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Monday, July 22, 2024

The Turd Sandwich Cafe: Take that thing off yr EAR

 

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The Turd Sandwich Cafe: Take that thing off Your EAR!

Trump's Shit Sandwich for America:

Kamala Harris Responds: "NO One, NO American, Should Eat This"

 

The Turd Sandwich Cafe:  Take that thing off yr EAR

Broadcasts LIVE, Mondays, 7:15 AM Eastern

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case

Mike and John note improvements in the Nationals baseball team, while ordering up, from the 69 SDS convention an "eat shit and die, fascist-imperialist business administration majors" SOS breakfast sandwich. The Harris campaign is not planning to show up at the cafe. they have to save the country. She may even need OUR help.

This Episode Recorded July 22, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Winners and Losers Radio: The Presidential Fiasco

 

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Winners and Losers Radio: The Presidential Fiasco

"Canada must feel like they live in an apartment above a meth lab."

 

Winners and Losers Radio: The Presidential Fiasco

 

Broadcast Fridays, 7:30-is AM Eastern

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

The rise and normalization of Donald Trump and the Democratic Party crisis over Biden's alleged infirmities are setting our hair on fire.

This Episode Recorded July 19 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Poetry Show: Poetry about Paintings: Go Van Gogh!

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Art as the subject of Art Yields Masterpiece's Multiplied

 

Monet's Water Lilies

 

Janet introduces some poems about paintings and painters: Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Monet. Poets include Robert Hayden and Robert Murre

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded July 17, 2024

Monet's Water Lilies

by Robert Hayden


Today as the news from Selma and Saigon
poisons the air like fallout,
I come again to see
the serene, great picture that I love.
Here space and time exist in light
the eye like the eye of faith believes.
The seen, the known
dissolve in iridescence, become
illusive flesh of light
that was not, was, forever is.
O light beheld as through refracting tears.
Here is the aura of that world
each of us has lost.
Here is the shadow of its joy.

 

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Labor Beat Radio: Sean O’Brien at the RNC

 

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Labor Beat Radio: Sean O'Brien at the RNC

Teamster President normalizes Trump: Good, or Bad?

 

Labor Beat Radio: Sean O'Brien at the RNC

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

 

Special Guest: Joe Henry

Description: Special Guest Joe Henry joins the LB team to discuss the pros and cons of Teamster President Sean O'Brien's remarks and presence at the Republican National Convention. Joe is a retired Teamster active for many years and a former staff organizer for President Ron Carey, a legendary reformer in the Teamsters union.

 

This Episode Recorded July 16, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Winners and Losers: The Solar Farm Flap, Part 2

 

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Winners and Losers: The Solar Farm Flap, Part 2

Corporate Tax Breaks for Development -- Are they worth it?

 

Winners and Losers: The Solar Farm Flap, Part 2

 

Broadcast LIVE Fridays, 7:30 AM Eastern on player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

 

Special Guest: Dr. John Aldis

Dr John Aldis appears and weighs in on the pros and cons of the Solar Farm projects ongoing in the county. Dr Aldis retired from Federal service as a physician at US embassies across the world. In retirement he has been an advocate for medically assisted treatment of addiction. He has been a frequent commentator on local media, and past versions of this radio program.

This Episode Recorded 07/12/1014 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Poetry Show: Hiram Larew -- Poems of Gratitude

 

 

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Special Guest -- Hiram Larew

 

Achill

 

Hiram Larew shares poems of gratitude and wonder, and a delightful tiptoe across images and moments as if they were jeweled islands in a sea of stars.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded July 10, 2024

 

The Irish Potato Famine occurred from 1845-1849.

Achill Sound

by Hiram Larew

When the roads curve like sound
    and dip as if lifting to bow
Whenever all thoughts round or cluster
    or when hearts call down
        is Ireland

And as rich when poor was
    or as wise as bare heads in snow seemed
and as twigs so frail broke into song
    and as true as any blight or potato could be
        was Ireland

So when sand laps the senses
    or salt drips the edges as dreams
Whenever hope streams through such heavens
    and moss comes home
    or hearts beam down
            is Ireland.

