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Road Dogs; Heriosm of Different Stripes; Extra Alive

Feb 26, 2015

Transcontinental touring musicians (with day jobs) Elias Schutzman and Lazlo Lee; stories of heroism from Lisa Van Wormer, Rich Blake, and Liz McAlister; and Brooke Johnson's "Extra Alive"

Rockers Lazlo Lee & Elias Schutzman at the WYPR studios
  Have you ever heard the expression, ‘Road Dogs’?  It’s what they call long-haul truckers.  It’s also what they call touring musicians.  The difference, though?  When a trucker gets home, he takes a nap.  When a musician gets home, he goes back to his day job.  Elias Schutzman, of The Flying Eyes, is a road-dog of the latter variety, and he brings us this profile of fellow touring musician, Lazlo Lee, of Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children.
(clockwise from upper left) Lisa Van Wormer, Liz McAlister, and Rich Blake
  President John F Kennedy once said:  The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose is the path of surrender, or submission.  He also said:  Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.  American heroism takes many forms, and in this segment of our program, we turn our attention to three stories of bravery.  We hear first from former US army soldier Lisa Van Wormer.  Second, we hear the story of former US Marine Sergeant Rich Blake.  And finally, we hear from anti-war activist and nonviolent resister Liz McAlister of Jonah House.  
Brooke Johnson with chainsaw
  Brooke Johnson’s one-woman show is titled, Extra Alive, and when you meet her, you’ll know why. A seasoned comedic performer and cancer survivor, Johnson exudes energy, grace, humor, and a genuine love of life. She joins producer Lisa Morgan in studio for a preview of her upcoming show at the Creative Alliance.