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January 6th, 2001

Live seventh anniversary show from the Plush Room

January 13

Live show from The Freight and Salvage Coffee House

January 20

Live show from the Plush Room, featuring an audience inauguration quiz. The Mike Greensill Trio, with Ken Miller on bass and Gary Foster on saxophone.

January 27

Live show from the The Way Things Work multimedia theater. 

February 03

Live show from the Plush Room.

Poet and playwright Michael McClure, with composer Terry Riley.

March 10

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! .

March 17

Live show from the The Way Things Work Multimedia Theater. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

March 24

Live show from the Plush Room in the York Hotel 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! .

March 31

Live show from the Plush Room in the York Hotel 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! .

  • A cappella from SoVoSó.
  • Acoustic guitarists Antonio Calogero and Peppino d'Agostino, featuring music from "Glimpse of Times Past" and "Venus Over Venus".
  • Cabaret singer Jacqui Naylor.
  • Hyperventilation by monologist and screenwriter Josh Kornbluth, back from the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Music from pianist Gini Wilson.

April 07

Live show from the Plush Room in the York Hotel 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! .

  • Tango No. 9 with J. Raoul Brody, piano, Catharine Clune, violin, Greg Stephens, trombone, & Odile Lavault, bandoneon.
  • Irish fiddler Kevin Burke.
  • 3-part harmony song about Dining and Lust from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Reginia Williams, author of "Eye to Eye: My Life as a Spy".
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Other surprise guests and audience true stories.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

April 14

Live show from the Plush Room in the York Hotel 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! .

April 21

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! .

May 05

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! .

May 12

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! .

May 19

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! .

  • Blues/gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring music from their recording "Spirit of the Century".
  • Ethan Canin, author of "Carry Me Across the Water".
  • Ariel Dorfman, author of "Blake Therapy - Terapia", "Death and the Maiden", "Heading South", and "Looking North: A Bilingual Journey".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

June 02

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

June 09

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

June 16

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

June 23

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! .

June 30

Live show from the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival in Laytonville. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

July 07

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

July 14

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! .

July 21

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! .

August 04

Live show from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the Ansel Adams retrospective. This show is available as a .

  • Bill Turnage of the Ansel Adams Foundation.
  • Animated short features with live musical accompaniment by Nik Phelps and The Sprocket Ensemble. Brooke Keesling's "Boobie Girl", done in the style of Rocky and Bulwinkle's fractured fairy tails, and narated by June Foray, just won the Student Academy Award for animation. Nina Paley's "Fetch" is about to be shown at the KROK Animation Festival in the Ukraine.
  • Bill Irwin, creator and star of ACT's "Fool Moon".
  • The Red Clay Ramblers, a bluegrass jug band bound to get your fingers snapping and heels tappin', also appearing in ACT's "Fool Moon.
  • A song from And They're Cops, featuring Merle Kessler and J. Raoul Brody.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl, who can be seen live at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg on August 25th.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

August 25

Live Kitchen Show from Chez Panisse. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

This show was underwritten in part by  "Delicato Vineyards"

  • Chef Alice Waters, along with the chefs and staff of Chez Panisse.
  • Marion Cunningham, author of the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook".
  • Dario Cecchini, world-class butcher from Panzano, Italy.
  • Faith Willinger, outspoken activist in the European slow food movement.
  • Tom Luddy, film producer, Berkeley resident, and cultural critic at large.
  • Corby Kummer, of Atlantic Monthly, who is one of most widely read and appreciated food writers in the country.
  • Peter Sellars, iconoclastic opera director and longtime Chez Panisse diner.
  • Charles Shere, Alice's original partner at Chez Panisse.
  • Michael Wild, restaurateur and chef at Bay Wolf.
  • Joy Carlin, actress and director of Fanny.
  • Journalist and rancher Orville Schell.
  • Odile LaVault, as the house accordionist.

September 01

Live show from The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Actress Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita in "West Side Story", then went on to win the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy awards, for her work on stage and screen, thus becoming the only woman to receive all four awards.
  • Mark Wing-Davey, director of "36 VIEWS", opening at the Berkeley Rep in September. Mark portrayed Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy, in the BBC production of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
  • Tango No. 9, Argentine dance music to stir the soul.
  • Kent Nerburn, author of "Road Angels", a Northern California road-trip novel in the tradition of Kerouac and "Blue Highways".
  • Shotgun Players and Word for Word open a window into their show "Winesburg Ohio: Tales of the Grotesques", haunting stories from small town America.
  • Music from pianist Gini Wilson.

