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January 10, 2004

10th Anniversary show from the SFMOMA Wattis Theater. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!.

  • Magic City Chamber of Commercefeaturing musicians who've appeared in some 40 bands at various times on WCL over the past decade
  • Sedge engages the insightful Madeleine Grynsztejn, curator of art and painting, about"SuperNova - Art of the 90s, a supernova decade for West Coast Live, too.
  • Kasper Hauser, sketch artists with a call to the 14th century from the San Francisco SketchFest.
  • Liliane Montevecchi, Tony Award winning actress. She danced with the Follies Begere, acted with ElvisPresley, Marlon Brando, and Fred Astaire. She started as a ballet dancer with sore toes..
  • Travel tips from Karl and Carl.
  • Music from the sublime Mike Greensill Trio.
  • A year outdoors with naturalist Claire Peaslee.

January 31, 2004

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!.

  • Leo Kottke, guitars acclaimed guitarist and story teller of many great records
  • Norton Buffalo,with his band
  • John Lescroart, author of The Second Chair
  • Anchee Min, author of Empress Orchid
  • Elijah Wald, popular music historian and performer, with notes on the blues.
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

February 7, 2004

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

  • Joan Blades cofounder of MoveOn.org, e-grass roots political current.
  • Earl White Bandtraditional music, rooted in the African-American traditions of the US south meets the Santa Cruz CA sound..
  • Wendy DewittQueen of the Boogie Woogie piano
  • Paula West. whose singing began in San Francisco and now fills the great cabarets and concert halls of the world.
  • Jeff Golden, author of "Forest Blood". Jefferson Public Radio host of Jefferson Exchange and river guide
  • Music from piano player Mike Greensill.

February 14, 2004

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

February 21, 2004

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

  • Dr. Bugs (Mark Moffatt, entomologist)
  • Slaid Cleaves, the singer songwriter & winner of his science fair
  • Claire Peaslee, our naturalist from the PRBO
  • Dr. Science and his assistant Rodney
  • Mark Weigle, singer-songwriter
  • and the Mike Greensill.

  • February 28, 2004

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

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company
  • Z.Z. Packer, author
  • The PickPocket Ensemble - accordian, guitar, violin, others in a sublime and nuanced hip acoustic band
  • Jasper Fforde, the literary detective novelist
  • Vienna Teng, musical explorer
  • the Sam Barry

  • Saturday March 13 Crossroads: The Irish-American Festival featuring new Irish histories, stories at the edge of the Irish emigrant experience. from March 7, 2004, at 7:30p, 600 Delancey St.. Sedge and friends stop in for this literary and musical variety show.
  • James Liddy, poet
  • The Gasmen
  • Emer Martin, author & poet
  • Eddie Stack, writer
  • Melanie O'Reilly & Sean O Nuallain, singer and guitarist from Ireland
  • Daniel Cassidy, filmaker & writer
  • Mary O'Donoghue, poet
  • Colm O'Riain & Pireeni Sundaralingam
  • March 20, 2004

    live from the new Asian Art Museum on their first anniversary

    March 27, 2004

    -- a tribute to Spalding Gray with Sedge's interviews with Spalding from January 1998, January 1999, and December 2001 Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

    April 3, 2004

    Live show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • Adrian Legg, guitarist & British wit
  • Will Durst, humorist with a flair for the political
  • Karl & Carl with Tips on Travel
  • Adair Lara, writer
  • Jeff Greenwald, travel writer & story teller
  • Vanda Marlow, Brit by the Bay, with notes on compassionate muscles in Americans
  • April 10, 2004

    Live show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder, author - inspired Dan Handler (Lemony Snickett), Sylvia Brownrigg, J.K. Rowliing, many other writers with children's books that deal with the supernatural and magic. Banned in some libraries in US along with Rowling and Mark Twain! Triple Newberry award winner. The Egypt Game The Changeling and new The Unseen
  • Marion Cunningham, cooking author, known for her "Fannie Farmer" and a new kid's cooking book and her new "Lost Recipes"!
  • Charity Kahn, singer songwriter, with Jam Music for Children
  • Keta Bill, rock n roller, lead singer of Big Band Beat
  • Larry Gallagher, musician, was once a kid, courageous, funny songs. He was on last October with writer Ethan Watters for a song and we liked him so much we wanted him back. He'll be in with an unusual horn section.
  • the luscious Mike Greensill at the piano
  • Special notice: A wonderful show today -- for those of you there in person -- but for you in the live radio audience, you heard a back-up rebroadcast of a show from earlier this year. A line failure in the sbc (local phone company) central office blocked our ability to send our live show to our satellite uplink, and thus, to you. The phone company assured us they could fix the break by four hours after today's show was over. Arrgggh. So. We taped a wonderful show that we will air as soon as we can. Watch this space for details. We will also post it to our website so you can hear it perhaps sooner. Our apologies to our guests and to you. The show was really good, anyway! You had to be there!

