All chat, no cattle
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.