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Monday, January 30, 2017

EPIC Radio Podcasts: Interview with Sammi Brown

EPIC Radio Podcasts: Interview with Sammi Brown: Sammi Brown, a young, multi-racial, dynamic activist and  a national and state leader of Young Democrats, interviews on EPIC Radio, broadca...

Monday Lineup on EPIC Radio, Jan 30, 2017

7:30-9:00: The Poetry Show featuring Dame Carol Ann Duffy

10:30 Interview with Sammi Brown, VP of the Eastern Panhandle Central Labor Council, and Democratic candidate for House of Delegates in Charles Town

12 Noon: Storytelling with Fanny Crawford

1:30: Storyland All Day: featuring Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Eastern Panhandle Independent Community (EPIC) Radio: EPIC Calendar

Eastern Panhandle Independent Community (EPIC) Radio: EPIC Calendar: The First Draft of the First EPIC Programming Calendar!! Check it Frequently, because it changes!

Fwd: Monday's poet is Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate of the United Kingdom

The Poetry Show on EPIC Radio, 7:30 -- 9:00 AM, Monday, Jan 30, 207

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This week's featured poet is Dame Carol Ann Duffy

Current poet laureate of the United Kingdom, Dame Carol Ann Duffy was born on December 23, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, the oldest of five children. The family moved to Stafford in the West Midlands of England when Duffy was six years old. When she was 16 years old, she met the poet and painter Adrian Henri, with whom she subsequently formed a more than decade long relationship. She attended the University of Liverpool, earning a degree in philosophy. At the time of her graduation in 1977, she has already published two poetry collections; however, she gained greater recognition when she won the National Poetry Competition in 1983. Her poetry collections for adults include Standing Female Nude (Anvil Poetry Press, 1985), Selling Manhattan (Anvil Poetry Press, 1987), The Other Country (Anvil Poetry Press, 1990), and The World's Wife (Anvil Poetry Press, 1999). Picador has recently brought out her Collected Poems (Picador, 1995), which includes these collections and four subsequent ones. She has also written seven collections of poetry for children, four plays, and edited numerous anthologies. Her work is enormously popular in the United Kingdom, and it has been reported that teenagers entering British universities to study English chose her poetry as second only to Shakespeare's. Appointed as poet laureate in 2009, she has set up new prizes, promoted festivals, and in general worked to increase the audience for and recognition of poetry and poets. For further information, she her website,

Although it is a couple of weeks early, this week's featured poem is "Valentine," from Mean Time (Anvil Poetry Press, 1993), reprinted in her Collected Poems (Picador, 2015). This poem is an unconventional look at a gift for Valentine's Day, humorous, but with a bite. 


Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

New EPIC Podcasts

Check out these new podcasts of EPIC Radio Shows

The Hound Dog and Abel Eakin Show does Shepherdstown Truth.

Jan 27 Paris on the Potomac: Voices from the Women's March and Follow-up

Jan 27 Labor Beat show -- at its new time. Interviews with WV Budget and Policy priorities and Jeff Kessler, former president of the WV Senate on the WV Budget -- "blood-spurting" crisis. Also -- a review of outrages from Trump & Co.

Jan 27 Stewart Acuff's Inaugural RESISTANCE RADIO SHOW.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Big Lineup for Friday on EPIC Radio

Friday on EPIC

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Paris on the Potomac with Gayle Becker and John Case -- 7:30-9:00 AM

Follow up on the historic Womens March

  • Christine Vogt, former WV NOW Chair
  • Layne Diehl
  • Vigilance Shepherdstown

Labor Beat starts its new time slot on EPIC: 9:10:30 Fridays

  • Ted Boetner -- WV Policy Center, and 
  • Sammi Brown, VP of the EPCLC join us

Stewart Acuff's Resistance News Show is born: 11 AM This Morning

  • Stewart interviews long time west coast labor leader Peter Olney

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EPIC Radio Podcasts: De-Stress from the Elections with the Are You Craz...

