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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Poetry Show Podcast featuring Dame Carol Ann Duffy

Broadcast from EPIC Radio, Jan 30, 2017 from Shepherdstown, WV. The Poetry show airs 7:30 9:00 AM, Mondays.

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Dame Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate of the United Kingdom

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.

Fanny Interviews legendary labor organizer Stewart Acuff

Fanny interviews legendary organizer Stewart Acuff

Jan 24th, 2017 by democracyroad

Storytelling with Fanny Crawford: Fanny elicits a dirt road Tennessee carnival of stories and annecdotes from former AFL-CO national organizing director Stewart Acuff, including his youth in the South.

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, broadcasting from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Jan 30, 2017

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stewart Acuff’s Inaugural RESISTANCE RADIO Show

Resistance Radio Podcast

Stewart Acuff, legendary organizer and labor writer, launches his own show on EPIC -- RESISTANCE RADIO.  This inaugural episode was broadcast on Jan 27 on EPIC Radio from Shepherdstown, WV, 11-12 Noon, EST. Stewart's guests include Rand Wilson, as leader of the Labor for Bernie campaign, and James Haslam - another legendary organizer from Vermont.

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Trump Outrages, and Visits with Labor on LABOR-BEAT

Labor Beat on EPIC Radio

This show was broadcast Jan 27, 2017 at the new Labor Beat time, Fridays at 9:00 AM - 10;30 AM EST. John Case, JB Christensen, Stewart Acuff and discuss the WV Budget crisis with West Virginia Budget and Policy Director Ted Boetner, and form WV Senate President and Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler. The Trump outrages, including the sucker bait meeting with Labor leaders is also discussed.

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Shepherdstown Voices from the Womens March

Paris on the Potomac, broadcast Friday, Jan 27, on EPIC Radio, 7:30- 9:00 AM, from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with hosts John Case and Gayle Becker. Guests include Christine Vogt, former President of WV NOW, Bob and Fern Miller of Vigilance Shepherdstown,  and Layne Diehl -- an attorney and leading Democrat in the Eastern Panhadle.

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Hound Dog and Abel Eakin "do" Shepherdstown Before the Winter Sun

The Local Truth show, broadcast Jan 26, 2017, 6-7 AM on EPIC Radio, with Hound Dog and Abel Eakin.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

De-Stress from the Elections with the Are You Crazy Show Podcast

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 following the presidential election.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fanny Hears from Charles Pace -- and W.E.B. Dubois

Storytelling with Fanny Crawford, broadcast on Jan 23, 2017 on EPIC Radio. Fanny interviews storyteller Charles Pace (and Dr. Dubois).

Fanny Crawford and Adam Booth on MLK Day

Fanny Shares stories with Adam on the MLK Day broadcasst of Storytelling with Fanny on EPIC Radio.