 

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Monday, July 8, 2024

The Poetry Show: Poems with Questions

 

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Question: What Would Happen if This is the Answer?

 

Questions

 

Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Nancy Willard, Lawrence Raab get the READER directly involved in the Poem.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded July 7, 2024

 

The Book of Questions, III
Pablo Neruda


https://poets.org/poem/book-questions-iii


Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?
Why do trees conceal
the splendor of their roots?
Who hears the regrets
of the thieving automobile?
Is there anything in the world sadder
than a train standing in the rain?

 

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Winnes and Losers: The Solar Farm Flap, Pt 1

 

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Winnes and Losers: The Solar Farm Flap, Pt 1

Political Mud-fight Over Development while the whole Republic Burns Down?

While they weren't looking, debating other matters, this happened:

 

 

Winnes and Losers: The Solar Farm Flap, Pt 1

 

(The photo is from Haiti, so its cheating a bit, but does not overstate "What's going on!".). 

 

Broadcasts LIVE Fridays, 7ish AM

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

Economic Development. What are the right answers weighing jobs, environment, taxation? Another Jefferson County Flap over development that, in the absence of any comprehensive plan, will likely be settled by simple market forces. 

Will anyone pay attention to details with national politics so agitated and divided?


This Episode Recorded July 5, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Winners and Losers: Time to Sober Up, Folks.

 

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Winners and Losers: Say It Aint So, Joe

Time to Sober Up, Folks.

If Jaime Dimon steps in, we can stop debating whether finance capital zillionaires are running the country.

 

Winners and Losers:  Time to Sober Up, Folks.

 

Broadcasting LIVE Fridays at 7:30 AM Eastern: http://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

Karen and John mourn the Biden Trump debate. Could be the end for Biden. Whoever pushed him over the edge may be guilty of elder abuse.

This Episode Recorded June 28, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Poetry Show: Belief

 

 

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What Does It Mean 'To Believe'?

 

I Believe I Remember Love

 

Themes of "belief" are the mosaic of poems displayed this week: from Bob Kaufman, William Blake, DH Lawrence, Mark Gibbons and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded June 26, 2024

I Believe I Remember Love

by Mark Gibbons


My mother was transforming
another tough pot roast into meat loaf,
grinding up chunks of gristly beef, bovine scraps
she’d boned off a shoulder blade.
As she bore down on the stiff
crank handle & fed the iron gullet
of the meat grinder, the auger hole, I stood
beside her, a shadow, not yet two,
held onto the counter & cutting board, listened to
the squish & roar of meat pushing through
spaghetti sized holes. I was mesmerized
by those oozing red hamburger strings.
In a flash I reached up & plugged a hole
with my finger to stop the flow, didn’t know about
the slashing, windmilling knives
turning industriously, cleaving all meat.
My mother & I screamed, cried hysterically,
held hands & a dish towel full of blood
while my dad drove the thirty miles of curvy
road, a two lane along the river, cussing,
full throttle. They hustled me through the lobby
of the clinic, brick & glass. I saw wheel chairs,
white gowns running about, watched
an overhead light fade. Finally, at home
I remember sitting on the floor in overalls,
a lemon sucker in one hand & plaster
cast on the other, people laughing, smiling at me:
the fabled "Little Dutch Boy" who survived
the flood. I was the talk of the neighborhood,
the focus of the family. My first memory,
that trauma, was perfect drama. An audience brings
us joy. Our greatest happiness is
the belief we are loved. It’s what we live for,
what we desire most. We learn to tolerate
any pain, risk blood or breath, anything, if
we believe we are loved, right now, forever.

 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Labor Beat Radio: Teamsters Take on Amazon, and Headline RNC

 

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Labor Beat Radio: Teamsters Take on Amazon, and Headline RNC

Trump Woos Teamsters

 

Labor Beat Radio:  Teamsters Take on Amazon, and Headline RNC

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

Description: The Teamster merger with the Amazon Labor Union, its invite to headline the Republican National Convention, The Mercedes Co foregoes raises promised if union defeated.

