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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Poetry Show with Janet Harrison: Podcast: The Poetry Show with Janet Harrison: Pegg...

The Poetry Show with Janet Harrison: Podcast: The Poetry Show with Janet Harrison: Pegg...: Download this episode (right click and save) This program was broadcast on, July 31, 2017 from Shepherdstown, We...

War Music of the Iliad, Storytelling with Fanny and Stas, Dickins Tales

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 31, 2017

9-11 -- War Music of the Iliad

Noon - 1 PM: Storytelling with Fanny Crawford and Stas Zielkowski

1 PM - Reprise of the Poetry show

3 PM Charles Dickens: A tale of two cities.

The Poetry Show: Peggy Shumaker is Poet of the Week

Peggy Shumaker was born in La Mesa, California, but she grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Both her undergraduate degree (B.A. in English) and her M.F.A. in creative writing were earned at the University of Arizona. Before moving to Alaska, she was writer-in-residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is Professor emerita and former chair of the English Department and Director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Among her several collections of poetry are The Circle of Totems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988), Wings Moist from the Other World (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994), Underground Rivers (Red Hen Press, 2002), Gnawed Bones (Red Hen Press, 2010), and, most recently, Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica (Red Hen Press, 2013). Additionally, she has also published a memoir in lyric fragments, Just Breathe Normally (University of Nebraska Press, 2007) and a book length collaboration with artist Kesler Woodward, Blaze (Red Hen Press, 2005). In 2008, she founded Boreal Books to publish literature and fine art from Alaska. She has served as poet laureate of Alaska (2010-2012) and as President of the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs. Persimmon Tree, a literary journal written by women over 60, recently announced that Shumaker will be taking over from Wendy Barker as poetry editor of the journal. She was chosen for a Fellowship in poetry  from the National Endowment for the Arts, as the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist for 2014, and as the Artsmith Artist of the Year 2014. 

In an interview about Just Breathe Normally with Alberto Rios, she said, "We find our ways to transform—we transform what we cannot make better. And we transform it into art if we are lucky. We transform it into something tolerable if we are not so lucky." In another interview about Toucan Nest, she said, "When we pay mindful attention, the world amazes."

This week's featured poem is "Kus-sun-ar" from Gnawed Bones (Red Hen Press, 2010). The poem alludes to her recovery after a near fatal accident. 


For an injured friend, 
he brings salmon fillets, fish
he caught dipnetting all night at Chitina.
Needle-nose pliers nipped out
all the invisible bones. 

Growing up at fish camp, he'd sneeze. 
Elders said, "Kus-sun-ar."
Otter. They invoked otter's name
to wish him close
to one who lives in more than one world. 
Shaman helper, on land, in water. 

He tells me otters live inside women, curled up
just above the stomach, 
and this feels true. I feel my otters, 
restless, disturbed. 

My hurt body can't rest yet, 
it was so close to the other world. 

I am an otter, skinned in the round, 
my pelt pulled off in one piece.
Stitched into a kit bag, 
I feel the shaman
feeding me salmon, 
placing his healing
into my emptiness. 

Writing prompt for the week: Think of a phrase or saying you heard as a child. Write a poem incorporating the phrase but also include a description of another scene that somehow resonates with the saying. You might even consider moving back and forth between the saying and the resonant scene or scenes. 

John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fighting power grabs in the states

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
8:00 am -- Julie Archer, co-coordinator of WV Citizens for Clean Elections, will discuss preemption, a method used by some state lawmakers to prevent the courts from resolving disputes, and limit the power of the courts over claims by citizens against corporations. Preemption -- prompted by the influence of  $$$$  over politics -- is used by the far right American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), some trade groups and others to negate elections, perpetuate racial and economic inequality, and limit local anti-discrimination efforts, according to Julie's organization < WV Citizens for Clean Elections > and the Piper Fund, which is backing the WV group's clean elections and fair courts work. She'll be giving us a preview of an Aug. 8 webinar entitled "Power Grabs in the States: Countering Preemption."  Click here to RSVP.    


Enlighten Radio: Quaker Radio on Enlighten Radio

Enlighten Radio: Quaker Radio on Enlighten Radio: Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 30, 2017 Quaker Radio: 1. The Moonshine Jesus Show 2. Reverend Barber 3. Philosophy -- the partially...

Quaker Radio on Enlighten Radio

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 30, 2017

Quaker Radio:

1. The Moonshine Jesus Show

2. Reverend Barber

3. Philosophy -- the partially examined life

.4. Old time Radio -- all day

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Geek Radio on Saturdays -- 8AM - 11:15 AM

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Saturday, July 29, 2017

1. Three Podcasts on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence;

  • IN the beginning..
  • The Limits of Deep Learning
  • The future of Deep Learning
2.  Science Magazine/Scientific American Podcasts:
  • DNA and proteins from ancient books
  • Paying cash for carbon -- the end of all life
  • The Whistling Caterpillar

11:15 -- Jazz all day

Friday, July 28, 2017

Enlighten Radio Podcasts: Winners and Losers -- 2 Podcasts on the week that ...

