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Episode 11: Soul to Soul at 50

On March 6, 1971, a group of some of the top musicians from the United States -– Ike and Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, and more -–...

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Episode 10: A Plea for Peace: Leonard Bernstein, Richard Nixon, and the Music of the 1973 Inauguration

As we gather this week to witness the inauguration of our new president, we find our nation in a state of great political unrest.  While certain recent events of...

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Episode 9: From Broadway to the Ballot – The Unexpected Story Behind ‘I Like Ike’

Some candidates have their campaigns for presidency planned out before they can even vote.  For others, such as General Eisenhower, it took a little Broadway magic to coax him...

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Episode 8: Yoko Arimichi

This is an expanded version of a story that originally aired on KALW in 2018 when Yoko Arimichi and her Powell Street Blues Band were celebrating their 40th anniversary...

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Episode 7: The Osaka Ramones – The International Impact of Shonen Knife

On this episode of The Echo Chamber, Shonen Knife – a story of cultural exchange through the cassette tape. But also a story of an era in history just...

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Episode 6: The Past, Present & Future of Maximum Rocknroll

On today’s episode, Maximum Rocknoll – the story behind the famed punk institution.   Beginning in 1977, a group of Bay Area music fans led by Tim Yohannan,  began...

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Episode 5: The Rise of the Mabuhay Gardens

The story of a small Filipino nightclub that transformed into one of San Francisco’s most influential punk venues.   “To play, you need a place – be it where you...

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Episode 4: Brubeck sons on their legendary father

This bonus episode features my interview with two of Dave Brubeck’s sons, Dan and Chris Brubeck.  Excellent musicians in their own right, the two shared intimate memories of growing...

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Episode 3: Dave Brubeck and The Jazz Ambassadors

In 1958, the Dave Brubeck Quartet embarked on a tour of Europe and Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  HEAR THE STORY. This episode features interviews with Keith...

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Episode 2: Joel Selvin

Rock critic Joel Selvin on the origins of psychedelic rock in San Francisco–including Ken Kesey and his Acid Tests, the Trips Festival, and birth of bands such as the...

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