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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Poetry and Storytelling All Day Monday

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Monday, May 1, 2017

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7:30: The Poetry Show with  Janet Harrison -- This week's poet is Jay Parini

Jay Parini was born on April 2, 1948 in Pittston, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Scranton. He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1970 and five years later earned a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. While still living in Scotland, he published his first book of poetry, Singing in Time (1972). Upon returning to the United States, he taught at Dartmouth College from 1975 to 1982 before accepting the position that he currently holds: teaching English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. In addition to his six volumes of poetry, Jay Parini has published widely in other genres: biography and biographical fiction, novels, literary criticism, and journalism. He has also edited several volumes, including The Columbia History of American Poetry, The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry, and three Breadloaf anthologies (poetry, short stories, and essays). His biographical novel, The Last Station, a chronicle of the final months in the life of Leo Tolstoy, has been translated into more than thirty languages and was adapted into an academy nominated film. His traditional biographical works include volumes on Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Gore Vidal, and Jesus. Recently he has published a New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015 (Beacon Press, 2016), which includes selections from his previous collections Anthracite Country (Random House, 1982), Town Life (Henry Holt & Co., 1988), House of Days (Henry Holt & Co., 1998), and The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems (George Braziller, 2005). For more information, see his website and blog at

In an interview with Paul Holler, Jay Parini explained, "I write because I like doing it. I can't wait to get out my notebook in the morning, and to start. I always begin the day by working on poetry. I love that moment, when I first open the blank page, and when I begin to hear the voice accumulating in my head, then transferring that energy to the page."

This week's featured poem, "Hunch," from New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015 (Beacon Press, 2016), metaphorically captures some of that excitement.


I follow it, the snail of thought
I leave the track, turn off this trail
I crouch in shadows, under ferns
I refuse to answer every bird
I see the liquid glister in its shell
I taste the wind
I smell the smoke of fire in the woods
I hear the crackle of a thousand thorns
I feel the temperature rising
I consider every option valid
I attend each phase
I crumble into wet, black ground
I lose my place in sand and gravel
I listen for the clash of weeds
I wonder where the snail will go today

Noon: Storytelling with Fanny Crawford.

1 15 PM: The first seventeen chapters of:

The  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

5:00 PM: Bluegrass all Night

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Labor Beat Podcast -- WV Legislature with Bob Beach -- DC Labor Film Fest

This podcast of the Labor Beat Radio Program was broadcast on Enlighten Radio on April 28, 2017 in Shepherdstown West Virginia.. State Senator Bob Beach reviews the train wreck of Republican leadership on the West Virginia Legislature. Chris Garlock discusses the DC Labor Film Fest -- which will feature Matewan, a film of the early 20th Century struggle of Miners for union representation and recognition. Labor Beat regularly broadcasts Fridays 9--10:30 AM on Enlighten Radio.

JBs Notes: riday's Labor Beat will give you the skinny on DC's Labor FilmFest starting next month, Chris Garlock will be joining us at the top of the hour. There are several films that I am interested in seeing, I will post the lineup soon. Our next guest will be calling in from Morgantown where he is the state senator, Bob Beach will share his experiences of serving in the legislature, the budget debacle, and just be his very active and intuitive self. Open phones Friday in effect if you feel the need to share in the conversation. @John Case, Stewart Acuff, Christopher Garlock call in number is 304-885-0708

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Announcement

Gayle Becker reports that an announcement regarding the Holocaust remembrance event this evening is at 7:00 PM, NOT 7:30 PM as mentioned on the air today.

Here is Gayle's note:

I announced it on the air this morning as "7:30 pm" -- correct as far as the printed online copy I then had available -- but later found that time in conflict with other documents.

It was corrected to "7:00 pm" based on a phone conversation I had with someone in the synagogue office, and the following message was forwarded on Progressive Confluence.