Enlighten Radio Podcasts: Winners and Losers -- 2 Podcasts on the week that ...: 1. Winners and Losers: 7.28.17: "skinny" repeal, Capito and McCain, death penalty, drug cartels and immigration. Clinton emails ca...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Existential News, The last Boy Scout Poem, Heroin County Wv

The Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 27, 2017

1. Winners and Losers. 6:30 - 9:00 -- a wild mix of reverse events, neo-Bolshevism, southern recipes, fast food reviews, and God's rewards to the winners and the losers.

2. 9:00 Revolution Radio: W.E.B Dubois -- John Brown.

3. 11:00 FTAlphachat podcast of Angus Deaton, 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, discussing his early influences and historic work on poverty, inequality, and welfare. Followed by Richard Wolff's Economic Update.

4. 1:00 PM Old Time Radio -- Philip Marlowe Classic CBS Radio

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Enlighten Radio Podcasts: Resistance Radio Podcast: Stewart and John on the ...

Enlighten Radio Podcasts: Resistance Radio Podcast: Stewart and John on the ...: This podcast of Resistance Radio was broadcast July 26, 2017 on, hosted by Stewart Acuff and John Case Downlo...

Podcast: Econ Update, WV Secretary of State, LEAP

The Winners and Losers Radio Program Podcast
July 26, 2017

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This podcast of the Winners and Losers Radio Program, on, was broadcast July 26, 2017 from Enlighten Radio Studio in Shepherdstown, WV. John Case and Gayle Becker host. New School and socialist economics professor Richard Wolff discusses profits and China growth. West Virginia Secretary of State Communications Director Mike Queen discusses WV response to Trump request for confidential voter information. Detective Howard Wooldbridge of Law Enforcement Action Partnership discusses the many corruptions and unintended consequences of the war on drugs.

First half hour: Dr Richard Wolff's Economic Update.

Second half hour:  West Virginia Secretary of State Communications Director Mike Queen

Third half hour. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

Cops against the drug wars, WV Dept of State, Resistance Radio, and Wonk City

7:30-9 Wnners and Losers

notes from Gayle:

Two interviews now confirmed for Wednesday

Hi John,

A  second call-in interview -- from LEAP -- has been confirmed for Wednesday, July 26. Time slots also have been okayed..

At 8:00 am,  as previously noted, we'll be speaking with the communications director of the West Virginia Department of State. (For details see another email string: "MEDIA INQUIRY Followup on request for radio interview re: Preventing potential federal voter suppression.") 

The newly confirmed interview, scheduled for 8:30 am, will be with Det. Howard Wooldridge (Ret.), a speaker for The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP). He'll be calling from Washington discuss what the stats show in countries that have decriminalized use of drugs. Here's his bio 

For details, see email string titled "MEDIA INQUIRY Request for radio interview re: What does the data show following drug decriminalization?"  Focus would be an analysis of such things as changes in crime rates, overall health of the population, etc.,in countries that have decriminalized the use of some or all drugs. I noted our understanding that Portugal and Uruguay may be among those where decriminalization has taken place.

Depending on the time available, also to be discussed would the recent announcement by Sessions's Department of Justice that it would in some cases permit property seizure from suspects not convicted of a crime, something LEAP calls "an affront to due process." Taking the opposite approach of the Obama Administration, Sessions's department unveiled new changes which will increase the use of civil asset forfeiture 

10 AM Resistance RAdio with Stewart Acuff

Noon: Wonk City -- keep up economics and social science. Podcasts from the Underground Railroad.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Poetry SHow, Storytelling and Anne of Green Gables 2

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 24, 2017

1. 7:30 -- The Poetry Show

2. Storytelling -- Noon

3. Anne of Green Gables -- 1 PM

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Parables and Revolution -- It's Thursday

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Thursday, July 20, 2017

1. The Winners and Losers Radio Program

The Union  Edge

Mike and John Do the Dragon Zoo News


2. Revolution Radio

The Declaration of Independence What it means, Part 1

Charles and Mary Beard -- The real history that led to revolution vs.
The Yale University Version

3. Wonk Radio -- Check the calendar

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Resistance to Trump Takes over Enlighten Radio -- Wednesday, July 9, 2017

Today's Lineup:

1. 7:30 - The Winners and Losers Radio Program: Gayle Becker brings Upshur Indivisible, and a report on Sen. Capito's evolving position on  health care.

