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Program Information
 The Thunderbolt 
 Dont Freak Out! 2X
 Weekly Program
 106.5 KOWA (Olympia, WA)  
 For non-profit use only.
 Public Domain 
 No Advisories - program content screened and verified.
This week’s archive radio show — which originally aired on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day last year — tries to assure you that you shouldn’t freak out even though actually you should be totally freaking out.

Then we contemplate our ‘exceptional’ president who now claims an ’exceptional’ mandate if for no other reason than simply because he is so ‘exceptional’.

We then suggest that in spite of surface appearance, the Republican Party now resembles a dinosaur that — while still dangerous — is actually in the midst of its death throes.

Then we point out that ‘policy’ is not made on the news or even in the White House; ‘policy’ is determined in very secret rooms by some people that are themselves so secret that you almost certainly have never even heard of them.

You can find a directory of these people at

Next, we lament the heightened persecution of ‘alternative’ performance spaces in lieu of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland.

Then we end the News & Commentary section of this week’s show with a somewhat comedic story from our local history about how just before the Civil War, the United States and England almost went to war over a frigging pig.

Pig Wars? Only in the Thunderbolt! Listen at your own risk…
This is a production of Dancing Angel Media. There is also a written version of The Thunderbolt at

All of the segments in this week’s News & Commentary section originally aired on January 20th, 2017


Station ID

TB Intro
Music: Focus

Don’t Freak Out!
Music: American Inauguration Band — Jimmy Dore — Laurie Anderson — Trans-Siberian Orchestra — The Swingle Singers featuring Shlomo

Exceptional Privilege
Music: Blüe Öyster Cült (2X)

The Tardy Hearse
(Featuring the Toothless Old Grandpa)
Music: The Pine Box Boys

The Hidden Enemy
Music: Ludovico Einaudi

Station ID

Art Not
Music: Seikos Presents Hyper

The Pig War
Music: Jean-Luc Ponty — The Residents


Olympia Version:

Olympia Action Alert
Music: Mannheim Steamroller — LBE Fanfare Trumpeters

Disclaimer, Promo
Music: Jethro Tull — Focus

Seattle Version:

All the following music was written and performed by Kimya Dawson

Music Intro

Mare And The Bear

Miami Advice (Featuring Aesop Rock)

Driving Driving Driving

Credits, Disclaimer, & Promo
Music: Jethro Tull — Focus

 TB 180112 Don’t Freak Out! (2X) (Olympia Version) Download Program Podcast
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01:00:00 English 2018-01-11
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