life rattle show no. 1298

Presented on THURSDAY, April 3, 2014


Hosted by virginia ashberry


"Under the Van"
"Zapatista Story"
by Beth Jones



tonight's Show

Life Rattle Program No. 1298 features two classic stories by Life Rattle writer Beth Jones.

Beth Jones is a writer and activist born and raised in Ottawa. After high school Jones left Ottawa for Hamilton, where she studied psychology at McMaster University. After Hamilton, she attended graduate school in Baltimore, where she lasted eight months.

She “fled” as she puts it, in 1990, after getting her Master’s degree and moved to Toronto. In Toronto Jones worked for Greenpeace for five years. After Greenpeace, Beth Jones returned to school at OISE where she received her masters degree in education. Jones continues her environmental activism as an innovator, co-founding the organization named: Moving the Economy, with interest particularly in the realm of sustainable transportation.

Consider tonight's program as a "how it's done" primer on environmental and political protesting. Beth Jones is the real thing, a put-it-where-your-mouth-is kind of activist. She takes us under the bus, then into the jungle, where she feels sore, scared, angry, proud, and even bored…but always committed. Jones is not preaching to the choir from a comfy armchair. She’s out there doing the hard work for all of us.

Beth Jones takes her activism seriously, but parks her own ego at the door.

"Under the Van" takes us to a local environmental protest.

"Zapatista Story," a wild adventurous tale, takes us from Toronto to the jungles of southern Mexico and back again.


Please Note: Tonight's stories contain intense situations and language that some listeners may find offensive. Listener discretion is advised.