    April 17, 2004

    Live show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • Surf Coasters (Surf Music from Japan)
  • Roger McGuinn, guitarist, The Byrds
  • David Sanger & John Hart, authors, "San Francisco Bay"
  • Ruth Ozeki, novelist and filmmaker
  • Alice Stuart, musician and swimmer
  • the Aquaphones
  • the luscious Mike Greensill at the piano

  • April 24, 2004

  • Please note: as of 9:10am Saturday another SBC phone company failure interfered with today's broadcast. The program you heard is that which was blocked by another SBC failure on April 10, with Larry Gallagher and many others, which was on stand-by at our uplink in Chicago. We expect this April 24 show to be aired on Saturday May 29, 2004 from a digital master recorded at the show. It will remain on back-up at WFMT Chicago uplink as a back-up in the event of another SBC phone line failure from one of our venues to the uplink.
  • Show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • A.S.Byatt - novelist,
  • Dave Gleason & Wasted Days, some extraterrestial C&W
  • Lynn Truss, punctuation star and author, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"
  • Pico Iyer, travel philosopher/futurist
  • Hill Kemp, author, "Capitol Offense," guitarist
  • Rev. Billy and His Choir, appearing from NYC at the Castro tonight
  • and the dapper Mike Greensill!

  • May 1, 2004

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

  • Greg Brown, singer and writer
  • Jane Smiley, author
  • Sarah Lee Guthrie, singer, daughter & Johnny Irion
  • Duffy Bishop, blues singer
  • Luis Urrea, poet & author "The Devil's Highway"
  • and the dapper Mike Greensill!

  • May 8, 2004

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

  • Alice Walker, author, The Color Purple, Now Is The Time To Open Your Heart
  • Austin Lounge Lizards
  • "Brit By The Bay", Vanda Marlow, on the Compassionate Muscles amongst us
  • The Cowlicks
  • Lara St. John, violinist extraordinaire
  • Sue Carpenter, author "40 Watts from Nowhere" about pirate radio
  • the droll Mike Greensill, piano

  • For reservations: 415-664-9500, or Ticketweb
  • an incredible mix of music, ideas and laughter
  • www.WCL.org for current schedule information (also 415-664-9500).
  • May 15, 2004

    Show from The Freight. 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 House of the Spirits and her new rip-roaring adventure stories.
  • Geoffrey Nunberg, linguist "Going Nucular" - his droll commentaries appear on "Fresh Air" and elsewhere. Watch him articulate in person!
  • Wavy Gravy, a man with his own sense of linguistic play and verve
  • Acoustic Guitar Summit, an elegant quartet
  • Slaid Cleaves, guitarist, the astonishing player stops in
  • Austin Willacy, singer-songwriter - what he can do with his voice!
  • May 22, 2004

    Show from The Freight. Improved audio archives on-line here. Also, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office

  • Marshall Chapman, musician and author of "Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller", an author with her band!
  • Joan Blades, co-founder MoveOn.org, author "50 Ways to Love Your Country"
  • Marilyn Yalom, author "The Wife" The Breast" "The Birth of the Chess Queen"
  • Nina Marie Martinez, author, "Caramba!"
  • Micheline Marcom, author, "The Daydreaming Boy"
  • Ukelele stylings of "Old Puppy" - Steven Strauss & Billy Wilson
  • Sam Barry in for Mike Greensill, dapper pianist
  • May 29, 2004

  • from the digital master we present the show we produced on April 24, but did not air because of another SBC failure. (We wonder about the maintenance of the phone system infrastructure.)
  • Show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!

