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Friday, May 26, 2023

The Winners and Losers Podcast: Spirits of Shepherdstown III

Enlighten Radio Presents:

The Spirits of Shepherdstown III --

hosts: Karen Valentine and John Case

Karen's Return through Survival to the Light

Reflections on the Passing of

Tina Turner




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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The Poetry Show Podcast: Alone to the starless river...

Enlighten Radio Presents:

The Poetry Show Podcast: Broadcast LIVE

May 24, 2023, 7 AM

Theme: Standing Alone. Featuring Donald Hall's "Without", 



Phillip Levine's "Alone"


You Are Not Alone—The Top 10 Parenting Struggles We Discovered from over  700 Parents - Famous at Home with Dr. Josh + Christi Straub


and William Wordsworth's "Surprised by Joy"









Labor Beat Radio Podcast ”Cut All Taxes”: WV Super-Rs Turn off Fire Hoses

Enlighten Radio Presents:

The Labor Beat Podcast, May 23, 2023

Labor Beat Radio broadcasts LIVE Tuesday mornings, 7:30 AM Eastern Time


This week's Theme: WV R tax-cut frauds imperil vital state services. The disregard of self insured billionaires and millionaires can set fire to whole communities.


Hosts John Case, JB Christensen and Scott Marshall welcome


Seth DiStefano


West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy


Seth DiStefano is the policy outreach director at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. A native of Randolph County, WV, Seth is a graduate of Tygarts Valley High School and holds a B.A. in liberal arts and sciences from West Virginia University. Seth leads the government affairs work at the Center and is especially passionate about food security, tax justice issues, and building a better future for working families through policy change. Email Seth.


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The Sports and Comedy Attack Podcast -- Larry XL -- ”OK! Now THAT was Funny”

Enlighten Radio Presents

Theme: 40 years on the stand-up highway -- some things are no longer funny.

with host Mike Diesel-Cuccherini

Special Guess Larry XL



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Friday, May 19, 2023

The Winners and Losers Podcast: Spirits of Shepherdstown 2

Enlighten Radio Presents

Spirits of Shepherdstown 2:

Shepherdstown Shares


Hosts John Case and Karen Valentine welcome Long Time friend and Shepherdstower:

Jan Hafer

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The Sports & Comedy Attack Podcast - Special Guest Mark Matusof

Enlighten Radio Presents

the Sports and Comedy Attack Show

Host Mike Diesel-Cuccherini Talks with

with Special Guest


Mark Matusof

Recorded LIVE Wednesday, May 17, 2023. The Sports and Comedy attack regularly broadcasts 7 AM on Mondays.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The Poetry Show Podcast: Kindness and Happiness

Enlighten Radio Presents 

Poems of Kindness & Happiness

Broadcast LIVE Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 7 AM

Hosts: John Case and Janet Harrison



Jane Kenyon

There’s just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet
having squandered a fortune far away.
And how can you not forgive?
You make a feast in honor of what
was lost, and take from its place the finest
garment, which you saved for an occasion
you could not imagine, and you weep night and day
to know that you were not abandoned,
that happiness saved its most extreme form
for you alone.
No, happiness is the uncle you never
knew about, who flies a single-engine plane
onto the grassy landing strip, hitchhikes
into town, and inquires at every door
until he finds you asleep midafternoon
as you so often are during the unmerciful
hours of your despair.
It comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
It comes to the lover, to the dog chewing
a sock, to the pusher, to the basketmaker,
and to the clerk stacking cans of carrots
in the night.
                     It even comes to the boulder
in the perpetual shade of pine barrens,
to rain falling on the open sea,
to the wineglass, weary of holding wine.
Jane Kenyon, “Happiness” from Otherwise: New and Selected Poems. 
Naomi Shihab Nye

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

The Sports Attack -- Michael Aronin

Enlighten Radio Presents:


The Sports Attack Podcast: with Special Guest Michael Aronin

Mike Diesel counts the balls and strikes,

and shares a lifetime in comedy with Michael Aronin

recorded LIVE May 8, 2023

The Sports Attack broadcasts LIVE Mondays at 7 AM Eastern


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Winners and Losers Podcast: Spirits of Shepherdstown

Enlighten Radio Presents

The Winners and Losers Program:

Spirits of Shepherdstown: Pastor Karen Erskine Valentine

(with help from Dr. King)

The Good Samaritan


The Good Samaritan — Art 4 God


Hosts: Karen Valentine and John Case


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The Recovery Podcast: Recovery from Violence

Enlighten Radio Presents

Recovery from Violence

The Recovery Radio Podcast: MAY 11, 2023

Resources to Respond to Tragedy and Violence - Illinois Civics Hub


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The Poetry Show: Murder Most Foul, Mother Ireland

Enlighten Radio Presents:

The  Poetry Show Podcast

Broadcast Live, May 25, 2023

Host: John Case

Part 1: Murder Most Foul: Bob Dylan


Part 2: Mother Ireland, Eavan Boland



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Labor Beat Radio: A Scott and John Show

Enlighten Radio Presents:

The Labor Beat Podcast,

recorded LIVE, May 23, 2023

Hosts: John Case and Scott Marshall


The Strike Mood in the US

The financial crisis and public or coop banks

Good and Welfare: Factories and View Sheds

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Friday, May 5, 2023

The Winners and Losers Podcast: The Cinque Te Maio Show

Rainbow Crow | Shankara Andy Bole


Enlighten Radio Presents

The Winners and Losers Radio Broadcast

from Shepherdstown, West Virginia

May 5, 2023

with Karen Valentine and John Case


It is the 5th of May, and this IS Cinque Te Maio, but the show is more

about Rainbow Crows, Growing up with racism,

Pondering (or Ponderous?) Joe Manchin,

Wondering about "independence" -- From What Exactly?


