All chat, no cat­tle

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For more than four decades, ra­dio host and po­lit­i­cal provo­ca­teur Jim Hightower has been stick­ing his fin­ger into the eyes of Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic lead­ers alike. His news­let­ter, The Hightower Low­down, com­bines in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing with an earthy, no-non­sense per­spec­tive. In the 1980s, the Texas na­tive was twice elected Texas Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner be­fore be­com­ing a na­tional pop­ulist ad­vo­cate in the 1990s, speak­ing on be­half of con­sumers, small busi­nesses, work­ing fam­i­lies, and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates in pub­lic fo­rums and in books like Swim Against the Cur­rent: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow and There’s Noth­ing in the Mid­dle of the Road but Yel­low Stripes and Dead Ar­madil­los. His ra­dio com­men­taries air on 150 ra­dio sta­tions, in­clud­ing Santa Fe’s KSFR-FM 101.1. Hightower speaks at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 28, at Col­lected Works Book­store, 202 Gal­is­teo St. (988-4226), as part of a fundraiser for KSFR. A ben­e­fit re­cep­tion — with food, bev­er­ages, and live mu­sic — fol­lows at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 135 W. Palace Ave. Ad­mis­sion to the talk is $10; the talk and re­cep­tion cost $35. For reser­va­tions, call the sta­tion at 428-1379.

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