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E.W. Conundrum's Troubadours and Raconteurs Podcast
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June 28, 2017 02:38 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs... I've been in one of the best states in the union for the last few days (Vermont) spending time with our regular contributor Almighty Todd on his farm doing research for a future segment. I had a wonderful conversation earlier in the week with another of our regular contributors Kitty Belle Burbank that is featured on today's program.

We have for your listening pleasure Episode 231 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure" on radio. Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

Kitty Belle and I talk about Courage, Fear, Privilege, Shadows, The Brain in Your Stomach, Childhood, Why She Writes Plays, Summertime...

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

We also share a wonderful essay by Emma Rathbone titled "Before the Internet."

We have a poem called "Shadow."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Hop Along, Craig Finn, Mink De Ville, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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June 19, 2017 05:32 AM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs... It's getting hot up and down the line in this neck of the woods. I hope all is well for you and yours. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 230 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure". Crafted In North Eastern Pennsylvania, Heard All Over The World.

Our featured guest this week is Activist Poet, Charlotte. We talk about the White Pine Camp Resistance, Billions of Dollars, Neighbors and Family Members Struggling to Coexist, Water Resources, Livestock, the Strike of 1907 on Lackawanna & Spruce, and a Dystopian Dance Party in July.

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

We also share a wonderful essay by Hallie Cantor titled "The Writer's Process."

We have a poem called "Bob."

Our music this week is provided by these wonderful artists: Paul Pinto, Lucas Steele, Nick Choksi, Eddie Brickell and the New Bohemians, SlothRust, 10,000 Maniacs, Pearl Jam, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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June 05, 2017 05:35 PM PDT

Troubadours and Raconteurs... Happy June. We have for your listening pleasure Episode 229 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 Fulbright Scholar, Highly Acclaimed Musical Artist, Activist, Writer, Philosopher, and Impresario Todd Tongdee Lavelle. We discuss His Journey from Scranton Pennsylvania to Thailand, His Research of Medicinal Herbs, His Work with Political Refugees, War, Love, Death, Lies, Laughter, Hope, America's Fake Confidence, the Mekong River, Music and more.

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

We also share another poignant essay written and read by our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "Spinsters."

We share a poem called "Stellar Amica."

This week's music is provided by these wonderful artists: Paul Simon, The Allman Brothers, Todd Tongdee Lavelle, Patsy Cline, Lauryn Hill, Branford Marsalis, and Terrence Blanchard.

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

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