This Episode Recorded June 25, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Monday, June 24, 2024

The Turd Sandwich Café: Say Hey, Willie Mays

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: Say Hey, Willie Mays

Willie is gone. And a world with him.

 

The Turd Sandwich Café:  Say Hey, Willie Mays

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Mondays, 7:15 AM Eastern

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case

A tribute to Willie Mays. The Baseball Movie About A Peg Leg Slugger, The Commanders look good to Mike. A sandwich special where you get to eat your enemy, after stabbing it.

This Episode Recorded June 24, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Recovery Radio: Donny 99

 

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Recovery Radio: Donny 99

Recovery of the Country from Poverty and Racism and War -- in Doubt

 

Recovery Radio: Donny 99

 

Fridays, 2PM

Hosts: James Boyd, John Case

Back on the radio, James and John talk about the mess the country is in, and yet there is beauty in unexpected places. Also, James returns to work!

This Episode Recorded June 21, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Winners and Losers: Lucia Valentine For Delegate

Winners and Losers: Lucia Valentine For Delegate

 

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Winners and Losers: Lucia Valentine For Delegate

Clean Air, Clean Water and Higher Pay 

 

Broadcast LIVE Fridays, 7:30 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

 

Lucia Valentine is the Democratic candidate for the WV House of Delegates 97th district. Endorsed by numerous local groups, including the AFL-CIO, she joins other young progressive voices claiming a voice in West Virginia's future.

This Episode Recorded June 21, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Poetry Show: Celebrating Juneteenth, 2024

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Remember the Pullman Porters

 

 

Nikki Giovanni's "Rosa Parks" headlines this celebration of Juneteenth. Lucille Clifton, Margaret Walker, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Dudley Randall, and Langston Hughes.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded June 19, 2024

"won’t you celebrate with me"

by Lucille Clifton

1936 - 2010

 

won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

 

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Labor Beat Radio: WV AFL-CIO President Josh Sword on WV Jobs

 

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Labor Beat Radio: WV AFL-CIO President Josh Sword on WV Jobs

The Arch2 Hub: 20,000 Jobs and vast taxable wealth

 

Labor Beat Radio: WV AFL-CIO President Josh Sword on WV Jobs

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen 

Guest: Josh Sword

Description: President Sword gives updates on the ARCH2 Hub project as well as other projects included in the bi-partisan Infrastructure and Inflation reduction acts

This Episode Recorded June 18, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Labor Beat Radio. Things were looking up....then the Starbucks ruling


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Labor Beat Radio. Things were looking up....then the Starbucks ruling

Big Rock Candy Mountain not yet in sight

 

Labor Beat Radio. Things were looking up....then the Starbucks ruling

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

Description: JB Scott and John note new developments with Starbucks and Amazon campaigns, and layout the steady and broad mobilization into the 2024 election cycle,.

This Episode Recorded June 11, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Winners and Losers Radio Program:

 

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The Winners and Losers Radio Program:

The Revolution  Café is open -- Got Nuthin'? 

Nuthin' to Lose but Chains

 

The Winners and Losers Radio Program:

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Fridays 7 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle -- Free at Last: Juneteenth

Bob Dylan: It's Alright, Ma

"...not dark yet, but is getting there"

This Episode Recorded June 14, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Poetry Show: Fathers Day

 

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Portraits of a Father as a Young Man

 

The Portrait


Special Guest: Robert Tobias

 

Robert Tobias headlines our Fathers Day poetry show with his striking poem -- "The Gift". Thanks to him for joining us in our red caboose zoom studio. 

Also to fulfill our neuro-diversity mission, father stricken poems from Stanley Kunitz, Rainer Maria Rilke, Robert Hayden and Bruce Weigl.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded June 10, 2024

The Portrait

by Stanley Kunitz 1905 - 2006


My mother never forgave my father
for killing himself,
especially at such an awkward time
and in a public park,
that spring
when I was waiting to be born.
She locked his name
in her deepest cabinet
and would not let him out,
though I could hear him thumping.
When I came down from the attic
with the pastel portrait in my hand
of a long-lipped stranger
with a brave moustache
and deep brown level eyes,
she ripped it into shreds
without a single word
and slapped me hard.
In my sixty-fourth year
I can feel my cheek
still burning

 

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Poetry Show: Storms

 

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The Raindrop on Your Cheek -- Not Just Weather - or is it?

