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1.31.16 - Purretry

Today’s show, featuring poems and songs about kitties, is dedicated to our feline friends at Good Mews Animal Foundation (goodmews.org), including this beauty, Sasha. Looking to add a furry new family member? Adopt!

1.24.16 - Rats!

A.E.Housman said, “I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.” This week we’ll hear an hour of poetry and music about rodents: both the despicable rat and the adorable squirrel, although, according to Sarah Jessica Parker, “a…

12.20.15 - Eat, Drink & be merry!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MELODICALLY CHALLENGED!

12.13.15 - Roads

Of roads, Charles de Lint said, “When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.” And Bodidharma said, “Many roads lead to the path,…

12.6.15 - The roaring 20's

The 1920’s were a decade of economic prosperity following World War I. It is remembered as the golden age of jazz, the days of bootlegging and speakeasies. The dames were dolls and the men were swell. And the poetry of the 20’s was…

11.29.15 - months of the year

According to Rabindranath Tagore, “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” But human beings do count moments and months, and this show features poetry and music for each month of the year.

11.22.15 - Gotta Dance!

Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham defines dance as “the hidden language of the soul.” The poets in today’s show uncover that language and display it in their poems. Ilya Kaminsky is the featured poet.

11.15.15 - Truth or Lie

George Eliot wrote in her first book, Adam Bede, that “Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.” This episode of melodically challenged explores the truth and the lie. The poems ask: What is the truth? When do we tell lies? And why? Cate Marvin…

11.8.15 - Into the Woods
11.1.15 - Poets Laureate

Robert Hass said, “As poet laureate, I was asked to be a spokesman for literature.” This show celebrates the Poets Laureate of the United States, from the first poet to officially hold the title, Robert Penn Warren, to the current Poet Laureate, recently-appointed Juan Filipe Herrera.