TODAY at 7:00 pm: Holocaust Remembrance in Hagerstown

Survivor to recall 'Night of Broken Glass'

Call of the Wild, Frederick Douglas Autobiography

Afternoon Lineup: Enlighten Radio April 28, 2017

10:30   Jack London, Call of the wild

2:30   Frederick Douglas Autobiography

Climate March, Guv Shutdown, Labor Film Fest

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Friday, April 28, 207

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

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8:00 am  -We'll speak with environmental activists about Saturday's Peoples Climate March, and fracking-related projects planned in the Ohio River Valley that -- by themselves -- reportedly would threaten U.S. obligations to the Paris Agreement on climate change IF completed. These projects include numerous area pipelines, associated compressor stations and so-called cracker plants that are either proposed or reportedly being considered at sites in the Upper and Lower Ohio River Valley. Completion of those projects alone would make it impossible for the U.S. to meet its obligations to the Paris Agreement, contends Robin Blakeman, of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC). We also hope to discuss with Robin and others the very positive flip side: a growth nationwide of renewable energy and related jobs, with a focus on renewable efforts underway in the W.Va. counties of Cabell and Wayne. Detailed information on this is available in an ambitious 28-page special edition newspaper OVEC produced. (View online here.) It said 29,000 copies were to have been mailed last month to people in Cabell, Wayne, Putnam, Jackson, and Roane counties who reside near some of the proposed pipelines and their associated compressor stations. Plans include a total of nine large diameter pipelines through the Huntington area, according to OVEC, which also reports industry discussion about fracking the very deep Rogersville Shale that underlies the Huntington area. One pipeline would bore under the Ohio River near Camden Amusement Park.

For more information on how you can help, click on Join Us at Peoples Climate March in Huntington, or at the Location Nearest You These include Charleston and Hagerstown (MD). You might also want to check out articles at Paris climate agreement | Environment | The Guardian
8:30 am  -- We'll discuss an effort to get a short-term spending bill through Congress before midnight Friday to avert a possible spending shutdown by much of the federal government. Major issues confronting lawmakers include efforts by Republicans to expedite an ObamaCare repeal this week -- possibly in time for Trump's symbolic first 100 days -- and the ill-advised GOP "tax reform" plan. Democrats are reported by The Hill as saying they'd block a short-term spending bill if Republicans push ACA repeal and replace. Read the full story here

Speaking with us by phone will be Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, DC, < >, whose organization is trying to stop more cuts to domestic programs -- many of the same programs targeted by Trump -- and to defeat policy riders that threaten such things as workplace, environmental and health protections. "Diverting funds away from these essential services to pay for more deportations of immigrants or wasteful Pentagon spending," the Coalition argues, "is wrong for our community and our nation ... In recent years, Congress has cut domestic and international spending by more than $100 billion." Meanwhile, "the new Trump tax wish list" would reduce revenues "by at least $5 TRILLION over ten years, overwhelmingly benefiting the rich and corporations," Debbie reports. GOP supporters "ridiculously claim" they'll "make up the revenue losses through economic growth. That was promised before, and deficits ballooned."

A fact sheet about the impact of the Trump budget on West Virginia, as the Coalition sees it, is on its website. And while you're at it, please tell your congressional representative to reject the new version of TrumpCare that could be voted on Friday or Saturday. West Virginians for Affordable Health Care ask that we call our congressional representative NOW. Among other things, it would slash the state's Medicaid program.

Labor Beat: 9:00 -- 10:30 - JB Christensen and John Case Host.

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Friday's Labor Beat will give you the skinny on DC's Labor FilmFest starting next month, Chris Garlock will be joining us at the top of the hour. There are several films that I am interested in seeing, I will post the lineup soon. Our next guest will be calling in from Morgantown where he is the state senator, Bob Beach will share his experiences of serving in the legislature, the budget debacle, and just be his very active and intuitive self. Open phones Friday in effect if you feel the need to share in the conversation. @John Case, Stewart Acuff, Christopher Garlock call in number is 304-885-0708

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Health and Welfare News, Resistance Radio Today on Enlighten rado

Enlighten Radio lineup -- April 26, 2017

7:30 The Are You Crazy? show. Health and Wellness Wednesday: Dr McGill is touring China. Case does the health news, with a twist.

