11/10: This week we've got an amazing performance from Ruthie Foster at the 2010 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN. Ruthie is one of the absolute best in blues music today, her band is consistently stellar, and we're excited every time we have a chance to have her on the program. You don't want to miss this week!
Also this week, our guest artist is the late Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong bringing his country blues to the stage at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport Iowa.
Guest host, Scott Dirks, tells us about the Chicago blues.
11/07: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are sending our veterans home with wounds and obstacles not always clearly visible to the rest of the country. These two current wars also illuminate how veterans of previous eras are still trying to come home years after returning from war.
In this episode, State of the Re:Union explores how veterans are serving each other after they come back home from serving the country.
What is "Sacred Theater" and how can it inform your life? Peggy Rubin encourages us to view our lives from the perspective of a theatrical performance, incorporating many different characters, and audiences.
We are the primary actors in the play of our own lives. We do this through vocal and physical expression, changing our point of view, and confronting conflict, all in this precious moment of now, exactly as in the theatre. To learn more about the work of Peggy Rubin go to Sacred Theatre. Program #3369
11/12: In a new edition of Afropop's popular music-in-diaspora series, we catch up with a wide variety of US-based acts playing African music.
We hear stateside African hip hop from Blitz the Ambassador and Baja and The Dry-Eye Crew, R&B gone Ethiopian from Tommy T, Afropop meets indie rock from LA's Fools Gold, and the latest Mande rock from Toubab Krewe of Ashville, North Carolina.
Fri. 11/26: This year, you'll hear exclusive interviews and performances from Argentine roots reggae master Fidel Nadal, Panama youngbloods Los Rakas, Miami cumbianeros Locos Por Juana, and analog Afrobeat innovator Chico Mann, and plenty of others.
11/19: Incidents of cross-cultural communications and experiences can often be perplexing, mind-altering, and humorous. In our attempts to understand each other, accommodate and respect differences, sometimes we're taken into unimaginable situations. Listen to the accounts of Forest Carter, Thayer Carter, Pierre Delattre and Judy Goldberg as we cross the cultural divide.
Back Roads Radio is produced by Viewpoint Productions and hosted by Judy Goldberg.
11/19: Every year a unique gathering of some 3,000 delegates from around the world converge at WOMEX for four non-stop days and nights of music from around the world. Your trusty Afropop guides will be amongst them and bring back live concert recordings, intimate studio sessions and interviews.
Sat. 11/27: It is hard to let go of things. So much so, that in the U.S. we spend more than twenty billion dollars a year on self-storage units. Besides dealing with our own stuff, many of us are finding we also have to deal with our parents' and grandparents' stuff as they pass on.
John Francis of Planetwalk Foundation has his own way of doing things. And his methods-not uttering a sound, for instance-make for powerful communication.
Decades ago, prompted by an oil spill in San Francisco Bay and a subsequent vow to give up riding in motor vehicles, he stepped out on a walk. He kept on walking for the next 22 years. Wherever he went, he carried a message of respect for the Earth ? silently for 17 of those years. Today, his Planetwalk foundation consults on sustainable development and works with educational groups to teach kids about the environment.
Wed. 11/24: Tune in for a live show from Dickie Betts, one of the most heralded guitarist in the history of rock music.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1995 alongside his bandmates in The Allman Brothers Band, Betts has continued to push his musical boundaries with his unique fusion of blues, jazz, and country, building on his Southern Rock roots -- a genre he helped to create. We caught up with Dickie Betts at the New York State Blues Festival in Syracuse, New York.
11/17: Chubby Carrier is the king of Zydeco music. He comes from a long line of Zydeco/Cajun folk musicians -- his father, grandfather, and all of his brothers were musicians. We caught up with Chubby at the 2010 Pittsburgh Blues Festival and we're glad we did. He brought the house down in one of the most electrifying live shows we've ever seen. Don't miss BSC this week!
Also this week, we've got the Queen of Beale Street, Ruby Wilson, live at Blues at The Moon in Philadelphia, Mississippi. And Guest Host, Scott Dirks tells us about Chicago Blues.
Fri. 11/5 - This exclusive live performance by two bright Algerian stars is an Afropop archive favorite.
Every once in a while we like to dig into the Afropop archive of our exclusive live recordings and play one of our favorites for you. This is one, featuring the rai singing stars Chaba Fadela and Cheb Sahraoui live at SOB's in New York City in the early 1990's. The singing is out of this world, the North Africans in the crowd are ecstatic and the band is smoking.
11/25: This program examines historic changes in New Mexico farming and its implications for the future economy and identity of the region.
Hear from farmers, farmworkers, researchers, state agriculture officials and others on issues of mechanization, farmworker displacement, immigration, the North American Free Trade Agreement and globalization, and localization, as well as the controversy over genetically-modified chile.
This program is part of an occasional series that examines key trends the state in the run up to the 100th anniversary of New Mexico statehood.
Wed. 11/3 - The kids at Colonial Middle School were in for a real treat on the last day of school, as Beale Street Caravan brought in the Kirk Smithart Trio as part of Art Memphis's Music in the Schools program.
When he's not on the road touring with the Hill Country Revue, you can find Kirk Smithart playing with his power trio consisting of Zach Farley on bass, and "Hot" Cleveland on drums. They're one of the best shows in town featuring smart songwriting, monster musicianship, and Smithart's powerful and soulful singing voice.
Austin is a town wrestling with its identity, not as a result of a natural disaster or economic meltdown, but rather its success.
Austin's population has spiked and so have its economic advantages, but many residents worry that the development and growth might jeopardize the city's unique countercultural feel. SOTRU explores the balance of culture and success in the Texas capital.
What enables us to see a situation from an entirely different perspective? How might we step outside our tightly held beliefs to view conflict and adversity with deeper insight?
Join us on Back Roads Radio as we hear grandmother and granddaughter, Helenty Homans and Teresa Davis, recall their recent trip with the Inter-faith Peace Builders to witness the West Bank and Israel. Back Roads Radio is hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg and a production of Viewpoint Productions.
Albuquerque, NM – On a date that only comes once a century, events around New Mexico and the nation will draw attention to what many consider the problem of the century. 10-10-10 events are set for this Sunday, October 10th to focus on fighting climate change.
Albuquerque, NM – In this week's Business Report, we'll hear why some solar businesses are busy and who's missing out on federal funding for rural development in New Mexico. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter for the New Mexico Business Weekly.
Albuquerque, NM – There's yet another wrinkle in the story of this year's race for New Mexico Secretary of State.
Today's Santa Fe New Mexican reports that incumbent Secretary Mary Herrera, a Democrat, asked a Republican employee in her office to intervene in the state GOP effort to find someone to run against her.
Albuquerque, NM – I have never seen a less promising premise than for a film about the founding of Facebook. I mean, this would have to be a movie about nerds, right? Sort of like a movie about watching worms mate?