Joy Harjo

From the archive 2017 Joy Harjo talks about Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton).  We talk about perceived power, flying, stories and the saxophone, and debut her latest song! Joy Harjo gave the Second Annual Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies. Download Audio Original airdate: March 15, 2017

Brian, Andre, T, Kristin in the station lobby after the show

Andre Williams

From the archive: 2010 Andre Williams reads from his book Sweets and Other Stories (Kicks Books 2009). You may know Andre, as many do, as “Mr. Rhythm” from his time at Fortune Records and Chess Records and in Motown with hits such as “Bacon Fat,” “Greasy Chicken,” Jail Bait,” and many others.  A true legend. …

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Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips and John Doe

While in Ann Arbor, Kristin Hersh, Grant-Lee Phillips, and John Doe talk about their The Exile Follies 2020 tour. We talk about collaboration and process, mystery, and creating experience. We also talk about how music is fearless. Download Audio  

Mike McGonigal

Guest host Frank Uhle talks with Mike McGonigal, editor of Maggot Brain magazine from Third Man Records, about the joys and challenges of print-only publishing, Detroit gospel music, and the state of the record industry. Mike McGonigal has also edited Chemical Imbalance and Yeti magazines; written a 33 1/3 series entry on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and for Spin, Pitchfork, and the Village …

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Matt Doe of Too Many Zooz

Guest host The Liz talks with Matt Doe, trumpet player of Too Many Zooz.  They talk about brass house music; they also talk about starting out playing in the subway and now playing music around the world. Download Audio photo credit: Too Many Zooz

Fundraiser 2019 Edition

Here’s a special Fundraiser 2019 edition of Living Writers with wonderful guests George Cooper, Brent Bryan of Big Love Recording Collective, Angie Berkley + Gina Brandolino of the podcast Behind the Scaffolding, and Scott Beal from Skazat! Download Audio Fun-Fundraiser 2019: any pledge big or small counts greatly to us. Donate online here!  

Russell Brakefield

Russell Brakefield reads poems from his debut collection Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press 2018). We talk about Alan Lomax, the land, music, growing up in Michigan, and collecting sound and stories. Download Audio

Russell Thorburn

Russell Thorburn reads from Somewhere We’ll Leave the World (Wayne State University Press 2017).  We talk about wandering, Philip Levine, and garage bands.  We also talk about being haunted by Lake Superior and being poet laureate emeritus of the Upper Peninsula. Download Audio  

Stephen Rush

Michigan’s own Stephen Rush reads from Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman (Routledge 2017).  We talk about the principle of human equality, enlightenment, unison, and interviewing Ornette Coleman. Download Audio

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg talks about his book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World published by Faber & Faber. We talk about how skiffle fits into musical history–US and UK.  We also talk about research and stories, obsession and inspiration.  And fidget spinners. Download Audio

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