7 Generations Radio: Jill Merritt and Vaughn Lovejoy, Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice–Feb 20, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  Jill Merritt and Vaughn Lovejoy of Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice

Discussion:  The efforts of Elders Rising to stop the leasing of land by BLM for oil and gas exploration and drilling, the importance of elder involvement in civil action, environmental effects resulting from leasing of public action, working with Native people, the importance to future generations, strategy and tactics for civil action, effects of losing our touch with the earth.

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown radio on February 20, 2016

7 Generations Radio: WV Delegate Stephen Skinner –Feb 20, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  WV Delegate Stephen Skinner.  Stephen Skinner is a current delegate to the WV House of Delegates and is also running for WV State Senate

Discussion:  Issues facing the WV legislature, Delegate Skinner’s experience as a delegate, alliances with libertarians, effects of budget shortfall, severance tax, revenue cuts due to tax breaks to coal,  effect on state schools, medical cannabis, pill mills, penalties for sale and use of hard drugs, falling wages, right to work and prevailing wage.

7 Generations Radio: Reed Brown Jr., Pow-wow at Shepherd University–Feb 6, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Reed Brown Jr., Oglala Lakota, Coordinator for Pow-wow at Shepherd University

Discussion:  Pow-wow held at Shepherd University on February 6, 2016, Lakota dancing, drumming and Native American dress.  Reed sings a Lakota song and discusses Lakota ways.

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown, WV from the campus of Shepherd University on February 6, 2016.

7 Generations Radio: Jim Surkamp, Black Box Fundraiser and Stories from our Youth–Feb 6, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Jim Surkamp, Media Producer, Historian and Story Teller, along with Ardyth Gilbertson doing a Poetry Reading

Discussion:  Fund raising for the Black Box Theatre, Story Telling, Poetry reading

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown, WV from the campus of Shepherd University on Feb 6, 2016.

7 Generations Radio: Jim Surkamp, Changes We Have Seen, Civil War History–Jan 29, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Jim Surkamp, Jefferson County, WV Historian and Story-teller

Discussion:  Civil War Anecdotes, History, Changes we have seen during our lifetimes, personal history and stories from our youth.

Broadcast on WSHC, Shepherdstown, WV  from the campus of Shepherd University on January 29, 2016.

7 Generations Radio: Reed Brown Sr., Oglala Lakota Herbal Healer–Feb 10, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Reed Brown Sr., Oglala Lakota Herbal Healer, with Rob Shaw, Genealogical Researcher and relative of Reed Brown.

Discussion:  Lakota spiritual beliefs, herbal medicine, native traditions, mineral rights, ancestry, generational change, matriarchy, community, sweat lodge, education, drugs, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  I think you will find this audio very interesting and insightful.  We were honored to have Mr. Reed speak to us.

The audio is approximately 30 minutes long.  Unfortunately the remaining 30 minutes failed to record and the audio cuts off midstream.  We hope to have Mr. Reed back again to continue the discussion.  The show was broadcast on WSHC, Shepherdstown, from the campus of Shepherd University on Feb 10, 2016.

7 Generations Radio: Counseling for Teens under Stress, Wendy Weaver Baracka..1/16/2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Wendy Weaver Baracka, Social Services Counselor for Morgan County Schools, WV

Discussion:  Wendy discusses a Morgan County program to screen and assist teens suffering from stress and other mental health issues.  Wendy discusses the relationship of alcohol and drug use among teens to stresses they incur due to their home environment or other aspects of their lives.  She talks about the nonjudgmental counseling techniques they use to identify risky behavior and to help students cope with stress. This is a follow-up to a previous conversation with Wendy that took place on December 19, 2015 which is archived below.

This program was broadcast on WSHC radio from the Campus of Shepherd University on January 16, 2016.

7 Generations Radio: Sean O’Leary, Alternative Property Based Tax Proposal for WV–December 5, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Sean O’Leary, Economist and Playright, Author of State of the State (WV)

Discussion:  Sean presents his proposal to raise the bulk of WV tax through property taxation as opposed to income and or sales taxes. A greater portion of the tax burden would be shifted to out-of-state residents who hold large tracts of WV property.  Sean argues that this could result in more money in the hands of WV consumers and this would be a boost to the economy.

Broadcast on WSHC radio from the campus of Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV.

7 Generations Radio: Jan Hummer, Alternatives to Violence post Bernardino shootings–December 5, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Jan Hummer of Open Minds

Discussion:  Jan discusses alternative ways of dealing with the stress and violence of shootings such as Bernardino County.  Compassion, peace and human relationships are important alternatives to violence.

Broadcast on WSHC radio from the campus of Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

7 Generations Radio: Wendy Weaver Baracka, Mental Health Services for Adolescents–December 19, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray with Lacey Walker

Guest:  Wendy Weaver Baracka, provides Social Services for Adolescents in Morgan County, WV

Discussion:  Wendy discusses the approach they take to provide mental health screening and obtaining counseling services for Morgan County teens.  She discusses the type of situations encountered such as drug and alcohol abuse, as well as the underlying causes for teen mental health issues.