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Past Programs 2012

DECEMBER 29, 2012
From the Archives - Show 990

Happy Holidays! Enjoy a very special broadcast from Saturday December 3rd, 2005, when SEDGE welcomed:

Historian

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN

with her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, on which the popular new movie Lincoln is based.

Poet

GUY JOHNSON

author of such acclaimed works as Standing at the Scratch Line and Echoes of a Distant Summer, the West Coast Live poet laureate of 2005.

Historian

KEVIN STARR

the American historian best known for his multi-volume series on the history of California, collectively called Americans and the California Dream.

Activist

CINDY SHEEHAN

Anti-war activist whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, with her book Not One More Mother's Child.

Singer

MARY WILSON

founding member of the world's most famous female trio, the Supremes, who has gone on to have a successful career as a solo singer and humanitarian.

Musician

PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO

with STEF BURNS; the audacious guitar duo. Also on the show: JUANITA ULLOA with her Latin-Mexican salsa and MIKE GREENSILL as house pianist.
 

DECEMBER 22, 2012
Live from 142 Throckmorton Theatre - Show 989

Live from 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley! Tickets here. SEDGE welcomes:

Comedian

WILL DURST

San Francisco's beloved comedian stops by to share his Top Ten Comedic News Stories of the Year, from his 20th annual Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show, December 26th at the Freight & Salvage.

Naturalist

CLAIRE PEASLEE

our favorite naturalist/comedian brings us some wildlife wisdom for the season, this week focusing on her adventures with the Snowy Owl.

Author

MARISSA MOSS

the award winning children's book author best known for her Amelia's Notebook series.

Musicians

MUSICAL ART QUINTET

performing original chamber music, Combining Tango, jazz, Afro-Cuban and African rhythms with improvisation.

Singer

WESLA WHITFIELD

the Bay Area's premier cabaret singer, performing with the Mike Greensill Trio at Silo's in Napa on Dec 24 and Yoshi's Oakland Jan 9.

The Wassailing

MIKE GREENSILL

our Saint Nick-like house pianist. And more, including your audience true stories...we hope you'll join us!
 

DECEMBER 15, 2012
Live from 142 Throckmorton Theatre - Show 988

Live from 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley! Tickets here

SEDGE welcomes:

Author

ANNE LAMOTT

the beloved author of such bestsellers as Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions brings us her latest, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

Journalist

PAOLA GIANTURCO

who's new book Grandmother Power profiles 120 activist grandmothers throughout the world who are working to create a better world for their grandchildren.

Comedians

KARL & CARL

comedians Geoff Bolt & Michael O'Brien bring us their hilarious Tips On Travel for the Holiday Season.

Musicians

CONSPIRACY OF VENUS

San Francisco's premier Women's a'cappella choir that sings original arrangements of contemporary music, from Joni Mitchell to Leonard Cohen to Bjork.

Musicians

NELL ROBINSON & JIM NUNALLY

the world-class musicians bring their fantastic, folky Down Home Christmas show to the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's premier jazz and cabaret piano player.

 

DECEMBER 8, 2012
Live from 142 Throckmorton Theatre - Show 987

We're excited that 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley will welcome us to their stage for the first time! Tickets here

Musician

PETER ROWAN

the Grammy-award winning bluegrass singer-songwriter whose legendary career spans over five decades. Truly one of the finest musicians of our time!

Actor

PETER GALLAGHER

the actor who starred in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, the TV drama series The O.C. and many others, in town with his new show of song and story How'd All You People Get in My Room?

Author

DAVID NASAW

the celebrated historian brings us The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, the first biography authorized by the Kennedy family.

Musician

VICTORIA GEORGE

the country-rock singer who is back in the Bay after a three-year stint in Nashville. You can hear the spirit of both places in her newest collection of songs, Lately I.

Comedian

MARK PITTA

San Francisco's nationally headlining stand-up comedian who hosts the hilarious Tuesday night comedy showcase at 142 Throckmorton.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's premier jazz and cabaret piano player....and more!
 

DECEMBER 1, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 986

From the legendary Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West in the heart of Jack London Square, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

SIMON WINCHESTER

OBE and author of such bestselling titles as Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman brings us his latest, SKULLS: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection.

Author

ROBIN SLOAN

the media inventor who divides his time between San Francisco and the internet with his groundbreaking debut novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

Publisher

CHRIS YING

former chef and now SF editor-in-chief of the quarterly food journal Lucky Peach, offering innovative perspectives on food from some of the industry’s biggest players, via essays, recipes, and art.

Musicians

BILL PAYNE & GABE FORD

founding keyboardist and bandmate/drummer from the legendary band Little Feat, known for their eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, country, funk & more!

Musician

MATTHEW STEWART

San Francisco's internationally touring guitarist and singer-songwriter will mesmerize you with his elegant melodies and stunning guitar work.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

the Bay Area's favorite accompanist. And more! Sign up for our weekly Newsletter or find us on Facebook.
 

NOVEMBER 24, 2012
Live from Freight & Savlage - Show 985

Bring the whole family to our Thanksgiving Special from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison Street in Downtown Berkeley.

Musicians

CANADIAN BRASS

established in 1970, the world's leading brass ensemble continues to evolve, performing a wide variety of musical styles, including baroque, classical, medieval, jazz and pop.

Musicians

GEORGE COLE & EUROCANA

the guitarist, vocalist and composer brings his talented friends to our stage to get us swinging in that good old Django spirit.

Author

FRED SETTERBERG

author of Lunch Bucket Paradise, a funny and poignant fictional account of growing in a blue-collar family in the East Bay in the 1950s and 60s.

Start-up

DELIRADIO

Wayne Skeen and Mathew "Smitty" Smith will stop by to tell us about DeliRadio, the innovative new website that creates custom internet radio stations of bands touring in your area.

The Thankful

MIKE GREENSILL

the Maestro sets the mood on the Grand Piano.

...

AND MORE!

We hope you'll join us, on the radio or in person!
 

