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Back of the Book

The computers were all gone from the back area at CCNY this morning, so I've had to wait till I got home to post even this temporary archive blurb. I'll get to the entire thing pretty soon, I hope.

Saturday July 19, 2014 5:00am1 hour53 Download
Saturday Morning With the Radio OnSaturday July 12, 2014 5:00am1 hour46 Download
Back of the Book

We were here live for this one, all right. And we talked about why we weren't here the last time.

During much of this program Pickles of the North was rooting about among the boxes of mail that Management has sent from the Management bunker in Brooklyn to the basement studio of WBAI at CCNY. Some of the mail that's been placed in Master Control is from the Fall of 2013. Anyway, R. Paul thinks he's not getting all of his mail that's sent to the 388 Atlantic Ave. address.

We talked about another problem, besides the repression of women's reproductive freedom, with the Supreme Court decision in the Burwell v Hobby Lobby case. The really broad issue addressed in that decision is that corporations now have these new religious rights. Wow, that can get tricky rapidly. I expect it will, too.

R. Paul talked about his other mail problem, this one's with the Post Office. He bought something in May and the package was listed as delivered on the USPS tracking Web site. But it never was delivered. The people at the Post Office said that it looked like it should be in the local Post Office somewhere, but they could never find it. they also could never call back to confirm anything as they'd said they would. And then the package got sent back to the vendor. Looks like they found it. In reality the truck driver never even tried to deliver it. The degradation of infrastructure like the postal service is surely the harbinger of the collapse of a society.

We talked about the Great Northern Trip, which is what took us away from New York for the last program. We visited Pickles' parents up at the North Pole for their 60th wedding anniversary. R. Paul found that he is a really bad photographer, with most of his photographs on the trip coming out blurry, some very blurry. But at least the customs inspectors didn't hassle us on this trip.

This was our annual Christopher Street Liberation Day program. Yeah, the march was six days ago, but this is when we got on the air. We talked about the march, and getting there late and having to catch up to the bisexual contingent. We had a one minute interview with Barbie, one of the participants. And we played the traditional musical piece at the end of this segment.

R. Paul now has 31 followers on Twitter. Better to gain two than lose two.

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00am1 hour39 Download
Saturday Morning With the Radio OnSaturday June 28, 2014 5:00am1 hour32 Download
Back of the Book

Yes, I'm back and I'm working on this one archive blurb.

This was only the second Back of the Book program that we've presented on recording. I will get at this archive blurb as soon as I can.

Saturday June 21, 2014 5:00am1 hour25 Download
Saturday Morning With the Radio OnSaturday June 14, 2014 5:00am1 hour18 Download
Back of the Book

Bothersome as it is for you to hear us pitching again, it's at least as bad for us to hear us pitching again. But there is no way around it, we need to pitch in order to keep the station alive. And a big Thanks! to all who pledged.

We gladly reported that U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has ruled that the Wisconsin ban on same gender marriages is unconstitutional. It is not known just when the state will start issuing marriage licenses to same gender couples, but it won't be far in the future. This will make Wisconsin the 27th state to have same gender marriages. In similar news, some folks in North Dakota have filed a lawsuit challenging that state's anti-same gender marriage laws.

We talked a bit about yesterday being the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. Quite a number of the surviving veterans of that invasion were brought to Normandy for the anniversary celebration. This will probably be the last time quite a few of them are able to participate in this event.

Baseball legend and epigrammatic wild man Yogi Berra had been a member of a six man crew on one of the boats that launched rockets at the Nazi defenses that day. On the beach for the invasion was James Doohan, who a couple of decades later portrayed Scotty on Star Trek. Doohan was with the Canadian contingent that attacked Juno Beach, and he was wounded, losing some fingers in the assault.

We talked about a group of scientists at CERN who have succeeded in producing anti-hydrogen atoms and keeping them around long enough to perform experiments on them. They have found that the net charge on the anti-hydrogen atom is neutral to eight decimal places. So the charge on the anti-proton and the positron appear to balance each other out, just as protons and electrons do in the ordinary hydrogen atoms that we're all used to. This is important research which aims to find out more about anti-matter and maybe eventually discover why ordinary matter is common in the universe while anti-matter appears to be almost entirely absent.

We talked about the swap of Sgt. Bergdahl for five senior Taliban leaders. This was a bad trade for a variety of reasons. Just on its face, swapping a sergeant for what are essentially five generals is not a good idea. These five Taliban generals are going to go back to killing Americans, and little girls who want to get an education, as soon as they can. The Taliban scum oppose women and girls learning to read and write. We are also liable to see more Americans kidnapped now that people can figure that they may be able to swap American hostages for pals of theirs who are held in American prisons, or for personal profit.

I am up to 30 followers on Twitter! Wow, it's a mass movement!

Saturday June 7, 2014 5:00am1 hour11 Download
Saturday Morning With the Radio OnSaturday May 31, 2014 5:00am1 hour4 Download
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