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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, Rachel Lucille Woodworth, Jade Jackson, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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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.

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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.

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September 25, 2017 09:52 AM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, Happy Autumn to you. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 238 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 Chair and Co-Founder of Fair Districts Pa. Carol Kuniholm. Carol is also Vice President of Government and Social Policy on the state board of the League of Woment Voters of Pennsylvania. Carol and I discuss the History of Gerrymandering, Its Definition, How it Is Perpetrated, Whether the Republicans or Democrats are the Bigger Abusers, The Bills to Stop Gerrymanderiing in Pennsylvania's Congress that she had a Hand in Crafting, How Gerrymandering Contradicts and Stymies the Intent of Democracy, and the Prospects for Our Future...

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

We have another piece titled "Flickers" beautifully crafted and wonderfully read by our Associate Producer and Resident Essayist Dr. Michael Pavese (a.k.a. Uncle Cesare.)

We have a poem called "Bar Room."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, LCD Soundsystem, Randy Newman, Garland Jeffreys, Erland Oye, Elise LeGrow, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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September 18, 2017 01:09 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, I hope all is well. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 237 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, and our resident historian Serf Wiliam. We discuss the Foundation Myths of the U.S. Slavery & Economics, Confederate Statutes, the Flaws of our Founding Fathers, Factory Work, War, Capitalism, Ronald Reagan, Millenials, Fighting the Good Fight & Staying Positive.

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

We have a poem called "Harry Dean."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Harry Dean Stanton, the English Beat, Yo Le Tango, Hop Along, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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September 13, 2017 08:17 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, We are BACK from our traditional August break to start a new season of quality radio programs. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 236 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 acclaimed essayist Timothy Kreider. Tim writes for the New York Times, The New Yorker, al Jazeera, The Week, the Men's Journal. He is thought of as one of this country's great essayists, compared to David Sedaris and David Foster Wallace. Tim is also an acclaimed cartoonist, best known for his work titled "The Pain... When Will It End?" Simon & Shuster published his first book of essays several years back titled "We Learn Nothing." The reviews were pretty wonderful. Tim just handed Simon & Shuster his second book of essays, a day before our conversation for this episode, due to be released on Valentine's Day. It is titled " I Wrote This Book Because I Love You" and has as its focus the romantic relationships he has experienced over the years.

Tim and I discuss being a cartoonist and an essayist. We discuss stories from both of his books, our human struggles, humor, love, the prospect of changing people, the past, present and future, proposing to an Icelandic burlesque dancer, and Bloody Marys. He shares an excerpt of an essay from his forthcoming book. It is a very good conversation...

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

We also share a wonderful piece from our resident essayist Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "Sylvia's Cuisine."

We have a poem called "Elegant."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Domenico Modugno, Ben Gibbard, Butch Walker, Billie Holiday, Harry Dean Stanton, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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September 04, 2017 10:39 AM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, We are BACK from our traditional August break to start a new season of quality radio programs. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 235 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure." Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

We initiate our return with long time regular contributor (and our resident sage) Almighty Todd. The Almighty and I discuss Mexican Bread in Houston, Labor Day, Unions, Robber Barrons, Drones, Societal Clash, Leaders (as oppossed to Elected Officals), a Decent Standard of Living, Ying Yang...

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

We also share an excerpt from Sinclair Lewis' great novel "Dodsworth."

We have a poem called "Bekons You."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Temptations, Gil Scott Heron, Eric Bachmann, Okay Paddy, Neko Case,Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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August 03, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs, it's just about time for our August break but first... We have for your listening pleasure Episode 234 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

We feature a conversation with acclaimed poet, professor and publisher Philip Brady. We delve into these areas - When He Knew He Was a Poet, Inventing Words, Learning Poems By Heart, the Writing Process, Making and Remaking Your Mind, Yeats, Incredible Teachers, Peeling Away Layers of Distaste for Poetry, the Publishable Ones, Philip Shares One of His Pieces and Several of Those from His Favorite Writers, He Also Shares Some Insight for Writers the World Over...

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

We also share another poignant essay by Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "The Librarian."

We have a poem called "Porno Stunt."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Jimi Hendrix, Charles Bradley, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Cole Porter, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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July 17, 2017 12:36 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs... How about a conversation today with a Grammy Award winner? We have for your listening pleasure Episode 233 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure." Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

We feature a conversation with (Grammy Award Winner) Vince Giordano. Mr. Giordano is a sought after musician/arranger/band leader by the likes of filmmakers Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Sam Mendes, and the list goes on... We discuss his early years learning alongside Ira Gershwin, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and (once again) the list goes on. We talk about his archive of almost 67,000 arrangements and 37,000 pieces of sheet music preserving the history of American Jazz Standards. The movie scores he's crafted for The Aviator and Boardwalk Empire (Martin Scorsese), The Good Shepard (Robert DeNiro), Cafe Society (Woody Allen), Away We Go (Sam Mendes). We discuss the documentary recently released about his work called "Vince Giordano, There's a Future in the Past." We also discuss the significance of Jazz Standards as Part of U.S. culture. Vince Shares Some Words of Encouragement for Working Artists.

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

We also share a wonderful essay by Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "Tenderfoot."

We have a poem called "Prickly Pears."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Vince Giordano, Kat Edmondson, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, LA Philharmonc, Pino Daniele, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

Commercial Free, Community Radio at its Finest.
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July 10, 2017 07:14 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs...Happy July. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 232 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure". Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

We feature a conversation with author David Hicks. David and I discuss his critically acclaimed novel "White Plains", His Influences, Fatherhood, the Craft of Storytelling, the Importance of Reading and Writing to Society, and His Next Novel.

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

We also share a wonderful essay by Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "Tillie."

We have a poem called "Living."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Peter Gabriel, Peter Perret, Washed Out, Mink De Ville, Hugh Masekela, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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