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January 3, 1998

From The Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Omar Sosa and John Santos, featuring music from their latest recordings "Nfume - For the Unseen" and "Omar Omar".
  • Monologist Spalding Gray.
  • Slack guitar music from George Kuo, Martin Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, and David Kamakahi.
  • Pianist Daniell Revenaugh.
  • Kevin Kelly, editor of "Wired".
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill

February 07th

From the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • The King's Singers, performing selections from their "Spirit Voices" and "Madrigal Mystery Tour".
  • Guitarist Peppino D'Agostino, performing selections from his "Venus Over Venice" and "Close to the Heart" recordings..
  • Jeffery Masson, author of "Dogs Never Lie About Love", "When Elephants Weep", and "Against Therapy".
  • Blues singer Woody Mann, performing selections from his "Heading Uptown" recording.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill

February 21st

From The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, deaturing music from his latest recording "Little Ship".
  • Dean Koontz, author of "Fear Nothng" and "Intensity".
  • Dmitri and Ivan of The Flying Karamazov Brothers.
  • Ian McEwan, author of "Enduring Love", "The Innocent", and "Black Dogs".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill

March 21st

From the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott, featuring songs from his recording "Friends of Mind".
  • Nuala O'Faolain, author of "Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman".
  • Singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott, featuring songs from her recording "Climb".
  • Gail Tsukiyama, author of "Night of Many Dreams".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

March 28th

From the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Joe Quirk, author of "The Ultimate Rush".
  • Rigo Star, jazz guitarist.
  • Edward Ball, author of "Slaves in the Family".
  • Guitarists Steve Erquiaga and Antonio Calegero.
  • Klezmer mutations from Kavka.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill

April 04th

From the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir.
  • Oud master, Hamza el Din.
  • Bart Schneider, author of "Blue Bossa".
  • Performance troupe, Culture Clash.
  • Karen Elisabeth Gordon, author of "Torn Wings and Faux Pas".
  • A view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

April 11th

From the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Isabel Allende, author of "Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses".
  • Charles Corn, author of "The Scents of Eden: A Narrative of the Spice Trade".
  • Ledward Ka'apana, slack key guitar virtuoso.
  • Paniolos, Hawaiian musical cowboys.
  • Sedge draws out the taciturn Anne Lamott.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

May 16th

From the Exploratorium which you can hear here. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! , as well as a RealVideo stream  at the Exploratorium's WEB site.

  • Nik Phelps and The Sprocket Ensemble, exploring ideas in animation with live jazz.
  • Ved Mehta, memoirist and contributor to the New Yorker.
  • A cappella by SoVoSó.
  • Paul Doherty, Exploratorium Senior Scientist.
  • Roxanne Swentzell, Pueblo traditional sculptor.
  • The Bad Girls of Science, exploring gender issues.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Mike Greensill, as the house piano player.

May 23rd

From the Exploratorium which you can hear here. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! , as well as a RealVideo stream  at the Exploratorium's WEB site.

  • Alison Gopnik, discussing childhood memories.
  • Art Shimamura, discussing aging memories.
  • Didgeridoo master Stephen Kent.
  • Josh Kornbluth, as Ben Franklin.
  • The Unnamed Quartet, remembering music by Puccini..
  • Mike Greensill, as the house piano player.

May 30th

From The Redwood Room in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

June 06th

From the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • The highest-paid poet (by the line) in the world, humorist Calvin Trillin, author of "Family Man".
  • Actor Joe Morton, the brother from outer space.
  • Geneen Roth, author of "When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair".
  • Czech bluegrass band Druha Trava, featuring their latest recordings "Revival" and "Starodavny Svet".
  • Pianist Omar Sosa and percussionist John Santos, featuring their latest recording "Nfumbe - For The Unseen".
  • Hyperventilation by Josh Kornbluth.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

June 13th

From the Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Mare Winningham and her band, whose current CD is "Lonesomers".
  • Surrealist Nicholas Baker, author of "The Everlasting Story of Nory".
  • A cappella from The House Jacks.
  • Storyteller Peter Beagle, author of "The Last Unicorn" and "The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche".
  • Josh Kornbluth, as Ben Franklin.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

June 20th

From the Freight and Salvage Coffehouse in Berkeley. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • David Sedaris, author of "Naked" and "The Santa Land Diaries".
  • Roy Blount Jr., author of "Be Sweet", "Camels Are Easy", and "Comedy's Hard".
  • Singer-songwriter Joe Ely and his Band, whose current CD is "Twistin' in the Wind".
  • Guitarist Henri Dikongué with Manual Wadji on percussion.
  • Privite eye Jason Wechter, with clues for The Great San Francisco Treasure Hunt.
  • Josh Kornbluth, as Ben Franklin.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

July 04th

From the SkyDeck at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Box Set, San Francisco's original acoustic rock duo.
  • Jeff Greenwald, author of "The Size of the World" and "Shopping for Buddhas".
  • James Lee Burke, author of "Cadillac Jukebox", and "Black Cheery Blues".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Hyperventilation by Josh Kornbluth.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

July 18th (recorded in Dawson City July 15th)

From the Palace Grand Theater in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. .