NOVEMBER 17, 2012
Special Prerecorded Program - Show 984

From the afternoon of October 13, when SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Actor/Author

CHRIS ELLIOTT

the comic actor who has appeared in countless TV shows and films, including Cabin Boy, Groundhog Day and Late Night with David Letterman, now on tour with his new book The Guy Under the Sheets, the "Unauthorized Autobiography".

Author

SUSAN STRAIGHT

author of eight books including her latest from McSweeny's, Between Heaven and Here. Joyce Carol Oates calls her "A writer of exceptional gifts and grace".

Chef

ERICA HOLLAND-TOLL

from The Prather Ranch Meat Company's American Eatery at the Ferry Building.

Musician

FRANK FAIRFIELD

the California singer whose sounds echo off the Appalachain Mountains.

Musician

KELLY McFARLING

whose homegrown and haunting voice spirals powerfully, and progressively over a bed of oldtimey instrumentation.

The Heavenly

Mike Greensill

our world-class house pianist.
 

NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Ashland, Oregon - Show 983

We're excited to return to Ashland, Oregon! Friday November 9, 7:30-9:30 pm, at the Bowmer Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to be aired the following morning. In partnership with Jefferson Public Radio. Get your tickets at ijpr.org, at Paddington Station in downtown Ashland, or at 1-877-646-4TIX.

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

JONATHAN EVISON

author of the bestselling novel West of Here, brings us his latest, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, a bighearted novel that ponders life's terrible surprises as well as the heart's uncanny capacity to mend.

Natural Builder

ROBERT LAPORTE

natural building pioneer and teacher, specializing in earth, cob and timber frame construction. He is a founder of EcoNest home design company and co-author of EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber.

Musicians

EIGHT DOLLAR MOUNTAIN

the Southern Oregon Bluegrass band brings us some of the brilliant harmony arrangements and whitewater-fast rhythms from their new album Riverboat Gambler.

Musicians

HAMFIST

We'll talk with and hear from this unique Ashland Americana band composed entirely of Oregon Shakespeare Festival technicians and artisans.

Maestro

MIKE GREENSILL

San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano player has assembled a local house band, featuring Joe Cohoon on bass and Ed Dunsavage on guitar.

Performance Artist

CANDACE YOUNGHANS

joins us immediately after emerging from living in the window of the Antiquarium Bookstore for 7 days and nights, blindfolded and fasting, posing the question "Without the images, who am I?"
 

NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 982

From the legendary Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West in the heart of Jack London Square, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

ANDREW HUGILL

explains the unexplainable in his new book 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide, about the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions. In from London for Carnivàle Pataphysique at City Lights Bookstore.

Author

THAISA FRANK

author of the widely translated novel Heidegger's Glasses brings us her latest, Enchantment, a collection of magical short stories about contortionists, circus masters, angel channelers and more.

Proprietors

JAMES & CAITLIN FREEMAN

of Oakland's Blue Bottle Coffee, shed some light on growing, roasting and drinking coffee in their new book The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee.

Musicians

MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN

the Bay Area's beloved singer-songwriters bring us the Appalachain / Californian style they've come to call Americali. Appearing at the Freight & Salvage November 16th.

Musicians

RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES

the playful and diverse group featuring a mixture of international musical styles and lyrics sung in multiple languages. Appearing at the Great American Music Hall November 9th.

The Tantalizing

MIKE GREENSILL & WESLA WHITFIELD

our beloved piano man, joined by the Bay Area's premier cabaret singer. Appearing at the Razz Room November 11-21st.
 

OCTOBER 27, 2012
Live from the SF Ferry Building - Show 981

SEDGE welcomes:

Author

RANDALL STROSS

Historian and Business Professor with The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Executive School For Startups.

Author

GREG BARDSLEY

Silicon Valley speechwriter and newspaper reporter with his hilarious new novel Cash Out.

Comedians

KARL & CARL

West Coast Live's resident comedians, offer their hilarious Tips on Travel for the Autumn Season.

Farmer

JANET BROWN

from Allstar Organics, will bring us a farmer's perspective on Prop 37, which requires labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Musician

MARK GROWDEN

‚Äčlocal folkie-jazzman of the banjo and accordion, just back from some time in New Orleans.

The Autumnal

MIKE GREENSILL

who the San Francisco Chronicle’s calls The perfect accompanist.
 

OCTOBER 20, 2012
Live from the SF Ferry Building - Show 980

SEDGE welcomes:

Author

SYLVIE SIMMONS

the award-winning music journalist brings us her new biography I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

Author

RICHARD SCHWARTZ

the California historian will shed some light on the massive October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake.

Chef

CHARLES PHAN

from SF's legendary Slanted Door restaurant brings us his eagerly awaited first cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking.

Musicians

THE PACIFIC GUITAR ENSEMBLE

classical guitarist David Tanenbaum, steel-string guitarist Peppino D’Agostino and six other guitar legends join forces to perform a wide variety of repertoire.

Musicians

KATHY KALLICK BAND

the Grammy-award winning bluegrass troubadour who has toured internationally for over 30 years brings us her soulful, inter-generational band.

The A-Muse-ing

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano, and more!
 

OCTOBER 13, 2012
Live from the SF Ferry Building - Show 979

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

A.M. HOMES

the author known for her controversial novels and unusual stories such as The End of Alice and now May We Be Forgiven.

Author

JOANNE HARRIS

the bestselling author of Chocolat travels from Yorkshire, England to bring us her latest novel Peaches for Father Francis.

Comedian

WILL DURST

San Francisco's favorite political satirist stops by to shed some humorous light on election season.

Author

KATHLEEN ALCOTT

brings us her engrossing debut novel that's getting rave reviews -- The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets.

Farmer

TORY TOROSIAN

from Tory Farms, the 80 Acre family fruit farm in Dinuba, CA.

The Spectacular

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist as our featured musician of the day, along with John Wiitala on bass.
 