  • A.S.Byatt - novelist,
  • Dave Gleason & Wasted Days, some extraterrestial C&W
  • Lynn Truss, punctuation star and author, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"
  • Pico Iyer, travel philosopher/futurist
  • Hill Kemp, author, "Capitol Offense," guitarist
  • Rev. Billy and His Choir, appearing from NYC at the Castro tonight
  • and the dapper Mike Greensill!
  • June 5, 2004

    Show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!Calvin Trillin, poet and humorist his new book "Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme"

  • The Hacienda Brothers band
  • Kate Lardner, author "Shut Up, He Explained: The Memoir of a Blacklisted Kid"
  • Rosalie Sorrells, singer & legend
  • Davy Rothbart, founder of Found Magazine
  • Blame Sally, band
  • June 12, 2004

    Show from The 12 Galaxies. Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!Barry Lopez, naturalist, writer

  • Hot Club of San Francisco
  • Amy Tan, author, with Word for Word performing a scene by Amy
  • Faith Petric, singer
  • Peter Plate, noir novelist of the Mission
  • The Mike Greensill
  • June 19, 2004

    Show from The 12 Galaxies. [This show also aired as a rerun on September 11th, 2004, outside the Bay Area.] Improved audio archives on-line soon. Meanwhile, Custom interview CDs are available. Write to our producer e-mail or call the office!David Sedaris, writer

  • "The Unemployed Guide to San Francisco" authors
  • Asylum Street Spankers, acoustic acapella
  • Dan Bern, singer-songwriter
  • Claire Peaslee, naturalist
  • The Mike Greensill
  • June 26, 2004

    Originally broadcast September 28, 2002 fromFreight 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.

    July 3rd, 2004

    broadcast from 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!.

    • Flogging Molly, renowned Irish Celtic group
    • annual reading of the Declaration of Independence by members of the theater audience
    • The Palm Wine Boys
    • Stephen Salmons, Director, S.F. Silent Film Festival
    • Louis B. Jones, novelist
    • Kerry Getz, singer-songwriter
    • Josh Kornbluth democracy, independence, taxes, Ben Franklin
    • Music from Mike Greensill.

    July 10th, 2004

    broadcast from 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!.

    • Country Joe McDonald, musician, with author of a book about Country Joe and his times, Ron Cabral
    • Susan McCarthy, author, "Becoming a Tiger"
    • The Vanda Marlow,Brit By The Bay
    • Amy Farris, fiddle player, riveting player in Ray Price Big Band
    • True Fiction Magazine Improv
    • J. Raoul Brody and the s.t.u.p.e.d.s., Society to Undertake Preservation of Endangered Dumb Songs
    • Music from Mike Greensill.

    July 17th, 2004

    broadcast from 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!.

    • Jack Germond, political commentator, author "Fat Man Fed Up"
    • Larry Gallagher, brilliant singer-songwriter
    • Carl Hiaasen, satirical novelist and columnist from Miami who knows the dirt about the way Florida really operates. His latest novel, "Skinny Dip," once again romps through the politics and hearts of the citizens of that most dubious of swing states.
    • and Mike Daisey, monologist, whose piece, "21 Dog Years," let's us see what the Amazon-ing life style is/was behind the scenes
    • Oak, Ash & Thorn, British Isles a capella, druids to Rolling Stones
    • The Mike Greensill

    July 24th, 31st and August 7th -- classic shows from the WCL archives

    For July 24, 2004, from July 14, 2001

    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! .

    For July 31, 2004, from May 05, 2001

    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! .

    For August 7th, 2004, from April 10th 1999

    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.

    For August 14th, 2004, recorded August 11th 2004,

    From the Swedish American Hall. This is a Wednesday evening recording as if live-to-air In honor of the expression of the 60s, "Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty," we're calling it the "Don't Trust Anyone Under Thirty" show. All guests on the show will be in their 20s. Audience of all ages welcome. The show aired nationally August 14.

  • Radio spiralings of the Prank The Dean sketch improv.
  • Kevin Feeney, editor Thought magazine, performing great lit
  • Anthony McGill, clarinetist 25 year-old virtuoso, with the NY Met Opera Orchestra, today accompanied by pianist Philip Fisher.
  • O-Maya, a ten-piece Afro-latin hip hop band, voted "best of the bay 2003" in the SF Weekly, and "Readers Choice 2004" in the East Bay Express.
  • Eddy Joe Cotton, author, "Hobo," appearing with the Yard Dogs Jug Band
  • 'Til Dawn, a co-ed teen a capella San Rafael ensemble
  • Sam Barry, piano man!

