April 2, 2020

I opened by playing Tim Smith’s corona version of Please Release Me – one of the few times in recent memory that I didn’t sing the opening myself. It was great. I then introduced Ava Bird, and after we discussed my wife Lorraine’s recent hospital visit, she shared a message from the wise old family cat! Ava is always great but this is an exceptionally creative presentation absolutely not to be missed. She created this specially for our show, and promised more in her next appearance. I then played my conversation with Frank Cordaro at the Des Moines Catholic Worker. He continued his description of what’s happening at the DCW duting this Baby Boomer Apocalypse. He’s isolating with some others who are at risk in addition to Jessica Resnicek who is under house arrest awaiting trial for the pipeline destruction from a couple years ago.

The second segment as usual featured Philip Farruggio with his segment, It’s the Empire, Stupid. This week he started with his column, Time to Rein in the Super-Rich. This was focused on the super-rich virus which Philip says is even worse than corona. We had an excellent conversation after he read his column.

For the third segment I played my earlier interview with Azzurra Crispino of Prison Absolution Prisoner Support. She gave us an amazing story about Covid-19 being detected in Marion Correctional Facility where her husband, James, is incarcerated. There’s no social distancing when 120 prisoners are present in a small area. He should be eligible for early release in two months but in the meantime he’s in the middle of an epidemic. The prison system is horrible.

For the final segment, Karen Kwiatkowski was not available but I was able to include my original co-host, Mike Palecek. There was snow on the ground in Minnesota, even though it was April. He and I heard from Randall from Stevens Point, did an episode of The Americans, and finished with the News from Moon Rock Lake.

It was a terrific show.

Ava Bird

Ava is a monthly columnist appearing the first week of each month. Ava Bird was our very first guest and we always look forward to her visits. We love to listen to her read. Ava’s books are currently not available but you can see her blog at birdblogblast.blogspot.com

Azzurra Crispino

Azzurra is a monthly columnist, appearing in the first week of each month. Azzurra Crispino is the co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS) a penpal to prisoners and peaceful street demonstration organization which has endorsed the September 9th prisoner strike. She is anĀ Associate Professor of Philosophy at Austin Community College and a contributing author […]

Frank Cordaro

Frank is a weekly guest on our show. Frank Cordaro is a member of the Des Moines Catholic Worker. He is a former Catholic Priest. He has himself spent years and years in federal prison for crossing the line at Offutt, and more recently has been jailed for actions against the drone facility in Des […]

Mike Palecek

Co-founder and co-host of the show, Mike Palecek is a writer who lives in Saginaw, Minnesota, west of Duluth. He is a former federal prisoner for peace; was the Iowa Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District in the 2000 election, gaining 65,000 votes on an anti-war platform in a conservative […]

Philip Farruggio

Phil is a weekly guest on our show. Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on WorldNewsTrust.com, TheSleuthJournal.com, Information Clearing house, Op Ed News, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and […]

Chuck Gregory

Co-founder and co-host of the show, Chuck lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Lorraine and assorted exotic pets. He was fortunate to attend Friends Central School in the late ’60s to hone the already strong core beliefs instilled in him by his parents Wayne Lawrence and Marjorie Mock Gregory. His education continued at […]