EPIC Radio Podcasts: De-Stress from the Elections with the Are You Craz...: The Jan 25 Are You Crazy? broadcast includes Dr Leslie-Beth Wish (the Love Doctor ), Dr Zakee McGill, and John Case all trying to de-stress ...

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Fwd: Wednesday show topic: HOW TO DE-STRESS

The Are You Crazy Show

7:30-9:00 AM Wednesdays

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Dr Zakee McGill and John Case

The Love Doctor, Dr Leslie Beth Wish, will be calling in at 8:05am 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fwd: Monday's poet is Zeina Hashem Beck

The Poetry Show -- Jan 23, 2017 on EPIC Radio
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Today's Featured Poet is Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, and attended American University in Beirut, from which she received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. As an adolescent she wrote poetry in French and Arabic, but has written in English since attending University, although she is experimenting with some Arabic verse. Her English poems incorporate some French and Arabic words. She has published two award-winning chapbooks and one full length poetry collection: There Was and How Much There Was (Smith/Doorstop, 2016) was a Laureate's Choice chapbook, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy; 3arabi Song (Rattle, 2016) was chosen from over 1700 entries for the Rattle chapbook prize; and To Live in Autumn (Backwters Press, 2013), a book that took seven years to complete, won the 2013 Backwater Prize. A second full length collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in April 2017. Currently, Zeina Hashem Beck lives in Dubai with her husband and two children. For further information, see her website,

This week's featured poem is a ghazal, a form that has roots in 7th century Arabia, but was popularized in 13th and 14th century Persia by poets Rumi and Hafiz. It is written in couplets, with each thematically independent couplet ending in the same word. Published in 3arabi Song (Rattle, 2016), "Ghazal: This Hijra" sensitively addresses issues of war and exile. The poet's note to this poem is as follows: "Hijra literally translates as 'migration' and is used here to mean 'displacement.' In an Islamic context, Hijra is a reference to the journey the prophet Mohammad made from Mecca to Medina, because he was being persecuted. | The poem is dedicated to thousands of Yazidis and Christians who fled their Iraqi hometowns of Sinjar and Mosul in the summer of 2014, in fear of being killed by ISIS. | the expression 'Ya Sayyab' is a reference to Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab, Iraqi poet, and his famous poem, 'Rain Song.'" 

             for Mosul and Sinjar, 2014

The little girls have eyes that will forever weave this hirja
On mountains and in villages, people eat their homes and leave—this, hirja

My father once told me about a spider that spun a web across a cave
where the Prophet hid. He said, "The spider saved him. Believe this hirja."

Take the blankets and put the children in the trunk of the Toyota. 
Tell them about the kites they will fly to cleave this hirja

I have been sold twenty-two times. Every time I desert my body
I remind myself the Tigris and Euphrates will meet to grieve this hirja

In this heat, we imagine angels with airplane wings, and water.
We call, "Ya Sayyab! Sing us the song of rain, of this eve, this hirja

The old man has stayed in his house. He walks from room to room, names
kettle, chair, mattress. He knows they're coming, but he can't conceive this: hirja

The spider's spun a pattern that resembles a fire escape. "Run," it says, "zig zag
your way through. No web big enough here, no cave to deceive. This—hirja. 

Baba insisted on my Arabic name. People suggested, "More modern, more
Western." But he said, "This, too, is parting (I'm Mustafa, not Steve). This, hirja." 

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Age of Trump begins on Paris on the Potomac

Paris on the Potomac - Jan 20,2017 -- 7:30-9:00 AM

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The Era of the Creep Begins

Neal Barkus -- host of the Panhandle Progessive Blog Weighs in.

Sherry Donovan: Program Specialist, Shepherd University, Martinsburg campus, CASA

Thursday, January 19, 2017

6:00 AM on EPIC Radio Abel Eakin and Hound Dog Do the Local Truth

Shepherdstown, WV oracles Abel Eakin and Hound Dog Tell the local truth, again, and again.

