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E.W. Conundrum's Troubadours and Raconteurs Podcast
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December 13, 2017 12:09 PM PST

Troubadours and Raconteurs, how about those U.S. Senate Republicans? A serious set of cowardly, duplicitous traitors to our better angels. You don't consider them the best thinkers and objective minded public servants we can muster, do you? Had to get that off my chest.. Nonetheless, we have for your listening pleasure Episode 248 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Hand Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

This week we debut and add a new segment to our repertoire. It is called Global Hobo with J.Q. Public. We talk with J.Q. as he sits in his humble abode in the South of France. J.Q. is a writer, musician, artist and vagabond...

J.Q. and I discuss a The Meaning of Hobo, His Journey from the U.S. to Southern France, Being an Ex-patriot or Not, the Relationship Between Being Terrified and Courageous, Time Versus Money, Ambition, Monetizing Art, Jordan Peterson, Unrewarded Talent, Living Hand to Mouth, Having a Calling, Richard the Lion Hearted...

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "December"

Our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese reads an excerpt from Franz Kafka's short story "Josephine the Singer."

We have a poem called "France."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Wreckless Eric, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Grimes, J. Q. Public, Joni Mitchell, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

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December 06, 2017 09:48 AM PST

Troubadours and Raconteurs, hope you had a thoughtful week. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 247 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is regular contributor writer, community activist, baker, candlestick maker Kitty Belle Burbank with her segment "Kitty Belle Do Tell."

Kitty and I discuss a Buddhist Parable about Having Problems, How No One Deserves Anything, Injustice, Sadness, Compassion, Our Angriest and Preposterous President, Zen Sickness, Behaving Rightly, A Girl Who Built a Door, and Fairy Doors In Trees at a County Park.

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "True Love"

Our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese reads an excerpt from essayist Seymore Krim's work piece titled "For My Brothers & Sisters in the Failure Business."

We have a poem called "Chestnut."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Kinks, the Specials, Margo Price, John Coates, Paul Thorn, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

Episode 247 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Heard all over the world.

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November 29, 2017 04:26 PM PST

Troubadours and Raconteurs, Are You Thankful? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 246 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure". Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is National Magazine Award winning writer John Marchese.

Jonn and I discuss How He Went from Musician to Writer, His Process, Being a Creative Journalist, His Two Critically Acclaimed Non-Fiction Books - "Renovations" and "The Violin." We delve into A Father and Son Reconnecting and The Ways of a Violin.

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Louie and Al"

We share another wonderfully crafted and beautifully read essay by our Associate Producer and Resident Essayist Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "The Globe."

We have a poem called "Chestnut."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Eileen Jewel, Joshua Bell & Vivaldi, Billie Holiday, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

Episode 246 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Heard all over the world.
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November 22, 2017 05:32 AM PST

Troubadours and Raconteurs, Are You Are A Marxist? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 245 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure". Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is our regular contributor and resident historian Serf William.

The Serf and I discuss Hannibal, the Punic Wars, Ancient Rome, How Marx is His Hero, Class Warfare, Guns, the NRA, Republican Cowards & Traitors, the Solar System, God & Free Will, Heaven & Hell, a Hunting Story that Questions the Serf's Manhood...

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Break on Through."

We share an excerpt from writer/activist Charlotte Lewis' essay titled "Checking Out of Life, Checking Myself In."

We have a poem called "Virtue."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Yo La Tengo, Michael Franti & Spearhead, James Maddock, Neko Case, Doris Day, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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November 06, 2017 03:46 PM PST

Troubadours and Raconteurs, Not In My Backyard? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 244 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Crafted In Northeastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is community activist and one of the leaders of the grass roots group Friends of Lackawanna, Patrick Clark.

Patrick and I discuss a Landfill in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Its Economic Effects, Its Effects On The Surrounding Community, How Big Should A Landfill Be Allowed to Grow ?, How Many Years Should It Be Allowed to Take In Trash?, the Physical and Psychological Health and Welfare of The Citizens Living in its Proximity, Who In a Community Has the Right To Question the Operation and Existence of a Landfill?, Grass Roots Power Versus Corporate Power, Personal and Organizational Challenges When Running a Grass Roots Effort, the Government As A Factor, the Court Room Arguments, How Grass Roots Action is Uniquely American, and Patrick Shares Some Insight for Those Poised to Get Involved in Some Community Activism.

This week's sixty minutes includes an E.W. Essay titled "Town Dump"

We share another wonderfully written essay by Uncle Cesare (aka Dr, Michael Pavese) titled "Chicken Legs."

We have a poem called "Stinks."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, LL Cool J, John Hartford, David Rawlings, Nicole Atkins, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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October 30, 2017 07:57 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, do you like wine, politics, Halloween, and donkeys as the autumn leaves color the sidewalks crisp with color? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 243 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is Almighty Todd our resident philosopher and wine aficionado.