  • Bruce Cockburn, great Canadian singer-songwriter.
  • Private eye John Straley, author of "Death and the Language of Happiness".
  • Lenny and the Lapstrakes, acoustic folk out of Whitehorse, YT.
  • Steve Taylor, chief of Tron'dek Hwech'in, Han Nation.
  • Historian Michael Gates.
  • Aedes Sheer, rogue veterinarian.
  • Annie Avery as the house pianist.

July 25th (recorded July 17th in Skagway)

Live show from the Gold Pan Theater in Skagway, Alaska. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • The Black Irish Band sings songs from the top of the goldrush pops.
  • Jeff Brady, publisher of Skagway News.
  • Columnist Heather Lende.
  • Richard Dick, Tlingit story teller and carver.
  • Singer/songwriter, Eric Allen.
  • Chris Ishee as the house pianist.

AUGUST 1st (recorded July 20th in Whitehorse)

Live show from the T&M Hotel in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. .

  • Yukon News gardening columnist John Harmon.
  • Ottowa singer/songwriter, Lynn Miles.
  • Grandma Suzy, Tlingit stand-up comic. (Portrayed by Sharon Shorty)
  • Matthew Lien, activist and songwriter (The Caribou Commons Project).
  • Peter Long, editor of "The Whole Lost Moose Catalog".
  • Jim Robb, collector of individuality, author of "The Colourful 5%".
  • Jay Burr as the house tuba player.

AUGUST 8th (recorded July 24th in Skagway)

Live show from the Gold Pan Theater in Skagway, Alaska. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Kim Rogers, singer/songwriter from Whitehorse. Her current CD is Canyon City.
  • Maynard Egan, Inupik explorer of culture.
  • Buckwheat Donahue, howler, folk singer, and Skagway fixture.
  • Cynde Adams, Dyea to Dawson competitor and adventurer.
  • Nancy Nash, classical pianist.
  • Chris Ishee, as the house pianist.

AUGUST 15th (recorded July 25th on the train)

From aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway enroute from Skagway to Bennett. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Railroad man J.D. True, author of "It Happened On The White Pass".
  • Railroad songs from Steve Hites.
  • Cynthia Brackett Driscoll, author of "One Woman's Gold Rush".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • The Train Band, featuring Len Feldman on concertina, and Tom Haywood on fiddle.
  • Locomotive #73, as the house train.

AUGUST 22nd (recorded August 1st in Skagway)

Live show from the Gold Pan Theater in Skagway, Alaska..

  • imogen Heap, pianist/singer evoking the passion of luminaries such as Patti Smth and Kate Bush.
  • Stuart Cohen, author of "Invisible World".
  • The Reverend Neil Down, blues band.
  • Debbie Sanders, National Park Service Curator.
  • Chris Ishee, as the house pianist.

AUGUST 29th (recorded August 3rd in Haines)

Live show from the Chilkat Center, Haines, Alaska, in conjunction with the Native People's Festival. .

  • Jerry Alfred, Selkirk First Nation rock fusion from Whitehorse.
  • Bunny Swan, Athabascan singer/songwriter.
  • Wayne Price, Tlingit master carver.
  • Nora Marks Dauenhauser, Tlingit poet.
  • Gei Sun Dancers, Tlingit elders.
  • Students from the Chilkoot Culture Camp.
  • Nancy Nash, as the pianist.

SEPTEMBER 5th (recorded August 5th)

Live show from the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, Alaska. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Pianist/Guitarist George Winston.
  • Author and columnist, Heather Lende.
  • The Photon Band, new wave bluegrass.
  • Lunchmeat and the Pimentos.
  • Margaret Piggott, author, kayaker, and physical therapist.
  • Nick Jans, author of "Last Light Breaking" and "A Place Beyond".
  • Bassist Dave Riemer.
  • Nancy Nash, as the pianist.

see DECEMBER 24th (recorded August 07th)

Live to tape special Christmas show recorded at the Red Onion bar and brothel in Skagway, Alaska. .

  • Buckwheat Donahue.
  • Author and columnist, Heather Lende.
  • Paul Lukas.
  • Bad Backs.
  • Carol Olivia.
  • Jan Wrentmore.
  • Other surprise guests.

SEPTEMBER 12th (recorded August 08th)

Live show from the Gold Pan Theater in Skagway, Alaska. .

  • Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan.
  • Folksinger Buddy Tabor.
  • Writer and poet, Sheila Nickerson.
  • Dave Smith, author, naturalist, and bear specialist.
  • Columnist Heather Lende.
  • Cellist Dave Austin, playing the music of Charlie Chaplin with Donna Austin on piano.
  • Canadian country western singers, Art Johns and Kevin Barr.
  • Chris Ishee, as the house pianist.