10 AM: Resistance Radio  -- Legendary Organizer Stewart Acuff interviews leaders and organizers from around the country on the Resistance to Trump movements.

11 AM till Dusk -- Food Programming! Splendid Table, Sporkful, the Nosh Show and other tummy podcasts :)  Throw away the cookbooks and recipes -- just absorb the brilliant flavors and science and business of the stuff we eat.

Dusk till Dawn: live jazz

Monday, April 24, 2017

Storyland on Enlighten Radio!

Enlighten Radio Lineup -  April 24, 2017

Right Now: Storytelling with Fanny Crawford.

12 Noon: Storyland

Anne of Green Gables followed by some Sherlock Holmes stories -- till 9:0 PM tonight.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Podcast: Are You Crazy? Dr Zakee McGill, Dr Leslie Beth Wish, and John Case get a grip on baby boomer stress

This podcast of the Are You Crazy, Health and Wellness Wednesday show was broadcast April 19, 2017, on Enlighten Radio, in Shepherdstown, WV. Dr Leslie Beth Wish and Dr McGill share their rich professional experience dealing with stress, and also deal with Case's baby boomer stress, as an on-air patient.

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The Poetry Show -- April 24 -- Lucia Perillo

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This week's featured poet is Lucia Perillo

Lucia Perillo was born in Manhattan on September 30, 1958 and died at her home in Olympia, Washington on October 16, 2016. The third child of a lawyer and a librarian, she grew up in Irvington, New York. She attended McGill University in Montreal and graduated with a degree in wildlife management. While working at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, she took a class at San Jose State University taught by poet Robert Hass. After moving to Olympia, Washington, in the 1980s, she earned a Master's degree in English from Syracuse University. Her first book of poetry, Dangerous Life (Northeastern University Press, 1989) was a success, winning the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. However, before the book went to press, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite her illness, she continued to write and teach, publishing six subsequent collections of poetry: The Body Mutinies (Purdue University Press, 1996), The Oldest Map with the Name America: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 1999), Luck is Luck (Random House, 2005), Inseminating the Elephant (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Additionally, she has published a collection of essays, I Hear the Vultures Singing (Trinity University Press, 2007) and a book of short stories, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, 2012). Her awards include the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship—the so-called genius award—and three Pushcart Prizes. 

Responding to the famous Robert Frost quote that "writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down," Perillo said: "but you also have to invent the shape of the ball and whether the paddle is going to be a fishing pole or a fly swatter. And then make up the rules of the game, what the ball bounces off of, etc." "The poem finds its form, and this is liberating but also a burden." 

This week's featured poem is "Women Who Sleep on Stones" from Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), originally published in her second book, The Body Mutinies (Purdue University Press, 1996). 


Women who sleep on stones are like
brick houses that squat alone in cornfields. 
They look weatherworn, solid, dusty, 
torn screen sloughing from the window frames. 
But at dusk a second-story light is always burning. 

Used to be I loved nothing more
than spreading my blanket on high granite ledges
that collect good water in their hollows. 
Stars came close without the trees
staring and rustling like damp underthings. 

But doesn't the body foil what it loves best?
Now my hips creak and their blades are tender. 
I can't rest on my back for fear of exposing
my gut to night creatures who might come along
and rip it open with a beak or hoof. 

And if I sleep on my belly, pinning it down, 
my breasts start puling like baby pigs
trapped under their slab of torpid mother. 
Dark passes as I shift from side to side
to side, the blood pooling just above the bone. 

Women who sleep on stones don't sleep. 
They see the stars moving, the sunrise, the gnats
rising like a hairnet lifted from a waitress's head. 
The next day they're sore all over and glad
for the ache: that's how stubborn they are. 

