KCSB-FM will remember Miriam “Mickey” Flacks with a special interview broadcast, at 5 p.m. today, May 1, on 91.9 FM and streaming at kcsb.org. Flacks, a longtime Santa Barbara resident, was a community activist, fair-housing advocate, wife, mother, and research biologist. She passed away in April at the age of 80.
As a tribute to Flacks and to her husband Dick, who has been hosting his KCSB-FM radio program Culture of Protest for nearly 40 years; and in appreciation of their longtime relationship with KCSB, the radio station located at UCSB, will re-air a 2017 interview with Dick and Mickey Flacks.
Veteran KCSB reporter Harry Lawton interviewed the couple when their joint memoir was released by Rutledge University Press. Their conversation is about their lives of activism and “Making History, Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America.”
Mickey Flacks will be remembered as a longtime active member and chair of the Santa Barbara County Housing Authority, a member of the Democratic Party Central Committee; a past chair of the ACLU; a pioneer in working for affirmative action policies in local government; and as being active in a number of local electoral campaigns over the past 50 years.
Mickey Flacks considered “Bread and Roses” one of the most beautiful and profound songs of protest ever, so KCSB is honored to remember her today, on May Day, International Workers Day.