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The Travel & Food Issue
Episode #17-47 | airing 11-22-17

This is the time of the year when we are overwhelmed with news magazine shows and periodicals featuring food and travel for the Holiday season. Why should we mess with a good thing? This week's show focuses on food and ...

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Native Tapestry
Episode #17-46 | airing 11-15-17

November has been designated Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate this week with a wide selection of music from various North American musicians. Included are great songs from Bill Miller, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joanne Shenandoah and Walela, and we include a ...

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Jon Langford: "Dancing with Death in the Dollar Dress" (multimedia, 2007) (permission of the artist: www.yarddog.com)

Full Moon, Dark Heart: Eddie Noack's Psycho

I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times. -- Robert Bloch, Psycho (1959) Just out of sight In the summer of 1968, a peculiar country and western song came and went to little fanfare on a small Nashville record ...

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West Virginia Musicians

Podcast: The Mountain State
Episode #17-44 | airing 11-01-17

I have just returned from West Virginia. It's my second home. I We attended the Augusta Heritage Center October Fiddler's Reunion an event encouraging friends to get together visit and play music before the arrival of the big snow. This ...

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Podcast: It's Scary Out There!
Episode #17-43 | airing 10-25-17

For this week's show, we celebrate the Halloween season with new and traditional songs and tunes that remind me of dark nights and magical happenings. You'll hear music from Sven Nyhus, The Young Tradition, Anne Hills, Edden Hammons, The ...

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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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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.