    August 21st, 2004, recorded Sunday August 15th 2004 at the Cascade Theater, Redding, CA

    WCL helped with the grand re-inauguration of the Cascade Theatre in Redding for broadcast August 21. See the gorgeous theater, the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and stunning new Santiago Calatrava bridge across the mighty Sacramento. In association with Jefferson Public Radio JPR).

  • Bharati Mukherjee, author ."The Tree Bride" is her new book.
  • Steve Brewer , creator of the comic "Bubba Mabry private Eye series
  • Jerry Stahl, author, his new book is "I, Fatty," a account of Fatty Arbuckle
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park, explorer Traci Wierman,
  • Mark O'Connor, fiddle player.
  • Gypsy Swing group ROMA
  • Sam Barry, piano man!
  • August 28th, 2004, Greens Restaurant, Fort Mason, San Francisco

    A show of blues, food, and views -- a harvest show at Greens

  • Annie Somerville, Greens chef and cookbook author
  • Zen raconteur David Chadwick , author of "crooked Cucumber" and other witty treatises
  • Filmmaker Kelly Duane , whose acclaimed film "Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America" opens at the Roxie Sept 17-23, and in Seattle, Portland, Reno, New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida and elsewhere. It's a film about the politics necessary to keep from losing our environmental heritage and the personal work of one man who helped us protect much of our natural landscape.
  • Gerald Gass, author, "Olive Harvest" about olive oil
  • Back Burner Blues Band -- various renowned chefs work their musical chops
  • Maxine Weldon, blues singer.
  • Vegetarian polka from Accordion Princess Big Lou
  • Alan Steger in for Mike Greensill, piano man!
  • and snacks!
  • September 4th, 2004, Point Arena Theater , Pt. Arena, CA

  • live, from the Point Arena Theater in bucolic downtown Point Arena, CA
  • Wesla Whitfield, direct from Carnegie Hall....and other grand places, to the great Point Arena Theatre
  • The band Dysphunctional Species , Point Arena's contribution to the musical life of our planet. New CD: "Future Primitive"
  • a funny song from Texas Jon, whose banjo, guitar and voice are well-known on the North Coast.
  • a Poetry Slam with Fiona Perkins, poet laureate of Pt. Arena and Blake More
  • Herb Kohl, philosopher, educator, is a Senior Fellow at George Soros's Open Society Institute., author "Thirty-Six Children,"
  • Mitch McFarland, piermaster, Pt. Arena Harbor
  • plus other surprise guests!
  • Mike Greensill, piano man!
  • and the magnificent North Coast!
  • Tix at Ticketweb and all the usual outlets in the North Coast area.
  • September 4th, 2004, Point Arena Theater , Pt. Arena, CA

  • live, from the Point Arena Theater in bucolic downtown Point Arena, CA
  • Wesla Whitfield, direct from Carnegie Hall....and other grand places, to the great Point Arena Theatre
  • The band Dysphunctional Species , Point Arena's contribution to the musical life of our planet. New CD: "Future Primitive"
  • a funny song from Texas Jon, whose banjo, guitar and voice are well-known on the North Coast.
  • a Poetry Slam with Fiona Perkins, poet laureate of Pt. Arena and Blake More
  • Herb Kohl, philosopher, educator, is a Senior Fellow at George Soros's Open Society Institute., author "Thirty-Six Children,"
  • Mitch McFarland, piermaster, Pt. Arena Harbor
  • plus other surprise guests!
  • Mike Greensill, piano man!
  • and the magnificent North Coast!
  • Tix at Ticketweb and all the usual outlets in the North Coast area.
  • September 11th, 2004, two shows

  • two of our Bay Area affiliates, KALW 91.7 and KRCB 91.1, made use of a special all-David Sedaris program, drawn from Sedge's interviews over the past 7 years. It was Sedarian foie gras on a silver platter. The other affiliate stations carried a rerun from June 19th this year with the Asylum Street Spankers, singer Dan Bern and David Sedaris at the 12 Galaxies. These programming bifurcations occur during station membership drives.
  • September 18th, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • live from the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, authors, who've jointly written "Peter and the Starcatchers" a prequel to "Peter Pan."
  • Betty Buckley , cabaret singer appearing the the Plush Room
  • Filmmaker Kelly Duane , with a report on the Roxie premiere of her acclaimed film "Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America" at the Roxie Sept 17-23, and in Seattle, Portland, Reno, New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida and elsewhere. It's a film about the politics necessary to keep from losing our environmental heritage and the personal work of one man who helped us protect much of our natural landscape.
  • Jackie Payne/Steve Edmundson blues band, appearing next week at S.F. Blues Festival
  • Mike Greensill, piano man!
  • September 25th, 2004, Upstage Cafe, 923 Washington, Port Townsend WA

