The 98th edition of Pagan Weekly News aired at 9am Central on 18 June 2013. Among many topics discussed, RevKess and Zaracon spent some time with Summer Solstice, some recent and upcoming book releases and an update on PRISM and Edward Snowden.
The Summer Solstice is being celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere this time of year. It is also known as Litha by some and Midsummer by others. The names for this festival vary depending on your tradition, heritage, culture and region. Suffice it to say, it is a celebration of Summer and of Life.
Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating the Winter Solstice or Yule. We give a salute to them with a song at the end of the show.
Kupala‘s Feast, the celebration of a little known Eastern European Goddess?
Pagan Spirit Gathering is one of the most popular summer festivals in the United States. Hosted by Circle Sanctuary, PSG is now held at Stonehouse Farm outside Earlville, IL. PSG is well underway at the time of our broadcast, but we still wanted to share news and information with our listeners who could not attend this year’s festivities.
The Pagan History Project launched on Facebook with a new website soon to follow. “We are using “Pagan” in its broadest sense, encompassing: Witchcraft , Traditional and other, Wicca, Heathenry, Druidry, various Reconstructionisms, Magical Lodges, etc. All the groups and traditions and paths that make up the American Occult/Magical/Pagan movement from the early days ( the 1930s, 40′s 50′s…) to present. We are focusing on everything and everyone pre-1995 at this time, due to our aging population.”
Isaac Bonewits – We Won’t Shave Any Longer – Avalon is Rising! (RevKess misspoke during the show, this is We Won’t Any Longer. Still a good song! RevKess may be making a video for We Won’t Shave Any Longer later this year.)
On Tuesday the 11th of June, 2013, RevKess reported on the PRISM scandal and the whistle blower Edward Snowden who at that time was hiding from US officials somewhere in Hong Kong. Since then, there have been some concerns on the veracity of his claims and his history.
Yet others say he has gone from whistle blower to traitor. See the story SCMP.com “Edward Snowden: US Government has been hacking Hong Kong and China. You can also read, on the Guardian no less, how Snowden has potentially weakened his own defense if brought to trial in the US on charges of espionage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/edward-snowden-defence
Episode three of the reboot of Musica Pagani has hit the interwebs. Hear music from Brian Henke, Omnia, Acoustic Ocean and many others!
The list of artists that we can play just keeps growing. Some of the artists in this edition you will be familiar with from earlier editions of MP as well as other programming on PMPChannel. The newest on the list below is Brian Henke. RevKess got hear him perform at Heartland 2013 and came home to find his latest two CDs in the review stack from KZUM. Needless to say, permission request was sent off right away.
Upcoming editions will have more NEW music from artists like Jami Sieber, Cernunnos Rising and Michael de Salem. Keep checking in with PMPChannel on BTR and iTunes for the latest in New Age and Pagan music as well as news, views, interviews, and information from the other programming on the channel. Don’t forget to check out Pagan-Musings on Saturday the 22nd of June to hear an interview with George Nicholas and his daughter Katie from Cernunnos Rising and again on the 29th of June to hear an interview with some of the Tribe of Tuatha Dea.
Isaac Bonewits – Quarter Farewell – Avalon is Rising
While preparing the show notes today, RevKess stumbled across this site that is devoted to Leigh Ann Hussey. Her music is available for free download at www.motogrrl.org/Bands, but this site has details on her life, music career and her unfortunately and untimely passing. For those of you who enjoy Leigh Ann’s music and want to learn more about her, please visit the sites linked and share her life and love of music with others. Leigh Ann was also an author, you can hear Colin Hussey read her novella “The Lover of Lord Eithras“, or read the story. There doesn’t seem to be any videos on YouTube or elsewhere for Leigh Ann’s music, something just might have to be done about that.
What a combination of music and features for the Mess today! Phew! Father’s Day, Soundbackers Union and the pre-Solstice show.
What is the Soundbackers Union? It is KZUM’s special “elite” membership group for listeners. Along with our usual membership pledge drives in the Spring and Fall, this year we started the Soundbackers Union with limited edition swag and all kinds of bonuses for the members. You can find out more at www.kzum.org, donations are being accepted online through noon Central Friday the 21st.
Inkubus Sukkubus – Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Away with the Faeries
Takashi Suzuki – The Unknown Sight – Voyage: Hiroshima Eternal
Al Conti – the Minstrel’s Song – The Blue Rose
Masako – Forgotten Moments – Masako
Lia Scallon – Joyful Inspiration – The Luminous Pearl
David Arkenstone & Charlee Brooks – Origins – Loveren
Anima – Ancient Future – Light of Aluna (radio edits)
Lunacy – Shango – Lunacy
Al Conti – Odin the Wanderer – Northern Seas
Clannad – Robin, the Hooded Man -
Sj Tucker – Hymn to Herne – Blessings
Blackmore’s Night – March the Heroes Home – Under a Violet Moon
Dave Carter & Tracey Grammar – Gentle Soldier of My Soul – Drum Hat Buddha
Fred Small – I Will Stand Fast – I Will Stand Fast
Fred Small – Scott & Jamie – I Will Stand Fast
Tuatha Dea – The Blessing – The Tribe (feat. Spiral Rhythm
Bryan Bowers – Old Lovers – For You
John McCutcheon – Dad’s Got That Look – Family Garden
Buffy Sainte-Marie – He’s a Pretty Good Man if You Ask Me – Best of….
