Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live, San Francisco's Radio Show to the World!

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January 2nd, 1999

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! .

  • Monologist Spalding Gray, discussing his new monologue "Morning, Noon and Night".
  • Wes "Scoop" Nisker, author of "Buddha's Nature: Evolution as a Practical Guide to Enlightenment".
  • Samba Ngo plays a very infectious type of African Soukous music. His music has been described as "cosmic-jazz-funk-African-interstellar-rock" and he is well known for his magical connection with his audiences.
  • Liza Dalby, author of "Geisha".
  • Wendy Dewitt and Blue Saloon, a blues band from Marin county.
  • Sark, author of " The Bodacious Book of Succulence" and "Succulent Wild Woman".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

January 09th

5th Anniversary 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! .

January 23rd

The first of Sedge's renowned kitchen table shows. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

January 30th

A highlight show from Sedge's kitchen table, in conversation with Ian McEwan. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

February 20th

A highlight show from Sedge's kitchen table, in conversation with Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love". His current book is "Empress of the Splendor Season". Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

Sedge discussed the late Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya during the show. You may visit his website at http://www.alphacdc.com/banyacya/banyacya.html.

The show excerpts come from our show from February 01, 1997.

  • Surf music from Pollo del Mar, who later reminisced this appearance on their WEB site.
  • Tony Hillerman, author of "The Fallen Man".
  • Brassworks 4, featuring their current CD "A Christmas Palette".
  • Jim Paul, author of "The Rune Poem".
  • Martin Simpson, featuring his CD "Band of Angels".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

March 06th

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

  • Malachy McCourt, Irish raconteur, former barkeep, and author of "A Monk Swimming".
  • Brother, an Australian Celtic band.
  • Alan Gurganus, author of "The Last Living Confederate Widow Tells All" and his new book "Plays Well With Others".
  • David Wilcox, singer-songwriter and guitarist featuring his latest recording "Underneath".
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

March 13th

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

  • Robben Ford, blues guitarist with renowned jazz pianist Roger Kellaway and vocalist Anne Kerry Ford.
  • Wendy Lesser, author of "The Amateur: An Independent Life of Letters".
  • Opera director Peter Sellars.
  • Theatre in the Rough, from Juneau.
  • Michael Chabon, author of "The Mysteries of Pittsburg" and "Werewolves In Their Youth".
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

March 20th

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

  • Michael McClure, poet from the beat generation, continuing his long-time collaboration with legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on piano.
  • David Sedaris, commentator, periodic expatriate, and author of "Barrel Fever" and "Naked".
  • Glenn McKay, an artist who created the liquid light displays at concerts in the sixties.
  • Ruth Reichl, editor of "Gourmet" and author of "Tender At The Bone: Growing Up At The Table".
  • Susan Werner, singer-songwriter featuring her latest CD called "Time Between Trains".
  • David Ross - SFMOMA Director.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

April 03rd

From the Oakland Museum of California. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Sedge draws out the taciturn Anne Lamott, author of "Traveling Mercies", "Rosie", and "Bird by Bird".
  • Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir.
  • Smitty, a great east bay band, featuring their latest recording "Queen of the World".
  • Artists William Wiley and Mary Webster, creators of the "What Is Art For" show.
  • Dennis Power, the General Director of the Oakland Museum of California .
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • A view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble.
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

April 10th, 2001

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

  • Radio lunacy of the Firesign Theater.
  • The Nields Sisters, performing great folk rock.
  • Lael Morgan, author of "Good Time Girls of the Alaska Gold Rush".
  • Luis Bravo, creator and director of "Forever Tango", with musicians and dancers from the show.
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

April 17th

This was a special in-studio pledge-break show for our local affiliate KALW-FM. For true True Fiction Magazine fans, this pledge-break show is available as a .

  • True Fiction Magazine doing live radio improvisation to titles provided by people pledging during the show.
  • A view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble.

April 24th

This was a special in-studio pledge-break show for our local affiliate KALW-FM. This pledge-break show is available as a .

May 01st

Live beat show from The Skydeck, on top of Embarcadero One 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! .

  • Michael McClure, poet from the beat generation, with Rob Wasserman backing him up on the bass.
  • Joan Jeanrenaud, the cellist from the Kronos Quartet.
  • Larry Keenan, award-winning Bay Area photographer, and sculptor Amy Evans McClure, featured in the "Bad Company" retrospective art exhibit at The Skydeck.
  • Deborah Swisher, actor and storyteller currently performing her solo show "Hundreds of Sisters and One Big Brother".
  • A tribute to Duke Ellington, featuring Kathleen Perry and members of the David Hardiman San Francisco All Star Big Band.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

May 08th

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! .