  • live from the Port Townsend, WA Film Festival
  • Tom Robbins , author "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," and "Another Roadside Attraction"
  • David Guterson , author, "Snow Falling on Cedars"
  • Jane Powell , actress, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
  • Max Grover ,artist, illustrator of Children's Books
  • George Rezendes and Friends , (possibly as The Toolshed Trio)
  • Quasimodo and the Bell Ringers, featuring a guy who likes to cook and eat bugs and slugs
  • Misty River Band, women's acoustic vocal quartet
  • Sam Barry, piano man
  • West Coast Live goes on the Road to celebrate the artists of this great Pacific Northwest art center and our new carriage on KUOW2 Seattle
  • October 2nd, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • live from the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • T.C. BOYLE, author, The Inner Circle, his new book is about Kinsey, and the American attitudes toward learning about sex. Also author of Drop City, Tortilla Curtain, Water Music
  • SAM BUSH, bluegrass rebel, whose new CD is "King of My World"
  • SANDRA REAVES PHILLIPS, blues and brassy currently at the Plush Room
  • SHADIA WOOD, ,winner of a Brower Youth Award
  • TONY RICE and PETER ROWAN Quartet , outstanding fine!
  • KARL and CARL,with their "Tips on Travel"
  • MIKE GREENSILL, piano man!
  • October 9th, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • live from the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • JIM HIGHTOWER , an American Populist and commentator who knows from Texas
  • ROY ZIMMERMAN, whose songs have that Tom Leherer edge with a W.S. Gilbert flair
  • JAY RAYNER,one of London's most engaging and spirited food writers. He's the author of the apology satire, "Eating Crow", called in the UK: "The Apologist."
  • E.G. KIGHT, guitarist and singer Georgia-born
  • October 16th, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • live from the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • October 16
  • MAYA ANGELOU, poet, author, chef, with poet son & author GUY JOHNSON
  • BLUE BALLIETT, whose "Chasing Vermeer" for kids (and adults) tells of two sixth graders team up to solve the theft of a painting by 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer.
  • KA EHU KAI, Hawaiian Band
  • SAM BARRY, piano man!
  • October 23rd, 2004, SFMOMA , San Francisco

  • live from and stay to enjoy the Roy Lichtenstein: All About Art show at the museum after the broadcast Third Street, San Francisco
  • DANIEL HANDLER, aka "Lemony Snicket," who has a new grown-up film, "Rick," in the theaters,
  • CLAIRE PEASLEE, WCL and Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory naturalist
  • GRAEME BASE, author/illustrator of "Animalia"
  • and
  • jazz great MOSE ALLISON
  • the HOT FRITTATAS, international cafe music: Italian, Sicilian, French, Latin, Cajun, Zydeco, with this trio
  • MALCOLM MARGOLIN, author and publisher. Heyday Books.
  • SAM BARRY, piano man!
  • October 30th, 2004, the Pre-Election Show, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

  • live from the Freight -- We'll take a straw vote today on the air! 1111 Addison Street, Berkeley. There will be a Costume Contest. People should come dressed as their Hope for the Future. Are ya' up for a belly full of laughs? Supreme Court Comedy? Join the party here and help give WCL at state of swing!
  • WILL DURST, humorist with the antidote for any spin witch doctor
  • JOHN POWERS, commentator whose book is "Sore Winners (And the Rest of Us) in George Bush's America"
  • ARTHUR BLAUSTEIN, on citizen action groups, economics, volunteers and the presidency
  • TUVAN THROAT SINGERS & Didjeridoo master STEPHEN KENT, the great growly throats of Asia meet the eucalyptic earth hum of the didge with great virtuosos
  • MARK O'CONNOR's Hot Swing Trio, Mark was fantastic on our Redding broadcast in August. He is in San Francisco the night before and bringing his Trio to be with us Saturday morning.
  • FARAI CHIDEYA, author of "Trust:Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters"
  • JOSHUA BRODY, piano man, who has prepared a medley of election songs from the past!
  • November 6th, 2004, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

  • JOSH KORNBLUTH, BILLY TIPTON MEMORIAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET, THE BOBS, VENDELA VIDA, author, ANITA and SOLOMON FEFERMAN, biographers of charismatic mathematician and logician Alfred Tarski
  • November 13th, 2004, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

