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Episode 77: Buffalo Mass Shooting Shows a Nation Divided Against Itself

Episode 77: Buffalo Mass Shooting Shows a Nation Divided Against Itself

May 21, 2022

We always express thoughts and prayers for those affected by these shootings. And some of us really mean it. But, mass shootings in America have become so commonplace, the most noteworthy thing about this one might be that it interrupted the media's saturation coverage of the war in Ukraine.

And yes,  I am cynical enough to think that treasonous Republicans already have another shooter lying in wait. This, to go on a rampage to detract media coverage from hearings on their Jan. 6 insurrection, which the congressional committee plans to hold during prime-time sessions beginning on June 9.

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Length:   32 min 26 sec

Episode 76: Former Trump Staffers Peddling Tell-Alls

Episode 76: Former Trump Staffers Peddling Tell-Alls

May 14, 2022

The remarkable thing is that, even though they keep telling what has been plain for all to see, their books always become bestsellers. This episode explains that phenomenon and what it portends.

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Length:   14 min 24 sec

Episode 75: Irony of Germany Enabling Russia’s Genocidal War in Ukraine

Episode 75: Irony of Germany Enabling Russia’s Genocidal War in Ukraine

May 7, 2022
Germany professes a “special duty” to prevent genocides, and we all understand why. But Germany remained conspicuously AWOL as genocides raged across Asia and Africa, and we all understand why.
 
Except that Germany is still remaining effectively so even as genocide is raging in its own backyard in Ukraine. History will record that it placed greater value on receiving Russian oil and gas than on saving Ukrainian homes and lives.
 

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Length:   25 min 16 sec

Episode 74:  Reunion Tribute to My Parents

Episode 74: Reunion Tribute to My Parents

April 22, 2022

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Length:   12 min 20 sec

Episode 73: My Good Friday Sermon

Episode 73: My Good Friday Sermon

April 15, 2022

If Easter rituals bore you to distraction, you’re not alone. Pope Francis is holding ceremonies to mark Holy Week in a practically empty St. Peter’s Square for the second consecutive year. You might think this merely reflects travel and other Covid-19 restrictions. But it’s also a metaphor for growing disillusionment with organized religion worldwide.

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Length:   9 min 49 sec

Episode 72: PSA: Help Ukraine, Call Russia

Episode 72: PSA: Help Ukraine, Call Russia

April 9, 2022

Remarkably, some Western leaders think asking their citizens to pay more for gas is too great a sacrifice to support Ukrainians who are dying to protect the democratic freedoms we all cherish. All I’m asking you to do is to make a call… 

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Length: 20 min 57 sec 

Episode 71:  Observing Ramadan by Reciting Kazim Ali

Episode 71: Observing Ramadan by Reciting Kazim Ali

April 2, 2022

Far from being religious, I am an avowed apostate. So listener beware...

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Length: 9 min 44 sec 

Episode 70: Putin, Xi, the Patriarch and Gay Hoops Star re: Ukraine

Episode 70: Putin, Xi, the Patriarch and Gay Hoops Star re: Ukraine

March 26, 2022

Forgive me if this title seems like the opening of a bad joke. Of course, if you’ve listened to episodes 67 and 68 - both on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine - you know how seriously I take this topic. If you haven’t, well, I highly recommend them. But this episode too will make that crystal clear. 

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Length: 19 min 03 sec 

Episode 69: Tearing Down Monuments to Build a More Perfect Union

Episode 69: Tearing Down Monuments to Build a More Perfect Union

March 19, 2022
In last week’s episode, I bemoaned the fratricidal wars still raging between Russians and Ukrainians in Europe and Ethiopians and Tigrayans in Africa, respectively.

But the latest battle in America’s culture war, which erupted this week between woke academics and museum curators in New York over the fate of a statue of former president Theodore Roosevelt, is a worthy diversion.

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Length: 16 min 10 sec 

Episode 68: Long Before Ukraine, Fratricidal Conflict Raged in Ethiopia

Episode 68: Long Before Ukraine, Fratricidal Conflict Raged in Ethiopia

March 12, 2022

Trust me, I appreciate what it takes to avert your gaze from the war in Ukraine to pay a little attention to the one in Ethiopia. But, given our shared humanity, I hope you find this episode was worth the diversion.

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Length: 18 min 15 sec 

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