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part of what i love about YOUTUBE are all the live performance series produced by MANUFACTURERS, RECORD LABELS and RADIO STATIONS giving a spotlight to emerging talent. PHILADELPHIA's NPR affiliate WXPN 88.5 FM has been recording their WORLD CAFE series of live performances since 1995. during the pandemic they produced their spinoff WORLD CAFE: AT HOME SESSIONS at their live venue in PHILADELPHIA and remotely at BARS, STUDIOS and even CHURCHES with minimal on-hand personnel to help responsibly minimize the spread of COVID.
im always interested in hearing promising unknown artists and that is what i found in past participants CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM, AMYTHYST KIAH, THE LINDA LINDAS, THE WAR ON DRUGS, ADIA VICTORIA and BIG FREEDIA.
WORLD CAFE: AT HOME SESSIONS is most definitely worth checking out.
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years ago i was in IOWA of all places at a job fair that was a total waste of time. i randomly met a couple who likewise struck out and we were trying to figure out whaet was worth seeing in what has to be one of the most boring places on earth. then it struck me, BUDDY HOLLY. he died in a plane crash not too far from CLEARLAKE where he played his last show. turns out of all things YOKO ONO was doing an interview at the venue so it was closed and i never got to step inside. i did get to see the crash site, which was pretty morbid in retrospect.
but the whole drive there and back to the fair with this couple we listened to NPR's program about the unexpected parameters of human knowledge that is RADIOLAB (WNYC, 2002-PRESENT). its hosts JAD ABUMRAD and ROBERT KRULWICH are both skilled speakers that play off each other and set up what seem like sound rationale arguments that are inevitably contradicted by recent cutting edge research and/or counterintuitive thinking by scholars and experts in the field.
basically it is a show about thinking.
if you arent familiar definitely take a listen. they are expertly produced with immersive sound effects and well-crafted scripts. you are guaranteed to learn something new, especially about topics you thought you had covered. totally interesting and any episode is worth investigating.
you're welcome in advance!