2. 10 AM -- Stewart Acuff's Resistance Radio surveys the damage done to Trumpism by heroic resistance efforts of Vigilance, Womens March, and other forces in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

3. 11 AM -- The Wonk City Podcasts

  • Fnancial Times Alphachat: Sizing up US Retail in the wake of Amazon purchase of Whole Foods
  • On the Economy -- Jared Bernstein -- Reducing Inequality At the Top
  • On the Economy -- Jared Bernstein -- Unpacking the Trump Budget

4. 4 PM: Blues All Night

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best of the Left Starts at 11:30 This Morning

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 18,2017

Check out the Calendar -- I am trying to keep to it! Will try and supply more specific and less generic content descriptions as my automation tools  improve :)

1. Best of the Left -- Weakness in the Labor movement -- whose problem is that?

2. Best of the Left -- a deeper look at the definitions of poverty

3. Best of the Left -- TERF wars (Feminism and Trans Rights)

4. Union City News -- more details  later.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Enlighten Radio Update

Online Service is restored!

A soundboard blowout put us down temporarily, but we are back online

LIve Concerts playing NOW

Big Country -- 2005 -- Get yr Scots blood going!!!

Band of Gypsies -- 2015

BB KING -- 1999

Ashford and Simpson -- Unknown

Commander Cody -- 1995

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Poetry Show -- today's theme: Gettysburg!

The Winners and Losers Radio Program: July 10, 2017

The Poetry show: 7:00- 9:00 AM

Poem and theme of the day:

Gettysburg, July 1, 1863

 by Jane Kenyon

The young man, hardly more
than a boy, who fired the shot
had looked at him with an air
not of anger but of concentration,
as if he were surveying a road,
or feeding a length of wood into a saw:
It had to be done just so.

The bullet passed through
his upper chest, below the collar bone.
The pain was not what he might
have feared. Strangely exhilarated
he staggered out of the pasture
and into a grove of trees.

He pressed and pressed
the wound, trying to stanch
the blood, but he could only press
what he could reach, and he could
not reach his back, where the bullet
had exited.
He lay on the earth
smelling the leaves and mosses,
musty and damp and cool
after the blaze of open afternoon.

How good the earth smelled,
as it had when he was a boy
hiding from his father,
who was intent of strapping him
for doing his chores
late one time too many.

A cowbird razzed from a rail fence.
It isn't mockery, he thought,
no malice in it. . . just a noise.
Stray bullets nicked the oaks
overhead. Leaves and splinters fell.

Someone near him groaned.
But it was his own voice he heard.
His fingers and feet tingled,
the roof of his mouth,
and the bridge of his nose. . . .

He became dry, dry, and thought
of Christ, who said, I thirst.
His man-smell, the smell of his hair
and skin, his sweat, the salt smell
of his cock and the little ferny hairs
that two women had known

left him, and a sharp, almost sweet
smell began to rise from his open mouth
in the warm shade of the oaks.
A streak of sun climbed the rough
trunk of a tree, but he did not
see it with his open eye.

“Gettysburg: July 1, 1863” © 2007 the Estate of Jane Kenyon. 
Reprinted from The Poetry Foundation.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

He Came UP --- SMILING! Railroad Earth Returns, Best of the Left, Wolff, Dissent

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 4, 1776

The Winners and Losers Radio Program -- I plan to see the Nationals play today!! So, some content will be recorded -- but, as always -- promises to make you smile, even at perdition...

  • Railroad Earth returns for a special engagement for one of their biggest fans. Thank you JB, for bringing them to me!
  • Best of the Left digs into the massive injustice system contemplated by the Trump jackboot jackasses.
  • Economic Update -- Richard Wolff looks at the poverty statistics and indicts, you guessed it, capitalism. (If only there was a judge with fortitude...)
  • Dissent 

War Music from the Iliad -- translated by Christopher Logue.

The Declaration of Independence

Common Sense -- Thomas Paine.

The autobiography of Frederick Douglas

Rock and Roll to outlast the fireworks.

Stay tuned. Don't Drop Out -- Tell that friggin horseman and carriage to PASS ON BY!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Poetry: The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- July 3, 2017

6:30 - 9 -- The Poetry Show -- selections from Independence Poems, and the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart (Robert Bly's favorites)

Noon: Storytelling with Fanny Crawford and Stas Zielkowski


1PM: A Joseph Conrad Festival: Lord Jim, and the Heart of Darkness CANCELLED

The Iliad will be featured, instead.

Sometime later: Bluegrass till dawn.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Moonshine Jesus, Bernstein on the Economy, Fareed Zakaria, Philip Marlowe

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Sunday, July 2, 2017

All Morning: The Moonshine Jesus Show.

Noon - 4: Podcasts from Jared Bernstein and Fareed Zakaria -- two smart guys with a deeper look on the rise of Armageddon politics.

All Night: Old Time Radio with Philip Marlowe.

Take care of each other.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Classical Music on Enlighten Radio Today: Copland, Holst, Handel

Enlighten Radio Lineup: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Classical Music Festival:

Aaron Copland Celebration: Mexico, Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring

Gustav Holst: The Planets

Handel: The Water Music Suites

Mozart: Susan Hammond and the Classical Kids

Tonight: Replays this week's big hits -- Resistance Radio Podcast, and The Winners and Losers Friday Show.