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It was a wild ride on Wall Street yesterday,  with analysts promising more of the same for the rest of the week. So, if you have money in the market (and if you have a 401K or IRA, you do), then keep the Pepto handy.

But our wild ride is all-encompassing, as the west is engulfed in flames with no end in sight, New Orleans is still a mess a decade after Katrina, Florida is in the path of Tropical Storm Erika, and Hurricane Donald is dominating all the news coverage.

Today on the show, Lisa Graves of the Center for Media & Democracy was supposed to join us today (I later learned she over slept! As one who is sleep-challenged, sleeping is a good enough excuse for me.) We were going to talk about her latest, “Josh Duggar-led Group Funded via Koch Brothers Freedom Partners Operation“.  Instead, she’ll be with us next Tuesday morning, and she’ll be setting an extra alarm!

After a news update from Bob Ney at the Talk Radio News Service,  Amy Simon joined in to tell us about Women’s Equality Day, which happens tomorrow. It’s actually the anniversary of the day that women won the right to vote. Sadly, these days, Women’s Equality Day is most closely aligned with “Go Topless Day“…

The annual ‘GoTopless Day’ was Sunday, Aug. 23. The day of chest freedom always falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, which is on Aug. 26.

“It is only logical that GoTopless Day protests (or celebrations depending on the legal status of your city) would fall around Women’s Equality Day since the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was,” wrote on their website.

For those who advocate ‘Free the Nipple,’ a movement that has been slowly fleshing itself out in society, Go Topless Day was the perfect reason to show exactly what they stand for.

Only in America!

Tomorrow, after Deborah Newell Tornello joins me for another edition of Oy, FloriDUH, we’ll visit with Harry Shearer! Yes, THE Harry Shearer of The Simpsons, Spinal Tap and countless more brilliant works will join us to talk about Katrina 10 years later. 

Harry & his wife Judith live in New Orleans. In 2010, Harry produced and directed the documentary, The Big Uneasy, about the massive failure on the part of the government and the Army Corp of Engineers in the design of the levy system that was supposed to protect New Orleans.

The entire film is streaming for free this week on Vimeo. Watch it and learn what happened!

The Big Uneasy from Tom Roche on Vimeo.

I’ll see you back here tomorrow, radio or not!