 

 

The poetry of storms: rain, wind, thunder, lightening. Janet brings some beauties to the show from Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Sara Teasdale, Emily Dickinson, Soran M. H.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded June 5, 2024

A House in Taos

by Langston Hughes

 1901 -- 1967

Rain
Thunder of the Rain God:
And we three
Smitten by beauty.
Thunder of the Rain God:
And we three
Weary, weary.
Thunder of the Rain God:
And you, she and I
Waiting for nothingness.
Do you understand the stillness
Of this house in Taos
Under the thunder of the Rain God?
Sun
That there should be a barren garden
About this house in Taos
Is not so strange,
But that there should be three barren hearts
In this one house in Taos,—
Who carries ugly things to show the sun?
Moon
Did you ask for the beaten brass of the moon?
We can buy lovely things with money,
You, she and I,
Yet you seek,
As though you could keep,
This unbought loveliness of moon.
Wind
Touch our bodies, wind.
Our bodies are seperate, individual things.
Touch our bodies, wind,
But blow quickly
Through the red, white, yellow skins
Of our bodies
To the terrible snarl,
Not mine,
Not yours,
Not hers,
But all one snarl of souls.
Blow quickly, wind,
Before we run back into the windlessness
With our bodies”
Into the windlessness
Of our house in Taos.

From Caroling Dusk (Harper & Brothers, 1927), edited by Countee Cullen.

This poem is in the public domain.

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: The Supreme Court Serves up the You’re Fired Sandwich

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: The Supreme Court Serves up the You're Fired Sandwich

Al Capone: When at Bat -- your turn to shine. In the field, ITS A TEAM

 

The Turd Sandwich Café: The Supreme Court Serves up the You're Fired Sandwich

 

Mondays 7:30 AM

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case

 

Achilles as Usual

The Wayans, Jason Bourne, Achilles, Cassandra, the Ghost of Victor Robles. Its all about the immigrant.

This Episode Recorded June 10, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Turd Sandwich Cafe{ Mike to Victor Robles: ”GO! BE Bone!”

 

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The Turd Sandwich Cafe: Mike to Victor Robles: "GO! BE Gone!"

Don't Cry for Caitlin, America.

 

The Turd Sandwich Cafe{ Mike to Victor Robles:

 

Mondays 7:30 AM

Hosts: Achilles, Hector

 

Special Guest: Cassandra

Mike claims the Nats are getting better. At what, I ask? Losing with Hope?

This Episode Recorded June 3, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Recovery Radio: The Miracle Thomas Interview

 

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Recovery Radio: The Miracle Thomas Interview

 

 

Recovery Radio: The Miracle Thomas Interview

 

Broadcasting LIVE, 2 PM Friday Afternoons

Hosts: John Case, James Boyd

 

Special Guest: Miracle Thomas

James welcomes Miracle Thomas, an American multi-genre singer, songwriter and producer, to Recovery Radio. The talk is about concert performances could contribute to recovery causes -- and the survival of hardworking and talented musicians too!

This Episode Recorded May 17, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Winners and Losers: Goin’ To Mississippi Already in the Rear View Mirror

 

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Winners and Losers: Goin' To Mississippi Already in the Rear View Mirror

Jefferson County Primary Results, investigated, but mystery remains.

 

Winners and Losers: Goin' To Mississippi Already in the Rear View Mirror

 

Broadcast LIVE Fridays, 7:30 AM

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

John visits Jefferson County neighborhoods with labor endorsed Republican. Finds deeply baked-in individuals pledged to bring the Trump bible into public school libraries.

This Episode Recorded May 17, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Poetry Show: Hope Poems Are Not Always Hopeful

 

 

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Is Hope for the Wise?