The WNL Program broadcasts LIVE, 700 AM Eastern



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Thursday, May 4, 2023

The Poetry Show Podcast: May Day in Verse

"All of Us or None"

All Of Us Or None Feminist Drawing by Aji Zilvan - Pixels


Enlighten Radio Presents: The Poetry Show Podcast

International Workers Day in Verse

hosts: John Case, Janet Harrison

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2 Poems 

Bertolt Brecht:

The Rugweavers of Kujan-Bulak Honor Comrade Lenin


often and copiously honor has been done
to comrade Lenin. there are busts and statues.
cities are called after him, and children.
speeches are made in many languages
there are meetings and demonstrations

from shanghai to Chicago in Lenin's honor.
but this is how he was honored by
the carpet weavers of kuyan-bulak
a little township in southern Turkestan.

every evening there twenty carpet weavers
shaking with fever rise from their primitive looms
fever is rife: the railway station
is full of the hum of mosquitoes, a thick cloud
that rises from the swamp behind the old camels' graveyard.
but the railway train which
every two weeks brings water and smoke, brings
the news also one day
that the day approaches honoring comrade lining.
and the people of kuyan-bulak
carpet weavers, poor people
decide that in their township too comrade Lenin's
plaster bust shall be put up.

then, as the collection is made for the bust
they all stand
shaking with fever and offer
their hard-earned kopeks with trembling hands.
and the red army man Stepa Gamalev, who
carefully counts and nimutely watches
sees how ready they are to honor Lenin, and he is glad
but he also sees their unsteady hands
and he suddenly proposes
that the money for the bust be used to buy petroleum
to be poured on the swamp behind the camels' graveyard
where the mosquitoes breed that carry
the fever germ.
and so to fight the fever at kuyan-bulak, thus
honoring the dead but
never to be forgotten
comrade Lenin.

they resolved to do this. on the day of the ceremony thy carried
their dented buckets filled with black petroleum
one after the other
and poured it over the swamp

so they helped themselves by honoring Lenin, and
had understood him better.


we have heard how the people of kuyan-bulak
honored lenin. when in the evening
the petroleum had been bought and poured on the swamp
a man rose at that meeting, demanding
that a plaque be affixed on the railway station
recording these events and containing
precise details too of their altered plan, the exchange of
the bust for lenin for a barrel of fever-destroying oil.
and all this in honor of Lenin.
and they did this as well
and put up the plaque.



All of Us or None


Slave, who is it that shall free you?
Those in deepest darkness lying.
Comrade, only these can see you
Only they can hear you crying.
Comrade, only slaves can free you.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.
One alone his lot can’t better.
Either gun or fetter.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.

You who hunger, who shall feed you?
If it’s bread you would be carving,
Come to us, we too are starving.
Come to us and let us lead you.
Only hungry men can feed you.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.
One alone his lot can’t better.
Either gun or fetter.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.

Beaten man, who shall avenge you?
You, on whom the blows are falling,
Hear your wounded brothers calling.
Weakness gives us strength to lend you.
Come to us, we shall avenge you.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.
One alone his lot can’t better.
Either gun or fetter.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.

Who, oh wretched one, shall dare it?
He who can no longer bear it.
Counts the blows that arm his spirit.
Taught the time by need and sorrow,
Strikes today and not tomorrow.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.
One alone his lot can’t better.
Either gun or fetter.
Everything or nothing. All of us or none.




Recovery Radio Podcast: A Deeper Look at School Violence

Bullying doesn't look like it used to. Experts share how to fix it | CNN


Enlighten Radio Presents: The Recovery Radio Show Podcast

with host James Boyd

and Special Guest Ernie Lucas

TOPIC: Exploring Community Approaches to School Violence

Recorded LIVE April 27, 2023, 7 AM Eastern, 

The Red Caboose Studio

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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The Sports Attack Podcast: But First, a Lifetime Tribute to Charlie Wiener

Veteran Cle Folksinger/Comedian Charlie Wiener Records Live Album |  CoolCleveland


Enlighten Radio Presents

The Sports Attack with Mike Diesel

Recorded LIVE April 28. 2023, at EnlightenRadio.Org Studios

Special Guest Charlie Wiener

The Sports Attack broadcasts LIVE Wednesdays at 7 AM Eastern Time

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

The Labor Beat Podcast: WV Labor Political Strategy


 Labor Beat and Enlighten Radio Present:

WV Political Strategy for Labor

Recorded Tuesday, May 2, 2023, Harpers Ferry, WV

Hosts John Case, John Christensen and Scott Marshall welcome

Special Guest: Brother Josh Sword 

President of the West Virginia AFL-C()


 Todays program focuses on political strategy for labor leading 

into the 2024 election cycle.

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