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This podcast of the winners and losers radio program on enlightenradio.org was broadcast August 30, ,2017 from the Red caboose studio in Bolivar, West Virginia. It features an interview with Ryan Frankenberry, Executive Director of West Virginia  Working Families plus exchanges with Trump, Melania, Kim Jong Un, Jim Justice, and Sen. Al Franken on the catastrophe striking the gulf coast of Texas, especially Houston.

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This podcast of Resistance News features host Stewart Acuff and John Case on the cultures of Houston, Texas and the rich ethnic and racial traditions of the Texas Gulf Coast. It was broadcast live at the Red Caboose Studio on enlightenradio.org Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017, 10 AM .

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Dr Zakee McGill and Dr John Aldis discuss the latest developments in the opioid epidemic, with a focus on the situation in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, one of the hardest hit areas. Dr Aldis is a widely respected physician with deep experience in evidence-based treatment of victims of addiction addiction disease. Dr Zakee McGill hosts the program, broadcast on EnlightenRadio.org August 29, 2017, from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar, West Virginia.

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Mike Diesel and John Case do the Aug 29 News and Chews review from Abyssmia, located in the Red Caboose at EnlightenRadio.org, now a new island born from Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico. 

  • Kim Jong Un calls in to explain, kinda, to an Ugly American, the missile shot over Japan. 
  • What does Brexit mean for UK Labor? Is "Economic Nationalism" a trap for labor that Fascists exploit to divide them from natural allies?
  • Iran gets Syria? Really?
  • Russia gets a new bloc?
  • A navy cruiser collision with Mike Diesel in the Gulf of Mexico is captured on tape.

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This podcast of the poetry show was broadcast at EnlightenRadio.org studio -- the Red Caboose in Harpers Ferry, WV -- August 28, 2017. The Poetry Show is the Monday show on the Winners and Losers Radio  Program.

This podcast opens with James Thurber's "The Elephant that Challenged the World" -- no explication should be needed. This follows selections from Ilan Stavas' wonderful collection and translations of Pablo Neruda's Odes --All the Odes.  Having climbed the Andes of Poetry, why not take on the Alps as well? We follow with the first of Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies. A sample of readings from Lucile Clifton and E. Ethelbert Miller close the show, along with Rilke's The Death of Moses.

Music is mostly from an later acoustic bootleg of Jackson Brown and David Lindley in Belgium.

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Resistance News broadcasts on Wednesdays at 10 AM EST from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar,  West Virginia on EnlightenRadio.org. This broadcast considers the responses of the labor movement to Trump's attacks on democracy and labor since January. Former AFL-CIO national organizing director Stewart Acuff hosts the discussion with guest David Eckstein, a veteran Teamster leader and organizer.

 

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Broadcast August 8, 2017 at Enlighten Radio Studio in the Red Caboose, Bolivar, WV. Mike Diesel and John Case and a host of celebrities weigh in on the sewage coming in and the lemmings going out -- and upholding the Boy Scout Oath.

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Jeanne Wagner is a native of San Francisco, California. She has B.A. from the University of California Berkeley in German and an M.A. from San Francisco State in Humanities. A retired tax accountant, she began writing seriously in 1996. Since then she has published four chapbooks and two full length collections and has won several national awards. The chapbooks are The Falling Woman (Pudding House Press, 2001), The Conjurer (Anabiosis Press, 2004), Medusa in Therapy (Poets Corner Press, 2008) and The Genesis Machine (Sow's Ear Poetry Review, 2017), winner of the 2016 Sow's Ear Chapbook Competition. Her full-length collections are The Zen Piano Mover, winner of the 2004 Stevens Manuscript Prize, and In the Body of Our Lives (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010). Among her prizes and honors are the National Foundation of State Poetry Societies Founders Award, the Ann Stanford Prize, and the Frances Locke Award. She has also won the Hayden's Ferry Flash Prose Competition and the 2013 Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred. 

 
Her poems vary in subject from the scientific to the personal, from nature to mythology, and they reflect her curiosity about and engagement with the world on many levels. In an interview with William Ruof, she reflects on memory: "Memory is like Schrödinger’s Cat, it changes the moment you peer into the box where you think it is kept." 
 
This week's featured poem is "The Disappearance of the Polar Bears," from her collection In the Body of Our Lives (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010). 
 
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE POLAR BEARS
 
They were our saints and our hermits,
our ursine angels. 
 
In exile they found a promised land
where cold
 
condensed under their feet and they
walked on it; 
 
where they moved soundlessly as ghosts, 
hearing, 
 
even under ice, the strenuous beating
hearts of seals. 
 
Some journeyed as far north as the Pole, 
that skullcap of ice, 
 
its whiteness the imagined afterlife of
ordinary bears, 
 
their bodies solid as icons: squared off
limbs, shoulders that
 
tapered to a muzzled head, dog-small
and low-slung. 
 
Yet who could fail to love their
black-eyed cubs, 
 
born with the furred innocence 
of harp seals, 
 
or the way they swam, legs paddling
in circles, 
 
tractionless as the running in our
dreams. 
 
That's why I keep this image of
a single bear
 
standing on the pole, his white body
on the whiter ice, 
 
like the pulse of something warm
inside the cold. 
 
Could the problem be the airplanes, 
when they scattered
 
the angels from their wisps of cirrus
cloud, while below, 
 
on cruise ship tables, ice sculptures
slowly began to melt away? 
 
 
Writing prompt of the week: Choose any compelling image from the natural world. While describing it, add in a supernatural or mythological image, the way Jeanne Wagner blends angels and polar bears in her poem. 

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