Listen

 

 

Janet was inspired to find poems of hope and rebirth after the harsh weather of Spanish Civil War poetry from last week. This week features: WS Merwin, ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, Robertson Jeffers, Emily Dickinson, and others.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded May 15, 2025

Thanks

by WS Merwin

 


Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
standing by the windows looking out
in our directions
back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you
with the animals dying around us
taking our feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
thank you we are saying and waving
dark though it is

 

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Labor Beat Radio: The Road Ahead

 

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Labor Beat Radio: The Road Ahead

99 Indictments, and still free -- Meanwhile, the prices keep rising.

 

Labor Beat Radio: The Road Ahead

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case

Description: Inflation, remedied by a "corrective" depression, and war, are threats on the downside. The Upside is a tight labor market and a rising tide of solidarity in labor: Time to squeeze for cash. Lord knows we need it.

This Episode Recorded May 14, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The \Turd Sandwich Cafe: The Nationals Cannot be Underestimated

 

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The \Turd Sandwich Cafe: The Nationals Cannot be Underestimated

Should National Sports Teams embrace religions?

 

The \Turd Sandwich Cafe: The Nationals Cannot be Underestimated

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Mondays, 7:15 AM Eastern

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case

Mike comes down hard on National critics.

This Episode Recorded May 13, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Winners and Losers Radio: Local Politics -- the Higher Wages Candidate

 

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Winners and Losers Radio: Local Politics -- the Higher Wages Candidate

Maria Russo for WV House of Delegates in Jefferson County, WV

 

Winners and Losers Radio: Local Politics -- the Higher Wages Candidate

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Fridays at 7:30 AM

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

 

Maria Russo

Special guest Maria Russo, Jefferson County candidate for the House of Delegates District 100 joins Karen and John for the little and big questions.

This Episode Recorded May 10, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Poetry Show: The Spanish Civil War in Poetry

 

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Spain in Our Hearts: All of Us or None

 

All of Us or None

 

Poetry of the Spanish Civil War on the anti-Fascist side: Neruda, Brecht, Langston Hughes

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded May 8, 2024

All of Us or None

by Berthold Brecht


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.

 

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Labor Beat Radio, May 7: Labor and AI, Pt 1

 

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AI Partnership: AFL-CIO and Microsoft

 

Labor Beat Radio, May 7:  Labor and AI, Pt 1

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

Description: The Labor Beat Team evals an historic partnership agreement between the AFL-CIO and Microsoft. Liz Shuler, President of the AFL-CIO, and Brad Smith, President of Microsoft explain.

This Episode Recorded May 7, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The Turd Sandwich Café: Commander Looking Good

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: Commanders Looking Good

Sports Highlights with Gaza Sauce

 

The Turd Sandwich Café: Commander Looking Good

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Mondays, 7:15 AM Eastern

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case

Mike and John Return for a Truly shitty breakfast sandwich. Nothin worse will happen the rest of the day. Sports highlights with Gaza sauce, so to speak.

This Episode Recorded May 6, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Poetry Show: Native Voices for May Day, 2024

 

 

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Native Voices for May Day, 2024

 

A Story of how a Wall Stands

 

The Poetry Show features poems by Sjmon Ortiz, SHERMAN ALEXIE, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Joy Harjo

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded May 1, 2024


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A Story of how a Wall Stands
by Simon Ortiz


At Aacqu, there is a wall almost 400 years old which supports hundreds of tons of dirt and bones - it's a graveyard built on a steep incline - and it looks like it's about to fall down the incline but it will not for a long time


My father, who works with stone,
says, "That's just the part you see,
The stones which seem to be
just packed in on the outside,"
and with his hands puts the stone and mud
in place. "Underneath what looks like loose stone,
there is stone woven together."
He ties one hand over the other,
fitting like the bones of his hands
and fingers. "That's what is
Holding it together."
"It is built that carefully,"
he says, "the mud mixed
to a certain texture," patiently
"with the fingers," worked
in the palm of his hand. "So that
placed between the stones, they hold
together for a long, long time."
He tells me those things,
the story of them worked
with his fingers, in the palm
of his hands, working the stone
and the mud until they become
the wall that stands a long, long time.

 

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Labor Beat Radio: The Right to Organize a Union is On the Ballot, and the Line.