OCTOBER 6, 2012
A Special from the Archives - Show 978

This week, we present two outstanding interviews that have never before been broadcast.  SEDGE THOMSON with:

Author

SALMAN RUSHDIE

the British Indian novelist who combines magical realism with historical fiction, much of it dealing with relationships between East and West. His novels include Midnight's Children, winner of the Booker Prize in 1981, The Satanic Verses, center of a major controversy, and The Moor's Last Sigh, published before this interview from January 20, 1996.

Author

PAUL THEROUX

the travel writer and novelist known for such works as The Great Railway Bazaar, The Mosquito Coast, and The Tao of Travel, which was published before this interview at Mrs Dalloway's bookstore in Berkeley on May 16, 2011.
 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
Taped at the Upstage in Port Townsend, WA - Show 977

Taped on September 22nd from the Upstage at the Port Townsend Film Festival in Washington, SEDGE welcomed:

Author

IVAN DOIG

the bestselling author hailed as the dean of Western literature brings us his latest novel, A Bartender's Tale.

Actor

FRANK BUXTON

the television actor and founding member of Seattle's Improv Toupe The Edge who has also written two volumes on the history of radio.

Journalist

SIDNEY RITTENBERG

the American journalist, scholar, and Chinese linguist who lived in China from 1944 to 1979, working closely with People's Republic of China -- now the subject of a documentary called The Revolutionary.

Musician

SIMON LYNGE

the Inuit–Scandinavian troubadour who was raised in the steppes of Greenland brings us songs from his latest album The Future, which Rolling Stone calls "one of the most memorable and melodic debut albums in years"

Musicians

SOLVENTS

the indie rock group from the Olympic Peninsula bring us their strange and intriguing sonic landscape.

House Pianist

BARNEY McCLURE

the master pianist and former Mayor of Port Townsend holds down the keys...
 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Live from the Upstage in Port Townsend, WA - Show 976

MORNING SHOW: 10am-noon from the Upstage at the  Port Townsend Film Festival in Washington, SEDGE welcomes:

Actor

BRUCE DERN

the award-winning actor who has appeared in over 80 feature films, best known playing unstable and villainous characters. He is the guest of honor at this year's Film Festival.

Author

MARIA SEMPLE

the screenwriter for such shows as Arrested Development and Mad About You, who has reinvented herself as a novelist. She published one of the hottest books of the summer, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, a hilarious look at life in Seattle.

Project Manager

SONYA SENKOWSKY

of Day in Our Bay, a community-based digital storytelling project, giving voice to Native people living in the beautiful and remote Bristol Bay region of Alaska -- such as PETLA NODEN, who will also be joining us.

Musicians

CROW QUILL NIGHT OWLS

will wake up mighty early to bring us their fine jug band, jazz, and string band music of the 1920's and 1930's.

House Pianist

BARNEY McCLURE

who has played with a lot of the greats, has been featured in such films as An Officer and a Gentleman and Mr Holland's Opus and was the Mayor of Port Townsend in the '70s!

...

And More!

From the 13th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival.
 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
Live from the SF Ferry Building - Show 975

SEDGE welcomes:

Author

JAMES FALLOWS

national correspondent for The Atlantic, former speechwriter for President Carter and editor of U.S. News & World Report, and author of ten books including his latest, China Airborne.

Author

JUNOT DIAZ

Pulitzer Prize winning author with his new collection This Is How You Lose Her, which explores the culture of toughness and masculinity that inhibits actual intimacy and love in Latin American cultures.

Author

DOUGLAS FOSTER

author of After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post Apartheid South Africa, the most important portrait to date of a teetering nation whose destiny will determine the fate of a continent.

Musician

JOHN SCOFIELD

the influential jazz-rock guitarist and composer known for his stylistic diversity and masterful improvisation.

Musician

BEN TAYLOR

Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon and an accomplished musician in his own right stops by to play a few tunes from his new album Listening.

CUESA's

DAVE STOCKDALE

Executive director of Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture will look back at 20 years of Ferry Building Farmers Markets.
 

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
Live from the SF Ferry Building - Show 974

SEDGE THOMSON invites MIKE GREENSILL and producer CASE CONOVER to be guest hosts for this week's West Coast Live, featuring:

Authors

BILL WASIK & MONICA MURPHY

he is a senior editor at Wired and she is a veterinarian. They have combined their cultural and scientific wits to bring us Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus.

Author

BOB SPITZ

the journalist who has published major biographies on The Beatles and Dylan stops by with his latest bestseller, Dearie, on the life of Julia Child.

Artist

PHILIP ROSS

whose work looks at interrelationships between human beings, technology and the greater living environment. His latest project: growing furniture out of mushrooms!

Vocalists

THE BOBS

dubbed the first New Wave a cappella group in history for their 1980's covers of Talking Heads and Beatles tunes, bring us their ever-evolving vocal harmony and humor..

Musicians

ASH REITER

Bay Area's indie darling and her band bring us soaring vocal harmonies, catchy guitar lines and swinging rhythm section that create that sunny, dreamy, undeniably California sound.

Chef

VAN DOA

the chef who you may remember from the Food Network's show Chopped will stop by to fill us in on his latest project, Biscuit Bender, the newest kiosk at the Ferry Building.
 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
A Favorite from the Archives - Show 973

From January 19, 2008, when SEDGE welcomed:

Author

MICHAEL POLLAN

activist, professor and author of such bestsellers as The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma with his newest book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

Actor

RICKI LAKE

the actor, talk show host and filmmaker stops by with ABBY EPSTEIN to discuss their landmark documentary The Business of Being Born.

Naturalist

CLAIRE PEASLEE

Our favorite naturalist/comedian brings us some wildlife wisdom for the season.

Farmer

JESSE KUHN

founder of Marin Roots Farm, growing organic produce for the restaurants and farmers markets of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Musicians

SOLID AIR

Allegra Broughton and Sam Page lay down their West Coast folk-rock and Americana sounds.

The Hungry

MIKE GREENSILL

ties it all together as our house pianist.
 

