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Podcast: In Praise of Labor
Episode #15-36 | airing 9-02-15

In celebration of Labor Day this week’s program dedicated to the American Labor Force. A recent Associated Press survey found 58% of American Adults approve of Labor Unions. This is the highest level since 2008 when 59% supported the establishment ...

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Folkfinds: Loran Otzer's Martello Tower (Joined by SPRuNG!)

Loran Otzer is a talented though humble Italian sing-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist equally enamored of country, pop, folk, bluegrass and Celtic music. His quirky lo-fi productions frequently call all those to mind, but filtered through the immediacy of Gilberto Gil (whom ...

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The Promise of the Sowing (Folk-Legacy Records)

Dan Schatz Shares The Promise of the Sowing

Preview of a new CD from Dan Schatz and WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for August 23, 2015 There are numerous songs that address the frailty of our environment. Numerous collections have gathered songs that point out the human impact upon our planet. Songs ...

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Podcast: The Tribute, pt 2
Episode #15-35 | airing 8-26-15

This week we complete our two week feature focusing on tribute recordings. We’ll hear tributes to Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. We’ll also pay tribute to the late John Martyn and John Stewart and finish up with a short ...

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Dan Dutton, Part 2 - Ballads of the Barefoot Mind

  A few weeks ago, artist, musician, composer, and all-around creative Kentuckian Dan Dutton was kind enough to speak with me in depth about his early years as student of the ballad tradition. He also related his experiences learning ballads and more ...

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Folkfinds: Gratton's Winter's Wisp

Kurt Plahna of Milwaukee records under the name Gratton and divides his efforts on Soundcloud between experimental music, remixes, and some of the prettiest fingerpicking compositions you'll find. He owes a clear debt to Kottke, Fahey and others, but manages ...

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Video of the Week

The wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks of a few weeks ago, followed closely by the Boko Haram slaughters in Nigeria, set our minds to thinking about the right musical response to the seemingly endless violence perpetrated in the name of religion. It strikes us that this is not solely the domain of Islamists who shame their own scripture by their violent misinterpretations of it's meaning ... but the result of ignorance meshed with the absolutism of fundamentalist thinking propelled by the corrupt power-driven politics of all such twisting of dogma. Holly Near hit the nail perfectly on its head in her song "I Ain't Afraid" (published in Sing Out! v.47#3), so we share this live performance of the anthem, with Holly joined by the terrific duo Emma's Revolution" and an inspired audience from Marblehead, Mass. If you really want to stop terrorism, start by not being afraid!