 

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Labor Beat Radio: The Right to Organize a Union is On the Ballot, and the Line.

Labor Mobilizes to Defeat Trump -- Amazon seeks to overthrow the National Labor Relations Act.

 

Labor Beat Radio: The Right to Organize a Union is On the Ballot, and the Line.

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern


Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall


Description:

Noted: 

1) Under the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) new rule, existing 'non-competes' for the vast majority of workers will no longer be enforceable after the rule's effective date.

2) Amazon and Starbucks seek to overturn the right to organize a union.

3. Labor is mobilizing to defeat Trump.

 4) What to do about Big Tech, and other Monopolies?


This Episode Recorded April 30, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Poetry Show: The Wind

 

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Searching for Calliope -- Mother of Muses

 

 

"Make me Invisible, like the Wind", South Wind especially.

Poems by Carl Sandburg, David Weissmann, Mike White, Octavio Paz, the Bob

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: John Case

This Episode Recorded March 13, 2924

The South Winds Say So

by Carl Sandburg


IF the oriole calls like last year
when the south wind sings in the oats,
if the leaves climb and climb on a bean pole
saying over a song learnt from the south wind,
if the crickets send up the same old lessons
found when the south wind keeps on coming,
we will get by, we will keep on coming,
we will get by, we will come along,
we will fix our hearts over,
the south wind says so.

 

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Winners and Losers: ”The will to do bad things” LIVES in Mississippi

 

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Winners and Losers: "The will to do bad things" LIVES in Mississippi

The Bob: To the Mother of Muses: Give me Calliope?

 

Winners and Losers:

 

Broadcast LIVE Fridays, 7:30 AM Eastern on player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: John Case

 

The Bob, from Rough and Rowdy

John's take on the Trump catastrophe. The arrest of Mississippi Rankin County Sherriff's officers on charges of torture, rape, corruption -- and that'Thes not the bottom.

This Episode Recorded March 22, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Labor Beat Radio: Liberal Billionaires don’t think their wealth should be taxed

 

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Labor Beat Radio: Liberal Billionaires don't think their wealth should be taxed

After a year of strikes, and a season of political division and dysfunction -- the youth are rising!

 

Labor Beat Radio: Liberal Billionaires don't think their wealth should be taxed

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

Description: John, Scott and JB discuss the pros (mostly) and cons of recent WV AFL-CIO candidate interviews in the Eastern Panhandle. Promising young candidates -- very tough challenges.

This Episode Recorded March 19, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: ISIS Joining Your Dinner Party?

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: ISIS Joining Your Dinner Party?

Bullshit is among the Tastiest of Turds: Prepare Thyself.

 

The Turd Sandwich Café:  ISIS Joining Your Dinner Party?

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Mondays, 7:15 AM Eastern

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case

The roundup in basketball, a sirloin steak, descends steeply to those nasty Shitburger rumors about gambling in baseball. Pretty soon ISIS is contributing to what you thought was a charitable event.... Check out our menu at the Café before you can be sure nothing worse will happen for the rest of the day.

This Episode Recorded March 25, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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The Poetry Show: The Cherry Blossom

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Be patient -- you have an ancient beauty.

 

Cherry Blossom

 

A venture into ancient Haiku, David Waggoner, AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL, A.E. Houseman, and Toi Derricotte, searching for the perfect blossom.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM Eastern Time

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded March 27, 2024

Cherry Blossoms

 

by Toi Derricotte

I went down to
mingle my breath
with the breath
of the cherry blossoms.
There were photographers:
Mothers arranging their
children against
gnarled old trees;
a couple, hugging,
asks a passerby
to snap them
like that,
so that their love
will always be caught
between two friendships:
ours & the friendship
of the cherry trees.
Oh Cherry,
why can’t my poems
be as beautiful?
A young woman in a fur-trimmed
coat sets a card table
with linens, candles,
a picnic basket & wine.
A father tips
a boy's wheelchair back
so he can gaze
up at a branched
heaven.
All around us
the blossoms
flurry down
whispering,
                        Be patient
                                 you have an ancient beauty.
         

                                              Be patient,
                                                            you have an ancient beauty.

