May 14, 2020

The New American Dream Radio Show
The New American Dream Radio Show
May 14, 2020

I opened with a song from Miss Saigon: The American Dream. Appropriate eh? Best of all it’s for sale – the American Dream. Then I introduced the first guest, Sheena Powell Szuri, who mentioned how such songs give us a window into the mind of the composer. She then discussed Neil Young, and the anniversary of the Kent State shootings, and the wonderfully eloquent song, Ohio. She wasn’t sure we’d learned much, 50 years later. She decried the rigid thinking in government today, and noted that when people listen, they only look for affirmation of their own beliefs. We no longer engage in discussion, we’re too busy spinning everything in such a way that it supports our agenda. She then read Thinking of You, by Sherwood Ross. Fascinating segment.

The second segment as usual featured Philip Farruggio with It’s the Empire, Stupid. He opened with his column The sadness… continues. We proceeded with an excellent discussion focused on how our issues are not left vs right but rather rich vs poor. We talked about the failure of the administration to respond in a timely fashion to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the third segment I played my conversation earlier in the day with Richard Flamer of the Catholic Worker Farm in Chiapas, Mexico. He dscussed on fiction, and specifically Walter Mosley’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, then talked about his family and education – it took 4 schools before he found the right one. His autobiographical insights were fascinating, and we had a great talk.

The final segment opened with my conversation with Frank Cordaro of the Des Moines Catholic Worker, who shared some insights on Being Old with Norman. Covid-19 is a human problem: the virus needs humans in order to survive. He calls it the Baby Boomer Virus, and is sad that the world is no better now than when he and I were young. There were only ten minutes left by the time that I pulled in our final guest, Thomas Wertman, who shared with us some great information about Naval Air Pilot UFO sightings. It was quite interesting – many reports had just been declassified.


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 […]

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,, 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 […]

Richard Flamer

Richard is a monthly columnist, appearing in the second week of each month. Since 2001, Richard Flamer and his wife, Araceli, have run The Chiapas Project, a Catholic Worker center and farm serving the poor in San Cristobal las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Sponsorship is provided by the Des Moines (Iowa) Catholic Worker Home. Richard Flamer […]

Sheena Powell Szuri

Miami native Sheena Powell Szuri is a poet, activist, yoga teacher and scientist. As part of a thriving South Florida poetry community, Sheena is proudly affiliated with the Miami Poets, the Florida State Poets Association, and Famous Last Fridays poetry group at Books & Books. She serves on the Board of Directors of the South […]

Thomas Wertman

Thomas is filling in for Susan Lindauer as a monthly columnist in week 2 of each month. Thomas Wertman is the Director of Ohio MUFON Mutual UFO Network

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 […]