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Black History Month
Episode #18-08 | airing 02-21-18

Here in the U.S., each February is devoted to the celebration the contributions that African Americans have made to society, art, science and culture. This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll join the celebration with music from Mavis ...

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops of Durham, NC pose at an old Plantation in their home town.

Triple Decker, Part 1
Episode #18-07 | airing 02-14-18

This week, we begin series of shows focusing on vocal and instrumental trios. We’ll hear songs fro The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Nightingale, The Jeremiahs, The Malvinas, The Wailin’ Jennys and many more. The series continues in two weeks! It’s a ...

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Love Songs
Episode #18-06 | airing 02-07-18

For this week’s show, we celebrate that special time when our thoughts turn to flowers, chocolates, romance and love: Valentine’s Day. We’ll hear songs that focus on the many kinds of love from Mare Wakefield & Nomad, Bill Staines, Leah ...

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Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, (screen capture from performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live)

One Day You'll Be Gone: If We Were Vampires -- CwD 12

This is the twelfth installment in our "Conversations with Death" sub-series. Introduction My spouse had cancer 14 years ago. She's fully recovered. I'm still not sure I am. When I think back over the complex set of interests and experiences that drew ...

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Contrasts, Pt. 2: Some Time in Canada
Episode #18-05 | airing 01-31-18

This week we complete our two-part feature “Contrast” with a trip to Canada … a big change from last week’s trip to the Tropics. We’ll hear music from Shawna Caspi, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Eve Goldberg, David Francey, and ...

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Contrasts, Pt. 1: A Trip to the Tropics
Episode #18-04 | airing 01-24-18

On this week’s program, we begin a two-part feature using “contrast” as a theme. For part one, we’ll take a “Trip to the Tropics.” It’s winter here in the northeast U.S., with frigid temperature and snow. As a respite, ...

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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.