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January 05

8th Anniversary 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!

January 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!.

  • Lily Tomlin, prolific and outrageous comedienne, talks about her one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe".
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead present their powerful blend of social activism and soul music. Their CD is "Stay Human".
  • Rebecca Walker, author of "Black, White and Jewish", a memoir in which this daughter of a famous black mother and Jewish father attempts to define herself as an individual, not as a symbol.
  • Masterful multi-instrumentalist Uri Caine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

January 26

Live show at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!. Our show is the cover article in the 2002 January 25 issue of the Palo Alto Weekly. The San Jose Mercury News previewed trhe show on 2002 January 25 and reviewed the show on 2002 January 27.

February 02

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!

February 09

Live show from the Raven Theater in Healdsburg, California. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office! . This show benefited theHealdsburg Performing Arts Theater

February 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!

February 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!.

March 09

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

  • Joe Bragdon, a Cannery Row worker in the 1930s, and friend to Doc Ricketts and the other denizens of John Steinbeck's Monterey novels.
  • Arthur Godfrey, Monterey based singer songwriter, and 2001 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner.
  • Cork Marcheschi, artist of neon, glass, and electricity, talks about his contributions to the aquarium's upcoming exhibition, "Jellies: Living Art".
  • Blues from The Blue Tones.
  • Randy Kochevar, deep sea biologist.

March 16

Live 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!

March 23

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

March 30

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!.

April 13

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

April 20

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 11

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

May 18

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!.

  • David Masiel, former Alaskan longshoreman, marine dispatcher, and author of "2182 kHz", a gripping search-and-rescue story set in the awe-inspiring Arctic.
  • J.L. Stiles, acoustic guitar and blues singer who has settled down in San Francisco after growing his musical roots in New Orleans.
  • Julia Whitty, ecologist, National Geographic producer, and author of the enchanting collection of short stories "A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga".
  • Y'all, a guitar and ukulele duo straddling the line between kitsch and old-fashioned country reverence.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

June 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!.

June 08

Live show from the BayWolf Restaurant, celebrating great food, and marking Oakland's 150th anniversary. View the show poster  Click for full size poster for this special event. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!.

  • Jon Carroll, Bay Area newspaper columnist and East Bay resident.
  • Rupert Garcia, accomplished East Bay artist and graphic designer.
  • William Wong, a native of Oakland's Chinatown, Oakland Tribune Metro columnist from 1988-96, and author of the recent memoir "Yellow Journalist".
  • Michael Roth, President of Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts, one of the nation's premier arts colleges.
  • Stephanie Benavidez, Supervising Naturalist at the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge. For 20 years she has been maintaining the lake, the oldest bird refuge in the country, and Oakland's recreational center.
  • Rick Moss, Executive Director of Oakland's African American Library and Museum.
  • Dr. Michael LeNoir, a practicing pediatrician and allergist in Oakland. Dr. LeNoir is the director of the Ethnic Health America Network, a series of radio and TV broadcasts that focuses on health and healthcare in American minority populations.
  • Ishmael Reed, one of the country's pre-eminent African American literary figures, and author of the novels "Mumbo Jumbo" and "Flight to Canada", and founder of "Konch" magazine.
  • Painter Squeak Carnwath.
  • Janet Holmgren, President of Mills College.
  • Gospel musicians, The Sons of the Soul Revivers.
  • Jenna Mammina has been performing and recording music in Oakland for nearly a decade. Her latest album, "Meant to Be", reflects Jenna's command of a vast range of styles, from Jazz, to Swing, to Rock.
  • Michael Wild, BayWolf Restaurant founder and Executive Chef.
  • BayWolf Restaurant chefs Louis Le Gassic, Nathan Peterson, and Earl Darny.

June 15

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

June 29

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

July 13

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

July 20

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!.

  • Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse, and most recently author of "Chez Panisse Fruit" will visit with farmers from the Berkeley Farmers Market to savor the best of the summer's peaches, strawberries, and plums.
  • Adrian Legg, one of the world's great fingerstyle guitarists.
  • Timothy Taylor, author of "Stanley Park", the story of a Vancouver restaurateur.
  • The Waifs, with sister singers Donna and Vickie Simpson: tough enough to play mining camps as teens in their native Australia, sweet enough to sing beautiful harmonies.
  • Bob Cannard, one of California's most vehement advocates for sensible, environmentally responsible, and spiritually fulfilling farming.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

August 06

Live show from the Cecil Sharpe House in London, England. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • Michael Frayn, whose plays include the internationally acclaimed "Noises Off", "Copenhagen", and "Spies".
  • Graham Swift, who critics have likened Swift's powerful stories of the English Fens to Faulkner's South. His novels include "Waterland" and the Booker Prize winning "Last Orders".
  • Pete Cooper, a lifelong student of the English fiddle tradition. With cellist Richard Bolton.
  • News Revue, since 1984, this current-events comedy troupe has performed at London's Canal Cafe.
  • Licence to Ceilidh, energetic traditional music of the Gaelic "ceilidh" or "gathering".

August 08

Live show from the Cecil Sharpe House in London, England.

  • Geoff Nicholson, novelist whose darkly comic works include "Bedlam Burning" and "Bleeding London".
  • Jenny Diski, whose past novels have taken readers to Antarctica and the Holy Land; her latest, "Stranger on a Train" moves us by rail though America's familiar yet unknown landscapes.
  • Antonio Forcione, a perennial favorite at the Edinburgh Festivals, where he was heralded as "the Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar".
  • Alan Bennett, England's best-loved playwright.
  • Alan Jenkins, Poet and Times Literary Supplement editor.
  • Nikki Yeoh, pianist and composer

August 10

Compilation show from the 2002 Edinburgh Book, International, and Fringe Festivals. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • Ian Rankin, whose John Rebus detective novels conjure Edinburgh's reserved Patrician center, violent streets and seamy vices. His latest is "Begars Banquet".
  • Ali Smith, Scottish author of "Hotel World" and other novels.
  • Dan Gunn, Edinburgh native and author of "Almost You" and "Wool-gathering or How I Ended Analysis".
  • Will Durst, San Francisco comedian and Edinburgh Festival regular, who we caught up with at the Festivals.
  • and the rain spilling on our yurt roof at the Festival.

August 31

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

September 07

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!.

  • Poet and playwright Michael McClure. His latest collection of poems is "Plum Stories".
  • Pianist and composer Omar Sosa, accompanied by percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.
  • James Gavin, author of "Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker", a biography of the jazz trumpet legend.
  • Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill, with Dean Reilly on bass, performing music by legendary horn player Chet Baker and others.
  • White Noise Radio Theatre, inspired by old-time radio theater, televangelism, high-volume FM DJs, and other audio oddities.
  • Hyperventilation by movie star Josh Kornbluth.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

September 14

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!

  • Quartet San Francisco, featuring Jeremy Cohen on violin, stirring string music and tangos.
  • Julie Wilson, a cabaret legend who has starred in Broadway and London productions of South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate, and many others.
  • Olivia Judson, author of "Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

September 21

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

  • Anne Lamott, author "Blue Shoe", of "Bird by Bird", "Operating Instructions", and "Crooked Little Heart".
  • Broceliande performing Celtic music from the British isles and the Medieval and Renaissance music of the European courts, castles, and countrysides.
  • Pat Henry, the first American woman to sail around the world alone, offers a fascinating account of her eight-year voyage in "By the Grace of the Sea".
  • Chuck Palahnuik, dating back to his daring debut novel, "Fight Club" and now with "Lullaby", Palahnuik has shown himself to be one of today's most fiercely imaginative writers.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

September 28

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!.

  • Salman Rushdie, a novelist known for his energy and strong social commentary in works such as "The Satanic Verses" joins us to talk about a collection of his most recent nonfiction, "Step Across this Line".
  • John McCutcheon, a songwriting activist in the tradition of Pete Seeger and folk music icon in his own right celebrates the release of his 26th album: "The Greatest Story Never Told".
  • Alan Furst, author most recently of "Blood of Victory", a political thriller that examines the West's competition for Middle-Eastern oil prior to World War II.
  • Charlie Varon, with the BBC News.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

October 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!.

  • Jim Lehrer, author of "No Certain Rest" and host of The Newshour, with Jim Lehrer.
  • Richie Havens' deep, soulful voice and hopeful lyrics have elevated audiences at the original Woodstock, Bill Clinton's Inaugural Ball, and numerous other venues during his four decade career.
  • The Sam Pond Brigade perform made-for-radio comedy.
  • Alice Sebold, author of the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones", accompanied by her husband author Glen David Gold.
  • Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

October 12

Live show from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on the opening day of "Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting" exhibition. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

October 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!.