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Labor Beat On The Air -- Jan 19, 2017 -- 7:30-9:00 AM

After a brief downtime due to technical issues, EPIC Radio is back on the air.

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Today's Show: Labor Beat with John Christensen and Stewart Acuff

Labor Resistance to the Creep

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fwd: Monday's poet is Kevin Young

The Poetry Show 

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Kevin Young is an accomplished editor, essayist, and curator as well as a prolific and widely respected poet. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 8, 1970. He graduated from Harvard University in 1992, where he studied with Seamus Heaney and Lucie Brock-Broido and was a. Ember of the African-American community of writers, the Dark Room Collective. Following his graduation, he was awarded a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and subsequently earned an MFA from Brown University. His first collection of poetry, Most Way Home (William Morrow, 1995) won the 1993 National Poetry Series, chosen by Lucille Clifton. Among his nine other poetry collections are Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), written over the course of 20 years, Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize for Poetry—an award given by the the Academy of American Poets for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year—and Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016). He has also edited eight collections of poetry, including Best American Poetry 2011, The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing, Jazz Poems, and Blues Poems. His nonfiction book, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open. Book Award. Currently, Young directs the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

In an interview with Parul Kapur Hinzen for Guernica, Kevin Young said, "To me the everyday is filled with extraordinary things. I also think the opposite is true, that poetry can take extraordinary moments and have us be able to put our hands around them, make them tactile and immediate. It's both the raising up and the reckoning with, wrestling to the ground, these kind of larger forces." 

This week's featured poem, "Greening," is from the Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014), a collection of poems that includes both poems about his father's death and his son's birth. 


it never ends, the bruise
          of being—messy, 
untimely, the breath

of newborns uneven, half
          pant, as they find
their rhythm, inexact

as vengeance. Son, 
          while you sleep
we watch you like a kettle

learning to whistle. 
          Awake, older, 
you fumble now

in the most graceful
to have seen you, on your own

steam, simply eating, slow, 
          chewing—this bloom 
of being. Almost beautiful

how you flounder, mouth full, bite
          the edges of this world
that doesn't want

a thing but to keep turning
          with, or without you—
with. With. Child, hold fast

I say, to this greening thing
          as it erodes
and spins. 

John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fwd: Friday interviews confirmed for 8:00 and 8:30 am

Paris On the Potomac Lineup

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Hi John and Zakee,

Paul Taylor, the new attorney for the family of Wayne Jones, has confirmed a STUDIO  interview for tomorrow, Jan. 13, at 8:30 am.

FYI to Zakee: Note that I requested Paul's interview on the same email string earlier used by Zakee to offer the assistance to the Jones family of both the NAACP chapter and Shepherdstown Friends. I thought that by mentioning an EPIC Radio interview on the same string, as another means of support in seeking justice for Wayne, may help all of us in the Martinsburg/Shepherdstown areas to improve our support from Taylor, Wayne's family and other Winchester area activists.

Zakee's letter and the offers he made were exceptionally kind.  And congratulations to him, incidentally, on his election as NAACP chapter president. I for one look forward to the positive leadership I think he'll offer.

I have the banners and other signs for tomorrow's Wayne Jones vigil in Martinsburg, and will arrive with them about 11:45 am. Hope to see you there.

Tomorrow's interviews are the following:

7:30 am --    (OPEN. (I do not plan to request an interview.)

8:00 am --    Religious tolerance in Washington County -- a forum scheduled in part because of the country's extreme political polarization (Ed Poling and Rabbi Ari Plost, of a                          synagogue in Hagerstown. Ed will be calling in; I'm not sure at this point whether Ari will be calling or coming to the studio

                   .Rabbi Ari Plost
                          Congregation B'Nai Abraham, Hagerstown

                   Rev. Edward Poling, Coordinator
                   Interfaith Coalition of Washington County

8:30 am --    Lawyer Paul Taylor re: updates on seeking justice in the Wayne Jones killing.
                   Paul G. Taylor,  Attorney-at-Law, Martiinsburg

Paul G. Taylor's profile
Take care.

