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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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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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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 Women 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.

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

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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.

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

Episode 237 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" Heard all over the world.

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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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