SEPTEMBER 19th (recorded August 9th)

Live show on board the M/V Malaspina ferry, en route from Haines, Alaska to Juneau, Alaska. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • African Rain, a drumming ensemble.
  • Folksinger Buddy Tabor.
  • Singer-songwriter Burl Sheldon.
  • Columnist Heather Lende.
  • Singer-songwriter Lesley Rostron of The Truffles.
  • Captain Bob Doll, chief of the Alaska Marine Highway System.
  • Captain Mark Sundt, of the M/V Malaspina.
  • Nancy Nash, as the ship's pianist.

October 03rd

From the Exploratorium which you can hear here., as well as a RealVideo stream  at the Exploratorium's WEB site.

  • Ethan Canin, author of "For Kings and Planets".
  • Exploratorium artist Brenda Hutchinson.
  • Michael Dibdin, author of the Aurelio Zen mysteries.
  • Cajun accordion dynamo Geno Delafose.
  • Singer-songwriter Deborah Pardes.
  • Paula West, singing the standards.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Mike Greensill, as the house piano player.

October 10th

From the Exploratorium which you can hear here. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! , as well as a RealVideo stream  from the Exploratorium's WEB site.

  • Singer-songwriter John Gorka.
  • Bert Grant, founder of Grant's Brewery and author of "The Ale Master".
  • A cappella by SoVoSó.
  • Michael Köepf, author of "The Fisherman's Son".
  • Singer-songwriter Deborah Pardes.
  • From the Exploratorium, Melissa Alexander.
  • A view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

October 17th

Live show from The Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Walter Mosley, author of "The Blue Light" and "Devil in a Blue Dress".
  • James Houston, author of "The Last Paradise" and "In the Ring of Fire".
  • Music from Red Meat, featuring their latest recording "Meet Red Meat".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

October 24th

From the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The Kiriyama Foundation Pacific Rim Book Prize were awarded during this broadcast. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! . A review of this event titled "Day in the life of Pacific grim" is posted on the SF Gate WEB site.

  • Gail Tsukiyama, author of "Night of Many Dreams: The Samurai's Garden", and Chair of the Kiriyama Jury.
  • Ruth Ozeki, author of "My Year of Meats".
  • Folk singer, Loudon Wainwright III.
  • Kerri Sakamoto, author of "The Electric Field".
  • Didgeridoo master Stephen Kent.
  • Ha Jin, author of "Under the Red Flag".
  • Yoko Woodson, Japanese Art Curator of the Asian Art Museum.
  • Drumming by the San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

October 31st

From Enrico's Sidewalk Café in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • The legendary Steve Allen, author of "Dumbth".
  • Tom Standage, author of "The Victorian Internet" about how the telegraph affected the culture of the times..
  • Brazilian guitarist Paolo Bellanati.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Gini Wilson, as the house pianist.

November 07th

From the Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Robert MacNeil, author of "Breaking News".
  • A cappella from The Nylons.
  • Jay McInerney, author of "Bright Lights, Big City".
  • Guitarist Danny Heines, with Michael Manring on bass.
  • Actor Malachy McCourt, author of "A Monk Swimming" about his life in New York in the fifties and sixties as an actor, bartender, alcoholic, and gold smuggler.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

November 14th

From the Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Singer and artist, Tony Bennett, author of "Good Life; The Autobiography Of Tony Bennett".
  • Adam Hochschild, author of "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa", about the Belgian plundering of the Congo in the 1880's.
  • Singer-songwriter Gunnar Madsen.
  • Peter Delacorte, author of "Time on My Hands", about traveling in time to change the future by derailing Ronald Reagan's acting career.
  • Mark Lanegan and his band.
  • The Chookasian Ensemble, performing Armenian folk music.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

November 21st

From the Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Marion Woodman, co-author of "The Maiden King".
  • Acoustic Guitar Summit, a group from Portland.
  • Wes "Scoop" Nisker, author of "Buddha's Nature: Evolution as a Practical Guide to Enlightenment".
  • Toas Pueblo percussionist Benito Concha, with Aztec flutist Matzalt Galindo.
  • Civic crusader Ellie Lammer.
  • A visit from Josh Kornbluth.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

November 28th

From the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • San Francisco chef Ron Siegel of Charles Nob Hill, who battled Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai in the "Lobster Confront".
  • A cappella from The Bobs.
  • Surfer Daniel Duane, author of "Looking for Mo".
  • Barry Humphries (a.k.a., Dame Edna Everage).
  • imogen Heap, pianist/singer evoking the passion of luminaries such as Patti Smth and Kate Bush.
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

December 05th

From the Exploratorium which you can hear here. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! , as well as a RealVideo stream  at the Exploratorium's WEB site.

December 12th

From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

December 19th

From the SkyDeck at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

December 26th

From the Florence Gould theater in The Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Thousand Acres" and "The All-True Travels And Adventures Of Lidie Newton".
  • The performance group Word For Word who will be performing excerpts from Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and Grace Paley's "The Loudest Voice".
  • Leslie Jonath, discussing food and celebrations.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill, with Ken Miller on bass.