PLAYLIST: Sam Cooke: “Chain Gang” / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (ABKCO) INTERVIEW WITH STACEY HOFFMAN re: “In the Name of Love” MLK Jr. tribute concert Sam Cooke: “(What a) Wonderful World” / Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (ABKCO) Tiffany Austin: “Someday We’ll All Be Free” / Unbroken (Con Alma Music) Sam Cooke: “A Change … Continued

PLAYLIST    (ARTIST / SONG TITLE / ALBUM / LABEL) : Badfinger: “Come and Get It” / Magic Christian Music (Capitol) [50th anniversary of release] PC Munoz: “Rugged Individual” / Physical Science ( INTERVIEW WITH BETH CUSTER re: Trance Mission’s new album “Le Pendu” Trance Mission: “The Barry” / Le Pendu (Trance Mission Music) Trance … Continued

Beth Custer brings new Trance Mission music to The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Host Derk Richardson welcomes clarinetist/composer Beth Custer back to KPFA to introduce the long-awaited new recording by the unique world-fusion trio Trance Mission, with Stephen Kent (didjeridu, percussion, cello-sintir) and Peter Valsamis (drums, percussion, electronics). The group will be celebrating the pre-release of the album Le Pendu at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Monday, January 13.

Heather Hafleigh’s Cowboy Music Special Playlist: Leadbelly: “Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea” / Cowboy Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) Andy Hedges: “Clayton Boone” / Cowboy Songster, Vol. 2 (Yellowhouse Music) Cowboy Celtic: “Magdalena” / Gunsmoke, Whiskey & Heather (Centerfire Music) Michael Martin Murphey: “Billy Gray” / Cowboy Songs III (Warner Bros.) James Talley: “Belle Starr” / Woody … Continued

Heather Hafleigh programs a special Cowboy Poetry and Music edition of The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020

Continuing a longstanding KPFA tradition, Heather Hafleigh, photographer and maven of all things “cowboy” and “western,” brings her annual round-up of cowboy poetry and songs to Derk Richardson‘s “The Hear and Now” for the first time. A regular yearly feature of Larry Kelp’s “Sing Out,” Heather’s two-hour special is inspired by her visits to the … Continued

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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

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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