 


via the Poetry Foundation

 

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Labor Beat Radio: Running Progressive in a Red District


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Labor Beat Radio: Running Progressive in a Red District

Troy Miller Raises Labor Hopes in a Red District

 

Labor Beat Radio: Running Progressive in a Red District

 

Broadcasts Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern Time on player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

Guests: Troy Miller






Description: A local race for the West Virginia House of Delegates (District 98) demonstrates important solidarity principles at stake as political divides widen.

This Episode Recorded March 26, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Winners and Losers: West Virginia: the promise, and the challenge.

 

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Winners and Losers: West Virginia: the promise, and the challenge.

Blessed?, or Cursed?

 

Winners and Losers: West Virginia: the promise, and the challenge.

 

Broadcast LLIVE Fridays, 7:30 AM on player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: Karen Valentine, John Case

Karen and John take note of the great promise reflected in youthful candidates for state elected offices. Add to that: Where is the wealth that can be taxed to uplift West Virginia?

This Episode Recorded March 29, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Winners and Losers: The Return of John Brown

 

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The Spirits of Revolution?

The Return of John Brown

If 'John Brown' returned, what would it mean?

 

Winners and Losers: The Return of John Brown

 

Broadcast LIVE Fridays, 7:30 AM Eastern on player.enlightenradio.org

Hosts: John Case, Karen Valentine

 

Special Guest: Playwriter Gene Bruskin

Gene Bruskin, poet, playwriter, and labor activist, joins us to preview a new musical play,  Can you hang the same man twice? A performance of the play will take place May 4th and May 5th; 1PM at the Kennedy Farm, 2406 Chestnut Grove Rd, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. The Kennedy Farm is a national historic site, marking the headquarters of John Browns fabled, failed, but prophetic raid in 1859.

This Episode Recorded March 29, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Labor Beat Radio: Public Workers on the Front Lines in West Virginia

 

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Labor Beat Radio: Public Workers on the Front Lines in West Virginia

West Virginia Public Workers Confront

the ALEC labor - hating Agenda

 

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Tuesdays, 10 AM Eastern

Hosts: John Case, JB Christensen, Scott Marshall

 

Guests: Christopher Wolford, President of WVPW170.

Description: Christopher Wolford, President of the West Virginia Public Workers Union (WVPW.org) joins the discussion as the state legislature's super majority is doing everything possible to weaken the voice of public workers - the ones who actually serve the public.

This Episode Recorded March 5, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

The Poetry Show: Welcome Spring! Both the Good and the Bad.

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"We like March, his shoes are purple-"

 

Welcome March, Come In

 

Poets Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Amy Lowell, William Wordsworth and others deliver odes to Spring, March, the Moon.

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on https://player.enlightenradio.org


Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded March 6, 2024


This Week's Poem

Welcome March, Come In

by Emily Dickinson

 

Dear March-Come in
How glad I am-
I hoped for you before-
Put down your Hat-
You must have walked-
How out of Breath you are-
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest-
Did you leave Nature well-
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me-
I have so much to tell-
I got your Letter, and the Birds-
The Maples never knew that you were coming-
I declare - how Red their Faces grew-
But March, forgive me-
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue-
There was no Purple suitable-
You took it all with you-


Who knocks? That April-
Lock the Door-
I will not be pursued-
He stayed away a Year to call
When I am occupied-
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come

 
That blame is just as dear as Praise
And Praise as mere as Blame-

 

 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The Turd Sandwich Café: The Supreme Court Breakfast of ChampionsIgnore t

 

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The Turd Sandwich Café: The Supreme Court Breakfast of Champions

Ignore the Breakfast, if you will: Focus on the Women Heroes of Sport

 


 

 

Broadcasts LIVE, Mondays, 7:15 AM Eastern

Hosts: Mike Cuccherini, John Case


The Supreme Court has ruled that if you elect a shit sandwich -- you have to eat it.

 

The Turd Sandwich Café: The Supreme Court Breakfast of ChampionsIgnore t

 

 

This Episode Recorded March 4, 2024 at the Red Caboose Studio, Harpers Ferry, WV

 

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