September 15

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

  • Josh Kornbluth, former New Yorker, whose film "Haiku Tunnel" was to premiere last Tuesday evening.
  • The Snake Trio, a refreshing dose of high-tempo Latin Jazz.
  • Susan Griffin, renowned poet and author of "The Book of the Courtesans".
  • Darryl Purpose is a singer/songwriter who looks as menacing as a night-club bouncer, but plays his guitar like an angel.
  • Reverend Billy (a.k.a. Bill Talen), now a resident in New York, whose performance pieces of sermons and prayers about our culture have attracted a cult and activist following. Bill was unable to travel to our show from New York, but he was able to FAX us an essay entitled "Rescue Me" that he wanted to present concerning the events of the week. Sedge read this during the show.
  • Two Americas , an inspirational song from Mitchell Holman.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

September 22

Live show from The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! . View this show's poster.

September 29

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 06

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

Satellite broadcasting was disrupted at about 11:10 (in San Francisco) during Sedge's interview with Will Durst. Contrary to various suggestions made by a few callers to radio stations of censorship, the disruption was due to natural recurring semi-annual solar flare activity. This disruption lasted for just a few minutes. Which few minutes was determined by your location. For more information on recurring solar outages, visit the PanAMSat site, or call you local affiliate station. The entire show, without disruption, is available in our ShowArchive archive.

  • Sara Paretsky, author of "Total Recall", featuring her detective V.I. Warshawski.
  • International Guitar Night, four world class, stylistically diverse guitarists play everything from Flamenco to American roots.
  • San Francisco comedian Will Durst.
  • Micheline Marcom, suthor of "Three Apples Fell From Heaven".
  • Glen David Gold, author of "Carter Beats the Devil".
  • Music from pianist Gini Wilson.

October 13

Live show from the Caffé Trieste, with broadcast underwritten in part by Torani Italian Syrups. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

  • Papa Gianni Giotta and Mama Ida Giotta served as espresso's West Coast ambassador when they founded Caffé Trieste in 1956, and were the first to use traditional Italian brewing techniques in San Francisco.
  • Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights bookstore, original publisher of "Howl", and San Francisco's first poet laureate.
  • The Caffé Trieste Band, featuring members of the Giotta family.
  • Novelist Herb Gold.
  • Photojournalist Jimo Perini.
  • Musical combo Mattinata di Matteo.
  • Bill Talen, (a.k.a. Reverend Billy) now a resident in New York, whose performance pieces of sermons and prayers about our culture have attracted a cult and activist following.
  • Kristen Jensen, author of "The History of Caffé Trieste".

October 18

Live show from The Kharma Café, on Granville Island in Vancouver British Columbia Canada. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

October 20

Live show from Canada, the country known for its mountains, salmon, and arbitrary immigration laws, at the Vancouver International Writer's Festival, from the Arts Club Granville Island Stage, featuring the announcement of the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! .

Read the announcement from the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook.

  • Kevin Chong's first novel, "Baroque-A-Nova", explores a suburban landscape of teenage lust, broken families, and one eighteen-year-old's desperate wish to get out of town.
  • Madeleine Thien's debut collection of short stories, "Simple Recipes" has been earning rave reviews since its publication earlier this year.
  • Karen Tei Yamashita is a winner of the American Book Award, whose latest book, "Circle K Cycles", explores such issues as labor, nationalism, and cultural diaspora.
  • Dennis Bock's first book, the critically acclaimed "Olympia", was nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award. His new book, "The Ash Garden," features a complex narrative that spans fifty years and three continents.
  • ASZA, Vancouver's world-renowned world music band.

November 03

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

November 24

Special Thanksgiving show from The Legion of Honor Museum. 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 celebrates 10 years of music.
  • Elizabeth Rosner, Berkeley-based author of "The Speed of Light", the story of three people coming to terms with past tragedies, and reconnecting with the world around them.
  • Latin virtuoso flautist Viviana Guzmán.
  • Andrew Sean Greer, author of "The Path of Minor Planets".
  • Debra Evans, Art Curator from The Legion of Honor Museum, discusses the museum's current exhibition Artists' Books in the Modern Era: 1870-2000, including works by Picasso, Matisse, and others.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill, with accompaniment by Nik Phelps on horns.

December 01

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! .

  • Johnny A., former session guitar player sets lays down some smooth rock tracks on his first solo album, "Sometime Tuesday Morning".
  • Geoffrey Nunberg, NPR's Fresh Air commentator, and author of "The Way We Talk Now".
  • The Christmas Revels, with stories and music from their "Christmas in an Irish Castle" production. .
  • Brian Ascalon Roley, author of "American Son". With a hard-edged purity, this California author tells of two Filipino brothers coming of age in suburbia. "American Son" was short-listed for t he 2001 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.
  • Jerry Stahl, author of "Plainclothes Naked".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

December 15

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! .

December 22

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

  • Patrick Landeza, featuring Hawaiian slack-key guitar songs from his album "Christmas to Me".
  • Word for Word players present a dramatic interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Bells", drawn from their December show "Scattering Poems All Through The Night".
  • Sister Mary Margaret from "Late Night Catechism".
  • Tamim Ansary, a writer of Afghan and American descent.
  • Movie star Josh Kornbluth, as the Red-Diapered Santa.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

December 29

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