January 2, 2020

For the New Years 2020 show, I opened with “Girl from the North Country,” and then introduced Ava Bird who was our very first guest on the show. She read a wonderful and brand new work. I then played Frank Cordaro’s prerecorded interview to complete the first segment. He discussed the anti-drone protest in Des Moines where he engaged the guards in conversation before they arrested him for protesting the ongoing war crimes at the National Guard Drone facility there.

The second segment as usual featured Philip Farruggio with his column “It’s the Empire Stupid” and our subsequent discussion. His topic, “How Low Can You Go” which included his description of an open mic comedy event where his audience was not impressed… We had no trouble finding reasons to belabor the lowbrow humor that has taken over not just entertainment but politics.

The third segment featured a prerecorded interview with prison abolitionist Azzurra Crispino. We discussed the massive failure of the justice system in America.

The show wrapped up with Karen Kwiatkowski who is looking forward to solutions to ongoing problems – many of which she anticipates being painful, as things fix themselves in one fashion or another. “What cah’t go on forever … won’t.”

 

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 […]

Karen Kwiatkowski

Karen is a monthly columnist, appearing in the first week of each month (previously in 4th week) Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D, is a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, who spent her final four and a half years in uniform in the upper echelons of Pentagon. She shared her story about what went on during the run-up to […]

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 […]