Well, we made it to the final week of the year! The end of 2014 couldn’t come quickly enough for me. Let’s get to 2015 already!!

Although I’m technically on vacation, I’m still working hard behind the scenes, trying to wrap up the year and put it behind us.

On today’s show, we’ll look back on some of the news that happened at the beginning of 2014…

The year began with the first legal recreational marijuana being sold in Colorado, and the confirmation of Janet Yellin as the first female fed chair ever.

The Chris Christie Bridge Gate scandal became a daily reality show, and a Malaysian Air plane disappeared into thin air!

In January, the people of West Virginia were sickened by their water. 300,000 residents were asked not to drink the tap water. The chemical spill is of Crude MCHM or 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a coal industry chemical, and originated at Freedom Industries, a Charleston company that produces chemicals for cement, steel and mining industries. In a televised news conference, West Virginia American Water Company President Jeff McIntyre says, “We don’t know that the water’s not safe, but I can’t say it is safe. Today, we go back to January 13 to talk with Bob Kincaid of the Head on Radio Network, and co-founder of the ACHE campaign, to talk about the water and other problems in Appalachia.

The Winter Olympics got underway in Russia, surrounded by numerous clouds of controversy. On today’s show, we’ll listen back to my February 6 conversation with Jeff Sharlet, the man who pulled the curtain back behind The Family and C Street in the books of the same names. Jeff traveled to Russia to experience what life is like there for members of the LGBT community. The result was a must-read piece for GQ magazine, “Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia” that we discussed in this segment.

The situation deteriorated between Russian and Ukraine in the first few months of the year, but it seemed as if the mainstream corporate media wasn’t telling us the real story. So on March 11, I called on Consortium NewsRobert Parry to help sort out the madness.

There was more too, like the first missing airliner of the year (cue the Twilight Zone music), but you’ll just have to listen to the show to hear it all.. And I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun with 2014 as we continue the rear view review, radio or not!