John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Science and its enemies, Gas pains, Workers Memorial Day

Enlighten Radio Lineup for Friday, April 2, 2017

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Paris on the Potomac
7:30 am -- Anne Rule-Thompson C E R A M I C S

8:00 am -- We'll speak with the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, primary organizer of Saturday's March for Science in Washington DC and several hundred other locations worldwide. What are the best ways to use science to engage lawmakers after the march. responding to an apparent disregard for facts by Trump and many of those with whom he surrounds himself? How can we use science both to engage current lawmakers and as part of a major grassroots effort to build a new Congress.from the municipal level up? Calling us from DC will be Rush Holt, CEO of the science organization. < Be the force for science. - Learn what you can do -‎ Need help with a ride to the DC event? Click March for Science (all cities to DC) Rally from Media, PA to ... > The number of partner organizations the AAAS currently has, ranging from scientific societies to unions, reportedly approach 100. Scheduled Saturday -- Earth Day -- are almost 400 marches and rallies in 37 countries.

8:30 am -- We'll discuss the threat of natural gas pipelines to communities and drinking water sources in West Virginia and other areas of the U.S. as part of the Earth Day observance. Environmental activist Laura Steepleton, a leader of the fight in the Eastern Panhandle, will speak with us about community meetings she's helping organize to educate residents on the clean energy alternatives and to build resistance to the pipelines. Learn more about how you can get involved in the fight against proposed Mountaineer and TransCanada pipes that soon could be snaking their way through the Eastern Panhandle.

Labor Beat

9:00 AM -- Open phones friday on Labor Beat Radio show. Al Albert J. McGilvray formerly of WRNR radio in Martinsburg for many years will come on and give us his take on the current political mayhem and brag about the Red Sox, looking forward to some good discussion with a pro. Our regular contributor Mike Manypenny will be calling in from Grafton to talk about the medical marijuana bill and a growing Hemp industry in WV and how one can get involved. We have Worker's Memorial Day celebration on Saturday at Panhandle Earth Day in Morgan Grove, Shepherdstown. Music, Vendors, Solar Panels, recycling, Citizen Climate Lobby et al We'll be talking about this on the show. John Case Stewart Acuff Mike Diesel Calling in ? Dial 304-885-0708

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1. 7:30-9:00:  The Are You Crazy? HEALTH & WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS Show with Dr Zakee McGill, and John Case: Dr Leslie Beth Wish ( joins us to talk Baby Boomer Stress! If it's not the spouse, it's the aging parents.  Dr LB Wish will weigh in on how we keep our sanity while juggling the needs of several generations.

2. 10 - 11:00 AM Resistance Radio with legendary organizer Stewart Acuff and long-time labor, civil rights and peace activist Bill Fletcher.

Food Programming and Jazz the rest of the day!!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rockpile, Best of the Left, economic update -- Tusday on Enlighten Radio

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Tuesday, April 18, 2017

1.  9:00 AM: Rockpile with Benny Snyder

2. 11:00 AM Best of the Left

  • Reckless Empire and the Forever War
  • An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights)
3. 1:30 PM -- Richard Wolf and Economic Update -- US Labor Unions: Past, Present, Future. Updates on United Airlines flier abuse, Cuomo’s flawed tuition plan, what to do as self-drive vehicles end millions of jobs, how big investors plan to cash in on Trump infrastructure plans. Interview Frank R. Annunziato on tragedy of US labor unions today, why that tragedy happened, and how to reverse it.

4. 2:30 and following:  Old Time Radio -- Philip Marlowe from CBS Radio

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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Poetry Show -- Easter and Jane Hirshfield

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Monday, April 17, 2017

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7:30 The Poetry Show -- Janet Harrison is in DC actually LISTENING to Jane Hirshfield read. IN the meantime, Case will read this extraordinary poet on the air today.

Noon: Storytelling with Fanny Crawford.

Storyland: 1:15 -- Anne of Green Gables -- stories for all ages.

All Night: Blues -- it's Monday, after all.....Jesus has ascended...what are we to do?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Quaker Radio and Old Time RAdio Sunday

Quaker Radio Lineup for Easter, 2017

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8:00 AM: Rev Dr William Barber:  "O What a Day"

8:55 AM: Rev Dr William Barber:  "Standing in the Tradition of Moral Dissent."

9:20 AM: The Buddhist Geeks: "Race, Love, and Liberation"

Old Time Radio

11 AM: Philo Vance

All other times: Bluegrass.

