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E.W. Conundrum's Troubadours and Raconteurs Podcast
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January 16, 2019 10:47 AM PST

"We Are But Mere Mortals..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 301 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 301 features a somewhat philosophical conversation with regular contributor Almighty Todd. The Almighty is our Resident Philosopher, a Farmer and Winemaker living in Stockbridge, Vermont.
Todd and I discuss Holiday Lights, Bodhisattvas, Keeping Yourself Together, Living an Examined Life, Clock Keeps on Ticking, Change, Jesuits, Indigenous Peoples, These Strange Days, Truth & Reconciliation, Fried Smelts with a Glass of Rose'...

Episode 301 also includes an EW Essay titled "Up Vine." We share a piece by Riane Konc written for the New Yorker Magazine titled "Bad News, Good News."
We have a poem called "Pretend."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Steely Dan, Middle Kids, Ryan Adam's, Frank Black, Antonio Vivaldi, Frederico Agostino, the Pretenders, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.
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January 09, 2019 09:41 AM PST

"Feminism is a Support Group for White Women..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 300 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 300 features a compelling conversation with regular contributor Nash Rose. Ms. Rose is a Comedic Writer & Comedian living in New York City.

Nash and I discuss Feminism, Impeachment, Millennial Mentality, Veganism, Black Lives, Comedy, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Political Correctness, Social Media, the New Year..

Episode 300 also includes an EW Essay titled "Twenty Nineteen." Our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese shares 3 pieces by A. A. Milne. We have a poem called "Sphinx."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, First Aid Kit, Tama Impala, Gabby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks, The Gypsy Hombres, Broadstrokes, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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January 02, 2019 11:36 AM PST

"There Is No Self, There Is Only Self..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 299 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 299 features an insightful conversation with regular contributor Kitty Belle Burbank. Ms. Burbank is a Writer, Activist, Baker & Candlestick Maker.
Kitty Belle and I discuss Family, Home, Identity, Being Independent, Being Alone, Parenting, Self, Change, Confidence, Derrida, Nietzsche, Cellular Memory, Power, Self-Oppression... and she shares an original poem titled "All You Want."

This episode also includes an EW Essay titled "Breathe." We share several excerpts from Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hhan's book titled"How to Sit."
We have a poem called "Crazy."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Beatles, Courtney Barnett, Mark Erelli, John Coltrane, Tyler Childers, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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December 26, 2018 02:57 PM PST

"Meryl Streep is the most confident person I have ever met..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 298 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 298 features a great conversation with NYC Actress and Writer Prudence Wright Holmes.
Prudence and I discuss Moving to NYC to Be An Actress, Working with Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, and the Coen Brothers. We also discuss a bit about Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Roger Ailes, Being Sexually Harassed While Dressed as Santa...

Episode 298 also includes an EW Essay titled "Root."
Our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese shares a piece titled " I am Waiting,"written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
We have a poem called "Happiness."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Four Freshmen, Phoebe Bridgers, TLC, Lyle Lovett & Katt Edmondson, Vince Guaraldi, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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December 19, 2018 12:50 PM PST

"Power attracts the worse in us and the worst among us..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 297 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure"

Episode 297 features a radical conversation with Writer, Musician, Cultural Critic, and Our Resident Global Hobo JQ. We have a conversation as he sits in his humble abode in the South of France

JQ and I discuss the NFL as a Living Metaphor for America, George H. W. Bush, Rewriting History, Hunter S. Thompson, Lord of the Rings, Power, Hopes & Predictions for the New Year...

Episode 297 also includes an EW Essay titled "Surprise." We share a piece titled "The Bush League,"written by Hunter S. Thompson.
We have a poem called "Shameless."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Velvet Underground, Susana Baca, JQ, Slothrust, Wilco, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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December 12, 2018 11:05 AM PST

"It's like the Reagan years have festered into a boil..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 296 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 296 features a great conversation with Writer, Actor, Theater Director, and Activist John Pivovarnick.

John and I discuss How He Developed a Love for Theater and Literature, Kurt Vonnegut, His Recently Published Novel "Tales From The Back of The Bus," Being Stoned via Hash Brownies on a Bus in Los Angeles, Parallels Between Reagan & Trump, Being Gay in the 1980s, Having His Congress People on Speed Dial...

