May 28, 2020

I opened without a song! Busy busy day… I introduced novelist/journalist/entrepreneur Mike Bond, and we had a great conversation, starting with the reopening of both Hawaii and Florida after a long time of isolation. We discussed ways of staying safe, the ways of analyzing statistics, and the possibility that sunlight could help fight the virus. We went on to police brutality, gun violence, and how we MUST stop killing each other. We discussed drug dealers as businessmen and whether government had the right to control what people do in their own lives. All of this was in the context of money, or lack of it, for the majority of people in the world, and the vanishing middle class. We then asked ourselves if the New Deal had actually created the middle class, and what poverty really was: everything is relative. Life is short, and people need to find happiness with what they have.

The second segment as usual featured Philip Farruggio with It’s the Empire, Stupid. His topic was Ants at a Pandemic Picnic, his metaphor for crowd behavior where emotion takes over from thinking. Philip expressed his concern that reopening Florida would produce a huge increase in the Covid-19 numbers. He condemned the early inaction by the administration for exacerbating the problems, and he called for a Universal Basic Income. We discussed these issues for the rest of the segment, especially emphasizing how pushing money into the economy from the bottom would have far stronger and better effect than bailing out those at the top.

Next we had Michael Annis, poet-publisher-musician-wordsmith extraordinaire, who joined us from Denver. He read a piece, Wolves at the Mall, that he often performs with his band backing him but due to Covid had to do alone. No matter – he did a fantastic job with it. It’s an amazing poem, full of imaginative imagery and challenging concepts.

Our final segment started with Frank Cordaro of the Des Moines Catholic Worker, who talked about the violence in Minneapolis, the demonstrations, and the violence that cancels out the numerous positive effects and puts the focus in the wrong places. We discussed that at some length, including the parallels to the ’60s, and then I played the prerecorded column from Julius Awafong, our correspondent from Cameroon. Julius described news about the President of Cameroon, who dropped out of sight for some time; people thought he was dead. The English speaking Cameroon and the French speaking Cameroon had to come together and actually talk to each other; people stopped paying taxes; there was conflict about Covid-induced restrictions. Is he dead or is he alive? Who knows for sure. He also mentioned that people are afraid to go to the hospital for fear they’ll be diagnosed with Covid-19 and held hostage as a result. A messy situation indeed.

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

Awafong

Julius Awafong is a volunteering monthly columnist for the New American Dream Radio Show since 2011, and appears the fourth week of each month. Julius lives in Cameroon and is fluent in English and French (and does some translation). This analyst of divided societies received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of […]

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 […]