AUGUST 25, 2012
A Favorite from the Archives - Show 972

A very special show from June 10, 2000 at SF MOMA, when SEDGE welcomed:

Comedian

EDDIE IZZARD

beloved British stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, known for his rambling, whimsical monologues and self-referential pantomime.

Author

EDMUND WHITE

acclaimed novelist, memoirist and essayist on literary and social topics, with The Married Man.

Director

DAVID ROSS

SF MOMA's (former) director, who has played a large role in championing digital art, and is no stranger to controversy.

Musician

JOHN SANTOS

percussionist extraordinaire, a true Latin-Jazz icon and 5-time Grammy nominee, with Machete Ensemble.

Musician

SLAID CLEAVES

singer-songwriter on the road from Austin, Texas.

Piano Man

MIKE GREENSILL

one of the best in the West!
 

AUGUST 18, 2012
Live from the Freight & Salvage - Show 971

SEDGE welcomes:

Poet

ROBERT HASS

the former Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize with his new book, What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination and the Natural World..

Author

SETH ROSENFELD

with Subversives, which brings us back to UC Berkeley in the 60s, tracing the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr.

Author

RUBEN MARTINEZ

Emmy award winning journalist on tour with his latest book, Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West -- chronicling the iconic West, with its "outrageous wealth and devastating poverty, sublime beauty and ecological ruin."

Musicians

DAROL ANGER & THE FURIES

the fiddle guru who has spent the past three decades reinventing American string music, on tour with all-stars Rushad Eggleston (cellist, Crooked Still), Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice quartet), harpist Maeve Gilchrist and vocalist Emy Phelps.

Musician

RAMANA VIEIRA

will bring us Fado, a form of traditional Portuguese folk music that she bridges into the 21st century with her haunting melodies and sultry tonality.

The Poetic

MIKE GREENSILL

one of San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano players, and our house pianist.
 

AUGUST 11, 2012
A Favorite from the Archives - Show 970

A favorite from October 16th, 2004, when SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Renaissance Woman

MAYA ANGELOU

poet, educator, historian, civil-rights activist and best-selling author shares some of the wisdom that has made her one of the great voices of contemporary literature.

Author

GUY JOHNSON

Maya's son and an acclaimed author in his own right, having published such works as Standing at the Scratch Line and Echoes of a Distant Summer.

Author

BLUE BALLIETT

whose Chasing Vermeer for kids (and adults) tells of two sixth graders who team up to solve the theft of a painting by 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer.

Poet

AYA DE LEON

writer, performer, poetic activist and community healer, Aya is the Director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People, teaching poetry, spoken word, and hip hop at UC Berkeley.

Musicians

KA EHU KAI

Hawaiian Band of Northern California brings us the Aloha spirit.

Piano Man

SAM BARRY

at the keys.
 

AUGUST 4, 2012
Live from the Freight & Salvage - Show 969

SEDGE welcomes:

Author

GAIL TSUKIYAMA

the bestselling author brings us her latest, A Hundred Flowers, and shares stories from her Books and Water program, which brings cross-cultural books and clean water to struggling village schools in places like India, Haiti and Native American reservations.

Author

EDIE MEIDAV

the author of Lola, California, the brilliantly told story of two old friends who find each other while a father awaits his end on Death Row.

Comedians

KARL & CARL

offer their hilarious Tips on Travel for the Summer Seaon.

Musicians

MISNER & SMITH

this Americana duo will impress you with their masterful harmonies and lyrical vitality.

Musicians

TRIO GARUFA

the international ensemble dedicated to performing authentic Argentine music, mixing a deep respect for the golden era of Tango with their passion for dancing and performing.

The Worldly

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist.
 

JULY 28, 2012
Live from the Freight & Salvage - Show 968

From the Freight & Salvage at 2020 Addison St. in downtown Berkeley, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

JIM LYNCH

the bestselling author of The Highest Tide brings us his latest work, Truth Like the Sun, a wildly entertaining yet serious novel about American politics and corruption.

Author

KAY LARSON

author of Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, an intimate look at Cage's relationship to Buddhism and the visual arts.

Author

ROB REID

the digital music pioneer who founded Listen.com brings us his debut novel Year Zero, an entertaining look at the intersection of the music industry, Washington,D.C., and Internet culture.

Musician

DOUG PAISLEY

the Toronto country/folksinger whose latest LP was called one of the year's "best singer-songwriter albums" by Rolling Stone.

Musicians

MELKIT HADERO & QUINN DEVEAUX

these two soulful San Francisco musicians have come together to form a beautiful and optimistic global musical tapestry.

The Galactic

MIKE GREENSILL

our house pianist.
 

JULY 21, 2012
Live from the Freight & Salvage - Show 967

From the Freight & Salvage at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley, SEDGE THOMSON presents a very special Food Justice themed show, featuring:

Chef, Author

ALICE WATERS

the proprietor of Chez Panisse; an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally.

Author

RAJ PATEL

the activist and author best known for his book Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System.

Humanitarian

RAYMOND OFFENHEISER

who has been the President of Oxfam America for over 15 years, positioning the organization as a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility.

Musicians

ARANN HARRIS & THE FARM BAND

will put down their hammers and hoes and pick up their instruments to bring us some farm-fresh Americana.

The Appetizing 

MIKE GREENSILL

the finest pianist around.
 

JULY 14, 2012
Live from the Freight & Salvage - Show 966

From the Freight & Salvage at 2020 Addison St. in downtown Berkeley, SEDGE welcomes:

Author

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON

one of the world’s most read and best-loved writers, returning this summer with the third book in his cycle of novels set in “the literary universe of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books” - The Prisoner of Heaven.

Author

JULIE OTSUKA

 the bestselling author of When the Emperor Was Divine brings us her much anticipated novel The Buddha in the Attic, the story of a group of young Japanese ‘picture brides’ who sailed to America in the early 1900s.

Author

JOSHUA HENKIN

 director the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College and author of such notable novels as Matrimony and Swimming Across the The Hudson with his latest, The World Without You.