The Almighty and I discuss, as he sits on the back porch of his farmhouse in Stockbridge Vermont, a Load of Lumber, Wine Season, Deirdre Heekin, Push Downs, With Wine the Truth, the Soulessness Republicans, Moving Down into the Darkness, How We Raise Boys in the U.S., How Aloofness Leads to the Inability to Recognize Humanity, Autumn, Halloween, and His Donkeys.

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Lemonade Stand."

We share a Trump I.Q Test prepared for the New Yorker Magazine by Broti Gupta and Rebecca Caplan.

We have a poem called "Halloweenie."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Aimee Mann, the Pretenders, Billy Bragg, Fats Domino, Sarah Jarosz, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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October 22, 2017 06:10 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, have you ever accosted a Northern Spotted Owl? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 242 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure"
Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is Michael Harris, Legal Director of the Wildlife Law Program at Friends of Animals in Denver, Colorado.

Attorney Harris and I discuss the Barred Owl Vs. the Northern Spotted Owl in the Pacific NorthWest, the History of Both Species of Owl, and Michael's Recent Argument in Front of the 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Court in Portland Oregon to Save the Barred Owl from Being Shotgunned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We also discuss Species Migration as a New Ecological Reality, Human Involvement in Species on Species Conflict, Climate Change, Old Growth Forests, the Migratory BIrd Treaty, the Endangered Species Act...

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Gin."

We share another poignant essay written and read by our Associate Producer and Resident Essayist Dr. Michael Pavese titled "The Copy Boy."

We have a poem called "Pussies."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Stevie Wonder, the Tragically Hip, One Eskimo, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

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October 16, 2017 01:21 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, I love Middle Eastern food, do you? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 241 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure"Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest coming off a stellar performance in Manhattan is regular contributor singer, songwriter and good friend Rachel Lucille Woodworth.

We discuss the Creative Process, Inspiration, Morning Music, Music as a Means of Time Travel, Displacement. Greek Day to Day Culture as Compared to that of the United States, Finding Melody, Negativity, What They Want You to Think, Who They Are, Connectedness, Mob Mentality, and Seeing the Big Picture among other things.

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Cowardice."

We share an excerpt from a short story by Franz Kafka titled "Description of a Struggle."

We have a poem called "Twisted Figs."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Ralph Stanley, Arlo Mckinley & the Lonesome Sound, LittleStarRun, Jade Jackson, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

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October 09, 2017 04:28 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, Do you know the whole story of Christopher Columbus? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 240 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is the incomparable, acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress and community activist Nellie McKay.

The New Yorker magazine has described Ms. McKay as “funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented.” They also referred to her stage performance as "Brilliantly Subversive."

Nellie has indulged an extended run in the award-winning off-Broadway hit "Old Hats" and has written three acclaimed musical biographies:
"I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham," - the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; "Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature" - an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson; and her latest, "A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton," - named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times.

She has released five full-length albums: "Get Away From Me," "Pretty Little Head", "Obligatory Villagers", her most recent "My Weekly Reader," and "Normal as Blueberry Pie" - a tribute to Doris Day that the New York Times called “among the killer overhauls of American standards”.

Nellie has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of "The Threepenny Opera" and has performed onscreen in the films "PS I Love You" and "Downtown Express."

She has also written the original music for the Rob Reiner film "Rumor Has It" and has contributed to the Emmy award winning documentary, "Gasland."

Nellie's music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie; and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

She has worked with David Byrne, Bob Dorough, Hilary Swank, Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, Geoff Emerick, Alanis Morisette, and BareNaked Ladies to name but a few...

Nellie's writing has appeared in The Onion, Interview magazine and The New York Times Book Review.

Nellie and I discuss Totalitarianism, the War State, Profit, Education, the Ideal Role of Artists in Society, Music, Who Owns the Media, Corporate Farms, Climate Change, Thoreau, Censorship, Our Two Party System, Trump, Obama, How Our Voices Are Beaten Out of Us at A Young Age, Organizing at a Local Level, and the Importance of Clean Socks.

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Courage."

We share another wonderful essay written and read by our associate producer and resident essayis Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare.)

We have a poem called "Creature."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Jimi Hendrix, Nellie McKay, Cannonball Adderley, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

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October 02, 2017 02:01 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, Happy October to you. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 239 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure"
crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania... Heard All Over The World.

This week's featured guest is long time contributor, artist, community activist, playwright Kitty Bell Burbank. Kitty Belle and I discuss Societal Shifts, Vietnam, Loss of Innocence, Freedom, Blind Patriotism, Black Lives Matter, Flaws of U.S. Media, "Fake" News, People Who Aren't As Important, Savage, Environmental Refugees, Her New Dystopian Play, How Art Helps with Anxiety...

This week's sixty minutes includes an EW Essay titled "Nirvana."

We share an excerpt from Thomas Pynchon's masterpiece novel "Gravity's Rainbow."

We have a poem called "Fringe."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Del Vikings. Built to Spill, Beth Orton, the Band, Charles Bradley, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest. Share this episode with whomever you choose.

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