On Monday, Oct. 17 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Out-FM, WBAI Radio's (99.5FM) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender progressive public affairs program, will broadcast a special on the rise of the Christian Right and the unique role it plays in the Bush White House. The program will feature an interview with Esther Kaplan, author of "With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right" - presently being re-released in paperback form by New Press.

Kaplan, a long-time AIDS activist and journalist, delivers an extraordinarily thorough analysis of how the Bush Administration makes policy decisions in the area of gay rights, AIDS, women's reproductive freedom and science policy. The rise of the Christian Right has been ridiculed by many, but Kaplan reveals the high level of political consolidation on what used to be a fractious right wing. Her book offers many lessons for those in the LGBT movement and those in the progressive community on the need for higher levels of organizing.

Kaplan will be interviewed by Out-FM producers John Riley and Brad Taylor. Also appearing will be a representative from a coalition organizing a demonstration at the offices of Concerned Women For America, a religous right lobby group, in Washington DC as a part of the Campaign to End AIDS day of action. Activists will hold a non-violent civil disobedience at the White House to protest the devasting influence of religious right lobby groups such as Concerned Women for America, the Traditional Values Coalition and others, on HIV/AIDS Prevention.

The special program is a part of WBAI's Fall Fund Drive. Kaplan's book will be available as a premium for those who pledge at a particular rate. WBAI is a noncommercial, listener-sponsored station that is part of the progressive Pacifica Radio Network. Pacifica hosted the country's first radio discussion with openly gay people in the late 1950s, and WBAI hosted the first regular program about gay issues in the 1960s.