Performers

WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG

This is the day of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, and we're pleased to have the cast of this fine play on to celebrate Woody's song and story.

Musicians

DEEP CHATHAM

the relentlessly touring trio from North Carolina brings us their unique Americana sound, complete with driving rhythms, intricate harmonies, and haunting melodies. In California for BASK Music Festival.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

tickling the ivory.
 

JULY 7, 2012
The Forge in London, England - Show 965

Only partially broadcast due to satellite transmission failure on May 5th, we are now pleased to bring you this fine show in its entirety. The final chapter of our London season - enjoy!

From April 24th at The Forge in LONDON, ENGLAND! These shows benefited the UK charity Fine Cell Work

SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Author

JAY RAYNER

food critic for The Observer and author of such influential books as The Man Who Ate The World joins us with wisdom and music -- here with his trio.

Author

SIMON SINGH

author, journalist and TV producer specializing in science and mathematics, with his latest book is Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.

Musician

JAMES RILEY

the London-born bluegrass 'n' soul troubadour stops by with some friends to bring us his hymn-like ballads of love and life.

Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

originally trained at Leeds College of Music in England, Mike is now one of San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano players.
 

JUNE 16, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 962

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

HOWARD RHEINGOLD

author of Net Smart: How to Thrive Online will share his wisdom on how to use social media intelligently, humanely and mindfully.

Comedian

DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN

who, after graduating with a double degree from MIT and working as a venture capitalist, decided to pursue storytelling and stand-up comedy, with great success!.

Naturalist

CLAIRE PEASLEE

our favorite comedian-naturalist, with her latest field report for the new season.

Singer

DENISE PERRIER

will sing some numbers in promotion of her Ray Charles tribute with the Junius Courtney Big Band at Yoshi's later this month.

Musicians

ANGELO PIANO DUO

Anthony and Catherine Angelo will sit together at the grand piano and bring us the diverse sounds that have gained them international acclaim.

Musicians

HOWELL DEVINE

bring us the kind of gritty, rural blues that you just don't hear anymore...

 

 

JUNE 9, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 961

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

ANTHONY SWOFFORD

the former United States Marine and author of the bestseller Jarhead brings us his latest - a memoir called Hotels, Hospitals and Jails.

Author

FLORENCE WILLIAMS

author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, an engaging expose about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.

Author

NANCY PACKER

the former director of the Stanford creative writing program, with Old Ladies, a collection of stories about aging that is full of wisdom and laced with humor.

Musicians

SHOOK TWINS

identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook, bring us their unique style of joyous northwest Folk.

Musician

RICK BRAUN

 the richly melodic jazz trumpet player who has unveiled his love of vocals on his newest album Sings with Strings.

The Unshakable

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.
 

JUNE 2, 2012
Live from the San Francisco Ferry Building - Show 960

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Actor

LARRY HANKIN

founding member of the legendary SF improv troupe The Committee, who went on to act in Friends, Seinfeld, Home Alone, and 80 other sitcoms and 40 movies. Now sharing his Street Stories at the Marsh.

Author

ENRICO MORETTI

the UC Berkeley Economics Professor brings us The New Geography of Jobs, an examination of innovation and success, and where to find them in America.

Author

ERIC BERKOWITZ

with his acclaimed new work Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire -- from the bedroom to the courtroom, it's a riveting history of sex and the law.

Artist

PAUL MADONNA

the artist and writer whose books explore the relationship between image and text. All Over Coffee won him a Northern California Book Award as one of the best works published in 2011.

Musicians

AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS

the most laughable band in show business stops by to play a few songs from their tenth album, The Drugs I Need.

The Miraculous

MIKE GREENSILL

San Francisco's premier jazz and cabaret piano player.
 

MAY 26, 2012
Live from the San Francisco Ferry Building - show 959

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Actor

BILL IRWIN

Tony award-winning actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. Currently at the American Conservatory Theater, starring in Samuel Beckett's Endgame.

Actors

CUTTING BALL THEATER

sends over director Annie Elias and the cast of TENDERLOIN, a docu-theater production about the people and places in CBT's neighborhood.

Actors

WE PLAYERS

who transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater, will give us a glimpse of their current production -- The Odyssey on Angel Island State Park.

Musician

PIERRE BENSUSAN

French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer, recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time.

House Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

San Francisco's premier jazz and cabaret piano player.

A Tribute To

KATHI KAMEN GOLDMARK

beloved friend, mother, author, musician and our producer for many years. You are missed!.
 

MAY 19, 2012
Live from the San Francisco Ferry Building - show 958

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS

the author known for his bestselling and controversial memoir Running with Scissors brings us his latest, a hilarious self-help book called This is How.

Author

DANIEL DUANE

the surfer & memoirist bring us How To Cook Like A Man: A Memoir of Cookbook Obsession. One critic raves "If Hunter S. Thompson had hit the kitchen instead of Las Vegas, he would have been hard pressed to come up with half of what Daniel Duane delivers."

Poet

ZACH HOUSTON

the Oakland-based visual artist and poet, best known for his pop-up poemstore, an ongoing project in which he composes spontaneous custom poetry on a manual typewriter in public spaces, in exchange for donations.

Musician

JONATHAN RICHMAN

who founded the influential proto-punk band The Modern Lovers, and has since had a successful solo career, gaining fans around the world with his honest lyrics and playfully catchy compositions.

Clown

WAVY GRAVY

the clown-activist hippie-icon who was once Master of Ceremonies at Woodstock and has gone on to form the Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.

Musician

MITCHELL HOLMAN

from the 60's rock band It's a Beautiful Day will sit in for Mike Greensill as our House Pianist.
 

MAY 12, 2012
Live from the San Francisco Ferry Building - show 957

From the Port Commission Hearing Room upstairs at the SF Ferry Building,

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

JULIET BELL

(who may be "closely related" to Sylvia Brownrigg) brings us her debut children's novel Kepler's Dream, about eleven-year-old Ella's summer with her eccentric Grandmother and all that she learns through trying to track down a stolen book.

