Originally called Latin American News, World Focus began in 1969 when Blase was teaching Latin American History and United States Political Science at Cal State University Los Angeles. Throughout the 1960's, Blase moved back and forth from Central America through his work as a Maryknoll missionary. Later he became Director of the Office of the Americas and the program evolved as a US voice of the people into what is now known as World Focus.
The aim of World Focus in Blase’s own words is to bring to light critical issues that are typically ignored by the commercial media and discuss these issues with the brightest critical minds and intellectuals of our time. Blase offers a fresh, critical perspective of the widespread media and its rhetoric. More specifically his focus is on US foreign policy and the many unnecessary wars that have been taking place consistently since the end of World War II. His mission comes from a responsibility to discuss topics that are ignored and to hear from people whose opinions on these same subjects are outspoken, very relevant and hit the heart of the matter.
Blase Bonpane’s guests are people who are trying to change the world and not generally accepted by the commercial media. His regular guests range from Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges, Haskell Wexler and Seymour Hersh. He also has many local activists on the show discussing what they are doing. The show is available for digital download, in written transcript and in audio form so that in this era of constricted information the broadcast can be available to those who may not have a radio, a TV or a computer for Facebook or may only have access to the internet for an hour or two a month. We want to encourage the dissemination of information and enable it to get into the hands of those who need it most. They have the courage. We want to make sure they have the information to stand up and have their voices heard.
World Focus Radio Show