It's been around so long we almost tend to take it for granted, it's influence huge, it's rhythms infectious and its harmonies joyous: Gospel. Uniquely American, born out of some of the worst misery humans have ever inflicted on others, it's gone way beyond its beginnings in the South and spread to just about every corner of the globe. We'll hear from several of those corners, as well as a whole lot of rousing American classics, old favorites as well as new. This is not your grandmother's gospel.
So whether or not you feel ready to go tell it on the mountain, tune in this Monday and next at 10:00am, and I can guarantee you won't be crying in the chapel. Say hallelujah!
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Science fiction thriller author John Scalzi is having quite a run of success. His new book, "Lock In," was acquired to be made into a TV pilot less than a month from its publication, while his Hugo award-winning novel "Redshirts" is in production at FX and "Old Man's War" is at the SyFy network.
The premise of "Lock In" is fascinating - some time in the near future, a global virus leaves a segment of the population "locked in" their bodies - unable to move or communicate in any way even though their minds are active. But other survivors of the virus are left with a brain structure compatible to being "integrated" with the minds of the victims of lock in, allowing them to experience reality through another person's body.
I don't want to give away too much, because this book is a great read! Like the best of science fiction, it explores issues of ethics, philosophy and even polotics from a unique perspective. Join us on Writers' Voices for an in-depth conversation with this popular writer.
DID YOU KNOW CORPORATIONS GAINED PERSONHOOD STATUS 40 YEARS BEFORE WOMEN DID?
Friday at 2:30pm CT on KRUUfm.com I'm rebroadcasting my interview with Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. We know corporations have the rights of people. But what about local communities? Learn from someone who's spent years on the forefront of helping communities exercise their local rights. We need to stop waiting for others, he says, to come and save us. It's time to stand up for ourselves.
I'll also be re-airing one of my favorite interviews I've done over the past 8 years with NY Times magazine chief political correspondent Mark Leibovich talking about his no punches pulled bestselling book THIS TOWN exposing the self-aggrandizing vanities of our nation's capitol and the pomp and circumstances of the inbred privilege seeking of its elected denizens.
In my youth of many many moons ago, one of the coolest stores on the square was Harrison's. It was a department store. It was a dime store. It had a massive toy department in the basement. It sold record albums and hamsters. It was where I saw the Batman utility belt hanging on display back in 1966 when Batmania was sweeping this country front to back. Harrison's logo was emblazoned on its paper bags and on its storefront. Harrison's is long gone. But the logo lives on...in Indianola...on the front of another long gone Harrison's. And thank you Richard Hadley for the photo.
On tonight's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some more great downtempo hip-hop and trip-hop from 2014. I'll be featuring NYC-based producer Tony Simon AKA Blockhead and his new LP Bells and Whistles (out Nov. 18th).
Blockhead says that "the offerings on Bells and Whistles lay somewhere between a '70s horror movie soundtrack and what you might hear in a Turkish cafe, with boom bap roots front and center."
We'll also hear from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, an eight-piece brass band from Chicago consisting of the eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, and their new LP Bad Boys of Jazz. Continuing the direction began by their amazing album last year Fly: The Customs Prelude, HBE move further away from the traditional brass sound and even further into realms hip-hop and soul.
On top of that we've got: Red Martina, Groove Cereal, mononome, Blockboy, Catching Flies, Chill Bump and Sifu Hotman. Stream it live November 15th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio!
Check out the playlist for this show, and if you like what you see, email me at email@example.com and let me know. Now, as usual, I have a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, for the show tomorrow morning. Two new songs from The War On Drugs and Land Observations. Both of these new releases are worthy of your attention. Now I also have some older goodies. I have a great version of the song Lovelight by The Grateful Dead from a boot called Cryptical Envelopment. Also Kansas City brings us JPT Scare Band with an epic cut from Past Is Prologue. Frank Zappa, John Handy, Renaissance- hey, we got it all for you, stop on by and give a listen. Cool Breeze
Mother milked, it'a a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and never mind Kim Kardashian, hey democracy, you've got a nice arsenal, baby! i.e. it's neocon doo doo time, endless war at warp speed. Speaking of doo doo, Dubya van Gogh says he hopes America beats those al qaeda types in Iraq which he has NO REGRETS invading. And to paraphrase Monica's ex, he said unprompted that he DID NOT have war with that country to settle his daddy's score. He wrote a book for that.
Yep, those are the three tiers today when you come INSIDE THE HEADLINES with the amazing Newsvandal JP Sottile and his trusty sidekick James Moore. Sit back in your saddle, put on your seatbelt and take a cruise at warp speed through the anals of a metaphorical FBI Marshal's cell tower-impersonating Cesna, with a bird's eye view on the latest haps in newsville. Click "Read more" below for links to all the headlines discussed and more.
The well reviewed Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal starts Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. Critics, including our own Chris Busch are raving about this. "The best Martin Scorsese movie not directed by Scorsese. It's that good, that assured, that unshakable. Scores as both urban thriller and 'Network'-like comment on the media." "Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance."- Chris Busch, The Filmosophers" A mesmerizing cipher, Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou is a spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and of the withholding protagonists in the existential French crime films of Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville." - Richard Corliss, Time MagazineThe wonderful documentary AWAKE: The Life Of Yogananda has been held over. "Fittingly enlightening, a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West."- L.A. TimesWe'll talk about the new releases, which includes two or three award worthy films, what we've seen (Interstellar) and more, on the Filmosophers "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Love is the one thing that transcends time and space."- Interstellar