Author

SONIA FALEIRO

author of BEAUTIFUL THING: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars, the harrowing, heartbreaking, and yet inspirational account of those forced to turn to the hidden world of Bombay's notorious sex industry for food and shelter.

Author

VICTORIA SWEET

author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, about her time as a physician at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, while pursuing a degree in the history of medicine.

Musicians

TRIO GARUFA

the international ensemble dedicated to performing authentic Argentine music, mixing a deep respect for the golden era of Tango with their passion for dancing and performing.

Urban Farmer

RAUL HERNANDEZ

CUESA's Schoolyard to Market Garden Educator from Urban Sprouts, a local nonprofit growing healthy schools and communities through garden-based education.

The Transcendent

MIKE GREENSILL

our beloved house pianist.
 

JUNE 30, 2012
The Forge in London, England - Show 964

Recorded April 29th at The Forge in LONDON, ENGLAND! A benefit for Fine Cell Work, the UK charity that teaches prisoners paid, skilled, creative needlework.  

SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Explorer

BRADLEY GARRETT

the "Place Hacker" who has completed a PhD in Urban Exploration, and who recently gained fame for scaling The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union.

Comedian

SHAZIA MIRZA

award winning comedian and Guardian columnist, featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing.

Comedians

SCOTT CAPURRO & DAVID MILLS

the hilarious California comedians who have made a splash in London with their provocative take on gay culture, pop culture, politics and race..

Musician

AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON

vocalist, cellist and composer, she was the first non-American to win the legendary Amateur Night Live at the Apollo Theater competition in Harlem.

Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

originally trained at Leeds College of Music in England, Mike is now one of San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano players.

Playwright

HANNAH MULDER

writer and director of The Girl with the Iron Claws, which, after a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival 2011, is now touring the UK and Ireland.
 

JUNE 23, 2012
The Forge in London, England - Show 963

Recorded April 30th at The Forge in LONDON, ENGLAND! A benefit for Fine Cell Work, the UK charity that teaches prisoners paid, skilled, creative needlework.

SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Author

A.S. BYATT

the internationally renowned author of such novels as The Children's Book, Angels & Insects and the Booker Prize-winning Possession.

Author

FRANCES OSBORNE

author of The Bolter, the acclaimed biography of her great-great grandmother Idina Sackville, and the forthcoming novel Park Lane.

Composer

IAIN BURNSIDE

he award winning BBC radio broadcaster, pianist and composer, whose first play, A Soldier and a Maker, has just premiered at the Barbican Centre.

Musicians

MOLOTOV JUKEBOX

fronted by accordion player and Harry Potter actress Natalia Tena, this high-energy ensemble combines elements of gypsy, funk, ska, dubstep and more to create a new genre they call "Gypstep".

Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

originally trained at Leeds College of Music in England, Mike is now one of San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano players.
 

MAY 5, 2012
The Forge in London, England - Show 956

To our dismay, the public radio uplink service in Chicago started our 4/28 London show instead of today's 5/05 program in error.  During the first half-hour, the uplink staff switched over to the correct show. Then during the broadcast, some sections were repeated, when their software began looping certain sections. This does not make for graceful listening, and we apologize.  KALW's listen again feature will carry the complete and whole version, perhaps by Sunday, certainly by Monday. Is it the full moon?

From April 24th at The Forge in LONDON, ENGLAND! These shows benefited the UK charity Fine Cell Work

SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Author

JAY RAYNER

food critic for The Observer and author of such influential books as The Man Who Ate The World joins us with wisdom and music -- here with his trio.

Author

SIMON SINGH

author, journalist and TV producer specializing in science and mathematics, with his latest book is Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.

Musician

JAMES RILEY

the London-born bluegrass 'n' soul troubadour stops by with some friends to bring us his hymn-like ballads of love and life.

Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

originally trained at Leeds College of Music in England, Mike is now one of San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano players.
 

APRIL 28, 2012
The Forge in London, England - Show 955

From April 23rd at The Forge in LONDON, ENGLAND! These shows benefited Fine Cell Work, the UK charity that teaches prisoners paid, skilled, creative needlework.

SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Author

TOM MCCARTHY

the artist, philosopher and author of such experimental novels as Remainder, Men In Space and C.

Author

RAYMOND BONNER

New York Times journalist and author of Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong, the book that helped free an innocent man who had spend 27 years on death row.

Author

HELEN SIMPSON

the celebrated author of five collections of short stories, including her latest, In-Flight Entertainment.

Musician

RANDOLPH MATTHEWS

the world beat artist who pushes the boundaries of vocal expression.

Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

originally trained at Leeds College of Music in England, Mike is now one of San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano players.
 

APRIL 21, 2012
A Favorite from the Archives - Show 954

From April 10, 1999, at the Theater on the Square, when SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Actors

Fireside Theater

this rerun is dedicated to the late great Peter Bergman, founding member of the Fireside Theater and the driving force behind Radio Free Oz.

Musicians

The Nields Sisters

Nerissa and Katryna Nields bring us some folky goodness from the hills of Western Massachusetts.

Author

Lael Morgan

author of "Good Time Girls of the Alaska Gold Rush".

Musician

Luis Bravo

creator and director of "Forever Tango" with musicians and dancers from the show.

Naturalist

Claire Peaslee

lends us here naturalist perspective on the season.

Sidekick

Gini Wilson

as the house pianist.
 

APRIL 14, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 953

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Authors

ANNE LAMOTT & SAM LAMOTT

the beloved author brings her latest, Some Assembly Required: The Journal of My Son's First Son, the follow-up to her best-selling memoir Operating Instructions. Her son Sam contributed to the book and will also join the interview.

Doctor

DR MARCEY SHAPIRO

he integrative medicine physician will share wisdom from her new book Transforming the Nature of Health.

