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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Wonk City Lectures on Economics and Sociology and Political Science -- 11 AM - 4PM Wednesdays and Thursdays

11:05 AM -- The Equality Effect: improving life for everyone

London School of Economics

Speaker(s): Professor Danny Dorling | In more equal countries, human beings are generally happier and healthier, there is less crime, more creativity and higher educational attainment. In this talk to launch his latest book, Danny Dorling shows that the evidence is now so overwhelming that it should be changing politics and society all over the world. More and more evidence is emerging to suggest that greater economic equality benefits all people in all societies, whether you are rich, poor or in-between. The truth of this generalisation has only become evident recently, and is contentious because it contradicts the views of many in the elite. However, the elite you get in any one country now also appears to be influenced by the levels of inequality you tolerate. The UK and USA voted for Brexit and Trump; Canada, Austria and the Netherlands saw very different recent electoral outcomes. By spring 2017 it became clear that far more countries were becoming more economically equal than more unequal, putting the equality effect to work. But that is of little comfort for the minority of people who live in the few very unequal countries that still see high inequalities, rising or only slowly falling, and in which politics then become increasingly bizarre. The most economically unequal countries in the rich world are now the USA, Israel and the UK. In all three cases sustaining very high rates of inequality is becoming increasingly expensive. Danny Dorling (@dannydorling) is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Equality; The Atlas of the Real World; Unequal Health; Inequality and the 1%; Injustice: Why Social Inequalities Persist; and the forthcoming The Equality Effect. Neil Lee (@ndrlee) is Assistant Professor in Economic Geography at LSE. The International Inequalities Institute at LSE (@LSEInequalities) brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead critical and cutting edge research to understand why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

12:30 PM --  Economic Update with Richard Wolff:

Economic Update - Worker Coops as our Economic Future - 05.28.17

Updates on Trump’s 2018 budget, Ford’s undemocratic decisions, US opioid epidemic, Swiss vote to end nuclear power, Harley-Davidson moving jobs overseas, Canada outlaws overbooking seats on planes. Interview John Curl, author and coop worker, on importance of worker coops.

1:15 PM -- Inside Obama's Policy Shop -- Financial Times AlphaChat

Jason Furman, economist and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the way economic policy was made and framed during the Barack Obama administration. Jason also talks about his background and the economists who influenced him, and he gives his thoughts on a few salient economic issues

2:00 PM -- Only Human--The Birth of Climate Change Denial

In this special episode of Only Human, we partnered with the folks at WNYC's podcast The United States of Anxiety, hosted by Kai Wright.

Starting with the 1925 Scopes Trial — also known as the "trial of the century" — we look at one of the most controversial topics in our time: the debate over evolution versus a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible.

It started with a substitute teacher in Tennessee who taught evolution in the classroom. What followed was a fiery debate that rocketed around the world.

The Scopes Trial reminds us that science has often upset the establishment.

Attorney William Jennings Bryan sits behind the microphone, in white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, during a radio broadcast of the landmark "Monkey Trial" of John Thomas Scopes in Dayton, Tenn., July 15, 1925. The controversial trial between religion and state determined how evolution would be taught in schools. Scopes, a high school biology teacher, was found guilty of teaching evolution and fined.

(Associated Press)

Then we turn to another controversy: doubt around the whole idea of climate change. And we go to that day in 1988 when NASA scientist James Hansen warned a congressional committee that climate change was real. Back then, Republican President George H.W. Bush touted himself as being pro-environment.

“I’m an environmentalist... And I always will be," he said. "And that is not inconsistent with being a businessman. Nor is it with being a conservative.”

Today, President Donald Trump considers climate change a "hoax" and is considering withdrawing from the Paris climate accord. It's a radical change in 25 years. We'll tell you how we got there.

Episode Contributors:

Kai Wright

Amanda Aronczyk

Elaine Chen

Karen Frillmann

Jillian Weinberger

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wednesday: Do we need a revolution? The Love Doc, Resistance Radio, Are You Crazy

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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6:30 AM -- The Winners and Losers Radio Program -- Case on Revolution, Charleston on the non-budget.
9:00 AM -- The Are You Crazy Show -- Dr Zakee McGill welcomes the Love Doctor, Dr. Leslie-Beth Wish.

10:00 AM -- Resistance Radio with legendary organizer Stewart Acuff.
Noon: New Wonk Broadcasts from Dissent and Economic Update.
4 PM: Jazz all night. 