Philip Marlowe -- Old Time Radio Saturday

Philip Marlowe Old Time Radio starts at 9:30

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Wonk City Programming Begins at 1 PM

The Wonk City Broadcast combines economics, sociology, technology, science into a varied lists of podcasts running till 4 PM This Afternoon

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1. We Can Look Forward To A Healthier Future. The Glass half-full vs. glass half empty discussion.

Speaker(s): Professor Kevin Fenton, Vivienne Parry, Dr Richard Smith, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Professor Tony Young | In this new series of debates entitled Glass Half Full, being recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Fi Glover pits optimists against pessimists in a new topical debating format. A lead speaker on each side presents their argument, and both question expert witnesses to support their point of view. At the end of the debate, the audience votes and declares in favour of an optimistic or pessimistic view of the subject – Glass Half Empty – or Full! In this first debate panellists will discuss if we heading towards disaster or will a better lifestyle and technological innovation save the day?

2. Drop the Ball: how women can achieve more by doing less

Speaker(s): Tiffany Dufu | At this event Tiffany Dufu will talk about her new book, Drop the Ball, which is a memoir, manifesto and map for women who want to uncover what matters most to them and discover how to have it all by doing less. Tiffany Dufu (@tdufu) is Chief Leadership Officer of Levo League and Launch Team member to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. She was formerly president of the White House Project and was included in Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women.

3.Rethinking Development Finance [Audio]

Speaker(s): Dr Jim Yong Kim | On the eve of the World Bank Group – International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will discuss how we must fundamentally shift development finance to meet the aspirations of the world’s 7 billion people and become the first generation in history to end extreme poverty. Jim Yong Kim (@JimYongKim), M.D., Ph.D., is the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40% of the population in developing countries.

4. Species Split When Mountains Rise

Plant species in China's Hengduan Mountains exploded in diversity eight million years ago—right when the mountains were built. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Highwaymen and Jackson Browne visit the Radio

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Good  Friday, April 14, 2017

The Warm up -- right now -- Highwaymen and Jackson Brown themes return....

Paris on the Potomac: 7:30 News and Features from the EAstern Panhandle

Labor Beat: 9:00 JB writes:

Easter Friday, Good Friday, open phones, Delegates Mick Bates & Shawn Fluharty have been invited to call in and discuss the budget and the session past. Jb Christensen is celebrating being a grandad and getting to hold the little girl Pepper last night in Baltimore, discussion will be had for sure. Our good friend and successful advocate for Medical Marijuana Jesse Johnson will be joining us from Charleston. Tom Hope may call in from Seattle to give us the left pulse and weigh in on this bombing DT has been doing lately MOAB? really? Join in the fun and have a Happy Easter Holiday y'all! John Case Stewart Acuff call in number is 304-885-0708

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Wonk City --- economics and politics and sociology from expert, usually academic, sources.

Geek City --- Technology and Gaming

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Local Truth, and Revolution Radio -- Following Thomas Paine -- and Old Time Radio

Enlighten Radio Lineup: Thursday, April 13, 2017

6:00 Local Truth with Hound Dog and Abel Eakin.

8:00 Revolution Radio -- following Common Sense, by Thomas Paine.

10:00 AM Old Time Radio Classics --- more info on that in a bit....Stay Tuned

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cordelia Gaffar, Bill Fletcher, Crazy Talk, Resistance Tak, and Food Talk -- Wednesday on Enlighten Radio

Enlighten Radio -- April 12, 2017

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7:30- 9:00 The Are You Crazy? Show -- Dr Zakee McGill welcomes Cordelia Gaffar, fitness guru, author & lecturer on ENLIGHTEN RADIO tomorrow at 8am to share her perspectives on the HEALTH & WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS show.

10:00 AM Resistance Radio with legendary organizer Stewart Acuff -- Stewart welcomes Bill Fletcher, a long time activist in the labor, civil rights, peace and solidarity movements.

11:00 AM -- Food Programming: The Splendid Table, Sporkful, The Nosh show -- and more.