Musicians

THE BAD PLUS

the trio who have broken down the walls of jazz convention and stepped into the forefront of a new instrumental music movement. Rolling Stone says they're "about as badass as highbrow gets.”

Tea Man

GUISEPI SPADAFORA

of the Free Tea Party, a mobile free tea house whose mission is to cultivate community by connecting strangers and encouraging dialogue about peace, health and the environment.

Pianist

MIKE GREENSILL

San Francisco's premier Jazz and Cabaret piano player.
 
 

APRIL 7, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 952

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Musician

MCCOY TYNER

the extraordinary Jazz pianist known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and a long solo career.

Musician

HIROMI

Pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara, whose passionate and incendiary keyboard work has been a shining light on the jazz landscape since her 2003 debut.

Author

CAROLINA DE ROBERTIS

international bestselling author of Perla, the coming of age story about an Argentine woman who makes a devastating discovery about her origins with the help of a mysterious houseguest.

Inventors

DAVID & CHRIS STEINRUECK

of Wood Thumb, a startup based in San Francisco that manufactures wooden neckties from reclaimed wood.

The Melodious

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.
 

MARCH 31, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 951

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

DIANE ACKERMAN

the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry brings us her latest, a memoir, One Hundred Names For Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, And the Language of Healing.

Author

CHRISTOPHER MOORE

the author of twelve hilarious novels, including the international bestsellers Lamb, Fool and Bite Me, brings us his latest, Sacré Blue.

Typographer

CAROLINA DE BARTOLO

typography and design history educator and the author of Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting.

Musicians

SF JAZZ COLLECTIVE

an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today.

Vocalists

OUT OF THE BLUE

Oxford's premier all-male a cappella group stops by on their US Tour.

The Mellifluous

MIKE GREENSILL

on Piano.
 

MARCH 24, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 950

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

JACQUELINE WINSPEAR

acclaimed mystery writer brings us the newest in her Maisie Dobbs series, Elegy for Eddie.

Filmmaker

KEVIN BROWNLOW

filmmaker, film historian, author, and Academy Award recipient, best known for his work documenting the history of the silent era.

Musician

ZAKIR HUSSAIN

the legendary Indian tabla player himself, accompanied by Sabir Khan on sarangi and Navin Sharma dholak.

Musician

PENELOPE HOUSTON

she once fronted the legendary punk band The Avengers, and now brings us the pioneering singer-songwriter sounds of her latest album On Market Street.

The Adjectived

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.
 

MARCH 17, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 949

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

JEANETTE WINTERSON

the acclaimed novelist brings us her new memoir Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, a shocking, heartbreaking, unconventional and often funny look back at a lifelong search for happiness in all its guises.

Author

NINA LACOUR

with her second novel, The Disenchantments, the captivating story of a band on tour in the Pacific Northwest, and the coming of age story of the friends involved.

Author

JENNIFER DUBOIS

stops in to talk about her debut novel A Partial History of Lost Causes, the story of a long-lost letter that links two characters, each searching for meaning against long odds.

Musicians

ELVIN BISHOP BAND

legendary blues guitarist who achieved fame as a founding member of the Butterfield Blues Band and with his own 1976 classic "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."

The Magnificent 

Mike Greensill

on piano.
 

MARCH 10, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 948

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

CALVIN TRILLIN

the novelist, poet and humorist will stop by with some wisdom from his latest book Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

Author

THOMAS CHRISTENSEN

brings us 1616: The World in Motion, illuminating an extravagant age by focusing on a single riotous year.

Architect

ERIC J CESAL

author of Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice. He wrote this account of a young architect's search for new architectural values in a time of economic crisis before finding work helping rebuild Haiti with Architecture for Humanity.

Musicians

AMERICAN BEAUTY PROJECT

a roster of acclaimed artists including Ollabelle, Catherine Russell, Jim Lauderdale and David Mansfield recreate and perform songs of the Grateful Dead. Appearing that night at Yoshi's.

The Glamorous

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.
 

MARCH 3, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 947

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

ELLEN ULLMAN

the computer programmer and author brings us her new novel By Blood, a captivating thriller set in 1970's San Francisco.

Author

IRVIN D. YALOM

with The Spinoza Problem, exploring the inner life of a man who changed the course of history by paving the way for the Enlightenment.

Author

PEGGY ORENSTEIN

and her groundbreaking bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter, revealing that the pink and pretty girlie girl is not so innocent.

Artist

STEPHEN THOMAS

Master Printmaker and Founding Director of the Oxbow School, a visual arts-intensive high school semester program in Napa.

Musicians

JOHN SANTOS SEXTET

Latin-Jazz icon and 5-time Grammy nominee, in residence at Yoshi's.

The Magical

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.
 

FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Live from Yoshi's Oakland - Show 946

Live from Yoshi's Oakland at 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

BEN MARCUS

the acclaimed experimental writer brings us his latest novel, The Flame Alphabet, a work of heartbreak and horror about how far we will go to protect our families.

Authors

ELIZABETH WEIL & DANIEL DUANE

husband and wife, both acclaimed authors, talk candidly about her new memoir on marraige No Cheating, No Dying: I Had A Good Marriage And Tried To Make It Better.

Artists

JONN HERSCHEND & WILL ROGAN

publishers of The Thing Quarterly, an object-based publication, each issue conceived of by a different contributor. This issue - a monologue by Dave Eggers published on a shower curtain.

Musician

JOLIE HOLLAND

the Texas-born singer and founding member of The Be Good Tanyas, who combines elements of folk, country, rock, jazz and blues.

Musician

PATRICK LANDEZA

The Hawaiian slack key player will stop by with some of his friends to bring the aloha spirit to our west coast winter.

Maestro

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.

 

FEBRUARY 18, 2012
A Favorite from the Archives - Show 945

A classic from October 2nd, 2004 from the Empire Plush Room in San Francisco, when SEDGE welcomed:

Author

T.C. BOYLE

author of Drop City, Tortilla Curtain and Water Music brings us The Inner Circle, his new book is about Kinsey, and the American attitudes toward learning about sex.

