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Michael Slate

Michael Slate is a revolutionary communist and host of The Michael Slate Show.

Michael Slate is host and producer of The Michael Slate Show (previously Beneath the Surface with Michael Slate), a weekly talk show on KPFK, 90.7fm in Los Angeles and 98.7fm in Santa Barbara. The show airs every Friday at 10am Pacific time and is rebroadcast on a number of stations around the country at different times throughout the week. Slate has hosted this show since 2002.

Slate has also been a correspondent for Revolution (formerly The Revolutionary Worker) for well over two decades and in that capacity traveled to South Africa as the only revolutionary journalist from the US to report from inside the townships of South Africa during the uprisings of the 1980’s. He also covered the Chiapas Rebellion in 1994 from the mountain towns and villages of southern Mexico and in 2005 he traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the aftermath of the tsunami in south Asia. Inside the US Slate reported on many of the urban rebellions of the 1990’s including unparalleled reporting on the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion.

Since 1995 Slate has frequently written articles on film, music, theater and visual arts including in depth interviews with Oliver Stone, Oscar Brown Jr, Horace Tapscott and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. In addition to Revolution Slate's writing was included in the anthology American Protest Literature (Zoe Trodd, Harvard University Press) and has also appeared in The Black American, the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, the Long Beach Press Telegram, The Rocky Mountain News and Pacific News Service. Slate also wrote the widely praised booklet on the criminalization of the hip-hop generation that accompanied the Unbound Project, a hip-hop compilation CD inspired by Mumia Abu Jamal. He was one of the producers of the groundbreaking ArtSpeaks concerts in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2000 Slate worked as Music Supervisor for the 13 part PBS Television series Senior Year, directed by David Zeiger. Slate was also an Associate Producer and Music Supervisor for the award winning documentary Sir! No Sir!, the story of GI resistance during the Vietnam War, also directed by David Zeiger.

In 2004 Slate had the opportunity and privilege to conduct an extensive and unique interview with Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which was aired as a ten part series on his radio show.