About Thinkwing Radio
Updated January 12, 2014
My name is Mike Honig. I’m the producer and host of “ThinkWing Radio with Mike Honig,” which currently airs on KPFT 90.1 FM (Houston, TX, USA) on Wednesdays from 10-11 PM (CT).
“Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig” is, first and foremost, a listener call-in show. Tell me what’s on your mind! The show also streams on-line both live and on-demand at KPFT.org. You can participate in to the show from anywhere in the world when it’s live by calling 713-526-5738. (Long distance or other charges may apply.) Any topics I may bring up are meant to provoke thoughts and ideas for callers to discuss, but callers are not typically limited to those topics.
QUESTION: Why “Thinkwing”, and why do we consider the show to be neither “Leftwing” nor “Rightwing?
ANSWER: Most people’s political and social views are mixed rather than “pure”. I came up with the name “Thinkwing” for people of any political persuasion who are willing to discuss their ideas and perhaps defend them, thus more deeply considering them in the process. Some folks may consider themselves to be on the Left or Right, but are willing to consider modifying their views on specific topics in light of new information or a different perspective. Either way, imho, this ‘give-and-take’ is the essence of finding common ground between the legitimate wants and needs of various parts of the social and political spectrum.
QUESTION: What is the show about?
ANSWER: We talk about anything and everything. My interests are many and varied, and the show reflects that. Topics include domestic and international politics, public policy, society and culture.
QUESTION: What is your policy when handling phone calls?
ANSWER: As a matter of courtesy and policy, I try to give all callers a chance to get on the air. If you take the trouble and time to call, hold and wait your turn; I don’t want to disappoint you. As a practical matter, earlier callers usually get more airtime. As the lines fill, I may abbreviate calls in order to give everyone a chance to speak their piece. (A minimum of 1-2 minutes per caller is my goal.) The last callers may get as little as 15 seconds, but get their ‘shot’ at commenting on-air. Some may interpret this as abruptness and rudeness on my part, but the intent is fairness and openness. I apologize in advance to anyone who feels unfairly interrupted.
QUESTION: What is the “Guest Exception”?
ANSWER: If I have a guest, I usually request that callers stay ‘on-topic’. This is both as a courtesy to the guest, and with the hope that callers will help to clarify and deepen the topical discussion.
My goals for the show are 2-fold:
- 1. To inform and discuss. I try to bring up little-discussed topics and ideas from a wide range of news, information, ‘ideas’, and the arts. I figure that if other media are obsessed with a topic, it’s probably one I0020don’t need to cover.
- 2. To ‘de-simplify’ issues which seem cut-n-dry, and to expose the true complexity of issues for the listeners’ consideration and discussion. It’s easy to form opinions about things we know only superficially. More in-depth knowledge leads to more nuanced opinions. Nuanced opinions based on deeper thought and knowledge are often the basis for political, ideological and social compromise which enables human society to move forward in a positive way.
“Thinkwing Radio is for people who may or may not have a point of view, and that view may lean Right or Left. If you have a point of view (and I definitely do), Thinkwing Radio is for people open to discussion, information and challenge of that point of view. I may challenge your ideas (likewise, you may challenge mine) even if I substantially agree with them, because an idea is only a starting point. How that idea can fit into real-world circumstances (politics, finance, geography, people’s entrenched ideas, etc.) is the difference between idle thought (which is creatively useful) and practical implementation (in which the devil is in the details).
So far, I’ve been honored to have some great guests on the show including:
- Gilberto Hinojosa, Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party
- Lane Lewis, Chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party
- Brad Friedman, of The Brad Blog
- Bill White, Former Houston Mayor, Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor
- Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator (District 13)
- Dr. Steven Mintz (History and Film )
- Heather Saucier (Harris County Flood Control District)
- Robert Hooks (Famous Actor, Director, Producer, Political Activist)
- Terri Burke (Exec. Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas )
- Jim Lester (Environmentalist, Houston-Area Research Center
- Patrick Surfass (National Hydrogen Association)
- D.B. Grady (Ex-Special Operations Paratrooper, Contributor to Atlantic Monthly, military commentator)
- Dr. Louis Friedman (Executive Director, The Planetary Society)
- Gerry Birnberg (Then-Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party)
- Peter Montgomery (People For The American Way, PFAW)