Musician

SAM BUSH

bluegrass rebel, with some sounds from his latest album King of My World.

Musicians

PETER ROWAN QUARTET

outstanding musicians; some of the finest in bluegrass!

Musician

SANDRA REAVES-PHILLIPS

bluesy and brassy Broadway singer, currently at the Plush Room.

Comedians

KARL & CARL

with their Tips on Travel.

Environmentalist

SHADIA WOOD

winner of a Brower Youth Award.
 

FEBRUARY 11, 2012
Live from the San Francisco Ferry Building - show 944

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

DANIEL HANDLER

aka Lemony Snicket, with his debut young-adult novel Why We Broke Up.

Author

ADAM JOHNSON

author of The Orphan Master's Son, an epic novel set in North Korea.

Author

MEREDITH MARAN

author of A Theory of Small Earthquakes.

Farmer

CHARLIE SOWELL

pasture-raised egg producer from Rolling Oaks Ranch.

Musicians

TOMMY EMMANUEL

legendary Austrailian guitarist best known for his complex fingerpicking style, along with renowned guitarists FRANK VIGNOLA and VINNY RANIOLO.

Maestro

JOSHUA RAOUL BRODY

on piano, in for Mike Greensill.
 

FEBRUARY 4, 2012
Live from the San Francisco Ferry Building - Show 943

SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

EDMUND WHITE

acclaimed author of City Boy and others, brings us his latest novel, Jack Holmes & His Friend.

Illustrator

MAIRA KALMAN

children's book author and illustrator who has collaborated with Michael Pollan on Food Rules, Lemony Snicket on 13 WORDS, and most recently Daniel Handler on Why We Broke Up.

Author

BARBARA BABCOCK

the first woman appointed to the regular faculty, the first to hold an endowed chair and the first emerita at Stanford Law School, with her new book Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz.

Musician

PAULA WEST

beloved jazz and cabaret singer known for her rich, powerful contralto voice.

Musician

AYLA NEREO

lays down her infectious melodies woven into complex electro-acoustic compositions.

The Enlightened

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano, accompanying Paula West.

 

JANUARY 28, 2012
A Favorite from the Archives - show 942

A Gem from Saturday March 21, 2009 - at the sublime CAVALLO POINT - The Lodge at the Golden Gate.

Author

JENNIFER WOODLIEF

whose book A Wall of White, recounts the events and people swept up in a 1980s Sierra avalanche.

Author

CHRISTINA SUNLEY

whose novel The Tricking of Freya, melds a tale of American family secrets with the myths and landscape of Iceland.

Comedians

KARL and CARL

who know their Condé from their Nast, with their Tips on Travel, as channeled by Michael O'Brien and Geoff Bolt.

LOWRIDERS

HAROLD BROWN & LEE OSKAR

bring their unplugged r 'n' r to the show.

Musician

JOSHUA NELSON

The Prince of Kosher Gospel Music, need we say more?

The Lovely

MIKE GREENSILL

whose ebullience is matched only by his effervescence.
 

JANUARY 21, 2012
A Favorite From the Archives - show 941

Enjoy a classic from March 14, 2009 at the sublime CAVALLO POINT - The Lodge at the Golden Gate, when SEDGE THOMSON welcomed:

Musician

BELA FLECK

banjo virtuoso and filmmaker, with the new documentary Throw Down Your Heart.

Musicians

TUCK & PATTI

the renowned duo whose latest, I Remember You, celebrates the Great American Songbook.

Musicians

DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS

celebrating their new rhythm and words cd Tangled Tales.

Astronomer

ALAN BOSS

his new book details the search for other life in the universe and the Kepler Mission.

Naturalist

CLAIRE PEASLEE

anticipates the burgeoning springtime.

 

JANUARY 14, 2012
- Live from the David Brower Center, Berkeley - show 940

10am to noon from the Goldman Theater in the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes:

Author

ELLIS AVERY

named "The Best Writer You've Never Heard of But Should Go Read Right Now" by New York Press, stops by with her second novel, The Last Nude, inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.

Author

NICHOLAS DE MONCHAUX

brings us Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, an architectural history of the Apollo AL7 Pressure Garment, manufactured by the industrial division of the Playtex Bra and Girdle company. Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker calls it "The most delightful and memorable new book I read last year."

Clarity Films

CONNIE FIELD & GREGORY SCHARPEN

Director and Editor of the new PBS series Have You Heard From Johannesburg, five stories from the global anti-apartheid movement.

Musicians

VETIVER

San Francisco's own Andy Cabic leads this popular indie folk group, on tour with their latest album The Errant Charm.

Environmentalist

LISA GAUTIER

President of Matter of Trust, eco-enthusiasts spearheading many innovative projects, such as the "hair booms" used to clean up oil spills.

The Cosmic

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.
 

JANUARY 7, 2012
Live from the David Brower Center, Berkeley - show 939

Join SEDGE THOMSON for a Special Anniversary Show celebrating 18 years of West Coast Live on the airwaves! 10am to noon from the Goldman Theater in the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Musician

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is considered one of the country's legendary foundations of folk music.

Author

JULIA FLYNN SILER

the bestselling author brings us her fascinating new account of Hawaii's turbulent history in Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure.

Environmentalist

JASON RAINEY

Executive Director of International Rivers, a water rights advocacy group working to support river protection and economic justice movements throughout the global South.

Musicians

BUXTER HOOT'N

the San Francisco-based band whose Americana roots, Rolling Stones swagger, pop sensibilities and truthful lyricism are all on display.

Bicycle Builders

CRAIG CALFEE & LARS JACOBSEN

Craig is the founder of Calfee Design, specializing in carbon fiber bicycle frames, and Bamboosero, training and supporting bike building in developing countries using local bamboo. Lars is co-founder and lead fabricator for Stalk Bicycles, Oakland's sustainable bamboo bike company.

Maestro

MIKE GREENSILL

appearing with Wesla Whitfield 4pm Sunday at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland.
 
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