3PM -- Jazz Till Dawn.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exxon President Goes to War on Best of the Left

It's Best of the Left Tuesday on Enlighten Radio

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11:15 AM -- The Exxon President Goes To War: BOL looks at Trump’s recent moves to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy, the legal troubles he faces and the bright future that renewable energy is still headed towards.

12:30 PM: Under surveillance from all angles (Privacy Rights): BOL look at the ways in which both corporate and governmental institutions are looking to gain more and more access to your private data and communications

1:45 PM Richard Wolff's Economic Update - Economics, Psychology and Trump Updates on Citibank says it favors the rich, French presidential elections, US college admissions favor the rich, injustice of US property tax system. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad on economic and psychological causes of Trump’s election and Trump’s performance to date.

2:45 PM: C-SPAN Radio Washington Report: Today's Washington Today looks at reaction to U.S. airstrikes against Syria from the UN Security Council meeting and U.S. Senators. Also, final Senate debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) on the need for missile defense to guard against North Korea's nuclear advances.

3:15 C-SPAN Radio sidebar interview Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, UN Ambassador and presidential candidate.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday: 250th Poetry Show-Sonnets, Sonnets -- Storytelling, and... Albert Einstein

Enlighten Radio lineup for April 9, 2017

7:30: The Poetry Show with Janet Harrison.

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As a poetic form, the sonnet traces its lineage to thirteenth century Italy; its name is derived from the Italian word sonetto, translated as "little song." While sonnets traditionally are poems of fourteen lines, they are grouped into different types based primarily on their rhyme scheme. The Italian (or Petrarchan, named for the famous Italian poet Francesco Petrarch—in English referred to as Petrarch) rhymes ABBAABBA CDECDE or ABBAABBA CDCDCD. This rhyme scheme proved difficult in English which is poorer in rhymes than Italian. Consequently, an English variant, the Shakespearean sonnet evolved which rhymed ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. Sonnets also traditionally have a thematic turn or volta which in Petrarchan sonnets occurs between the first eight lines (the octave) and the final six lines (the sestet). In a Shakespearean sonnet the volta takes place before the concluding couplet. There are other variants of sonnets, including the Spenserian sonnet, which rhymes ABAB BCBC CDDC EE, or the shortened curtal sonnet invented by Gerard Manley Hopkins which has an opening sestet rhymed ABCABC followed by four and one half lines rhymed DBCDC. In English, sonnets were traditionally written in iambic pentameter, a ten beat line with alternating unstressed (short or weak) and stressed (long or strong) syllables. However, there are many exceptions to this rule, especially in modern practice.

Many of the sonnets for today's show are from the anthologies The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English, edited by Phillis Levin (Penguin, 2001) or The Making of a Sonnet edited by Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland (Norton, 2008). The former book contains an excellent introductory essay, and the latter book includes translations of sonnets from other languages and a section of quotes about the form.

This week's featured poem, "My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait Till After Hell," is by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000). While many of the rhymes in this poem are slant rather than exact: bread/lid, will/hell, etc., the poem follows the Shakespearean model.


I hold my honey and I store my bread
In little jars and cabinets of my will.
I label clearly, and each latch and lid
I bid, Be firm till I return from hell.
I am very hungry, I am incomplete,
And none can tell when I may dine again.
No man can give me any word but Wait,
The puny light. I keep eyes pointed in;
Hoping that, when the devil days of my hurt
Drag out to their last dregs and I resume
On such legs as are left me, in such heart
As I can manage, remember to go home,
My taste will not have turned insensitive
To honey and bread old purity could love.

12 Noon - 1 PM Storytelling With Fanny Crawford

1:17 -- Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity---the Great Escape from Gravity refuted.

Bob and Ray -- Sunday Old Time Radio on Enlighten Radio

Starting at 11 AM on Enlighten Radio

Old Time Radio Special
Bob and Ray ALL DAY!

