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One life-changing summer. Charlie meets Fran…
Soft voices from decker. and Heidi Lynne Gluck to the jazzy sounds of The California Honeydrops and Lettuce to the trad-jams of moe. and String Cheese Incident.
A compelling portrait of youth, love, and a lost era of New York.
New music by The New Deal, RJD2, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Medeski, Martin & Wood take us out with an end of the world party, (you know…. just in case).
One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020.
First time plays by New Monsoon and Twiddle for me. Classic CRB and moe. and some Texas and Laurel Canyon sounds with Stu Larsen, Saint James Band, and Field Division.
‘Members Only’ follows an Indian-American college professor through one week, as he’s chastised for being racist by his all-white tennis club following a major misstep with an African-American potential new member, and denounced as a reverse racist by a group of conservative students
Achilles Wheel and Cascade Crescendo help dry the sweat. Longriver and Dangermuffin slow our breathing. The Freeway Revival makes us think, and Karl Denson drives us home.
A fascinating historical story set at the 1936 Olympic Games, based on true history of the members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and exploring still-relevant themes of patriotism, athleticism, and equality.
Great keyboards in today’s show with Clayton Doley and Great American Taxi. Some words from Seth Walker that got me thinking. And 23 minutes of jamming with The Breakfast.
The inspirational story of one woman learning to surf and creating a new life in gritty, eccentric Rockaway Beach.
Acoustic sounds from moe., Dangermuffin, Buddhafly, Railroad Earth, and Marvelous Funkshun. But before we get to that, a great recent release from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicks the whole thing off.
The book on everyone’s mind this week, “The Room Where It Happened.” No, I don’t have Former National Security Advisor on the phone or in the studio, unfortunately, but I do offer some thoughts on the President, the upcoming election, freedom, and democracy.
Paying homage to the birth of jamming — the African Drum Circle — today’s episode features music by Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, homage Mapfumo, and many other great African musicians.
In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Baldacci, hero Tom Locke, introduced in ‘Shadow War’ and ‘Deep Black’, must stop traitors and ruthless mercenaries working together to overthrow the president.
There is no common thread, no glue that bonds, no theme. This episode is music we need to hear right now, including Dangermuffin, Widespread Panic, Bedouin Soundclash, Karl Denson, Doug Tuttle, Seth Walker, plus more.
A compelling and indelible story set in small town America that examines the burden of guilt, the bitter price of forgiveness, and the debts we owe our dead, both recent and distant.
I play Ryan Montbleau for the first time on my episodes of Jam Session, and today I pontificate on the meaning of hearing Live music, with all the crowd noises and mic checks and improvisations, in face of all the ‘artist-alone-Live’ shows we’ve been taking in. Live tracks from ALO, Railroad Earth, CRB, plus some other studio gems.
James Joyce was her father. Samuel Beckett was her lover. This is her story.
It’s an eclectic show to say the least. But there is new music from Seth Walker, RJD2, The New Deal, and Upstate.
Jeffrey Round is back on Book Talk to talk about the Toronto publishing scene, a real serial killer in Toronto’s gay community, and Book 7 of his Dan Sharp Mysteries.
Music from The California Honeydrops, Leon Bridges, Son Little, The Motet, Achilles Wheel and Keller Williams + so much more. It’s a kitchen dance party in Harlem.
Christopher Moore’s hilarious retelling of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Two tracks by ALO; a nice long tracks by Perpetual Groove and some feel good, trippy guitar solos by Big Something, Dangermuffin, and Railroad Earth.
Jam Band vanguards like CRB, SCI, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule and music that bounces around Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas.
A Harvard grad seeks a mate in a cult that forbids monogamy. To pursue love on her own terms, she must brave exile and learn self-trust.
Music by The New Deal, Lotus, Joss Jaffe, American Babies, MMW, and MMB. It’s a 21st Century, Star-WarsTM inspired episode of Jam Session.
A rising New York Times reporter tells the compelling story of The Compton Cowboys, a group of African-American men and women who defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of black cowboys in the heart of one of America’s most notorious cities.
Classic SCI. Live CRB. Funk from Asheville, North Carolina and Colorado, and the eclectic sounds of Garaj Mahal.
Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me is Bloom’s story-the strange tale of a scientific expedition into the dark underbelly of science and fame where new myths and movements are made.
Music celebrating weed and getting high. Great tracks by Cousin Fungus, 10 Ft. Ganja, Slightly Stoopid and Das Funk Haus. Some country by Grayson Capps and some Blues by the Ghost Town Blues Band.
Trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own… This week on Book Talk we hear from Alka Joshi about her debut novel ‘The Henna Artist.’
This week we try to stay focused on some great singer-songwriters who live in the tradition of Americana, Country and Bluegrass, and put an emphasis on the power of words and whose voices we can’t forget. In remembrance of John Prine, 10.10.1946 — 04.07.2020.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series, the Carve the Mark duology, Chosen Ones and various short stories.
I play Road Man for the first time, get a Reggae theme to kick things off with Bumpin’ Uglies, Buddahfly and SS. Funk it up with Tomatoband. And ponder on lyrics with Dangermuffin and Fruits Bats. CRB brings it on home.
The moving new novel by the author of ‘Harmless Like You,’ a ‘New York Times Book Review’ Editors’ Choice and NPR Great Read.
Brand new music from CATS plus some Pigeon Town, live Skerik, SPAGA, JM and MMB.
Rebel, seeker, traveler, observer, vagabond, writer. Jim Christy has been called all these things and more. Inspired at age twelve after reading Jack Kerouac’s On The Road one summer while running wild in the streets of a tough Philadelphia neighborhood, Christy began his life-long habit of following the wind.
Early tracks from Broken Social Scene, The Motet and Gov’t Mule plus some classic jams from String Cheese and Papadosio. It’s an episode that hopefully helps you forget about everything for an hour.
New music from Mapache, great organ sounds from MMB plus mandolin from Leftover Salmon and African drumbeats from Achilles Wheel.
From New York Times finance editor David Enrich, a searing exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, revealing its shadowy ties to Donald Trump, Putin’s Russia, and Nazi Germany.
This ep is composed of Jams that are seven minutes or longer. Only leaves me room to play six tracks. But why end a jam when it’s jus so damn good.
New music from sibling duo Jocelyn & Chris Arndt and introducing the sounds of Johnny In The Basement and tomatoband.
From the author of ‘A Place at the Table’ and ‘A Soft Place to Land’ comes an intense, complex, and wholly immersive multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the secrets they bequeath to their daughters.
New music by CATS and WhiteWater Ramble leads us to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, The Motet, Leif Erikson, Misty Mountain Sting Band, Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon and moe. It’s amazing how’s its all connected, idn’t it?
In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she “had become a woman haunted by the dead.” Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family’s history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina.
New live cuts from Howlin’ Rain and Kingsley Durant. The Breakfast is on for the first time since I took over. And a phenomenal opening track by CBH.
The compelling story of seven women and one man at the heart of a sit-in protesting decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at Swarthmore College and demanding a Black Studies curriculum.
New music from PPP, a nice reggae-jam that makes me wish I was in California, and some upbeat, happy, sounds from NY, NJ, MD and IL.
New music from Kingsley Durant and SixFoxWhiskey plus a lot of attention to organ jammin’.
Writing from a historical perspective, ‘Delivered by Midwives’ dives into the rich and complex narrative of black midwives in the twentieth century south.
New music from Umphrey’s McGee and we dive into the consciousness of Bonny Done, Strand of Oaks, American Babies and The Good Graces.
Five must-read books on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
New Wood Brothers and new Moon Hooch as they both start tours to support new albums released Jan 10. And I replay for you some new, old music I discovered this week by Railroad Earth and Keller Williams (plus a lot more).
A look back at the last ten years of books, publishing, literature and of course, my show.
It’s a calming episode with Joe Russo, La Strada, Robert Earl Thomas, Burnell Pines and Purple Mountains.
A psychology professor encounters a teenage girl who exists as multiple incarnations, each living in a separate reality.
New music from Umphrey’s McGee with some fresh sounds for 2020 Jams from American Babies, Daemon Chili, Karl Denson and Joss Jaffe.
One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown–if only he could remember it.

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