  • Kiriyama Foundation Pacific Rim Book Prize winner Ruth Ozeki, author of "My Year of Meats".
  • Lizbeth Scott, singer-songwriter featuring her new recording "Sirens".
  • Mystery writer Ed Goldberg, author of "Dead Air" .
  • Selections from the musical revue "For Whom the Bridge Tolls" now playing at the Plush Room.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl, court jesters to the jet set.
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

May 15th

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! .

  • Blues harmonica legend, Charlie Musselwhite. His current release is "Continental Drifter".
  • The Bobs, a cappella legends worth singing about.
  • David Chadwick, author of "Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryo Suzuki".
  • Diane Highbridge is an Australian author whose book is called "In The Empire Of Dreams", a novel about the experiences of three anglo women living in Tokyo.
  • The Todalo Shakers, jug band music for the 90's, Their current release is "4th Street Messaround".
  • Gini Wilson as the house pianist.

May 29th

From Camp Curry, in Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park. This show commemorated the 100th year anniversary of Camp Curry. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Blues guitarist, Chris Smither.
  • David Curry & John Curry, grandsons of the founder of Camp Curry.
  • Pianist Tom Bopp, preserver of Yosemite's musical history.
  • Park Service Ranger Yvonne Granger.
  • Nic Fiore, renowned Yosemite ski instructor.
  • Gerry Bloch, who climbed El Capitan at age 81, and his guide Mike Corbett.
  • Songwriter, Harry "Mac" McMillen.
  • Noreen Ross as Mrs. Jillson, Yosemite stand-up from the 1920's.
  • Mother Curry's Irish Soda Bread recipe.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

June 05th

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! .

  • Music from Moxy Früvous. Their current recording is "Thornhill".
  • NPR commentator Bailey White, author of "Quite A Year For Plums" and "Mama Makes Up Her Mind".
  • Blues from The Tommy Castro Band, featuring music from their latest recording "Right as Rain".
  • Robert Girardi, author of "A Vaudeville of Devils", "Vaporetto 13", and "Madeleine's Ghost".
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

June 12th

From Sedge's kitchen table. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Malachy McCourt, author of "A Monk Swimming".
  • J.S.G. Boggs, the artist who draws his own money and then uses it to purchase things. He is the subject of Lawrence Weschler's new book.
  • Journalist, Lawrence Weschler, author of "Boggs: A Comedy of Values".
  • Chefs Lauren Lyle and Michael Wild, from the renowned Bay Wolf restaurant in Oakland.
  • A view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble.

June 26th

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

  • Theater director Peter Sellars.
  • The Nigerian Brothers, acoustic West African Highlife music.
  • Video artist Bill Viola.
  • The Merry Nibelungs, with selections from a 1904 burlesque operetta by Oscar Straus, a satire of the Ring Cycle.
  • SFMOMA museum director David Ross.
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee, discussing glaciers as an art medium.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill

July 8th

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! .

  • John Wesley Harding, the renowned singer-songwriter whose latest recording is "Trad Arr Jones".
  • Chilkat Valley News columnist, Christian Science Monitor writer, and public radio commentator, Heather Lende.
  • Dimitra Lavrakas, editor of the Skagway News.
  • Hyperventilation by Josh Kornbluth, an urbanite out of his habitat.
  • Chris Ishee, the hardest working man in Skagway showbiz and the Red Onion's house pianist.

July 9th

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! .

  • John Wesley Harding, the renowned singer-songwriter whose latest recording is "Trad Arr Jones".
  • Buckwheat Donahue, mountaineer, lover of poetry, and howler.
  • Hyperventilation by Josh Kornbluth.
  • Singer-songwriter Lahna Deering, guitar, with Andy Cremata, harmonica.
  • Jeff Brady, channelling Stroller White.
  • Chris Ishee, the hardest working man in Skagway showbiz and the Red Onion's house pianist.

July 10th

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

  • John Wesley Harding, the renowned singer-songwriter whose latest recording is "Trad Arr Jones".
  • Chief Andy Carvill, of the Carcross Tagish First Nation.
  • Hyperventilation by Josh Kornbluth, now feeling part of the food chain.
  • Canadian country western singers Art Johns and Kevin Barr (a.k.a., The Singing Grampas).
  • From the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, John E. Bush, Superintendent of Operations, Engineer Dave Hunz, Fireman Fred Beeks, and Conductor Brian Lafond, and Locomotive #73, as the house train.

July 13th

From in front of the Golden North Hotel in Skagway, Alaska. This show is available as a .

