Arts & Culture

Tonight was the annual “Christmas In Dub” special… What a fun mix of yuletide reggae, dub, club, jazz, lounge, and world exotica we put together this year. A bunch of reggae Christmas tunes from the likes of Yellowman, Horace Andy, The Ethiopians, Bluebeat Players, David Powell, The Drastics, L&S symfHoney, McPullish, Jacob Miller & Ray I, Jah Iriest Artists, Likkle Mai, The Kingstonians, Beres Hammond, Jah Jah meets Yaba Radics & Gibsy, Abassi All Stars, Kaysha Lee, Tommy McCook, Toots & the Maytals, and others. Plus yuletide gems from our Dub Club Tiki Lounge, including the artists Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, (James G.) Skafish, Hal Blaine, Esquivel, Pink Martini, 11 Acorn Lane, The Blue Hawaiians, J.Boogie, The Dub Three-o, Macklin Underdown, Vince Guaraldi (remixed…and straight-up), Fort Knox Allstars, Eban Schletter, Louis Armstrong/The Orb, Billie Holiday/Yesking, Duke Ellington, and more. What a fun, dubwise holiday party it was!

We speak with National Book Award-winning author William Alexander about his amazing fantasy novel for young readers Goblin Secrets.

We also speak with Jon Klassen, who wrote I Want My Hat Back, which was selected as one of the 10 best illustrated children’s books of 2011 by the New York Times, and its follow-up, This Is Not My Hat.

Welcome to my Xmas 2012 show…..today, I took the audience on a Santa Sleigh Ride back to the past and explored the Xmas of my youth…1960-1970. At my house in St. Paul, we always had the music going and Xmas Day was no exception. Sure, we enjoyed a few actual Xmas songs but back in those days, the songs weren’t as cool as they are now. So we had to make our own cool Yule. And we did it by partying to the sounds of the day…..see play list below.

The Pause: A Christmas Gift – Keith Gaddy Davis
Explanation of Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles

Siobhan Keirans brings the news in today's Morning Blend, and she and Dale pick the music, including some of Siobhan's favorites from her home in Ireland.

Do Angels Really Have Wings?ZBS sends us some answers to some awfully big questions. Jack Flanders has a dream and visits Heaven, and decides to tour Hell while he’s at it. So he rides his childhood bicycle – a blue Schwinn Cruiser – to the various levels of Heaven, and meets a few old friends and a talking dog.

synthwaves

Dedicated to the re-emergence of synthesized-based pop music. Host Noah Kaufmann takes you on a journey to a side of pop music not often heard on local airwaves. Synthesizer music, popularized throughout the ’80s, has re-emerged, remastered and, in many ways, superior in quality to that of the genre to which it pays tribute.

Host: Noah Kaufmann
Guest: Jacob Kaufmann
Engineer: Libby Donohue

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