  • Carol Channing, one of America's most beloved theater and Hollywood legends, star of Broadway's "Hello Dolly", talks about her very first memoir "Just Lucky I Guess".
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "To Be the Poet".
  • Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber, one of traditional Americana music's most talented performers with one of the best guitar accompanists.
  • Tim O'Brien, author of "July, July", "The Things They Carried", and other novels.
  • Charlie Varon, performing "Play by Play"-the story of a single at-bat by a Giants' fielder--from his "Soup of The Day" show at the Marsh Theater.
  • Mark Stenzler (a.k.a., Dr. Whoop), from Blues Zeppelin alternative radio in Zurich.
  • Music from pianist Gini Wilson.

October 26

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!.

  • Juanita Ulloa and Mariachi Picante, a female pioneer in the traditionally male-dominated world of Mexican mariachi and ranchero music. This Bay Area musician has been nominated for 3 Latin Grammy awards this year for music she writes and produces.
  • Arthur Blaustein, former advisor to President Bill Clinton. His book "Make a Difference - Your Guide to Volunteering and Community Service" was given to the entire 2002 graduating class of UC Berkeley.
  • Eddie from Ohio, too energetic to be labeled just "folk", and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative". Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation.
  • Susan Orlean, New Yorker staff writer, seeker of the extraordinary in the ordinary, and author of "The Orchid Thief" and "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup".
  • Music from pianist Gini Wilson.

November 02

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!.

  • Cast member from "Stomp!, the smash San Francisco show that makes instruments of brooms, matchbooks, and of course work boots."
  • Adam Johnson, author of "Emporium".
  • Wake the Dead, the hot Northern California septet whose blending of Celtic traditional music and the songs of the Grateful Dead delights adventurous music lovers throughout North America.
  • Murray Silverstein and Barbara Winslow, practicing architects and authors of "Patterns of Home : The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design" remind us how to feather our nests for the winter.
  • J. Raoul Brody on house piano.

November 09

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!.

  • The Persuasions, fondly named the "Godfathers of A cappella". This group has been touring together for 40 years and has just released "Sing the Beatles".
  • The Kensington Ladies' Erotica Society, is back in the bedroom, with a follow-up to their 1984 genre-bending bestseller "Ladies Own Erotica". Now in their 60s, the Ladies have written "Sex, Death, and Other Distractions".
  • The Duo-Tones, unplugged surf rock.
  • Fred Raker, creator and star of the one-man comedy "It Could Have Been a Wonderful Life".
  • J. Raoul Brody on house piano.

November 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!.

November 30

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

  • Daniel Ellsberg, author of "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers". Ellsberg made headlines around the world, when in 1971, he released "The Pentagon Papers" to The New York Times and Washington Post, which would forever change Americans' relationship with their elected officials.
  • Roy Rogers and Norton Buffalo, this classic stripped-down acoustic guitar and harmonica blues duo is back with another album, "The Roots of our Nature".
  • Daniel Mason, author of "The Piano Tuner", a story in the tradition of Conrad and Kipling, of a 19th century piano tuner sent to Burma to service a rare Erard instrument.
  • The a cappella madness of The Bobs.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill, with Dean Reilly on bass.

December 07

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!.

  • Martin Cruz Smith, author of numerous international thrillers, including "Gorky Park", visits just after the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, to introduce his new WWII novel, "December 6".
  • The Christmas Jug Band, a Bay Area holiday tradition, play the music that Santa keeps in own sleigh CD player all night on the 25th.
  • Holly Near, a vocalist, bandleader, and activist from Mendocino County, whose career has been defined by her passion for music and human dignity.
  • Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian Slack-key guitarist.
  • Leslie Jonath, author of "Christmas Trees: Fun and Festive Ideas".
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

December 14

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

December 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!.

  • Will Durst, San Francisco's comedian laureate.
  • Tony Furtado, guitar and banjo virtuoso.
  • Josh Kornbluth, as the Red-Diapered Santa.
  • Chuck Prophet, a veteran of the San Francisco rock-and-roll scene, Chuck celebrates the holidays and his new album, "No Other Love".
  • The naturalist perspective from Claire Peaslee.
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.