The Chorus of Life – Gaia’s Circles – Gaia’s Voice
Robin Moore – What’s Wild Is Wild (spoken word from the children’s storyteller himself)
Tuatha Dea – Hypocritical Mass – The Tribe (feat. Murphey’s Midnight Rounders)
The Saturday 15 June 2013 edition of Pagan-Musings Podcast features segments of the 2013 Heartland Speakers’ Panel. The featured guests for Heartland this year were Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, Mike Nichols, and Ed “the Pagan” Hubbard. Barbara Criswell of Aquarius Books in Kansas City acted as moderator. The topic for the panel was “Where do you envision Paganism, Wicca, etc going from here?”
The topic was paired well with the focus of many of the workshops and presentations from the honored guests. Janet and Gavin have decades of experience between them that they shared with the audience of the panel and with the participants of their workshops. Mike Nichols has been teaching about witchcraft since the 1970′s and is the author of The Witches’ Sabbats. Ed Hubbard has over 20 years experience as a priest and is co-manager of Pagans Tonight Radio Network.
The panel discussion was recorded in an open air auditorium, so there is some sound distortion. For that we apologize. Other than the wind and some audience noises, the only real sound issue was that some of the participants from the audience were hesitant on the microphone or even too shy to approach the microphone. Over all, the sound is decent enough to be able to hear everything being said. If you miss something and cannot figure it out, let us know and we would be happy to clarify things for you.
The 97th edition of PWN is all wrapped up for your listening pleasure. Zaracon was unavailable this week, but RevKess muddled through with news and talk about many issues. From Trayvon Martin to household incomes to government scandals to Target taking aim at Pagans. A little more music than usual was included.
Articles and Links Discussed
Household income inequality off the charts and rising in the United States. According to the “World of Work” report from the UN, household income inequality in the US rates a 47.7 on the Gini coefficient model. 12.2 points higher than any of the other 25 countries in Europe and North America that are included in the report. This rating is rising. A rating that we do not want to see on the rise. You can download a PDF of the International Labour Organizations report.
United States State Department releases a memo that reveals cover-ups may be happening in regards to the Diplomatic Security Services. From Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s protection detail engaging prostitutes while on foreign assignment to an “under ground drug ring” near the US Embassy in Baghdad to an ambassador engaging prostitutes.
Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee turned whistle blower, appears on Democracy Now to talk about why he leaked information revealing the NSA’s apparently unfettered ability to tap into any American’s phone line or internet usage.
Sunday the 9th of June 2013 brings you the second installment of Musica Pagani the reboot. RevKess had a lot of fun putting this edition together. Recorded in advance, the show is full of music that everyone is sure to enjoy. Whether you like new age instrumental, heavy drumming and some rock, or simple Pagan ballads from some of the greatest musicians around the globe, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Before giving you the play list, the cast of personalities on PMPChannel would like to remind you to visit their advertisers and sponsors.
This week we celebrated *K8′s birthday, or as she put it: Birfday. She was lucky enough to attend a show at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, show casing the Brave Combo with opening act by the Bolzen Beer Band (local to Lincoln). As has become tradition on the Mess, the birthday person gets to program the majority of the music. This week’s show was not overtly Pagan, but did feature many of *K8′s favorite songs and bands. She is a big fan of polka, having been a former host of KZUM‘s The Polka Show.
Inkubus Sukkubus – Wytches Chant ’98 – Away with the Faeries
Masako – Ottauquechee River – Masako
The Antler Kin – Monica Richards -InfraWarrior
Al Conti – Bamboo Night Garden – The Blue Rose
Lia Scallon – Grace & Gratitude – The Luminous Pearl
The Knowing – Takashi Suzuki – Voyage
Catherine Marie Charlton – Be Still My Soul – River Flow
Beach Boys – Unreleased Backgrounds – Pet Sounds
Mike Rayburn – Bele Chere – Wooden Voices
Brave Combo – Joy Waltz – Polka’s Revenge
Peter, Paul, & Mary – It’s Raining – Around the Campfire
Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner – Music to Watch Space Girls By – Spaced Out
Beach Boys – Sail Plain Song – Endless Harmony
Beach Boys – Loop de Loop (Flip Flop Flyin’ in an Aeroplane) – Endless Harmony