PWN #98: Summer Solstice, Snowden & More

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.

Summer Solstice

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.



  1. SJ Tucker – The Truth About Ninjas – Mischief
  2. 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.)
  3. Damh the Bard – Cloak of Feathers – Herne’s Apprentice 
  4. Spiral Dance – Solstice Evergreen – The Quickening

Update & Further Info on Snowden & PRISM

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.

Many media sites are defending Edward Snowden, the Guardian being one of them. Snowden approached the Guardian to get his story out instead of US news sources. Read why:

Yet others say he has gone from whistle blower to traitor. See the story “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:

Other related articles from the Guardian:

In other news….

PWN #97

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

Music Played

  1. Spiral Dance – Tolven Stone – The Quickening
  2. Frenchy and the Punk – Catapult to the Highlands – Thread & Stone
  3. Kenny Klein – Rowan and Bracken – Fairy Queen
  4. Damh the Bard – Save Me – Spirit of Albion
  5. Telergy – Incarceration – Legend of Goody Cole
  6. Leigh Anne Hussey – Meet Me By The Standing Stones – Homebrew

Articles and Links We Didn’t Get To or Thought Were Interesting Enough to be Listed Here