John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to get a raise, on Labor Beat Radio

Labor Beat on EPIC Radio

Thursday, Jan 12 2017

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Sarah Anderson, personnel manager at large law firm. Tips on asking for raises, and getting them.

Stewart Acuff, on how to get a raise for all the American People.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Are You Crazy Show Goes Crazy, Then Straight

Dr McGill and Case are are their own this morning, Jan 11, 2017, 7:30-9:00 on EPIC Radio

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Doing a lot of songs magically cued on "Lukey" by Great Big Sea.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Occupy West Virginia: the fascist threat and how to stop it.

Occupy West Virginia on EPIC Radio

Tuesdays, 7:30- 9:00 AM

January 10, 2017

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Today: The billionaires have given up on democracy.

Wrecking Ball: Bruce Springsteen

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fwd: Monday's poet is Paulette Jiles

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Although Paulette Jiles is now focused on writing novels, she began her writing career as a poet and a journalist. She was born on April 4, 1943 in Salem, Missouri, in the Ozark Mountains. While she grew up in various small towns in central Missouri, she spent a great deal of time visiting family in the Ozark mountains, including her grandfather, whom she describes as a great storyteller. She attended the University of Missouri (KC) on a scholarship, majoring in Romance Languages. In 1969, she moved to Canada; currently she holds dual citizenship. In 1973 she moved to far northern Ontario to run a community radio station. She spent a decade there, living among the Ojibway and the Cree, experiences she chronicled in the memoir North Spirit (Hungry Mind Press, 1995). Previously, her second book of poetry, Celestial Navigation (McClelland and Stewart, 1984) won multiple awards, including the Governor General's Award for English Poetry. She has also published Blackwater (Knopf, 1988) a collection of poetry and prose, and Flying Lesson: Selected Poems (Oxford University Press, 1995). Her five published novels are Enemy Women (2002), Stormy Weather (2007), The Color of Lightning (2009), Lighthouse Island (2013), and News of the World (2016), which was nominated for the National Book Award. Currently she lives near San Antonio, Texas. For further information and links to her blog entries, see her website,  

This week's featured poem, "Everything the Loon Sings About," is from Celestial Navigation (McClelland and Stewart, 1984). The version below is taken from Blackwater (Knopf, 1988), and differs from the original in a few line breaks. 


Everything the loon sings about is
monumental and jeweled. 
     Everything matters 
and floats. 
They take nothing calmly. 
     These must be domestic arguments 
out there in the bay, other women, 

     We are held by two anchors, 
bow and stern, 
the sails in their crisp bags crackle.
     Later I will have dreams 
of being rammed in the forepeak
     as we sink in columns of
fairy bubbles toward whatever
     the bottom holds. 

     Pines full of turpentine bend
with bitter grace over the shore. 
They are right.
     Everything matters. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Train to host a radio show

Saturday, January 7, 9-11 AM

Train to be a radio host or engineer!

Learn automation, shoutcast, recording, broadcasting. Change your community, or world, or just make a beautiful sound, from behind a microphone on EPIC RADIO.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Are you crazy show postponed

Hello folks

Due to appointment with Comcast in new house, can't make it to the studio this morning. Plus Dr McGill is in California today.

But dig the blues playing all day on EPIC RADIO!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

George Carlin on the 2016 Election

Occupy West Virginia

7:30- 9:00 AM Tuesday, January 3, 2017

R-rated broadcast alert: George Carlin on the 2016 election, and jcase and mdiesel commentary

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Monday, January 2, 2017

EPIC is Back Online, and OFF vacation

OK folks

The station is back up.

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Bluegrass today, all day. Except for Fanny.

Gonna be revising the schedule in coming days. I will post changes to this blog.

No poetry show this morning

Its Moving Day at Case house.

Thought I could do the Poetry show this morning....but just too much to do --- I am headed to new digs in Bolivar -- just 6 blocks away.....Tune in tomorrow --- there will be poetry on the Occupy show!!

cheers to all