Episode 296 also includes an EW Essay titled "Sore Throat." We share another wonderfully written and beautifully read essay by our Associate Producer & Resident Essayist Dr. Michael Pavese, titled "Bowling Night." We have a poem called "Grail."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Brett Newski, Courtney Barnett, 10cc, Mipso, Lou Rawls, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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December 05, 2018 05:17 PM PST

Hey babe your hair's all right, hey babe let's go out tonight... We have for your listening pleasure Episode 295 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 295 features a raucous conversation with regular contributor, our Resident Historian - Serf William. The serf and I discuss Capitalism, Xenophobia, Our Founding Fathers, Myths of the American Revolution, Being Indoctrinated with the Notion of American Exceptionalism, White Nationalists & Progressives, Blinded by Racism to Vote Against One's Own Self Interests, the Declaration of Independence, Hope's & Wishes...

This episode also includes an EW Essay titled "Brother Brian."
We share an excerpt from Howard Zinn's great work of history "A People's History of the U.S."
We have a poem called "Overstuffed."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, the Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Kirsty MaCool, Willie Nelson & Toots Hibbert, Death Cab for Cutie, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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November 28, 2018 12:49 PM PST

Simple Truths When Storytelling Resonate... We have for your listening pleasure Episode 294 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 294 features a compelling conversation with Author, Columnist, Singer, Teacher, Critic & Opera Lover Conrad L. Osborne.

Conrad talks with us as he sits in his Upper West Side Studio in Manhattan. We Discuss His Recently Published, Highly Acclaimed Book Titled "Opera as Opera, The State of the Art," the Artistic Predicament of Opera, the Lack of Verve in Contemporary Compositions, Parallels with the Challenges Jazz Faces Attracting New Artists & Fans, Postmodernist Philosophers' Distaste for Meta-narratives, Storytelling, the Future of Opera, Art & Humanity...

This episode includes an EW Essay titled "French Toast."
We share another finely crafted, beautifully read essay from our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese titled "Coaltown Cinema."
We have a poem called "A Note."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Rhett Miller, Amelita Galli - Curci, Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, Grandaddy, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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November 21, 2018 02:26 PM PST
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"The Tao of Mindfulness, Say What?"..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 293 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 293 features a conversation waxing beautifully with our Resident Philosopher Almighty Todd. The Almighty and I talk as he fosters a bonfire big on his farm in Stockbridge, Vermont. We discuss Steel Roofs, Calm, Peace of Mind, Taoism, Buddhism, Forest Bathing, Privilege, Enlightenment...

This episode also includes an EW Essay titled "Enlightenment." We share an excerpt from the "Tao of Pooh" and "How to Sit."
We have a poem called "My Mantra."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, The Wudang Academy, Elvis Costello, Marcus King, the Postal Service, the Talking Heads, Big Thief, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard.

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November 14, 2018 01:05 PM PST
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"If You Are Living the Path of Righteousness Everything is Going to Be Cool..." We have for your listening pleasure Episode 292 of "Troubadours and Raconteurs with E.W. Conundrum Demure."

Episode 292 features an insightful, poignant conversation with Delfeayo Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis is one of the great Jazz Composers, Producers and Players of the Famed Marsalis Family out of New Orleans. Delfeayo and I discuss his Family's Connection with Music, Jazz and U.S. History, Breaking Through Tyranny & Pain with Art, Turning Young People on to Jazz, How Trump is More of a Problem for White People, Genius & Courage, Love, Hope, Peace & Harmony, Righteousness, Mo Better Blues...

Episode 292 also includes an EW Essay titled "Mo Better Blues. "

We share another wonderful essay by our Associate Producer Dr. Michael Pavese (aka Uncle Cesare) titled "The Gallatin Street Girls."
We have a poem called "Tater Tot."

Our music this go round is provided by these wonderful artists: Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Ellis & Delfeayo Marsalis, Wye Oak, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, David Bowie, Tommy James & the Shondells, Branford Marsalis and Terrence Blanchard. Painting by Elaine Cummins.

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