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Two Special Editions of Nuff Said

While Nuff Said!, the long-running comic book interview/talk show, is still off the air, as a result of the controversial changes at WBAI-FM in the past year, two special programs will air -- one at 10 - 11 a.m. Nov. 25, and the other 7 - 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

The first show is about Women and Comics. It will debunk the clichés that that comics are only for boys and young men and always have been, as well as addressing why the percentage of female readers is so much smaller today than in the past. Trina Robbins, author of "The Great Women Cartoonists," will appear, in addition to other guests that will be announced as soon as they're confirmed. Check the web site for updates.

The second show covers Comics in the Classroom. Sequential art has been used to teach science, reading, literature, religion, politics, art and every other subject. Comic books have been used to raise reading scores, help soldiers maintain equipment and teach languages. The CIA used comics to train the Contras during the "war" with Nicaragua in the '80s. Yet bringing comics into the classroom in the U.S. remains controversial. Basir M'Chawi's regular Thursday evening show, "Education at the Crossroads," features your truly, Ken Gale, and two people who use comics in the classroom, Alex Simmons and Dan Tandarich.

If you won't be home during the broadcasts, there is an article on how to tape radio using your VCR at http://www.comicbookradioshow.com/vcr.html

There are TWO live streams (via 2600.com and escape.com) that you can get from the Nuff Said web site, http://www.comicbookradioshow.com. Please note the new domain name for Nuff Said. The old domain has been taken over by a porn site, the former registrar simply wouldn't let Ken Gale re-register it so the name had to change. If one access is unavailable, try the other. Everyone with the right software (and there's a free download link from the site) should be able to get through now.

Bernard White, WBAI-FM's program director, has said on the air that 'Nuff Said! has not been canceled, just "on hiatus," but host Ken Gale has not been told anything about a possible return to the air. Gale cannot speculate as to whether White hasn't finalized plans or is simply trying to stop the flow of phone calls and e-mails asking for its return. White's email address (it's not a typo) is burnardwhite@aol.com and his voicemail is (212) 209-2834. The street address is WBAI-FM, 120 Wall St., 10th flr, New York, NY 10005. Those wanting the return of Nuff Said should remember that letters have the greatest impact. White did schedule the Women and Comics special, so perhaps listener feedback is making a difference. Regardless, it always better to be polite when requesting the return of a missing or canceled program of any type.