The Hear and Now

The Hear and Now – The last episode of the decade – December 26, 2019

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Host Derk Richardson’s playlist: King Curtis: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” / The Original Soul Christmas (Atlantic / Rhino) Simon & Garfunkel: “I Am a Rock” / The Best of Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia/Legacy) The Band: “The Shape I’m In” / Stage Fright (Capitol Records) George Harrison: “My Sweet Lord” / All Things … Continued


The Hear and Now

The Hear and Now Holiday Fund Drive Special – December 12th

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Here are the songs played by host Derk Richardson (and co-host Bonnie Simmons from 10 to 11 p.m.), a selection of favorite tracks from 2019, plus a few holiday season favorites: Joe Henry: Book of Common Prayer Patti Griffin: River Michael Chapman: Youth Is Wasted on the Young Etienne de Rocher: Wasted Time Bill Frisell: … Continued


In what has become an annual alternative Thanksgiving holiday tradition, guest host Avotcja fills in for Derk Richardson and programs a special tribute to Jim Pepper (June 18, 1941 – February 10, 1992), the late Native American saxophonist and composer of the classic “Witchi Tai-To.” Avotcja’s playlist includes music by Gunther Schuller, The Dining Rooms, … Continued


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The Hear and Now – November 21

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Two hours of music, hosted Derk Richardson: ARTIST      “SONG TITLE”       ALBUM     (LABEL) Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, “Stay”    The Cruisin’ Story 1960 (One Way Records) Carla Thomas, “B-A-B-Y”     Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave”      The Best of Martha Reeves & … Continued


In the first hour, joined by guitarist John Courage, songwriter/pianist/guitarist Emily Jane White performs songs from her new album, Immanent Fire. In the second hour, saxophonist James Fei discusses the music of composer Anthony Braxton as he approaches his 75th birthday, and we listen to portions of Composition No. 1 for solo piano, Composition No. 63 for … Continued



Sitting in for Derk Richardson, Betty Beasley fills two hours with a flow of eclectic music that includes tracks by Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, Abbey Lincoln, Sharon Van Etten, Jay Farrar, Chris Thile, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Charles Lloyd with Lucinda Williams, Caetano Veloso, Tin Hat Trio, Aretha Franklin, Django Reinhardt, Al Green, Mavericks … Continued