Arts & Culture

After seeing a great documentary on Miriam Makeba last Sunday as part of the African Film Festival at St. Anthony Main, “Images of Africa”… Global Beat features Mama Africa along with her longtime accordionist, fellow band member Sivuca. Also coming to town next week from Mali, Rokia Traore performs at the Cedar Mon. Nov. 25… you can hear two songs from her new release “Beautiful Africa”. Lots more on this week’s program to enjoy as well.

Some excellent new releases tonight – including Jah Rootikal Steppers’ self-titled release on Dubkey Records, and “Rise Up! The Riz Records Story” archival release on Reggae Archives – plus half of a great Bim Sherman mix put together by DJ Baby Swiss over ten years ago (titled “Miracle Dream Super Mix”) to mark 13 years since Bim’s passing. More recent releases from Mighty Mystic, Vibronics meet Kanka, Ibel meets Med Dred (feat. Dub Caravan), and Jennifer Paulos. Filling out our eclectix mix, we included Niney the Observer, The Aggrolites (from the new “Dub Rockers Vol.1” compilation), Dubsalon, Al Pacheco, Scientist, The Skatalites, The Slackers, 9Tomorrows, Gato Negro, The Lions, Noble Vibes, Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell, and many more…

We talk with Nicholson Baker about his book Traveling Sprinkler, the follow-up to his 2009 novel The Anthologist. He is the author of many novels and also wrote Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award.

We also speak with Kurtis Scaletta about his new book The Winter of the Robots. He is also the author of the acclaimed novels for young readers Mudville, Mamba Point and The Tanglewood Terror.

See Play List Below

In-studio performance by Patty Larkin & a live conversation with Martha Scanlan!

Soul Proof: Compelling Evidence That You Are An Infinite Being

How wonderful life would be if you REALLY KNEW—without a doubt—that no one really dies. Think of how your life would change for the better if you were convinced that life is a totally safe and magnificent adventure amidst eternity. Consider how reassuring it would be if irrefutable evidence proved we each are indestructible spiritual beings having a temporary earthly experience. “Soul Proof” by Dr. Mark Pitstick provides that proof.

Nine categories of proof include scientific, clinical, religious, and firsthand evidence that we each really are immortal souls who are forever one with Creator. This knowledge supplants our faith and helps us cope—and even thrive—despite common challenges like deaths of loved ones, aging, loss of relationships, financial reversals, serious illness and disability, abuse, and so on. Dr. Pitstick’s conversation provides the ‘good news that sets us free’, that helps us trust this wonderful and mysterious journey on earth. “Soul Proof” allows us to be bright beacons of hope, love, and courage no matter what our outer circumstances

A celebration of the 47th Anniversary of the Firesign Theatre, from their beginning on Radio Free Oz in 1966. Excerpts from many of their albums, both familiar and obscure.

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