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Podcast: Dulcimer Masters
Episode #17-42 | airing 10-18-17

This week we examine the dulcimer. The word dulcimer is derived from the Latin with the word dulce meaning sweet and melos meaning song. In folk circles today we think of the mountain dulcimer which is thought to be from Germany ...

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Podcast: My Viet Nam War Soundtrack
Episode #17-41 | airing 10-11-17

Many of you have watched the new documentary on The Viet Nam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It's a remarkable piece of work. I became much more aware politically and musically in the second half of the 1960s, ...

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Podcast: Honoring Woody
Episode #17-40 | airing 10-04-17

October 3, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Woody Guthrie. On this week's program we'll hear Woody along with some wonderful covers of his songs from Cisco Houston, James Talley, Anne Feeney and others. We'll also hear ...

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(photo credit: David Travis)

Might Have Drowned: The Swimming Song - CwD 11

We break at times from our regular fare of murder ballads for songs that confront mortality in other ways. Today’s discussion is the next installment in our “Conversations with Death” series. Special thanks to David Travis for his pictures in ...

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Podcast: A Fiddlers' Convention
Episode #17-39 | airing 09-27-17

In my area, September means a return to school, football season and many harvest festivals. For more than 30 years, my Septembers also mean another edition of our local fiddlers' convention in Lyons Station, PA. On this week's program we'll have ...

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Podcast: Wasn't That A Mighty Storm
Episode #17-38 | airing 09-20-17

It's amazing how lives can change in just a very short time. The two recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed vast areas on the mainland US and in the Caribbean. For this week's show, I've collected some music appropriate to ...

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Video of the Week

The great Irish singer, songwriter and activist Tommy Sands sent along a video to a powerful, new song that he says came to him by "mail and telepathy, from friends from across the sea ... still dreaming of what yet can be." What our "racist in chief" and his often selfish and always ignorant followers seem to not get, is that what makes America great is the stew of many flavors that comprise our citizenry, and our society's ability to forge strength from the distillation of the different strengths and experiences we bring together. We may be stuck with the stain of Trump's presidency for a while ... but it's time to rise up in song and to find the better angels of our nature.