Tuesday: The Winners and Losers Radio Program, Rockpile, Best of the Left

Hey folks -- On the air now with an Allman Bros tribute, some appropriate clips, poetry, and storytelling to set u off across the universe today.

The Winners and Losers Radio Program -- right now till 9

Rockpile with Benny Snyder -- 10 AM

Noon -- Best of the Left, and Wonk talk podcasts from Richard Wolff (economics) and Dissent

4 PM: one of Rockpile's classic rock recipes plays thru the night

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Neruda odes, storytelling, Jane Austen on Monday

Enlighten radio lineup--Monday, May 29, 2017

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Podcast: The Are You Crazy? 5.24.17 Show -- With nutrition and family author Cordelia Gaffar.

This edition of the Are You Crazy? Show was broadcast on Enlighten Radio from Shepherdstown, WV on May 25, 2017. The show regularly airs live a Noon on Wednesdays. Hosts Dr Zakee McGill and John Case welcome frequent guest and author Cordelia Gaffar

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Geek City at 8 AM:

8:00 AM --- The Geekbox:

Wherein we discuss tromping through the wilds of Ireland, eating blood, the angry streets of London, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Doctor Who, Injustice 2, Heroes of the Storm, Twin Peaks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Better Call Saul, and name changes. Starring Ryan Scott, Justin Haywald, Ryan Higgins, and Alice Liang.

9:00 AM -- Partially Derivative:

Jonathon talks with special guests C E Carey and Kris Shaffer about their research into “influence operations” – the propaganda campaigns that are changing the way conversations happen on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and the other places we hang out online. Both Kris and Carey are Data for Democracy volunteers, and Carey is a computational biologist in her dayjob, while Kris is a professor at the University of Mary Washington where he teaches computer science and digital studies.

Here’s links to the research projects discussed in the episode:
Continued Bot Infiltration of Trump’s Facebook Pages (CE Carey)
The Business of Hate Media (Kris Shaffer)
Sockpuppets, Secessionists, and Breitbart

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6 AM: Friday, May 26 -- a Memorial Day survey of the class war in America, and the world on: 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Enlighten Radio Podcasts: Podcast Winners and Losers returns to Enlighten Ra...

Enlighten Radio Podcasts: Podcast Winners and Losers returns to Enlighten Ra...: John Case takes the Labor Beat show and twists it back into the Winners and Losers program . Its now back to the daily get-to-work and get...

Labor Beat moves to 6 AM Weekdays -- Enlighten Radio Reorg underway.

Hello Friends:

The Labor Beat weekly program is graduating to THE daily morning news program on Enlighten Radio.

The show concept is still evolving, BUT, we are going to be spending more time on work and a little less on politics. What are the new, what are the old, jobs? What are your rights, or lack of them? If you get screwed in pay or benefits or humane working conditions, who you gonna call?

Enlighten Radio will set you on the path to rewarding the good and punishing the evil.

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Line-up for today

10:00 AM: Resistance Radio With Stewart Acuff

Noon: The Are You Crazy New show time: Noon on Wednesdays
The Love Doc -- Dr Lesllie Beth Wish -- calls in today!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Poetry Show features Nobel Poet Wislawa Szymborska

Enlighten Radio -- May 22, 2017

Wislawa Szymborska was born on July 2, 1923 near Poznań in western Poland, but in 1931 her family moved to Kraków, where she spent most of her life. There she attended a high school for girls. When the school was closed during the German occupation, she attended underground classes. She later studied Polish literature and sociology at Jagellonian University from 1945 to 1948 before financial difficulties interrupted her education. She died in Kraków of lung cancer on February 1, 2012. The president of Poland paid tribute to her, calling the Nobel Prize winner his nation's "guardian spirit" whose poems "were brilliant advice, through which the world became more understandable." Since the intensely private Szymborska disliked giving interviews or speaking of herself, biographical information about her can be sparse and contradictory. For instance, it is unclear whether it was she or her friends who labeled the award of the Nobel Prize in 1996 as the "Stockholm catastrophe." Never a prolific poet, she published fewer than 400 poems in her lifetime. After an unpublished first volume of poetry, and two books written in a Socialist Realist mode that she later disavowed, in 1957 she published what most critics consider her breakthrough collection, Calling Out to Yeti. Ten collections, including her final collection Enough, followed. Map: Collected and Last Poems edited by Clare Cavanagh and translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Barańczak was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. In addition to her poetry, she also wrote book reviews, published in English as Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces (2002). Among her other honors, Szymborska was awarded the Herder Prize and the Goethe Prize (1991).

