December 26, 2019

December 26, 2019

 
 
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I opened with John Lennon’s Christmas Song for this final show of 2019. The first segment featured Mike Bond; we discussed various things including the ancient roots of New Year celebrations, their relation to the solstice, and our mutual hope for a new year with less anger.

Second, as usual, Philip Farruggio presented his segment, It’s the Empire, Stupid – Disconnected at Christmas. He pointed out the increased military spending juxtaposed with cuts in food stamps and other support programs. We discussed these and other issues.

The third segment featured Michael Annis and Roseanna Frechette, with some amazing poetry. Roseanna presented the intensely personal story of her mother, and the joie de vivre she exemplified, then read the poem she wrote many years after her mother’s death: “Your Ocean.”  Michael then presented “Fingerprints” which he wrote for his son Dylan, who died. This was an intensely powerful segment.

For the fourth segment I had Frank Cordaro followed by Julius Awafong. I finished the show by reading a chapter from Rivera Sun’s new novel, Desert Song.

 

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 […]

Julius Awafong Teneng

Julius is a monthly columnist, appearing the fourth week of each month. Julius is a Cameroonian living in Cameroon. He is a researcher in Political Science specialized in Political Conflicts and African Politics. Julius has a world of experience gathered from his home-based business where he has been typing and editing students’ research works. He […]

Michael Annis

Michael is a monthly columnist who appears in the fourth week of each month. He is currently taking a leave of absence but we expect to have him back soon. MICHAEL ANNIS—poet, writer, playwright, radio commentator, founder & senior editor of Howling Dog Press—has published many of the world’s modern giants of fiction, drama, poetry […]

Mike Bond

Mike Bond is a American novelist, ecologist, war and human rights journalist, and poet. Bond has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. A bestselling novelist, environmental activist, advisor to U.S. and foreign governments, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent and […]

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 […]