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Pablo Neruda, Moby Dick and Bob Dylan's Book Report in 30 minutes. Most Thursdays, 9AM on www.enlightenradio.org. And on DemocracyRoad.podbean.com

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Divas around the world for International Women's MONTH on Enlighten Radio


The March 8 Moose Turd Cafe opens with Diana Krall and Friends -- DIVAS BEGINS.


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call in, if you want to sound off: 304-885-0709


Other Items this morning:


1.Fermat's Last Theorem

2. Politics gets interesting in West Virginia

3. Short -- very short -- stories by women

4. Koans to get rolling

5. The Riddle Master set off to change the world.

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More riddle mastery from the Moose Turd Cafe -- this episode is the March 7 show broadcasted live at 7 AM on Enlightenradio.org.

The Playlist:

1. WV Teachers Victory -- a Red State rebellion goes leftward.

2. The Steel General -- the force of revolution through all time, and a fugue warrior to boot --- with help from Jared Bernstein -- explains the appeal, and curse, behind the Steel Tariff.

3. Sick of Repetition? Queen Jane visits the Cafe.

4. Socratic Humor and a Rooster and Hound Dog koan.

5. The Riddle Master of Hed Meets Deth, the High Ones Harpist

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The Moose Turd Cafe for 5 March 2018 opens  with the Gunslinger and Hughes' (Howard?) Horse on  the subject of abstractions and a genetic duel with dogma.


Some Poems that can transform the daily consumption of waste into the Profound.


  • Watch Out for the Trump Tariffs -- and watch out for missing the political economics behind the Gaslighting.
  • WV Teachers AND superintendents RESIST the Republican BULLSHIT.
  • Further explorations into the Mystic -- The Riddle Master of Hed meets Deth, the High One's Harpist.




Look for drastic changes in our programming and website integration. Beginning March 8, International Women's Day: a Month of celebration of women. Till Then -- a festival of Blues, and the Dead 24-7!! Plus, the books celebrated in Dylan's Nobel address: Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front, and the Odyssey. Plus War Music from the Iliad.



9 AM and Noon today: Fanny Crawford and Stas Zielkowski -- storytelling.


Tuesday @ 9:00 AM:  James Boyd's Recovery Radio 

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This episode of the Poetry Show was broadcast Nov 13, 2017, 7:30 AM EST,live on EnlightenRadio.org from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar, West Virginia.

The show is hosted by John Case. The call-in line is 304-885-0708, and our email is host@enlightenradio.org.



1. Bob Dylan's Nobel Lecture

2. 3 by Lucile Clifton

3.  Sonnets across the years from the Poetry Foundation

4. Love Poems to God.

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This episode of the poetry show was broadcast October 2, 2017 on Enlighten Radio from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar, West Virginia



David Wagoner, Pablo Neruda, James Thurber,  and Bertolt Brecht headline the readings this week.




The playlist:


  • Music from Bill Morrissey
  • Advice to the Orchestra -- David Wagoner
  • Crossing Half a River -- David Wagoner
  • Last Look -- David Wagoner
  • Ode to the Scent of a Woman -- Pablo Neruda
  • The Owl Who Was God -- James Thurberr
  • All of Us or None, The Stormtrooper, The Burning of the Books -- Bertolt Brecht

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The Poetry Show broadcasts Mondays, 7:30 on Enlighten Radio, from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar, West Virginia.


The Halloween Poetry Show features the following chilling poems:


The Black Cat -- Rainer Maria Rilke


The Goblin Market -- Christina Rosetti


The Raven -- E. A. Poe read by Christopher Lee


Hamlet, Act III, Scene III [Oh my offence is rank] -- Shakespeare

Halloween -- Rob't Burns
The Haunted Oak -- Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
Counting Crows provides a stretch version of Friend of the Devil.

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This podcast was broadcast on Enlighten Radio on Sept. 25, 2017 from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar, West Virginia. Podcasts are available here.



Warm UP:


1. Ballad of a Soldier (Russell) -- Leon Russell and Marc Benno

2. Masters of War (Dylan) -- Tim O'Brien

3. With God on Our Side (Dylan) -- K'naan

4. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner(Zevon) -- Warren Zevon (Live)

5. War of Man(Young) -- Neil Young 

6. War/No More Trouble(C. Barrett, A. Cole & B. Marley) - Playing for Change

7. Play it All Night Long (Zevon) -- Warren Zevon

8. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye -- The Clancy Brothers

9. Say It Isn't True (J. Browne) -- Jackson Browne

10. The War is Over (JJ Cale) -- Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale

Intro to the Poetry Show. Odes from Pindar


Pindar: Excerpts form the Victory Odes, and Olympia I


11. What Side? (J. Browne) -- Jackson Browne


Pablo Neruda  -- Ode to the Earth (Oda a la Tierra), from All The Odes, trans Margaret Sayers Peden


12.  The Long Way Around (J. Browne) -- Jackson Browne


Pablo Neruda -- Ode to the Earth II


Intro to Vietnam era poetry from Poetry Magazine


Denise Levertov: Interim


Denise Leverrtov: At the Justice Department November 15, 1969


Stephen Dobyns: Name - Burning


William Stafford: Walking Away an Undeclared War


Philip Levine:  This War


Gregory Corso:  America Politica Historia, in Spontaneity


13. Mutineer(Dylan) -- Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires


14.  When the Night Comes Falling --  Jeff Healy


John Ashbery -- Intro


...by and Earthquake...


A worldly Country


15. Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.

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This morning's poetry show opens with Joy Harjo and her band Poetic Justice,  performing two of her stunning compositions: She had some horses, and Letter from the 20th Century.


Naomi Shihab Nye's very short story Thud -- the moment when the person to person connection wipes out islolation -- teases us with the change to come.


Elizabeth Alexander's Praise poem on the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and Marge Piercy's To Be Of Use officially open the Labor Day celebration. Alicia Ostriker, Philip Levine, Lucille Clifton, and Langston Hughes chart the courses of Labor's freedom. Ray Bradbury's Last Night of the World begs the question: What do we do with the time we have left.


This podcast was broadcast on EnlightenRadio.org on Labor Day, Sept 4, 2017 from the Red Caboose Studio in Bolivar, West Virginia. John Case and  Mike Diesel host.

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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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