  • Hyperventilation by Josh Kornbluth, moderated by too many malts.
  • Steve Tada, violinist with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, with Dale Wygant on accordion.
  • Naturalist Richard Carstensen, who searches for monument trees in the Tongass National Forest.
  • Chilkat Valley News columnist, Christian Science Monitor writer, and public radio commentator, Heather Lende.
  • Michael Faubion, singer-songwriter from Bethel, Alaska.
  • The Tuesday jam session from the Red Onion, featuring musicians from cruise ships and Chris Ishee, the hardest working man in Skagway showbiz and the Red Onion's house pianist.
  • Plus visits from folks walking down Broadway, including Buckwheat Donahue, Jeff Brady, naturalists from the ship "The Yorktown Clipper", and tourists from far and near.

July 31st

From Sedge's kitchen table. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Tish Hinojosa, singer-songwriter whose latest album is called "Dreaming from the Labyrinth" which is Spanish is called "Sonar del Laberinto" and is released in both Spanish and English versions.
  • Sylvia Brownrigg, author of "The Metaphysical Touch, Pages for You, and Ten Women Who Shook The World".
  • Cara Black, author of "Murder in the Marais".

August 28th

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! .

September 10th

Live show from the National Park Service 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! .

  • Singer-songwriter and Litlith Fair performer Deborah Pardes, whose recordings include "Strange Tattoo" and "Live in Concert".
  • Interviews with runners participating in the 17th annual International Klondike Trail of '98 Road Relay, including Chilkat Valley News columnist, Christian Science Monitor writer, and public radio commentator, Heather Lende, Race Director Trevor Twardochleb, and Race Marshall John Spicer.
  • Whitehorse musicians Kendall Sullivan and Joe Bishop.
  • Whitehorse band This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

September 11th

Live show from the Chilkat Center 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! .

September 12th

Live show from the Mountain Market 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! .

  • Singer-songwriter and Litlith Fair performer Deborah Pardes, whose recordings include "Strange Tattoo" and "Live in Concert".
  • Private eye and mystery writer John Straley, essay contributor to "Book of the Tongass".
  • Haines writer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., essay contributor to "Book of the Tongass".
  • Mystery writer Slim Randalls, author of "Raven's Beard".
  • Mystery writer Sue Henry, author of "Deadfall".
  • Singer-songwriter Tom Begich, whose latest recording is "Hotel Metropol".
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Mitchell Holman, the bassist from music groups "It's a Beautiful Day" and "Zensnap".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.
  • Haines residents in search of good coffee.

September 13th

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! .

  • Birthday girl, singer-songwriter and Litlith Fair performer Deborah Pardes, whose recordings include "Strange Tattoo" and "Live in Concert".
  • Fairbanks writer Sherry Simpson, author of "The Way Winter Comes".
  • Juneau's Theatre in the Rough.
  • Whitehorse band This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Singer-songwriter Len Oslund.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Mitchell Holman, the bassist from music groups "It's a Beautiful Day" and "Zensnap".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

October 02nd

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

October 09th

Live show from Sedge's kitchen table. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Music from Trout Fishing in America.
  • Artist and dancer Remy Charlip, author of children's books "Sleepytime Rhyme" and "Peanut Butter Party", joined by Gus Hardy.
  • Gunnar Madsen, a former Bob with a new collection of children's songs called "Old Mr. Mackle Hackle".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee, discussing adolescence in nature and other topics.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

October 16th

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

October 23rd

Live show from The Asian Art Museum, featuring the awarding of the Kiriyama Foundation Pacific Rim Book Prize. This show is available as a .

  • Ch'ing-wen Cheng, author of "Three Legged Horse".
  • Troung Tran, author of "The Book Of Perceptions" (photographs by Chung Hoang Chuong).
  • Elizabeth Whelan Barber, author of "The Mummies of Urumchi" .
  • Andrew X. Pham, author of "Catfish And Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam".
  • Linda Spalding, co-author of "Riska: Memories of a Dayak Girlhood" by Riska Orpa.
  • The return of Moxy Früvous.
  • Krstina Yousa, the Asian Art Museun curator.
  • Musician Cui Zunzhi, playing the rare Chinese Konghou harp, as house harpist for the day.

November 06th

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

November 13th

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

November 20th

Live show from The Plush 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! .

December 04th

Live show from The Plush 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! .

December 11th

Live show 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! .

December 18th

Live show from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 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 25th

On Christmas morning we present our holiday classic "A Skagway Christmas" from the Red Onion recorded on August 07, 1998 during the first hour of the broadcast, followed by highlights of shows from Decembers past. Great radio to unwrap to! Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Buckwheat Donahue.
  • Paul Lukas.
  • John Wesley Harding.
  • Eileen Weiss.
  • New Century Chamber Orchestra.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Sedge draws out the taciturn Anne Lamott.
  • Other surprise guests.