Quaker Radio -- April 9, 2017

8:00 AM: Dr William Barber -- Silence is not an option: Remarks on Dr Martin  Luther King's "Beyond Vietnam" Speech

8:10 AM: Dr Martin Luther  King: Beyond Vietnam

9:10 AM: Dr William Barber: The Way it Used to Be

10:00 AM: Dr William Barber: Jesus Fought Injustice. He did not join it.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Dan Conant and Solar, Lynching history, Josh Sword, Sean O'Lear Interviews

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- April 7, 2017

Paris on the Potomac -- 7:30-9:00, Gayle Becker

8:00 am -- A discussion on the state of solar energy in West Virginia with representatives of an environmental group (Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance), an environmental consulting firm (Downstream Strategies in Morgantown), and Dan Conant of Solar Holler.Dan will be in the studio; the others will be calling in.

8:30 am -- A discussion on race and racism: "A White Historian Confronts Lynching." Speaking with us by phone will be Susan Strasser -- Richards Professor of American History Emerita at the University of Delaware, She spoke at Shepherd University on Wednesday.

Labor Beat with JB Christense, John Case

9:00 Sean O'Leary -- we hope -- the pithiest of all WV political writers!

9:30 Josh Sword, President, WV AFL-CIO

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Resistance Radio Podcast : Stewart Acuff Interviews Fmr ILWU Organizing Director Peter Olney

This podcast of Resistance Radio was broadcast on Enlighten Radio April 4, 2017 at Enlighten Radio Studios in Shepherdstown West Virginia. Peter Olney is retired organnizing director for the ILWU (West coast longshore) union. He brings direct experience with NAFTA on both sides of the Mexican border to a conversation about patriotism and internationalism.

Tom Paine on Revolution Radio

7:30 -- 8:30 -- Revolution Radio beta version -- a new show on the Winners and Losers Radio Program

Tom Paine -- Common Sense, and discussion

Shepherdstown Local Truth ON NOW

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with Hound Dog and Abel Eakin

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Best of the Left, Old Time Radio -- Tuesdays on Enlighten Radio

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- 4 April 2017

7:30 AM -- The Winners and Losers Radio Program -- Revolution RAdio

  • Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott and Sarah Jarosz musical interludes
OOPA Sorry folks -- Rockpile with Benny Snyder is on at 9 after all!!

Best of the Left will start at 11:15 now

11:15 AM -- The Best of the Left Programming: -- will update

1, The Resistance: we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole

2. The Education Debacle

we look at the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of education and some of the ideological and historical context that brought us to this point

3. A Corporate Judicial Coup (Judge Gorsuch and the Supreme Court)

we look at the hearings of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, how we got to here and what his possible placement on the court portends for our future

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4. Belabored: Podcast #123: Marching on Mississippi, with Morris Mock and Danny Glover
Last weekend, the long-time union struggle at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi reached a new peak with a march, led by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Hollywood icon and activist Danny Glover. We spoke with Canton plant worker Morris Mock and Glover about the conditions in the plant, the long struggle for union rights in the South, their deep connection to civil rights struggles, and more.

We also check in with Women’s Strikers from around the country and the workers in SeaTac, Washington, and we take a look at the promises and the reality of “Trumpcare.” For “Argh,” we look at a winning labor-environmental campaign in Richmond, CA, and a look back at the entwined history of protest marches and mass strikes.

If you think our work is worth supporting as we soldier on through Trumplandia, please consider becoming a sustaining member of Belabored or donating or subscribing to Dissent. Please help keep us going for the next 123 episodes!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Coming right up: Shakespeare on the Poetry Show!

Enlighten Radio lineup for Monday, 3 April, 2017

7:30 -9:00 AM -- The Poetry Show: Shakespeare on Wheels

Noon -- 1:00 PM  -- Storytelling with Fanny Crawford

1:00 -- till its over -- Tom Paine

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday on Enlighten Radio: Quaker Radio, Fibber McGee and Molly, and bluegrasss

Enlighten Radio Lineup: Sunday, April 2, 2017

8:00 Quaker Radio: Dr William Barber "I am a conservative Christian"

9:00: Two lectures on the relationship between totalitarianism and culture from The Partially Examined Life

11:00  Old Time RAdio-- Fibber McGee and Molly

6:pm Bluegrass all night

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