
- Don Miguel Ruiz: Author of The Four Agreements
- Dr. Joe Dispenza :Author of Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind
- Rev. Michael Beckwith: Author of The Life Visioning Process
- John Bradshaw: Two Part Series on The Wounded Father/ Sex and Love Addiction
- Dr. Deepak Chopra: Healing and Building a New World
- Marianne Williamson: Embracing the Middle Life
- Gregg Braden: The Spontaneous Healing of Belief
- Ruth King: Healing the Rage
- Iyanla Vansant: Divine Guidance
- Patti Gras: Producer of (PBS Special) Healing Men
- Malik: An Intimate Conversation with a Katrina Survivors
- Brother Sugaa: Exonerated and Innocent; a Life Story
- The Francis Newton Committee: The Execution of Francis Newton: Death Row
- The Execution of Stanley Tookie Williams: Death Row: San Quentin
- Scott Christianson, Author: Trauma and The Prison System
- Galveston Institute on Trauma: Two Part Series: Trauma and Sexual Abuse
- Dr. Caroline Myss: Author of Awakening Your Divine Potential