  • DEL SOL QUARTET, LANG LANG, the great Chinese pianist, HERB BOYD, author, with a histroy of the American Civil Rights Movement. Remember civil rights?, 2 RIVERS duo, RUTH ROSEN, author of "The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America", also a fellow at the Rockridge Institute.
  • November 20th, 2004, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

  • NIGELLA LAWSON, cookbook author and English tv presenter who is fond of the double entendre in cooking.
  • CHARLES GRODIN, actor and playwright, a man adept with language.
  • STEPHEN MITCHELL, a translator of Tao de Ching and new Gilgamesh, who also susses out nuance in language.
  • STEVE SESKIN, singer.
  • OAKLAND INTERFAITH GOSPEL CHOIR.
  • Mike Greensill, piano man!
  • Today! This rainyday! November 27th, 2004, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley -- The Annual Thanksgiving Holiday -This-is-the-Best-Place-to-Bring-Out-of-Town-Visitors Show

  • POLLO DEL MAR, the Surf Trio for the new trans-oceanic millenium, and remember, they are chicken of the sea...
  • SF GAY MEN'S CHORUS, Lollipop Ensemble
  • DOROTHY LELAND, author of The Balloon Boy,
  • KITKA, renowned Balkan-inspired female chorus
  • MARTIN CRUZ SMITH, author of "Gorky Park" and "Wolves Eat Dogs". His current Arkaday Renko is set in the Ukraine.
  • and some WCL surprises on this festive Thanksgiving Weekend Show, with door prizes, contests, and giveaways
  • Mike Greensill, piano man!
  • December 4th, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • a cozy, warm show live from the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • LEA DE LARIA,Broadway Star, currently in "Once Upon A Mattress"
  • PETTY BOOKA, Japanese UKE duo of renown
  • JACK DONAHUE, sings from Johnny Mercer to U2
  • ZIMMERMANs KENT and KEITH, authors of history of folk rock music in US, "Sing My Way Home"
  • CAST OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON'S "POLK COUNTY" with some fine blues from the Berkeley Rep production
  • MIKE GREENSILL, piano man!
  • December 11th, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • another cozy warm show live from the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • SEAN ASTIN , actor who played "Samwise" to "Frodo" in "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy, author of "There and Back Again: An Actor's Journey"
  • KHALED HOSSEINI, author of "The Kite Runner"
  • SUEDE, she seems to have DNA from Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, and Louis Armstrong
  • DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS, renowned Gospel singersTRUE FICTION MAGAZINE, radio improv before your ears and eyes
  • MIKE GREENSILL, the dapper piano man!
  • December 18th, 2004, Empire Plush Room, San Francisco

  • for 2004, the last cozy warm show live from until next year at the new Empire Plush Room Sutter Street, San Francisco
  • JUDITH OWEN and HARRY SHEARER Jazzy celt emigre and the actor/humorist present a wry look at the holidays for "Christmas in July" here in December.
  • CASCADA DE FLORES, Mexican Christmas Band
  • SANTA JOSH KORNBLUTH, whose Santa Claus (Schmuel Klausowtiz) is a WCL Annual Tradition.
  • JEFF GOLDEN author of a collection of ideal speeches as if politicians might actually speak their minds -- from the State of Jefferson
  • MIKE GREENSILL, the dapper piano man, with his lovely close personal friend, WESLA WHITFIELD. They are also appearing at the Empire Plush Room together, evenings, through the New Year
  • The review of their show in the S.F. Chronicle will give you a sense of why it is such a pleasure to work with Mike and Wesla.
  • All this in the town where you can shop, eat, have tea, and meet friends during the holiday season.

    December 25th, 2004

    On Christmas morning we present a lovely holiday special. Especially presented for you today for your unwrapped pleasure..

    • Sonos Handbell Ensemble, James Meredith's renowned group.
    • Christmas Jug Band, what a bounce they'll give to you today!.
    • A Christmas Reading, Sedge, Diane and the Handbells together with a surprising story of coming home.
    • Salvation Army Band 16 brass band members of the Concord division. more accustomed to concert halls than street corners, and alas unwelcome at greedy town-killer stores.
    • Santa Josh Kornbluth, brings his red diaper upbringing to the elves and audience
    • Diane Hidy, as the house pianist and Christmas cookie sampler.