In her short but graceful Nobel lecture, "The Poet and the World," Szymborska extolled the virtues of not knowing: "Poets, if they're genuine, must also keep repeating 'I don't know.' Each poem marks an effort to answer this statement, but as soon as that final period hits the page, the poet begins to hesitate, starts to realize that this particular answer was pure makeshift that's absolutely inadequate to boot. So the poets keep on trying...." 

This week's featured poem, "Under One Small Star," is from Map: Collected and Last Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).


My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.

My apologies to necessity if I'm mistaken after all.

Please, don't be angry happiness, that I take you as my due.

May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade.

My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second.

My apologies to past loves for thinking each that the latest is the first.

Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.

Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.

I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from the depths.

I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep at five A.M.

Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.

Pardon me, deserts, that I don't rush to you with a spoonful of water.

And you, falcon, unchanging year after year, always in the same cage,

your gaze always fixed on the same point in space,

forgive me, even if it turns out you were stuffed.

My apologies to the felled tree for the table's four legs.

My apologies to great questions for small answers.

Truth, please don't pay me much attention.

Dignity, please be magnanimous.

Bear with me, O mystery of existence, as I pluck the occasional thread from your train.

Soul, don't take offense that I've only got you now and then.

My apologies to everything that I can't be everywhere at once.

My apologies to everyone that I can't be each woman and each man.

I know I won't be justified as long as I live,

since I myself stand in my own way.

Don't bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words,

then labor heavily so that they may seem light.

—translated Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Barańczak

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fwd: Monday's poet is Samuel Hazo

The Poetry Show -- May 8, 2017 -- Samuel Hazo

with Janet Harrison

The son of Lebanese and Syrian immigrants, Samuel Hazo was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 19, 1928. After his mother died when he was only six years old, his aunt became the primary caretaker for his brother and him. In 1949 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and then enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving as a captain. Returning to Pittsburgh after his military service, he earned an M.A. from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. An extremely prolific writer, Samuel Hazo has published in many genres: novels, plays, essays, a memoir, a film script, and more than 30 books of poetry and translations. Among is recent publications in poetry are The Song of the Horse: A Selection of Poems 1958-2008 (Autumn House Press, 2008) and They Rule the World (Syracuse University Press, 2016). He founded the International Poetry Forum in 1966. The organization brought more than 800 poets and performers to Pittsburgh, including such luminaries as Seamus Heaney and Robert Pinsky. Additionally he taught English (1955-1998) and served as an associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1961-1966) at Duquesne University. In 1993, he was appointed poet laureate of Pennsylvania, a position he held for a decade. His poetry is both personal and political, and has been praised by poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Martín Espada. 

Responding with approval to a remark a friend wrote to him in a letter, "Knowing is stifling; not knowing is creative," Hazo commented, "We live in a world obsessed with the ultimate value of information and the pursuit of the factual over the ambiguous, the obscure or the mysterious." He goes on to draw an important distinction between the language of communication (everything from conversation to journalism, from text messaging to expository prose) and the language of communion (poetic statements, the arts and literature). He states, "Life, however, is by nature not static. It is ultimately a mystery; it has more in common with what we cannot know than what we do know." 

This week's featured poem, "Only the New Branches Bloom," is from Song of the Horse: A Selection of Poems from 1958-2008 (Autumn House Press, 2008). 


Denying what it means to doubt, 
  this year's forsythias unfold
  and flood the air with yellow 
                  They say it's time
  I opened up, time I learned
  French, time I liked less
  and loved more, time
  I listened to the sun, time
  I made time. 
                         Why not? 
Can days of making sense
  of days that make no sense
  make sense? 
                          If nothing's sure
  but nothing's sure, then reading
  Montesquieu must wait. 
Preparing for my enemies must
            And gravity the hurrier
  must wait because forsythias 
  are happening. 
                             They make me
  turn my back on forts, 
  insurance policies, inoculations, 
  wire barbed or braided, 
  bodyguards and all that folderol
  of fear. 
               They say that this
  year's blossoms will outlive
  the lasting death of Mars. 
There are no flowers on the stars. 

John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Paris on the Potomac and Labor Beat --- 100 Days -- Has God Left us In DISGUST

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- May 5, 2017

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7:30 Paris on the Potomac with Gayle Becker --- The ACA Repeal Debacle

9:00 Labor Beat with John Christensen

11:00 AM -- Best of the Left and Wonk City Return 6PM: Jazz All Night